- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
If you haven’t noticed, today is March 14 – Pi Day. Pi Day celebrates “pi,” the famous mathematical constant which is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.
Pi, which rounds to 3.14, has been calculated to over ten trillion digits. For some reason, Tennessee quarterback and aerospace engineering student Joshua Dobbs knows the first 28 digits (yes, I counted) of pi.
Take a look.
With a major like aerospace engineering and the daily routine that Dobbs detailed to CBS earlier this week, we know that he is an extremely intelligent guy. Hopefully Dobbs’ impressive knowledge of pi is useful in his engineering and calculus courses.
Happy Pi Day!
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- Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
With the hope of allowing leagues the opportunity to choose how to determine a conference champion, the ACC submitted NCAA legislation to “deregulate” football conference championship games, according to CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd.
NCAA rules require that conferences (who have at least 12 total teams) split into divisions with the top team from each division meeting in a conference championship game. This legislation would eliminate that and would allow a league to “match its two highest-ranked teams in order to get as many teams as possible into the new four-team playoff.”
Though the ACC is the first conference to formally communicate with the NCAA concerning this issue, it is not the only conference that would support this.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Here are the rest of the spring primers from teams that began (or begin) this week.
Rice Start date: March 11 End date: April 11
What to watch: Rice loses 23 seniors from last year’s Conference USA championship team, which leaves a lot of spots up for grabs during spring ball. Not surprisingly, all eyes will be on quarterback Driphus Jackson, who is set to replace four-year starter Taylor McHargue. Jackson has had limited playing time, but he’s probably best known for leading Rice to a 33-14 bowl win against Air Force in 2012.
Tulsa Start date: March 11 End date: April 12
What to watch: Tulsa returns 15 starters from last year, including 10 from a defense that struggled much of last season. The Golden Hurricane ranked 101st in scoring defense allowing 33.9 points per game and allowed 429.6 yards per game, which was 93rd nationally. While there will be a strong emphasis on getting better on defense, the Golden Hurricane will have to replace key offensive pieces at quarterback, running back, wide receiver and along the offensive line.
USC Start date: March 11 End date: April 19
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
The losses just keep on coming for Nick Saban.
After closing the year with two straight losses and seeing the 10-second defensive substitution proposal pulled from consideration before it even went to a vote, Saban finished fifth in Alabama's voting for student government president.
OK, so maybe this one was unavoidable. And doesn't count, because the Alabama football coach was ineligible to be on the ballot. It was also a distant fifth place too. Saban received seven votes while winner Hamilton Bloom had over 6,300.
Also receiving votes were Alabama football players Amari Cooper, Derrick Henry and Landon Collins. They each got a vote apiece. Somewhat stunningly, AJ McCarron didn't receive a vote and neither did Katherine Webb. Are Alabama students over them?
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday20 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.
TOP FIVE QB TRANSFERS WHO DIDN’T PLAY LAST SEASON
NO. 1: GUNNER KIEL, CINCINNATI
When Gunner Kiel decided to early enroll at Notre Dame, it created some bad feelings at a lot of places.
Kiel had originally committed to Indiana and then to LSU. He changed his mind at the last minute and spurned the Tigers for the Irish, which caused LSU coach Les Miles to have some unsavory words for the top-ranked quarterback in the 2012 class.
But Kiel’s Notre Dame experience didn’t turn out the way he expected. Even with his early enrollment, he was unable to beat out Everett Golson and spent the year sitting on the bench while the Irish marched to the national championship game.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
As 21 more teams began spring football this week, many realized that there were a lot of major holes to fill before next fall.
Among these 11 teams, eight were either looking for a new quarterback or had opened competition with its current quarterback and several backups.
Here’s a quick look at 11 of the 21 teams that started spring football this week:
Boise State Start date: March 10 End date: April 12
What to watch: Boise State will have to get used to life without coach Chris Petersen, who left the Broncos to become the head coach at Washington. First thing on coach Bryan Harsin and offensive coordinator Mike Sanford’s agenda is installing a new no-huddle, shotgun-based offense that combines some of Harsin’s techniques from his previous time at Boise State along with new things he picked up at Texas and Arkansas State.
Connecticut Start date: March 10 End date: April 12
- Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
Welcome to our new Dr. Saturday feature titled "Random offseason tweet of the day." With real games still months away, coaches and players will be tweeting about non-football-related things as the season approaches. In this space, we'll try to find the funniest and goofiest tweets of the day. If you see something, don't hesitate to send it to us.
Training table, the nightly buffet provided to college football teams, can be a vast array of foods ranging from salads to steaks. But if you happen to play at the University of Colorado, the training table on Thursday was a roasted pig – Hawaiian style.
Northwestern gets go-ahead to build new multipurpose athletics facility on shores of Lake Michigan (Photo)Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
It has been over a year since Northwestern announced plans for a multipurpose athletic facility on the shores of Lake Michigan and according to the Chicago Tribune, the school is finally ready to move forward with the plans after receiving input from coaches and athletic administrators.
The Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein is reporting that “donations have poured in” and construction of the two-building athletic complex “will begin by early 2015 and should take about two years to complete.” Costs “are likely to exceed” the original estimate of $220 million.
The artist renderings of the facility are extremely impressive and Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald called the facility a “game-changer” for his program. Equipped with views on the Chicago skyline, Fitzgerald’s goal is to have a facility where the team “will eat, study film and practice” on the north end of campus.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
There's a college football connection on the upcoming season of ABC's "The Bachelorette," but it's got nothing to do with Kliff Kingsbury.
Josh Murray, the older brother of former Georgia QB Aaron Murray is a contestant vying for the affection of Andi Dorfman. Josh Murray is also a former Georgia football player. He was a strong safety and appeared in two games in 2010.
According to the Athens Banner-Herald, Lauren Murray, the mother of Aaron and Josh, said Josh left Sunday for California and is banned from all communication.
“He left Sunday (for California) and had to give up all forms of communication,” Lauren Murray said.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
A former Fiesta Bowl CEO has been sentenced to prison time for his role in an illegal campaign contribution scheme that nearly cost the game its BCS status in 2011.
According to the Associated Press, John Junker pled guilty to a conspiracy charge two years ago and was sentenced to eight months in federal prison Thursday. Prosecutors hoped for a one-year sentence, while Junker had hoped for probation.
Junker and other bowl employees “made illegal campaign contributions” to politicians and were subsequently refunded by the bowl.
Junker, who served as the bowl’s CEO for 20 years before being fired in March 2011, also used bowl funds to pay for an employee wedding, a $1,200 visit to a strip club, his own birthday party, cars and country club memberships, among other things.