- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday51 mins ago
Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost is reportedly moving across the country for a head coaching position.
According to UCFSports.comand CBS Sports' Ryan Bass, Frost, 40, will be the new coach at Central Florida. The former Nebraksa quarterback has served as Oregon's offensive coordinator for the past three seasons. He was promoted when Mark Helfrich took over as Oregon's head coach for Chip Kelly when Kelly went to the Eagles.
More: I am hearing Scott Frost will be officially announced by UCF later today. Press conference scheduled for tomorrow. Total surprise.
Scott Frost, Oregon's OC, will be named UCF's new head coach this morning, according to a source.
Confirmed via multiple sources, both inside and outside UCF: Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost will be UCF's next head coach.
UCF was looking for a new coach because of the retirement of George O'Leary. The Knights went 0-12 in 2015 but were considered a better job than a winless team because of the location and recruiting base of the school. UCF won the Fiesta Bowl after the 2013 season.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
The University of Missouri, one of 12 teams with a 5-7 record heading into the weekend, issued a statement Monday saying it would not petition the NCAA for bowl eligibility.
Since there are not enough 6-6 bowl eligible teams for the 80 bowl slots available, the NCAA default is to use 5-7 programs based on their Academic Progress Rates (APR). Heading into the final weekend, there are still three 5-6 programs yet to finish their seasons. At least two 5-7 teams will be used to fill bowl slots and as many as five could be selected.
Based on APR scores, Missouri would have been tied for second in APR with Kansas State, one of the 5-6 teams that will face West Virginia this weekend.
“Following this weekend’s football games, there have been significant discussions nationally concerning 5-7 teams participating in bowl games,” Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades said. “After careful consideration, we have decided it is not in the best interest of our football program to seek permission from the NCAA to participate in a bowl game. Our focus remains on identifying the right leader for our program and moving forward with the transition process.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
After putting up 13.5 sacks this year as a junior, Maryland defensive end Yannick Ngakoue announced Monday that he will forgo his senior season and declare for the 2016 NFL Draft.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone that is in anyway affiliated with the University of Maryland and its football program,” Ngakoue said. “For the last three years I have called College Park my home, and I can honestly say that everyone here will remain an integral part of my family. I am a better person for having chosen Maryland as my home, and I know that has allowed me to be prepared for what lies ahead.”
Ngakoue further expounded on his decision on Twitter.
Ngakoue’s 13.5 sacks were a Maryland single-season record and was second in the country behind Penn State’s Carl Nassib (15.5). Ngakoue also totaled 38 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and one forced fumble for the Terps this season.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday17 hrs 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. Saturday18 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. Saturday18 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. Saturday20 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. Saturday20 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. Saturday21 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. Saturday22 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."