- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
SEC schools are reportedly receiving an approximately 30 percent increase in revenue from 2013-2014.
According to ESPN, SEC schools are set to get $31.07 million apiece from the conference. The last payout was approximately $21 million.
The SEC actually made a record $455 million in total revenue based on the revenue-sharing plan for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which ends Aug. 1. However, $20 million was retained by institutions that participated in bowl games last season.
By comparison, the Big Ten distributed $338.9 million during the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to IRS filings, the most recent data available.
The money from the conference comes from the SEC Network, bowl games, the football championship game, the SEC basketball tournament and more, including other TV contracts. The Big Ten and Pac-12, with their own television networks, have a similar setup.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Cal quarterback Jared Goff may have been more excited Thursday night at the San Francisco Giants game than he is when he throws a touchdown pass.
Goff caught a ground-rule double off the bat of Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford who, coincidentally, went to UCLA.
Goff was sitting in the front row of left field and easily made the catch on the big hop off Crawford's hit. You can see the catch here.
Out here pic.twitter.com/k25ZtGlHSDFri, May 2910:15 PM EDTAtlanta at San FranciscoPreview Game
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Heavy rains swept across West Texas on Thursday, causing flooding in the Lubbock area. The rain directly hit Texas Tech and briefly left the playing surface at Jones AT&T Stadium under water.
Heavy rain turning Texas Tech's Jones AT&T Stadium into Jones AT&T Stadium Lake. Photo credit: Deneise Smith pic.twitter.com/KCu1M0HWkk
Matt Dowdy, Texas Tech’s assistant director of athletic communications, told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that the photo was taken just after a major storm hit early Thursday afternoon. By 4:20 p.m., Dowdy said, the water was cleared.
“The photo that was taken earlier was a photo from immediately after the storm,” Dowdy said Thursday. “Our drains on the stadium have worked the entire time. I’m actually looking out at the stadium turf right now and it’s almost all clear.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
After showing off six potential designs for its new field last week, Northern Illinois unveiled its big decision on Thursday.
According to the school, the re-design is the first significant change to the turf since it was originally installed in 2001.
A reflection of both Huskie Athletics and Northern Illinois University, with a nod to NIU's home state and city, the new design also retains the popular Huskie head logo, the word "Huskies" in the end zones, and the Brigham Field moniker.
The school says it put a lot of thought into each new detail of the field.
Each element that NIU chose to integrate in the new field design was carefully chosen to best reflect the university's most visible brand and one of its landmark buildings.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
A day after the Big 12 said it was going to punish schools whose fans storm the field, the conference is reportedly going to crack down on another practice and punish schools who repeatedly show 'controversial' replays in-stadium.
Part of the Big 12's new sportsmanship policy: Schools can be subject to penalty if they show controversial replays too much in a venue.
Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said replays weren't banned entirely, however. The Big 12 has not yet issued a statement defining what it would deem excessive use of replay or how it would determine what would cross the line into too much.
They're not banned, Ian McCaw said. Just have to balance entertainment value with further inciting an angry crowd.
Punishments could be in the form of a fine, similar to the possible punishments for teams whose fans rush the field.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
The family of former UCF football player Ereck Plancher, who died in 2008 after a conditioning workout, won’t be awarded $10 million by the corporation that runs the university’s athletic programs.
According to the Associated Press, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the UCF Athletic Association is “entitled to the same sovereign immunity that protects state agencies from paying more than $200,000 in damage” because it doesn’t “operate autonomously” from UCF, a public university.
The family was originally awarded $10 million in damages when an Orange County (Fla.) court ruled that the UCF Athletics Association was negligent in Plancher’s death, which was ruled to have been a result of complications from sickle-cell trait.
From the AP:
In their ruling, the justices said the University of Central Florida, a state agency, controlled the association's board of directors and that the school's board must approve any changes to the association's bylaws.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Defensive lineman Noah Spence was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place and second-degree disorderly conduct.
Spence is a former Ohio State standout that left the program after failed drug tests left him ineligible. He landed at Eastern Kentucky and was arrested on the downtown streets of Richmond, Kentucky.
the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, Spence was standing with three other people near a vehicle when he launched a glass bottle into the street. The bottle shattered, which drew the attention of the arresting officer.
Spence was taken to jail and released later in the day.
Eastern Kentucky officials told the Richmond Register they were aware of the situation and would handle the matter internally.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
The American Athletic Conference will play its first-ever championship game on Saturday, Dec. 5, the league announced Thursday.
The 2015 season is the first time the AAC will play with its new 12-team, two-division format. Each team is scheduled to play eight conference games – against all five in its own division and against three from the other division. AAC commissioner Mike Aresco said in a release that the champions from the East and West Division will meet in the title game.
“We are pleased to finalize the details of the first American Athletic Conference Championship, which will feature two outstanding and deserving teams,” Aresco said. “We considered a number of different tiebreaker models to determine which teams would play for the conference championship, but in the end, we feel that performance on the field was the best way to proceed.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Suspended Arizona State linebacker Davon Durant pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct on Thursday.
According to Maricopa County Superior Court, Durant changed his plea to guilty for the lesser charge and other charges will be dropped. Durant was initially arrested on charges of aggravated assault.
Durant, a four-star linebacker from Butler County Community College in Kansas, was arrested March 7 after witnesses said they saw a man striking a woman while the two were sitting in an SUV. Durant’s girlfriend, Kelsi Langely, told the police he hit her in the face and grabbed her around the neck. Police said they observed injuries consistent with the Langley’s claims.
Durant said the altercation was verbal.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
A few months after deciding to transfer from Oklahoma State, Daxx Garman has landed in the Big Ten.
The University of Maryland announced Thursday that Garman, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound quarterback, will join the team for 2015 season. Garman, who graduated from Oklahoma State earlier this month, has one year of eligibility remaining and is set to begin graduate classes at Maryland on Monday.
Garman is expected to be eligible immediately.
“We are excited that Daxx will be joining our program,” said Maryland head coach Randy Edsall. “He is an experienced quarterback who has proven himself as an accomplished starter in the Big 12, helping to lead his team to postseason bowl game. Daxx is an outstanding student who has displayed tremendous poise and maturity during his college career. He comes in knowing he is competing for the starting quarterback position and is looking forward to the competition and being part of our football family.”