- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 mins ago
Alabama head coach Nick Saban offered his condolences to a high school whose football coach tragically died last week.
In a letter dated Oct. 22 and addressed to Deshler High School athletic director Patrick Smith, Saban expressed his sadness for the death of Jake Linville, the 42-year-old coach who was in his first year as Deshler’s head coach.
“I have no doubt that Coach Linville was a great leader and not only well respected on the field and in the classroom, but in the community as well,” Saban wrote.
According to Al.com, Linville died last Sunday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his childhood home near Colinwood, Tenn. Friends of Linville, who had been a coach at Deshler since 2010, say the shooting was accidental and not suicide.
That is certainly a classy gesture from Saban as he and his coaching staff prepare for Saturday’s road contest at Tennessee.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
While the Syracuse basketball program appears to be the main focus of an ongoing NCAA investigation, the Orange football program is reportedly also a part of the probe.
According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, the football team is “facing allegations involving extra benefits,” but only from a “two-or-three-year stretch around 2004 or 2005.” By comparison, the allegations surrounding the basketball program are said to go back “about 10 years and are as current as the 2013 season.”
If the allegations against the football program do stem from 2004 and 2005, that time frame would mark the end of Paul Pasqualoni’s tenure as head coach (1991-2004), and the beginning of Greg Robinson’s stint with the program (2005-2008). Additionally, McMurphy is reporting that “none of the allegations” occurred since 2009, when Doug Marrone took over. Scott Shafer replaced Marrone, now the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, in 2013.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Retired Florida Supreme Court chief justice Major Harding will preside over the upcoming student code of conduct hearing for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, according to reports.
Winston faces as many as four conduct violations stemming from an alleged sexual assault of former student in December 2012. The state attorney's office in Tallahassee declined to press charges against Winston following an investigation last fall. The alleged victim filed a complaint with the federal Department of Education, which prompted a Title IX investigation.
There is no set date for when Winston's student conduct code hearing will take place.
Harding, 79, was a state Supreme Court justice from 1991 to 2000. Harding is currently a practicing attorney with the law firm Ausley McMullen in Tallahassee, but has no ties to Florida State University. He is a native of Charlotte, N.C., graduated from Wake Forest and Virginia's law school. He was selected over two other retired Florida Supreme Court justices, Joseph Hatchett and Charles T. Wells.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Bryan Allen, the man who claimed he paid Georgia running back Todd Gurley $400 for his autograph, said he wants to see Gurley back on the field.
Allen’s attorney, Ed Garland, told WSB-TV Atlanta that he wanted to see Gurley reinstated and that he regretted prompting investigations by Georgia and the NCAA.
“He thinks he ought to be playing football this Saturday and thinks that he should not be punished,” Garland said. “He greatly regrets that he made the one payment to him — $400 — he wishes he never had.”
Allen allegedly sent SB Nation an email earlier this month stating that he had exchanged “thousands of dollars” with Gurley for signed memorabilia. It was later determined that Gurley had only received $400 from Allen, a payment Allen’s lawyer said was a one-time deal.
Georgia, this week, petitioned the NCAA to reinstate Gurley and make him available for the Bulldogs’ game against Florida on Nov. 1.
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For more Georgia news, visit UGASports.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
With less than a week before the unveiling of the first College Football Playoff rankings, Conference USA hired a public relations firm to help assist Marshall, one of four undefeated FBS football teams in the country, with its effort to earn a spot in the playoff.
On behalf of Marshall and Conference USA, Brener Zwikel & Associates, a Los Angeles area firm, sent out a release detailing the Thundering Herd’s accomplishments thus far this season.
The release offers a bevy of statistics about Marshall’s scoring offense and senior quarterback Rakeem Cato, and even a brief history of the program.
Ranked 23rd in the country, Marshall leads all FBS programs with a 30.8 points per game margin of victory and has a pretty strong chance of going undefeated this season.
Even if Marshall does go undefeated, we all know it has no shot to reach the College Football Playoff. Just look at its schedule. The combined record of the seven teams the Thundering Herd has played this season is just 20-33 and only one team left on its schedule – 4-3 UAB – has a winning record.
We appreciate the effort, Marshall, but it’s probably not going to happen.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Jameis Winston and Florida State will be visiting Louisville next Thursday to take on the Cardinals at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium. To commemorate the occasion and troll the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Jeff Ruby, a restaurant owner in Louisville tweeted that crab legs will not be available the night of the game.
Notice to our Louisville diners: Due to FSU & Jameis Winston being in town Thursday Oct,30, crab legs will NOT be available on our raw bar
Ruby, the owner of Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, is of course referencing the April incident in which Winston stole crab legs from a Publix Super Market in Tallahassee, Fla.
It has been nearly six months since the incident, which resulted in a brief suspension from the FSU baseball team for Winston. We think the crab legs joke may have reached its expiration date at this point.
The game between the 6-2 Cardinals and the Seminoles, now 7-0 and ranked No. 2, will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET.
For more Florida State news, visit Warchant.com.
For more Louisville news, visit CardinalSports.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Northwestern cornerback Dwight White started six games as a redshirt freshman in 2013 and was expected to make an impact for the Wildcats defense in 2014 until one trip to the doctor changed everything.
“Being a member of the football program at Northwestern University has been a huge blessing,” White said in a statement. “This football family is part of who I am, and that won't change with this decision I've had to make for my long-term health. It hurts knowing I will no longer wear my family name across my back and Northwestern across the front of my jersey on a national level, but I will always support my friends and my second family on and off the field.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Less than two weeks after a sexual battery complaint against Florida freshman quarterback Treon Harris was dropped, the university released nearly 200 pages of police documents pertaining to the case Wednesday. The documents include the incident report and a detective’s extensive interview with Harris hours after his accuser alerted authorities.
Throughout the interview, Harris expresses disbelief that the woman would accuse him of rape. He insisted that the two had consensual sex after the two hung out earlier in the day and saw each other that night at a club in Gainesville – the same day Harris helped the Gators beat Tennessee on Oct. 4.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday20 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 are stunned that we're entering Week 9 of the college football season. We discuss:
• Bo Pelini's comments regarding ESPN and the SEC Network and partnerships and platforms
• North Carolina's academic investigation findings
• Pick USC/Utah, Mississippi State/Kentucky and more
• Buy or Sell a non-Power Five team making the Playoff, Utah winning the Pac-12 and a wide receiver's chance of being in New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Notre Dame freshman wide receiver Justin Brent found a good way to shake off the Irish’s loss to Florida State during the bye week.
Brent, a true freshman, was spotted sitting courtside at a New York Knicks preseason game at Madison Square Garden with adult film actress Lisa Ann. As pointed out by TMZ, Lisa Ann is 42 years old while as a true freshman, Brent is probably no more than 18 or 19.
Though he hasn’t registered a statistic for the Fighting Irish this season, that’s quite the catch for Brent off the field.
According to TMZ, the two met “earlier this year while Lisa was traveling” and she “made the first move and gave Brent her number.”
Notre Dame doesn’t play against until its November 1 contest with Navy at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., so we are going to assume that he had off from practice on Wednesday.