- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Oregon will be without its top cornerback in the College Football Playoff.
Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich confirmed on Thursday that senior Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is out for the Ducks’ semifinal matchup against Florida State in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, though he did not offer specifics on the injury.
Mark Helfrich confirms that Ifo Ekpre-Olomu will not play in the College Football Playoff. #GoDucks
Yahoo Sports’ Rand Getlin reported Wednesday that Ekpre-Olomu suffered a serious knee injury during practice on Tuesday, though his status was unknown at the time.
Ekpre-Olomu, a first-team All-Pac 12 and first-team Associated Press All-American selection, registered 63 tackles, two interceptions and 11 pass deflections for the second-ranked Ducks this season.
In addition to fellow senior starter Troy Hill, senior Dior Mathis and redshirt freshman Chris Seisay will have to step up for the Ducks in Ekpre-Olomu’s absence against Florida State’s passing attack.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Georgia LB Leonard Floyd, the team's leader in sacks, will miss the Belk Bowl against Louisville.
Per UGASports.com, Georgia coach Mark Richt said he had a procedure to "clean up" his shoulder and is expected to be ready for spring practices. A junior in 2014, Floyd said he planned to be back at Georgia in 2015 for his senior season.
Floyd had six sacks in 2014, or a quarter of the 24 total sacks the Bulldogs had. He finishes with 55 tackles and 8.5 tackles for a loss. Redshirt freshman Davin Bellamy, who had 17 tackles and two tackles for loss in 2014, is expected to take his place.
Georgia plays Louisville on December 30.
USC will also be without a member of its defense for the Holiday Bowl against Nebraska. Defensive tackle Antwaun Woods suffered a left pec injury and will miss the game. He posted this picture of himself post surgery to Instagram.
Woods has played in all 12 of USC's games this season and has 37 tackles and a sack. USC plays Nebraska on December 27.
For more Georgia news, visit UGASports.com.
For more USC news,visit TrojanSportsReport.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers was already on the radar of NFL scouts coming into his senior season. After putting up 63 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and five sacks this year and earning second team All-SEC honors, Flowers gave the scouts plenty of impressive game film to watch.
Athleticism like this video posted by Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema helps, too.
The video shows the 6-foot-3, 270-pound Flowers executing an insane 55-inch box jump.
If this video is any indication, Flowers looks like a guy who will put on a show during the NFL combine.
For more Arkansas news, HawgSports.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
A proposed $75 million head injury settlement with the NCAA was rejected by a federal judge on Wednesday. According to the Associated Press, U.S. District Judge John Lee of Chicago thinks the potential deal was “potentially underfunded” and wanted “both sides to go back to the drawing board.”
The settlement would create a $70 million fund to test current and former student-athletes with head injuries and would also contribute $5 million toward research. Additionally, standards for athletes returning to the playing field following a concussion would be toughened.
The intent of the deal was for the NCAA to settle a bevy of lawsuits that accused the NCAA of not properly protecting student-athletes from head injuries. Per the AP, the proposed testing program and renewed focus on player safety would “shield the NCAA from being hit with a single, blockbuster damages payout.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
The news of the death of the UAB football program reached far and wide. One person who heard the bad news, 5-year-old Bennett Williams of Dublin, Ohio, wanted to offer some help.
Though Bennett’s favorite team is Ohio State, he loves college football in general and asked his parents to print out logos of teams from across the nation. UAB caught his eye. When he heard that the program was ending, Bennett “was devastated” and asked his parents to send his allowance to the athletic department.
Bennett's parents tried to explain what had happened. Last week, Bennett asked his dad how much money UAB needed to save its football program. His dad told him, "More than mommy and daddy will ever see." Bennett asked if the dollar he just got as an allowance would help. His dad said he might be a few million dollars short, "but he insisted," his dad said.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd was arrested shortly after the regular season ended for underage drinking.
Hurd and another male were arrested on Dec. 3 by University of Tennessee police. One was unconscious according to the police report, though it's unclear who was.
Hurd, 18, and Hunter Rivait, who is listed as a student in a university student directory, were arrested by citation on Dec. 3 after police spotted a car with its lights on in a university dorm parking garage. Police found an unconscious male inside.
The initial University of Tennessee police report does not identify the unconscious male, who was later transported to a hospital.
The case was referred to Knox County officials for prosecution, a University of Tennessee weekly crime log noted.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
Kentucky is hiring a Big 12 assistant for its offensive coordinator position.
According to multiple reports, the school is set to hire West Virginia's Shannon Dawson. Fox Sports first reported the news.
An official announcement cannot be made until Friday, per state hiring regulations, but Dawson will carry on the "Air Raid" offense installed the last two seasons by Neal Brown, who left UK after this season to become head coach at Troy. The 37-year-old Dawson worked under former Cats coach Hal Mumme, the godfather of that pass-happy spread attack, at both Southeastern Louisiana in 2003-04 and New Mexico State in 2005
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
You can now listen to the (NSFW) remarks that Bo Pelini made to his players on the night of December 2.
Thanks to the Omaha World-Herald, which broke the news of Pelini's comments toward Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst in the meeting, you can in the player above.
Throughout his comments, Pelini called Eichorst names and said he was expecting his fate as Nebraska (former) coach. However, if you were expecting an unhinged Pelini similar to what you see sometimes on the sidelines during Nebraska games, you're going to be surprised. Throughout the 30 minutes, Pelini is composed, though his passion comes through. He also offers to take questions from his players, though he clearly had a lot of things to say.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
On the same day coach Paul Chryst left Pittsburgh to take the head coaching job at Wisconsin, athletic director Steve Pederson learned that he would not be around to hire the next coach.
Pitt and Pederson parted ways in what chancellor Patrick Gallagher called a mutual decision on Wednesday.
"With major decisions to be made about the future of football, I thought it was in the best interest of the University of Pittsburgh for Chancellor Gallagher to assemble his own team," Pederson said in a statement. "I am a Pitt and City of Pittsburgh fan, and want what is best for everyone moving into the future."
While Pederson helped guide Pitt through conference realignment and secure a spot in the ACC, his struggles with finding a consistent football coach ultimately cost him his job.
In 2010, Pederson forced out Dave Wannstedt following an 8-5 season and hired Mike Haywood, who had turned Miami-Ohio into Mid-American Conference power. However, Haywood lasted just 16 days before he was fired following a domestic dispute at his home on New Year’s Eve.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
After more than a week of speculation and flirtation, Paul Chryst is Wisconsin’s new coach.
Chryst, who had spent the past three seasons as Pitt’s head coach, was Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator before taking the Pitt job. He’s also a graduate of Wisconsin.
Chryst was 19-19 with the Panthers.
“It’s a bit overwhelming to be able to come back to a place where you grew up, went to school and coached, where you have so many ties personally and professionally,” Chryst said. “This job has everything that we, as a family, and me, personally, are looking for. The bar has been set at a high level here and it didn’t just happen. I look forward to the challenge of continuing that tradition of success.”
Chryst had two coaching stints with the Badgers, but is best known for his time from 2005-11. During that time, Chryst was responsible for orchestrating six of the school's 10-best offensive performances. During the 2011 season, the Badgers, which boasted quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Montee Ball, averaged 44.1 points per game, which was sixth-best in the country, a school record and the third-best mark in the Big Ten since 1916.