- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday14 mins ago
6-year-old Owen Provencher got to spend a day with the Cal football team recently. If the team needs any help at wide receiver in 12 years or so, he's probably worth a scholarship offer. He's got some good hands.
Provencher has cystic fibrosis and got to hang out with some Cal football players recently. He also got to meet coach Sonny Dykes, the first person he meets in the video. He even got his hair cut at the Cal barbershop.
His father, Gary, is a Cal grad and the trip was set up through Cal's equipment director. Gary said Owen slept in his Cal jersey that night.
Cystic fibrosis is a disease that causes mucus buildup in the body. Here's a sample of Provencher's typical day from the Cal site:
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday38 mins ago
The woman who accused former Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor of domestic violence has recanted her statements, according to the Tuscaloosa Police Department.
Taylor was arrested Saturday evening and charged with domestic violence third-degree assault and domestic violence third-degree criminal mischief following an alleged altercation with his 24-year-old girlfriend. The woman told police that she and Taylor got into a verbal argument that turned physical. Police said that the woman had “minor injuries to her neck” and found probable cause to arrest Taylor.
A day after the arrest, Taylor was dismissed from the Alabama football program.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
The Mid-American Conference is boycotting Indiana because of its new religious-freedom law.
The commissioner of the MAC, John Steinbrecher, told ESPN that the conference will not hold meetings in the state until the law is changed or repealed.
"The Mid-American Conference will not schedule any more meetings or championships in Indiana until this current matter is brought to a sensible and appropriate conclusion," Steinbrecher told the site.
When the law was passed last week, the NCAA issued a strongly-worded statementthat threatened the existence of NCAA events in the state if the law continued. The NCAA is based in Indianapolis.
The MAC holds its annual presidents' meetings in Indianapolis. The football conference championship game is held in Detroit. A petition has already been created to move the Big Ten title game out of Indianapolis.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
North Carolina Central defensive back Tariq Jacobs was injured in a crash Tuesday evening in Durham, N.C., that killed Chekeria Reid.
Reid, also a NCCCU student, was a manager for both the football and women's basketball teams.
According to ABC 11 in Raleigh-Durham, Jacobs was taken to Duke Hospital after the crash. His injuries were not specified. The accident is under investigation and speed is believed to possibly be a factor.
Jacobs, a sophomore, didn't record any statistics as a member of the team in 2014. North Carolina Central's football team went 7-5 in 2014 – including a loss to East Carolina – and has FBS teams Florida International and Duke on its schedule in 2015.
The school said a memorial service will be held for Reid at 4 p.m. Wednesday at O'Kelly Riddick Stadium.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Utah State junior quarterback Darell Garretson is transferring, the program announced Tuesday.
Garretson started 11 games for the program over the past two seasons, but was unlikely to receive much playing time behind Chuckie Keeton, who was granted an additional season of eligibility from the NCAA after missing most of the past two seasons due to knee injuries.
“We thank Darell for his contributions to Utah State football the past two years and wish him the best in the future,” head coach Matt Wells said in a statement.
After Keeton went down with a torn ACL and MCL against BYU in October 2013, Garretson filled in as a freshman and started the team’s final seven games, leading the team to a 6-1 record. He threw for 1,446 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing 60 percent of his passes and led the Aggies to a win over Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Alabama's week just got a little bit worse.
Running back Tyren Jones, who was already serving a team suspension, was arrested Tuesday for marijuana possession, the third arrest for the Tide since Saturday morning. Not long after the news of his arrest emerged, Jones was dismissed from the team by head coach Nick Saban.
“Tyren Jones was indefinitely suspended from the football program early in the semester," Nick Saban said Tuesday in a statement. "He was given an opportunity academically and from a team rules standpoint, but he failed to do any of the things necessary to comply with the rules of the Alabama football program. He was dismissed from the team when he refused to follow the parameters given to him for reinstatement.”
Jones was suspended on Feb. 10 for what coach Saban called "conduct not to the standard of the Alabama football program." He was not been working out with the program since the suspension.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
A day after Oklahoma running back Keith Ford was suspended indefinitely for academic and team rules violations, Ford’s parents, Keith and Mary, released a statement Tuesday via the Tulsa World. In part, the Fords said that their son “never recovered completely” physically or mentally from breaking a bone in his lower leg against Tennessee on Sept. 13.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer hasn’t ruled out using two quarterbacks in 2015.
His depth chart at the position is incredibly crowded with Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones and Meyer admitted Tuesday he could use one in the same way he used Tim Tebow at Florida in 2006 to complement the starter.
“You might have a specialty quarterback. That’s kind of what we did in 2006 (at Florida),” Meyer said per Cleveland.com. “That was kind of two different skill sets, a very unique situation, a very ego-less approach to the game. One quarterback drives them down, the other guy comes in and is the goal-line quarterback, but it worked.”
Meyer is referring to Chris Leak and Tebow, who was a freshman at the time and was mainly used as a runner. How that would translate to the 2015 Buckeyes – a team with three accomplished passers – is anybody’s guess.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
South Florida quarterback Mike White, who started 15 games for the Bulls, has been granted his release.
White, who opened last season as the team’s starter, appeared to be trailing in the quarterbacking competition this spring behind Quinton Flowers and senior Steven Bench.
"Mike and I talked after the conclusion of spring practice and he expressed his desire to pursue the remainder of his career at another school," coach Willie Taggart said in a release by the school.
“We wish Mike all the best in his future and thank him for his contributions to our program and university.”
White won the starting job during fall camp last August and while his grip on the role was tenuous, he did rally the Bulls from a 20-point halftime deficit for a 38-30 win against Tulsa. However, he threw two interceptions in the first half against Cincinnati the following week and was benched at halftime. His only playing time at the end of the season came in the fourth quarter against SMU where he rallied the Bulls to a 14-13 win.
White was a big-league pitching prospect during high school, but turned his attention solely on football last spring in an effort to become the Bulls starter.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Ohio State is waiting for the NCAA's response to determine if the photo quarterback Braxton Miller posted to Instagram last week is in violation of any NCAA rules.
Miller posted a photo with himself next to a stack of AdvoCare supplements. The caption to the photo included Miller's name in an email address to purchase products. While NCAA athletes are not prohibited from selling AdvoCare products, use of their likeness to promote the business is prohibited.
The picture was deleted shortly after it was posted and Ohio State said last Wednesday that it was looking into the issue. According to the Columbus Dispatch, OSU's compliance department immediately interviewed Miller and the findings after the department's investigation were forwarded to the NCAA.
“Waiting for NCAA response,” athletic director Gene Smith said per the Dispatch.