- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday27 mins ago
Akron struggled getting fans into the seats of InfoCision Stadium in 2014. And those attendance struggles are making the president of the school second guess the decision to build the new stadium a handful of years ago.
The Zips attracted just over 55,000 fans last year. Yes, that's for an entire season. In case you were wondering, each of the top 30 teams in FBS attendance in 2014 each averaged more than Akron's season total per game.
InfoCision Stadium seats 30,000.
In an interview with the Akron Beacon-Journal, the president of the university was pretty straightforward when asked about the stadium built in 2009.
Even UA President Scott Scarborough, who took over last year, is lukewarm on InfoCision Stadium.
“I would not have built that stadium,” he said, putting extra emphasis on the word “that” during a recent interview with the Beacon Journal editorial board.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
A little more than a week after LSU defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao was arrested, Tigers head coach Les Miles dismissed him from the program on Monday.
“Trey is no longer a member of our football team,” Miles said in a statement. “We have gathered information on this incident and we feel it’s best for us to part ways.”
Lealaimatafao, a redshirt freshman from San Antonio, Texas, was arrested June 19 for simple battery and simple robbery stemming from a fight in the parking lot of a Baton Rouge bar.
Police said Lealaimatafao “dug through the pockets” of a man who had been beaten unconscious and then “punched the victim’s girlfriend in the face with a closed fist” when she tried to stop him. After continuing to “dig through the male victim’s pockets,” witnesses said Lealaimatafao, 18, “fled the scene when authorities arrived.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Asiantii Woulard is headed back to Florida.
Nearly a month after Woulard announced his decision to leave UCLA, the redshirt sophomore quarterback said Monday that he’s transferring to South Florida.
Decided to come home & play at the University of South Florida. No past regrets at all but looking forward to a new beginning in Tampa! #USF
“I am very familiar with the team already, it's close to home and it's a great situation to come in and compete," Woulard told ESPN's Joe Schad. "USF is a program that has been waiting for something special and I want to help build that.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
As we inch closer to the upcoming Ohio State quarterback competition between Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones, one party very close to the situation – Barrett’s father, Joe – offered an interesting take on the matter.
“Of course I would love to see my kid start, but for me it always goes back to who was first,” Joe Barrett told the Columbus Dispatch. “If Braxton hadn’t gotten hurt, I would still be waiting for my baby to get the chance to play. I was thankful J.T. got that chance … and we were all blessed that he was ready to compete, but like I have told everybody, I don’t want to see my kid take a position because of the misfortune of someone else.
“In other words, Braxton should get that position back, then everybody else should go try to take it from him.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Notre Dame running back Greg Bryant has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season, according to BlueandGold.com.
The suspension, which is reportedly a result of a team rules violation, will keep the redshirt sophomore out for games against Texas, Virginia, Georgia Tech and UMass.
Bryant, a five-star recruit in 2013, saw brief action as a true freshman before taking a medical redshirt due to a knee injury. In 2014, he was second on the team with 289 yards rushing on just 54 carries – good for a 5.4 yard average. The 5-foot-10, 206-pound Bryant also had three rushing touchdowns and added five catches for 50 yards.
Bryant also contributed on special teams with eight punt returns for 94 yards.
The Irish return last season’s top rusher in junior Tarean Folston, who had 889 yards and six scores. Per BlueandGold.com, Bryant was splitting second-team reps with C.J. Prosise, a senior who played mainly slot receiver last year.
For more Notre Dame news, visit BlueAndGold.com.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Utah State wide receiver JoJo Natson was dismissed from the program for “violation of team rules,” head coach Matt Wells announced Sunday.
“We are extremely disappointed anytime we have to make a decision regarding the future of one of our student-athletes,” Wells said. “We will continue to support JoJo as he moved forward in his career.”
The 5-foot-7, 151-pound Natson was second on the team with 51 catches for 504 yards and two touchdowns and added 498 yards and three scores on the ground in 2014. He was also first in the Mountain West with an average of 11.7 yards per punt return and had two punt return touchdowns.
In three years with the program, Natson played in 39 games and made 19 starts. Overall, he caught 127 passes for 1,031 yards and five touchdowns and had 611 yards and six touchdowns rushing in his career.
Additionally, he is tied for first in school and Mountain West history with four career punt return touchdowns.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Two of the four Utah State football players involved in a Friday car crash were released from the hospital, the school announced.
The school said redshirt freshman defensive lineman Adewale Adeoy and senior defensive lineman John Taylor both were released on Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, redshirt junior defensive lineman Edmund Faimalo, senior defensive lineman Travis Seefeldt and former USU softball player Sarah Vasquez, who was also in the car, remain hospitalized but “continue to improve,” the school said.
None of their injuries are life-threatening, USU head coach Matt Wells told The Herald Journal over the weekend.
“First and foremost, thank you to everyone who has had these five Aggie student-athletes in their thoughts and prayers, including numerous representative from the Mountain West Conference and its member institutions,” said USU Interim Athletics Director Jana Doggett.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Four Utah State football players were hospitalized after they were involved in a car crash Friday.
The players, defensive linemen Adewale Adeoye, Edmund Faimalo, Travis Seefeldt and John Taylor, were in a car with former Utah State softball player Sarah Vasquez. According to Utah State football coach Matt Wells, the players will all be OK "eventually." None of the injuries to the five are considered life-threatening.
“I’ve seen all four of our guys today and gotten reports back from Sarah that (she’s improving), but all of those guys are stable and trying to rest and recover,” Wells said in an interview with The Herald Journal late Saturday afternoon. “Bottom line is they’re in a lot of pain and discomfort, but they’re very fortunate and we all are fortunate that they’re alive and they’re going to be OK eventually.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil was arrested after a Thursday night domestic assault incident.
Tunsil was reportedly defending his mother from his stepfather while at her house. He turned himself in to police and was arrested for a misdemeanor simple assault domestic violence charge. From ESPN:
"His stepfather shoved his mom and Laremy punched him," a source said. "It's as simple as that. He was defending his mother."
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze issued a statement about Tunsil's arrest on Saturday.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
According to Georgia Tech, linebacker Anthony Harrell has been indefinitely suspended. According to Harrell, he's heading to Florida.
So it's safe to say he won't be a Yellow Jacket in 2015.
Georgia Tech tweeted Harrell's suspension on Friday. He responded to the tweet and said it wasn't true with a statement that he had decided to transfer to play for the Gators.
As a graduate transfer, Harrell is immediately eligible to play for Florida and will have one season to play.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the suspension was true. Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said in a text message that the suspension was for a violation of team rules.
The AJC also said Harrell had been participating in Georgia Tech's summer football program. The projected starter at middle linebacker had 19 tackles in 2014.