- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday58 mins ago
Four Oregon State players, including two offensive linemen with starting experience, have decided to retire.
The program announced Friday that the retirement of offensive linemen Garrett Weinreich and Grant Bays, defensive end Glyeb Ewing and safety Zack Robinson are all related to medical issues.
The 6-foot-6, 312-pound Weinreich earned the starting role for the Beavers at left guard entering the 2014 season. He started the opener against Portland State but re-aggravated a knee injury he originally suffered in his true freshman season in 2012. From that point on he struggled to return to the field and saw action in only two games for the season. That same injury caused him to miss the entire 2012 season and limited him to just four games on special teams as a redshirt freshman in 2013.
Like Weinreich, the 6-foot-3, 288-pound Bays was entering his redshirt junior season for the Beavers. He started a combined 10 games over the past two seasons at right guard, but according to The Oregonian, Bays dealt with a “nagging back issue” for much of his career.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Another Oregon lineman has decided not to return for a fifth season.
A month after defensive tackle Sam Kamp made the decision due to health concerns, Oregon announced Thursday that offensive lineman Andre Yruretagoyena, a potential starter in 2015, will retire from football for personal reasons.
“We wish him all the best,” said Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich.
Yruretagoyena was a redshirt junior in 2014 and started the first two games of the season for the Ducks before going down with a leg injury. That injury kept him sidelined for much of the season, but he was able to play but not start in the team’s final four games, including the Pac-12 title game, the Rose Bowl, and the College Football Playoff title game.
Overall in his Oregon career, Yruretagoyena played in 17 games. According to a release from Oregon, Yruretagoyena said he now plans to “focus on getting my body healthy and graduating.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
The man who vandalized Howard's Rock at Clemson's Memorial Stadium may not have realized he'd be caught on camera. Or if he did, he was pretty brazen.
The school released surveillance images from the vandalism, which show a man hitting the glass case surrounding the rock with what appears to be a rod. The incident shattered the glass around the case, though Clemson said the rock itself appeared to be unharmed. Construction crews working on the stadium found the rock's case vandalized on Wednesday morning.
The suspect has not been found yet. From WLTX:
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
If you're familiar with anything Texas A&M-related on Twitter, you've undoubtedly seen the #WRTS hashtag when it comes to recruiting.
"WRTS" means "We Run This State," and while Kevin Sumlin has said he prefers using "YESSIR" when it comes to recruiting, others have used it. It, of course, can be interpreted as a shot at other Texas schools as the Aggies have started getting the highest-ranked recruiting classes in the state in recent years.
However, A&M is now moving to officially distance itself from the hashtag.
Why? Well, someone now related to the Texas A&M program filed a trademark for the wordmark.
The father of Daylon Mack, a four-star defensive linemanwho committed in the class of 2015 to the Aggies, filed a trademark for #WRTS in the middle of 2014. He even used the same attorney that Johnny Manziel used for his "Johnny Football" trademark.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
A soccer field in Honduras will bear the name of famous Georgia football coach Vince Dooley.
Dooley, 82, has spent time in Honduras helping youth find alternatives to drugs and gang violence. He’s also helped plan the landscape of the field, which will include 160 hedges on the border similar to the border at Sanford Stadium where the Georgia Bulldogs play football.
The field will be located at an elementary and middle school in the Agalta Valley and the scoreboard, which was donated by Coca-Cola, will have Dooley’s name. FIFA donated the goals.
Dooley, who won 201 games and the 1980 national championship at Georgia, will be in Honduras on March 19 for the dedication along with Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
With an NHL game being played at Michigan Stadium last year and another scheduled for Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium on New Year’s Day 2016, another Big Ten football venue – Penn State’s Beaver Stadium – seems like another logical location for a future Winter Classic game.
The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins have one of the fiercest rivalries in the NHL, so bringing that matchup to State College, which is right in the middle of the state, would make for an awesome atmosphere at 107,282-capacity Beaver Stadium. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman thinks so too, and he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the league has discussed it.
“There’s been talk about it,” Bettman said. “I’m intrigued by the possibility. But it’s not anywhere close to fruition.”
While that’s at least somewhat promising for Pennsylvania hockey fans, it also got us thinking about what other college football venues could host hockey games.
Notre Dame Stadium – South Bend, Indiana
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
LSU won't be able to sign any recruits who wish to enroll early to financial aid agreements for the next two years.
The Advocate found the penalties handed down from the SEC via a public records request. The penalties stem from a player who signed a financial aid agreement with LSU to enroll early in January. When a player does so, the school he signs an FAA with is allowed unlimited contact – but only if he early enrolls with that school. The player didn't, and therefore LSU violated the unlimited contact provision.
As part of the sanctions, LSU will also lose 21 (10 percent) of its 2015 recruiting evaluation days.
The name of the recruit is unknown and the Advocate said LSU declined comment. The report does list one player who signed a FAA early but didn't sign a LOI with LSU.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
While I’m stuck in what feels like a never-ending winter here in Philadelphia, wintry conditions are a bit rarer for the folks down in SEC country. Snow swept across the south this week and gave us the rare chance to see some of college football’s iconic stadiums covered in snow.
Let's take a look, shall we?
Arkansas' Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium:
Tennessee's Neyland Stadium (where there was a student snowball fight!):
Ole Miss' Vaught-Hemingway Stadium:
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
A new era of SMU football is upon us with former Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris taking over the program as head coach.
With the beginning of the Mustangs’ spring practices only a few weeks away, Morris tweeted out a photo of a brand new team helmet. It is very patriotic.
Take a look:
That’s a sharp look, especially with the Americanized mustang logo with the chrome facemask. The team went just 1-11 last season, but Morris is doing anything he can to generate some excitement for the future of the program.
Spring practice begins on March 17. Maybe we’ll see these new helmets in action.
For more SMU news, visit PonyPride.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin will miss the final week of spring practice to have surgery on his left, non-throwing wrist.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson said that Boykin, the 2014 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, injured the wrist when he fell out of bounds and landed on it against Kansas State on Nov. 8. According to Fox Sports, Boykin’s injury is a fractured bone.
“We’re going to make sure that gets fixed right,” Patterson said per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “He won’t go through the last three practices of spring, three or four. We’ll get that done so he’s ready to go come August.”
Boykin was able to play with the injury for the rest of the 2014 season and lead the Horned Frogs to a share of the Big 12 title and a Peach Bowl win over Ole Miss. Patterson said the surgery and recovery is a “five-week process,” which will have Boykin ready to return for summer workouts.