- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
It didn’t take long for Matt Joeckel to find a new home.
The news that the fifth-year senior quarterback would transfer was announced Wednesday morning by Texas A&M and by Thursday night Joeckel tweeted that he would play his final season of eligibility at TCU.
I am now TCU Horned Frog. Go Frogs!
Joeckel, who graduated in December, spent the last two seasons backing up Johnny Manziel at A&M and started last year’s season opener against Rice when Manziel was suspended. In total, he appeared in eight games in his Aggies career, completing 27-of-48 passes for 335 yards and two touchdowns. Joeckel was battling it out with sophomore Kenny Hill and freshman Kyle Allen to succeed Manziel before opting to transfer.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
A lawyer representing the woman who accused Jameis Winston of sexual assault said he was told Florida State stopped its student conduct investigation into Winston and he wants it to continue.
Lawyer Baine Kerr told USA Today the school cited Winston's unwillingness to cooperate with a Title IX investigation into the incident as a reason for its suspension. He said when the university questioned Winston in January 2013, the Heisman winner refused to answer questions on advice of his lawyer.
"The university took the position that since he refused to respond to questions, they could not make any Title IX findings," Kerr said to USA Today."We have objected to that as impermissible reason to delay or terminate a Title IX sexual assault investigation because that would permit any charged party to thwart an investigation simply by refusing to answer questions."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Following a meeting Thursday morning with the coaching staff and school officials, Minnesota State Mankato players say they'll return to practice Friday after walking out on Wednesday's practice.
The players boycotted practice after Todd Hoffnertook his job back as head coach. Hoffner was suspended in August 2012 and dismissed in May 2013 but elected to return Tueday after an arbitrator said he was wrongfully terminated.
At a news conference Thursday afternoon, the players said their boycott wasn't done in an attempt to subvert Hoffner's return. Interim coach Aaron Keen went 24-2 in two years during Hoffner's absence and is still on the staff.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
The rivalry between South Carolina and Clemson is always entertaining and usually the bulk of the banter comes from the coaches making offhanded remarks about each other’s programs.
But on Thursday, an artistic fan decided to put his mark on the in-state feud.
Joe Connolly is the strength and conditioning coach for the Gamecocks and he made sure to get in a little jab of his own by noting that there’s no fifth finger. Well, the Clemson paw only has four “fingers,” and the joke about the fifth refers to the “five-bombing” South Carolina fans do to Clemson fans as a reminder that the Gamecocks have won five straight against the Tigers.
Never change South Carolina FBS schools. Never change.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Kansas hasn’t had a whole lot of success with quarterbacks under coach Charlie Weis, but the Jayhawks are hoping those fortunes will change in 2014.
Weis announced Thursday that sophomore Montell Cozart won the starting role coming out of spring football.
Cozart started three games last season and played in four others, but was in a fierce quarterbacking battle with 2013 starter Jake Heaps and UCLA transfer T.J. Millweard. Weis had nothing but praise for Cozart during spring practices and during last Saturday’s spring game, Cozart was the best quarterback on the field.
Offense was a major concern for the Jayhawks last season. They ranked 117 th nationally in total offense with 294.5 yards per game and 118 th in scoring offense with 15.8 points per game. Kansas managed just nine passing touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The Jayhawks had just one multi-passing touchdown game all season.
And Cozart was far from a quarterbacking star last season.
In his seven appearances, Cozart completed 23-of-63 passes (36 percent) for 227 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed 66 times for 214 yards and a score.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
The Big Ten has 14 teams and commissioner Jim Delany knows that makes no sense.
It made no sense when the conference added Penn State as its 11th team in 1990 and when Nebraska came along in 2011 to make it 12. Now that Rutgers and Maryland will become official members in July, Delany has no plans to ever change the conference’s name.
“The name represents a series of characteristics. Brand characteristics,” Delany said Wednesday at WWJ-AM’s Business of Sports luncheon in Detroit.
According to Mlive.com, Delany recalled a time when ex-Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe called him with a proposal.
“He said ‘you’re now at 12, we’re now at 10, having lost Nebraska and Colorado. Could we become the Big Ten, and you become the Big 12?’
"'I thought, ‘I don’t think so,’” Delany said.
Delany did say, however, that when Penn State joined the conference he tossed out the idea of changing its name to the Big 11, but he was shot down.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
The Tennessee coaching staff had an interesting incentive for Saturday's spring game.
The winner got a steak dinner while the losers had to eat pork and beans. Many spring games are scored untraditionally, and Tennessee's pitted the offense against the defense. The offense won, so it enjoyed the steak dinner while the defense got the pork and beans.
The aesthetic touch really rubs it in if you're on the losing team. While there was a carving station for the offense, the pork and beans were served in aluminum pans and looked, well, depressing. DL Jordan Williams does get credit for his optimism about the losing meal though.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth looks like he can move a lot of weight in the weight room. He can back up the look too.
Hudspeth, 45, recently bench pressed 370 pounds, an impressive number for a player, but a ridiculous number for a coach.
It's a pretty clean rep too. And we're now eagerly waiting for Hudspeth's squat and deadlift videos.
It's not the first time Hudspeth has showed off his benching skills. Last summer, he bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times. The 225-pound test is a staple of the NFL combine and it would have put him six reps outside the top 15 of 2014 NFL combine participants who did the bench press. (Whenmimicking the NFL combine, yours truly did two reps. I bow down to Hudspeth's strength.)
District Attorney declines to charge Oklahoma's Frank Shannon with sexual assault, still could face university disciplineSam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Oklahoma linebacker Frank Shannon, the team’s leading tackler last season, has been accused of sexually assaulting a female student, but prosecutors decided not to file charges against him, according to The Oklahoman.
Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said Thursday that no charges were filed “based on the woman’s wishes at the time and based on the facts that were presented.”
(Mashburn) explained the woman said she did not want Shannon prosecuted. He also said it was unclear from the accounts of both the woman and the player "what had actually taken place."
However, a Title IX sexual misconduct allegation report obtained by the Oklahoman said that Shannon was accused of “attempting to forcibly have sex with a woman in his bedroom after the two left a party together” on Jan. 20.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
The quarterback exodus at Texas Tech is continuing.
Two walk-on quarterbacks who received playing time during spring practice have decided to leave the team, leaving QB Davis Webb as Texas Tech's only quarterback until summer begins.
Tech confirmed the departure of Mike Richardson and Tanner Touschto the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Wednesday. Richardson is looking to transfer to a different school for more playing time while Tousch is leaving the football program to focus on school. Both had joined the Tech program prior to the spring semester.
After a strong performance in the Holiday Bowl against Arizona State, Webb asserted himself as Texas Tech's starting quarterback. Webb was 28-41 for 403 yards and four touchdowns in the 37-23 win.