- Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
Johnny Manziel donned Adidas duds for two years as Texas A&M's starting quarterback. However, he's going to be wearing Nike gear as a pro.
According to ESPN, Manziel has signed a deal with Nike.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but sources told ESPN.com that it's a multiyear deal that will be the highest price paid for a rookie in this year's class. Manziel's team negotiating the deal included LeBron James' business manager, Maverick Carter, and Fenway Sports Group.
While Adidas would have seemed like a no-brainer because of Manziel's college ties, when he signed with James' group, Nike made sense as the top choice. James has a deal with Nike.
- Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
This offseason we will count down various topics from Monday through Friday, bringing you the top five of the important and definitely some not so important issues in college football. It's the Doc Five, every week until we will thankfully have actual games to discuss.
TOP FIVE BEST HEISMAN ENCORE SEASONS
NO. 2: MATT LEINART, QB, USC
Matt Leinart laid the foundation for his Heisman Trophy by leading USC to a 2003 AP national title with a win against Michigan in the Rose Bowl.
While USC was not invited to play in the BCS National Championship, Leinart cemented himself as a quarterback to watch in 2004 and he didn’t disappoint. He threw for 3,322 yards and 33 touchdowns while completing 65.3 percent of his passes. He led the Trojans to another national championship, though it would later be vacated by the BCS.
- Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Welcome to our new Dr. Saturday feature titled "Random offseason tweet of the day." With real games still months away, coaches and players will be tweeting about non-football-related things as the season approaches. In this space, we'll try to find the funniest and goofiest tweets of the day. If you see something, don't hesitate to send it to us.
How many Texas A&M fans had not heard of Lil Boosie until this tweet?
Lil Boosie is from Baton Rouge, La., and was released from prison Wednesday. He was serving an eight-year sentence for drug charges that started in 2009, but was eligible for early release. He says he wrote 500 songs while in prison, so this is a playlist that could be ever evolving.
- Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
The National Football Foundation released the list of nominees for the 2014 class of the College Football Hall of Fame on Thursday.
75 players and six coaches are on the ballot, and 12-14 or so of the players and two of the coaches will be announced as part of the induction class in May.
Voting for the College Football Hall of Fame isn't nearly as straightforward as it is for the Pro Football Hall of Fame or even the Baseball Hall of Fame. Yes, a lot of people want to overhaul baseball's voting process, so isn't that saying something? Players are selected by region in the College Football Hall of Fame, and there's even a rule that players from the same school can't be selected in back-to-back years. It's why Tommie Frazier and Orlando Pace had to wait until 2013 to be inducted.
So here's who we think are the strongest candidates for induction in 2014. Because of the rules, they may not all get in, but that doesn't mean their Hall of Fame cases are any less valued.
Derrick Thomas, LB, Alabama
Report: NCAA approves change to targeting rule; teams will no longer be penalized if ejection overturnedDr. Saturday16 hrs ago
When the NCAA Rules Committee proposed the highly-publicized ten second substitution rule that was subsequently withdrawn Wednesday, the Committee also proposed a change to the controversial targeting penalty.
According to a report from ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, the change was approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Thursday.
The rule, which will go into effect this season, means that teams will no longer be issued a 15-yard penalty if officials overturn a targeting penalty. When the targeting rule was instituted last season to put more emphasis on player safety, the team was penalized 15 yards even if the targeting foul was overturned after a video replay.
- Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Alcohol will be on the agenda when SEC officials meet in the spring.
According to a report from Al.com, SEC associate commissioner Herb Vincent said the conference will review its alcohol policy for both neutral site games and home games off campus. The conference doesn’t plan to soften its stance of not selling alcohol in on-campus stadiums any time soon, but LSU athletic director Joe Alleva thinks beer sales “would enhance the fan experience” at football games.
“I don’t think that’s something that would necessarily be a negative for drunkenness and it might curtail the drunkenness if you sold beer,” Alleva said. “Right now, they drink excessively in the parking lot before they come in because they can’t get alcohol inside. Perhaps if they had access in the stadium, they wouldn’t drink as much when they come in. I think it’s something we have to talk about. This may come down the road in the future, and I wouldn’t be opposed to it.”
- Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
After pleading guilty to a drunk driving charge stemming from a February 16 incident in Nashville, Vanderbilt defensive line coach Vavae Tata will not be a part of head coach Derek Mason’s staff in 2014, the AP reports.
Tata pled guilty to the drunken driving charge in exchange for a court agreement to dismiss a count of leaving the scene of an accident.
Vanderbilt spokesman Rod Williamson said Wednesday that Mason had been waiting for Tata’s case to play out in court before making a decision on his future with the staff. Now that Tata has been won’t be on staff in 2014, Mason hopes to fill out his staff “within the week.”
Williamson added that Tata remains employed by the university.
“One thing we can say for certain is Tata will not be coaching this season,” Williamson said.
- Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
In an ESPN feature that also reports that former Penn State quarterback and assistant coach Mike McQueary told players that he was sexually abused as a child,there are also claims that McQueary bet on Penn State football games as a player.
McQueary said he saw Jerry Sandusky and a young boy in the shower in 2001 and is a witness in the upcoming trial against Penn State officials accused of covering up the Sandusky's actions.
- Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Notre Dame's players may not want to leave the locker room after practice. Well, the first eight to snag a chair, anyway.
Irish coach Brian Kelly recently bought eight recliners for the locker room. And of course, they all have the Notre Dame logo on them.
It's a nice gesture by Kelly, but what if each player had his own recliner? That'd be a nice perk in the locker room, don't you think? And it could serve as a carrot during practice. Lolligagged through practice? No post-practice recliner privileges for you.
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- Dr. Saturday1 day ago
The Clemson “Graveyard” got a new tombstone as the Tigers prepared to open spring practices on Wednesday.
Ohio State joined the likes of more than 20 ranked opponents who were laid to rest near the entrance of the Clemson practice fields behind the Jervey Athletic Center.
Here’s a better look at the newest addition to the “Graveyard.”
Clemson unveiled the tombstone of the win over Ohio St pic.twitter.com/iwrCQEvyiB
Spots in the “Graveyard” are reserved for ranked opponents Clemson defeats on the road or on a neutral field.
Clemson defeated Ohio State 40-35 in the Orange Bowl in January giving the program its first-ever BCS bowl victory.
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