- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 mins ago
Rutgers' quarterback competition possibly has another added twist.
Hayden Rettig was tapped as the team's starter against Norfolk State when Chris Laviano was suspended for the first half of the game by coach Kyle Flood. However, according to Flood, Rettig's tenure as the team's starter could only last for that first half. Flood said Tuesday that the team would "evaluate" where it is at halftime.
"Hayden Rettig is the starting quarterback," Flood said via ScarletNation.com. "We're going to evaluate the first half and we'll make a decision at halftime as to how we're going to proceed."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday58 mins ago
Redshirt freshman Brent Stockstill will start at quarterback for Middle Tennessee State after he beat out Austin Grammer for the starting job.
Grammer was the team's starting quarterback in 2014. He started all 12 of the Blue Raiders' games as the team went 6-6. Stockstill is the son of MTSU coach Rick Stockstill.
"I told all of our players coming into camp that every position is open competition and I will say the same thing next year,” Rick Stockstill said via the Daily News Journal. “I believe in competition and what you did yesterday doesn't matter. You have to improve and earn it every day.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Remember that huge brawl that immediately followed the end of Memphis’ 55-48 win over BYU in the Miami Beach Bowl?
More than nine months later, Memphis coach Justin Fuente finally publicly announced the players he suspended for their involvement in the fight.
According to the Associated Press, linebacker Leonard Pegues and defensive end Isadore Outing are both suspended for the season-opener against Missouri State on Saturday.
Additionally, offensive linemen Nick Thomas, Michael Stannard and Trevon Tate, along with cornerback Chauncey Lanier, are suspended for the first half of the Missouri State game. Pegues is also suspended for the first half of the Tigers Week 2 matchup at Kansas.
The suspensions were decided in conjunction with the American Athletic Conference.
- Steven Lassan at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
AthlonSports.com is a leading website for preseason and in-season football previews, predictions, rankings and analysis.
Projecting college football’s breakout players for any given season is no easy assignment. After all, each person has a different take on what a “breakout player” is, and college football is always home to several new faces throughout the season. While it’s difficult to label breakout players, the new stars of any season can have a huge impact on conference championship or national title races.
With kickoff for the 2015 season just a few days away, Athlon Sports is taking a look at 50 players who could be poised for a breakout year from the Power 5 conferences and Notre Dame. Players from every position were included, and a few true freshmen cracked the list.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Nebraska said Monday it had hired a new PA announcer for Memorial Stadium. A day later it had to replace its replacement.
According to KETV in Omaha, former station sports director John Schuetz said he was told he no longer had the job as the PA announcer because of a now-deleted "social media post" that was critical of the school's decision to fire Bo Pelini in November 2014.
In a conversation with KETV NewsWatch 7, Schuetz said Tuesday he was told the University was going in a different direction.
Schuetz said he understands the University's position, and has no animosity about its decision to look for another announcer.
The post was reportedly on Facebook. The school said Tuesday that Lane Grindle, the sideline reporter for radio broadcasts, would be Schuetz's replacement.
Schuetz out as #Huskers PA man, 1 day after hiring. He says an old Facebook post critical of Neb did him in; he says Neb made right decision
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
UCLA defensive back Ishmael Adams has been suspended following his weekend robbery arrest, Bruins head coach Jim Mora announced Tuesday.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the suspension is indefinite, pending additional information obtained by police.
Adams was arrested at 3:36 a.m. Sunday for allegedly using force to steal a cell phone from an Uber driver.
Per the Times, Adams was released on bail Tuesday at 6:24 a.m and has a court date scheduled for Sept. 22.
Adams, a redshirt junior, was a first team All-Pac-12 selection last year. He registered 41 tackles and two interceptions, both of which he returned for touchdowns. Adams also started every game for the Bruins in 2013 and led the team with four interceptions. He also totaled 61 tackles.
UCLA opens up its season at home against Virginia on Saturday.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Urban Meyer reiterated his stance Tuesday: he will not publicly name Ohio State’s starting quarterback prior to Monday’s opener at Virginia Tech.
However, he did hint during Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference that he’s made his decision. He also said both J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones are likely play over the course of the season.
“I kinda have an idea of who’s gonna go early,” Meyer said, per Cleveland.com. “I’ve also made the decision that when you have good players, you play them. I would anticipate throughout the course of the year, we’ll play both quarterbacks.”
With the Buckeyes opening on a Monday, Meyer noted that the usual game-week practice schedule has shifted a bit with an off day Tuesday. After Wednesday’s practice, though, Meyer said, he should be firm with his decision on the starter.
It’s a win-win situation for Meyer. Both Jones, a junior, and Barrett, a redshirt sophomore, have proven to be more than capable.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Wide receiver Desean Holmes, a former four-star recruit, won’t play for San Diego State this season after he abruptly packed up his dorm room and left the school without telling anyone.
According to coach Rocky Long, Holmes missed a morning weightlifting session on Friday and when a graduate student went to find him, Holmes dorm room was vacant.
He was only with the program five days.
“The young man has a lot of problems, way too many for us to handle,” Long told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Obviously, he wasn’t ready to be here.”
Holmes had 14 known scholarship offers, including some from major programs such as UCLA, USC, Nebraska and Oklahoma, but signed with the Aztecs on National Signing Day. However, Long said Holmes stopped communicating with the coaches during the summer. He reconnected a couple weeks before school started, enrolled and was in class on the first day of school on Monday.
Long said recruiting coordinator Tony White had talked with people connected with Holmes, but hasn’t been able to get in touch with the star receiver, who lives with a foster family.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
The Sun Belt added Coastal Carolina as its 12th member on Tuesday.
The league announced Tuesday that the Chanticleers will join Sun Belt in all sports but football for the 2016-17 year, with the football program joining the fold for the 2017 season.
After multiple outlets reported the news Monday night, the conference confirmed it with a press conference Tuesday afternoon near Coastal Carolina’s Myrtle Beach, S.C., campus.
"This is a great day for the Sun Belt Conference as we are very proud to have Coastal Carolina University join our membership," said Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson. "The Sun Belt is a growing conference with a bright future and Coastal Carolina makes a perfect fit as it too has seen a tremendous amount of growth and has all the tools necessary to move forward at the highest level of collegiate athletics.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
Tennessee defensive end Andrew Butcher was arrested over the weekend.
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, officers found Butcher, a true freshman, drunkenly “running around” on Interstate 40 around 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning.
"The defendant was running around on 40 East near James White Parkway," the arrest report says, per The Tennessean. "Upon contact with the defendant he had a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet."
The 18-year-old was subsequently arrested and charged with “public intoxication, underage possession of alcohol and violating a controlled access roadway.”
According to police, Butcher admitted to drinking beer that night. He was later released after posting bound.