- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Josh Shaw’s heroic story was a lie.
The USC senior cornerback admitted as much Wednesday in a statement released by the university, which also said Shaw had retained a lawyer.
Earlier Wednesday, the LAPD told Rivals.com site TrojansSports.com that Shaw was a subject in an ongoing investigation into a burglary at an apartment complex.
Shaw suffered two ankle sprains during the incident and was out indefinitely. Coach Steve Sarkisian said Shaw was also suspended indefinitely. Shaw is a team captain.
Shaw has not spoken to the media or been seen around the football facility since the heroic story surfaced. He did release a statement through his newly retained criminal lawyer, Donald Etra:
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
North Carolina has suspended four players for what it terms is a violation of team rules.
On Tuesday, Yahoo Sports reported that the team was investigating allegations of hazing. In response to the report, the school released a statement saying that it was investigating an incident involving members of the team and would conduct a "thorough review."
The four players suspended for the Tar Heels' home game against Liberty are Des Lawrence, Donnie Miles, M.J. Stewart and Brian Walker. According to the report, redshirt freshman walk-on WR Jackson Boyer was involved "in an alleged physical altercation with multiple teammates in his room at the Aloft hotel in Chapel Hill where the team was staying during fall camp."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Michigan wants former five-star recruit RB Ty Isaac to play immediately. However, the NCAA has initially denied the request.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Wednesday that Isaac's hardship waiver request was declined by the NCAA. Had Isaac been granted a hardship waiver, he could have been eligible to play immediately.
"[Isaac], the waiver got denied initially, and then we appealed," Hoke said via The Wolverine. "Today is Wednesday. We probably appealed last week, midweek. You don't know how long it will take."
Isaac announced his intention to transfer to Michigan from USC in June. Isaac is from Joliet, Ill., and his mother underwent surgery for hearing loss. She's unable to fly because of the surgery. It's a 30-hour drive from Joliet to Los Angeles.
However, the rules of the hardship waiver for an ill family member, among other specifications, state that the school the player is transferring to must be within a 100-mile radius of the family member. Michigan's campus is not within that radius.
USC's Josh Shaw named in police report, Steve Sarkisian says investigation in the hands of authoritiesGraham Watson at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
USC coach Steve Sarkisian told media Wednesday that the program was in a “holding pattern” while the validity of Josh Shaw’s story about jumping from a second-story balcony to save his drowning nephew is handled by campus authorities.
According to Rivals.com site TrojansSports.com, the LAPD confirmed Shaw is named in an investigation regarding a break-in at an apartment building on Saturday night.
Preciado said nothing had been taken but that a window had been pried open. The investigation is ongoing.
Sarkisian said the vetting of Shaw story had been referred to campus authorities after several phone calls came in refuting Shaw's story that he jumped from a second-story window to save his drowning nephew. Shaw suffered two major ankle sprains in the incident.
Les Miles calls the SEC communications director 'bae' on the SEC teleconference and probably had no idea what it meantGraham Watson at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
LSU coach Les Miles was trying to channel his inner Kliff Kingsbury on Wednesday when on the SEC teleconference, Miles referred to SEC communications director Chuck Dunlap as, “bae.”
For those who need an urban dictionary refresher, the term “bae” is usually a term of endearment and often used to refer to a boyfriend or girlfriend.
Was Miles trying to tell us something about his relationship with Chuck Dunlap? We kid, we kid.
Apparently, this isn’t the first time Miles has used the word and it’s become part of his everyday vernacular.
A couple weeks ago, Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury referred to Beyonce as his “bae” on a T-shirt before doing the ALS ice-bucket challenge.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Need proof that college football season is about to start? Rick Neuheisel has a new song.
The former UCLA coach and current Pac-12 Network analyst debuted "Stairway to Playoffs" on Wednesday's Dan Patrick Show. And it's as good as his previous covers.
"Stairway to Playoffs" is a tour of the national college football landscape to the tune of "Stairway to Heaven" and yes, it mentions Jameis Winston's crab legs citation.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
TCU has a starting quarterback. However, both Trevone Boykin and Matt Joeckel will play against Samford.
Gary Patterson said Tuesday that he's decided on a starter. However, like other coaches, he's not going to reveal that information before the game.
"In practice, they were pretty well even," Patterson said. "On my sheet, there was definitely one who had an edge in practices and will be the guy we run out there to start. Both will play, and we'll go about our business. They both did well. We pride ourselves in red zone. In the two stadium scrimmages, the offense did well against the defense."
Not many clues there, eh? Maybe both will start. It's not a crazy idea. Boykin has played both QB and WR in his time at TCU and Patterson hasn't ruled out Boykin seeing time at WR if Joeckel is playing quarterback.
"If you want to learn the offense, the best place to be is at quarterback," Boykin said via PurpleMenace.com."I think I can jump out there in any position and know the offense. That's not a problem."
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
Mike MacIntyre remembers the exact moment when he had his reckoning.
It was January, 3 a.m., and Colorado’s football coach was in Nashville visiting his parents who had been placed into an assisted living home just a couple months before.
As he stood there in that moment, months of pent up emotion and struggle washed over him. It wasn’t so much about the Buffaloes 4-8 football season — that, as strange as it sounds, had almost proven to be an escape — it was watching his parents, his once bright and lively parents, needing orderlies to help them with the most mundane things. It was the blood test results he had received the day before he arrived in Nashville that said he would likely be on a slew of medications thanks to poor diet and not enough exercise. It was the insurance company that deemed his health high-risk. It was the overweight and tired Mike MacIntyre that sadly looked back at him as he tried to wrestle all of his problems at the same time.
He knew things had to change.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
Any Purdue student can go to Saturday's game for free.
The Boilermakers open up the season at home against Western Michigan and the school announced Wednesday that all students would be able to go to the game for free. Students have the opportunity to get their free tickets online, on campus or at the Purdue ticket office.
The combined record of Purdue and Western Michigan in 2013 was 2-22. You can see how demand for the game may be less than high.
In addition to the free tickets for the Purdue games, students who purchased football tickets can get a free ticket to two other games. To get those tickets, studenst simply have to pick the two games by September 3.
The promotion made us realize that if you're a student at Purdue who didn't purchase season tickets and had nice friends, you could go to all seven of Purdue's home games for free. You would just need three friends to give you both of their free tickets and you'd be all set.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
SMU is using Kevlar to try to cut the risk of concussions.
The school announced a partnership with Unequal Technologies on Tuesday that means every Mustang player's helmet will be lined with Kevlar on the inside. Kevlar is a high-strength synthetic fiber that's used to reinforce other products like tires and bulletproof vests.
According to the school, equipment manager Albert Veytia has been experimenting with Kevlar lining underneath parts of other equipment since 2011. Unequal made the Kevlar lining that Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo used in a rib protector after he broke his ribs.
The technology is called the Unequal Gyro, which has Kevlar and Acceleron, technology that the school says predicts a lower risk of concussions.