- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday19 mins ago
Did you ever think that the new 14-team Big Ten is like Game of Thrones?
The Big Ten created a commercial showing off all 14 campus sites in an ad that's a direct takeoff on the intro to the popular show.
Here's the Game of Thrones intro: Given the way that characters get killed off in Game of Thrones, should we be preparing to see a Big Ten coach lose his job this year? Who would it be? If the conference wans to be like a television show with great writing, it should be something that we don't see coming.
Also, if there was a Big Ten coach that could slide in seamlessly into the cast of Game of Thrones, the favorite is Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, right? Or is it Michigan coach Brady Hoke? It could be close.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday40 mins ago
For three suspended Florida players, the terminated game against Idaho will count as their suspension.
Before Saturday's scheduled game against the Vandals, coach Will Muschamp announced that DT Jay-nard Bostwick, DT Darious Cummings and WR Demarcus Robinson were all suspended for the season opener. Bostwick and Cummings were suspended for what Muschamp said was a violation of team rules and Robinson was suspended for a university sanction.
However, heavy rains prevented Florida and Idaho from playing. Well, OK, they kicked the game off after a lengthy delay, but as water was still standing on the field, the decision was quickly made to abort the attempt at trying to play.
A kickoff is apparently good enough to fulfill a game suspension. Monday, Muschamp said the players would be reinstated for the September 6 game against Eastern Michigan.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Following Colorado State's win over Colorado Friday night, the Rams and coach Jim McElwain were presented with the Centennial Cup by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
When giving the trophy to McElwain, Hancock forgot McElwain's name and stumbled for the right pronunciation. He was in the same zip code, but not on the same street.
(Video via KUSA)
The stumbling resulted in an awkward moment of McElwain taking the microphone from the emcee to say his name for Hancock.
During his Monday press conference, McElwain still wasn't over the slip. He wasn't even asked about it and brought it up himself. From The Denver Post:
"I will say one thing," he said. "I do understand where we are on the food chain from a relevance standpoint because the mayor doesn't even know my name.
"The guy needed help, man. Somebody pointed that out, that nobody thinks much of us, even though how many alums do we have in the Denver area? Like the most of any university there is? And yet the mayor doesn't even know the head ball coach's name.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
During the past couple weeks, a lot has been made about coach Bobby Petrino’s mannerisms, his relationships with his coaches, his relationships with his players and, most of all, his sordid past.
But the one thing no one questioned about Louisville’s new head coach was his ability to coach — and win.
In his and Louisville’s ACC debut, the Cardinals dominated Miami 31-13 and came out of the weekend looking like one of the top teams in the ACC.
Now, it’s important to put this win in perspective. Miami has had its struggles. It’s lost five of its last seven games and all of those losses have been by 18 or more points. The Hurricanes also started a true freshman quarterback in Brad Kaaya and while he had moments of brilliance, he looked like a true freshman on some of his decisions.
But none of that should take away from Louisville dominating performance, which included two interceptions and limited the Miami running game to just 70 yards. Overall, Miami mustered just 244 yards of total offense.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Michael Bowman, a member of South Carolina’s 2015 recruiting class, was arrested Friday on 16 counts of misdemeanor larceny.
According to the Havelock News, Bowman, a three-star wide receiver from Havelock, N.C., allegedly stole six iPads and two iPods that belonged to Arthur W. Edwards Elementary School. Additionally, Edwards allegedly stole “eight other iPods belonging to an employee from the school.”
According to a release from the Havelock Police Department, the thefts occurred over a period of five weeks “from June 9 to July 16.” Bowman was working for a company hired to clean the school over the course of the summer, the release said.
Since Bowman was allowed to be in the school because of his employment, no breaking and entering charges were filed against him, said District Attorney Scott Thomas.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
It only took two plays for Taivon Jacobs’ season to end.
Terps head coach Randy Edsall tweeted Monday that Jacobs, a redshirt freshman who earned a starting role, won’t play again this season due to a knee injury he sustained Saturday against James Madison.
Taivon Jacobs will miss the remainder of the season due to knee injury on Saturday vs James Madison.
According to the Baltimore Sun, the injury occurred when Jacobs “got tangled up with a James Madison defender while attempting to track down a long pass from quarterback C.J. Brown.”
With Jacobs out, Marcus Leak is likely to assume a first-team role along with Stefon Diggs and Deon Long. Sophomores Jacquille Veii and Amba Etta-Tawo could also see an increased role.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty has two cracks in his back stemming from an injury he suffered against SMU on Sunday, according to CBSSports.com.
An MRI on Monday morning revealed that Petty had two bones sticking out from his spine that were cracked. Petty is listed as day-to-day, but expects to play in Saturday’s game against Northwestern State.
Why? We have no idea.
Petty was injured during the first half of the 45-0 win against SMU and the injury was made worse when he was hit while diving into the end zone. Cameras caught Petty wincing as teammates had to help their starting quarterback off the turf. Despite the obvious discomfort, Petty played the entire first half. He was held out of the second half with what Baylor called a lower back bruise.
Everyone who was watching the game and even the commentators wondered why Petty was still playing when he was noticeably hobbled and the game was never in doubt.
Coach Art Briles was asked why Petty stayed in the game despite the injury and Briles said: “He needed the reps.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Alabama senior Jarrick Williams knew his foot was bothering him, but he still managed to play the whole game and make three tackles in Alabama’s win over West Virginia on Saturday.
What the senior safety did not know is that he actually broke a bone in his foot – an injury coach Nick Saban said Monday will keep him out for four weeks.
According to Al.com, Saban referred to Williams’ injury as a “Jones fracture,” which is a “break of the fifth metatarsal at the base of his small toe.” To remedy the issue, a screw was put in Williams’ foot on Sunday.
With Williams out for a while, Saban said that Geno Smith and Maurice Smith are candidates to fill in at the “star” position – a kind of hybrid safety/outside linebacker role. Eddie Jackson, who has been out with a knee injury since the spring, could also be an option after being cleared by team doctors.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
It was perplexing to see Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon carry the ball only three times in the second half of Saturday night’s game against LSU.
After he ran for 71 yards in the first half, Gordon took off for a 63-yard scamper on the Badgers’ first play of the second half. From that point on, we saw very little of Gordon as Wisconsin allowed LSU to come back from a 17-7 half time deficit and win 28-24.
After the game, head coach Gary Andersen said the standout junior was fine, but Gordon told reporters Monday that, apparently unbeknownst to Andersen, he injured his hip on his last run of the first half.
Melvin Gordon: My hip injury happened on my last run before halftime. I was ready to go, but they were looking out for what's best for me.
Gordon when asked if the hip injury is why he was caught on long run, "Hahaha, yeah I'm gonna use that."
Contradicting his postgame statement from Saturday, Andersen also said Monday that Gordon had a hip flexor injury, so he was held out for most of the second half.
UTEP RB Aaron Jones dominates in win over New Mexico, team he says never showed up for recruiting visitSam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
UTEP running back Aaron Jones had some extra motivation going into the season opener against New Mexico.
Jones told reporters that he had an in-home visit scheduled with New Mexico when he was a senior in high school, but the New Mexico coaches never showed up. This time around, revenge was sweet for Jones. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound sophomore from El Paso ran for a career-high 237 yards and three touchdowns in the Miners’ 31-24 road win.
“They called me and told me my senior year that they were going to do an in-home visit and they never showed up,'' Jones said after the win. ''They called and told me when they were coming, my mom cooked and they never showed up. So I have to take it to them.”
Jones’ 3-yard touchdown run with 2:18 to go ended up being the game-winner for the Miners, who are coming off a 2-10 season in 2013. Jones also scored on runs of 12 yards and 73 yards in the win.