- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday27 mins ago
Former Texas running back Joe Bergeron was dismissed in July by coach Charlie Strong for a violation of team rules and transferred to Texas A&M-Commerce.
He was indefinitely suspended and missed a game on October 11 but returned to play the next week. According to a police report obtained by Fox Sports Southwest, Bergeron allegedly punched and slapped a female at a fraternity house on October 9.
However, he is not facing any charges from the incident, and according to Texas A&M-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey, the school found the incident to not be as severe as the police report stated.
Bergeron and the alleged victim met outside the Kappa Alpha house and the friends of both had been in an argument earlier in the evening. The woman asked Bergeron to find his friend, who she believe to be the cause of the disturbance, and leave the party.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
The aftermath of last year's Minnesota-Wisconsin game was a little heated, so Wisconsin is taking some action to prevent a repeat of 2013.
The two teams play for Paul Bunyan's Axe. Traditionally, the axe is kept on the sidelines and the winning team gets to claim the axe after the game and pretend to chop down the goalposts in celebration.
In 2013, Wisconsin won at Minnesota. After "chopping" down the goalpost on one side of the field, Wisconsin went to do the same to the other, which was protected by Minnesota. A bit of a confrontation ensued. (Language in the video is NSFW)
So this year, Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen said the axe will stay in the locker room until after the game.
GA: Axe won't be kept on team sideline. Players can celebrate with trophy on field, but won't rush opponent's sideline at end of game
Wisconsin has won 10 straight matchups and while Saturday's meeting is a battle of ranked teams, the Badgers are a 13.5 point favorite.
For more Wisconsin news, visit BadgerBlitz.com.
For more Minnesota news,visit GopherIllustrated.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
While Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer handle the broadcast duties for Saturday’s showdown between Auburn and Alabama, the SEC Network will give fans a different perspective of the Iron Bowl.
In addition to the 7:45 p.m. ET broadcast on ESPN (the first time the Iron Bowl is on ESPN since 2007), Paul Finebaum will do a special version of his radio simulcast on SEC Network during the game, according to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch. Titled “Finebaum Film Room: Iron Bowl Live,” the special will include fans calling in throughout the show and split-screen views of Finebaum on the show’s set and the live game.
“We hope fans will call in and you can get fan reaction as the game is going live,” ESPN senior vice president of college sports programming Burke Magnus told SI. “The feeling for us was this is authentically SEC. Paul is sort of the cornerstone voice of the network in a lot of ways, from his daily radio show to his work on SEC Nation. It is something we have not tried before and we felt like this was unique to the SEC."
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Northwestern hopes to clinch bowl eligibility on Saturday against Illinois, but it will be forced to do it without starting quarterback Trevor Siemian.
Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald announced Monday that Siemian, a fifth-year senior, suffered a torn ACL during the second quarter of the team’s win over Purdue over the weekend, prematurely ending his season. Junior Zack Oliver will make his first career start in Siemian’s absence, while redshirt freshman Matt Alviti will also receive playing time.
“My heart’s broken for Trevor,” Fitzgerald said. “He’s really disappointed. Trevor will be a great teammate throughout the week. He’ll be upbeat and positive and terrific for Zack and Matt.”
In relief of Siemian against the Boilermakers, Oliver completed 5-of-11 passes for 85 yards and also ran for a score. In three games this season, Oliver is 7-for-19 for 146 yards and one touchdown.
"He led us on three scoring drives and could've had some more," Fitzgerald said of Oliver.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
North Carolina took its post-game celebration too far after beating Duke on the road on Thursday night.
According to the Durham Herald-Sun, North Carolina issued an apology and will pay for repairs needed to Duke’s visiting locker room after “significant” damage with light blue spray paint was done following the Tar Heels’ 45-20 win. Players reportedly spray-painted interior and exterior walls of the opponents’ locker room in Duke’s Brooks Practice Facility, which is next to Wallace Wade Stadium, and caused “thousands of dollars in damages.”
Additionally, “UNC” was painted “on a wall next to the door entering the facility.”
As part of the rivalry between the two teams, it is tradition for the winner of the game to spray paint the Victory Bell trophy in their school color when the game ends.
UNC coach Larry Fedora called Duke’s David Cutcliffe and UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham called Duke AD Kevin White on Friday to apologize. Additionally, UNC spokesman Kevin Best, who said the school will pay for all of the damages, issued a statement from Fedora and Cunningham:
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Merrick, a native of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, got to meet with coach Bret Bielema one-on-one and Bielema had a hilarious surprise waiting for him.
Yep, that’s Bielema donning an afro wig similar to the one sported by the 6-foot-5, 295-pound Merrick.
Offensive line coach Sam Pittman wore the wig too.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Auburn could be without two of its top contributors against Alabama in the Iron Bowl.
Defensive end Davonte Lambert, the team’s leader in sacks, went down with a left leg injury on the first defensive play of the Tigers’ 31-7 win over Samford on Saturday. The 6-foot-2, 293-pound junior was injured making a tackle, then went to the locker room and did not return to the field.
“He’s probably out this week,” Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said Sunday, per the Montgomery Advertiser. “We don’t know for sure.”
Lambert, a junior college transfer, has 24 tackles, including seven for loss, and a team high 3.5 sacks on the season for the 8-3 Tigers. With it looking like Lambert will miss Saturday’s big game, Johnson said senior Gabe Wright will probably move out to end. Freshman Raashed Kennion could also see increased action.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
This may be the best college football animation parody yet.
Here's the Taiwanese Animators' take on Samaje Perine's record-breaking day on Saturday. Perine rushed for 427 yards, breaking Melvin Gordon's week-old record that he had set against Nebraska.
It's hard to watch the video and not laugh, especially the part about the bad punt snap for Kansas. And if the person with the cameo at the end of the video breaks the rushing record on Saturday, well, that's the fastest recovery to an ACL injury we've ever seen.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Florida State defensive tackle Derrick Mitchell Jr. was in the library early Thursday morning during the shooting on FSU's campus.
Mitchell was working on a group project and was about to leave when he said he decided to wait for the others in his group.
"Something told me to turn around, wait for the other group members, and we all can walk out together," Mitchell said. "And I turned around and I waited. And thank God I waited those extra minutes because I was right there.
"If I would have walked out two minutes earlier, I would have been right there in the line of fire."
Three were wounded in the incident and the gunman was killed by Florida State police.
Mitchell said he never saw the gunman but that he heard the shots and saw wounded library worker Nathan Scott warning others about what had happened. He had originally thought a bookshelf had fallen.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
The first College Football Playoff has not been played yet, but FBS coaches are already in favor of a change.
According to a poll conducted by ESPN in which 103 of 128 FBS coaches participated, 44 percent of those coaches prefer an eight-team playoff compared to 29 percent in favor of the four-team model. On top of that, 17 percent of those polled want the playoff expanded to 16 teams.
Other coaches voted for no playoff at all (four percent), a six-team playoff (two percent), a 12-team playoff (two percent), plus one vote each for a two-team playoff, a 32-team playoff and a 64-team playoff.
The poll found that many coaches who prefer the eight-team model think the playoff should consist of “the conference champions from the Power 5 leagues plus the next three highest-ranked at-large teams, or the top-ranked Group of 5 champion and the two highest-ranked at-large teams.”
The conference breakdown for the votes went like this: