- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
It doesn’t look like there will be a quarterback controversy brewing at Arizona State.
With starter Taylor Kelly out with a foot injury since Sept. 13, backup Mike Bercovici has performed admirably filling in for Kelly, but now it appears that Kelly will regain his starting role Saturday against Washington.
Kelly returned to practice Oct. 9 and Graham initially thought the senior would be able to return for the Sun Devils’ game against Stanford over the weekend, but during pregame warm-ups the decision was made to hold Kelly out.
“Hopefully we’ll have him ready where he can go this week,” ASU head coach Todd Graham said per the Arizona Republic. “He wanted to go last week, but we also have an obligation to make sure I don’t put the kids in jeopardy. If I was making the decision with my heart, I would’ve let him play, but he wasn’t ready. We’ll see how it progresses this week.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher cut an interview session short on Monday after reporters starting asking about the off-field issues surrounding quarterback Jameis Winston.
Fisher, whose team is on a bye week, was speaking at the Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club near Winston’s hometown. He was asked whether there was any news regarding the student code of conduct hearing and replied: "We're moving on with Louisville and talking about the other things. Everything should be great."
However, the questions didn’t stop there.
Another reporter noted that Fisher’s reputation had taken a hit and Fisher asked him to stop asking the question.
“I’m done,” Fisher said. “I’m done.”
Fisher then asked the reporter if he was going to put the interview on air and the reporter said he wasn’t, which caused Fisher to give one final answer.
"Why is my reputation taking a hit? For backing a kid who has done nothing wrong?" Fisher said. "I don't want to get into this. The questions weren't supposed to be asked today. I'm done. I'm done."
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
Two days after Florida’s embarrassing 42-13 loss to Missouri at home, Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley is sticking with Will Muschamp as head coach.
Foley said Monday that he plans to will continue to evaluate the team’s performance and progress throughout the season before he makes a decision about Muschamp.
“At the beginning of the season we said we would evaluate the season as it plays out,” Foley said, per GatorZone.com. “We will continue to do so. Our sole focus right now is supporting our coaching staff and players as they prepare for Georgia.”
Florida committed six turnovers and gave up four return touchdowns in the loss, which dropped Muschamp’s overall record midway through his fourth season to 25-19 overall and 15-14 in the SEC.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Florida State and Louisville don’t meet until Oct. 30, but Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino had no qualms about putting out his prediction early.
Rick Pitino: "I truly believe we will beat Florida State (in football) ... I haven't been this excited for a football game in a long time."
Florida State is undefeated this season and Louisville’s two losses have come in ACC play against Clemson and Virginia.
If the game were being played this week, there might be a greater chance for an upset after Florida State’s emotional win against Notre Dame.
However, both teams have a bye this weekend as they prepare for the Thursday night pre-Halloween matchup.
Louisville’s defense has played well this season, but facing FSU quarterback Jameis Winston, who played lights out in the second half against Notre Dame, is a tough, tough test.
Still, you have to appreciate Pitino’s moxie and his support of the football program. Perhaps we’ll learn that Pitino really can predict the future.
For more Florida State news, visit Warchant.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
More than eight months after the University of North Carolina retained former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein to conduct an independent investigation into academic fraud, the school announced Monday that the Wainstein’s report would be released Wednesday.
, Wainstein will meet with the university’s board of trustees and board of governors at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. A notice of the meeting appeared on the school’s website Monday.
“Some portions of the meeting will take place in closed session, pursuant to North Carolina Open Meetings Law,” the notice said. “Following the special meeting, Mr. Wainstein will publicly present his findings during a press conference.”
Wainstein and a group of attorneys conducted interviews and reviewed records since February looking into a handful of classes offered over a period of years that often never met. Instead, students were told to write a paper and turn it in at the end of a semester. Past investigations revealed that “athlete enrollments in the classes were disproportionally high” and students enrolled in the classes often received high grades.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
One Tennessee coach might be in a bit of trouble this week after video surfaced of him attempting to trip Ole Miss defensive back Senquez Golson following an interception in the third quarter.
Golson picked off the pass from quarterback Justin Worley and then ran out of bounds on the Tennessee sideline. As Golson tried to come back in bounds to celebrate with teammates, the unidentified coach clearly stuck out his leg in an attempt to trip him.
Luckily, the coach missed and Golson wasn’t injured, but this is some terrible sportsmanship right here. Ole Miss won the game 34-3 and Tennessee had four turnovers, including three interceptions.
Neither the SEC nor the schools involved have commented on this matter.
Thanks to Saturday Down South
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will leave school after this season.
According toa report by CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora, Winston was originally torn about whether to stay another year, but due to several off-field issues in the past few weeks, he has decided it’s best to move on.
La Canfora said there have been several rumors that Winston would drop out of school because of his pending student code of conduct hearing and allegations he was paid for signing memorabilia, but La Canfora said that’s not likely to happen.
While La Canfora cites “sources” on his story, this decision has to be a no-brainer for Winston. There are too many off-field things going on around him to stay at Florida State another year. There would be no athletic benefit for him. In fact, staying might even decrease his draft stock.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
A day after a fourth-down offensive pass-interference penalty took away what would have been a game-winning touchdown to Corey Robinson for Notre Dame against Florida State, Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly was still fuming about the call.
Kelly said after the game that he did not agree with the interference call and got no explanation from the officials, and Sunday he completely ripped the ACC officiating crew.
“Actually, I have less clarity,” Kelly said Sunday per IrishIllustrated.com. “I guess it was actually called on Will Fuller, not C.J. (Prosise). Just adds more uncertainty as to the final play. Again, the play itself in terms of what we ask our kids to do, it was pretty clear what happened on the play. Florida State blew the coverage and they got rewarded for it. So it’s unfortunate.”
The replay showed that that both Prosise and Fuller made contact with FSU defenders, but Kelly insisted that neither obstructed the FSU players.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
LSU has had trouble with quarterback consistency this season.
Coach Les Miles has been shuffling between Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris, and while both have had their moments, neither has been able to totally seize the job.
So, predictably, Miles was asked following the Tigers' 41-3 win against Kentucky whether he was already thinking about who would start at QB in 2015.
And Miles gave the most Miles-esque answer ever.
(WARNING: Obscene language is used.)
While most coaches would have yelled, give that annoyed look or simply ignored the question, Miles did what Miles does best and made his answer into yet another quip for the Les Miles library.
Well played, Les. Well played.
For more LSU news, visit TigerBait.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Clemson will be without its leading rusher for the rest of the season.
Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney said in his Sunday teleconference that freshman running back Adam Choice tore his ACL Saturday afternoon against Boston College. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Choice went down on the team’s second offensive possession of the game when running a play out of the wildcat formation.
“I just hate it for Adam,” Swinney said, per TigerIllustrated.com. “He was just starting to hit his stride. He’ll bounce back. It’s a big loss for us.”
The Tigers have largely used a running back by committee approach this season, but Choice emerged lately as the team’s main ball carrier. Overall, Choice, a four-star recruit in 2014 class, gained 218 yards on 50 carries while scoring one touchdown.
While losing Choice is bad news, the Tigers received some good news about injured redshirt freshman Tyshon Dye. Dye has been rehabbing an Achilles injury and Swinney said Sunday that he could receive his first carries Saturday.