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Washington and Colorado will begin the 2017 Pac-12 conference schedule much the way they ended 2016.
The two participants in the 2016 Pac-12 Championship Game will meet in Boulder on Sep. 23 in the conference opener for each team. Washington beat Colorado 41-10 to win the 2016 Pac-12 title and head to the College Football Playoff.
The first Pac-12 game of the season will pit Stanford and USC in Week 2. The Trojans’ schedule is notable as their bye week comes on Nov. 25, the final week of the college football season. USC will play 13-straight games to open the season before having a week off before a potential Pac-12 title game appearance.
The Trojans’ schedule also includes a road trip to Washington State on a short week after playing at Cal. Perhaps USC coach Clay Helton will have the same gripes former Cal coach Sonny Dykes did about Pac-12 scheduling.
Here’s the entire Pac-12 conference schedule for 2017 below. The title game will either be on Friday, Dec. 1 or Saturday, Dec. 2 and televised on ESPN.
Sep. 9 Stanford at USC
Sep. 22 Utah at Arizona
Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 13 hrs ago
Rice’s football field doubled as a pond Wednesday morning.
The Houston area has undergone a deluge of heavy rain over the past few days and the school couldn’t avoid any flooding. Rice tweeted Wednesday morning that entrances to campus were blocked off due to high water and the football field was completely submerged.
— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) January 18, 2017
The water receded quickly. The school said an electrical malfunction had caused the temporary backup and the entrances to campus were clear as of 9 a.m. CT.
Electrical malfunction led to temp. back up. Field is back to normal and ready to go. pic.twitter.com/4h0N1cKIng
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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 14 hrs ago
Cobb was released from jail Wednesday morning after posting bond.
Per the Waco Tribune, police believe Cobb and another man were involved in three robberies from Jan. 7 through Jan. 10. Cobb was the allegedly the driver of the vehicle while co-defendant Ayorinde Jelani Gibson allegedly got out and robbed victims.
Oklahoma cornerback Parrish Cobb has been suspended following the issue of a warrant for his arrest.
Cobb was wanted regarding armed robbery allegations around Waco, Texas. According to the Waco Tribune,Cobb has been identified as a suspect in an armed robbery that allegedly occurred on Jan. 10 and, per the AP Wednesday morning, was arrested Tuesday night.
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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 15 hrs ago
The NCAA could be implementing an early-signing period for football recruits soon. But the signing period won’t be in June.
The Division I Football Oversight Committee is moving forward with a proposal that would open a 72-hour signing period for high school recruits in December. The timeframe would correspond with the current December signing time for junior college recruits.
But the committee isn’t recommending an early-signing time for recruits in June. Unlike basketball, there is not currently an opportunity for football recruits to sign early. The earliest a recruit can sign a letter of intent is on National Signing Day the first Wednesday in February.
The possibility of a June signing day seemed tenuous at best after the lack of support it received at the American Football Coaches Association meetings in Nashville last week. The AFCA said it unanimously supported a December signing date but there was no traction for a June committal time.
As part of the committee’s proposal, rules on official visits for recruits would also be modified. Recruits would be allowed to take official visits from April-June of their junior years, to months earlier than initially proposed.
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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 16 hrs ago
Anthony Herbert, an offensive lineman at Northern Michigan, died a short time after participating in morning workouts with the team Tuesday. He was 20 years old.
According to MLive.com, Herbert returned to his room after breakfast following the workout. No immediate cause of death was known.
“What caused his passing is unknown at this time and right now our concern is for Anthony’s family, friends, teammates, coaches and team staff, teachers and fellow students,” said University President Fritz Erickson in a statement.
Herbert participated in an early morning workout Tuesday, Jan. 17 and went to breakfast before returning to his room in Spaulding Hall. There, EMTs were called to his aid after he suffered a medical emergency, officials said.
Herbert was an 11-game starter at left guard for Northern Michigan in 2016 as a redshirt freshman. Northern Michigan is a Division II school in the Great Lakes Conference.
Rest up, T-Bone. You will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to the family of LHS graduate Anthony Herbert. pic.twitter.com/GKIv6w2fF7
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.
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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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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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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.
— 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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Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day 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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