- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Washington State coach Mike Leach has predicted the end of human kind.
So, there’s that.
According to Jacob Thorpe of the Spokesman Review, Leach went on one of his typical rants this time directed at technology and the decline of human interaction.
Sadly, it was a pretty bleak outlook on our future:
If any other coach had gone on a similar rant most of us would be baffled, but this is par for the course for Leach, who often has something to say about relationships, technology and pirates.
There was that one time while coaching at Texas Tech that Leach blamed a loss to Texas A&M on his player’s “fat little girlfriends.”
And then he had these sage words of advice for a freshman, who was new Lubbock, Texas, and wanted to know the best place to take a date:
Never underestimate Leach’s genius. In 10 years — when Texas A&M and Notred Dame are scheduled to play —human interaction might cease to exist and all games might be played through Google Glass. And then we'll all lament about that time when Leach warned us of our impending social doom.
Never change, Mike Leach. Never ever change.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Hours aftter running for 208 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Tennessee, Georgia star running back Todd Gurley was wrongly accused of assault early Sunday morning at an Athens, Ga., bar.
According to the Athens Banner-Herald, a 20-year-old male UGA student called police from his home at 3:18 a.m. “to report that he’d been punched by Gurley more than an hour earlier.” The accuser said Gurley attacked him “after he took a photograph of himself with Gurley in the background,” police said.
After police reviewed surveillance footage from the bar, it was determined that it was a white male who punched the accuser, not Gurley.
Gurley agreed to be interviewed by police after the accusation arose.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
North Carolina State gave top-ranked Florida State all it could handle Saturday afternoon, but the defending national champs pulled away late in a 56-41 win in Raleigh. Since the final whistle sounded, a little war of words has emerged between N.C. State coach Dave Doeren and Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher.
After the game, Doeren told reporters he thought Florida State players were faking injuries when they couldn’t keep up with the Wolfpack’s up-tempo offense early in the game.
"The tempo we had (in the first quarter) was working until all the crazy fall-down things were going on and the clock kept stopping," Doeren said, per Warchant.com. "You know the refs can't do anything about that, but it's horrible the way the tempo gets slow downed by these injuries. We went fast in the first quarter, I guess there were no fake injuries."
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will not be eligible for this season.
Mayfield, a Texas Tech transfer, received word last week that the NCAA was denying his request for immediate eligibility. Mayfield then tried to get Tech to release him, but the school denied the request.
Mayfield’s argument was that since he was a walk-on, he shouldn't be held to the same transfer restrictions as scholarship players. The NCAA didn’t agree and Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, who wasn’t happy about the transfer, wouldn’t budge.
“Kingsbury will not let him go. It goes to Kingsbury,” Mayfield’s father, James Mayfield, told the Tulsa World. “It’s not a school rule. It’s arbitrary to the coach’s decision. Period.
“Kingsbury could have lifted it. Kingsbury won’t give in. That’s where it is.”
Mayfield will have three years to play two seasons with the Sooners once he’s eligible in 2015.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Michigan coach Brady Hoke hasn’t officially been fired yet, but that hasn’t stopped rumors from swirling about his replacement.
According to an NFL Network report on Sunday, the Wolverines are interested in pursuing Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, not his brother, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who has been linked with the Michigan job before.
However, the Baltimore Sun cited a source close to Harbaugh saying that Harbaugh would have no interest in the job because of his relationship with Hoke.
Harbaugh more or less echoed that sentiment during his press conference Monday when he didn’t deny interest in the job, but said he’s rather see his friend Hoke keep it.
John Harbaugh on Michigan rumors: "I'm interested in Brady Hoke being the head coach at Michigan for a long time to come."
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Every Monday, Dr. Saturday editor Graham Watson looks back on the weekend that was and decides what she loved, what she hated (I have all the hot takes) and what she can’t wait to see again.
There’s the UCLA offense: The UCLA offense that we expected to see at the beginning of the season finally showed up against Arizona State last week in a 62-27 victory. Apparently, all it took for quarterback Brett Hundley to snap out of his funk was a little hyperextended elbow. Hundley had 427 total yards and five touchdowns in the contest and put himself back into the Heisman conversation. UCLA is one of three teams that remain undefeated in the Pac-12 after seven teams entered the weekend with an unblemished record. The Bruins are still the favorite to win the Pac-12 South and the next two games against Utah and Oregon might determine whether it should be the conference’s representative in the playoff.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
A true freshman will start at quarterback for LSU when it faces Auburn on the road Saturday night.
Head coach Les Miles announced Monday that Brandon Harris will make his first career start against the fifth-ranked Tigers ahead of sophomore Anthony Jennings. Harris and Jennings had been splitting time under center for No. 15 LSU throughout the season, but Miles decided that it is time to give the nod for Saturday night’s primetime game at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
A true freshman hasn’t started for LSU at quarterback since Jordan Jefferson did so in 2008, but Miles conceded that “it wasn’t a difficult decision” to go with Harris over Jennings going forward.
Harris, in LSU’s win over New Mexico State over the weekend, completed 11-of-14 passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns while also scoring twice on the ground. Harris came on in relief of Jennings, who committed three turnovers – two interceptions and one fumble – in his worst outing of the season.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Brady Hoke isn't doing himself any favors.
The Michigan head coach is firmly on the hot seat after Saturday’s 30-14 beat down at the hands of Minnesota, but beyond that, Hoke is being scrutinized for the handling of a woozy Shane Morris during the game.
Hoke addressed the media Monday afternoon and was predictably defensive about how the situation was handled.
“I don’t make decisions on who plays and who doesn’t play as far as injuries – in particular with head trauma,” he said.
“I would never put a kid in that situation, never have and never will. We would never put a guy on the field when there’s a possibility of head trauma.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
There’s something about Alabama week that seems to cause Ole Miss players to say something to antagonize the Tide.
This year, that bulletin board material came from safety Cody Prewitt following last week’s 24-3 win against Memphis.
"We understand that we haven't played a team that's going to be as good as Bama ,” Prewitt said, according to Fox Sports’ Brandon Speck. “But we don't really think Bama is as good as they have been. And we're better than we have been. We're looking forward to getting to the game plan and really nailing down all the tweaks and stuff that we're going to have to put into Bama ."
OK, it’s not that insidious, but it is blowing up the Internet the way things tend to do whenever there’s a perceived slight toward the Tide. But it’s also the kind of confidence you’d expect from an undefeated Ole Miss team.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Virginia Tech will be without one of its top rushing threats for the rest of the season.
The program announced Sunday that true freshman running back Shai McKenzie suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during Saturday’s win over Western Michigan.
Per a release from the program, doctors will “let the swelling in the knee subside” before McKenzie undergoes surgery in October. The injury will also keep him out of spring practice before the 2015 season.
McKenzie, a native of Washington, Pa., injured the same knee last September during his senior year of high school.
Through five games, the 5-foot-11, 221-pound McKenzie was second on the team with 269 rushing yards on 53 carries for the 3-2 Hokies. The former four-star recruit also led the team with three rushing touchdowns.