- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Duke announced Tuesday that the career of redshirt senior linebacker Kelby Brown has officially come to an end.
Brown suffered a torn left ACL, which will keep him out this season and end his time with the Duke program. Brown will serve as a student assistant for the 2015 season.
"It's difficult to put into words the feeling of heartbreak I have for Kelby and his family," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said in a statement. "While we will certainly miss his athletic abilities and leadership as one of the best linebackers to play at Duke, what is most important above all else is Kelby's health. He is a truly special young man who is destined to accomplish great things in his life. Kelby's strengths lie in his core values, and I know that despite this setback, he will continue to play an integral part of our program's success both on and off the field."
Brown suffered the same injury during the 2014 preseason and it cost him the entire year. He also had two previous knee surgeries on his right knee, including one in February 2012, which caused him to miss the entire 2012 season.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
South Alabama is investigating the possibilities of an on-campus stadium.
The school announced Monday it would begin the process to see if a stadium was feasible.
"Construction of a football stadium is an extremely complex undertaking that requires significant due diligence on the part of the University leadership, and we are at the very beginning of a process that will examine all the issues we must consider before a decision can be made," South Alabama president Tony Waldrop said in a statement.
The school said the process would be done by a "small group" of trustees, administrators and staff.
South Alabama's football program began in 2009 and the school joined the FBS division in 2012. The team currently plays its home games at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, the site of the Senior Bowl and the GoDaddy Bowl.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
You're not a real Harry Potter fan unless you're dressed up like him on the cover of a magazine.
Got that? OK. Because Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles is a real fan. He's on the cover of the 2015 edition of The Cats Pause Kentucky football yearbook with glasses and a scarf.
If you need to get your copy, the magazine is expected to start shipping next week.
Towles told CatsPause.com that he took the opportunity to dress up like Harry Potter for the magazine to show people that he too has obsessions that are outside of football. If there's a Harry Potter movie on TV, he said he's likely watching it.
“It's a chance to show people that I’m a real person who likes what you guys like, who eats what you guys eat and does what you all do,” Towles said. “It helps develop a sense of common ground. ‘Hey, he’s not really that far away,’ or, ‘He’s not really that different. He’s just one of us who happens to play football.’”
Towles threw for 2,718 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2014.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Florida State freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson has been dismissed from the program just hours after a video showing him striking a female in a bar was released.
Johnson was accused of punching a 21-year-old woman at a bar in Tallahassee on June 24. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher suspended him the following day and Florida state attorney Willie Meggs formally charged Johnson with misdemeanor battery on June 30 after reviewing the security footage from the bar.
The state attorney’s office released the footage of the altercation Monday:
The shocking footage shows Johnson, 19, and the woman approaching the bar at the same time. The two scuffle for position at the bar, the woman takes a swing at Johnson and Johnson hits back with a right hook so vicious it knocks cups from the bar. Johnson leaves the frame while the woman tries to recover from the blow.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Offensive lineman Mirko Jurkovic, a three-star prospect from IMG Academy, tweeted Monday that he was attending Georgia this fall after originally committing to Ohio State.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, Jurkovic was denied admission to Ohio State because of academics, but apparently Georgia’s academic requirements aren’t nearly as stringent. UGASports.com, citing a source, said it wasn’t academics, but rather the fact that Ohio State had exceeded its scholarship limit that left Jurkovic available.
Either way, Ohio State’s loss is Georgia’s gain.
Jurkovic had 22 offers out of high school and, shockingly, Georgia was not one of them. But once Jurkovic became a free agent, the Bulldogs pounced. Notre Dame also courted Jukovic, but wanted him to first attend nearby Holy Cross College.
Jurkovic is the son of former Notre Dame All-American Mirko Jurkovic Sr., and the nephew of John Jurkovic who played nine years in the NFL.
For more Georgia news, visit UGASports.com.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Florida State is taking its 2016 spring game to Orlando.
The program announced Monday that because of scheduled construction at Doak Campbell Stadium, the game will be played on April 9 at the Citrus Bowl, about 250 miles south of FSU’s campus in Tallahassee.
“The short term construction challenges of building the Champions Club in Doak Campbell stadium have provided a unique opportunity for our 2016 spring football game,” said FSU athletic director Stan Wilcox. “We are pleased to offer our fans greater access to Florida State football at an exciting and refurbished venue in one of the best destinations cities in the world. Moving the game to Orlando and partnering with Steve Hogan and his staff at Florida Citrus Sports will allow us to platform the game and Florida State athletics in exciting and unique new ways.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
A week after Florida State quarterback De’Andre Johnson was formally charged with battery, the Florida State Attorney’s office released security footage of the incident that led to the charge.
Johnson, a freshman who was suspended indefinitely by the program, is accused of punching a woman in the face at a bar on June 24. The security footage, which was obtained by the Tallahassee Democrat, appears to backs up that claim.
The footage shows the victim, a 21-year-old female FSU student, and Johnson approaching the bar at nearly the same time. The woman reaches the bar first with Johnson just behind her, and the two appear to jostle for position at the bar.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
The University of Alabama announced Friday that it self-reported 13 minor NCAA violations that occurred between July 1, 2014 and June 30 of this year. Of the 13 violations, five involved the football program.
According to TideSports.com, one of the violations involved linebacker Trey DePriest and a “computer entry error,” while another involved 2015 recruit DeSherrius Flowers, who was ruled ineligible last month.
No names of student-athletes or coaches were contained in the report, but a violation that resulted in a football player being declared ineligible for one game after being over-awarded scholarship money due to a computer entry error referred to linebacker Trey DePriest. He repaid the money and was reinstated.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Former Montana State and Texas defensive back Eryon Barnett passed away over the weekend.
According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Barnett, 24, died around 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon in a Bozeman, Mont., hospital. A cause of death has not been determined. The Gallatin County (Mont.) Coroner’s office “will likely” complete an autopsy on Monday, the deputy coroner told the Chronicle.
Barnett's brother, Chris Barnett, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram his brother was hospitalized July 2 with pancreatitis.
“He had been going to the hospital,” Chris Barnett said. “This was his fourth or fifth time this year.”
According to the Chronicle, Barnett missed a portion of practice prior to the 2014 season due to complications from pancreatitis. Lingering symptoms from the ailment kept him out of two games early in the season and also hospitalized him in the spring.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
BYU signee Charles West was shot in the arm Sunday evening while playing pickup basketball at a middle school in Dallas.
West, a three-star running back out of Coppell, Texas, was playing basketball with several people when a man walked up to him and shot him in the upper left arm.
According to police, five or six shots were fired and West fled the scene. He got about a half mile before he knocked on a door and asked for help.
West was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released.
Police said seven people witnessed the incident and a video also was circulating. Police were still trying to determine whether the video was authentic. Police have identified a person of interest, but have not yet released a name.
For all who is concerned I'm fine. May the lord be with everyone.