- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Don't feel bad if your eyes are immediately drawn to the display holding Marcus Mariota's Heisman Trophy rather than the trophy itself.
Oregon unveiled the elaborate display that the 2014 Heisman-winner's hardware will sit on within its football facilities on Tuesday.
The display was inspired by Mariota’s unforgettable Heisman acceptance speech, and engineered with the theme of the No. 8. Not only did Mariota wear No. 8 with the Ducks, but there are eight Hawaiiian islands – incorporated into the display as large black marble benches behind the trophy – and eight levels to the base on which the trophy sits.
Those levels represent Mariota’s parents and brother, his roots in the islands – illustrated with the help of a Polynesian tattoo artist – his youth football and Saint Louis School coaches, his teammates, coaches and fans at Oregon, and his collegiate home, Autzen Stadium.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
The brief and awkward history of the "rivalry" between UConn and Central Florida was a topic of discussion Tuesday at AAC media days.
To recap: UConn started the "Civil Conflict" in June when it posted a picture of a rivalry trophy to be given to the winner of the game between the two schools. UCF, however, wasn't aware that UConn wanted to have a rivalry with the Knights. But UConn coach Bob Diaco said he didn't need UCF's permission to start the rivalryand has said that the rivalry was created because he wanted his program to emulate UCF's success.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
The College Football Playoff announced Tuesday that it would provide financial assistance to families traveling to the semifinals and championship of the College Football Playoff.
The CFPimplemented the program last year for the national championship, offering $1,250 per parent or guardian, which came out to roughly $500,000 for the CFP .
This year’s initiative will encompass all three of the CFP games and will provide a $2,500 stipend per student-athlete for up to 100 families from each participating institution.
The NCAA allows the CFP to provide up to $3,000 in travel expenses for families of each competing student-athlete.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Notre Dame running back Greg Bryant will not suit up for the Irish this season.
Coach Brian Kelly announced Tuesday that Bryant would remain on scholarship and would be allowed to practice with the team, but that he would not occupy a roster spot.
“There are certain expectations within our program that must be met on a daily basis,” Kelly said in a statement. “Quite simply, Greg did not meet those expectations.”
Pete Sampson of Irish Illustrated, who spoke with Bryant’s father, said Bryant was declared academically ineligible, but that he would return to campus for school on Aug. 22.
Father said Bryant needed a B+ in a summer school course to stay eligible. Received a B- “It was that close,” Bryant Sr. said.
Bryant played in 12 games last season and ranked second in rushing for the Irish with 289 yards. His three rushing TDs were fourth-best on the team.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
San Diego State's new uniforms for 2015 were released on Tuesday.
Here's the program's teaser video of the uniforms.
We love the design on the helmet and the shoulders of the jerseys. Do you recognize it at all? It's from the Aztec Calendar. These may be the best new helmets of 2015. At least among primary designs.
The design appears on the sides of the pants as well. SDSU will wear black at home and white on the road.
The Nike uniforms are part of the company's new "Mach Speed" collection. Here are more pics of the new duds, which will debut in San Diego State's opening game against San Diego.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Wake Forest announced the suspension of two players ahead of fall camp for violating team rules.
Defensive back Thomas Brown has been suspended one game and offensive lineman Ryan Anderson will miss five games for undisclosed violations.
Both players will be allowed to practice during their suspensions.
Anderson was the favorite to be the team’s starting center and Brown a starting safety.
Brown has played in 23 games in the past two years with one start. The highlight of his career came in 2013 when as a true freshman he returned a fumble 59 yards against Duke to give the Demon Deacons an early 7-0 lead in what would ultimately be a 28-21 loss.
Wake Forest also announced the addition of defensive back Deven Gaulden, who recently graduated from Wisconsin. Gaulden played in all 14 games a year ago and made five starts.
For more Wake Forest news, visit DeaconsIllustrated.com.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Cincinnati, one of three co-champions of the American Athletic Conference a year ago, was picked to win the conference in 2015.
The Bearcats earned 22 of the media’s 30 first-place votes. Memphis (5), Houston (2) and UCF (1) earned the remaining first-place votes. Memphis and UCF shared the title with Cincinnati a year ago.
However, there will be no co-champions this year as the AAC introduces a conference championship game now that its membership is complete. Navy joins the conference this season, which brings the total membership to 12. The Midshipmen were among the favorites to win the West Division, falling behind Memphis and Houston. Cincinnati garnered all but one first-place vote to win the East.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Dr. Saturday will unveil its preseason Top 25 team-by-team during the next 25 days. This list is based on returning starters, schedule and prospects. However, we all know that once the games begin, things can change very quickly. Still, we thought we’d give our best guess heading into the 2015 season.
No. 22 Missouri
2014 record: 11-3, 7-1 in SEC
Returning starters: 6 offense, 5 defense
2015 Outlook: Can the Tigers become the third team in SEC history to win three consecutive division championships?
Only Florida (1992-1996) and Alabama (1992-1994) have been to the SEC Championship Game three-straight times. After winning the East in 2013 and 2014 Missouri can join the two SEC blue-bloods. But to do that, the following things have to happen.
• Quarterback Maty Mauk has to be one of the better quarterbacks in the SEC. Mauk shows flashes of greatness at times. He's mobile and has a strong arm. However, those flashes are overshadowed by moments where Tiger fans wonder what in the world is going on as Mauk tries to force a throw into a non-existent window.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Temple's receiving corps has gotten a big boost just before fall camp.
Wide receiver Robby Anderson, the team's leading receiver in 2013 as a redshirt sophomore, is eligible for 2015.
"I am elated," Temple coach Matt Rhule told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I love the kid, and just on a personal level, even when it looked like he wasn't coming back, I maintained a relationship."
Anderson missed the 2014 season because of academic reasons. He wasn't enrolled at all at Temple during the season after he was dismissed and took classes at a junior college. He did well enough that he was reinstated by the NCAA in time to play in 2015.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
Former Texas quarterback Vince Young may be wearing a Cal shirt on the Longhorn Network in September.
Young has made a bet with a Texas high school football coach and if Cal beats Texas on September 19 Young will wear a Cal shirt on air. Young started appearing on LHN's "Texas GameDay" in 2014.
How did the bet happen? Scott Nady used to play football at Cal and is now the coach at Dallas' Parish Episcopal High School. He and Young became friends years ago and the bet was hatched while on an offseason trip to Mexico.
They even shot a video to show former Texas coach Mack Brown, who was Texas' coach when Young led the Longhorns to a victory over USC in the Rose Bowl following the 2005 season.