- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday53 mins ago
It appears there is a solution to our national satellite camp nightmare.
According to the Associated Press, outgoing SEC commissioner Mike Slive announced Wednesday that the league will drop its restriction on its coaches attending satellite camps if the rest of the power conferences don’t agree to ban the practice.
The SEC (along with the ACC) currently outlaws the loophole that allows coaching staffs to attend prospect camps more than 50 miles away from campus as guests.
Though Slive said the SEC still intends to “make every effort to have our rule (banning coaches from attending camps) adopted nationally,” the league’s athletic directors voted to drop the restrictions beginning in 2016 if the other power conferences don’t agree to ban the camps.
“Our folks would be free to fan out all over the country and have at it,” Slive said.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Auburn won't be claiming any more national titles in football.
A year ago, athletic director Jay Jacobs said the school was in the process of looking at its football history to officially recognize more national championships, saying "We want to do what's best for Auburn, regardless of what the rest of the world thinks or says."
Auburn even formed a committee to look into adding more official titles. It appears it decided doing nothing was best.
"We've earned what we've earned and people can count it different ways, but we've earned what we've earned," Jacobs told Al.com. "Those players on those teams, like me in 1983, it doesn't matter if you hang a banner or not. I know what we did."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Don't rush the field after your Big 12 school wins a big game unless you want your school to get a fine.
The conference said Wednesday it's added penalties for schools whose fans storm the playing surface after games. While it's been a fairly-regular occurrence in football,the incident that has gotten the most noteriety was in basketball.
Kansas State beat Kansas at home in February and the crush of K-State fans trapped Kansas coach Bill Self against the scorer's table. Self also said multiple Kansas players were "hit" by KSU fans. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby reprimanded the Wildcats after the incident.
"I don't know that there's anything off the table in dealing with those issues," Bowlsby said about penalties for field-storming via the AP. "I think I've been given broad prerogatives to deal with those issues."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
The American Athletic Conference ratified a new concussion policy at its spring meetings Wednesday.
According to a release by the conference, the policy encompasses the protocol in the NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook and also includes other provisions. Schools in the conference will be required to give the a conference an emergency action plan for each athletic site and there are also staff education requirements.
“This policy was developed to serve the best interests of student-athlete welfare,” AAC commissioner Mike Aresco said in a statement. “We asked a group of extremely knowledgeable, well-respected and capable experts to study this issue and draft a policy that creates the best health and safety protocol. An important objective of the policy is providing for the education of all those who work with our student-athletes in any capacity on the issues surrounding concussions.”
The conference also said there are additional football protocols as well. Officials will receive annual education, there will be a sideline communication plan for each game and team medical staff and EMTs assigned to the game will be required to have a pre-game in-person meeting.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Oklahoma’s quarterback competition just reduced from four to three.
Justice Hansen, a redshirt freshman from Edmond, Okla., announced Wednesday that he’s transferring from the program.
Hansen was part of a four-man quarterback competition with Trevor Knight, Baker Mayfield and Cody Thomas for the Sooners in the spring. He went 5-for-5 for 70 yards in the team’s spring game, but saw the smallest amount of playing time of the four candidates.
According to SoonerScoop.com, Hansen, a four-star recruitin the 2014 class, informed the Oklahoma staff of his plans in a meeting on Tuesday. He also “met with (head coach) Bob Stoops Wednesday morning to solidify all the terms of his transfer and release.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Before he takes the field for Louisville in the fall, former TCU defensive end Devonte Fields will reportedly stand trial for assault on June 17.
According to ESPN.com, Fields, the 2012 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, is facing a misdemeanor assault charge and will go to trial “after failing to reach an agreement to dismiss his charge.”
Fields was charged with assault last July after being accused of hitting an ex-girlfriend. The incident led to Fields’ “separation” from TCU. Fields then tried to transfer to Stephen F. Austin, but the school said because TCU declared that Fields did “not meet the requirements to attain the one-time transfer waiver,” he was ineligible.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
The cities bidding on the right to host the College Football Playoff Championship in 2018, 2019 and 2020 have been finalized.
The College Football Playoff announced that nine cities submitted bids for the three years. Houston and Santa Clara (the site of the San Francisco 49ers new stadium) were the two cities that bid on the rights to every year.
Here's the breakdown:
“We are pleased that the leaders in these communities recognize the significance of the event, and we are excited about what we know will be a competitive bidding process,” CFP executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement. “In its first year, the national championship game brought tremendous opportunity to North Texas as the epicenter of college football, and we know that success will continue in the future.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers just wanted some food on Tuesday evening.
The former five-star recruit posted a complaint about his lack of money to Twitter, calling the NCAA's stipend checks "lil indentured servant checks."
Idk how the NCAA thinks we supposed to eat right with these lil indentured servant checks they give us..I Should've stayed in the dorms smh
I'm about to eat my first meal of the day & that's Oodles and noodles smh
Yes, it's easy to turn Peppers' posts into a debate about the NCAA paying athletes, but we won't do that. His stipends will go up in August after the new cost of attendance benefits voted on by the Power Five conferences go into effect.
One provision already in effect is the NCAA's rule that athletes can more food provided from schools than was originally allowed in their scholarships. However, the utilization of the rule is not as simple as going over to campus and getting food whenever you want.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney will no longer appear at a fundraiser for the Palmetto Family Council, a conservative advocacy group that opposes same-sex marriage and abortion.
Swinney was invited to accept an award from the group at an event on June 2, but both South Carolina state rep. Todd Rutherford and GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) spoke out in hopes that he’d skip the event.
A day later, Swinney released a statement saying he would not attend and that he was “no association” with the Palmetto Family Council.
Here is Swinney’s statement in its entirety:
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
The Idaho football team could be facing more APR-related sanctions.
The academic progress rate scores for schools were released Wednesday and Idaho's football score was once again low. The Vandals had an APR of 896 in 2013-2014. It's Idaho's fourth-straight year of having an average below 930.
Teams must have a four-year average above 930 to avoid penalties.
Idaho was banned from the 2014 postseason because of low APR scores and it's feasible to think a bowl ban could be in the offing again in the future. Though we're probably obligated to say (again) that it'd take a big turnaround for the Vandals to get bowl eligible in the first place (UNLV was also banned for the 2014 postseason).