- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday44 mins ago
Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner is putting Brady Hoke’s job security squarely on his shoulders this fall.
During Big Ten media days earlier this week, Gardner was asked several times about Hoke and whether the fourth-year head coach is fighting for his job this season.
"My job's to make sure he's not on the hot seat," Gardner said. "I'm going to make sure we win enough football games. And I’m going to play as hard as I can with my teammates, and I’m going to encourage my teammates, and my teammates are going to encourage me, and we're gonna make sure that's not a talking point."
Hoke came to Michigan with high expectations, and those expectations were heightened when he won 11 games his first season, the first 11-win season for the Wolverines since 2006. But since then, Hoke's teams have steadily declined. Michigan won eight games in 2012 and then struggled to 7-6 last year, which included a paltry 3-5 Big Ten record.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday50 mins ago
Florida State is starting 2014 where it ended the 2013 season: atop the Coaches Poll.
The 2014 preseason Amway Coaches Poll was released on Wednesday and the Seminoles are No. 1 ahead of Alabama and Oklahoma, last year's participants in the Sugar Bowl. Oregon is No. 4 while the team that FSU beat in the BCS Championship Game, Auburn, is No. 5.
Florida State garnered the vast majority of first-place votes with 56 of the 62 available. Oklahoma received 3, while No. 6 Ohio State, Oregon and No. 9 South Carolina each received one. It's the first time since 2009 that Alabama has not received a first-place vote in the preseason Coaches Poll.
In what's likely a mere coincidence, or a sign that college football coaches can't accurately predict a season, the top team in the preseason poll hasn't ended the year in the top spot for 10 seasons.
Report: Oklahoma has not filed waiver request for Dorial Green-Beckham, waiting on 'paperwork' from MizzouSam Cooper at Dr. Saturday53 mins ago
When the news came out that former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was transferring to Oklahoma, it was also reported that Oklahoma intended to pursue a waiver that would grant the star wideout immediate eligibility to suit up for the Sooners, instead of sitting out for a season per normal transfer rules.
At Big 12 Media Days, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said that the program was awaiting word from the NCAA on Green-Beckham’s status, but Guerin Emig of the Tulsa World reported Thursday that the school has not yet been able to file the waiver request.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Iowa's offer of free tuition to five students who bought football season tickets may be too good to be true.
The program was suspended Wednesday evening as it's unclear if the promotion complies with state raffle laws.
"I have suspended the promotion temporarily as we determine how to make sure that this promotion is in complete compliance," Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said in a statement. "In the end, our goal is to do everything possible to make sure that the student experience at Hawkeye football games is as fun and exciting as possible."
The deadline for students to purchase season tickets was Friday, and in an attempt to boost sales, the school said five students who purchased season tickets would be eligible to win free tuition.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Texas A&M’s 2013 defensive MVP will be suiting up for another team in the state of Texas in 2014.
, defensive end Gavin Stansbury, who left the A&M program earlier this month, plans to transfer to Houston where he will be eligible to play immediately. Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports tweeted that Stansbury took an official visit to Arizona State “a few days ago” before deciding to join the Cougars.
Texas A&M announced on July 21 that Stansbury, a senior, would be leaving the program for unspecified personal reasons.
“While we will miss Gavin being a part of our program, there is more to life than football. We wish him the best as he focuses on the personal issues ahead of him,” said A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, per the Dallas Morning News.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Some Texas Tech fans believe former coach Mike Leach still needs to be paid approximately $2 million from Texas Tech.
On Wednesday, anonymous Texas Tech fans took out a full-page ad in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal to demand that Tech pay Leach the balance of his 2009 salary.
Leach, now the coach of Washington State, was fired from Texas Tech in 2009 after the Adam James kerfuffle in which the son of former SMU player Craig James claimed to have been locked in an electrical closet after suffering a concussion while Leach said he was not treated wrongly.
Earlier that season, Leach had signed a new five-year contract with the school worth $12.7 million. After Leach's termination, the school had paid him $300,000, which was his base salary.
- Christopher Wilson at Dr. Saturday3 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 October 25. This is also not a particularly compelling week, so if you need a Saturday off, perhaps consider this one.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Pat Fitzgerald wants to get rid of the current recruiting system.
It's been overshadowed by players' rights discussions, but recruiting reform has been a big topic of the 2014 offseason. Some coaches want to move to a system similar to basketball with an early signing period while others are against it. Currently, players who have made verbal commitments to schools can't sign with their school of choice until National Signing Day.
Fitzgerald thinks that process is archaic.
"I'd blow it up and start over," Fitzgerald said at Big Ten media days (via WildcatReport.com). "I think it's really antiquated. Put integrity back in it."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Dee Hart, a former five-star RB recruit, is transferring from Alabama to Colorado State.
Hart told the Orlando Sentinel of his intentions on Wednesday and will play for former Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain, who is the Rams head coach. Hart, who graduated high school in December 2011, never actually played for McElwain at Alabama, whose first year at Colorado State was in 2012. However, he's undoubtedly familiar with him from the recruiting process.
Hart suffered a knee injury before his first preseason camp at Alabama in 2011 and in 2012 had another one after he caught a punt against Ole Miss. In parts of 2012 and 2013, he had 43 carries for 164 yards. He'll be immediately eligible to play at Colorado State after he graduated from Alabama. Out of high school, Hart was listed as the No. 19 player in the country and the top RB according to Rivals.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Welcome to our Dr. Saturday feature titled "Random offseason tweet of the day." With real games still weeks away, coaches and players will be tweeting about non-football-related things as the season approaches. In this space, we'll try to find the funniest and goofiest tweets of the day. If you see something, don't hesitate to send it to us.
A kicker's job can be complicated when it comes to technique. But the overall objective is pretty simple, especially when it comes to kicking field goals and extra points.
Oklahoma K Michael Hunnicutt tried to convey that simplicity Wednesday night.
We got iPads for our playbooks today. Here's the only play loaded on mine.. pic.twitter.com/3TcEpjx5wj
Yes, Hunnicutt has more responsibilities than that. He's got to know all of the fake kick plays Oklahoma has. Need proof? He caught a six-yard touchdown pass off a fake field goal in the third quarter of Oklahoma's game against Oklahoma State in 2013. The touchdown tied the game and Oklahoma went on to win and go to the Sugar Bowl.
But if a kicker can't put the ball through the uprights, a fake is pretty worthless.
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