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  • Navy doesn't grant QB Tago Smith extra season of eligibility

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 hrs ago

    Navy quarterback Tago Smith’s college football career is over.

    Smith suffered a torn right ACL in the team’s season-opener vs. Fordham. Since the injury occurred so early in the season, he could have applied for a medical redshirt with the NCAA and played in 2017 if it was approved.

    He didn’t even get to the medical redshirt process. According to the Annapolis Capital-Gazette, he was denied a fifth year by the superintendent of the school.

    “This is a four-year academic institution and midshipmen are expected to graduate in that period of time unless the superintendent determines there is a significant reason why they cannot do so,” McKinney said. “Vice Admiral Carter looked at this particular situation and decided that is not the case with Midshipmen Smith.”

    Smith, who backed up record-setting quarterback Keenan Reynolds in 2015, is set to graduate in May and athletic director Chet Gladchuk said the school doesn’t have any rules allowing athletes extra time for their sports. Had Smith been approved by the school, he then could have appealed to the NCAA.

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  • Keller Chryst to replace Ryan Burns at QB for Stanford vs. Arizona

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 6 hrs ago

    Stanford is making a quarterback change before Saturday’s game against Arizona.

    Coach David Shaw said Tuesday that Keller Chryst would get the start under center. Ryan Burns, who won the job before the season, had started every game so far in 2016 for the Cardinal.

    Shaw noted, however, that the offense as a whole has struggled.

    “It would be really easy if it were just the quarterback,” Shaw said via the San Jose Mercury News.

    Shaw said, "As of right now, Keller's just going to play." No plans to rotate Burns into game

    — Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) October 25, 2016

    Burns is 95-152 passing for 1,058 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions through seven games this season. Chryst, who replaced Burns for a spell during the second half of the Cardinal’s blowout loss to Washington State, is 7-18 passing for 63 yards and an interception.

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  • UConn coach: Idea of Civil ConFLiCT 'worked' because of the attention it's gotten

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 7 hrs ago

    Connecticut coach Bob Diaco is taking the route of all publicity is good publicity regarding his team’s “rivalry” with Central Florida.

    By now you may know that UCFleft the rivalry trophy on the field in Storrs on Saturday after beating the Huskies. Diaco said it was “disappointing” the Knights didn’t want to have anything to do with the trophy, but decided to view the positives of his brainchild during his Tuesday press conference.

    “The idea worked,” Diaco said. “I pose this challenge: What matchup, even including the championship game, has been more widely covered than the Conflict? What matchup? Bring it to my attention, I’m very interested. So an obscure game that would have been meaningless otherwise and had no energy at all for two teams that really never played each other became a national conversation. That’s a bad thing? It definitely filled some papers.”

    Diaco owned the Conflict’s creation Tuesday, but said that he didn’t create the rivalry “unilaterally.” He said he had pitched the idea of trophy games at an AAC spring meeting.

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  • Emails show LSU thought handling of game against Florida was 'a joke'

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 8 hrs ago

    LSU athletic director Joe Alleva, Board of Supervisors athletic committee chairman Blake Chatelain and team spokesman Michael Bonnette were among school officials upset with the way the SEC handled the LSU-Florida game during Hurricane Matthew.

    In a series of emails obtained by WRBZ-TV, Alleva and Bonnette called the situation “a joke” in the wake of Georgia-South Carolina being rescheduled for Oct. 9 and the LSU-Florida game being postponed indefinitely. Both games were supposed to be played on Oct. 8, but were forced to reschedule because of the impending weather.

    As early as Oct. 4, when it became evident Hurricane Matthew was going to alter the game schedule, Alleva offered several options to play the contest, including playing at a neutral site. But Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley declined all requests and was sure the game would be played in Gainesville on Saturday.

    During the email chain from Oct. 6, which was when the official postponments started to become public, Chatelain asked Alleva whether he thought Florida wanted to play the game as much as LSU did?

  • Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly disappointed in AD's vote of confidence

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 8 hrs ago

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday he was disappointed that athletic director Jack Swarbrick had to give him a vote of confidence last Friday.

    Notre Dame started the season ranked in the top 10, but are now 2-5 coming off a bye week and the groans about the coaching situation have been persistent. But Swarbrick didn’t flinch. He said in no uncertain terms that he was sticking by Kelly.

    “Brian will lead this team out of the tunnel opening day next year,” Swarbrick said. “I can tell you I continue to have complete confidence in Brian. I think you really see what you’ve got in a coach with how they manage times like this, and I think he has done a great job of it.”

    While Kelly was appreciative of his athletic director’s words, he was unhappy they had to be said in the first place.

    Kelly also said he could empathize with how fans were feeling. He said the Irish’s issues were complex, but stopped short of calling them frustrating.

    Kelly is 57-28 with Notre Dame. His best season came in 2012 when the Irish went 12-1 after losing to Alabama in the national championship game.

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  • Georgia's top 2 tacklers cleared following marijuana investigation

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 11 hrs ago

    Two Georgia linebackers have been cleared to play against Florida on Saturday.

    Roquan Smith and Natrez Patrick, the team’s two leading tacklers, will not be suspended after they were investigated for possession of marijuana. The two were detained Oct. 15 after a resident assistant reported the smell of marijuana coming from their dorm room in the hours after the Bulldogs’ loss to Vanderbilt. Neither player was arrested.

    UGA athletic director Greg McGarity said both players passed drug tests.

    “After receiving an incident report last week, we determined that neither Roquan Smith nor Natrez Patrick had violated any Athletic Association rules that would require suspension,” McGarity said in a statement. “This included drug testing, which was negative for both student-athletes.”

    Police did not find marijuana in the dorm room. Patrick said the two were smoking Black & Mild cigars.

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  • Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden introduces Donald Trump at rally (Video)

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 12 hrs ago

    Add Bobby Bowden to the list of college football figures endorsing Donald Trump for president.

    Bowden, the longtime Florida State head coach, introduced Trump at a rally in Tampa on Monday night. Bowden, 86, was brought out on stage with the Seminole war chant and wore an American flag tie. He told those in attendance that he, his wife, his two daughters and three granddaughters are all voting for Trump.

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    “I was invited to come down and introduce our new president,” Bowden said. “I’ve never known an election more meaningful than this one. We’ve got to win this thing.”

    Bowden said he is on board with Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan and Trump’s pledges to strengthen the military.

    “I don’t think our military right now is what it needs to be and I like that Donald Trump said he wants to rebuild our military,” Bowden said.

    Bowden then urged the folks in attendance to make sure they vote.

    “Nov. 8, that’s the kickoff,” Bowden said. “You got to be there. You got to vote.”

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  • Report: ESPN pays Big 12 $10M in restructured TV contract after conference doesn't expand

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 12 hrs ago

    ESPN has reportedly given the Big 12 some additional cash in exchange for the removal of a potentially costly clause in the network’s contract with the league.

    According to Sports Business Daily (article behind a paywall), ESPN paid the league an extra $10 million over the remaining eight years of its contract. In exchange for the payment, the Big 12 reportedly removed language in its contract with ESPN that would mandate the network pay the conference more if it expands to 12 or more teams.

    ESPN will pay Big 12 $10m total over remainder of agreement to remove pro rata clause. Fox will not increase pay – will keep its pro rata.

    — Kristi Dosh (@SportsBizMiss) October 25, 2016

    SBD first reported this summer that Fox and ESPN were reluctant to the league’s ideas of potential expansion because of the wording of the contracts it had with the league. The Big 12 was set to make more money from television if it added teams.

    At Big 12 basketball media day, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby declined to comment on the report.

  • FCS Stetson won with walk-off blocked field goal touchdown in OT (Video)

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 14 hrs ago

    We saw some great games at the FBS level, but the best ending of the weekend came from the Pioneer Football League.

    We’re taking you to Buies Creek, North Carolina, where Campbell University hosted Stetson University on Saturday evening. With the game tied 24-24 in overtime, Campbell lined up for a 30-yard field goal to take the lead in the extra frame’s first possession, but the kick was blocked.

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    You have to watch what happens next:

    Senior defensive back Donald Payne broke through the line to block the kick and linebacker Jeb Boudreaux emerged from the crowd with the loose ball. Boudreaux took off nearly the length of the field before being tackled by a Campbell defender.

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    The dramatic victory improved Stetson’s record to 4-3 on the year. Campbell dropped to 3-3 in heartbreaking fashion.

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  • Syracuse staff member reprimanded for involvement in sideline altercation

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 14 hrs ago

    Syracuse reprimanded its own director of football operations following an incident during Saturday’s game against Boston College.

    After consultation with the ACC, it was determined that Brad Wittke “engaged in unsportsmanlike behavior by making contact with Boston College player William Harris,” Syracuse said in a release.

    Harris had intercepted a pass from Orange quarterback Eric Dungey in the first quarter and was hit hard out of bounds by Dungey following a long return. At that point, a scuffle broke out and Wittke got in the middle of it in an effort to “prevent an altercation.”

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    In the video above, Wittke, wearing all blue with an orange hat, appears to push Harris to the ground. Syracuse was assessed two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on the play. Boston College was hit with one.

    Wittke is in his first year at Syracuse, joining the program alongside new head coach Dino Babers. Wittke held the same role under Babers at Bowling Green last year.

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