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  • Oregon strength coach suspended following hospitalization of players

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 hrs ago

    Oregon has suspended strength coach Irele Oderinde for a month without pay after three players were hospitalized following offseason conditioning workouts.

    The Oregonian reported Monday night that offensive linemen  Doug Brenner and Sam Poutasi and tight end Cam McCormick were in fair condition following the commencement of winter workouts.

    According to the school, players began workouts on Jan. 10. On Jan. 12, the third day of workouts, a player “complained of muscle soreness and displayed other symptoms of potential exercise-related injury.” Two other players were then found to have similar symptoms.

    Poutasi’s mother told the Oregonian that her son had complained of extreme soreness and had been diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, which can be caused by excessively intense workouts. When someone is suffering from rhabdo, a protein, myoglobin, is released into the bloodstream and can severely damage the kidneys.

    For more Oregon news, visit DuckSportsAuthority.com.

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  • Report: Wash. QB Jake Browning has right shoulder surgery for November injury

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 hrs ago

    Washington quarterback Jake Browning wasn’t at full strength for the final part of the 2016 season.

    According to the Seattle Times, Browning recently underwent shoulder surgery on his right (throwing) shoulder for an injury he suffered in the Huskies’ win over Arizona State in November. The report said Browning’s recovery is expected to take six weeks.

    Browning, a sophomore, was one of the nation’s most efficient quarterbacks in 2016 and a major reason Washington made it to the College Football Playoff. But he struggled in the final two games of the Huskies’ season.

    In the Pac-12 title game win over Colorado and Washington’s Peach Bowl loss to Alabama, Browning was a combined 29-52 passing for 268 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. While facing two very good defenses likely played a role in those statistics, it’s not much of a leap to assume Browning was hindered by an injury that would eventually need surgery.

    Browning finished the season with 43 touchdowns and nine interceptions and completed 63 percent of his passes.

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  • Dabo Swinney: Thoughts that Deshaun Watson isn't a first-rounder 'the craziest thing'

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 6 hrs ago

    Clemson coach Dabo Swinney thinks anyone who grades Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson as a second-round pick needs to find a new line of work outside of scouting.

    Swinney was asked about draft grades for his former quarterback on Tuesday’s Rich Eisen Show. Eisen mentioned discussion of Watson not being considered a first-round pick by some and here’s how Swinney responded.

    “They should lose their jobs,” Swinney said. “That is absolutely the craziest thing. They don’t know Deshaun. This guy is going to —I can’t even tell you how brilliant he is as a football player, as a person. How impactful of a man and human being he is. He’s going to change a locker room the day he gets there. He’s just so driven, so humble. Unbelievable understanding of his platform. And his skillset is off the charts. He can do anything and everything.”

    As draft season is now four months long — remember, it was moved back to May in 2014 — Watson will likely be the most dissected quarterback. While he showed why he was one of the best quarterbacks in the country in his performances vs. Alabama the last two years, expect a lot of discussion about his interception total in 2016. Fair or not.

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  • Ben Boulware tweets pic of championship tattoo jabbing Desmond Howard

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 8 hrs ago

    Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware has apparently decided to let ESPN commentary dictate the location of a national championship tattoo.

    Boulware tweeted a picture of a fresh College Football Playoff trophy tattoo Tuesday, with an accompanying quote by ESPN analyst and former Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard before the Tigers’ game vs. Florida State.

    Howard said Clemson’s linebackers would be the team’s achilles heel. And Boulware has apparently decided to take that literally.

    .@DesmondHoward remember saying this? was thinking of a place to put my National Championship tattoo and what better place than my achilles???? pic.twitter.com/LQqBMrwW3l

    — Ben Boulware (@benboulware7) January 17, 2017

    Clemson beat Florida State 37-34 in 2016, the second-straight time the Tigers had beaten the Seminoles. The win helped Clemson win the ACC’s Atlantic Divison on the way to a second-straight College Football Playoff appearance, where, as you know, the Tigers beat Alabama in the national title game.

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  • UConn pulls recruit's scholarship two weeks before signing day

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 10 hrs ago

    Recruiting can be a shrewd business.

    Ryan Dickens thought he had his college decision wrapped up. The linebacker from Raritan High School in New Jerseycommitted to UConn back in June and was ready to sign with the Huskies in a few weeks, but found out Sunday night that the school no longer had a spot for him in its 2017 recruiting class.

    Dickens was offered by Bob Diaco and UConn’s previous coaching staff. But Diaco was firedin late December and the school brought in Randy Edsall, who led the program from 1999-2010 before bolting for Maryland (where he was fired in 2015).

    Dickens told NJ.com he received a phone call from Edsall on Sunday night. Edsall delivered bad news:

    Three days later, the scholarship was gone.

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  • Ex-Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer among 3 added to College Football Playoff selection committee

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 11 hrs ago

    There will be three new faces on the College Football Playoff selection committee in 2017.

    CFP executive director Bill Hancock announced Tuesday that Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, former Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer and Robert Morris University president Chris Howard will join the group. The three will serve three-year terms, replacing Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, whose three-year terms expired, and former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, who stepped down due to health reasons.

    “Frank, Chris and Gene will each bring a wealth of knowledge to the selection committee,” Hancock said. “All three played college football. And they will continue the CFP tradition of committee members with high integrity and a passion for college football.”

    Before becoming coach at Virginia Tech, Beamer spent six years as the head coach at Murray State following his playing career with the Hokies.

  • Arkansas promotes ex-Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads to defensive coordinator

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 14 hrs ago

    Arkansas has a new defensive coordinator.

    A few days after Robb Smith left after three seasons for the same position at Minnesota, Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema announced Monday night that Paul Rhoads has been promoted to defensive coordinator.

    It was our first team meeting tonight & awesome reaction as I waited to tell our crew that @CoachRhoadsUA is our new DC. #WoooPig #CountOnMe

    — Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) January 17, 2017

    Rhoads served as the team’s defensive backs coach in 2016 after being the head coach at Iowa State from 2009 to 2015. Rhoads led the Cyclones to three bowl games during his tenure, but the team was a combined 8-28 over his final three seasons. Before his time at ISU, Rhoads was the defensive coordinator at Pittsburgh for eight seasons and Auburn for one season.

    For more Arkansas news, HawgSports.com.

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  • Phillip Fulmer is reportedly a candidate for Tennessee's AD job

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    With Tennessee’s search for a new athletic director continuing to trudge along, a new name has emerged as a potential candidate.

    Well, the name is certainly not new in the world of Tennessee athletics at all. In fact, it’s very familiar.

    According to ESPN and USA Today, none other than Phillip Fulmer, the Vols’ longtime football coach, is in the running to replace Dave Hart, who announced his retirement back in August. ESPN’s Chris Low reported Monday that Fulmer is a “prime candidate” for the position.

    Fulmer spent 17 years as UT’s head coach and won a national title in 1998. The 66-year-old also played offensive line for the Vols and was an assistant from 1980 to 1992 before landing the head-coaching gig. He had a 152-52 record at Tennessee, but was forced out in 2008 after a 5-7 season. Since then, the Vols have had three different head coaches and haven’t reached the SEC title game a single time.

    When reached by Low, Fulmer said he “wants what’s best” for Tennessee.

    From ESPN.com:

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  • Multiple Oregon players hospitalized following strenuous workouts

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Multiple Oregon football players have been hospitalized as a result of intense strength and conditioning workouts.

    According to The Oregonian, at least three Ducks players — offensive linemen Doug Brenner and Sam Poutasi and tight end Cam McCormick — are listed in fair condition at a hospital just outside Eugene and have been there since late last week. Poutasi’s mother told The Oregonian her son has been diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis.

    From The Oregonian:

    Poutasi’s mother, Oloka, said that her son complained of very sore arms after the workouts and had been diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a syndrome in which soft muscle tissue is broken down with “leakage into the blood stream of muscle contents,” according to the NCAA medical handbook. Depending on the severity, it has the potential to lead to damaged kidneys.

    From The Oregonian:

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  • Cal hires Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin as offensive coordinator

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    New Cal coach Justin Wilcox dipped into the FCS ranks to find his new offensive coordinator.

    At a press conference Monday, Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin announced he was leaving the program to run Wilcox’s offense in Berkeley. Baldwin spent the last nine seasons as Eastern Washington’s head coach and had an 85-32 overall record, including the 2010 FCS National Championship.

    BREAKING: @EWUFootball head coach Beau Baldwin accepts the Off. Coordinator job at Cal, effectively ending his 9-year run with the Eags. pic.twitter.com/cFWNFxCFCQ

    — EWU Athletics (@EWUAthletics) January 16, 2017

    This season, Baldwin’s Eagles averaged 529.6 yards and 42.4 points per game, the second and third best numbers in the FCS.

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    Cal went 5-7 in 2016.

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