- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday15 mins ago
Former Michigan offensive lineman Elliott Mealer played in 26 games in two seasons for Brady Hoke after Hoke was hired away from San Diego State in 2011. Mealer was a backup for Hoke in 2011, but was inserted into the starting lineup at center for his fifth-year senior season under Hoke, so it’s safe to say he knows his former head coach pretty well.
I think this video that Mealer posted onto his Instagram account gives further evidence of that,
That is an extremely accurate impression. For reference, here’s a clip from a recent Hoke press conference.
Pretty well-executed, right? I think so.
Mealer, who currently plays for the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League, had a brief stint with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He was also featured in an episode of ESPN’s E:60, which chronicled a tragic car accident that resulted in the death of his father and girlfriend and the paralysis of his brother.
It’s worth your time.
For more Michigan news, visit TheWolverine.com.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday29 mins ago
Ole Miss LB Serderius Bryant was ejected for targeting in the first quarter of the Rebels' game against Ole Miss Thursday night.
It was not a borderline hit, either. While Bryant protested the call, he lowered the crown of his helmet into Boise State QB Grant Hedrick's helmet.
The call was upheld after review. Had it been overturned, not only would Bryant have been able to stay in the game, but the 15-yard penalty for the foul would have been removed as well. Last year, the first season of the targeting rule, if a foul was overturned, the ejection went away but the yardage was still applied to the foul.
Bryant's post-foul absence is a costly one as well. He led Ole Miss with 78 tackles last season and Denzel Nkemdiche is suspended for the game. It wasn't ultimately costly on the drive, however. Hedrick threw an interception shortly after it.
Bryant's ejection is not the first this year in college football. Georgia State's Tarris Batiste was ejected for targeting in the third quarter of the Panthers' game against Abilene Christian Wednesday night.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Line judge Allen Andrick left the game between Louisiana-Monroe and Wake Forest after ULM safety Justin Backus plowed into him while trying to avoid tripping over a Wake Forest receiver.
Andrick was on the ground motionless for a few seconds before finally sitting up. Members of the Wake Forest training staff attended to him immediately and were checking the back of his head. Andrick walked off the field under his own power, but did not return.
For more Wake Forest news, visit DeaconsIllustrated.com.
For more Louisiana Monroe news, visit WarhawkReport.com.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Louisiana Monroe asked all its fans to wear camo for its "Camo Out" night promotion against Wake Forest. And since the team expected fans to wear camo, it had to follow suit too.
The Warhawks are wearing camoflauge uniforms against the Demon Deacons, and yes, they're as hideous as you think.
We can confirm that the camo did not make the ULM players blend in with the field, however. On its first possession of the game, the Warhawks had a punt blocked that went into the end zone for a Wake Forest touchdown.
In case you missed it before or want to see it again, here's the ridiculous commercial promoting the game.
Willie Robertson was in attendance. Duck Dynasty is filmed in Monroe, La.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Two weeks after Notre Dame announced that four players would be held out of practice and competition amid an internal investigation into suspected academic fraud, the school released a statement Thursday that said a fifth player would also be held out.
The school did not name the player in the statement, but a spokesman subsequently confirmed that senior safety Eilar Hardy will not participate with the team as the investigation continues.
“As Notre Dame’s internal investigation relating to potential NCAA violations reaches its conclusion, a decision has been made to hold a fifth football player out from practice and competition,” the statement read. “As with all cases of suspected academic dishonesty, the matter will now be subject to the University’s honor code process.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
A day after North Carolina suspended four defensive players for violating team rules amid hazing allegations, the Tar Heels received good news about the eligibility of a defensive starter.
After his eligibility was in question due to “an academic question,” senior defensive tackle Ethan Farmer was officially cleared on Thursday to play in the team’s season opener against Liberty on Saturday.
“We are thankful to have Ethan cleared to play and I know he’s excited to have this behind him,” head coach Larry Fedora said. “Ethan is our only experienced player and we’ll be counting on him for senior leadership in that group. He has practiced hard during the preseason and has not let this situation affect his preparation for the season.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
A familiar face will join the Pac-12 Networks as a studio analyst for the 2014 season.
It was announced Thursday that former USC Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Matt Leinart has joined Pac-12 Networks and will make his debut on Saturday, August 30. Leinart, who suited up for the Trojans from 2001 to 2005 under head coach Pete Carroll, will join the panel for pregame, halftime and postgame coverage.
According to a release, Leinart, who recently retired from the NFL after eight seasons with four different teams, will also appear on “Pac-12 Football Weekly” and “will be featured in the Networks’ bowl game and spring football coverage” moving forward.
Leinart was a three-year starter for the Trojans from 2003 to 2005. In those three seasons, Leinart tallied 10,693 passing yards for 99 touchdowns and 23 interceptions and led USC to a 37-2 record and two BCS National Championship appearances, winning in 2004.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
USC’s bad week just got worse after running back Anthony Brown quit the football team and alleged racism by coach Steve Sarkisian on his way out the door.
Brown posted the following photo on his Instagram account on Thursday and wrote, "Sark treated me like a slave in his Office... Can't play for a racist MAN!!!!! #Fighton."
News of his departure from the program followed shortly afterward.
Sark returns to media to inform us that RB Anthony Brown is no longer on the team. #USC
Sarkisian noted that Brown wanted to switch from cornerback to tailback, but he was injured during fall camp. He said that he thought Brown could help the team and tried to talk him out of quitting. He was surprised to hear of Brown’s allegations.
Brown's IG had a claim saying Sark treated him like a slave. Sark calls accusations "ridiculous."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Coordinators on the sidelines aren't an endangered species. They're just not very common. Most coordinators sit upstairs in the coaching box to get a good look at how plays develop and the formation habits of the opposing team.
Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin isn't going upstairs. He's going to be on the sidelines for the Crimson Tide's game against West Virginia.
"We're going to put him on the field," Alabama coach Nick Saban said Wednesday.
Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart coaches from teh sidelines too. But previous Tide offensive coordinators have been upstairs. When Kiffin was head coach at USC, he called the plays. He was obviously on the sideline while doing so,
"I always let the coordinators be where they want to be," Saban said. "But in this case, even though he felt more comfortable being in the press box, I think it's important that he's on the field. He has the greatest impact and effect on players."
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Let's do this thing, yo!
It’s been a long eight or so months, but the new season is here and with it a new way to crown a champion. College football will forever be changed when the season kicks off with the game between Texas A&M and South Carolina at 6 p.m. ET (OK, technically it kicked off Wednesday with Georgia State's thrilling 38-37 win against Abilene Christian), the first of many contests that will ultimately parse out the top four teams and create the first-ever College Football Playoff.
But before we start looking ahead, it’s important to remember how we got here. So, here’s your 2013 refresher:
This guy won the Heisman, but created a lot of off-field drama while doing it (and after doing it). His team also won the national title and many people think it can do it again.
Even though the SEC’s streak of national championships ended, it did have two of the most miraculous plays in college football history courtesy of national championship runner-up Auburn.
Sorry Alabama. And by the way, this play made Chris Davis a rockstar for pretty much the rest of his life.
This trophy is now gone.
And we've replaced it with this.