- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday45 mins ago
Returning Tennessee to its former glory has not been easy.
Since the Vols won the national title in 1998, they have won 10 or more games just four times, had six losing seasons, including four straight, and are on their third coach since Philip Fulmer was forced out in 2008.
And while many of the former players think Tennessee is on its way back behind second-year coach Butch Jones, it’s hard for them to let go out the years since Fulmer's departure.
"I really don't even want to say the names of the two guys who were there between Coach Fulmer and Coach Jones,” former linebacker Al Wilson told the Times Free Press. Wilson was one of several former Tennessee players working a youth football camp this past weekend and asked about his thoughts on the state of the program.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Two LSU true freshmen were arrested in separate incidents on campus last week.
Trey Lealaimatafao and Davon Godchaux, both defensive linemen, will be “disciplined internally” and have already met with head coach Les Miles, LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette told NOLA.com.
LSU police said that Lealaimatafao, a defensive tackle from San Antonio, Texas, was arrested for stealing a bicycle. The incident allegedly took place on July 1 when the bike was stolen near the Middleton Library on campus.
Investigators identified Lealaimatafao from surveillance footage in the area and made contact with him on Thursday. He admitted taking the bike and told investigators he thought it was permissible if the bike was not secured, Lalonde said. The bike was returned to the victim Thursday.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Everyone knows about Melvin Gordon.
The Wisconsin running back mulled leaving for the NFL, but the 1,600-yard rusher is back in Madison for his redshirt junior season. He’s ready to tear up the Big Ten again, but for second-year head coach Gary Andersen, he’s one of a few known commodities on the Badgers’ offense heading into the 2014 season.
The offensive line is stout like most Wisconsin lines in past seasons have been, but wide receiver, with Jared Abbrederis (78 catches, 1,081 yards, 7 TDs) out of the picture, is the offense’s weakest link.
“Offensively – there’s lots of questions. Wide receiver is a big question mark and it’s been talked about a lot. We need a couple young men to step up,” Andersen said Monday at Big Ten Media Day in Chicago.
It’s not easy to replace a player as productive as Abbrederis, a recent draft choice of the Green Bay Packers. One player is not going to do it, but Andersen pointed to a few different guys who can collectively fill the void.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Utah quarterback Travis Wilson was cited for possession and consumption of alcohol by a minor Friday night.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the 20-year-old Wilson was attending a Tim McGraw concert in Salt Lake City, was cited into West Valley Justice Court and subsequently “released at the scene.”
Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham released a statement acknowledging the incident.
“We are still in the process of gathering information on the incident,” Whittingham said. “Once we have all the facts, we will handle the situation internally and determine any disciplinary action that should be taken.”
Wilson, a junior, recently was given the thumbs up to continue his playing career after an intracranial artery condition was discovered following a concussion sustained against Arizona State last season. Wilson had thrown for 1,827 yards, 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions before the injury sidelined him for the rest of the season.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Marshall running back Kevin Grooms has been dismissed from the team following a Saturday arrest.
Grooms, C-USA’s Freshman of the Year in 2012, was arrested Saturday on charges of misdemeanor domestic assault by threat, felony burglary and daytime breaking and entering, misdemeanor petit larceny and fleeing on foot. The Marshall athletic department confirmed Grooms dismissal to the Charleston Daily Mail, saying he had been dismissed for a “violation of team rules and policies.”
Grooms time with the Marshall program hasn’t been great off the field.
According to the paper, Saturday’s incident was Grooms’ third arrest since April 2013.
On April 21, 2013, Grooms was arrested on misdemeanor charges of underage drinking and obstruction. He also was one of five people named in a civil suit filed in May seeking damages after a pedestrian claimed Grooms was in a car that struck him “while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, operating said motor vehicle at excessive speed.”
- Christopher Wilson at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
The college football offseason is long and arduous, but its end is almost in sight. We’re going to take a look at five games you have to look forward to for every weekend of the season. (This is also a handy guide to decide how to RSVP for any autumn weddings.)
All times are Eastern and all games are played on Saturday unless otherwise noted.
These games take place the weekend of October 4.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
The highest-rated player in Oklahoma’s 2014 recruiting class is the subject of a police investigation in an assault on a female OU student.
SoonerScoop.com was the first to report that five-star running back Joe Mixon was involved in a “serious altercation” early Friday morning at Pickleman’s Gourmet Café, a restaurant in Norman. Mixon, who was reportedly out celebrating his 18th birthday Thursday night into Friday morning, has not been arrested at the scene and an investigation is underway. Mixon’s attorney, Kevin Finlay that he had been communicating with local police throughout the day Friday.
“We are cooperating with authorities and look forward to resolving this matter,” Finlay said.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
Georgia linebacker Davin Bellamy was arrested on DUI and speeding charges Saturday morning. He's the second Georgia player to get arrested in less than a week and the seventh Bulldog to be arrested this offseason.
Bellamy was pulled overand, per UGA Sports, was booked at 5:02 a.m. After posting bond, he was released from jail nearly 90 minutes later.
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Both of Bellamy's charges are misdemeanors.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
In what has been a rough week for the program, Texas finally received some positive news Friday afternoon.
The school announced that two football players, who were not named, have been cleared by the NCAA in regards to allegations that they may have accepted meals that were paid for by an agent.
The statement from Texas, in full, reads:
Earlier this summer, Texas reported a situation to the NCAA involving two Longhorn student-athletes receiving a meal from an agent. That situation has been resolved with NCAA staff and the involved student-athletes are immediately eligible for competition.
Both the Austin American-Statesman and Orangebloods.com reported last week that St. Louis-based agent Justin Bingman tweeted multiple times about having dinner with several Texas players, including linebackers Jordan Hicks and Steve Edmond, in March.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
A starter on Southern Mississippi’s defense is in hot water after an incident that took place Friday morning.
According to the Sun Herald, cornerback Ed Wilkins, who started nine games for the Golden Eagles in 2013, admitted to police that he and another man “planned an armed robbery” in Hattiesburg, Miss. As a result of the incident, Wilkins, who was booked into jail Friday morning on felony charges, has been indefinitely suspended by the program.
“This is a serious matter,” Southern Miss coach Todd Monken said in a statement. “Ed has been removed from the program while we gather additional information.”
The Sun Herald is reporting that Wilkins, 21, admitted that he, along with 19-year-old Michael Bailey, went to a residence in Hattiesburg “looking to steal money and drugs.”
Here’s how it allegedly went down: