Matt Fortuna at Dr. Saturday 2 hrs ago
When you become the first football coach to get Michael Jordan to sponsor your team’s gear, you get invited to his birthday party. When MJ’s birthday falls during All-Star weekend, you get to be where all present and past NBA stars converge.
And when you’re Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and you meet Allen Iverson at the party of the man whose gear your team wears, you go the diplomatic route and declare Iverson “my tied for 1st favorite Baller of All-Time.” (We can all probably guess whom he’s referring to as the other favorite.)
Great thrill to meet my tied for 1st favorite Baller of All-Time @ MJ's BDay party. A.I. could not have been cooler! pic.twitter.com/Px9GmGP2AN
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 18, 2017
— Jeff Wood (@J__Wood) June 5, 2016
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Matt Fortuna at Dr. Saturday 2 hrs ago
Boston College athletic director Brad Bates will step down from his post in June to become vice president of a collegiate search and consulting firm.
Bates, who had been at BC since 2012, will join Collegiate Sports Associates (CSA) out of Chapel Hill, N.C., the school announced Monday.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Boston College and am especially grateful for the opportunity to serve the University,” Bates said in a release. “I will forever be an Eagle and a fan of our student-athletes, coaches and staff, and will cherish the great relationships that I have made here. The Jesuit, Catholic education offered at BC is distinctive in higher education and epitomizes the very best of college athletics. I feel privileged to be a part of this community.”
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Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 3 hrs ago
Charlotte quarterback Kevin Olsen has been formally charged with rape.
According to the Charlotte Observer, Olsen was arrested Sunday and is facing charges of “felony second-degree forcible rape, cyberstalking, assault on a female and second-degree forced sex.”
In a statement, the school, which said it has been in “close communication” with local police, said the incident occurred off campus and appears “to involve sexual assault within an existing relationship.” Olsen, who started for the 49ers during the 2016 season, has been suspended from the team.
“Olsen has been suspended from Charlotte Athletics, and the University is reviewing the case consistent with its disciplinary procedures,” the school said. “Due to the ongoing CMPD investigation and federal protections on student information, the University will have no further comment on the investigation at this time.”
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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 21 hrs ago
We’re anxious to see Florida State run the “go deep behind the fraternity house” play in 2017.
Quarterback Deondre Francois showed off his arm strength over the weekend by throwing a football over the Pi Kappa Alpha frat house on the Florida State campus. Take a look at this crazy toss.
Watch Deondre Francois throw a football over the pike house pic.twitter.com/WDc6dyVALA
— zachboivin (@ZachBoivin17) February 18, 2017
The house isn’t an ordinary fraternity house either. It’s the largest in the country andhas over 50 bedrooms and is 15,000 square feet.
Francois was a first-year starter for Florida State in 2016 and performed admirably. He threw for 3,350 yards, completed nearly 59 percent of his passes and threw 20 touchdowns to seven interceptions. We’ll make sure to add “and one cleared frat house” whenever we cite his 2017 stats.
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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago
Alabama went to the NFL to find its replacement for Steve Sarkisian.
Alabama was looking for a new offensive coordinator after Sarkisian went to the NFL himself to become the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons. Sarkisian, who served as an offensive analyst for the 2016 season, was Alabama’s offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide’s national championship loss to Clemson.
Daboll worked with Alabama coach Nick Saban as a graduate assistant while Saban was the head coach at Michigan State. He’s coached New England’s tight ends for the past four seasons and hasn’t coached in college since his two years at Michigan State in 1998 and 1999.
Mich. St. approves Mark Dantonio's contract extension as investigation of allegations vs. players continuesNick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio got a one-year contract extension Friday.
The school approved the contract extension — a rollover provision of Dantonio’s current contract — amidst a continuing investigation into sexual assault allegations against three unidentified players. The players have been suspended and are currently not permitted to live in school residences.
According to the Detroit News, the school has also retained the services of a law firm to review the athletic department’s handling of the allegations vs. the players. But president Lou Anna K. Simon said after a board of trustees meeting where Dantonio’s contract extension was formally approved that the approval was a sign of support for athletic staff.
Simon spoke following an MSU Board of Trustees meeting where Dantonio’s rollover contract was approved and said that was an indication of her feeling about the program under Dantonio, who is entering his 11th season.
Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago
On Wednesday, David Feaster, the head coach at Parkway High School in Bossier City, Louisiana, said in a radio interview that he does not allow Alabama to recruit his players on the school’s campus because of the way the Tide coaching staff treated one of his players, ex-LSU quarterback Brandon Harris, during the recruiting process.
On Friday, Feaster was relieved of his duties by school principal Waylon Bates. Yes, really.
Feaster told the Shreveport Times that his comments about Alabama directly led to his dismissal:
“Most people are going to say ‘Feaster just ran his mouth,’ but (Parkway) made it clear to me why they fired me,” Feaster told The Times. “They can say what they want to about Alabama, but (Bates) cited me for insubordination. He said, ‘You should have checked with me before you banned Alabama.’
“I said, ‘That was four years ago, you weren’t even the principal here.’ But he said I brought so much negative publicity to the school I had to go.”
Overall, Feaster had a 59-17 record as Parkway’s head coach.
Colorado hires lawyers behind Baylor report to investigate response to allegations against Joe TumpkinMatt Fortuna at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago
Colorado has reportedly hired lawyers who specialize in institutional response to sexual violence and gender-based harassment to investigate how the school handled allegations against former assistant football coach Joe Tumpkin.
Leslie Gomez and Gina Maisto Smith of the Philadelphia-based firm Cozen O’Connor will investigate how Colorado’s chancellor, athletic director and head football coach responded after they learned of domestic violence allegations against Tumpkin, the (Boulder) Daily Camera reports.
The two lawyers recently investigated Baylor while working for Pepper Hamilton, leading to the the firing of Bears football coach Art Briles and the resignations of athletic director Ian McCaw and school president Ken Starr after producing a report that showed the school did not take seriously complaints of women who had been assaulted by football players.
Tumpkin was suspended Jan. 6 and resigned Jan. 27. He is facing charges of felony assault.
Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago
A contributor from Clemson’s national championship team has hit the graduate transfer market.
After multiple reports emerged Friday morning, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney confirmed that defensive tackle Scott Pagano is leaving the Tigers. Pagano has already graduated from Clemson but has one season of eligibility remaining. Wherever Pagano ends up, he will be able to suit up immediately for the 2017 season.
“I met with Scott Pagano (Thursday). We had a good talk and he told me about his intentions to be a graduate transfer for his final year of eligibility. I told him to think about it overnight. We all wanted him to stay, but he said he had accomplished everything he wanted to do at Clemson. He came here to graduate and win a national championship and he achieved both within the last two months,” Swinney said.
Pagano started four games for the Tigers in 2016 and played in 12 as a key member of the team’s defensive line rotation. Despite missing several games with a foot injury, he finished the year with 31 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. In 2015, Pagano started nine of 15 games, totaling 51 tackles. He also had 10 tackles in 2014 as a redshirt freshman.
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Matt Fortuna at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago
Chad Kelly was not on the official invite list to the NFL combine. But the former Ole Miss quarterback might still travel to Indianapolis for it.
One of Kelly’s agents, Van McAllister, told Buffalo’s 1270 Radio on Wednesday that Kelly had been invited to the combine on Jan. 6 and booked travel to Indy upon his initial invitation.
“Until we get a written disinvite or whatever you want to call if from the league, we’ll be in Indy,” he said. “We’ll show up and they’ll have to tell Chad ‘no’ then because they’ve obviously not willing to put it in writing to tell Chad ‘no’ now.”
The AP, citing a source, reported that the NFL barred Kelly from the combine because of charges stemming from a 2014 fight outside a Buffalo nightclub and for being kicked off the team at Clemson that year.
Kelly, the nephew of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, was the SEC’s leading passer (2,758 yards) in 2016 before tearing the ACL and lateral meniscus in his right knee.