- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Florida State head strength and conditioning coach Vic Viloria was arrested early Saturday morning for DUI.
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, a Tallahassee PD officer found Viloria asleep at the wheel with his truck stopped on an off ramp at 5:06 a.m. Per the police report, the officer tried to wake the coach up “by knocking on the window multiple times,” but he was unsuccessful. Viloria, whose car was in drive with his foot on the brake pedal, awoke a few minutes later and did not see the officer standing next to his truck. At that point, Viloria drove away.
As Viloria drove, his vehicle “left the roadway and traveled up an embankment, missing a telephone pole by what appeared to be only inches.” Viloria’s truck then “traveled off of the embankment and continued southbound” until an officer was able to pull him over.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
Virginia unveiled new football uniforms Saturday to kick off the first season under Bronco Mendenhall.
The Cavaliers will wear a blue jersey with white pants at home and an all-white combination on the road. Additionally, UVA has an alternate orange jersey available for home games to go with its usual white pants.
Mendenhall, who came to UVA after 11 seasons at BYU, explained the changes in a video released by the program.
“I love the idea of a football team and football program representing an institution through how they play, but also how they look,” Mendenhall said in a release. “What we wear I hope connects eras, but also the community to the eras where we can acknowledge the past but also look forward to a really, really bright future.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
Oregon defensive end Torrodney Prevot has been suspended for what the team has termed a conduct violation.
Per multiple outlets, Prevot is currently being investigated by the University of Oregon Police Department via the Eugene Police Department. According to the Daily Emerald, Prevot is being investigated after a former Oregon athlete claims he’s assaulted her twice this year.
Prevot’s suspension stems from a “violation of University and Department of Athletics codes of conduct,” Helfrich’s statement said. “At the conclusion of the University process, his status as a student-athlete will be evaluated further.”
Prevot is a projected starter along Oregon’s defensive front. He had 48 tackles in 2015 along with 2.5 sacks and five tackles for loss. He’s played at linebacker in his career but was listed as a defensive end thanks to Oregon’s defensive system switch to a 4-3.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
The Tennessee football team will honor one of the university’s legends during the 2016 season.
Vols coach Butch Jones confirmed Saturday that his team will have a commemorative sticker on their helmets to honor the late Pat Summitt. Summitt, the longtime Tennessee women’s basketball coach, died on June 28 from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 64.
“We are excited about wearing a commemorative sticker on the back of our helmet to honor the late Pat Summitt,”Jones said. “We all know everything that she stands for and I think it is very fitting that Tennessee football recognize her and everything that she means to the University of Tennessee and the great state of Tennessee and for sports in general.”
Just In: Vol football team will be wearing commemorative stickers on their helmet to honor the late Pat Summitt pic.twitter.com/3h0e03OdxS
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Miami has dismissed two of its best defensive players from the program.
The school announced Saturday that both defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad and linebacker Jermaine Grace “have been permanently dismissed for violating NCAA rules.”
Grace, a senior, led the Hurricanes in tackles (79) in 2015 while Muhammad, a redshirt junior, led the team in both tackles for loss (8.5) and sacks (5). Both were expected to start for the Hurricanes in 2016 and be among the top players on new defensive coordinator Manny Diaz’s unit.
The two were being investigated by the school for allegedly receiving extra benefits from a luxury car rental agency. In a release, the school said it will continue to provide financial aid for the two players “through graduation.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Two Western Michigan players are suspended from the team following allegations they held up a female student.
Per WWMT CBS, Ronald George and Bryson White are in custody at the Kalamazoo County (Michigan) Sheriff’s Office. The two allegedly used a semi-automatic gun and a knife in the incident at an off-campus residence and were arrested while in a car with weapons and cash inside.
Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck issued a statement to WWMT after the allegations.
“Having heard this news early this morning, I took action to immediately suspend both freshman players indefinitely. We expect to learn more about these allegations today. I’m extremely disappointed and want to assure the community that this kind of conduct is unacceptable and does not represent the values of this team or this university. The students will be held accountable to all University student- code, Athletic-student athlete and Football Code of conduct standards. Violations of these standards can lead to dismissal from the team and University.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Any fears that Cal would take a step back offensively by losing quarterback Jared Goff were assuaged Friday as new starter Davis Webb threw for more than 400 yards in his Bears’ debut.
Cal defeated Hawaii 51-31 in front of 61,247 fans in the inaugural Sydney Cup in Australia, which marked the official start to the college football season. The game was the first collegiate contest for the city and an attempt to show Sydney had the ability to host a major college football bowl game in the future.
And Webb did his best to give the fans a good show.
Webb, a Texas Tech transfer, didn’t have much of a learning curve since he ran a similar offense in Lubbock, and his Air Raid acumen showed up early. He made several first-half connections with receiver Chad Hansen, who had 14 catches for 160 yards and two first-half touchdowns.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Update: Saturday, Aug. 27 – 1:30 p.m.
Duke has confirmed in a press release that quarterback Thomas Sirk will miss the entire 2016 season. Sirk, the school said, suffered a partial tear of his left Achilles tendon during practice on Thursday. He will undergo surgery “at a date to be determined,” the school said.
Sirk previously ruptured his left Achilles on February 9 and was working to return for the start of the Blue Devils’ season. He also missed the 2013 season because of an injury to his right Achilles tendon.
Original story: Friday, Aug. 26 – 11:30 p.m. ET
Duke starting quarterback Thomas Sirk will miss the season after reinjuring the Achilles tendon he tore in February, according to multiple reports.
According to reports, the injury occurred Thursday and Sirk was evaluated Friday. The school has not made an official announcement.
This is the third Achilles injury for Sirk since 2013.
Sirk led the Blue Devils in passing with 2,625 yards and rushing with 803 yards last season. Sirk was the co-MVP of the Pinstripe Bowl.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
The player two former Kansas rowers accused of sexual assault reportedly transferred to Indiana State to continue his football career.
According to the Kansas City Star, someone familiar with one of the allegations identified the player as long snapper Jordan Goldenberg. He transferred to the FCS school but was taken off the school’s roster this week. Here’s what Indiana State said in a statement to the Star.
“Jordan Goldenberg Jr. has been removed from the Indiana State University football team, effective Aug. 25. The upper administration of the athletics department and football team recently learned more information about Goldenberg and after a review, decided it was best for him to focus on obtaining his degree.”
“Steps have been taken to ensure this situation is not repeated. Because of privacy limitations, the University will not release further details.”
– – – – – – –
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
With the college football season a week away – unless you’re Cal and Hawaii – teams are running out of time to name starting quarterbacks. And numerous teams made their starters known on Friday.
• Indiana said junior-college transfer Richard Lagow would start the team’s season-opening game vs. Florida International on Sep. 1. Lagow beat out Zander Diamont and Danny Cameron for the starting gig. Both Cameron and Diamont are listed as the team’s No. 2 QB. Lagow wears No. 21, which will take some getting used to. Not too many players start at quarterback while wearing No. 20 or greater.
Diamont threw 31 passes in 2015 while Cameron threw 16 as Nate Sudfield was the team’s primary quarterback.
• Western Kentucky named South Florida transfer Mike White its starter. White succeeds Brandon Doughty, who was a senior in 2015. White transferred from South Florida after the 2014 season. He spent time as the team’s starter in both 2013 and 2014 and had a completion percentage of 51.5 percent in those two seasons. That percentage will have to be much higher if WKU wants to continue the success it had with Doughty at QB.