- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
When coach Charlie Strong said he wanted to put the “T” back in Texas that “T” stood for different things, but to senior cornerback Quandre Diggs that “T” meant toughness.
Not the toughness that is inherently involved with playing football, but the toughness that comes with overcoming some of the struggles Texas has recently experienced.
Diggs told reporters during Big 12 media day on Tuesday that he felt like many of his Texas teammates had been coddled and that they didn’t have the commitment that they needed to make Texas successful.
"I told Coach Strong that I just feel like we had guys on the team that just didn't love football the way they should. That's something that I've always sensed since I've been here: We had guys that just didn't love football," Diggs said. "If you don't love football, you don't need to be a part of this university or a part of this team. That's just something I feel greatly and strong about.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Bob Stoops hasn’t been shy about taking on the SEC in the media, so when he heard Alabama coach Nick Saban tried to downgrade the Sooners 45-31 win against the Tide in the Sugar Bowl last season, Stoops fired back.
During an appearance on ESPN on Tuesday, Saban said it was difficult “getting (his team) to try to play a consolation game.”
Alabama was No. 1 in the national rankings before it were upset by Auburn during the final week of the regular season. The loss bumped the Tide from the SEC title game and ultimately the national championship game.
When asked about Saban’s comments during Big 12 media days on Tuesday, Stoops made it clear he wasn’t buying the excuse.
“We’ve played for quite a few national championships and when we don’t play for one it never seems to be the mantra but anyway you can make all the excuses you want or not,” he said. The bottom line is, it is what it is.
“And they sure looked good that first series, I’ll tell you that.”
Stoops didn’t stop there. He continued to rail against Saban during his interviews with ESPN on Wednesday.
Stoops on Saban’s consolation game quote: “So if I’m not in a national championship game, that means I’ve got a built in excuse"
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
One of the top recruits in the 2016 class is being accused of felony burglary charges stemming from a college visit to the University of Georgia last week.
A police warrant has been issued for Darnell Salomon, a 6-2, 184-pound wide receiver from Hialeah, Fla. According to UGASports.com, Salomon, who has 19 scholarship offers from top programs across the country, is accused by two female UGA student-athletes of stealing an iPhone and a wallet with two credit cards from the dorm at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
“After they were startled and he left, it was determined that a wallet and an iPhone were missing,” said UGA police chief Jimmy Williamson, per the Macon Telegraph. “As we investigated, we have every reason to believe that the person responsible for these thefts was a visitor to our campus.”
A police report states that Salomon, 17, was visiting for Georgia’s “Dawg Night” festivities and was staying with two UGA football players.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Today’s Video of the Day features Ohio, one of our favorite Mid-American Conference teams, getting into the military spirit.
Like many teams before them, Ohio used Navy SEAL training prior to the start of fall camp to create toughness and more importantly, bond as a program.
This workout, which started at 5 a.m., looks absolutely brutal, especially when guys are crawling through sand dragging a teammate underneath them.
At one point, Jake Zweig, who is leading the workout, yells: "Right now, you're more uncomfortable than you'll ever be in a game."
This approach in a collegiate offseason isn’t new. Several teams work with Navy SEALs in the offseason as a team-building exercise and usually have nothing but positive things to say about the experience afterward.
At the end of the video, Ohio seems to also have enjoyed the experience.
The only think missing is coach Frank Solich getting dragged across the beach.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Jay Paterno, the son of late Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, is suing the university.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Paterno, a PSU assistant from 1995-2011, is suing the university for “improper termination” along with former another former assistant, Bill Kenney. In the lawsuit, the two coaches accuse Penn State “of engaging in civil conspiracy against them” and are seeking compensation “in excess of $1 million.”
Paterno and Kenney (who coached at PSU from 1989-2011) were not retained as assistant coaches when Bill O’Brien was hired by the school in January 2012 following the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Per the Post-Gazette, Paterno and Kenney claim that Penn State has made it extremely difficult for them to attain coaching positions.
In the complaint, they claim the university damaged their reputations through press releases made after O’Brien hired his staff and through its acceptance of the NCAA consent decree, making them unemployable for other football coaching positions.
- Christopher Wilson at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
The college football offseason is long and arduous, but its end is almost in sight. We’re going to take a look at five games you have to look forward to for every weekend of the season. (This is also a handy guide to decide how to RSVP for any autumn weddings.)
All times are Eastern and all games are played on Saturday unless otherwise noted.
These games take place the weekend of September 13.
Georgia at South Carolina (3:30 p.m.)
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Offensive linemen are strong. Really, really strong. If you don’t believe me, just watch this incredible display from Iowa tackle Brandon Scherff.
The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Scherff is heading into his senior season, and it’s clear that he means business in his final season of eligibility. Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle tweeted out this video of Scherff doing three hang clean reps at 443 pounds.
Take a look.
Scherff’s prowess in the weight room is no secret. He put up 410 pounds in the hang clean last summer and the thought that he’s even stronger heading into 2014 has to be a frightening prospect for defensive ends around the Big Ten.
That brute size and strength is part of why Scherff is being considered a top prospect for the 2015 NFL Draft. He had an extremely productive 2013 campaign on the field, too. He started all 13 games for the Hawkeyes at left tackle, earning first team All-Big Ten honors from the league’s coaches.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
ESPN teams up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation every year to make dreams come true for young people with life-threatening diseases. For 18-year-old Stephen Loszewski, his dream was to play football for Michigan, his family’s favorite school.
That dream was cut short when Loszewski was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011, his freshman year of high school. He could no longer play football, but thanks to the generosity of the Michigan program, Loszewski got the five-star recruit treatment on a trip to Ann Arbor last month.
He received a personal letter from Michigan head coach Brady Hoke and a knock at the door from St. Louis Rams tackle Jake Long – a two time All-American with the Wolverines. Long informed him he’d be taking an official recruiting visit where he’d get to meet the team and coaching staff and catch passes on the field at the Big House.
Words don’t do it justice, you have to watch the full video.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
SEC coaches aren’t the only ones who can do a bit of talking during the offseason.
After participating in a golf tournament with several other coaches and supporters in suburban Chicago Monday, Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald urged the fans in attendance to fill Ryan Field on a weekly basis for the upcoming season.
Fitzgerald also alluded to one game in particular – the homecoming showdown with Nebraska on Oct. 18. The Nebraska fan base travels well and Fitzgerald threw a little dig at the Cornhusker State while doing his part to stir up some anticipation for the game.
“It’s a pretty boring state, so they’re really excited to see Chicago,” Fitzgerald said, per the Chicago Tribune. “I talked to the state senator about putting state troopers out on I-80 (to block them.)”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
A few months after the NCAA announced that it would institute a handful of new academic policies beginning in 2016, the ACC has launched an initiative to make college prospects more aware of the changes.
For prospective Division I student-athletes who are graduating from high school in 2016 or later, the student-athlete must graduate with a 2.3 GPA in order to be eligible as a true freshman in college. With this new requirement and others on the way, the ACC released a video to get the word out to prospects.