- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Oklahoma officials think transfer Dorial Green-Beckham could suit up for the Sooners this season after he’s granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA.
Green-Beckham transferred to Oklahoma after he was dismissed from Missouri following several run-ins with the law during his two seasons with the program.
According to the Oklahoman, Oklahoma is planning to use something called the “run-off” waiver, which is in place for players who were removed from their programs through no fault of their own. Oklahoma will contend that Green-Beckham was dismissed from the Missouri team for a legal issue for which he was never charged.
On April 6, Green-Beckham was the subject of a suspected burglary after a Missouri student said Green-Beckham forced open her apartment door at 2:30 a.m. while trying to see his girlfriend. Columbia, Mo., police said they could not arrest Green-Beckham because the witness feared retaliation if she came forward with her complaint.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Earlier in the week, Oklahoma State announced that it won’t face Academic Progress Rate (APR) penalties after it was discovered that a football player from the 1990’s had recently graduated. The school didn’t offer many other details, other than that the team would have the full allotment of weekly practice time instead of losing one practice day per week.
Fortunately, in an awesome piece, Ben Fredrickson of The Oklahoman was able to track down the football player whose graduation helped the 2014 Cowboys. His name is Larry Mahsetky. He was a wide receiver under head coach Pat Jones at OSU from 1991-1995 but had only recently completed his degree – more than 20 years after he originally arrived in Stillwater.
The 41-year-old Mahsetky learned earlier in the week that because he finished up his final few classes needed to graduate, he gave his alma mater two more hours of practice time per week this season.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
When Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason met with the media Friday, his first official media day as the Bulldogs starter, he did so wearing a No. 43 pin.
The pin, which Mason said he plans to wear a lot this season, bears the Auburn jersey number of his good friend Philip Lutzenkirchen, who was killed in a single-car accident in late June.
Mason and Lutzenkirchen had been friends since they were 7 years old. They played high school football and baseball together, and though Lutzenkirchen decided to play at Auburn while Mason went to Georgia, the two kept in touch regularly.
In fact, the two spoke just 48 hours before Lutzenkirchen’s fateful crash.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Ethan Fisher, the son of Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, can't be accused of not supporting his father's team. He's usually wearing FSU gear while watching the Seminoles.
When FSU beat Miami on Nov. 2, 2013, Ethan had a Florida State sweatshirt on. However, that sweatshirt was made by Under Armour. Florida State has a contract with Nike for its teams.
Nike noticed this and emailed Florida State about it after the game. The Wall Street Journal obtained the emails via a Freedom of Information Act request that covered "a two-week period" in November. (In case you were wondering, allegations of sexual assault against FSU QB Jameis Winston surfaced on Nov. 13.)
In the email, Nike's Mark Dupes, the company's assistant director for football sports marketing, congratulated FSU on the win and then said:
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
With Alabama preseason camp officially under way Friday morning, we got our first glimpse at Jacob Coker in a Crimson Tide uniform. Coker, a Florida State transfer, is the man believed by many to be the replacement for AJ McCarron at quarterback in 2014.
It has been assumed all summer that Coker, a redshirt junior, would take over the starting role, but head coach Nick Saban has long maintained that Coker will battle it out with fifth-year senior Blake Sims and redshirt freshman Cooper Bateman for the starting role.
On Friday morning, according to Al.com, Sims was working first in drills with Coker second. Coker reportedly “had a handful of high throws,” but that’s not uncommon for a player in his first practice.
Here’s some video of Coker (No. 14) and Sims (No. 6), via TideSports.com.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
As its fall camp began on Friday, Alabama was without three players due to suspension.
After practice, coach Nick Saban said linebacker Tim Williams, defensive lineman Brandon Ivory and defensive lineman Jarran Reed were suspended due to violations of team rules.
"Each guy can return to the team on the completion of a requirement for what they have to do relative to their suspension," Saban said (via TideSports.com).
It's not known how long those requirements will take to fulfill or what they are.
Williams played in seven games last year and had three tackles. Ivory played in 12 games and had 24 tackles in 2013 while Reed joined the team this year after playing at East Mississippi Community College. He was arrested for DUI in July.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Georgia Tech’s offense slipped last year.
After ranking either first or second in the country in rushing offense every year since 2009, the Yellow Jackets were sixth— the worst rushing ranking in coach Paul Johnson's six-season tenure — averaging 299.3 yards per game. It was the first time since 2010 that Georgia Tech had rushed for an average lower than 300 yards.
While a drop of a few yards might seem insignificant to most, it was a clear sign that Georgia Tech had gotten away from the offense that had made it one of the most difficult teams in the ACC for which to prepare.
So, when fall camp opened on Thursday, veterans saw Georgia Tech return to its old ways.
"I think we're going to just go back to basics, smash-mouth football," senior fullback Zack Laskey said. "I think we have the guys to do the things we have to do and as far as I can tell . . . there's going to be a lot more option offense."
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
When the pressure was on, Georgia Tech kicker Harrison Butker came through for his team.
Georgia Tech was facing some post-practice wind sprints, but the coaches offered a way out. If Butker could nail a fifth consecutive 50-plus yard field goal, the Yellow Jackets would not have to run.
You know what happens next:
Of course, Butker confidently makes the field goal and the team went absolutely nuts. First Butker, a sophomore from Decatur, Ga., was swarmed by his teammates before the guys headed straight off the field and back into the locker room before the coaches changed their minds.
Running back Synjyn Days’ had the best reaction, yelling “We’re going to Charlotte!” into the camera.
The 6-foot-3, 201-pound Butker had a solid freshman season, making 10-of-14 field goals, including two from 49 yards and five total from longer than 40 yards. By the looks of this video, he looks even stronger going into 2014.
The Yellow Jackets are coming off a 7-6 season in 2013. The team's season kicks off on August 30 at home against Wofford.
For more Georgia Tech news, visit JacketsOnline.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
The annual Alabama Fan Day will take place Sunday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Fans will get an early glimpse at the 2014 Crimson Tide by watching a team practice, and then they’ll get the chance to collect autographs from players and coaches.
One fan is very excited for the festivities.
Thanks to Busted Coverage, we get to meet 32-year-old Bobby Hunter, an Alabama fan who began to camp out for Fan Day at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning – a full 103 hours before practice begins on Sunday. For real.
Hunter told Busted Coverage that he’s using vacation time from work to camp out and that he’ll sleep in the tailgating chair for all four nights to maintain his first spot in line.
He also has a well-crafted sign depicting the extent of his fandom.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Arizona State has found a different way to inspire its players this year — by using their family members.
The Sun Devil equipment Twitter account tweeted out a picture of lockers with pictures of family members in them and asked the question, “Who inspired you?”
This is a pretty good idea. Not only does it keep the theme of family — the theme coach Todd Graham has stressed during his time in Tempe — in the forefront, it also makes sure each player keeps things in perspective.
For more Arizona State news, visit ASUDevils.com.
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