- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday15 mins ago
2016 is Verne Lundquist's final season as the voice of CBS' SEC game of the week.
The network announced Tuesday that Lundquist would be stepping down after the season and Brad Nessler would take over in 2017. Nessler was most recently with ESPN and worked numerous SEC games each year with Todd Blackledge.
Lundquist, 76 in July, will stay with the network after the conclusion of his college football duties and continue his duties with the Masters and NCAA Tournament. He's been the voice of the 3:30 p.m. ET SEC game since 2000.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday28 mins ago
South Carolina will be without one of its best defensive players for the entire 2016 season.
Linebacker Skai Moore is out for the season because of a herniated disc in his neck. South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said Moore will have surgery this week after the injury didn't heal on its own.
Muschamp says Skai Moore ' s herniated disk has not healed properly. Will undergo surgery soon. Out 6 months. Will redshirt in 2016.
Moore had 110 tackles in 2015 as South Carolina's inside linebacker. He also had four interceptions, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Two of those picks game against North Carolina as South Carolina upset the Tar Heels in Week 1 and likely denied North Carolina a chance at a New Year's Six bowl game. Had UNC beaten South Carolina (who lost to The Citadel later in the season), the Tar Heels would have entered the ACC title game undefeated.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday46 mins ago
Bret Bielema is an idea man.
Earlier this offseason he expressed his desire to allow underclassmen who declare for the NFL draft but go undrafted to be able to come back to school. On Tuesday at the spring SEC meetings, Bielema said he wanted to have an inter-conference challenge for the SEC and suggested the Big Ten and ACC as possible opponents.
Arkansas’ Bret Bielema favors an SEC/Big Ten or SEC/ACC challenge in football, similar to basketball model
So let's have some fun with Bielema's idea. Here's how we'd design an SEC-Big Ten challenge. Multiple SEC and ACC teams already play each other regularly, so it's not nearly as fun to extrapolate out that possibility.
• Alabama-Ohio State: This one is pretty self-explanatory, don't you think?
• LSU-Michigan: Remember all the rumors that Les Miles would be Michigan's coach?
• Arkansas-Wisconsin: Since this is Bielema's idea, he gets to play his former employer.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said he takes responsibility for the alleged NCAA violations in his time as the Rebels' head coach, though he contends that he didn't have any information regarding illicit payments from members of his coaching staff.
Ole Miss sanctioned itself in response to the NCAA's notice of allegations regarding violations at the school. The NCAA found 13 football violations and nine of them came from Freeze's tenure. From ESPN:
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw has resigned.
“After much reflection and prayer, I have decided that a change in athletics department leadership is in Baylor University’s best interest in order to promote the unity, healing and restoration that must occur in order to move forward,” McCaw said in a statement.
“I have always sought to put the University’s needs ahead of my own. My time at Baylor has been an incredible journey filled with some of the most remarkable people I have ever known. I am grateful to Baylor Nation for its support and dedication, and to all who have done so much to advance the athletics program.”
Baylor also released a statement from its Board of Regents:
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Baylor moved quickly to bring in a coach for the 2016 season
Four days after Art Briles was fired amid an investigation into the school’s handling of multiple sexual assault accusations, Baylor has hired Jim Grobe to run the show – for the time being – as "acting" head coach.
“Jim Grobe is the right leader at this time to move Baylor University and the football program forward,” Baylor Vice President and Director of Athletics Ian McCaw said in a release. “He has successfully led two FBS programs during his career,” McCaw added. “Coach Grobe enjoys an impeccable reputation within the intercollegiate athletics community and is a man of great integrity and faith.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Nebraska coach Mike Riley is fulfilling an offer he made to a woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted by two football players during his time at Oregon State.
Brenda Tracy said she will be speaking to the Cornhuskers on June 22. Riley was the Beavers’ coach in 1998 when Tracy said she was sexually assaulted by four men. The men allegedly involved were never officially prosecuted and the two football players were suspended for a game by Riley.
Tracy said she was at a gathering and woke up to find herself being sexually assaulted. The four men, including former running back Jason Dandridge and defensive back Calvin Carlyle, had the charges of sexual assault dropped against them after a prosecuting attorney cited a lack of full cooperation from Tracy. She said in 2014 that she wished she had done more.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Washington wide receiver Isaiah Renfro is leaving the program.
In a lengthy Twitter post, Renfro revealed Sunday he has been struggling with depression and anxiety, both of which caused his absence from spring practice.
“I missed spring practice because I was checked in the hospital. I was in a special program for people like me that taught me how to cope with my problems and what to do when I hit my lowest of lows,” Renfro wrote. “I didn’t know how bad I got until it was almost too late. But coming out of the hospital, I have a better outlook on life, I’m more and more happy each day I wake up, because I’m able to wake up.”
In his message, Renfro thanked UW’s coaches, his teammates and Huskie fans for their support.
Been debating on posting this but this is me taking steps in the right direction to becoming myself again.. pic.twitter.com/ptE1k9oKKJ
Renfro is not just leaving the program, he is leaving the university as well. But he made it clear that he is hopeful about what lies ahead.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
When the SEC holds its annual spring meetings this week, the league may expand on a rule instituted last year.
The league’s presidents passed a rule banning transfers with “serious misconduct” issues last May. Now, according to multiple reports, the transfer rules may become stricter.
The current rule bans student-athletes who were disciplined at a previous institution for “sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence” from transferring to an SEC school. This week, the SEC could redefine “serious misconduct” to include “dating violence or stalking and conduct that raises serious concerns about the safety of others,” according to the Athens Banner-Herald. The definition would reportedly also expand to include barring any transfer who “has been convicted, pled guilty or pled no contest to a felony involving serious misconduct.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
A pair of Big 12 quarterbacks made sure to get some work in over Memorial Day weekend – but it wasn’t your usual passing drill.
Both Texas’ Shane Buechele and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph delivered perfect passes to friends riding jet skis.
Here’s the toss from Buechele, a true freshman who is firmly in the hunt to start this fall for the Longhorns:
Rudolph’s was a bit more elaborate. It kind of resembles a flea flicker, except there is a diving board and a lake involved. Totally the same thing.