- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday25 mins ago
Louisiana Tech is latest school to bring an alternate helmet to Conference USA.
We’ve seen some unique looks from Southern Miss and Florida Atlantic this offseason, and it was announced Tuesday that the Bulldogs will show off brand new lids for its home contest against UTEP on October 4 – a game that is slated to be a "red out" at Joe Aillet Stadium.
Check them out:
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday27 mins ago
On Monday, Georgia offensive tackle John Theus took to Twitter to express his frustration with a form he claimed he was forced to sign in order to play for the Bulldogs.
It's a shame we have to sign this to play ball.. They have you fooled if you think it's not a business pic.twitter.com/lk45pIVKKo
Here’s a closer look at the form, which essentially grants permission for a player’s likeness to be used during broadcasts, media guides, programs, etc.
But Theus’ tweet tells only half the story.
According to Herb Vincent, the SEC’s associate commissioner for communications, players don’t have to sign this document to play, only to have their likeness used.
“Student-athletes aren’t required to sign the SEC form to play,” Vincent said in an email. “They only have to sign it if they want to allow their picture and name to be used to promote the games, their school, and the conference. If they don’t want any publicity about their athletic achievements, though, its fine for them to decline to sign the form.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Not surprisingly, the biggest favorite to win a conference title in 2014 is Florida State.
According to Bovada, the defending national champs are 4/11 favorites to win the ACC title. It's the strongest odds of any power-conference team and there's no other ACC team close. Clemson, Louisville and North Carolina are tied for second-favorites in the ACC at 10/1. (If you bet $11 on Florida State, you'd win $4.)
The usual suspects are at the top of the other conferences as well. Alabama is the favorite in the SEC at 7/5, while Auburn and South Carolina are at 5/1. In the Pac-12, Oregon is at 11/10 while UCLA is at 11/4. Ohio State leads the Big Ten at 10/11 with Michigan State second at 15/4. Oklahoma is the favorite in the Big 12 at 2/3 and Baylor is second at 11/4.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Now at Miami, his third school in five years, quarterback Jake Heaps has high expectations for his final season of college football.
After three seasons with mixed results at BYU and Kansas, the 23-year-old Heaps announced his decision to take his talents to Miami for his final season of eligibility via the graduate transfer rule in June. He spoke to reporters for the first time since arriving at the school on Monday and made it perfectly clear why he chose to play for the Hurricanes.
“I didn’t come here to be the backup,” Heaps said, per the Miami Herald. “I made this decision for a reason. I came here to play, but you have to earn that. No one is going to give that to you, and that’s what I knew coming into this situation and that’s what I wanted. That’s the only way you’re going to earn your teammates’ respect and gain their confidence. This is my last year and it’s extremely important for me to perform well.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
The jersey former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel wore during the home games of the 2012 season — Manziel’s Heisman-winning campaign — will go to auction in August.
The maroon jersey is autographed by Manziel in silver metallic pen and also has all of his stats from his Heisman season.
SCP Auctions, who announced Monday it had obtained the jersey though didn’t divulge from whom, said the jersey is authentic and thought the item could go for as much as $100,000, making it the most expensive collegiate jersey ever auctioned.
According to SCP Auctions, the highest known price ever paid for a game-worn collegiate jersey was $27,000 for a Notre Dame Paul Hornung jersey.
"This is his only game-used jersey from his college career that has come to market," Dan Imler, vice president of SCP Auctions told ESPN.com.
"It has been a long time since we've seen a player as polarizing as Johnny Football. He has got an electrifying personality and everyone is either rooting for or against him."
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon is still being investigated for an alleged assault of a female OU student early Friday morning, but his attorney is adamant that Mixon is innocent.
The alleged victim, 20-year-old Amelia Rae Molitor, that Mixon punched her in the face and broke four bones at a restaurant in Norman. Mixon’s attorney, Kevin Finlay, released a statement Monday evening saying that his client was attacked by a “troubled young woman” and “has done nothing wrong.”
Per SoonerScoop.com, the statement from Finlay, in full, reads:
- Christopher Wilson at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
The college football offseason is long and arduous, but its end is almost in sight. We’re going to take a look at five games you have to look forward to for every weekend of the season. (This is also a handy guide to decide how to RSVP for any autumn weddings.)
All times are Eastern and all games are played on Saturday unless otherwise noted.
These games take place the weekend of October 11.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
As part of a settlement agreement with the plaintiffs in a class-action head injury lawsuit on Tuesday, the NCAA will create a $70 million fund to help diagnose and investigate head trauma suffered by college athletes.
However, there's a distinct difference from this settlement and the settlement the NFL reached with former players who had sued because of head injuries.
Unlike a proposed settlement in a similar lawsuit against the NFL, this deal stops short of setting aside money to pay players who suffered brain trauma. Instead, athletes can sue individually for damages and the NCAA-funded tests to gauge the extent of neurological injuries could establish grounds for doing that.
The filing serves as notice to the federal judge overseeing the class-action case that the parties struck a deal after nearly a year of negotiations. In addition to football, ice hockey and soccer, the settlement also applies to all men and women who participated in basketball, wrestling, field hockey and lacrosse.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Welcome to our Dr. Saturday feature titled "Random offseason tweet of the day." With real games still weeks 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.
Ever dreamed of seeing Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen dressed up as Carl Spackler from "Caddyshack?" This is the best Tuesday of your life.
Mississippi State's coaches had a staff party and dressed up as movie characters. While Mullen was Spackler, his wife Megan was Lacey Underall from the movie.
Carl Spackler and Lacey Underall at the party. pic.twitter.com/OMF3x9RDjo
Anyone else wonder what Mullen used to replicate the stain on Spackler's shirt? Defensive coordinator Geoff Collins went the Fever Pitch route.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Florida incoming freshman QB Will Grier still has an additional football to go to match Minnesota WR Logan Hutton, but his football-catching backflip is still incredibly impressive.
Grier posted a video of himself catching a football while tumbling over to Instagram on Monday.
DeAndre Goolsby also gets credit for the kick; there'd be no way for Grier to catch that if it was a bad boot. Grier was a four-star recruit according to Rivals in the class of 2014 and the No. 46 QB in the country.
Earlier this summer, Minnesotaposted a video of Hutton catching two footballs while doing a backflip.Somewhere, there's a college football player working on trying to catch three at a time, isn't there?
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