- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
The end of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show had a surprise plot twist Thursday night.
Alabama's AJ McCarron won the evening's final honor, the Maxwell Award, which is given to the best player. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston had won the Davey O'Brien award, which goes to the best quarterback, over Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and McCarron earlier in the evening.
Winston also won the Walter Camp Award.
McCarron is the first Alabama player to win the award. Perhaps it's a lifetime achievement one? Even McCarron himself was surprised that he was on stage and the Maxwell recipient.
— Maxwell Award (@TheMaxwellAward) December 13, 2013
Man applies for North Dakota coaching vacancy touting video game credentials, promises to ‘chuck the pigskin’Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Chris McComas doesn't have much of a shot at getting the football head coaching job at North Dakota. But he had some free time and figured he might as well give it his funniest shot.
McComas works at Marshall University as a systems integration specialist and when he saw the vacancy posted on Twitter, he sent in a hilarious cover letterand nine-slide PowerPoint presentation to convince UND Athletic Director Brian Faison he was the man for the job. He touted his video game experience with Thurman Thomas in Tecmo Bowl and his recruiting prowess in NCAA Football. And his teams would throw the ball.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Connecticut announced Thursday that former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco would be its next head coach.
Diaco has been at Notre Dame since 2010 and last season received the Broyles Award, which goes to the nation's top assistant. His Notre Dame defense helped get the Irish to the BCS Championship game before the Irish lost to Alabama.
He signed a five-year deal worth $1.5 million a season.
UConn fired Paul Pasqualoni after an 0-4 start and the team was coached by interim coach T.J. Weist the rest of the season. UConn finished the season 3-9.
This season, Notre Dame gave up 22.9 points per game and 377 yards a game. Last season, the Irish led the country in points per game at 10.3 and gave up 288 yards a game.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
The career of Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell is officially over.
The Bulldogs announced that Russell had surgery to fix a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder on Tuesday. Russell, a senior, will not be available for the Liberty Bowl, which would have been his final game as a Bulldog.
Russell’s senior season was wrought with injury. Early in the season, he missed three games with a concussion and another with an ankle injury. The shoulder injury cost him the regular season finale against Ole Miss.
Russell started 22 games, including every game in 2012 and five in 2013.
Sophomore Dak Prescott and freshman Damian Williams will be the Bulldogs options against Rice in the Liberty Bowl, though Prescott has been battling a nerve injury in his throwing shoulder.
Russell finishes a strong career at Mississippi State. He’s first in school history in touchdown passes (42) and passing efficiency (137.3). He finished second in passing yards (5,441), pass completions (410) and touchdowns responsible for (45).
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
The woman who accused Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault said that she thought she was hit in the back of the head, per the 911 call from her friend.
Her friend who called 911 in the hours after the incident occured said that the accuser didn't remember the night fully and that she did not know Winston before they met that evening at Potbelly's. Her friend described her as "shaken up" and that she only remembered pieces of the event and kept blacking out.
The audio of the call was released on Wednesday per a public record release, six days after Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs said that he would not charge Winston with a crime after investigating the incident, which happened on Dec. 7, 2012.
Her friend also said that the accuser kept trying to tell her the story but it was only in pieces. After the hit, the accuser told her friend that she ended up in the room where the incident occurred.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
College football hands out most of its awards this week. There's the show tonight to present most of the awards, and then on Saturday is the Heisman Trophy presentation, where Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is likely to make history as the second freshman to ever win the award.
In the spirit of the awards season, we at Dr. Saturday (Graham Watson and Nick Bromberg) are handing out some hardware of our own:
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Watson: Jordan Lynch, QB Northern Illinois Yes, most people would say Jameis Winston here and while Winston had a phenomenal year, it’s hard to ignore Lynch’s incredible numbers. He threw for 2,676 yards, 23 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. He also rushed for 1,881 yards, which included two (TWO!) 300-yard rushing games. He’s the nation’s second-leading rusher and his rushing numbers – just rushing numbers – are better than the numbers of former Alabama running back Mark Ingram when he won the Heisman in 2009.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
It’s been nearly two months since Eastern Michigan receiver Demarius Reed was tragically shot and killed in his apartment complex and now police may know why.
According to MLive.com, two men targeted Reed because he was wearing expensive clothes and an expensive-looking belt buckle. The two men – Kristopher Pratt and Ed Reed – allegedly planned to rob Reed at a party on Oct. 18.
“Apparently, he was wearing a very expensive belt and had some clothes on,” Officer Brooke Mullender said in her testimony. “They decided to rob him and during the robbery he was shot … multiple times.”
Reed was shot dead at 3:30 a.m. on Oct. 18. He was 20 years old.
“They found him in the stairwell at the apartment building, attempted to rob him,” [Detective Joe] Yuhas said. “Mr. Reed was then shot, two separate occasions, and robbed of personal property.”
Multiple people reported hearing gunshots about 3:30 a.m. but none called the police. At least one person walked past Reed’s body after he was shot and didn’t report it to police.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
Steve Spurrier was in rare form on Thursday. The always quotable South Carolina coach commented on his star defensive end's speeding ticket on Saturday and was able to get a shot in at an old rival, Florida State.
Spurrier to Bianchi: "I didn't know Jadeveon's car that could go that fast. He doesn't have a pretty car like those FSU guys used to drive."
— Heath Cline (@heathradio) December 12, 2013
Clowney was ticketed for going 110 MPH in a 70 MPH zone on Saturday night. He was driving a Chrysler 300. But it wasn't just Florida State who Spurrier got to dig. His old employer and alma mater Florida was the subject of one too. Spurrier's Gamecocks are playing Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando on Jan. 1. Florida, after a 4-8 season, is not heading to a bowl game.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron is a realist.
During the college football awards media day on Wednesday, McCarron acknowledged that he thought Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston would probably win the Heisman, but noted that his career as a three-year starter and national champion should count for something as well.
“Of course it made me feel good,” McCarron said of getting the invite to the Heisman ceremony in New York. “I kind of smiled, proved a lot of people wrong. But I also feel like I earned it and I deserve it. I think if you look at the three years of me starting, I’d put my numbers up (against) anybody in the country. What, 13 interceptions my whole three years starting? I mean, a lot of guys throw that in one year. I feel like I’ve taken care of the ball, I’ve done all the right things on and off the field.
“So if the award goes by their mission statement, I feel like I fit it pretty well.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Eastern Michigan went outside the FBS realm for its new head coach.
The school announced the hiring of former Drake head coach Chris Creighton on Wednesday. Creighton, 44, had been at Drake for six seasons. Before coaching at Drake, he was at Division III Wabash College and NAIA's Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas.
Eastern Michigan coach Ron English was fired in November after a tape of a vulgar rant was released. The Eagles were 1-8 at the time of English's firing and finished the season 2-10 under interim coach Stan Parrish.
Under Creighton, Drake shared Pioneer League conference titles in 2011 and 2012. This season, the Bulldogs went 6-5.
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