- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday41 mins ago
More than 73,000 fans attending Alabama’s spring game tells you all you need to know about the state of Alabama athletics. It is thriving, and now the school is set to sign one of the nation’s “most lucrative multimedia rights deals.”
How does $150 million sound?
Sports Business Daily is reporting that the university will sign a deal with Learfield Sports “worth at least $150 million to $160 million over 10 years.” The agreement will extend the relationship between Alabama and Learfield through June 30, 2024.
Alabama has been with Learfield since 1998, but “took advantage of an opt-out” in its previous contract in order to renegotiate. The newly agreed to financial terms ($15-16 million per year) “double Alabama’s guarantee previously.”
Alabama now joins Notre Dame and Texas in the top three schools in multimedia rights revenue. The Crimson Tide’s success on the football field in recent years – three national titles in five years -- gave the school the grounds to renegotiate.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday44 mins ago
USC coach Steve Sarkisian is changing course on his decision to give No. 55 to an offensive lineman.
In March, Sarkisian announced that freshman offensive lineman Toa Lobendahn would wear No. 55 this spring, bucking nearly 25 years of tradition where the number had been reserved for linebackers.
“It’s a little bit of miscommunication there, and I probably dropped the ball so we’ll fix it,” Sarkisian said. “It’s a great number and a historical number, and I’ve got a lot of respect for the guys who have worn it.”
That tradition started with star linebacker Junior Seau, who wore the number in 1988 and 1989 and was a first-team All-American selection after posting 19 sacks in 1989. Since then, other star linebackers such as Willie McGinest, Chris Claiborne and Keith Rivers have worn the number, making it a coveted jersey to earn.
“USC is all about tradition, and to put that number on means something,” McGinest said during the spring game. “We’ve got to have some meetings and conversations with Sark about that.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Bo Jackson can relate to the balancing act Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been doing this spring with football and baseball.
Jackson was a two-sport star at Auburn before he played baseball and football professionally and said Saturday that Winston should "follow his heart" when it comes to both sports.
"If he thinks he can do it, then so be it – on the college level," Jackson told AL.com on Saturday at the Auburn spring game. "But trying to take it to the next level, it's going to be a little difficult because the talent pool on both sides. Plus he's going to make his living with his arm and I think if I was Jameis I would follow my heart because I did the same thing."
Winston is the closer for FSU's baseball team and he's from the same hometown, Bessemer, Al., as Jackson.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
This is the best college football dance video of the offseason.
After starting most of his team's early-morning spring practices with dance-offs between the players, the coaching staff at Emporia State, a Division II school about 90 minutes southwest of Kansas City, Mo., wanted to up the ante and turn the tables on themselves. So the coaches decided to copy the uber-popular"Evolution of Dance" video on YouTube and perform in front of the team after the final practice.
The results are hilarious, and believe it or not, the staff didn't put much practice time into the skit at all.
"If you would have taken our practice time and compared it – of course during the season whether or not that would depend on a win or a loss – we would have lost the game because we didn’t practice at all," ESU coach Garin Higgins told Yahoo Sports. "Everyone just kind of did their part."
After talking about doing the video for a few days, the Emporia State coaches all sat down and viewed the video and doled out assignments the night before they performed in front of the entire team. Each coach was then on his own.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Northwestern players have had the opportunity to ask the school questions about the ramifications of possible unionization and Northwestern has told players that if the team votes to unionize, they'd be "stuck" with it.
CBS Sports obtained a document verified by a Northwestern spokesperson that outlines the school's responses to various questions ranging from the coach-player relationships, media interaction and how a union would impact certain circumstances.
One player asked what would happen if he wanted to get out of the union if it was created. Northwestern's response said the team would be "stuck with the union for a minimum of one year, even if everyone changed their mind" and that "it is extremely difficult to get rid of a union once it is voted in."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
With real games still months away, coaches and players will be tweeting about non-football-related things as the season approaches. In this space, we'll try to find the funniest and goofiest tweets of the day. If you see something, don't hesitate to send it to us.
Is there a better way to wish our loyal Dr. Saturday readers a happy Easter than by letting former Kansas coach Mark Mangino do it for us? We think not.
Mangino posted this picture on Saturday and it's just wonderful, especially because it brings back flashbacks of one of the most iconic college football bowl photos.
Whatever you're doing on Sunday, whether it's celebrating or not, we hope you're enjoying nice weather and having a relaxing time. Mangino, now an assistant at Iowa State, sure looked like he did Saturday.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
When he opened his remarks, President Barack Obama had a simple question for Navy's football team. Does visiting the White House get old?
No, it doesn't.
Navy was at the White House Friday for the ninth time in 11 seasons after it won the 2013 Commander-In-Chief's trophy. The trophy is given to the winner of the yearly series between Air Force, Army and Navy. Navy has won it every season from 2003-2013 with the exception of 2010 and 2011, when Air Force won.
Last year, Navy beat Air Force 28-10 and Army 34-7.
The team presented Obama with another Navy football jersey and Obama also made sure to mention Navy player Will McKameywhile honoring the team. McKamey collapsed at a Navy practice on March 21 and died three days later.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Are there similiarities between college football recruiting and operating a fast-food franchise? Eric Johnson is about to find out.
The Iowa assistant announced Saturday he was leaving his job as the Hawkeyes' recruiting coordinator and moving to Tennessee, where he's going to open a Culver's restaurant in November.
“I know Eric and his family have given this decision great attention and thought and we all wish them the best as they move forward,’’ Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement.
The statement said only that Johnson was going to pursue an opportunity outside of football. He revealed the Culver's detail on Twitter.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Texas LB Steve Edmond hasn't forgotten about the Longhorns' loss to Baylor at the end of 2013. And it's fair to say he's still bitter about it.
Despite a middling season, Texas traveled to Baylor at the end of the season with the chance to win the Big 12. Thanks to Oklahoma State's loss to Oklahoma, if Texas would have beaten the Bears on the road, it'd have gotten the Big 12's Fiesta Bowl berth.
Baylor won 30-10.
"We could have won the conference," Edmond said after Texas' spring game Saturday (via the Dallas Morning News). "Even though I didn't get a chance to play in the Baylor game, I really feel like we should have beat Baylor. I really don't like Baylor. I still think they're trash."
Edmond missed the game after being hurt against Texas Tech the week prior.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
A war of words has begun between Alabama safety Landon Collins and Oklahoma fans.
In a Thursday story on ESPN.com, Alabama safety Landon Collins candidly spoke his mind about the Crimson Tide’s season-ending 45-31 loss at the hands of the Sooners in the Sugar Bowl, and since then he has taken heat from OU fans on Twitter.
“That just fires it up, because we know what type of defense we are,” Collins said when speaking of the motivation the lackluster Sugar Bowl performance provides for the defense. “We already know what we are capable of. Just to hear that we got picked apart by an offense that shouldn’t have been on the field with us, that’s a disgrace to Alabama defense. We need to pick it up from that standpoint.”
That comment, specifically when Collins said that the OU offense “shouldn’t have been on the field” with the ‘Bama defense, drew this response from Gabe Ikard, a starting offensive lineman for last year’s Sooners squad.