- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday30 mins ago
Arkansas capped off the second season under Bret Bielema with a blowout 31-7 win over Texas in the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl.
To commemorate the first bowl win in Bielema’s tenure, he was given a custom leather Texas Bowl "title belt," which he showed off on Twitter on Monday.
While we’re mildly disappointed that Bielema didn’t model the belt for his loyal Twitter followers, we now completely expect Bielema to proudly wear it to big events.
The Razorbacks closed out the 2014 season winning four of their final six games to finish 7-6. The program is clearly trending upward, so we could see Bielema with some more bowl memorabilia in the coming years.
For more Arkansas news, HawgSports.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday53 mins ago
Former Northwestern running back Xavier Menifield is facing charges after weapons were found in his vehicle and ammunition was found in his dorm room.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Menifield, who is no longer with the program, was charged March 16 with felony “aggravated unlawful use of a weapon” for having an unloaded rifle in his vehicle, which was parked outside of Ryan Field.
Additionally, police allegedly found “metal knuckles” in his car and firearm ammunition in his dorm room. Police records say that Menifield “did not have a valid firearm owner’s ID card.”
Menifield, 19, redshirted during the 2013 season and appeared in only one game for the Wildcats in 2014. He is currently free on bond and is due in court next month, according to the Tribune.
A Northwestern spokesman said Menifield is no longer enrolled at the university.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
After one year of college football, Wake Forest running back Tyler Henderson announced his decision to retire due to health concerns.
Henderson suffered a concussion midway through his true freshman season with the Demon Deacons and says he has yet to fully recover.
“I’ve had a concussion for almost 7 months now, and after lots of praying and talking to numerous doctors and loved ones, I have decided to retire from the game I love and that brings me so much joy,” Henderson wrote on Instagram. “It is such a hard thing to do, but it’s what’s best for my future and my health. I hate that my football career had to end like this and this soon, but I know and I trust God has a bigger plan for me.”
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Henderson appeared in six games for the Demon Deacons and had six yards rushing on three attempts. He also returned nine kicks for a total of 183 yards, an average of 20.3 yards per attempt.
According to Blogger So Dear, Henderson will remain with the program as a student assistant.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Kansas picked up another big transfer on Monday.
Former South Carolina LB Marcquis Roberts posted to Facebook that he was heading to Kansas.
Thank you to all the schools that wanted me to join their school. It feels like a 2nd chance. I will be playing football and working towards my master at Kansas university. Blessed beyond belief.
Roberts was a fourth-year sophomore in 2014. If he has his undergraduate degree from South Carolina, he'll be eligible to play immediately at KU. Otherwise he'll have to sit out a season.
He's played two seasons in four years at USC because of injuries. He got a medical redshirt in 2011 because of a shoulder injury and missed 2012 because of a knee injury.
He played in all 13 games for the Gamecocks in 2013 and had 48 tackles. In 13 games in 2014 he had 31 tackles. He joins Texas A&M transfer LaQuivonte Gonzalez as a new member of the Jayhawks. Gonzalez, who came to Texas A&M when new Kansas coach David Beaty was an assistant with the Aggies,tweeted he was heading to KU on Sunday.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
New Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi got a potential impact transfer Monday as former Tennessee DE Dewayne Hendrix tweeted he was going to be a Panther.
I would thank all the schools that showed interested in me. I am eager to begin the next stage of my college career at Pitt !!!
Hendrix left Tennessee in December. He told the Chattanooga Times Free-Press in December that he wasn't happy with his situation with the Volunteers. He'll be eligible to play at Pitt in 2016.
"I just wasn't happy," he said. "I was happy with my playing time, I just didn't like it here. Just my relationship with the coaches and how they talk to people. It just kept getting worse as the season went on."
He played in seven games in 2014 and had two tackles.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Former UCLA WR Devin Lucien is staying in the Pac-12.
The former Bruin has signed with Arizona State. The Sun Devils were mentioned as a likely destination when news of his transfer broke in March. And now it's official.
"I committed yesterday and signed my paperwork today," Lucien said. "The relationship I have with Berco (ASU quarterback Mike Bercovici)… that is my guy, the need they have at the receiver position and me being a great fit there is why I decided to go there. I'm ready to come in and play right away, and the caches felt the same way so everything was mutual.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Marcus Mariota is unquestionably the best quarterback in University of Oregon history.
With his selection likely to come in the early portion of the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night, Oregon put together a video to thank him for his phenomenal career.
The video features cameos from athletes all across the university and is a fitting send off for the soft-spoken Mariota.
Mariota, the 2014 Heisman winner, holds the program’s all-time records in completions, passing yards, passing touchdowns, pass efficiency, passing yards per game, total offense, and total touchdowns, among others. And he did it all in just three seasons.
For more Oregon news, visit DuckSportsAuthority.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
East Tennessee State is set to return to the football field in 2015 for the first time since 2003, and on Monday, the program unveiled its brand new uniforms.
The Buccaneers will have six different combinations of blue, white and gold to wear when they hit the field in the fall. ETSU senior associate athletic director Scott Carter said in a releasethat the uniforms aimed to reflect the program’s past while bringing a modern feel.
“It is a special time to be a Buc and it has been a pleasure to take great care in embracing the past, present and future with these uniforms,” Carter said. “My friend Wink Baker proudly wore a uniform similar to this during his days as our quarterback in the early 1960s. Hopefully our students, fans and alumni will agree that these uniforms capture a classic look in our beautiful blue and gold.”
ETSU has officially rejoined the Southern Conference and will play its first game since Nov. 22, 2003 when the Buccaneers host Kennesaw State on Sept. 3.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Kevin Lennon, the NCAA’s new vice president for Division I governance, wants to take a close look at the high number of transfers in collegiate athletics.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Lennon said that several ideas have been discussed, including allowing schools to restrict where players can transfer and requiring graduate transfers to sit out a year before becoming eligible.
“If you’re transferring to be in a graduate program, the NCAA wants you to be working in earnest toward that degree rather than just using up your last year of eligibility,” Lennon told the AP.
The NCAA’s current rules for graduate transfers allow players with bachelor’s degrees to gain immediate eligibility at another institution if they enroll in graduate classes. That could change “sometime in the next year,” per the AP.
Lennon, who replaced David Berst on April 6, has been in contact with school officials to seek input on how to address the ever-increasing number of transfers.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
If recruiting is one thing, it’s unpredictable.
Robert Washington, a four-star class of 2016 running back from North Carolina, announced his verbal commitment to Syracuse on Saturday during a ceremony at his school. However, about 15 minutes earlier, Bleacher Report published a video with Washington in which he described his commitment to Florida.
So what happened? Washington told Syracuse.com that he simply changed his mind.
“I did the report on Thursday,” Washington said. “I had my mind set for the report, but I changed my mind the next day to Syracuse.”