- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday27 mins ago
As this weekend’s game between Florida State and Miami inches closer, the Miami Twitter page has been bombarded with comments from Florida State fans giving their thoughts about the game and about the Hurricanes.
So, in order to combat the noise in their Twitter feed, Miami’s social media department gave Florida State fans an outlet for their, um, input.
We've noticed an influx of FSU fans tweeting at us this week. As such, we encourage you to post here, instead: http://t.co/z1QxIBvgZQ
So what happens when you click that site?
It takes the user to a page where he or she can type pretty much anything they want and when they hit send, the comment gets sucked into a vortex while screaming erupts. At the end, the site gives the user a nice little note: “Thanks for keeping that off twitter. Go Canes!"
Well, that’s one way to handle it. Giving user a computer virus would have been another, but that would have been mean.
Not sure that flushing comments down an imaginary black hole is even enough to stop #FSUTwitter.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday38 mins ago
LSU won't be traveling to Columbia, South Carolina, after all.
South Carolina announced Wednesday that the two schools would play at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Saturday. South Carolina's Williams-Brice Stadium is unable to be used for the game because of flooding in the area.
Kickoff for the game, originally scheduled for noon ET, is yet to be determined.
“Yesterday, we made the extremely difficult decision to cancel classes for the week due to the stress 34,000 students would place on the region’s recovering infrastructure, there is no doubt 85,000 fans would exact the same toll,” South Carolina President Harris Pastides said in a statement. “In the spirit of supporting our South Carolina community that is so supportive of Gamecock Nation, we have decided to move the game to Baton Rouge. The stress on law enforcement and first responders is too great. Moreover, we’ve had many in the Carolina family directly impacted by the flooding.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Texas may not be going to court over the lawsuit with Oklahoma State.
According to HornsDigest.com,Texas has started the process of settling the $600,000 suit. The suit is part of a contract dispute with Oklahoma State and current Texas assistant coach Joe Wickline. The school brought the suit against Wickline as part of a breach of contract claim.
Wickline left his post at Oklahoma State and went to Texas when Charlie Strong was hired before the 2014 season. As part of his contract, he had to be the primary play-caller at his new employer, otherwise he owed the university a buyout.
Perrin said Saturday he was reading pleadings in the case. And on Monday, sources said, Ohlendorf reached out to Ok State attorneys about their willingness to settle.
The suit is expected to be settled for roughly $300,000 by the end of the month, sources said.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Rowan kicker Tyler Nighton made up for his bad extra point attempt against Christopher Newport on Saturday.
As you can see from the video below, the game wasn't exactly being played in dry conditions. Nighton's kick barely got any air time and sailed into the back of his offensive line. It stalled as soon as it hit the turf, so like a free throw shooter chasing after his own rebound, Nighton went and got the ball.
It's a bit impossible to describe what happened next, other than it was a giant scrum of 22 players.
Nighton got in for the two-point conversion. The score gave Rowan a five-point lead in the fourth quarter and the team won 14-9.
The play won play of the week in Division III. It's impressive, no doubt, but we're wondering if it's more impressive than the interception that Ithaca's Skyler Kauf had over the weekend. Our initial reaction is that the pick is better. What do you think?
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Oklahoma State is going to be without a longtime starter for the rest of the 2015 season.
Linebacker Ryan Simmons said on his Instagram page Tuesday night that he had torn an MCL and PCL and will need surgery for the injuries.
Simmons has started every game for Oklahoma State since the 2013 season began. The Cowboys' starting middle linebacker in 2015, Simmons had 14 tackles in five games this season and is considered one of OSU's main leaders.
According to NewsOK.com, Simmons will be replaced at MLB by Chad Whitener. The Cal transfer had nine tackles against Kansas State on Saturday. Oklahoma State beat the Wildcats 36-34.
Whitener had a scholarship at Cal and transferred to Oklahoma State as a walk-on. He was awarded a scholarship at OSU before the 2015 season started.
For more Oklahoma State news, visit O-StateIllustrated.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Bowling Green coach Dino Babers sprung to action after witnessing a vehicle catch fire on Saturday.
According to the Toledo Blade, Babers, along with assistant athletic trainer Chelsea Lowe, were traveling on the first of four team buses returning to campus from the Falcons’ game at Buffalo when they saw a car “swerve in front of the bus and hit the center divider” and catch on fire.
The bus Babers and Lowe were riding in was unaffected by the accident but stopped “a short distance away” from the burning car. That’s when Babers and Lowe turned their attention to the driver of the vehicle.
From the Blade:
“The closer we got to the car, the clearer we could see smoke billowing,” Lowe said. “We knew whoever was in the car wasn’t just going to walk away and have everything be OK.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Ole Miss middle linebacker C.J. Johnson suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee during the Rebels' 38-10 loss to Florida last Saturday and underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the damage.
He’s expected to miss four to six weeks.
Johnson posted a message on his Facebook page Tuesday morning thanking everyone for their thoughts and prayers.
“The best thing I love about playing sports is that it challenges your guts and determination,” Johnson wrote on Facebook and later posted to Twitter. “When the game knocked you down you get up and keep fighting.
“Thank you to all my family and friends who has prayed for me through this difficult time. Hopefully my surgery will go well and I’ll be able to be back with my brothers soon. Thank you for all your support Rebel Nation.”
Coach Hugh Freeze confirmed the injury and the surgery during his press conference.
Johnson had 17 tackles, two interceptions and one pass breakup despite missing the season opener because of suspension.
Terry Caldwell is the favorite to replace Johnson in Saturday’s game against New Mexico State. Caldwell has appeared in five games this season and has made eight tackles and forced a fumble.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Tulsa receiver Keevan Lucas is out for the season after suffering a knee injury during Saturday’s 38-24 loss to Houston.
Philip Montgomery: #TulsaFB receiver Keevan Lucas is out for the year with a knee injury, as is OL Blake Belcher. Both have had surgery.
Lucas suffered the injury in the third quarter while attempting to catch a pass in the end zone. Lucas got tangled up with Houston cornerback Adrian McDonald, who was flagged for pass interference.
Lucas, however, remained on the turf clutching his knee and crying while trainers attended to him. He was helped off the field and ultimately carted to the locker room. He did return in the fourth quarter and watched the remainder of the game from a folding chair in the end zone while his leg was propped up.
Lucas is second on the team with 26 catches for 409 yards and five touchdowns this season. In his career, he has 2,070 yards and 17 touchdowns.
With Lucas out, the Golden Hurricane will rely on receivers Keyarris Garrett, Josh Atkinson and slot receiver Conner Floyd to fill the void.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
Rutgers University has retained an outside law firm to review the school's football program, according to NJ.com.
“Rutgers has retained outside counsel with expertise in NCAA infractions to help identify any potential rules violations,” Peter McDonough, Rutgers' senior vice president for external affairs told the website in a statement. “This is an ongoing and rigorous process that helps us to identify any shortcomings, to self-report them as required by NCAA rules and to remedy them as best practices demand.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
Saturday’s South Carolina-LSU game could be moved away from Williams-Brice Stadium.
According to The State, Gamecocks athletic director Ray Tanner said Tuesday that the plan is to keep the game at home, but other options are being explored as the Columbia area deals with the aftermath of flooding from weekend storms.
“Our situation regarding football is ongoing. We’re not 100 percent sure at this time that we’ll have a game here at Williams-Brice,” Tanner said. “We will continue to monitor the infrastructure that is necessary to have a football game.”
The stadium and surrounding campus emerged from the storm largely unscathed, but the issue is the logistics in the surrounding area.
Williams-Brice at 12:40 pm Tuesday. Clearly fine. Issue is city's infrastructure, access to support personnel pic.twitter.com/otKOclYjcW
Tanner mentioned local highways, the water situation at the stadium and issues with first responders and police as concerns.