- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Tennessee defensive end Andrew Butcher was arrested over the weekend.
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, officers found Butcher, a true freshman, drunkenly “running around” on Interstate 40 around 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning.
"The defendant was running around on 40 East near James White Parkway," the arrest report says, per The Tennessean. "Upon contact with the defendant he had a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet."
The 18-year-old was subsequently arrested and charged with “public intoxication, underage possession of alcohol and violating a controlled access roadway.”
According to police, Butcher admitted to drinking beer that night. He was later released after posting bound.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Central Florida coach George O’Leary wants to be the school’s athletic director, according to a report in USA Today.
O’Leary, 69, was named the interim athletic director in June and is willing to step down as football coach to assume athletic director duties full time.
According to USA Today, which spoke to two people close to the situation on the condition of anonymity, UCF was readying for a national search to replace Todd Stansbury, but put those plans on hold after O’Leary approached school president John Hitt with the idea to become the full-time athletic director. However, there’s concern about O’Leary’s administration experience. He’s been a coach either at the college or NFL level since 1980.
The article suggests that if O’Leary were to become the school’s AD, offensive coordinator Brent Key would be the new football coach. Key has been at UCF since 2005.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Former USC linebacker Morgan Breslin is suing the university.
According to the Los Angeles Daily News, Breslin claims that school officials “guided him in purchasing” a disability insurance policy that has provided “inadequate coverage” for an injury.
Breslin, 24, played for the Trojans in 2012 and 2013, filed the suit Friday alleging “breach of contract, fraud and both intentional and negligent interference with prospective economic relations.” He was injured in USC’s game at Arizona State on Sept. 28, 2013 (you know, the one that got Lane Kiffin fired).
He says the injury prevented him from pursuing a professional football career.
From the Daily News:
Breslin was designated an exceptional student athlete for the 2013-14 season as part of an NCAA program that encourages athletes to stay in school and complete their degree program while being offered the chance to buy disability insurance, the suit states.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
The Sun Belt added Coastal Carolina as its 12th member on Tuesday.
The league announced Tuesday that the Chanticleers will join Sun Belt in all sports but football for the 2016-17 year, with the football program joining the fold for the 2017 season.
After multiple outlets reported the news Monday night, the conference confirmed it with a press conference Tuesday afternoon near Coastal Carolina’s Myrtle Beach, S.C., campus.
"This is a great day for the Sun Belt Conference as we are very proud to have Coastal Carolina University join our membership," said Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson. "The Sun Belt is a growing conference with a bright future and Coastal Carolina makes a perfect fit as it too has seen a tremendous amount of growth and has all the tools necessary to move forward at the highest level of collegiate athletics.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
LSU has its starting quarterback. Coach Les Miles said Monday evening that Brandon Harris had beaten out Anthony Jennings for the job.
“Brandon Harris, he’s throwing the ball more accurately,” Miles said via the Baton Rouge Advocate. “He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do.”
Miles did say that both Harris and Jennings would see playing time against McNeese State on September 5. While the Cowboys gave Nebraska a big scare in 2014, it wouldn't be surprising if a lot of LSU's backups see the field in the second half.
Harris was considered the frontrunner for the job despite receiving less playing time than Jennings did in 2014. He started just one game in 2014 and it was a disaster. As the Tigers lost 41-7 to Auburn, Harris was 3-14 passing for 58 yards. 52 yards came on one completion.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Greyson Lambert will start Saturday’s season opener against Louisiana-Monroe, coach Mark Richt announced Monday.
Richt said Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta will share second-team reps this week.
“There may be other or others who get in the game, but right now the thing that I know that he’ll start the game,”Richt said. “Very, very close competition. Still being contested in my mind. But at this point we felt it'd be wise to name a starter and get him ready to play in this ballgame.”
Lambert was a transfer from Virginia where he started eight games last season before being replaced. He completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,632 yards 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Everett Golson is Florida State's starting quarterback.
The Notre Dame transfer was named the Seminoles' week one starter Monday afternoon by coach Jimbo Fisher. Golson had been competing with Sean Maguire for the position. Maguire spent 2014 as the primary backup for Jameis Winston and started against Clemson after Winston was suspended following an inappropriate act on campus.
Golson transferred from Notre Dame following the 2014 season after he lost his starting job at the end of the year to Malik Zaire. As a graduate transfer Golson was eligible to play immediately. His first FSU start will come against Texas State.
While Florida State had been reluctant to name a starter, Golson winning the job isn't too surprising. It would have been unlikely he would transfer somewhere to play his final season of college football and not be the starting quarterback.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
With less than a week remaining until the FBS college football season kicks off, there are still several Power Five quarterback battles that have yet to be decided, including some involving possible College Football Playoff contenders.
Here’s a look at the starting quarterback battles that are still raging:
FLORIDA STATE Contenders: Sean Maguire, Everett Golson ** Coach Jimbo Fisher named Everett Golson the starting QB after this post was published **
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has been reluctant to name starting quarterback through fall camp and that didn’t change when camp practices ended Saturday.
“We’ll name it when we think it’s right,” Fisher said. “We’ll keep watching the film and evaluating.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
UCLA defensive back Ishmael Adams was arrested early Sunday for an alleged incident with an Uber driver, according to a report from the Daily Bruin. His bail is set at $100,000.
The report says Adams is accused of using force to steal the driver's cell phone around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
From the Daily Bruin:
Police arrested UCLA cornerback Ishmael Adams for allegedly stealing an Uber driver’s cell phone outside of UCPD headquarters on campus early Sunday.
Adams, a redshirt junior on the UCLA football team, was arrested about 3:30 a.m. near the Facilities Management building in central campus about a block away from the reported robbery, according to police logs. His bail was set at $100,000.
Adams was arrested about 12 minutes after the driver called police and reported the robbery. The driver also reported apparent minor injuries, police said.
UCLA said in a statement that it is aware of the incident.
- Steven Lassan at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
AthlonSports.com is a leading website for preseason and in-season football previews, predictions, rankings and analysis.
While offensive and defensive lines are arguably more important to the success of any college football team, it’s the skill talent – running backs or receivers – and quarterbacks that generate most of the preseason attention. And with the balance of power in football shifting to the offense, big-play threats and speedy receivers are more valuable than ever.
Compiling the top 35 receiver groups for 2015 clearly showed there's a wealth of talented corps this season. Baylor takes the top spot in Athlon's top 35 receiver groups, with Texas A&M and Clemson rounding out the top three.
Note: This ranking also takes into account tight ends.