- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
A war of words has begun between Alabama safety Landon Collins and Oklahoma fans.
In a Thursday story on ESPN.com, Alabama safety Landon Collins candidly spoke his mind about the Crimson Tide’s season-ending 45-31 loss at the hands of the Sooners in the Sugar Bowl, and since then he has taken heat from OU fans on Twitter.
“That just fires it up, because we know what type of defense we are,” Collins said when speaking of the motivation the lackluster Sugar Bowl performance provides for the defense. “We already know what we are capable of. Just to hear that we got picked apart by an offense that shouldn’t have been on the field with us, that’s a disgrace to Alabama defense. We need to pick it up from that standpoint.”
That comment, specifically when Collins said that the OU offense “shouldn’t have been on the field” with the ‘Bama defense, drew this response from Gave Ikard, a starting offensive lineman for last year’s Sooners squad.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
If you're not a UCLA or Pac-12 fan, you probably remember Bruin LB Jordan Zumwalt for the hit was flagged for on Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas that knocked Thomas out of the Sun Bowl.
But Zumwalt's career has been more than that. He started 30 games in his four-year career, including all 13 games last year. He's projected as a mid-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft and as the draft approaches, Zumwalt talked to Shutdown Corner's own Eric Edholm at length.
At one point, Zumwalt was asked about his own team's quarterback, Brett Hundley, who elected to stay at UCLA for another season.
SDC: Give me some dirt on Brett Hundley. He seems too good to be true.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Washington is the latest team to unveil a brand new collection of Nike uniforms and this time it’s for real.
New coach Chris Petersen pranked his players with some lame-looking uniforms on April Fools Day, but on Friday a much more appealing look was revealed.
Check out all the new combinations, starting with the classic look: pic.twitter.com/b5IAEjK7Ne
Northwest Frost: pic.twitter.com/hNAv5Tf0KP
Seattle Stealth: pic.twitter.com/f1Cl0Ehmtr
Purple Reign: pic.twitter.com/mbhASARtWK
Full Washington Huskies new uniform set pic.twitter.com/ucJXSQzolA
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
For those who think Nick Saban’s legend stops at college football, think again.
Alabama’s coach, who has won three of the past five national championships, had a special visitor a couple weeks ago — Denver Broncos quarterback and NFL MVP Peyton Manning.
"To be honest with you, he was just trying to learn so he could be a better player," Saban said. "I think a lot of people would say, 'Wow, the guy is one of the best, if not the best, and certainly from a career standpoint probably about as good as anybody's been in the history of the league. After all the experience and knowledge that he has, he's going out and trying to seek more knowledge and understanding of the game of football so he can play better.'”
Manning and Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who worked with Saban at Michigan State and LSU, were making some visits, according to Saban, and stopped in for a chat with Saban and the Alabama coaching staff.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Is there a better way to prepare for a spring game than a dance-off? It's what Alabama State did and some of the coaches even got in on the act.
The best dance-off between players was definitely the one with Kerry Williams (No. 66) and Derrick Billups (96). They had some smooth moves and were apparently good enough to fool the rest of the team into thinking it was the grand finale with everyone jumping in.
What the heck Robert Roquemore (72)? He surely has better moves than that, right? That was a white flag dance of surrender. The best part of the video is at the end, however. A dance-off between coaches that involves breakdancing? Good entertainment.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
NCAA president Mark Emmert made an appearance on ESPN’s Mike & Mike Friday morning and was asked about some of the big issues facing the NCAA and the landscape of college athletics. He touched upon the new rules which allow student-athletes to have unlimited meals and snacks and weighed in on Northwestern’s upcoming unionization vote.
Before his appearance, the Mike & Mike Twitter account encouraged listeners to send questions to Emmert via Twitter using the #AskEmmert hashtag. Predictably, things did not go as planned.
In fact, the hashtag was still trending hours after the show ended.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Not surprisingly, NCAA president Mark Emmert said again Friday that unions could be a doomsday scenario for the current structure of college sports.
The National Labor Relations Board ruled in March that Northwestern players were employees of the school and had the right to unionize. The players are set to vote on April 25 while the school appeals the decision to the NLRB's national office.
But as Emmert discussed the impact a "yes" vote from the Northwestern players could have on ESPN's Mike and Mike morning show Friday, he brought up issues that haven't had anything to do with the current debate about collegiate athletic reform. (You can listen to the entire interview here.)
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
The days of transferring and being eligible to play immediately based on a hardship might be disappearing.
NCAA president Mark Emmert said during a lengthy in-studio interview on ESPN’s Mike and Mike show on Friday, that the NCAA membership has proposed forcing players cleared to transfer because of medical hardship to sit out a season and then receive an addition season at the backend of their careers.
“The universities are saying, take that year, deal with whatever your family situation is. We know that when you transfer your probability of graduating goes down, so make sure you get your academics back up,” Emmert said. “But we don’t want to punish you so we’re going to extend another year of eligibility. We want to give you another year of scholarship, add another year to your scholarship total so that you end up being held harmless basically if you have to make that change.”
While the rule might seem a bit unfair considering players are often seeking transfer because of circumstances beyond their control (a family situation or illness), it also stops student-athletes — and poaching coaches — from abusing the rule.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
It didn’t take long for Matt Joeckel to find a new home.
The news that the fifth-year senior quarterback would transfer was announced Wednesday morning by Texas A&M and by Thursday night Joeckel tweeted that he would play his final season of eligibility at TCU.
I am now TCU Horned Frog. Go Frogs!
Joeckel, who graduated in December, spent the last two seasons backing up Johnny Manziel at A&M and started last year’s season opener against Rice when Manziel was suspended. In total, he appeared in eight games in his Aggies career, completing 27-of-48 passes for 335 yards and two touchdowns. Joeckel was battling it out with sophomore Kenny Hill and freshman Kyle Allen to succeed Manziel before opting to transfer.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
A lawyer representing the woman who accused Jameis Winston of sexual assault said he was told Florida State stopped its student conduct investigation into Winston and he wants it to continue.
Lawyer Baine Kerr told USA Today the school cited Winston's unwillingness to cooperate with a Title IX investigation into the incident as a reason for its suspension. He said when the university questioned Winston in January 2013, the Heisman winner refused to answer questions on advice of his lawyer.
"The university took the position that since he refused to respond to questions, they could not make any Title IX findings," Kerr said to USA Today."We have objected to that as impermissible reason to delay or terminate a Title IX sexual assault investigation because that would permit any charged party to thwart an investigation simply by refusing to answer questions."