- Yahoo Sports Staff at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
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Since the Twitter activity of a Texas A&M assistant was a big headline of the day, it feels appropriate to start the social hour on the opposite end of the spectrum. Let's take it back to 1891, when there was no social media to worry about or obsess over.
Ah, simpler times.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
A court order related to the millions of dollars owed to the victims of Jerry Sandusky says that Penn State coaches, including Joe Paterno, may have known of child abuse allegations against Sandusky as far back as 1976.
According to PennLive.com, a line in a court order claims one of Penn State’s insurers said a child “allegedly reported” to Joe Paterno in 1976 he was “sexually molested by Sandusky.” Sandusky, who is currently serving 30-60 years after being found guilty on 45 counts of sexual abuse, was a defensive assistant under Paterno from 1969-1999, when he retired. Paterno died in Jan. 2012.
The report also indicates other previously undisclosed allegations from 1987 and 1988.
The order also cites separate references in 1987 and 1988 in which unnamed assistant coaches witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and unidentified children, and a 1988 case that was supposedly referred to Penn State's athletic director at the time.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Bruce Judson remembers the specific moment when he knew his commitment to Ohio State would not stick.
Judson, a four-star athlete from Cocoa, Florida, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that during a July visit for OSU’s “Friday Night Lights” recruiting event, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer did not recognize him. Judson, who had been verbally committed to OSU for five months at that point, was walking with another recruit (four-star Georgia commit Richard LeCounte) when Meyer stopped them.
Here’s how Judson described the encounter:
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Unlike Idaho, New Mexico State plans to stay at the FBS level.
NMSU Board of Regents Chair Debra Hicks told the Las Cruces Sun-News Thursday that the Aggies “are staying the course with FBS for the foreseeable future.”
Like Idaho, NMSU’s football-only Sun Belt Conference membership ends after the 2017 season. Idaho made the decision last week to drop down to the FCS level. NMSU won’t be following in the Vandals’ footsteps and plans to compete as an FBS Independent once the 2018 season rolls around.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
It appears former Kansas State safety Kaleb Prewett is headed back to his home state.
Prewett’s high school coach confirmed to PowerMizzou.com that Prewett will transfer to Missouri, where he will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2016 season. The Blue Springs, Mo., native plans to arrive at Missouri in the summer.
Prewett hinted at his transfer destination in a tweet earlier this week. He also changed his Twitter bio to “former Kansas State safety, current Mizzou safety.”
Can't wait to get back on the field in my home state. pic.twitter.com/hA2fJDpeCj
Prewett started eight games for Kansas State last season, finishing fourth on the team with 49 tackles. He also had a sack and a pass break-up. Prewett also played in six games as a true freshman in 2014, mainly on special teams.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Scott Frost is giving UCF a bit of Oregon flavor.
Oregon, with its connections to Nike, is known for its array of uniform combinations. Now that he is the head coach at UCF, Frost, a former Oregon offensive coordinator, made sure his new program got the same treatment from Nike.
UCF announced Thursday that it has four updated jerseys along with four different color pants and helmets.
"I called (Nike chairman) Phil Knight, he's been great to me my entire career at the University of Oregon,” Frost said. “When we got to Orlando, I can't tell you how many messages we got about changing the uniforms, putting names on the back of the jerseys, getting up to speed with current looks that football players want to wear and Phil was great. We're going to get a lot of things from Nike and he's going to do a lot of stuff for us."
Altogether, the Knights have a whopping 64 different uniform combinations to choose from. The team will also have player names on the back of the jerseys for the first time since 2004.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said Thursday he was caught off-guard by the comments made by former offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil, who said during the opening night of the NFL draft that an Ole Miss coach had given him money.
“I know nothing,” Freeze said. “I’m not involved in the fact-finding process. I was shocked like everyone else (last Thursday night) living it out in real time but confident that our administration is going to find the facts and then give us a new report on it.”
Tunsil had a memorable (or forgettable) draft night after a hacker posted text messages between Tunsil and John Miller, Ole Miss assistant athletic director for football operations, talking about the exchange of money to help pay bills on Tunsil's Instagram.
Tunsil was asked about it shortly after he was drafted and said: “I made a mistake. That happened.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Texas Tech dismissed three players from the program, including its leading returning tackler.
The Red Raiders announced Thursday morning that linebacker Dakota Allen and offensive lineman Robert Castaneda and Trace Ellison have all been removed from the football roster “due to a failure to uphold student-athlete expectations.”
Allen was a bright spot on one of the worst defenses in the country. As a redshirt freshman, the 6-foot-2, 224-pound Allen was second on the Red Raiders with 87 tackles. He also had six tackles for loss and two interceptions.
Allen, a native of Humble, Texas, was a three-star recruit in TTU’s 2014 class.
Castaneda, a redshirt sophomore, saw action in 13 games in 2015 as a reserve. He was receiving action on the first-team offense during spring practice.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Ohio State backup quarterback Stephen Collier underwent knee surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, according to several reports.
Collier, a sophomore who was in line to backup starter J.T. Barrett, suffered the injury during the Buckeyes spring game and will miss the 2016 season.
Collier completed 4 of 11 passes for 154 yards in the spring game on April 16. He was competing with Joe Burrow for the backup role. Burrow completed 14 of 23 passes for 196 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
With Collier out, Barrett and Burrow are the only scholarship quarterbacks on the Buckeyes' roster, a far cry from the situation they found themselves in last year with three potential starting quarterbacks in the two-deep.
The Buckeyes will add four-star pro-style quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., this fall.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Recruiting can make people a little crazy. That includes coaches, apparently.
After longtime Texas A&M commit Tate Martell announced that he was opening up his recruitment Wednesday night, Aggies wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead did not react well.
Martell, the top dual-threat quarterback in the 2017 class according to Rivals.com, had indicated in recent months that he planned to take other visits, so the news wasn’t a huge surprise. Nonetheless, Moorehead proceeded to tweet several times about “loyalty,” among other things.
I feel sorry for ppl who never understand loyalty. I can't really even vibe with u. At the end of the day trust is 💯 & everything else is BS