- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
The Big Ten isn't backing down from its stance that freshmen should be ineligible.
The league released a 12-page paper on Friday titled "Education First, Athletics Second: The Time for a National Discussion is Upon Us" that elaborated on a possible recommendation of potential freshman ineligibility for football and men's basketball players.
The league made sure to explicitly say that the idea was not a proposal. Rather it portrayed it as an examination of the current state of the main revenue-producing college sports. It cited the O'Bannon lawsuit and the efforts at Northwestern to unionize, two movements that highlighted the revenue and attention that athletes bring in to universities. It also called the NCAA a "house of cards" if education was not prioritized among athletes and cited data that said football and men's basketball were last in academic progress and graduation rate.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Maryland granted releases for two seniors on Friday.
The school announced that both running back Albert Reid and safety Zach Dancel will transfer out of the program and pursue graduate transfers for the 2015 season. Both players are expected to be immediately eligible.
According to the Washington Post, Dancel is on track to graduate from Maryland in May while Reid will earn his degree later in the summer.
Reid has competed in a crowded Terps backfield throughout the spring but was not expected to see many carries when the season rolled around behind senior Brandon Ross, junior Wes Brown and sophomore Jacquille Veii.
Reid appeared in 25 total games in his first two seasons, but saw action in only four games as a junior after going down with a knee injury. Overall in three seasons, Reid rushed for 447 yards and three touchdowns on 122 carries. Additionally, Reid had 15 catches for 129 yards and a score.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is in great shape for a man who turns 70 years old on Monday. Josh Kendall, the Gamecocks beat writer from The State, got an up close look at the Ol’ Ball Coach’s workout routine in the football team’s weight room.
The first thing you have to notice is that Spurrier wears a sweater vest (!!!) and a headband while he works out. The man means serious business. He also goes through an impressive variety of exercises.
Kendall gave us an idea of what the average Spurrier session looks like:
He does two sets of shoulder presses with barbells. Fifty with 15-pounders and 40 with 10-pounders. He does 200 shoulder shrugs with 30-pound barbells, two long sets of curls, 50 tricep extensions with a 25-pound barbell (I think it was 25 pounds; oxygen depletion may have affected my memory.) There are 100 toe raises with the 30-pound barbells; 22 minutes on the treadmill; 11 minutes on the stationary bike at a not-insignificant incline.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
After a day of practice, NAIA program Dakota State (SD) decided to have some fun by playing a game called “Dizzy Punt” with defensive coordinator Cory Miller and head coach Josh Anderson.
The idea is for each coach to hold a golf club to their head (a la “Dizzy Bat”) and spin around 12 times before attempting to punt the football.
As you can see, the punts did not get very far. Miller (left) needed help to even get to the football, which was about five yards in front of him.
One thing is certain: the players had a lot more fun than the coaches did.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
After two seasons away from the game, Ben Howland became the new men’s basketball coach at Mississippi State last month. He hopes to resurrect a program that has struggled in recent years, but will first get a chance to serve as a guest coach during the Bulldogs’ spring football game on Saturday.
On the football field, the Bulldogs ascended to No. 1 in the rankings late in the year, but lost three of their last four games. Howland said part of the allure of accepting the MSU job was the football program’s success. He even said that football is “the most important sport on a major college campus.”
"When you look at football and basketball, all the best programs in the country, with the exception of a few maybe, have both," Howland said, per Al.com. "I knew that having good football only helps basketball.
"Let's be clear here. The most important sport on a major college campus is football because it costs the most and it has the most revenue potential to bring money into the university. Football is very, very important. I love college football."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
This is glorious.
The ISU Letterwinners Club posted a 'Field of Dreams' imitation to YouTube earlier in the week featuring linebacker Levi Peters and coach Paul Rhoads.
We're not sure you need us to explain the similarities to the movie, which was set in Iowa.
The clip is a promo for the renovations the school is doing at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State is expanding the stadium's capacity to 61,000 and adding a second video board, among other things.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Michigan State running back Delton Williams was arrested March 16 for allegedly brandishing a firearm during a traffic incident, but the man who accused him asked police to drop the charges.
According to the Detroit Free-Press, the man “wrote a letter to Michigan State police” and asked for the charges to be dropped after looking up Williams’ background. Williams’ older brother was shot and killed outside a tavern in Erie, Pa., – Williams’ hometown – on Dec. 6. The crime remains unsolved.
The man who wrote the letter said he could understand “why (Williams) would have a weapon.” The 21-year-old Williams, who was suspended indefinitely from the team after his arrest, has a concealed weapons permit.
“I wouldn’t want him to be thrown out of school over a silly mistake he made in a moment of fear,” the man wrote. “I believe he will learn his lesson and move on to better things.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Michigan's streak of home games with over 100,000 people in attendance got a significant assist from comped tickets in 2014.
According to the Detroit News, the school had a significant increase in free tickets given out last season.
There were 62,879 free tickets distributed during the 2014 season that accounted for roughly 8.6 percent of attendance, a sharp increase from the previous season, when 2.8 percent of the attendance came from comp tickets. Even with the comps, the stadium surpassed its capacity of 109,901 only once, and that came in a night game against Penn State.
The last time Michigan had a home game with less than 100,000 was on Oct. 25, 1975. The News says the six-figure mark includes "tickets sold, tickets distributed, staffing, catering employees, university facility and operations employees, the spirit squad and marching band, and the media."
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Michigan football will make its presence felt at football camps across the country this summer.
We already knew about the Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines coaching staff’s scheduled appearances in Alabama and Texas, but Thursday the program announced that the coaches would appear at seven more camps.
The camp tour, which Michigan has called the “Football Summer Swarm Tour,” will take place from June 4-12 in Indiana, Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, California and Michigan.
The tour begins on June 4 at Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis. From there it heads south to Prattville, Alabama, on June 5 and Tampa, Florida, on June 6 before flying north to Easton, Pennsylvania on June 7. Harbaugh and his staff will then fly to Texas for a camp in Houston on June 8 and Grand Prairie on June 9. The last leg of the trip is two camps in California – one in Mission Viejo on June 10 and another in Fresno on June 11. The tour then concludes at the annual Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Detroit on June 12.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Ohio State will receive a boost on special teams in 2015.
According to The Duke Chronicle, Duke kickoff specialist Jack Willoughby will transfer to Ohio State. As a graduate transfer, Willoughby would be eligible to play immediately.
“I made a list of every team in the country that I would want to play for in the big conferences and then started to narrow down based on who had a senior kicker graduating or who could use someone like me to step in and compete for kicking duties,” Willoughby said, per the Chronicle. “I reached out to a bunch of coaches and ultimately Ohio State was the best fit from a football and an academic standpoint.”
Willoughby told the Chronicle that he visited Ohio State’s campus in Columbus on April 4 and met with head coach Urban Meyer. He said he’ll have the opportunity to compete for the team’s primary field goal kicking job as well as working on kickoffs. Sean Nuernberger was the Buckeyes’ primary kicker last year. He made 13-of-20 field goal attempts as a true freshman for the national champions.