Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann reportedly made a Jerry Sandusky joke during athletic department meetingSam Cooper at Dr. Saturday46 mins 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. Saturday49 mins 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. Saturday1 hr 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. Saturday3 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. Saturday4 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. Saturday5 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.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
In a week that’s been dominated by the lame off-field antics of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, it’s refreshing to see college football on the horizon.
But before we get to Week 4, let’s take a quick look back at what you might have missed last week.
Vanderbilt got its first win in the Derek Mason Era thanks to a missed 22-yard field goal by UMass. And a Vandy player even gave the sad kicker a hug.
Speaking of the SEC, South Carolina wants the college football world to know its not dead yet.
Texas made the worst coin toss decision in the history of coin tosses.
This QB got hurt...
And this QB got hurt...
And then this young man became a hero...
I think that’s everything. Let’s look ahead to this week:
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Kansas State has only itself to blame.
Hosting the highest ranked nonconference opponent since 1969, the Wildcats had a golden opportunity to knock off Auburn, the national championship runner-up, and couldn’t get out of their own way.
The Wildcats left 10 points on the field in the first quarter by throwing an interception in the end zone and missing a field goal. It gifted Auburn a field goal by fumbling the ball at their own 21-yard line.
The Wildcats went on to throw an interception that Auburn turned into points, miss two other field goals, including one from 22 yards out in the third quarter, and Auburn ultimately escaped with a 20-14 win.
It shouldn’t have gone that way. The Kansas State defense played about as well as a defense could play to keep the high-power Auburn offense at bay and give the Wildcats the upset. But the defense could only do so much after the offense continued to come up empty.
By the time the Kansas State offense really got rolling, there were less than 4 minutes remaining in the game and by that point, it was too late. Auburn converted first downs, including a 39-yard pass from quarterback Nick Marshall to D’haquille Williams to seal the victory.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
UCLA opens its Pac-12 play against Arizona State next weekend and coach Jim Mora is already being coy with his information.
Quarterback Brett Hundley left last weekend’s game against Texas with an elbow injury, but UCLA has been stingy with the details of that injury and what Hundley’s status would be for the game against the Sun Devils.
“They work every day with our incredible medical staff to get back out there as quick as they can and when they’re ready to go they put them back out there and they go. So, that’s about it,” Mora said when asked about his injured players.
Mora was even coy about his backup quarterback.
After Hundley was injured in the first quarter, Jerry Neuheisel stepped in admirably and led the Bruins to a 20-17 win. He even threw a game-winning touchdown pass and was carried off the field on the shoulders of his teammates. Still, Mora wouldn’t commit to anything.
“Just because Jerry went into that game doesn’t mean he’s our backup quarterback. We’ve never determined who’s No. 2, 3, 4. We’ve got a whole bunch of guys. Next time it could be (redshirt freshman) Asiantii (Woulard). Heck, Asiantii could start the Arizona State game, who knows?"
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
"I have submitted my resignation to Coach (Kliff) Kingsbury effective immediately because I want the best for the Red Raider program, and this will allow them to go in a different direction on defense," Wallerstedt said in a statement. "I love our players and this school and have only their best interest in my heart and mind. I wish Coach Kingsbury every success this season."