- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Georgia State is no longer a winless FBS football team.
The Panthers beat Abilene Christian 38-37 Wednesday night in college football's season opener after a 26-yard field goal by Will Lutz with four seconds left.
After starting the program in 2010, Georgia State moved up to FBS, the top class of college football in 2013. As members of the Sun Belt Conference, the team promptly went 0-12 in its first FBS season, losing to Samford, Chattanooga, and Jacksonville State, all FCS schools.
Yeah, Abilene Christian is an FCS school, but we're not gong to nitpick. When you're Georgia State and your last win was on October 13, 2012 when you were a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, against the only team (Rhode Island) that you beat that season, it's a pretty big victory.
Georgia State got the ball back with 2:41 left in the fourth quarter to start its game-winning drive after Abilene Christian elected to punt on a 4th-and-2 at its own 47. (In a game that featured some interesting displays of defense and more than 70 total points to that point, you don't have to do much convincing of yourself to believe that going for it would have been a better option.)
- Jeff Eisenberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
We promised never to be suckered into believing in the implausible again after the herculean feats of Lance Armstrong, Mark McGwire and Alex Rodriguez turned out to be steroid-fueled. We swore to never again be duped by an inspiring story so easily after Manti Te'o's dying girlfriend turned out to be an elaborate hoax.
Now, not far removed from any of those incidents, here we all are washing egg yolk and shell off our faces yet again.
USC cornerback Josh Shaw's admission that he lied about jumping from a second-floor balcony to rescue his drowning nephew is a revelation that leaves everyone involved looking foolish. We all wanted to believe the senior co-captain's heroic tale could be true — and we all look gullible and naive now that it's clear the real explanation for Shaw's two badly sprained ankles may be far more nefarious.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
Welcome to the Dr. Saturday Podcast! Throughout the season we'll be talking weekly about whatever is going on in the world of college football. This week, join Graham Watson and Nick Bromberg as we preview the first week of the season. We chat about:
• Josh Shaw'ssaga at USC.(Episode was taped Wednesday afternoon.)
• Analyze the weekend's biggest games including Texas A&M-South Carolina, Ohio State-Navy and more.
• Pick against the spread in those five games.
• Make bold predictions for the 2014 season that are eerily similar.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Josh Shaw’s heroic story was a lie.
The USC senior cornerback admitted as much Wednesday in a statement released by the university, which also said Shaw had retained a lawyer.
Earlier Wednesday, the LAPD told Rivals.com site TrojansSports.com that Shaw was a subject in an ongoing investigation into a burglary at an apartment complex.
Shaw suffered two ankle sprains during the incident and was out indefinitely. Coach Steve Sarkisian said Shaw was also suspended indefinitely. Shaw is a team captain.
Shaw has not spoken to the media or been seen around the football facility since the heroic story surfaced. He did release a statement through his newly retained criminal lawyer, Donald Etra:
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
North Carolina has suspended four players for what it terms is a violation of team rules.
On Tuesday, Yahoo Sports reported that the team was investigating allegations of hazing. In response to the report, the school released a statement saying that it was investigating an incident involving members of the team and would conduct a "thorough review."
The four players suspended for the Tar Heels' home game against Liberty are Des Lawrence, Donnie Miles, M.J. Stewart and Brian Walker. According to the report, redshirt freshman walk-on WR Jackson Boyer was involved "in an alleged physical altercation with multiple teammates in his room at the Aloft hotel in Chapel Hill where the team was staying during fall camp."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Michigan wants former five-star recruit RB Ty Isaac to play immediately. However, the NCAA has initially denied the request.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Wednesday that Isaac's hardship waiver request was declined by the NCAA. Had Isaac been granted a hardship waiver, he could have been eligible to play immediately.
"[Isaac], the waiver got denied initially, and then we appealed," Hoke said via The Wolverine. "Today is Wednesday. We probably appealed last week, midweek. You don't know how long it will take."
Isaac announced his intention to transfer to Michigan from USC in June. Isaac is from Joliet, Ill., and his mother underwent surgery for hearing loss. She's unable to fly because of the surgery. It's a 30-hour drive from Joliet to Los Angeles.
However, the rules of the hardship waiver for an ill family member, among other specifications, state that the school the player is transferring to must be within a 100-mile radius of the family member. Michigan's campus is not within that radius.
USC's Josh Shaw named in police report, Steve Sarkisian says investigation in the hands of authoritiesGraham Watson at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
USC coach Steve Sarkisian told media Wednesday that the program was in a “holding pattern” while the validity of Josh Shaw’s story about jumping from a second-story balcony to save his drowning nephew is handled by campus authorities.
According to Rivals.com site TrojansSports.com, the LAPD confirmed Shaw is named in an investigation regarding a break-in at an apartment building on Saturday night.
Preciado said nothing had been taken but that a window had been pried open. The investigation is ongoing.
Sarkisian said the vetting of Shaw story had been referred to campus authorities after several phone calls came in refuting Shaw's story that he jumped from a second-story window to save his drowning nephew. Shaw suffered two major ankle sprains in the incident.
Les Miles calls the SEC communications director 'bae' on the SEC teleconference and probably had no idea what it meantGraham Watson at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
LSU coach Les Miles was trying to channel his inner Kliff Kingsbury on Wednesday when on the SEC teleconference, Miles referred to SEC communications director Chuck Dunlap as, “bae.”
For those who need an urban dictionary refresher, the term “bae” is usually a term of endearment and often used to refer to a boyfriend or girlfriend.
Was Miles trying to tell us something about his relationship with Chuck Dunlap? We kid, we kid.
Apparently, this isn’t the first time Miles has used the word and it’s become part of his everyday vernacular.
A couple weeks ago, Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury referred to Beyonce as his “bae” on a T-shirt before doing the ALS ice-bucket challenge.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Need proof that college football season is about to start? Rick Neuheisel has a new song.
The former UCLA coach and current Pac-12 Network analyst debuted "Stairway to Playoffs" on Wednesday's Dan Patrick Show. And it's as good as his previous covers.
"Stairway to Playoffs" is a tour of the national college football landscape to the tune of "Stairway to Heaven" and yes, it mentions Jameis Winston's crab legs citation.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
TCU has a starting quarterback. However, both Trevone Boykin and Matt Joeckel will play against Samford.
Gary Patterson said Tuesday that he's decided on a starter. However, like other coaches, he's not going to reveal that information before the game.
"In practice, they were pretty well even," Patterson said. "On my sheet, there was definitely one who had an edge in practices and will be the guy we run out there to start. Both will play, and we'll go about our business. They both did well. We pride ourselves in red zone. In the two stadium scrimmages, the offense did well against the defense."
Not many clues there, eh? Maybe both will start. It's not a crazy idea. Boykin has played both QB and WR in his time at TCU and Patterson hasn't ruled out Boykin seeing time at WR if Joeckel is playing quarterback.
"If you want to learn the offense, the best place to be is at quarterback," Boykin said via PurpleMenace.com."I think I can jump out there in any position and know the offense. That's not a problem."