- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Duke will look to improve its record to 4-0 when it hosts Tulane at Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Blue Devils have won their first three games over Elon, Troy and Kansas by an average of 31 points, so the defending ACC Coastal Division champions are off to a good start in 2014.
To keep the good times rolling before the ACC schedule starts, the Blue Devils will wear special white throwback helmets against the Green Wave for Saturday’s 12:30 p.m. ET kickoff.
Take a look:
It remains to be seen if Duke will pair a throwback uniform with the new helmets, but for now it looks like they’ll be paired with the blue home jerseys.
For more Duke news, visit DevilsIllustrated.com.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Florida offensive coordinator Kurt Roper met with the media on Tuesday and, as most coaches do, cracked a joke.
His wife, Britt Roper, is a former sports reporter. So it gave Kurt Roper the chance to joke about the media in attendance and he said that his wife looked better than most reporters. Though he may want the qualifier back after Britt saw the comment on Twitter.
@ZachAbolverdi did he really say "most"?
We definitely laughed.
We're not going to assume that Britt is mad at Kurt, rather that this is going to be a joke that he won't live down at home in the foreseeable future. And a cue for Kurt to open his next press conference by definitively stating his wife is a lot better looking than everyone assembled to ask him questions.
Florida plays Saturday at Alabama. It's Roper's first game against Alabama as Florida's offensive coordinator. After coaching at Duke last season, he replaced former offensive coordinator Brent Pease.
For more Florida news, visitInsideTheGators.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
A day after being arrested for DUI and possession of a fake or stolen driver’s license, Miami quarterback Kevin Olsen is no longer with the Hurricanes program.
The Miami athletic department announced the news in a short press release Tuesday afternoon.
“Kevin Olsen is no longer a student at the University of Miami. We wish him the very best in the future,” the statement read.
Olsen, a 19-year-old redshirt freshman, was arrested and booked after 4 a.m. Monday morning after South Miami Police were called to investigate an incident at a home. According to a police report, police encountered Olsen when he drove up to the home and asked what was going on. At that point, an officer observed that Olsen had “bloodshot watery eyes and an odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath as he spoke in a slurred speech.”
Olsen then failed a field sobriety test because he was unable to maintain his balance. He blew a .04 on a Breathalyzer test and was also in possession of five different IDs from four different states.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
When Oklahoma announced it was adding Dorial Green-Beckham to its roster, just three months after Missouri had kicked him of its squad for multiple run-ins with the law, it raised some eyebrows.
The final straw for Missouri was a police report that said Green-Beckham had forced his way into his girlfriend’s home and pushed her roommate down four stairs. The report also said Green-Beckham dragged his girlfriend out of the apartment by her neck.
No charges were ever filed because the roommate feared backlash and the girlfriend was uncooperative. But it was enough for Missouri to cut ties.
It wasn’t, however, a deal breaker for Oklahoma at the time, but in light of the situation involving former NFL running back Ray Rice and his domestic abuse issues, Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione told Sports illustrated that his university probably would not have allowed Green-Beckham to join its roster if he had tried to transfer now.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is still at the top of the Heisman odds, but there are a couple of new faces right behind him.
According to the Bovada sportsbook, Mariota remains the Heisman favorite at odds of 11/2 through the first three weeks of the season. Georgia RB Todd Gurley is second at 7/1 while Texas A&M QB Kenny Hill is third at 15/2.
Florida State QB Jameis Winston is still fourth, but he's now tied with another QB. Notre Dame's Everett Golson has moved from 16/1 to tie Winston at 10/1. (Winston was previously 8/1.) Through the first three games of the year, Golson is 62-96 passing for 780 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions.He also has four rushing touchdowns.
BYU's dual-threat QB Taysom Hill started the season off the board and he's now tied for the ninth-highest favorite at 20/1. He's tied with Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, the RB who had the miraculous run-after-catch for Nebraska to beat McNeese State.
Here's how the entire top 10 looks.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Recruiting is weird.
Coaches will go to extreme lengths to land a top prospect, and a recent trend shows programs photoshopping recruits onto magazine covers. Most of the time, the player will be superimposed onto a cover of a sports magazine like Sports Illustrated with a headline about the player leading a program to prominence.
Wake Forest took a different approach with three-star defensive end Kengera Daniel.
Yup. This is weird.
That’s Daniel on a fake cover of People Magazine with Kim Kardashian being touted as “pop culture’s newest power couple.” They even have a “KimGera” nickname like Kardashian does with her husband Kanye West (KimYe).
The cover also touts the ACC as the “real power conference.” Also, don’t miss the program-building feature with Dave Clawson!
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley saw plenty of No. 1 overall NFL pick Jadeveon Clowney when Clowney was suiting up for South Carolina, Clemson’s biggest rival. Beasley, a fifth-year senior who is also considered to be a highly regarded NFL prospect, doesn’t mind comparing himself to Clowney either.
“I feel like I’m the better player,” Beasley told Sports Illustrated.
Through two games for the Tigers this season, the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Beasley has registered three tackles for loss and two sacks. That’s a solid start following an All-American 2013 campaign where he racked up 44 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and 13 sacks compared to 28 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and three sacks from Clowney.
With 23 career sacks, Beasley is just one sack behind Clowney’s career total of 24. He could surpass Clowney this weekend when the Tigers take on top-ranked Florida State.
Beasley feels like he has one thing that separates him from the rest.
“I feel like I’ve got the best first step in college football,” Beasley said.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Red Wolves players had a cross decal on the back of their helmets for the first two games of the season. The cross had the initials of DT Markel Owens and manager Barry Weyer on each side after Owens was shot and killed in an attempted robbery in January and Weyer died in a car crash in June.
However, the school removed the crosses after a complaint following the team's game against Tennessee on September 6. Now, a firm which says it represents an unidentified player who fears punishment, is wanting the crosses back on the helmets.
The Liberty Institute wants the crosses back on the helmets by Wednesday.
“ASU’s actions in defacing the students’ memorial stickers to remove their religious viewpoint is illegal viewpoint discrimination against the students’ free speech,” Hiram Sasser, director of litigation for Liberty Institute told Fox News.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
West Virginia sophomore CB Daryl Worley has been suspended indefinitely.
The school announced his suspension Monday evening. Worley has been an important player for the West Virginia defense through the first three games of the season. He has 17 tackles, third-best on the team, and has two interceptions. One was Saturday against Maryland and the other came in the first game of the season against Alabama.
His suspension comes at an inopportune time for the Mountaineers as well. They host Oklahoma and QB Trevor Knight on Saturday. According to WVSports.com, Ishmael Banks could start in Worley's place. Banks was suspended for the first three games of the season. In August, coach Dana Holgorsen said Banks had an academic issue but that the suspension was team imposed.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Our guess is that this fake punt play is a one-and-done for Arkansas State.
In the second quarter of the Red Wolves' loss to Miami on Saturday, Arkansas State went for a fake punt. Not only did the play not get the desired result, but Arkansas State's Booker Mays pretended to die in an attempt to fake out the defender in front of him.
It did not work. However, we're not sure what "works" would mean in this context. Make the defender yell to his teammates for help? Hope all 11 Miami players saw it and stopped playing? Make us all laugh uproariously after the play happens? (If it's the final option, yes, it did work.)
It was a takeoff from Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson's time at North Carolina.