- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon was arrested for assault in September but on Wednesday, a grand jury cleared him of the possible charges.
He was arrested for assaulting a man who Dixon had accused of breaking into his house and stealing his television set. The man said that Dixon had punched him in the head and face.
After the warrant was issued, Dixon turned himself in.
Instead of charging Dixon with a misdemeanor assault charge, the McLennan County District Attorney had a grand jury look into the charges.
Dixon, a second team AP All-American, was not suspended by coach Art Briles immediately following the incident. He finished the regular season with 70 total tackles, six pass breakups and seven passes defensed. The Big 12 champions play Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Just ten months after being dismissed from the Alabama football team, defensive lineman D.J. Pettway says he will return to Tuscaloosa.
Pettway was dismissed in February after being arrested for second degree robbery, but after a season at East Mississippi Community College, he has apparently re-signed with the Crimson Tide.
Pettway tweeted about the news. His community college confirmed it.
57 back, signed with Bama again today. nothing but God http://t.co/4CJhVIYxvx
— dj (@dpett57rtr) December 18, 2013
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Vanderbilt senior linebacker Chase Garnham was one of six NCAA football players in July to join as a plaintiff in O’Bannon vs. NCAA case concerning the use of college athletes’ likenesses without compensation. Pieces of Garnham’s testimony surfaced in a report in The Birmingham News Tuesday where Garnham “reluctantly signed a form before the season” that gave Vanderbilt “permission to use his name, image and likeness.”
According to the report, testimony showed that Garnham testified on Oct. 11 that he was told by athletic director David Williams that he could not play without signing the aforementioned form.
“They told me that they didn’t know how I would play if I did not sign those forms, that no one has ever not signed those forms before,” Garnham said, according to court transcripts.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Auburn running back Tre Mason posted a picture to Instagram of two pairs of Nike socks featuring... himself.
One pair features just Mason and the other is an SEC Player of the Week commemorative version. You may notice that Auburn is an Under Armour school, so you've got to think that Auburn's apparel supplier is going to be upping the ante to recognize Mason's Heisman finalist worthy season, right?
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
When he was playing receiver at Iowa from 2007-2010, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos did not have the best relationship with coach Kirk Ferentz. The two often butted heads and Johnson-Koulianos was eventually kicked off the team following a drug arrest in 2010.
With 173 catches (most in Iowa history) and 17 touchdowns over his four seasons, Johnson-Koulianos had a very productive career, but the run-ins with Ferentz and the law cut his playing days short. Now, Johnson-Koulianos wants to tell his side of the story. On Tuesday he took to Twitter to announce that he is writing a book about Iowa football while also offering some juicy tidbits about his time with Kirk Ferentz.
Would u like it if u slaved for someone 4 5 yrs then when you arrived @ adversity they abandon you & tell potential employers not 2 hire u?
— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Would Jon Gruden consider leaving the ESPN Monday Night Football announcing booth for the sidelines at Darrell K. Royal Stadium?
A report from Orangebloods.com citing a source says that the Super Bowl-winning coach has Texas as one of the few opportunities that would make him think about leaving MNF.
Although Gruden has flourished in broadcasting with ESPN since his departure from NFL coaching, our source mentioned that the Texas job is one of the few offers that Gruden would consider, claiming that the Super Bowl-winning coach view the position as one a few "premiere" jobs that he would consider if approached about them during an opening.
Oh look, Texas is a "premiere" job. There we go inflating their egos once again. Gruden was mentioned as a big-shot candidate for the Tennessee coaching job (again) before the school hired Butch Jones.
Mack Brown announced his resignation as Texas coach on Saturday and will coach the Longhorns when they face Oregon in the Alamo Bowl.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Every university has a unique ritual for finals week good luck, and at Maryland that ritual includes bringing the statue of Testudo the turtle some offerings.
Great idea, right? It is. Except when those offerings catch fire.
Maryland officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze, per the Baltimore Sun, but yes, Testudo was enveloped in a fireball on Tuesday night.
— ABC7News (@ABC7News) December 18, 2013
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Some USC fans are cringing.
After it was reported that former Trojan coach Lane Kiffin was in Tuscaloosa to help Nick Saban evaluate his Alabama offense, Saban confirmed that Kiffin was in Tuscaloosa and you know, he's got no idea why you would be cringing, Trojan fans.
"There's only a few people out there that you have an opportunity to do it with," Saban said at his Tuesday media availability. "Lane is a really good offensive coach and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him."
Saban said that getting "some professional ideas with our guys is a real positive thing."
"Just to come in and brainstorm a little bit, get some professional ideas with our guys is a real positive thing, so I don't know why there's any reaction to it to be honest with you. I'm really quite surprised."
Is Saban really quite surprised? Probably not. He knows the reaction and what happened involving Kiffin's departure at USC. He just doesn't want you to know that he knows.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray has found a new way to rehab his torn ACL – by swimming with sharks.
While in Atlanta for an autograph event this past weekend, Murray, who had surgery to repair his torn ACL on Nov. 26, and girlfriend Kacie McDonnell stopped by the Georgia Aquarium to participate in the program. Murray and McDonnell got into a football field-sized pool with wetsuits, scuba equipment and some whale sharks.
Yes, whale sharks.
The Georgia Aquarium was so excited about Murray’s visit it emailed out photos and info about it. It even looks like one shark gets a little too close for McDonnell's comfort.
Murray is already walking without crutches and said his goal is to be back on the field to work out for NFL scouts in April. He also plans to attend – though not participate – in the Senior Bowl and the NFL combine.
Guess swimming with sharks is one way to test how much the knee has healed.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Rumors swirled over the past few weeks about the possibility of Alabama coach Nick Saban replacing Mack Brown at Texas. After the speculation finally ended with Saban signing a contract extension (with a huge raise) to stay with the Crimson Tide, a Tuscaloosa storage company took the news as a chance to troll Texas.
— BamaGuy2012 (@ROLL_TIDE_14) December 17, 2013
I would hope if the company is going to spend money on that kind of money on a billboard they could come up with something better than "We Messed With Texas," but I guess they made their point (and hopefully boosted business!).
That's one way to make Alabama fans feel a little better after the brutal Iron Bowl loss to Auburn, I suppose.
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