- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Washington State took a hit to its depth at cornerback just before the start of spring practice.
Per WazzuWatch.com, Cougars head coach Mike Leach announced Wednesday that Sebastian LaRue was dismissed from the program due to a violation of team rules. LaRue, a four-star recruitin the 2013 class, transferred to Washington State last January after spending the first year of his collegiate career at Texas A&M.
LaRue signed with A&M as a receiver but moved to defense when he arrived in Pullman last year. After sitting out the 2014 season due to NCAA transfer rules, the 5-foot-10, 181-pound LaRue was expected to compete for a starting role at cornerback for the Cougars in 2015.
Now he won’t have that chance.
The Cougars, who are scheduled to begin spring practice on Thursday, are coming off a 3-9 record in 2014.
For more Washington State news, visit WazzouWatch.com.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney concurs with quarterback Deshaun Watson that Watson's rehab is going well. And it's apparently going well enough for Swinney to invoke his team's win over South Carolina.
"His rehab has gone tremendous," Swinney told ESPN."He's probably about 80 percent right now. Most people would be 50 or 60, but he's not most people. He's a uniquely wired individual. He's great. He's healthier now than he was when he beat South Carolina."
Is it a matter of fact statement? Likely, yes, but given the verbal back and forth between Swinney and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, there's a good chance there's a dash of trolling intention in bringing up the game. It was the first win in the series for Clemson since 2008. Spurrier was happy to talk about his team's win streak during its duration.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell said he’s about 80 percent recovered from a broken leg he suffered against Auburn on Nov. 1.
Last month, Treadwell posted a video on Instagram showing him running with Rebels’ linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche, who broke his ankle against LSU on Oct. 25.
“It was not even a month ago when I got to jumping around and moving and being mobile, working out with the guys,” Treadwell said on Tuesday. “It kept me focused and wanting to get back out there.
"There's a little hesitation. I'm about 80 percent, but you know it's getting better everyday.”
Treadwell was headed toward the goal line for what would have been the game-winning score against the Tigers when he was tackled awkwardly resulting in a fractured fibula, a dislocated ankle and a game-losing fumble. The loss knocked the Rebels out of the top four of the College Football Playoff standings and left the Rebels reeling.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
The Independence Bowl is looking for a sponsor yet again.
The bowl agreed to a letter of intent with Duck Commander (of Duck Dynasty fame) last February, but the two sides never signed a contract. The 2014 Independence Bowl was played under those circumstances and a multi-year agreement was never reached. Now the Independence Bowl is headed “back to the drawing board.”
“After reviewing everything, the model that was presented to them didn't work in the end and we're going back to the drawing board,” said outgoing Independence Bowl chairman Paul Pratt. “We're still working with them with a post-game review to see if we can put in place a financial mechanism that works for them and the bowl.
"We're currently in the market for a new title sponsor. We officially, as of (Tuesday) started to look at a search firm to go out and find us either local or national sponsor, but out goal is to have a 2015 Independence Bowl game.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Prom request re-creationsand now handwritten notes to girlfriends? Michigan is sure looking like the 2015 masters of recruiting creativity.
The girlfriend of four-star recruit Naseir Upshur posted a handwritten note to Twitter with Michigan assistant Jay Harbaugh's name on it. Harbaugh, the son of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, is Michigan's new tight ends coach. Upshur is the No. 3 tight end in the countryin the class of 2016 according to Rivals and the No. 2 prospect in the state of Pennsylvania.
Sending letters to the girlfriends of recruits is a bold ploy, though you can't go wrong underlining "very" when describing how a guy speaks of his girlfriend. You can never gain enough brownie points.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Yes, this is a full-size football.
We've written previously about the awesomeness of 410-pound LaQuan McGowan's pass-catching ability and athleticism and we now have an even better idea of why McGowan can be an effective red-zone target. Look at those hands.
McGowan had a catch in Baylor's spring scrimmage Friday night as well as a touchdown in the Bears' Cotton Bowl loss to Michigan State.
Maybe we can get him to re-enact Odell Beckham Jr.'s catch? Or even better, he could do it during a game, given the team's plan of using him as a tight end this season.
For more Baylor news, visit SicEmSports.com.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Adam Lane is choosing to look on the positive (clean?) side when it comes to his Birmingham Bowl breakout.
The Florida running back ran for 109 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in Florida's win over East Carolina. However, he became more known for having an accident sometime around the time he scored his touchdown in the second quarter.
Lane was immediately wrapped in a towel and got a fresh pair of pants after he scored. He said Tuesday he didn't get a lot of grief about the incident.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
USC issued a statement Wednesday responding to communications in a court filing by the NCAA.
The unsealed documents showed that members of the NCAA infractions committee didn't speak favorably towards the Trojans during the investigation into the school in 2010. USC was given a lack of institutional control penalty after Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo were found to have received benefits from agents.
"After an initial review of this first set of documents unsealed by the court in the McNair v. NCAA lawsuit, it is evident that the content confirms bias against McNair and USC by and on behalf of the NCAA and its Committee on Infractions," the statement said. "We are extremely disappointed and dismayed at the way the NCAA investigated, judged and penalized our university throughout this process. USC hopes that the transparency in this case will ultimately lead to review and changes so that all member institutions receive the fair and impartial treatment they deserve.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
As East Tennessee State gears up to play its first season of football since 2003, the program received good news on Wednesday when Roadrunner Markets and Dunkin’ Donuts donated $1 million toward the school’s new football stadium.
“Roadrunner Markets has been a part of this community for nearly 40 years, and we’re privileged to be able to be a contributing partner in this endeavor to bring college football back to Johnson City,” says Ryan Broyles, President and CEO of Roadrunner Markets. “We recognize the significance that the resurgence of this program will have on the region and encourage all local businesses to do their part as well.”
The 10,000-seat stadium, which the school hopes will be ready for the 2017 season, is estimated to cost more than $26 million. The school announced the location of the new stadium last month while detailing a fundraising effort needed to raise the rest of the money needed (approximately $13 million) to build the facility.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller deleted a picture he posted to Instagram Tuesday night of himself next to AdvoCare products on a table.
If you look closely at the caption, you can see the email address has Miller's name in it.
Braxton Miller posts Instagram photo promoting Advocare... Violation? pic.twitter.com/CZL0eIqSRx
Why was it deleted? Well, it could be an NCAA violation. Per the Lantern, the Ohio State student newspaper, a spokesperson says the school is looking into the picture.
OSU spokesman on Miller situation, "We are looking into this." Might be nothing, but has attention of OSU athletic department
AdvoCare products are primarily workout supplements and are sold by individuals via a network (some may call it a pyramid scheme). If you sign up as a distributor and sign up someone else as a distributor, you get a cut of their sales. And so on and so forth. If you work out regularly, you likely know a person or three who is has dabbled in selling the products.