- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday52 mins ago
Navy unveiled Monday new hand-painted position-by-position helmets for the Dec. 12 game against rival Army, and they might be the most spectacular helmets ever produced for game wear.
Each helmet pays homage to seven of the historic ships that make up the U.S. Naval Fleet. The players will wear the helmets according to position.
Here’s the position breakdown by navysports.com:
The uniforms, which are made by Under Armour, are blue with yellow trim and “the rally cry ‘damn the torpedoes!’ is featured on the uniform as a nod to Admiral Farragut’s historic Naval victory at the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Houston coach Tom Herman has agreed in principle to remaining the cougars head coach.
Herman was offered a $3-million deal to stay in Houston after he was considered one of the top targets for several of the current job openings.
Herman, who is in his first season with Houston, is 11-1 and his Cougars are playing in the American Athletic Conference title game against Temple this weekend.
Shortly after Georgia fired coach Mark Richt, Herman became the rumored frontrunner for the position.
Herman said Monday his talks with Houston are ongoing and while the two parties have agreed in principle, they still have several details to work out.
For more Houston news, visit CougarsDen.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Each Monday, we’ll gather the best catches from the weekend (or the midweek games) and bring them here for you to vote on in a poll. There could be only a few nominees, or there could be five or six. It all depends on the weekend. If you have a catch you’d like to nominate, don’t hesitate to hit us up on Twitter (@YahooDrSaturday).
The voting remains open until Friday and the winner advances to a final, end of the year vote where the best catch of the season will be determined. And since we started this midway through the season, some of our favorite catches from the first half will re-surface at the end of the season as well. Don’t you worry.
After a two-week run from the MAC, the SEC finally took home our catch of the week honors. This awesome one-handed TD catch by Mississippi State junior Fred Ross was the top vote-getterin Week 12.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Before the final Friday night Syracuse team meeting of the season, recently firedOrange head coach Scott Shafer could not face his players. It would be too hard. Too emotional.
Instead of addressing the team, Shafer turned that duty over to his senior and gave fifth-year senior guard Rob Trudo, a team captain, a stack of papers. The pieces of paper were a letter from Shafer titled, “For The Love Of The Game.”
This Friday, though, Shafer didn't address the team. He couldn't. Around 7:30 p.m., he pulled redshirt senior guard Rob Trudo, a team captain, into an adjacent room and handed him a stack of papers.
"There's no f***ing way I'll be able to say this tonight without getting all emotional," Trudo recalls Shafer telling him. "I want the seniors to run the meeting."
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Bowling Green coach Dino Babers said Monday he has no intention of leaving Bowling Green despite rumors that linked him to the job opening at Central Florida.
Babers' full quote, "I have not signed anything. I am not going anywhere, OK. I have no secret deals, no above deals, no verbal deals."
"I will not lie to my guys. And they know that when I tell them something it's gospel. So everybody else can speculate..."
"But when I talked to senior leadership and when I talked to those young men last night and I told them why I told them, the story was done"
247Sports.com reported Sunday night that Central Florida was expected to hire Babers. However, that report was quickly refuted by other outlets and Babers himself, who sent a text to the Toledo Blade claiming the rumors were false.
Monday, Grant Heston, UCF vice president for communications and marketing, tweeted that UCF had not yet secured a new coach to replace George O’Leary.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
After playing what was likely his final game at Rice, senior running back Luke Turner took a moment to reflect on his time with the Owls.
While addressing the media, Turner was brought to tears when expressing his gratitude to Rice head coach David Bailiff. Turner suffered a broken leg as a high school senior and Rice was the only Division I school to offer him a scholarship.
“Everyone sold me off, but that man right there stuck with me,” Turner said while pointing at Bailiff. “I love him forever for it.”
Watch his full comments, which ended with an embrace with Bailiff, below:
Turner has been a versatile player for Rice during his four seasons with the program, finishing with 503 yards and 13 touchdowns rushing, 18 catches for 244 yards and three touchdowns receiving and 158 yards and five touchdowns as a passer. He’s also been a valuable asset on special teams.
Rice’s win over Charlotte on Saturday improved the team’s record to 5-7 on the season. Though the Owls have only five wins, they could still potentially earn an invitation to a bowl game.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
USC has hired interim coach Clay Helton to be the team’s permanent head coach, the school confirmed Monday.
Helton took over for Steve Sarkisian in October and has gone 5-2 in the seven games since. The Trojans rebounded from 3-2 start to finish the season as the Pac-12 South champion. It will play Stanford in the title game on Saturday.
Players had been championing Helton for the job for weeks and while Pat Haden had been mum on his coaching search — there were rumors he was courting Chip Kelly from the Philadelphia Eagles — it was clear the players' calls for Helton did not fall on deaf ears.
"We want Coach Helton, plain and simple, we don't need to meet with Pat Haden, he knows we want Coach Helton, the way he's got this team back together … everybody on this team would give an arm and a leg for Coach Helton," linebacker Su'a Cravens told the L.A. Times. "Now we take it personally, Helton's job being on the line is making us fight even harder."
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
If Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd was unsure about whether he would leave school early to declare for the NFL Draft, the school helped him reach a decision on Sunday.
After the school announced it was moving on from longtime head coach Mark Richt, Floyd told reporters he was following Richt out the door.
Leonard Floyd may have been turning pro anyway, but the news on Sunday hastened his departure.
Floyd, a junior outside linebacker and NFL prospect, was in a car leaving the athletic building’s parking lot on Sunday night when he yelled this out:
“I’m gone too, by the way!”
Floyd, a junior, then took to Twitter to share the same sentiment: he’s leaving Athens.
Coach Richt probably was the only one that could of convinced me to stay just a sad day for me as a Dawg
Floyd led the Bulldogs with 10.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks this season and was second in total tackles with 68.
The 6-foot-4, 231-pound Floyd also totaled 55 tackles, six sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss in 2014 and 55 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss in 2013.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Two of Texas Tech’s defensive coaches reportedly will not return for the 2016 season.
According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and Dallas Morning News, Red Raiders co-defensive coordinator Mike Smith and defensive backs coach Kevin Curtis have been let go. The news was first reported by RedRaiderSports.com ($).
Both newspapers spoke with prospects who have verbally committed to Texas Tech in the 2016 class. Demarcus Fields, a three-star defensive back, told the Avalanche-Journalthat Curtis told him the news in an in-person meeting.
“He told me face-to-face,” Fields said. “I know it’s a business, man. I’m still going to stay in contact with him though, I just know we’re going to get some coaches that will be top-notch and ready to go.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Minnesota head coach Tracy Claeys has made some changes to his offensive staff.
Claeys, who was named the Gophers’ permanent head coach earlier this month, announced Sunday that offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover and passing game coordinator Jim Zebrowski will “not have their contracts renewed.”
“Matt and Jim are both terrific people and coaches, but I have decided to make a change that will better fit my offensive philosophy, which is to have one coordinator calling the plays,” Claeys said in a statement. “They have been great representatives for the university and always put our student-athletes first, and I thank them for their contributions to our program and wish them well in the future.”
According to the Star-Tribune, Claeys informed the team of his decision during a meeting on Sunday evening.