- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
I llinois announced Friday that it has fired head coach Tim Beckman, "citing preliminary results of an external review into allegations involving the program."
The move comes one week before Illinois is slated to open its season against Kent State. Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, former coach at Western Michigan, will be the interim head coach.
Throughout the offseason, former football players alleged Beckman was mentally, verbally and physically abusive to them. Former offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic took to Twitter to vent his concerns about abuse he suffered because of Beckman.
According to Cvijanovic, Beckman "uninvited" him from the team's end-of-the-year banquet after the starting left tackle missed the final four games of the year after suffering the labrum tear. Beckman wanted Cvijanovic to play through the season-ending injury.
Illinois hired a law firm to investigate the claims.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Rodrick Williams has a leash and a harness for his lizard so he can take it on a walk.
Yes, that sentence is true.
The Minnesota running back has a savannah monitor, which is a two-foot lizard. The lizard is named Kilgharrah from the dragon on Merlin. And as you can guess, the nickname for the lizard is the same as his coach's last name. So Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has given Williams a nickname too.
Williams has shown pictures and videos of his pet to its namesake, Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill. After laughing, Kill --the coach, not the pet -- began referring to Williams as "Lizard Boy." It's an appropriate nickname, as Williams used to bring all sorts of amphibians and reptiles into his house while growing up in Lewisville, Texas, much to his parents' chagrin.
The lizard lives in a 75-gallon cage in Williams' apartment and his girlfriend doesn't let him bring roaches in to feed Kill. The monitor, now 10-months-old, could grow to be five feet long and Williams got it because his apartment complex doesn't allow dogs
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott filed for trademarks to use his nicknames Zeke and Eze on merchandise as well as a trademark on the restaurant name "Zeke's Crop Top Bar and Grill," according to records in a public database kept by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Elliott became a household name earlier this year as he rushed for 696 yards and eight touchdowns during three postseason games and helped lead the Buckeyes to a national title.
He becomes the latest of a growing trend of athletes who are trademarking their names and phrases associated with their names for future earning potential. Last fall, Dak Prescott applied for trademarks on the "Dak Attack" and "Who Dak" phrases that fans were using on signs and T-shirts
Former Heisman-winning quarterback, Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel both applied for trademarks during their college careers.
For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
The highest-rated recruit in Arkansas’ 2015 freshman class was arrested Friday.
According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, tight end C.J. O’Grady was arrested early Friday morning for driving his motor scooter while intoxicated. The arrest report states that O’Grady was pulled over at 1:33 a.m. just north of campus because the scooter did not have a working taillight.
The arresting officer said in the report that O’Grady had “watery, bloodshot eyes, was slurring his words and smelled of alcohol.” After being taken into custody, O’Grady “registered a blood alcohol level of .099” at 2:47 a.m.
In addition to the DWI charge, O’Grady was hit with a minor in possession of alcohol charge and was cited for the improper taillight and not having proof of insurance.
O’Grady, who was released on bond before noon, has a hearing in Fayetteville District Court scheduled for Monday.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Louisville announced a $55 million expansion project for Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
The expansion, which was unveiled Friday, “will enclose the north end zone, create multiple new fan amenities, and enlarge and enhance the training facilities for the football team,” the university said in a release.
As part of the expansion, close to 10,000 seats will be added to the stadium, bringing the capacity to 65,000. Additionally, “1,000 modern club seats, 65 premium loge level boxes, and 10 exclusive field level suites” are also a part of the expansion.
"We are extremely excited to launch this project and I know our fans are thrilled as well," said athletic director Tom Jurich. "We worked extremely hard on this one to assure the timing was right before we moved forward. We feel that we have a plan in place that will excite our fans and continue to advance our program, which has truly gained a national stage with our university's move to the ACC."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
An attorney who represents the woman who accused former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault has been hired by the woman raped by former Baylor defensive end Sam Ukwuachu.
John Clune confirmed to the Dallas Morning News that he's been retained by the former Baylor soccer player. She's also being represented by a Waco-area lawyer.
Baylor announced earlier in the week that it was starting an internal investigation into the handling of the incident. Ukwuachu was sentenced to six months in prison and 10 years probation on August 20. He was not indicted regarding the October 2013 incident until June 2014 and news of his trial didn't break until shortly before it began.
“We are glad to see that President Starr and Baylor have chosen to conduct their own investigation and look forward to learning the outcome of that process,” Clune said in a statement released by his firm, Hutchinson Black and Cook, LLC of Boulder.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Less than a year after five-star defensive end Josh Sweat suffered a serious knee injury, he is expected to play for Florida State in the Seminoles’ season opener against Texas State.
Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher said Thursday that Sweat, who suffered a torn ACL and dislocated kneecap in September, hasn’t missed a single practice during fall camp.
“He’ll play. He’s healthy enough to play,” Fisher said per the Tallahassee Democrat. “He hasn’t missed a practice. Nothing. Havent seen one thing (slow him down) and am very blessed with that.”
Sweat, a native of Chesapeake, Va., was rated as the top player in Virginia and the No. 34 overall prospect by Rivals in the 2015 recruiting class.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
A projected contributor on Michigan’s defensive line will likely miss the 2015 season due to injury.
Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed Thursday that defensive tackle Bryan Mone broke a bone in his leg during preseason camp. Harbaugh referred to the injury as “long-term” and said it occurred on blocked field goal return.
"Freak play, never seen it before in practice or games," Harbaugh said. "We blocked a field goal attempt, the ball came onto the defensive side of the ball, which we shouldn't be returning that ball. Unfortunately that teaching moment came with one of our players picking it up, running around the edge, and Bryan was trying to lead block for him and they got their feet tangled up. When Bryan went down to the ground, his toe came down at an inopportune angle, and unfortunately a bone broke."
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Notre Dame defensive lineman Ishaq Williams will not play in 2015.
Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly announced Thursday that Williams, who was one of five players suspended for his involvement in an academic fraud investigation before the 2014 season, was denied a waiver by the NCAA.
“We heard back from the NCAA on Ishaq Williams and his appeal was denied. He will not compete,” Kelly said per BlueandGold.com. “We knew and I think Ishaq knew it was going to be an uphill fight, but where he never wavered was coming back to school and getting his degree. The silver lining here was he is in school and we're very optimistic that he'll be able to finish his degree here in the short term.”
- Jay Busbee at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
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