- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
The NCAA announced Thursday that the Division I Board of Directors had given its endorsement to a new governance system up for formal approval in August.
As part of the new governance system, the five power conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC) would be given the freedom to "address their unique challenges" and the "autonomy to make rules on specific matters affecting the interests of student-athletes."
What could those matters be? Here it is, straight from the NCAA:
• financial aid, including full cost of attendance and scholarship guarantees;
• insurance, including policies that protect future earnings;
• academic support, particularly for at-risk student-athletes; and
• other support, such as travel for families, free tickets to athletics events, and expenses associated with practice and competition (such as parking).
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
After more than two and a half months of speculation, the cause of death for Cal defensive lineman Ted Agu has finally been released.
Agu, 21, died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or excessive thickening of the heart muscle, the Alameda County coroner's office told the San Francisco Chronicle. It’s a disease that took the life of young athletes such as Hank Gathers and Reggie Lewis.
On Feb. 7, Cal medical personnel noticed Agu laboring outside of the stadium following an early morning supervised run. He was placed on a training cart and driven back into the stadium where he ultimately collapsed.
Authorities said CPR and a defibrillator was used before emergency crews came on the scene and transported Agu to Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley, where he died.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
This offseason we will count down various topics from Monday through Friday, bringing you the top five of the important and definitely some not so important issues in college football. It's the Doc Five, every week until we will thankfully have actual games to discuss.
Christians across the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, but some were celebrating another holiday.
April 20, aka “4/20,” has become a de-facto holiday to celebrate the use of marijuana. With 4/20 in mind, we decided to use that as the basis for this week’s Doc 5 – the top five marijuana mistakes.
There are no shortage of college football players running into legal trouble throughout the offseason, many of them for marijuana charges. Any semi-regular reader of Dr. Saturday knows that. Over the years there have been plenty of top players whose marijuana use ultimately led to dismissals that impacted their teams.
Number two is the Honey Badger.
TOP FIVE MARIJUANA MISTAKES
No. 2: TYRANN MATHIEU
When you think of Tyrann Mathieu's college career, the first thing that comes to mind isn't his remarkable 2011 season that made him a Heisman finalist. It's his struggles with marijuana.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
It’s not enough to dazzle a recruit with innovative facilities, the latest uniform trends and world-class academics, coaches now have to wow high schoolers with their art and Photoshop skills to lure them to campus.
And D’Andre Walker showed off some of the latest creations from the SEC.
The four-star defensive recruit posted photos of letters he received from Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and Georgia coach Mark Richt bidding for his commitment.
Auburn Is Trying To Make An Impact pic.twitter.com/dBRID7mQEw
Malzahn, as you can see, went with the Photoshop approach and placed Walker’s head on the body of an Auburn player. He added the words: "You look good in orange an (sic) blue. War Eagle, Gus Malzahn."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Central Florida's immediate replacement from Blake Bortles could come from outside the program.
Nick Patti, who played at Boise State last year, has been granted immediate eligibility at Central Florida and will be able to play for the Knights in 2014.
Patti's fathertold the Orlando Sentinelthat the decision by the NCAA for the waiver was given after "a request to waive the one-year residence rule based on personal reasons."
As a redshirt sophomore in 2013, Patti attempted just 11 passes. He was suspended by the team before the Hawaii Bowl along with fellow quarterback Joe Southwick. However, Patti was reinstated before the game and served as the backup quarterback. Southwick was sent home after allegedly urinating off a hotel balcony, an accusation he denied by taking a polygraph test.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Could former Texas running back Ricky Williams reinvent himself as a baseball player?
Williams, who has been doing work the Longhorn Network (that's how we found this gem), spent some time with the Longhorns’ baseball team last week and realized that getting back into the swing of things might be a little tougher than he thought.
Williams, the 1998 Heisman Trophy winner, hit a couple good shots, but couldn’t get past the warning track.
Williams was actually drafted out of high school in the eighth round of the 1995 MLB draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. He played 170 games over a four-year span with the Phillies minor league affiliates while he was at Texas. He had a career .211 batting average with four home runs and 46 stolen bases. In 1998, the Montreal Expos selected Williams in the Rule 5 draft and his rights were ultimately traded to the Texas Rangers.
But Williams left baseball behind for a fulltime NFL career that had its ups and downs thanks to failed drug tests. But of the two sports, football was probably the better choice.Thu, Apr 247:10 PM PDTPhiladelphia at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Brandon Jensen's absence from the Iowa State football program didn't last very long.
The defensive lineman has returned to the team after he told Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads he was leaving the team in December.
“We are obviously extremely pleased to have Brandon back with us next year,” Rhoads said in a statement.“He gives an immediate upgrade at a position we are very thin at. He also brings tremendous leadership and experience to his position group and our entire football team. Brandon is a hard worker and Big 12-tested. We are looking forward to him being a leader for us in 2014.”
Jensen started at nose guard for Iowa State last year and notched 18 tackles. His presence is an important one for the Cyclones' defensive line. Without Jensen, Iowa State had only one returning player in the middle of the defensive line with significant playing esperience.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
The Utah fight song, which has been a staple at school events for more than 100 years, could officially be changed.
Student legislators at Utah voted Tuesday to change the song because of a couple phrases opponents said were antiquated and offensive. The phrases, "I am a Utah man" and "our coeds are the fairest" could be changed to "I am a Utah fan" and "our students are the brightest."
"I think this fight song is setting a standard. It's allowing hurtful speech to be perpetrated," Associated Students of the University of Utah member Alison Boyer said. "Even if it was not intended to offend people, it's offensive to people now."
The vote, which passed with 21 in favor and 15 against, will now go to Utah president David Pershing, who will decide whether to make the change permanent.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Former Texas QB Vince Young still has aspirations of making it in the NFL even though he last played a regular-season game in 2011 with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Now 30, Young may be running out of opportunities in the league. When he does, whenever that may be, he says Texas has a job for him as an ambassador.
“If football doesn’t work out for me, the university has a great job for me,” Young told the Houston Chronicle Wednesday while he was at a Texas Touchdown Club meeting in Houston.
“Just letting you know what [UT] has going on, especially helping kids get scholarships and recognizing things like that,” Young said. “Whatever it is, I just want to support the university.”
The position would include speaking engagements and could help Young get out of financial trouble.He filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January.He hasn't been on a regular-season roster since his time with the Eagles.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
When Gus Malzahn does things, he does them quickly.
The Auburn head coach has become known for his “hurry-up, no-huddle” offense, but how does that philosophy translate to bingo?
Malzahn was willing to find out.
Al.com was on the scene when Malzahn volunteered some time at the Oak Park Nursing Home Wednesday for Auburn’s annual community service day where he called numbers for several games of bingo and joked with participants.
“I’ll slow down,” Malzahn said after calling another number. “That sounds like some of my players. We’re going too fast, we’ve got to slow down. Or it sounds like some of our opponents.”
Malzahn is poking fun at the rule that was proposed earlier in the year that required quarterbacks to wait ten seconds before snapping the ball. Some coaches cited health concerns stemming from fast-paced offenses, but the NCAA Football Rules Committee ultimately dropped the proposed rule on March 5.
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