- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Michigan had plans to deliver the game ball for its Saturday afternoon contest against Utah via a drone.
No, really. An unmanned aircraft would have brought the ball to midfield before kickoff, but after communicating with the Federal Aviation Administration, Michigan halted those plans.
Bloomberg News is reporting that the school “backed down” from its plans after the FAA explained that a temporary flight restriction was put in place over the stadium during the game.
“The FAA promotes voluntary compliance by educating UAS operators how they can operate safely under current regulations and laws,” the FAA said in a statement.
The FAA does not permit commercial drone flights outside of Alaska, although pilots who fly drones recreationally can do so while following strict safety guidelines. Part of those guidelines includes avoiding large crowds. I think a crowd of over 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium falls under that requirement unfortunately.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Were you one of the (un)fortunate people who waited in line for an iPhone 6 on Friday? If you were in Palo Alto, Calif., you would have had the opportunity to see Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Cook is a noted Auburn alum and so someone decided the best way to get Cook's attention would be to shout "Roll Tide." And sure enough, Cook heard it and immediately responded with a "War Eagle." We're thinking that "Roll Tide" would have been much more effective had Auburn lost to Kansas State Thursday night. Instead, the Tigers won 20-14.
In December, Cook got a lifetime achievement award from Auburn and used his speech to take the opportunity to troll Alabama about Chris Davis' kick return with a second on the clock in the 2013 Iron Bowl.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Nebraska kicker Mauro Bondi was injured Thursday night when he crashed his motorcycle in Lincoln.
According to the Omaha World-Herald, Bondi suffered a broken collarbone after he “lost control” of his motorcycle “while navigating a curve and then hit the curb.” Bondi told police he was traveling about 45 miles per hour. The 21-year-old was cited for “negligent driving and operating a motorcycle without a valid license.”
The police report states that Bondi was wearing a helmet and his motorcycle was “totaled.”
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini released a short statement about the incident.
"Mauro Bondi was involved in a motorcycle accident on Thursday evening and suffered a broken clavicle in addition to bumps and bruises. We wish him the best for a quick recovery," Pelini said.
While freshman Drew Brown serves as the team’s field goal kicker, Bondi has been the team’s kickoff specialist the last two seasons. Bondi, a redshirt junior, has recorded 12 touchbacks after having 48 touchbacks in 2013.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Unless you're a big Florida State fan, you're probably unfamiliar with Florida State QB Sean Maguire who is making his first career start Saturday night in place of the suspended Jameis Winston.
If you remember Maguire's name, it's probably from last November and December. With the uncertainty that surrounded Jameis Winston at the time of the investigation into sexual assault accusations against him, Maguire, who was FSU's third-string QB at the beginning of the year, would have started the ACC Championship Game for the Seminoles if Winston was unable to play.
WInston played in the game after Florida state attorney Willie Meggs didn't press charges against him citing a lack of evidence in the case. Maguire had become WInston's primary backup in early November after Jacob Coker had knee surgery. Coker transferred after the season and is now at Alabama.
Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann reportedly made a Jerry Sandusky joke during athletic department meetingSam Cooper at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann can’t seem to get out of her own way.
In the latest of a long line of questionable incidents since her hire in June 2013, NJ.com is reporting that Hermann made a joke about the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal during a staff meeting last fall.
NJ.com spoke to “more than a half-dozen people inside the Rutgers athletic department,” and school officials “acknowledged Hermann made the Sandusky-related remark” in what was described as a meeting with more than 100 athletic department employees.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
A winning week!
After two disastrous weeks to start the year, we got on the positive side of the ledger with a 6-4 week three to bring our season record to a wonderful 8-22. All we have to do is go 9-1 the next two weeks to get over .500 through week 6. OK, yeah, that's impossible. Continue to fade these picks if you'd like, though we're set to make it two positive weeks in a row.
Iowa at Pitt (-7), Noon ET: The confidence in Pitt is not what it once was after the ugly win over Florida International. But doesn't the win over Boston College look better too? There's always the chance the Panthers could Pitt and with Paul Chryst's commitment to the running game, this won't be the prettiest of football games. But I have much more confidence in Pitt than I do in Iowa at this point.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons this week after he stood on a table and yelled an obscene phrase in the student union on FSU’s campus on Tuesday.
Several students saw Winston yell the phrase and instinctively took to social media and tweeted about what they had witnessed. Deadspin caught wind of the tweets and they soon spread across the Internet. A day later, FSU suspended the Heisman-winning quarterback for the first half of Saturday night’s game against Clemson.
Instead of being upset with Winston for being immature, many Florida State fans and students are blaming those who tweeted what they saw for Winston’s suspension.
Some were general with their blame.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
Kansas State felt Auburn had figured out its offensive signals.
KSU coach Bill Snyder told ESPN's Samantha Ponder at halftime of the Wildcats' loss to Auburn Thursday night that "They're getting our signals" and that the Wildcats changed some at halftime.
After the game, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn denied Snyder's claim that the Tigers knew KSU's signals.
It's not the first time that this accusation has been leveled against Auburn. You may remember that during the BCS Championship Game, Florida State put towels over its offensive signal-givers after the Seminoles felt Auburn had its signals.
Auburn assistant coach Dameyune Craig was a former assistant for Florida State, and the Noles felt that Craig had their signals. In the first half of the BCS Championship, Auburn jumped out to a 21-3 lead before losing 34-31.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
With Jameis Winston out for the first half Saturday night because of a suspension, Clemson has a big opportunity to jump out to a first-half lead.
Winston was suspended by Florida State for the first 30 minutes because of a lewd remark he yelled at the FSU student union on Tuesday. If FSU struggles in his absence with QB Sean Maguire and Clemson wins, there will undoubtedly be wondering if the Noles would have won with Winston playing the entire game.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney doesn't care about that.
“Georgia beat us. Did we put an asterisk by that?," Swinney said Wednesday after practice (via TigerNet.com.) "We didn’t have three senior starters,” Swinney said outside of the indoor practice facility. “You don’t think Corey Crawford, David Beasley and Garry Peters could’ve made difference? How about Sam Cooper? Do we put an asterisk by that Georgia win? Three guys from Georgia that game that were important too and I didn’t have to sit them that game. Heck, no. They beat us. Period. There’s no asterisk by that. Give me a break."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Texas A&M will have a second new field to replace its first new field.
The turf at Kyle Field was replaced before the season began. But almost five inches of rain fell on the field in a 24-hour period before the Aggies' game against Rice in week three. The rain meant the playing surface was coming up in large chunks at times and A&M staff members would run out on the field between plays and replace the divots.
Because the divoting was so severe, the Bryan-College Station Eagle reports there will be a different grass surface installed at Kyle Field before Texas A&M's next home game on October 11 against Ole Miss.
“After the game, the chancellor asked the staff and the Kyle Field redevelopment committee to look at options,” Steve Moore, A&M System vice chancellor of marketing and communications said. “He wanted to know how to provide the best competitive playing surface we could going to forward and that’s what led to this process and the decisions that have been made.”