- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday49 mins ago
Matt Hegarty, a starter on Notre Dame’s offensive line, will play elsewhere in 2015.
After overcoming a stroke in 2012, Hegarty played in 12 games in 2013 and started 11 of the Fighting Irish’s 13 games in 2014 at center and guard.
Despite his extensive playing time, Hegarty explained that his decision to pursue a graduate transfer for his final season of college football stemmed from the uncertainty surrounding his standing on the team’s depth chart heading into the 2015 season.
Here’s his entire statement, via ESPN.com:
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Fresh off what is arguably the greatest fat guy touchdown of all-time, Baylor’s LaQuan McGowan has been practicing at tight end during spring practice.
McGowan, a redshirt junior who is now wearing No. 80, showed how well he can move for his size against the Spartans. Now Baylor head coach Art Briles hopes to incorporate the big man into the offense moving forward.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
The status of USC’s projected starter at tight end is reportedly up in the air.
A report emerged from the Los Angeles Daily News on Tuesday night saying that sophomore Bryce Dixon had been dismissed from the team due to a “student-conduct issue” stemming from an incident that "involved a USC female student." However, while acknowledging that Dixon missed the first day of spring practice due to a conduct issue, Trojans’ head coach Steve Sarkisian declined to expand on Dixon’s status.
“Sarkisian declined to say more about it, citing privacy laws and instruction from the university’s general counsel,” wrote Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times.
On top of that, the Orange County Register’s Michael Lev described the situation as “fluid.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Arizona State is moving ahead with renovations to Sun Devil Stadium and released an updated look at what the stadium will look like when the renovations are complete.
According to the university, the changes to Sun Devil Stadium include the "'Double Inferno' upgraded student section, enhanced seating and legroom, more restrooms and concession options, technological upgrades, improved air and traffic flow through the venue, a connection to the surrounding landscape, additional premium seating options, and a new video board and sound system, among other new amenities."
The first phase of the renovations is a new student section in the south end zone. It's expected to be complete in August before the 2015 season. The second phase of construction will begin after the 2015 season while the third phase will be done before the 2017 season.
Sun Devil Stadium originally opened in 1958.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Penn State could be in an advantageous position vs. other Big Ten schools when it comes to the cost of attendance stipend.
As part of the NCAA's autonomy reforms, schools in the Power Five conferences are allowed to provide stipends to cover the cost of attendance. Cost of attendance is tabulated by each school, and so there are some discrepancies from school to school for various reasons.
Need an example? Just look at what PSU lists as the cost for miscellaneous expenses for a student vs. what other Big Ten schools do.From PennLive.com:
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Former West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett wanted to become a coach when his playing days were over and it appears he didn't have to wait long to be one.
Fox Sports reported Tuesday night that Trickett was set to be the quarterbacks coach at East Mississippi Community College. Trickett then confirmed the news on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.
Proud to officially be the QB coach at East Mississippi CC! Home of the 2011, 2013, & 2014 JUCO National Champions! Lets get to work #PR1DE
Trickett was forced to retire from football in December after suffering five concussions in 14 months. In his career at Florida State and West Virginia, Trickett threw for 5.837 yards, 32 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.
His father, Rick, is the offensive line coach at Florida State.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is truly a man of the people.
A few hours before tweeting about his “devout” fandom for Judge Judy, Harbaugh sprung to action to assist two women who got into a car accident on icy I-94 in Ann Arbor on Tuesday afternoon.
According to Mlive.com, Michigan athletics spokesman Dave Ablauf said that Harbaugh and UM athletics staff member James Minick “administered first aid to both individuals and kept them warm with coats until emergency medical personnel arrived.”
The accident occurred at around 2:40 p.m. Tuesday. The car involved, a 2003 Jeep Cherokee, was traveling westbound and “flipped multiple times before ending up on the eastbound side of I-94.” Additionally, police said the vehicle “hit the median before traveling up a snow embankment and landing on the eastbound side of the highway.”
Both women, the 53-year-old driver and the 73-year-old passenger, were wearing seatbelts and were transported to a local hospital.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
As part of its offseason workouts, Temple pitted offense against defense to see who would be crowed “Team Olympic Champions.”
It all came down to a battle of strength between two coaches – wide receivers coach Frisman Jackson and cornerbacks coach Francis Brown – in a tug of war-style showdown with a tire.
With the players hyped, which side would emerge victorious? Offense or defense?
In was a best-of-three battle, but a third round was not required. Still, it was a valiant effort from both sides.
We'll see if the Owls can carry over this kind of energy when spring practice begins on March 22.
For more Temple news, visit OwlScoop.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
The folks in Columbus, Ohio, are still riding high off of Ohio State’s College Football Playoff National Championship over Oregon back in January.
With 696 yards rushing in postseason play, Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott played a huge role in OSU’s title run. To honor Elliott’s stellar play, the Columbus Zoo named its newborn Humboldt penguin Zeke.
He’s really, really cool.
Zeke hatched on Feb. 20 and he recently had to undergo a rigorous physical at the Zoo.
The Zoo says Zeke will join his penguin friends in the exhibit in April.
Go visit him, Ohio State fans!
For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Idaho says the bowl ban imposed on the football team because of poor APR scores has been lifted.
The Vandals were inelgibile for postseason play in 2014 as a penalty for poor academic performance from 2009-2012. Both Idaho and UNLV were banned because of their low scores.
In a revealing quote on Idaho's website, coach Paul Petrino had this to say:
“It was a group effort,” Petrino said. “Everybody worked really hard.”
The Idaho football website was also quick to point out that the team has accumulated a 2.55 GPA in Petrino's "four semesters" as head coach. According to the school the APR for the team is expected to be in the 960s this season. In 2011 and 2012, the team's score was below 900.
The school will also receive the restoration of four hours a week in practice time if its APR scores are above 940.