- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
An autopsy report on Arizona offensive lineman Zach Hemmila’s body determined the player died because of a toxic mixture of medications.
Hemmila died on Aug. 7. He was 22. According to AZCentral.com “the drugs found in his system were oxymorphone, an opiate painkiller, and alprazolam, an anxiety medication.” Officials also said his lungs were congested and that he was also chewing tobacco at the time of his death.
Hemmila’s death was ruled accidental and he was set to be a fifth-year senior on the team. He appeared in 13 games in 2015 with six starts. Coach Rich Rodriguez said that he had spent 45 minutes talking to Hemmila about almost “everything” just two days before the offensive lineman’s death.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
A realtor in Tuscaloosa, the home of the University of Alabama, is already having fun with LSU’s firing of Les Miles.
Take a look at this billboard that’s already posted two days after Miles was removed as the Tigers’ head coach.
This is Savage. Dagger to the heart from Pritchett and Moore. pic.twitter.com/9VM4I6rMYv
— UnlimitedTide (@UnlimitedTide) September 27, 2016
Notice how the LSU is even photoshopped and cropped off Miles’ hat. You have to make sure that you don’t get in trouble using a logo if you’re going to troll well.
We’re thinking the only person on this billboard that could get more positive attention in Tuscaloosa would be Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, whose team beat Miles’ on Saturday.
This also undoubtedly is giving an Auburn fan an idea to troll Alabama when Nick Saban leaves his post as head coach of the Tide, but given that Saban will likely retire at Alabama, there really won’t be too much fun in that.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
A member of Nebraska’s board of regents vehemently disagrees with some players’ decisions to kneel for the national anthem.
Three players kneeled in protest of systemic discrimination of African-Americans before Saturday’s game against Northwestern. Regent Hal Daub told the Lincoln Journal-Star that the players’ actions should get them kicked off the team.
“It’s a free country,” Daub told the Journal Star on Tuesday. “They don’t have to play football for the university either.
“They know better, and they had better be kicked off the team,” he added. “They won’t take the risk to exhibit their free speech in a way that places their circumstance in jeopardy, so let them get out of uniform and do their protesting on somebody else’s nickel.”
Daub continued: “Those publicity seeking athletes ought to rethink the forum in which they chose to issue their personal views at the expense of everyone else.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
New LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron was the person who fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, not the university, according to a report in the New Orleans Times Picayune.
According to the report, Orgeron was given the choice about the direction of the Tigers’ offense and he opted for a change in the offensive system, which didn’t included Cameron’s assistance. Orgeron promoted tight ends coach Steve Ensminger to offensive coordinator and pushed Cameron, who was good friends with Miles and had been LSU’s offensive coordinator since 2013, out.
Ensminger has been an offensive coordinator in several other places, including McNeese State, Louisiana Tech, Texas A&M and Clemson. He’s been the Tigers’ tight ends coach since 2010.
Orgeron laid out LSU’s new offensive philosophy in his introductory press conference on Monday and said his goal is to score points, something that has been severely lacking for the Tigers’ this season.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
The Kennesaw State University football team took its first-ever flight Saturday — the program is only two years old — and redshirt freshman linebacker Keagan Jordan wasn’t feeling it.
The two-year letterman had never flown before and even before the plane left the ground in Georgia heading for Pittsburgh, Jordan started to regret his decision to come aboard.
So what did his teammates do to calm him down, they filmed his entire freakout and were treated to an unexpected ending.
Excuse my laugh, but it was his first flight and he passed out ???????????????????? pic.twitter.com/G1XRjXdtcu
— Zeezus (@TheDayOfZay) September 23, 2016
Yes, Jordan, who clutches his chest and yells, “Oh! Oh! Oh my God! We ain’t gone make it!” appears to pass out much to the amusement of his teammates.
Rest assured Jordan was OK and did play in the 36-28 victory over Duquesne.
Now you can decide whether you think this video is real or fake, but Kennesaw State spokesman Mike DeGeorge somewhat vouched for its authenticity.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Iowa will be without one of its best players indefinitely.
The program announced Tuesday morning that wide receiver Matt VandeBerg suffered a foot injury during practice on Monday. The school did not specify the nature of the injury or how long the senior will be out, other than saying he will “miss games.”
Tom Kakert of HawkeyeReport.com reported Monday night that VandeBerg broke his foot.
Hearing tonight that Matt VandeBerg broke his foot today in practice. Needless to say, not good news for the Hawkeyes. Ferentz update Tues.
— Tom Kakert (@HawkeyeReport) September 27, 2016
“It is unfortunate that Matt will miss some time due to his injury,” Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement. “We know that Matt will work extremely hard to get back on the field as soon as possible. We feel confident that some of our younger receivers will step up in Matt’s absence.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Florida looked to an SEC foe to find its new athletic director.
After multiple reports emerged Monday, the school announced Tuesday it has hired Mississippi State’s Scott Stricklin as its new AD. Stricklin will replace Jeremy Foley, the longtime Gators AD who announced his retirement in June.
— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) September 27, 2016
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
An interesting change has been made to the pre-draft process for underclassmen interested in leaving school early to pursue an NFL career.
In conjunction with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the NFL announced Monday that FBS schools, beginning in February 2017, can “designate a maximum of five underclassmen who may apply for special eligibility for the 2018 draft to be permitted additional scouting.”
This means those five players, all of whom will return to school in 2017, can be “timed, tested and interviewed” during a school’s pro day event, which is usually reserved for seniors and other draft-eligible players. The goal here is twofold. Teams will have additional information about prospects and, in turn, can give prospects more accurate feedback about where they may fit in in the draft.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Just over a month after Washington State’s Shalom Luani was arrested for an alleged assault outside a Domino’s Pizza, it was announced Monday that the safety would not be formally charged.
Per the Seattle Times, Whitman County (Wash.) prosecutor Denis Tracy went against the recommendation of the Pullman Police Department, which, after an investigation, concluded that charges should be filed.
Luani, a senior starter for the Cougars, was accused of breaking a man’s nose in an altercation. Tracy said there was evidence to support the claim that Luani hit the man, but not enough to prove Luani did not act in self defense.
From the Times:
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
LSU defensive tackle Davon Godchaux has been indefinitely suspended following a Monday morning arrest.
According to multiple reports, Godchaux was charged with false imprisonment and domestic abuse battery/child endangerment following an alleged incident with his girlfriend, who was also arrested because of conflicting stories. Godchaux, 21, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison at 5:19 a.m. and subsequently released after posting bond.
Per NOLA.com, a police report says Godchaux’s girlfriend accused him of “pulling her hair, throwing her onto a couch and preventing her from leaving their apartment with the couple’s 10-month-old child.”
During a physical altercation described in the report as a “short tussle” the victim said she fell on Godchaux’s TV, which was partly shattered.