- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
A Pennsylvania judge ruled Monday that the family of late Penn State coach Joe Paterno cannot sue the NCAA or the university for breach of contract.
Per the Associated Press, the Paterno estate has argued that the NCAA and university violated the rights of the late coach with the way the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal was handled. That includes the signing of the 2012 consent decree that questioned Paterno’s response to allegations made against Sandusky. Sandusky, the longtime PSU defensive assistant, was sentenced in June 2012 and will spend the rest of his life in prison
Judge John Leete dismissed the breach-of-contract claim in the Paterno family’s lawsuit, which had been previously amended.
“Plaintiffs are not amending their complaint to include a new cause of action or even a new theory of an existing cause of action; rather they are attempting to resurrect a claim on which this court already dismissed,” Leete wrote in his decision.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Any casual college football fan will tell you that the rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan is one of the best the game has to offer. The rivalry apparently spills over to academia as well.
Ohio State fan blog Eleven Warriors got a glimpse of the new dog-walking area at OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and it comes equipped with a sparkling new fire hydrant with the Michigan colors and logo.
That is just beautifully executed fun right there. I’d imagine Michigan will have a response of some sort to this, but I don’t know if the folks in Ann Arbor will be able to match this one.
For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.
For more Michigan news, visit TheWolverine.com.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Oklahoma running back Keith Ford has been indefinitely suspended for academic and team rules violations, coach Bob Stoops announced Monday.
Ford rushed for 369 yards and five touchdowns in eight total games with three starts, but saw his carries decrease after suffering a broken fibula against Tennessee and the emergence of Samaje Perine.
Before being injured, Ford led the Big 12 in scoring through the first three games.
Ford’s suspension opens up a very crowded backfield for the Sooners. Perine, an All-American, is the incumbent, followed by junior Alex Ross, sophomore Daniel Brooks and freshmen Joe Mixon and Rodney Anderson, who suffered a sprained MCL and will miss the rest of spring practices.
For more Oklahoma news, visit SoonerScoop.com.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Cincinnati backup quarterback Jarred Evans testified in court on Friday to defend the punch he threw in October that led to a misdemeanor assault charge and his suspension from the team.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Evans testified that racial taunts toward him and his girlfriend led to the punch that knocked 20-year-old Ryan Smith unconscious.
From the Enquirer:
Jarred Evans and his girlfriend, her arm wrapped in his, were walking along a Clifton street as bars were closing when they heard a series of racist remarks from a group of men, Evans testified.
"N----- lover," one of the college-age men said to the couple. Evans is black, his girlfriend is white.
The group – Evans estimated there were three or four men – drew closer, he said Friday during the fourth day of testimony in his trial in Hamilton County Municipal Court.
Evans told the court that he tried to ignore the men as he walked toward his apartment, but felt threatened as the group continued saying racist comments.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Some Michigan students want Jim Harbaugh to do more than just coach the Wolverines’ football team. According to the Michigan Daily, Harbaugh actually finished fourth in the vote for the school’s new student government president.
Seriously. Harbaugh, who was hired in December after four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, received 115 total write-in votes for president, equaling 1.26 percent of the total vote.
Of the 115 votes, 82 of the votes were for “Jim Harbaugh,” 18 were for “Harbaugh,” and four were for “Jim Harbaugh and Diag Squirrel.” (The Diag is an open space in the middle of UM’s campus.)
Additionally, per the Michigan Daily, the tickets of “Jim Harbaugh and Jabrill Peppers,” “Jim Harbaugh and His Khakis,” and “Jim Harbaugh and Jesus Shuttlesworth” also received one vote each.
Harbaugh also received 21 write-in votes as a representative for the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.
He signed a seven-year contract with the university, so Harbaugh will have another shot to work his way up in the elections next year.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Jameis Winston’s tumultuous off-field time at Florida State has been well documented, and it’s been one of the most scrutinized aspects of the potential No. 1 overall pick as he prepares for the NFL draft.
In two seasons at Florida State, Winston was accused — and eventually cleared — of sexually assaulting a fellow student. He was cited for shoplifting crab legs from a local supermarket and he was suspended a game for jumping on a table and yelling an obscene phrase in the middle of the student union.
And through it all, coach Jimbo Fisher has defended his now-former star quarterback and he continued his vigilance Friday to Tampa Bay radio station WDAE-AM 620.
WDAE hosts Tom Jones and Rick Stroud asked Fisher about NFL teams focusing on Winston’s character issues. Fisher told the hosts that Winston’s image was a product of media coverage that portrayed him as a bad person.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
It was a rough weekend for Alabama.
In addition to the arrests of defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor (who was dismissed) and safety Geno Smith, the program received bad news when sophomore wide receiver Cam Sims went down with an injury during Saturday’s practice. According to Al.com, Sims suffered a torn ACL.
With Alabama’s top three wide receivers from the 2014 season – Amari Cooper, DeAndrew White and Chris Jones – out of the picture, Sims was projected to be a candidate to move into a starting role alongside junior Chris Black and sophomores ArDarius Stewart and Robert Foster.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
A day after his second domestic violence arrest in less than a year, Jonathan Taylor has been dismissed from another SEC school.
Alabama coach Nick Saban announced Sunday that Taylor, who was dismissed from Georgia in July, is no longer a part of the Crimson Tide program following his Saturday night arrest.
“Jonathan Taylor has been dismissed from the team and is no longer a part of our program,” Saban said in a statement. “This will still need to go through the legal process, but when he was given an opportunity here, it was under strict guidelines and we made it clear there was a zero tolerance policy.”
The 21-year-old Taylor, a 6-foot-4, 335-pound defensive lineman, was involved in an altercation with his 24-year-old girlfriend on Saturday evening at approximately 6:00 p.m. that resulted in “minor injuries to her neck,” according to Tuscaloosa Police. As a result, Taylor was arrested and charged with domestic violence third degree assault and domestic violence third degree criminal mischief.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor is back in the news for all the wrong reasons.
The 21-year-old Taylor, who enrolled at Alabama in January following his dismissal from Georgia, was arrested Saturday and charged with domestic violence and criminal mischief. Taylor was dismissed from Georgia in Julyfollowing a previous domestic violence arrest. Charges are still pending in that case.
According to a release from Tuscaloosa Police, an altercation with Taylor’s girlfriend took place at approximately 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening. The 24-year-old woman had “minor injuries to her neck” and told police Taylor assaulted her.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
Alabama senior defensive back Geno Smith was arrested early Saturday morning for driving under the influence. This is the second time Smith, a projected starter at free safety, has been arrested for DUI during his time at Alabama.
The 6-foot, 197-pound Smith was previously arrested in August 2013 and was suspended for the opening game of that season. According to Al.com, Smith remained in Tuscaloosa County Jail as of “early Saturday afternoon” and missed the Crimson Tide’s fifth practice of the spring.
Smith started six games for the Crimson Tide last season and was fifth on the team with 56 tackles. Smith provided depth at both cornerback and safety in 2013, registering 10 tackles and four pass breakups in 12 games played. He also played in 13 games as a freshman in 2012 and finished with nine tackles.
He has started eight games total in his career.