- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday46 mins ago
The SEC announced Tuesday that Mississippi State senior center Dillon Day is suspended for the Bulldogs’ next game against Texas A&M.
Video (via Saturday Down South) of two plays from MSU’s road upset over LSU Saturday night show the 6-foot-4, 299-pound Day stepping on two Tigers’ defenders while running up field and following the play. On the first play, Day jumps and lads on the stomach of Davon Goldchaux. In another play, Day was again trailing the play and jumped to avoid landing on a teammate. Instead, he landed onto LSU’s Rashard Robinson.
LSU sent video of the plays to the SEC. Tuesday, the conference rendered the suspension due to “multiple flagrant and unsportsmanlike acts during the game, as well as previous disciplinary action for similar behavior.”
Day was suspended for a half by MSU coach Dan Mullen last season for a similar incident.
Here’s the full statement from the SEC:
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday53 mins ago
Steve Spurrier and Kevin Sumlin are creating a nice little rivalry — in the media.
Spurrier was being Spurrier on Tuesday when asked about the SEC’s high-scoring stats and took an opportunity to take a shot at Texas A&M because, well, why not?
HBC on SEC high-scoring stats: "That's misleading ... Most of these teams play somebody like Lamar."
Of course, A&M’s soft nonconference schedule, which included Lamar, Rice, SMU and Louisiana-Monroe, has been a hot topic this season. Spurrier even used A&M’s nonconference scheduling from past years as fodder during the preseason to discredit A&M’s early success in the SEC.
Then, of course, in the 2014 season opener Sumlin’s Aggies humiliated Spurrier’s Gamecocks with a 52-28 shellacking that included 680 total yards of offense by the Aggies.
Sumlin, upon hearing about Spurrier’s comments Tuesday, had a great retort:
Sumlin: Keep hearing people think we haven't played anybody. I think they forgot about the first week.
I believe this round goes to Sumlin.
For more South Carolina news, visit GamecockCentral.com.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
It has been over a month since Notre Dame announced it would be launching an internal investigation into suspected academic fraud involving five football players. The future of those five players – KeiVarae Russell, DaVaris Daniels, Ishaq Williams, Kendall Moore and Eilar Hardy – could be decided relatively soon.
Head coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday, according to IrishIllustrated.com, that hearings on the matter could conclude “by the end of next week.”
“Friday of last week, I was informed that the academic committee has been formed officially, and that they will – if all things move in the manner that they’re hoping and that they’re able to get through all the information – get their hearings concluded by the end of next week,” said Kelly at his Tuesday press conference.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
SMU has been outscored 146-6 in its first three games, all losses. In the process, four quarterbacks have seen action for the Mustangs and after the dust settled from Saturday’s 58-6 loss to No. 6 Texas A&M, a walk-on emerged as the best option for the team moving forward.
Interim coach Tom Mason, who is filling in for June Jones, who resigned on Sept. 8, said Tuesday that junior Garrett Krstich will likely start Saturday against TCU. Krstich, a walk-on who started the season fourth on the depth chart, came on in relief of Kolney Cassel against A&M and completed 13-of-24 passes for 137 yards.
“I don’t care if he’s a walk-on,” Mason said, per the Dallas Morning-News. “I don’t care if (Krstich) was fourth string going into fall camp. To me, quarterback is like any other position. You play the guy that’s playing the best right now. Right now, he’s playing the best.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Taking care of Texas A&M’s mascot Reveille isn’t just a job, it’s a responsibility. And with that responsibility comes a pledge to protect the purebred collie by whatever means necessary.
Sophomore Ryan Kreider, a member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, did just that and his heroism was rewarded with free $1,300 senior boots.
During last week’s game between the Aggies and SMU, Kreider saw SMU receiver Der'rikk Thompson coming right at Reveille and he threw his body in front of the dog and blocked Thompson into a nearby wall.
Kreider actions deserve a closer look:
Brig. Gen. Joe Ramirez Jr., the commandant of the Corps, was watching the game on television when he saw Krieder's act of heroism. That’s when he offered to buy Krieder’s custom-made boots. Albert Caudillo, owner of Victor's Shoe & Boot Repair in Bryan, Texas, told the Associated Press that a pair of senior boots average $1,326.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Missouri will be without a starter on its offensive line for the rest of the season.
According to the Kansas City Star, fifth-year senior left guard Anthony Gatti tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee during the first quarter of the Tigers’ loss to Indiana Saturday. The injury, his second torn ACL while at Mizzou, will end his career.
“He will be out for the season,” head coach Gary Pinkel confirmed Monday. “It’s unfortunate – senior, been through an awful lot here, had a lot of surgeries here.”
Gatti also suffered the same serious injury to his right knee as a high senior, tore the ACL in his left knee in 2011, and had surgery to repair his quadriceps tendon in 2012.
He said he knew what the injury was as soon as he went down.
“I knew pretty much right when it happened,” Gatti said. “I’ve had three prior knee injuries. You know when something’s wrong, especially an ACL. I just went to step and heard the pop. I knew there was no turning back from there.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Kennedy Estelle was dismissed by Texas on Tuesday for a violation of team rules, becoming the ninth Longhorns player to get the boot under head coach Charlie Strong.
Estelle, a former starter at tackle, hasn’t seen the field since he was suspended in the days following the Longhorns’ season opener against North Texas. Estelle was suspended along with senior Desmond Harrison, the team’s other projected starter at tackle. Strong said Monday that he expected both to return to practice this week, but something must have changed in Estelle’s case.
Daje Johnson has been practicing. Strong says he expects tackles Kennedy Estelle and Dez Harrison to practice this week.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
If you were watching Alabama’s dominant win over Florida Saturday afternoon, you may have noticed that Crimson Tide quarterback Blake Sims was wearing a purple bracelet on his right wrist.
The bracelet, which read “Kayla,” was a tribute to a 19-year-old college student named Kayla Perry. According to ESPN.com, Perry is fighting neuroblastoma, a type of pediatric cancer.
While wearing the bracelet, Sims threw for a career-high 445 yards and four touchdowns with Perry watching and cheering him on.
The best part? Perry is a freshman at Auburn – Alabama’s bitter rival.
“Hey guys, you know I’m an Auburn Tiger, but even college rivalries can come together when it matters. Many thanks to University of Alabama QB Blake Sims for seeing my story, and asking to wear my bracelet this week, and today, especially,” Perry posted on Facebook, along with a picture of Sims.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
David Cornwell, a lawyer advising Florida State QB Jameis Winston's family, tweeted Monday morning that he was going to tell Florida State that Winston would cooperate with the school's Title IX investigation.
The school is investigating Winston after the allegations of sexual assault against him in December 2012 by a woman who was a student at Florida State at the time. By Title IX rule, the school is required to investigate all cases of alleged sexual assault.
Today, wIll advise FSU that JW will cooperate with Title 9 investigation. Looks forward to clearing his name.
The investigation had previously been suspended. In April, theDepartment of Education opened an investigation into Florida State's handling of the case to see if the school had violated Title IX protocol. Winston had reportedly been questioned in January where he declined to offer much, if any, information.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Brian Baucham, a former USC CB, is suing the school and former coach Lane Kiffin as he claims he was forced to play in a game while already ill.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in a Los Angeles circuit court. Baucham played for USC from 2008-2012. He was academically ineligible in 2011 as a redshirt junior and played four games in 2012 with six tackles. The fourth game of the season was against Cal, the game that Baucham references in the lawsuit. He didn't play again the rest of the season.
Baucham claims he suffered ''cardiopulmonary damage'' and ''brain injury with neurocognitive deficits'' after he played against California at the Coliseum on Sept. 22, 2012. Baucham's lawsuit claims he was ill and dehydrated before the game, but was ''forced'' to play by Kiffin.