- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
The Big 12 will actually have “one true champion” in 2015.
After the conference essentially handcuffed itself from consideration for a spot in the College Football Playoff in 2014 with TCU and Baylor finishing as co-champions, a new tiebreaker system was formalized on Wednesday.
You can read the new procedure below, via ESPN’s Max Olson:
As you can see, if two teams have the same record, the team that won their head-to-head matchup (like Baylor beat TCU last season) is declared the conference champion.
If three or more teams are tied after the league’s round robin style conference schedule, it gets a bit more complicated. The teams will be compared by their results against the next highest placed teams. For example, if two of the three tied teams beat the team that finished fourth and the other lost to the fourth-placed team, the team that lost would be eliminated.
Afterward, the champion would be determined by head-to-head play.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
Hours after his arrest for allegedly beating two gay men who kissed in the street, Marshall running back Steward Butler has been dismissed from the program.
Butler turned himself to police Wednesday morning in connection with the April 5 incident and school athletic director Mike Hamrick and head coach Doc Holliday announced his dismissal just before 3:30 p.m.
Coach Holliday and I have decided to dismiss Steward Butler from our program in light of additional information regarding his charges.
Earlier in the afternoon, the school announced Butler’s indefinite suspension. However, after learning of “additional information regarding his charges,” Hamrick and Holliday took things a step further and dismissed Butler.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Could a bowl game be coming to Australia?
Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson said Wednesday at the conference’s spring meetings that the MWC and Pac-12 have had “considerable conversations” over the past five months about playing a bowl in Melbourne.
ESPN first reported that the Pac-12 had “exploratory discussions” about the possibility, and according to CBSSports.com, officials from Australia were in Phoenix this week where both leagues are holding their annual spring meetings. At this point, though, the game is nothing more than an idea.
It's not a given the game will get off the ground. One of the key issues: Which teams in the bowl selection pecking order do the Pac-12 and Mountain West send to Australia?
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer will miss a scheduled appearance at Findlay University Wednesday night due to health reasons. Meyer’s wife Shelley told Cleveland.com that the Buckeyes coach would have surgery to have his appendix removed on Wednesday afternoon.
Ohio State announced earlier in the day that Meyer would miss the event due to an “unplanned surgery,” but did not offer specifics. According to BuckeyeGrove.com, a program spokesperson said Meyer could stay in the hospital overnight.
“Everything is going to be all right,” the spokesperson said.
In addition to Wednesday night’s appearance in Findlay, Meyer is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at Friday night’s New York Yankees game.
“Right now the hope is that he will still be able to make it to New York to throw out the first pitch and do some other things in the city that he had planned,” the OSU spokesperson said.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Update - 1:45 p.m. ET
Marshall running back Steward Butler has been suspended from the program indefinitely, athletic director Mike Hamrick announced Wednesday afternoon.
Additionally, interim president Gary White released a statement condemning the accusations.
“The entire university community is shocked and disappointed to learn the details surrounding the alleged actions that led to Mr. Butler’s arrest this morning," White said in a statement.
“The type of violent, bigoted behavior reported to have been perpetrated by this student is not tolerated at Marshall University. Period. This is an extremely serious matter.
“We will allow the legal process to run its course and will act swiftly and appropriately within our Student Conduct System and according to the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities as more details become clear.”
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Marshall running back Steward Butler turned himself into police Wednesday after being accused of assaulting two gay men.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott was back in St. Louis – his hometown – on Tuesday and threw out the first pitch before the Cardinals hosted the Cubs at Busch Stadium.
Elliott, the offensive MVP of the national championship, showed that he has skills beyond the football field by firing a perfect strike.
he threw a strike pic.twitter.com/dlYu1r21Ws
There wasn’t a whole lot of velocity on Elliott’s pitch, but we’ve all seen enough disastrous first pitch attempts to know that it’s all about just getting the ball over the plate.
The hometown kid may have provided a bit of luck for the Cardinals too as they knocked off the Cubs, 7-4.
For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Darius James is leaving the Texas program.
James, a 6-foot-5, 304-pound offensive lineman, confirmed to the Austin American-Statesman that he’s been given his release and will transfer to another program.
James played in six games and started twice at right tackle for the Longhorns last season as a redshirt freshman, but missed the second half of the season due to a knee injury.
James, a native of Killeen, Texas, was a highly-regarded prospect coming out of the class of 2013. Rivals rated James as the top center in the class and the 65th-best player overall. He redshirted his first season on campus.
James missed the spring while continuing to rehab his injured knee, but was considered a potential starter for the Longhorns in 2015. Instead, he decided to continue his career elsewhere.
For more Texas news, visit Orangebloods.com.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Yeah, Ohio State and Oregon made a nice bit of money for making the first College Football Playoff Championship, but they also spent a big chunk of change to get there.
According to CBS Sports, the Buckeyes spent $4.4 million to get to the Sugar Bowl and the title game while Oregon spent $3.8 million for the Rose Bowl and title game.
The entire list of expenses and accompanying chart is fascinating and we highly recommend you take a look. Here are a few points from it:
• Ohio State and Oregon's per-game expenditures weren't the highest of the four teams participating in the playoff. Alabama spent the most of anyone for the Sugar Bowl, spending approximately $2.6 million to send over 900 people – yes, over 900 – to the game. Almost half of those were classified under "band and cheerleaders," according to CBS.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
There will be three new bowl games in 2015.
According to ESPN, the NCAA made the games official and they will be hosted in Austin, Texas, Orlando and Tucson, Ari. An official announcement is expected later this week from the NCAA.
Matchups for the new bowls are as follows: Tucson (Mountain West versus Conference USA), Austin, Texas (American versus Sun Belt) and Orlando (American versus Sun Belt).
The three additional games mean there will be 42 bowl games at the conclusion of the 2015 season, counting the College Football Playoff Championship, and 82 teams will be required to fill up all the bowl spots. The bowl in Orlando, the Cure Bowl, is set for December 19 while the game in Tucson, the Arizona Bowl, is on December 29.
The game in Austin would be played at the University of Texas' Stadium. The Orlando game would also give the city three bowl games with the continued presence of the Russell Athletic Bowl and the Citrus Bowl.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Oh, what a difference a couple months make.
In March, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he thought his membership would be in favor of a conference title game and reiterated last week that his league had to do something about being left out of the inaugural College Football Playoff. However, after meeting with the league’s athletic directors on Tuesday, Bowlsby seemed to back away from that declaration.
“I’m not sensing that’s where we’re headed,” Bowlsby saidof a possible conference title game.
Bowlsby said his conference would continue to push for deregulation of the NCAA’s rule that requires 12 teams for a conference championship game, but Bowlsby said people “shouldn’t draw any conclusions from that.”