- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
The family of Jameis Winston’s accuser will hold a press conference Friday in Florida, according to an email sent out to the media.
It will be the first media conference the family has held since the story went public last month and the first words from the family of the accuser since the very generic statement it released following the announcement that Winston wouldn’t be charged.
On Dec. 5, Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs announced that he did not find enough evidence to charge Winston with a crime. Meggs noted that the accuser’s statements were not consistent and that he didn’t feel like she would have been a credible witness had the case gone to trial.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
The Mack Brown era of Texas football is reportedly over.
According to Orangebloods.com’s Chip Brown, citing two “high-level sources,” Brown will announce he is stepping down as UT’s football coach by the end of the week. Brown, who led the program to a national title in 2005, will leave the Longhorns second all-time with 158 wins since being hired in 1998.
“Mack Brown loves Texas and wants what’s in the best interest of Texas and what’s in the best interest of Mack Brown,” one source told Orangebloods. “I don’t think it’s been an easy decision. But he doesn’t want negativity around the program he helped unify.”
Yahoo's Pat Forde said via Twitter that Texas is denying the report:
Y! Source says Mack Brown hasn't told anyone he's stepping down and there has been no meeting with staff or administrators.
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) December 10, 2013
ESPN is reporting that Brown is still in Florida recruiting:
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
As rumors about Mack Brown’s future at Texas continue to heat up , some enterprising fans are doing their best to keep Nick Saban’s name in the coaching search mix, including by trolling Austin’s airport.
Several reports surfaced Tuesday morning that someone paged Saban over the intercom at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The page said a car was waiting for him.
Multiple people have confirmed that Nick Saban was paged at the Austin airport this morning. THAT is hysterical.
— Geoff Ketchum (@gkketch) December 10, 2013
Of course, this was just hilarious trolling. Saban didn’t come running out of the terminal into a waiting town car. Sorry, wishful thinkers.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
In the minutes after Rice won its first outright conference championship since 1957, the Owls’ locker room was a jovial place. As the team celebrated, coach David Bailiff and the Owls received a locker room visit from a representative of the Liberty Bowl.
After congratulating the team on its Conference USA title, the representative gave the team a brief history of the Liberty Bowl, college football’s seventh-oldest bowl game, before extending an invitation to the game on New Year’s Eve Day against 6-6 Mississippi State in Memphis.
Coach Bailiff accepted the invitation and the team’s reaction was awesome.
The Liberty Bowl is not on the caliber of a BCS bowl obviously, but these players don’t care. After an impressive 10-3 campaign and a 41-24 C-USA title game win over Marshall, the Owls have plenty to be proud about.
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H/T Football Scoop
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
The Oklahoma State cheerleader who tried to trip an Oklahoma player following the Sooners' final touchdown of last week’s Bedlam matchup will face discipline for his actions.
According to The Oklahoman, Jarid Atkinson stuck his foot out and tried to trip Oklahoma’s Eric Striker as he celebrated the game-ending touchdowns of the Sooners’ 33-24 win.
The Oklahoma State loss cost the Cowboys a Big 12 title and a BCS bowl berth.
Atkinson told OSU deputy athletic director Dave Martin that he was playfully sticking out his foot and not actually trying to trip the Sooner. But Martin didn’t find the act funny.
Martin said in a statement to the Big 12 that Oklahoma State “does not condone, physical or verbally abusive acts toward anyone working, attending or competing in our athletic events.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Kenneth Tarr, the man responsible for making prank calls to various coaches regarding coaching vacancies, has been arrested and booked on suspicion of felony eavesdropping.
In October, USC athletic director Pat Haden said someone impersonating a USC representative reached out to an unnamed member of the Denver Broncos coaching staff and former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy about the Trojans’ coaching vacancy.
Tarr contacted Deadspin and claimed the calls came from him and then sent videos to the site of him making other calls to various coaches regarding other potential openings.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson was riding high after an upset of Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship Game on Friday night, and now Clawson has a brand new job.
A news conference to introduce Clawson is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET Tuesday.
"We are very pleased to have Dave Clawson leading our football program," said Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman. "Dave is a proven winner and leader and has had great success at every institution he has coached. Dave has rebuilt every program that he has coached and has led each institution to a conference championship.
"He has developed a national reputation as a builder of programs. Dave's expectations for our program and players are extremely high. We have much to look forward to with his leadership of our program."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
It's Jameis Winston's trophy to lose, but the Heisman Trophy Trust really wants us to think that other people have a shot. Five others, in fact.
The Heisman Trust announced six finalists for the trophy that will be given out Saturday evening. It's Winston, the Florida State quarterback, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Auburn running back Tre Mason, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and Boston College running back Andre Williams.
Winston is the prohibitive favorite. So much so that one sports book was offering 1/150 odds on him to win the Heisman Trophy. That means you'd have to bet $150 to win $1. Any doubts about his candidacy for the award should have been allayed when Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs announced on Wednesday that Winston would not be charged in the sexual assault case from December of 2012 that he had been named in.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Wanting to go to Pasadena to see Michigan State play Stanford in the Rose Bowl but aren't sure how you're going to pay for it? You're in luck, because now you can apply for a loan from the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union to go to the game.
The credit union advertises rates as low as 6.9 percent on a loan that must be a minimum of $1,000. Plus, you only pay what you owe for as long as you borrow. Seriously. Here's a graphic from the site:
We get that going to a bowl game, especially the Rose Bowl, can be an experience that's too good to pass up. But that's only if you're able to afford it. If you answered yes to the question in the first sentence, then no, no and no. There's no good reason that you would ever need to take out a loan to travel to football game, especially not a bowl, which are pretty corrupt anyways.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Jadeveon Clowney was pulled over Saturday evening for speeding after police said he was going 110 MPH in a 70 MPH zone in South Carolina.
Troopers say Clowney was pulled over in a Chrysler 300 around 7:30 p.m. Saturday night on Interstate 77 near mile marker 39.
Officials say he was immediately ticketed, but not arrested in the stop. No word on what kind of fine was issued.
He wasn't watching the SEC Championship? What kind of inter-conference support is that?
But seriously, 40 over the speed limit isn't a wise thing to do and we probably don't need to explain why. And sadly, given Clowney's expected entrance into the NFL draft, this incident will be put through the draft megaphone and they'll be faux hand-wringing about how it will affect his draft status. That's what happens in a football-crazed culture with four months from the conclusion of the college football season to the draft.