- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Harvey Updyke is back in the public eye and this time it's for something good.
The man who poisoned the oaks at Auburn's Toomer's Corner is going to do a dunk tank for charity in September. The event will be September 27 in Mobile, Ala., and Updyke will be available not only for the dunk tank but for people to throw pies at his face as well.
"He thought about it and thought about it," his wife Elva Updyke told ESPN.com. "His daughter said he needed to do it because it will show that he's not as big of a nut as some people believe. He told them they can do whatever they want to him if it will raise money for kids."
The event is run by T.J. Hodges, who is raising money for the family of John Oliver, a terminally ill child in Mobile. Oliver had cancer and died in July. According to Hodges, former Alabama QB AJ McCarron and his mother Dee Dee Bonner are also helping organize the event.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Missouri doesn't look like it's feeling the pressure of defending its SEC East title. Or if Mizzou is feeling it, dancing is the way to cope.
On Wednesday, defensive coordinator Dave Steckel joined the dancing, when he "taught" his defenders how to do the Dougie.
Two days earlier, his cornerbacks got their groove on.
Perhaps this trend was started by Missouri's offensive line?Almost every position group on the offensive side of the ball has been in a dancing video. The tight ends did the haka.
The wide receivers had a dance line.
The running backs dance too, but they might have been the weakest dancers of the bunch.
The quarterbacks jumped on it.
And the strength department even danced after doing an up-down.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Was the allure of Houston the reason that Vince Young declared for the NFL draft after he led Texas to the 2006 BCS Championship?
Young left Texas with a season of eligibility on the table and his hometown Texans had the No. 1 pick in the draft. In an interview with 104.9 The Horn on Wednesday, Young said if he didn't know the Texans weren't going to take him, he would have stayed in school.
The Texans ultimately took NC State DE Mario Williams at No. 1. Young was selected at No. 3 by the Tennessee Titans.
"It was very close … The Texans had the No. 1 pick and that was a place I wanted to play in. I wish they would have told me they wasn’t picking me because I would have stayed my senior year," Young said with a bit of a chuckle. "But it didn’t happen like that so I had the opportunity to play for a long, long … being a kid, watching the Oilers all my life and having the opportunity to play for them it was a dream come true as well."
Alex Loeb then asked Young if he would redo his decision if he had the opportunity. If the Texans were at No. 1, Young said he probably would still go pro.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Clemson will be without its returning leading rusher for the entire 2014 season.
The program announced Wednesday that junior running back Zac Brooks injured his foot during Monday night’s practice which will sideline him for the season. Per TigerIllustrated.com, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said that Brooks will redshirt this season.
“Zac was having an outstanding camp and was ready for a terrific year,” Swinney said in a release. “The plan is for Zac to sit out this year due to the injury and come back next year as a redshirt junior. This is a big loss, because he is such a reliable player in all phases of the game. He knows the offense inside and out.”
The 6-foot, 200-pound Brooks has registered 74 carries for 365 yards and two touchdowns in his career. He also caught nine passes for 92 yards and one score.
A native of Jonesboro, Ark., Brooks averaged 5.1 yards per carry for the Tigers last season in a backup role behind Roderick McDowell. He was expected to be a big factor among Clemson’s slew of talented running backs.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Air Force RB Devin Rushing injured an ankle on the Falcons' second day of full-pads practice in August.
He said he feared he had broken his ankle during an Oklahoma drill. Rushing said someone had grabbed his facemask and brought him down into another defender on the ground and his ankle got rolled up on.
It wasn't broken, however. The Colorado Springs Gazette said it was a Grade 2 sprain and he was back on the practice field after missing 10 days.
But he's not on the field with his new number. He switched from No. 31 to No. 3 before the season and was told that he had to earn his jersey back.
"They took my jersey," Rushing told the Gazette. "I talked to the equipment manager and he said my jersey is still in there with Rushing written on the back, but I've got to earn it back."
Why? Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said he wants "tough, durable guys" on his team. Rushing was projected to be the Falcons' starting tailback during the season and is now practicing with the second unit.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Here’s something you don’t hear every day.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the game between Central Florida and Penn State in Ireland on August 30 “could be in jeopardy thanks to an Icelandic volcano.”
Scientists are concerned that a volcano called Bárðarbunga could erupt after there was a major earthquake in the region. The risk of the volcano erupting “has increased greatly in recent days.” Additionally, Slate is reporting that “the weekend’s heightened seismicity” has resulted in the Icelandic Met Office raising its “aviation color code” to orange, the second-highest level.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
In a move that was expected, Illinois head coach Tim Beckman announced Wednesday that Wes Lunt will be the Fighting Illini’s starting quarterback.
Lunt, a redshirt sophomore who transferred from Oklahoma State, will succeed four-year starter Nathan Scheelhaase when Illinois’ season opens up.
Lunt, a Rochester, Ill., native, had been competing for the No. 1 quarterback position with senior Reilly O’Toole and sophomore Aaron Bailey. Per OrangeandBlueNews.com, Lunt has been taking the majority of the first-team reps and completed 20-of-24 passes for 241 yards during Saturday’s scrimmage.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Former Virginia QB Marques Hagans still has his arm strength.
The team's current wide receivers coach threw a ball into a trash can from the other side of the Cavaliers' practice field. A football field is 160 feet long (53.3 yards) and we're guessing there's another seven yards or so to get to the trash can, so that's a 60-yard toss.
And for a guy who hasn't practiced as a quarterback recently, getting it in the trash can on the third try (if true) isn't bad at all. (We are still hoping our kicker trick shot idea from earlier in the day comes true.)
Hagans played QB at Virginia from 2001-2005. He backed up Matt Schaub to begin his career and took over fuill-time after Schaub left. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2006 and switched to wide receiver in the pros. He's been Virginia's WR coach for four seasons.
For more Virginia news visit CavsCorner.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Kent State announced that starting center Jason Bitsko died unexpectedly Wednesday morning. He was just 21 years old.
According to a release from the school, Bitsko was “found unresponsive in his bedroom” at his apartment around 9 a.m. Police believe the cause of death to be “an undetermined medical issue.”
Bitsko, a redshirt junior, was in his fourth season with the Kent State program. He started all 12 games at center for the Golden Flashes in 2013 and was set to continue that role in 2014.
"Kent State University and the entire Kent community mourns his passing," said Kent State athletic director Joel Nielsen. "We are heartbroken by the news of Jason's death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, teammates and everyone whose lives he touched."
Bitsko, a native of Huber Heights, Ohio, did not appear at Wednesday morning’s practice and “calls were placed to Bitsko’s roommate.” The roommate then found Bitsko in his bed and called 911. Police arrived at the scene “within three minutes of the call,” but he could not be revived.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
The name of the man who led the Florida Atlantic football program from the start will now grace the field at FAU Stadium.
The university announced Wednesday that the field at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla., will be named Howard Schnellenberger Field. Schnellenberger coached the Owls during their first 11 seasons, leading the program from the Division I-AA (FCS) level into the Division I-A (FBS) Sun Belt Conference in 2005.
Upon retiring in 2011, Schnellenberger registered a 158-151-3 record as FAU’s head coach. The decision to name the field after him was approved by FAU’s Board of Trustees Wednesday morning.
“I am humbled beyond belief that the University would bestow this great honor on the Schnellenberger family, and me personally,” said Schnellenberger. “This is probably the highlight of my coaching career. Thanks to the FAU Board of Trustees, the University, the fans, the players and the coaches that were an integral part of this.”
The school said in a release that Schnellenberger will be honored before the Owls’ home opener against Tulsa on September 13 – the start of the fourth season in FAU Stadium.