- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday41 mins ago
Chris Conley finished his Georgia career as one of the most well-liked players in the program and he decided to reciprocate the affection.
Conley penned a letter to Georgia fans and coaches in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week, expressing his gratitude for the support he received during his time as Bulldog.
The letter, which can be read in its entirety on the AJC website, talked about how Georgia was Conley’s first offer and how that gave him confidence he could be a football player at the collegiate level. It also thanked coach Mark Richt for turning him into not only a good football player, but also a good man.
Conley finished his Georgia career with 113 catches for 1,858 yards and 20 touchdowns, which tied him for fourth on Georgia’s all-time receiving list. He also became a budding filmmaker with his homage to George Lucas’ Star Wars.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Among the 47 minor rules violations that Ohio State athletics self-reported to the NCAA in 2014 includes the time a football assistant coach’s four-year-old son accidentally sent a text to a recruit.
According to The Lantern, Buckeyes wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s young son “picked up his father’s cell phone when a recruit called on May 27, and accidentally sent an automatic text message in return.” As a result of that particular violation, Ohio State “sent a letter of education to the coaches” about the NCAA’s texting rules. The NCAA didn’t even bother to review the incident.
Of the three public records requests submitted by The Lantern, eight of the 47 total violations stemmed from the football program.
Among the football violations included “impermissible on-campus contact,” which was reported to the NCAA on Sept. 25. From The Lantern:
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Two weeks after tweaking his left quad muscle at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, former Minnesota running back David Cobb was a spectator at the Gophers’ pro day on Monday.
Instead, Cobb, who set a school record with 1,626 rushing yards in 2014, will showcase his skills for scouts in an individual workout at the school in the first week of April.
“It’s starting to feel healthy again so I’ll take it slow,” Cobb told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I wont push it, don’t want to tweak anything, but I’ll definitely pick it up in the next week or so.”
The 5-foot-11, 229-pound Cobb ran 4.81 on his first attempt at the 40-yard dash at the combine, but pulled up toward the end of his run with the quad injury.
Before running the 40, Cobb put up 17 reps on the bench press and registered jumps of 38.5 inches and 121 inches on the vertical jump and broad jump, respectively.
Despite opting not to participate at pro day, Cobb cheered on his Gophers teammates as they went through various drills in front of the NFL scouts in attendance.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Deshaun Watson wasn’t on the field taking snaps for Clemson when it opened spring practice on Monday, but he was jogging, which is much more than many expected him to be doing at this time of year.
Watson had surgery in December to repair a torn ACL and is now a month ahead of schedule in his rehab. He has confidence he will be able to return when the Tigers open the 2015 season against Wofford on Sept. 5.
“I think I will be,” Watson told orangeandwhite.com. “It all depends on how my knee is holding up and what the coaches want me to do.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said "10-ish" players will be disciplined for what happened between the Cougars and Memphis at the conclusion of the Miami Beach Bowl.
However, the team is still not announcing who those approximately 10 players are.
“We’ll try to maintain a competitive advantage as long as we can, and protect the kids as much as we can,” Mendenhall said via the Deseret News. “I think everyone knows I thrive on accountability and don’t back away from it, especially at BYU. So I’m comfortable with who we’re disciplining and how. I’d like to protect our players as much as we can.”
BYU and Memphis were involved in a large brawl after the Tigers' double-overtime win. Cameras captured many players involved in the fight and even a player swinging his helmet as a weapon.
Mendenhall also said that any suspensions would be announced as the 2015 season is close to beginning.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Oregon State's new spring practice helmets have a new look. And they're simple rather than flashy.
Debuting a fresh new look on our Spring practice helmets tomorrow!
They look great, though we're an admitted sucker for script. It's not entirely clear what the facemask looks like, but it looks solid black instead of the continued striping/beaver teeth look.
Oregon State had three colors of helmets last season – the black, a white and an orange it wore against Oregon.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Jameis Winston, the potential No. 1 overall pick in April’s NFL draft, is already making moves to capitalize on his possible fame.
Winston's representation, The Legacy Agency, filed to trademark "Famous Jameis," a nickname the quarterback earned at Florida State, according to ESPN.com.
"We have begun taking steps to protect our client and his intellectual property rights," Russ Spielman, a partner of The Legacy Agency, which represents Winston told ESPN.com. "Right now his sole focus is on football. We hope to utilize this way down the line."
The trademark was filed on Feb. 5.
Winston, who lost just one game in college, led the Seminoles to a national championship, and hoisted the Heisman Trophy, certainly isn’t the first player to trademark his nickname before he’s even taken an NFL snap.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Following his suspension for a barrage of tweets aimed at Penn State students and fans, ESPN host Keith Olbermann returned to the air Monday and offered an apology — sort of.
In the long-winded “apology” which opened his show, Olbermann made a bizarre comparison between social media and batting practice in baseball.
Last week, Olbermann, who sent out several tweets aimed at Penn State supporters, called Penn State students “pitiful” in response to a link which detailed Penn State's annual fundraiser THON, which raised over $13 million for pediatric cancer.
Olbermann said he did not click on the link before sending the tweet.
Here’s the full thing in all of its bizarre glory:
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
North Carolina starting quarterback Marquise Williams will miss spring practices while he recovers from a hip injury, the school announced via its website.
Backup Mitch Trubisky will take all the first team reps in Williams’ absence.
Just because Williams isn’t suiting up doesn’t mean the coaches don’t expect the same type of effort out of him. Quarterbacks coach Keith Heckendorf told GoHeels.com, that he wants Williams taking mental reps while the team goes through drills.
"I want [Williams] to get as much out of spring ball as anyone,” Heckendorf said. “When he walks off the practice field I want him to be exhausted mentally from concentrating on every read and every play on every progression on every defense."
Heckendorf also noted that Williams was still the starter, but that the competition was not yet closed.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Slive, while mentioning the new academic requirements for freshmen that will begin next year, released a lengthy statement about the issue on Monday.
"A lot of thought and preparation went into the new initial eligibility rules that go into effect in 2016," said Slive. "It is more appropriate to implement these new regulations and understand their impact before applying additional eligibility restrictions that may be more cosmetic than effective.