- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday38 mins ago
Steve Spurrier is on a tour of revenge for what happened after his Gamecocks beat Clemson. And he's halfway done. Watch out, Kelcy Quarles.
Quarles and safety Kyle Fleetwood doused Spurrier with a celebratory Gatorade bath after South Carolina beat Clemson 31-17.
Spurrier said Tuesday that he got Fleetwood in a special teams meeting with an ice bucket, but that he was still on the hunt for the defensive lineman. But Quarles has his guard up, so Spurrier hasn't had a chance to make an attack yet. Spurrier is a wily vet, he's going to attack the instant that Quarles relaxes, so Quarles is going to have to have his head on a swivel until he leaves campus for the final time.
In true Spurrier fashion, he also got in a dig at some coaches who apparently ask their players to not hit them in the hair when they get doused. Spurrier is not one of them.
"The other day when they got me, it came all the way down my visor and the hat and it took a while to get out," Spurrier said. "But that's okay."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Start getting excited for Michigan's game against Florida in more than three years.
The schools announced Wednesday that they would play each other in the 2017 Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium on September 2.
Michigan played in the game in 2012 against Alabama. The Wolverines lost 41-14. It's the first Cowboys Classic appearance for Florida.
Per MLive.com, the payout for Michigan has not been announced whileFlorida Today is reporting that the Gators will receive $6 million for playing in the game. That's quite the nice haul. The Wolverines received $4.7 million in 2012.
The series started in 2009 when BYU played Oklahoma. The Cougars won that game 14-10 and you may remember that game for then-Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford's shoulder injury. In the 2013 game, LSU beat TCU 37-27.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Blake Anderson is Arkansas State's fifth head coach in five years. But that shouldn't be a scary proposition for him.
After Hugh Freeze, Gus Malzahn and Bryan Harsin all took over the program for a season and moved on to bigger schools, the North Carolina assistant is the newest coach of the Red Wolves.
— Terry Mohajir (@TerryMohajirAD) December 19, 2013
Anderson, North Carolina's offensive coordinator, moved to Chapel Hill with coach Larry Fedora from Southern Miss two seasons ago.
Freeze left after the 2011 season to take over at Ole Miss and Malzahn moved to Auburn (and the BCS Championship Game) after the 2012 season. Harsin, a former Boise State assistant, left for the Broncos after Chris Peterson went to Washington to replace Steve Sarkisian, who left for USC.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Tosh Lupoi, a Washington assistant coach, is under investigation for allegedly paying for a recruit's tutoring and online classes so that he could raise his grades and become eligible to play for the Huskies.
The money was for Andrew Basham, who didn't qualify academically to play for Washington. He signed a letter of intent in February.
Mike Davis, a throwing coach who helped Basham win a state shotput title, told The Times that Tosh Lupoi, Washington's defensive line coach, gave him $3,000 to cover private tutoring for Basham through a test preparation company. Davis said he also received $1,500 from Lupoi to reimburse Basham's father for online classes Andrew could use to raise his grade-point average.
Lupoi denied the allegations to the Times, who learned of the tip when USC did. Lupoi was a candidate to move to USC after the Trojans hired Steve Sarkisian from Washington, but according to the Times, his chances of being hired on Sarkisian's USC staff are "less than zero."
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Texas athletic director Steve Patterson has assembled an eight-person search committee and hired an executive search firm to assist in hiring Mack Brown’s replacement as head football coach.
According to the University, the following eight people will make up the search committee:
Let the rumors begin.
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H/T Austin Statesman
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Bowling Green State University announced Wednesday that its new head football coach will be Dino Babers, who spent two years as the head coach of Eastern Illinois.
Babers was the runner-up for the Eddie Robinson Award for the FCS Coach of the Year this season after leading Eastern Illinois to a 12-2 record, a No. 2 ranking an appearance in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs.
“We are so proud to have Dino and his family join Bowling Green State University,” athletic director D. Christopher Kingston said. “Dino brings with him an incredible resume of successful experiences that absolutely fit the Falcon football program. He is a proven winner who is in the business of developing young men who desire success on the field, in the classroom and in the community. His ability to maximize talent through skill development is unmatched.”
Babers posted a 19-7 record in two years at Eastern Illinois, taking over a last place team in 2011 and leading the Panthers to a first-place finish in 2012. He was named the Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year the last two years.
Marcus Mariota made the decision to return to Oregon before learning the results of his NFL draft gradeSam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota announced in a statement on December 3 that he intended to return to school for his junior year, but a report from NFLDraftScout.com came out Wednesday stating that Mariota went ahead and requested his draft grade from the NFL Advisory Committee.
That could suggest that Mariota might still be weighing his options and has not completely made his mind up about staying at Oregon or going to the NFL.
Former NFL scout and Senior Bowl contributor John Middlekauf reported on December 7 that Mariota did not request his grade before he announced his intentions to return. Soon after, Rob Moseley, the editor of Oregon’s athletics website, refuted Middlekauf’s report.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Forbes released its annual list of the most valuable college football teams Wednesday and for the fifth straight year, the newly coachless Texas Longhorns are worth more than any team in the country.
The Longhorns are worth a whopping $139 million, “almost 20% more than any other team in the country,” the report says. The Longhorns are the only college football team to pass $100 million in revenue, a feat they have accomplished the last two seasons.
The team’s value is “built on the back of the nation’s most dedicated fan base, which has helped Texas lead all schools in merchandise sales and secure the most lucrative school-specific TV deal,” the report says.
In a year where no team made more than $90 million, the Longhorns brought in an income of $109 million. The revenue came mainly from ticket sales ($34.5 million), while also collecting “$30 million from contributors and another $15 million from Big 12 and NCAA distributions.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon was arrested for assault in September but on Wednesday, a grand jury cleared him of the possible charges.
He was arrested for assaulting a man who Dixon had accused of breaking into his house and stealing his television set. The man said that Dixon had punched him in the head and face.
After the warrant was issued, Dixon turned himself in.
Instead of charging Dixon with a misdemeanor assault charge, the McLennan County District Attorney had a grand jury look into the charges.
Dixon, a second team AP All-American, was not suspended by coach Art Briles immediately following the incident. He finished the regular season with 70 total tackles, six pass breakups and seven passes defensed. The Big 12 champions play Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
Just ten months after being dismissed from the Alabama football team, defensive lineman D.J. Pettway says he will return to Tuscaloosa.
Pettway was dismissed in February after being arrested for second degree robbery, but after a season at East Mississippi Community College, he has apparently re-signed with the Crimson Tide.
Pettway tweeted about the news. His community college confirmed it.
57 back, signed with Bama again today. nothing but God http://t.co/4CJhVIYxvx
— dj (@dpett57rtr) December 18, 2013