- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday33 mins ago
The Big Ten has 14 teams and commissioner Jim Delany knows that makes no sense.
It made no sense when the conference added Penn State as its 11th team in 1990 and when Nebraska came along in 2011 to make it 12. Now that Rutgers and Maryland will become official members in July, Delany has no plans to ever change the conference’s name.
“The name represents a series of characteristics. Brand characteristics,” Delany said Wednesday at WWJ-AM’s Business of Sports luncheon in Detroit.
According to Mlive.com, Delany recalled a time when ex-Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe called him with a proposal.
“He said ‘you’re now at 12, we’re now at 10, having lost Nebraska and Colorado. Could we become the Big Ten, and you become the Big 12?’
"'I thought, ‘I don’t think so,’” Delany said.
Delany did say, however, that when Penn State joined the conference he tossed out the idea of changing its name to the Big 11, but he was shot down.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
The Tennessee coaching staff had an interesting incentive for Saturday's spring game.
The winner got a steak dinner while the losers had to eat pork and beans. Many spring games are scored untraditionally, and Tennessee's pitted the offense against the defense. The offense won, so it enjoyed the steak dinner while the defense got the pork and beans.
The aesthetic touch really rubs it in if you're on the losing team. While there was a carving station for the offense, the pork and beans were served in aluminum pans and looked, well, depressing. DL Jordan Williams does get credit for his optimism about the losing meal though.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth looks like he can move a lot of weight in the weight room. He can back up the look too.
Hudspeth, 45, recently bench pressed 370 pounds, an impressive number for a player, but a ridiculous number for a coach.
It's a pretty clean rep too. And we're now eagerly waiting for Hudspeth's squat and deadlift videos.
It's not the first time Hudspeth has showed off his benching skills. Last summer, he bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times. The 225-pound test is a staple of the NFL combine and it would have put him six reps outside the top 15 of 2014 NFL combine participants who did the bench press. (Whenmimicking the NFL combine, yours truly did two reps. I bow down to Hudspeth's strength.)
District Attorney declines to charge Oklahoma's Frank Shannon with sexual assault, still could face university disciplineSam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Oklahoma linebacker Frank Shannon, the team’s leading tackler last season, has been accused of sexually assaulting a female student, but prosecutors decided not to file charges against him, according to The Oklahoman.
Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said Thursday that no charges were filed “based on the woman’s wishes at the time and based on the facts that were presented.”
(Mashburn) explained the woman said she did not want Shannon prosecuted. He also said it was unclear from the accounts of both the woman and the player "what had actually taken place."
However, a Title IX sexual misconduct allegation report obtained by the Oklahoman said that Shannon was accused of “attempting to forcibly have sex with a woman in his bedroom after the two left a party together” on Jan. 20.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
The quarterback exodus at Texas Tech is continuing.
Two walk-on quarterbacks who received playing time during spring practice have decided to leave the team, leaving QB Davis Webb as Texas Tech's only quarterback until summer begins.
Tech confirmed the departure of Mike Richardson and Tanner Touschto the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Wednesday. Richardson is looking to transfer to a different school for more playing time while Tousch is leaving the football program to focus on school. Both had joined the Tech program prior to the spring semester.
After a strong performance in the Holiday Bowl against Arizona State, Webb asserted himself as Texas Tech's starting quarterback. Webb was 28-41 for 403 yards and four touchdowns in the 37-23 win.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
12 teams in a conference is the magic number in the Football Bowl Subdivision to hold a conference championship game. The Sun Belt currently has 11 teams.
Because conference title games are a lucrative proposition not only in terms of money and exposure, the Sun Belt is looking for a team to fill up the football egg carton.
James Madison won't be that 12th team. The FCS school was under consideration by the conference to make the jump to FBS, but any move to the Sun Belt isn't happening.
“It appears they made a decision to stay FCS,” Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson told the Orlando Sentinel on Tuesday. “We never offered an invitation and we never extended an invitation either formal or informal."
The Sun Belt had 12 teams lined up for 2014 last year, but as other conferences made moves throughout the trickle-down-effect of conference realignment, Western Kentucky is moving to Conference USA for 2014, leaving the Sun Belt back at 11 for football. (Arkansas-Little Rock and Texas-Arlington are members but don't play football.)
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Illinois revealed its new football uniforms for 2014 on Wednesday night and we like the all-white look.
The uniforms are part of a rebranding for the entire athletic department, which showcased different looks for all of its sports. The three football uniform sets paraded around were all monochromatic and included a blue, an orange and a white set.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
The drama isn't over at Minnesota State Mankato.
A day after Todd Hoffner announced he was taking his old job back as coach of Minnesota State's football team, "several dozen" players walked out of practice demanding answers and supporting Aaron Keen, who was serving as the interim coach.
Keen was Hoffner's offensive coordinator until Hoffner was suspended in August 2012. The players, clad in sweatshirts instead of football equipment, went across the street shortly after Hoffner's return to the job on Wednesday.
Junior defensive back Samuel Thompson read a prepared statement saying the Mavericks players wanted interim coach Aaron Keen to continue in the head coaching role.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a new rule designed to “better protect passers from low contact at or below the knee.”
If you’re an NFL fan, this might sound similar.
When a quarterback is “in a passing posture with one or both feet on the ground,” defensive players cannot hit the quarterback “forcibly at or below the knee.” Additionally, a defender “may not initiate a roll or lunge” and hit the quarterback in the knee or below.
Of course, when a quarterback takes off and runs a low hit is fair game. Also, if a defender is blocked into the quarterback, it won’t be ruled a foul.
Violating this new rule will result in a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty.
The proposal for this rule was discussed when the Football Rules Committee met in February. No action was taken at that time, but since then all 10 FBS commissioners “expressed support” for the rule. The Rules Committee “unanimously recommended” the rule. Coaches were also consulted via surveys.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
Florida State has issued a lengthy response to Wednesday morning’s New York Times report that said that “there was virtually no investigation at all” by Florida State or the Tallahassee Police Department into the accusations of sexual assault involving star quarterback Jameis Winston.
“The university expresses its deep disappointment in today's New York Times story alleging FSU officials did not properly investigate a rape allegation against Jameis Winston ‘in apparent violation of federal law,’” the response reads. “It also vigorously objects to the newspaper's characterization of the university as being uncooperative in explaining its actions.”
The university stated that it gave a general statement to the Times and “numerous written answers over a period of weeks” and that “most of the responses were left out of the story, giving readers an incorrect impression of the university’s efforts on behalf of sexual assault victims under Title IX.”