- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday29 mins ago
A man who was a part of a crew working on the renovation of Texas A&M’s Kyle Field died Tuesday after falling four stories at the construction site.
In a statement released Tuesday evening, Texas A&M spokesperson Steve Moore confirmed the identity of the man to be Angel Garcia, 25, an employee with the Dallas-based company Lindamood Demolition. Moore confirmed that Garcia fell from the fourth level of the northeast end of the stadium.
“The thoughts and prayers of all of us at the A&M System and within the Bryan and College Station community are with the Garcia family,” Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp said.
The Bryan-College Station Eagle reports that it is unclear whether the incident would affect the progress of the work on Kyle Field and that because Garcia was working for a subcontractor, the jurisdiction of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) may supersede Texas A&M’s policies.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley doesn’t fit the typical stereotype of a football player. He is the Bulldogs’ leading receiver, but he is also a self-described nerd who is organizing Star Wars lightsaber duels on Georgia’s campus. He also plans to film them.
Conley has loved Star Wars since he was a kid, so he sent out two tweets on Nov. 18 looking for other Star Wars fans on campus to assist him with his project.
— Chris Conley (@_Flight_31) November 18, 2013
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
The knee injury that Zach Mettenberger suffered against Arkansas will force him to miss LSU's bowl game.
ESPN is reporting that Mettenberger has a torn ACL. He got hit in the left knee in the fourth quarter of the Tigers' game against Arkansas. The throw right before the hit was great, as was the catch.Jarvis Landry made a one-handed catch over his defender.
Mettenberger is also reported to have a sprained MCL, which will have to heal before the surgery to repair the ACL is done. He could be able to throw in drills before April's NFL Draft, but the surgery will mean that any significant drills involving the knee are likely out.
The senior threw for 3,082 yards this season and 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He was replaced by Anthony Jennings against Arkansas, who led the Tigers on its winning touchdown drive. Jennings would replace Mettenberger for the bowl game as well.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Maybe someone should have videotaped former Miami coach Howard Schnellenberger's reaction to Chris Davis' 100-yard field goal return to beat Alabama?
Schnellenberger was on WDRB in Louisville on Tuesday and said that he thought that the return was "the greatest thing in the world" because Alabama coach Nick Saban needed some humility.
"I thought that was the greatest thing in the world," Schnellenberger told WDRB. "Not for the football program. For the football coach. He needed a big serving of humility. He's been Mr. Perfect. He's been Mr. Arrogant. There's no reason for that. Every coach all the way down to Little League knows that you cover that field goal."
We're pretty sure that Saban's team knew it needed to cover that field goal. It just didn't do a very good job of it. And Schnellenberger realizes that. He said he still believed that Alabama was the best team in the country.
- Christopher Wilson at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Things have changed juuuust a bit since the projections last week. Auburn scored two touchdowns in the final minute to knock off Alabama, and barring two championship game upsets, it looks like the Tide’s quest for a third straight title died on the Plains. We also saw Fresno State go down, watched as Wisconsin blew a potential BCS bid against Penn State and have our first confirmed matchup of the bowl season. On to the details.
(A reminder we are presuming the favorites win the remainder of their games for these projections. That is 100 percent definitely not going to happen, but it's the methodology we're going to use.)
BCS title game (Jan. 6): Florida State vs. Ohio State
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Sorry conspiracy theorists, Pat Haden’s master plan to tempt Jim Mora into leaving UCLA to go to Washington has failed.
UCLA announced Tuesday that Mora has agreed to a six-year contract extension that would – theoretically – keep him with the Bruins until 2019. The L.A. Times also reported that Mora’s new contract included raises for his assistants and improvement’s to the program’s infrastructure.
“Jim Mora has established himself as one of the preeminent coaches in all of college football,” UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero. “Under his guidance, UCLA football has garnered national recognition for its success on the field, in the classroom and in the community. We are excited about the commitment Jim has made to our student-athletes and this University and feel this extension further demonstrates UCLA’s commitment to building a championship-caliber football program.”
USC introduces Steve Sarkisian as head coach, AD Pat Haden hopes Ed Orgeron goes somewhere and makes him ‘look like an idiot’Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
USC and athletic director Pat Haden introduced the university’s new head coach, Steve Sarkisian, at a press conference Tuesday. A few interesting tidbits about the hiring process were revealed.
First, Haden said that they did everything they could to keep interim coach Ed Orgeron, who led the Trojans to a 6-2 record, on the staff.
USC AD Haden calls Ed Orgeron "one of the greatest Trojans of them all." Reiterates Orgeron "chose to leave" to pursue HC opportunities.
— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) December 3, 2013
Orgeron, who Haden said was “interviewed for three hours several weeks ago,” wants to be a head coach and was “hurt” when they met Monday morning.
Haden said that if USC would have beat UCLA it would not have meant Orgeron got the job.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Oregon standout quarterback Marcus Mariota announced Tuesday that he will return to Oregon for the 2014 season, the school announced.
Mariota, a redshirt sophomore, was named All-Pac-12 after throwing for 3,412 yards and 30 touchdowns while also racking up 582 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground. His 3,994 yards of total offense is a single-season record at Oregon.
“It is an honor to be a student at the University of Oregon and to have the opportunity to represent our institution on the football field alongside my teammates,” said Mariota. “I look forward to earning my degree next year and to the rest of my career at this great University.”
Mariota was the 2012 Pac-12 offensive Freshman of the Year and has started all 25 games for the Ducks in the past two seasons.
Mariota was widely considered one of the top prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft, a draft stocked with quarterback talent.
The school also announced that redshirt junior center Hroniss Grasu will also return to the Ducks next season.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
After a bowl drought that lasted over a decade, the Tulane Green Wave will finally go bowling this year.
The University announced Tuesday that they have accepted an invitation to play in the 2013 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl against Louisiana-Lafayette (8-3, 5-1 Sun Belt), Tulane’s first bowl game since 2002. The game will take place at the Superdome in New Orleans, Tulane’s home field, on Dec. 21 at 9 p.m.
The Green Wave (7-5, 5-3 C-USA) are coming off back-to-back two win seasons, but rebounded with seven wins to finish over .500 for the first time since 2002.
"We are grateful for the opportunity for our young men and coaches to participate in this hometown event that will kick-off the 2013 bowl season," Tulane Director of Athletics Rick Dickson said in a statement. "This is a great reward for a successful campaign and it is great that our team can finish in front of friends, family and our fans."
Curtis Johnson, in his second season as Tulane head coach, said his team is excited about playing another game in the Superdome.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
With a disappointing 52-44 home loss to Iowa State ending its season on Saturday, West Virginia dropped to 4-8 and capped off its worst season in three years with Dana Holgorsen as head coach.
Despite the substandard 2013 campaign, WVU athletic director Oliver Luck offered a statement of support for Holgorsen and the direction of Mountaineer football moving forward.
“We have high expectations at West Virginia University for success on and off the field and as Coach Holgorsen has acknowledged to me, we are not meeting those expectations on the field. Coach Holgorsen and I met at length and reviewed this past season. We discussed the coaching staff, recruiting, player development, strength and conditioning, academic support, facilities, in short, all the components that make up a successful program. We are working diligently to improve our capabilities in all of these areas.