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  • Former Purdue LB, DC Brock Spack not interested in coaching vacancy

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 2 hrs ago

    Brock Spack seems like an obvious fit for the head-coaching vacancy at Purdue, no?

    Spack was a star linebacker at Purdue in the ’80s and was the Boilermakers’ defensive coordinator for more than a decade — from 1997-2008. From there he took over as the head coach at FCS Illinois State and is now in his eighth season, amassing a 59-33 record and three FCS playoff appearances in the process.

    But is Spack interested in the opening at his alma mater? No, evidently.

    From The Pantagraph:

    “I don’t see it happening,” Spack said Tuesday. “I’ve kind of moved on from that a long time ago.”

    “They stink right now. I hope they get a good coach,” said Spack. “I’ve got a lot of pride in the place. I put 22 years of my life in there. I like to see them win. But I don’t think it will be me.”


    From The Pantagraph:

    “I’m not paying attention to that stuff. I have in the past,” said Spack. “I have my own problems right now. I’m at a great place. My focus is on the Redbirds right now.”

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  • Spread Options: Dr. Saturday's Week 8 picks against the spread

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 7 hrs ago

    Well we didn’t go under .500 last week. We were 5-5 in Week 7, bringing the season total to 26-40-4. Keep fading.

    Miami (+6.5) at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. ET THURSDAY: Both teams enter after surprising losses. The Hurricanes lost to North Carolina while Virginia Tech fell at Syracuse. The Hurricanes are No. 57 in total offense while Virginia Tech is No. 59, though those ranks are a bit misleading. Miami’s offense has been much more efficient, averaging over 7 yards per play. Virginia Tech is at 5.47.

    BYU at Boise State (-6.5), 10:15 p.m. ET THURSDAY: BYU is the master of close games; six of its seven games this season have been decided by a possession. Boise State got a big lead against Colorado State and let up in the second half last week, making the game seem closer than it was in the third quarter. No let up this week for the Broncos, who win by 10.

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  • Ex-Virginia receiver files suit over allegations of hazing and bullying

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 9 hrs ago

    A former Virginia wide receiver has filed a suit vs. the school and other individuals because of the way he was treated while a member of the football team.

    Aidan Howard filed the Title IX suit Friday in a U.S. District Court according to ESPN’s Outside the Lines. Howard alleges he suffered a broken orbital bone as part of an initiation fight egged on by wide receivers Doni Dowling and David Eldridge in August.

    The suit names Dowling and Eldridge as defendants along with wide receivers coach Marques Hagans and says members of the UVA coaching staff knew he suffered the right eye injury but didn’t issue any punishments.

    It alleges UVA “fostered a culture of bullying, harassment, and discrimination,” that hazing incidents were common, and that the school violated federal Title IX rules regarding harassment and discrimination. The school’s president and athletic director are also named as defendants.

    From OTL:

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  • 2 Minnesota players contesting restraining order that prevents playing in home games

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 11 hrs ago

    A restraining order has been filed against two Minnesota football players.

    The temporary order was filed in Hennepin County District Court against running back Carlton Djam and defensive lineman Tamarion Johnson. Accordingto the St. Paul Pioneer Press, it was filed by a woman who works Minnesota games at TCF Bank Stadium, meaning the restraining order would prevent the two from being in attendance at home games.

    From the Pioneer-Press:

    The restraining order stems from an early morning incident Sept. 2, Hutton said. The incident included allegations of sexual assault, a Minneapolis police report said.

    University spokesman Evan Lapinska said in a statement: “It would not be appropriate for the University to comment on this matter to the extent it relates to University students. The University reaffirms, however, that it will honor and comply with court orders.”

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  • Office of Civil Rights opens Title IX investigation after ex-Baylor employee's complaint

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The U.S. Department of Education has responded to the complaint filed by Baylor’s former Title IX coordinator.

    Patty Crawford, who resigned from the university earlier this fall following the fallout from the university’s handling of sexual assault accusations, filed the complaint in October with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. The OCR said Wednesday it has opened a Title IX investigation because of her complaint.

    From the Waco Tribune:

    “OCR opened the investigation after receiving a complaint from the former Baylor Title IX coordinator,” department spokesperson Dorie Nolt said in a statement. “Consistent with federal privacy statutes, OCR typically does not identify the specific parties, including complainants, involved in our civil rights cases. In this instance, the complainant has given permission for OCR to identify her and has spoken publicly about her complaint.”

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  • Concussion foundation: 91 percent of ex-college players studied have CTE

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Former college football players from over 100 schools have CTE according to the Concussion Legacy Foundation.

    The foundation, which studies concussions and brain injuries, said Wednesday that 138 of 152 former college football players studied at the Veterans Affairs-Boston University-Concussion Legacy Foundation brain bank have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, more commonly known as CTE.

    CTE is a degenerative condition that can be caused by repeated head trauma. CTE can lead to memory loss, dementia and erratic behavior, though it can only be officially diagnosed by direct examination of the brain after death.

    The disease and its connection to sports like football where head trauma can repeatedly occur became more common after an HBO “Real Sports” feature on the topic and “Concussion,” the movie starring Will Smith that was released in 2015.

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  • Dr. Saturday Podcast: Let's hand out some midseason awards

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Whoaaaa, we’re halfway there (in the 2016 season). Time’s flying by, isn’t it?

    In this week’s edition of the Dr. Saturday podcast we make our picks for some midseason award winners. We each have the same offensive player of the year and Heisman winner (hint: it’s the guy in the picture above). But that’s about it. Take a listen to find out who our choices for running back, wide receiver and defensive player of the year are.

    We also talk about the potential of Tom Herman getting another contract extension at Houston and the ridiculousness of an adult film site’s offer to Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly.

    You can listen to the podcast on iTunes or in the player below.

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  • Jim Mora says Josh Rosen is game-time decision vs. Utah

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    UCLA coach Jim Mora said he has no idea if star quarterback Josh Rosen will miss a second-straight game.

    Rosen didn’t start last week vs. Washington State and Mora said Wednesday the QB will be a game-time decision for Saturday’s game vs. Utah. Rosen injured his right shoulder in the closing minutes of the Week 6 loss at Arizona State.

    “As much as you want to know and your readers want to know, I promise you I want to know. I promise you our team wants to know,” Mora said about the sophomore’s availability.

    Mora had said Monday that Rosen was “close” and didn’t play against Washington State because he wasn’t medically cleared. From Bruin Sports Report:

    “I think he was pretty close. He really wanted to play,” Mora said. “It was a matter of he was medically cleared if he could do certain things. And when we went out in pre-game, he couldn’t do those things. My hope is that by tomorrow (Tuesday) he’ll feel good enough that he can go out in practice and do a little bit more, and as we go through the week and on Saturday, he’ll be able to play.”

  • Heisman Watch: Lamar Jackson faces tough NC State defense

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    With all of the Heisman candidates either winning or not playing last weekend, there was little change in our Heisman Watch. This week, the spotlight shifts to Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, who will have a tough matchup against NC State this week. This is also an opportunity for J.T. Barrett and Jake Browning to make up ground on Deshaun Watson.

    Here’s a look at this week’s Heisman Watch:

    Lamar Jackson did not have his greatest game against Duke last week, but he did have the all-important go-ahead touchdown, which helped the Cardinals to a 24-14 win. In that game, Jackson completed just 50 percent of his passes for 181 yards and rushed 21 times for 144 yards. He had two touchdowns. He’ll face a much tougher opponent this week in NC State, which has the No. 5 rushing defense in the country and 18 sacks.

    A bye week could not come at a better time for Deshaun Watson, who had a dismal performance against NC State and was a missed field goal from being knocked out of the playoff picture. In that game, Watson threw his first-ever pick-six, but he still managed to complete 75 percent of his passes for 378 yards and two touchdowns and rush for a score.

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  • Nevada RB Akeel Lynch announces his retirement due to concussions

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Nevada running back Akeel Lynch announced he’s retiring from football after sustaining what he described as “two significant concussions” in a “short period of time.”

    Lynch, who played four seasons at Penn State before leaving for a graduate transfer to Nevada, made the decision in conjunction with his family and physicians, and announced the decision on Twitter.

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    — Akeel J. Lynch (@ALynch_22) October 17, 2016

    Lynch played in four of Nevada’s seven games this season, but missed the last two games because of his most recent concussion. He finishes the season with eight carries for 29 yards.

    Lynch graduated from Penn State and left the school in January to pursue more playing time and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Nevada.

    Lynch played three seasons at Penn State, amassing 1,318 yards. However, he lost his starting role to freshman Saquon Barkley in 2015.

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