- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday33 mins ago
Oregon State's new spring practice helmets have a new look. And they're simple rather than flashy.
Debuting a fresh new look on our Spring practice helmets tomorrow!
They look great, though we're an admitted sucker for script. It's not entirely clear what the facemask looks like, but it looks solid black instead of the continued striping/beaver teeth look.
Oregon State had three colors of helmets last season – the black, a white and an orange it wore against Oregon.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
Jameis Winston, the potential No. 1 overall pick in April’s NFL draft, is already making moves to capitalize on his possible fame.
Winston's representation, The Legacy Agency, filed to trademark "Famous Jameis," a nickname the quarterback earned at Florida State, according to ESPN.com.
"We have begun taking steps to protect our client and his intellectual property rights," Russ Spielman, a partner of The Legacy Agency, which represents Winston told ESPN.com. "Right now his sole focus is on football. We hope to utilize this way down the line."
The trademark was filed on Feb. 5.
Winston, who lost just one game in college, led the Seminoles to a national championship, and hoisted the Heisman Trophy, certainly isn’t the first player to trademark his nickname before he’s even taken an NFL snap.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Following his suspension for a barrage of tweets aimed at Penn State students and fans, ESPN host Keith Olbermann returned to the air Monday and offered an apology — sort of.
In the long-winded “apology” which opened his show, Olbermann made a bizarre comparison between social media and batting practice in baseball.
Last week, Olbermann, who sent out several tweets aimed at Penn State supporters, called Penn State students “pitiful” in response to a link which detailed Penn State's annual fundraiser THON, which raised over $13 million for pediatric cancer.
Olbermann said he did not click on the link before sending the tweet.
Here’s the full thing in all of its bizarre glory:
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
North Carolina starting quarterback Marquise Williams will miss spring practices while he recovers from a hip injury, the school announced via its website.
Backup Mitch Trubisky will take all the first team reps in Williams’ absence.
Just because Williams isn’t suiting up doesn’t mean the coaches don’t expect the same type of effort out of him. Quarterbacks coach Keith Heckendorf told GoHeels.com, that he wants Williams taking mental reps while the team goes through drills.
"I want [Williams] to get as much out of spring ball as anyone,” Heckendorf said. “When he walks off the practice field I want him to be exhausted mentally from concentrating on every read and every play on every progression on every defense."
Heckendorf also noted that Williams was still the starter, but that the competition was not yet closed.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Slive, while mentioning the new academic requirements for freshmen that will begin next year, released a lengthy statement about the issue on Monday.
"A lot of thought and preparation went into the new initial eligibility rules that go into effect in 2016," said Slive. "It is more appropriate to implement these new regulations and understand their impact before applying additional eligibility restrictions that may be more cosmetic than effective.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
After pleading guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge in January, Illinois director of student-athlete development Ryan Cubit was sentenced to two years of court supervision on Friday.
Additionally, according to The News-Gazette, Cubit – the son of Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit – will have to wear an alcohol-monitoring device for three months, perform 100 hours of public service, pay a $1,000 fine and “attend a victim impact panel.”
The charge stemmed from Cubit being pulled over on Oct. 12 at 12:30 a.m. in Champaign. His blood-alcohol content was 0.12 percent.
If the 32-year-old Cubit completes the period of supervision without any hiccups, the incident will not appear on his record.
Cubit received a citation for underage drinking in Michigan in 2003 and Judge Richard Klaus said that incident, coupled with the DUI, gave him “pause.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Yes folks the rumors are true, Steve Spurrier has joined Twitter.
The South Carolina Head Ball Coach who has been entertaining us for years with his not-so-subtle jabs at Clemson and his witty press conference quips can now drop those gems at his leisure thanks to the wonders of social media.
It's true! pic.twitter.com/zlPGQYtWaD
His introductory tweet was a little tame:
1rst off/ Hello to all Gamecocks! I want to thank all past players at Duke at UF and UofSC and all present and future players #Heresc
But we hope once he gets into the groove — the befuddled look on Spurrier’s face in the above pic looks like he’s making his first transition from the Zach Morris oversized mobile to a smartphone — he’ll be the best thing that’s happened to Twitter since the @midnight hashtag (or whatever you think the best thing on Twitter is).
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
After his playing career at Rutgers came to an end in 2004, former Scarlet Knights team captain Ray Pilch moved into law enforcement and became a police officer in Piscataway, N.J. – just a few miles from Rutgers’ New Brunswick campus.
Late last week, Pilch and another officer saved the life of a 3-month old boy who had stopped breathing.
Pilch was the first officer to arrive on the scene following a 9-1-1 call on Thursday afternoon. According to NJ.com, Pilch performed CPR on the unconscious boy, whose skin “had turned blue.” Officer Michael Rountree then arrived on the scene and helped Pilch revive the child while receiving CPR instructions from dispatcher Cara Brandenburg.
Thanks to their efforts, the baby’s color returned and he was able to breathe on his own.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has taken a different approach to disciplining defensive end Tevin Beanum, who was arrested and charged with DWIand minor in possession of alcohol last weekend in Fayetteville.
He took away Beanum’s car.
In conjunction with Beanum’s mother, Sandra, Bielema restricted Beanum’s vehicle use to driving to the Fred Smith Football Center and class.
“He has to go through the court system and obviously he’ll have ramifications, but I’ve basically banned the use of his car for any time other than when he’s coming over here or going to academics,” Bielema said. “His car is to remain parked. If he gets pulled over for running through a stoplight at 10:30 at night then he’s violated my rules and there’s going to be an even bigger consequence.”
Beanum was driving with his bright headlights on around 2:26 a.m. Feb. 22 when police pulled him over. Police found an open bottle of brandy on the backseat and said Beanum smelled of alcohol.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Maryland’s expected starters at quarterback and running back won’t participate in spring practice.
Rising senior quarterback Caleb Rowe, who is projected to replace longtime starter C.J. Brown, is still recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee that he suffered during a practice in October. Terps head coach Randy Edsall said that Rowe is seeking a medical redshirt that would give him an additional year of eligibility in 2016. Rowe previously suffered the same injury to his left knee during his first career start against Boston College in 2012.
In 12 games combined over the past three seasons, Rowe has thrown for 1,768 yards with 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.