- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday26 mins ago
Steve Sarkisian's first starting quarterback in his head-coaching tenure at USC isn't much of a surprise.
Tuesday, Sarkisian announced that Cody Kessler would be the Trojans' starting quarterback in 2014. Kessler was officially competing with Max Browne and Jalen Greene, though he was the only one of the three with starting experience.
"We can go out and win a lot of football games with Cody Kessler as our quarterback," Sarkisian said after practice Tuesday (via the Los Angeles Times).
Browne was seen as Kessler's biggest competitor. He was a five-star quarterback according to Rivals and the No. 7 recruit in the country in the class of 2013.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
A New York Times report says the police inquiry into the accusations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was "flawed" and "there was virtually no investigation at all" by either the university or the Tallahassee Police Department into the claims of sexual assault involving Winston.
The Times, after speaking with Florida state prosecutor Willie Meggs and others involved in the case, also states that the investigation by the detective assigned to the case was "halting at best."
“They just missed all the basic fundamental stuff that you are supposed to do,” Meggs told the Times, while also saying a better investigation may have turned up no other information to bring charges against Winston.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Todd Hoffner is Minnesota State Mankato's coach once again.
After he lost his job at the Division II school in 2012 over pictures of his children on his phone, an arbitrator ruled last week that Hoffner was wrongfully dismissed. On Tuesday, Hoffner announced his intention to return to the school despite taking the head coaching position at Minot State in January.
"I'm eager to return to the game and the program that I helped build," Hoffner said (via Fox 9)."This is what I wanted from day one, and now I have that opportunity to go back, and I believe it is the right thing to do."
Minnesota State issued a statement apologizing to Hoffner.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
In a decision that is probably long overdue, the NCAA Legislative Council decided Tuesday that Division I student-athletes will now be able to receive “unlimited meals and snacks in conjunction with their athletics participation.”
Prior to this change, student-athletes on scholarship received three meals per day or a food stipend. Now, students will have access to as many meals as they’d like and the rule applies to walk-ons too.
“Today we took action to provide meals to student-athletes incidental to participation,” said council chair Mary Mulvenna, associate commissioner of the America East. “I think the end result is right where it needs to be.”
The Division I Board of Directors meets on April 24 where the rule is expected to be finalized.
The council also passed four other rules to:
*Require strength and conditioning coaches to be certified from a nationally accredited certification body
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
If you want prime seating and a VIP experience for the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, be prepared to spend a lot of cash.
Premium ticket package details and pricing for the title game of the first College Football Playoff at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas were released Tuesday and range in price from $1,899 to $5,999 each.
Ticket packages in the 100 and 200 levels between the 20-yard-lines for the game on January 12 start at $4,499 per person. That Gold Level Package price is for the game only, which includes field access postgame, pregame hospitality, an open bar, and the promise of appearances of "collegiate football legends."
Each package also includes a gift bag and a voucher for a program and the right to park in the preferred parking lots. However, you still have to pay for parking. But if you're spending that much on a ticket, what's another $100 or so for parking, right?
If you want to add three nights in a hotel room to your tickets, you can split a room with someone for $750 more or have your own room at one of nine hotels for $1500 more.
Some other details:
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
The University of Texas now has a new set of men’s and women’s fragrances.
For only $39.50 you can own the “Passionate, Triumphant & Strong” brand of Masik collegiate fragrance. Both the cologne and perfume were created “to capture the essence of The University of Texas,” whatever that means.
Per the product description, the perfume "opens with a sparkling top note of Bergamot, and Ruby Redcurrant,” but “the heart of the fragrance is an addictive floral blend of Orange Blossom, Mimosa and Jasmine. Aromatic Patchouli, Creamy Vanilla and Musks round out the background ensuring a long lasting fragrant appeal."
Somewhat surprisingly, Masik’s website offers numerous other University-themed fragrances that represent schools across the country. There are 20 in total, and Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma, Penn State and several others are all represented.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
During Arizona’s spring game a few fans got the opportunity to set foot on the field at Arizona Stadium and even got the chance to take home some cash.
One fan got the chance to win $500 if he managed to make a 50-yard field goal. Despite a seriously impressive effort, he came up just short. Another fan got the chance at $250 if he threw the ball further than the Wildcats quarterbacks. That didn’t go too well.
The fan had a decent toss of about 40 yards, but quarterback Jesse Scroggins, a USC transfer who is competing for the starting job, launched a pass into the end zone – a 75-yard toss.
Other fans had the opportunity to help coach Rich Rodriguez pick a few goal line plays that were drawn up on a poster board. Most were unsuccessful, but a few managed to get the Wildcats into the end zone.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Arkansas State’s new coach for its spring game, Nick Bhardwaj , isn’t from Arkansas and not really an Arkansas State fan, but that didn’t stop him from forking over $11,700 for the opportunity to be an FBS coach for a day.
Bhardwaj, a 25-year-old from Northern California, is the CEO of Beyond Games, a gaming studio based in San Francisco, Calif., and prior to that, he was Vice President of Monetization at NaturalMotion, which was recently acquired by Zynga for $527 million.
And on Friday night, he’ll be calling plays for the Red Wolves.
“I love the outpour of support from A-State fans and the community,” said Bhardwaj in a statement released by the school. “Since realizing I was going to win the auction, I have been reviewing tapes from last season for both Arkansas State and North Carolina to better understand offensive and defensive strategies. I’ve been reading every piece of press on the current team and recruits for A-State, so I am looking forward to hitting the ground running and learning as much as I can during this experience.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Virginia State player Lamont Britt was sentenced to 45 days in jail on a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to assaulting Winston-Salem State QB Rudy Johnson before the CIAA Championship Game.
The two teams were at a banquet on Friday, November 15 when Johnson was assaulted in the bathroom.After the incident happened, the game was canceled and Virginia State was deemed ineligible for postseason play.
Judge Denise Hartsfield sentenced Britt to 45 days in jail, suspended for one year, probation for a year, and imposed the condition that he complete or be in the process of completing his education. Hartsfield also ordered Britt to cooperate with any continued investigations.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Clemson’s quarterback picture looks a whole lot clearer than it did a few weeks ago.
Heading into spring practice, the Tigers had a three-way competition brewing between senior Cole Stoudt, redshirt sophomore Chad Kelly and true freshman Deshaun Watson, an early enrollee.
Now, according to Fox Sports, Stoudt will officially be named the starter by head coach Dabo Swinney.
Watson, a highly regarded five-star dual-threat signal caller from Georgia, injured his collarbone during a scrimmage on April 7 which sidelined him for the rest of spring practice and kept him out of the spring game.