- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Two Baylor football staffers in addition to coach Art Briles have reportedly been let go.
According to USA Today, athletics director for football operations Colin Shillinglaw and staffer Tom Hill were fired. Briles had been the only known public firing with association to the football team. He was fired Thursday in the wake of the independent investigation into Baylor's handling of sexual assault allegations.
The school had said other people were fired but declined to identify who they were. From USA Today:
Shillinglaw was described by the person as someone who worked closely with Briles on personnel matters behind the scenes and had been involved with the accusations in the Pepper Hamilton report that led to the removal of Briles, the resignation of athletics director Ian McCaw and reassignment of president Ken Starr.
Hill had no formal responsibility within the football program, the person said, but had been at Baylor for 15 years in a variety of roles and was unofficially very involved with the football program.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
For the third time this year, Jim Harbaugh called out an SEC head coach on Twitter.
Earlier on Tuesday, Saban ranted about satellite camps, saying they are bad for college football. Saban also spoke about potential NCAA rules violations that could emerge when third parties are involved in the camps, which Harbaugh brought to the forefront of college football last summer.
It didn’t take long for Harbaugh to respond.
"Amazing" to me- Alabama broke NCAA rules & now their HC is lecturing us on the possibility of rules being broken at camps. Truly "amazing."
Don't hold back, Jim!
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
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The Jeffery Simmons situation appears to be nearing a resolution.
The status of Simmons, a five-star Mississippi State signee, has been up in the air since he was arrested in March for assault. Video showed Simmons striking a woman, and Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen hasn't said much about the ordeal.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
After two seasons at Auburn, running back Roc Thomas is leaving the program.
In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Tigers coach Gus Malzahn announced that Thomas asked for his release. Malzahn granted the request.
“We wish him nothing but the best moving forward,” Malzahn said.
According to AuburnSports.com, Thomas already has locked in on a transfer destination: FCS Jacksonville State.
“Rising junior Racean "Roc" Thomas has informed Auburn coaches of his desire to transfer to Jacksonville State, located just a few miles from his family's home in Oxford, Ala.,” the site reported Tuesday.
Thomas never quite lived up to his 5-star recruit billing, but will have a chance to compete immediately if the transfer to Jacksonville State comes to fruition. Because JSU is an FCS program, Thomas would not have to sit out the 2016 campaign like he would if he signed with another FBS school.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Nick Saban said he didn’t want to talk about satellite camps at the SEC meetings on Tuesday, but he did anyway. He got a bit worked up, too.
Saban has made no bones about it – he’s not a fan of the camps, which allow coaching staffs to travel to other regions of the country (to camps hosted by other schools, including high schools) to scout talent.
But Saban’s main point of contention is a bit different from the usual recruiting-based arguments. Yes, the camps give kids opportunities they may not have otherwise gotten, but Saban is worried about third-party involvement. He compared the camps to the AAU circuit in basketball and pointed to the lack of guidelines for certain things that come with the camps.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
A former Texas Tech offensive lineman allegedly told police who was involved in a robbery with him. But instead of giving names, he gave them his accomplices jersey numbers.
Robert Castaneda was arrested Friday on a felony burglary chargeafter he turned himself in. Items allegedly taken in the burglary, which happened over Christmas break, included multiple guns. From EverythingLubbock.com:
Police confronted Castaneda on May 3 at home. He admitted what happened, and provided more of the stolen guns. He refused to name who else was with him in the burglary, but said they were also football players. He eventually gave up their jersey numbers.
Two days later Texas Tech announced that Castaneda, Trace Ellison and Dakota Allen were all removed from the football team for failure to uphold student athlete standards.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
2016 is Verne Lundquist's final season as the voice of CBS' SEC game of the week.
The network announced Tuesday that Lundquist would be stepping down after the season and Brad Nessler would take over in 2017. Nessler was most recently with ESPN and worked numerous SEC games each year with Todd Blackledge.
Lundquist, 76 in July, will stay with the network after the conclusion of his college football duties and continue his duties with the Masters and NCAA Tournament. He's been the voice of the 3:30 p.m. ET SEC game since 2000.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
South Carolina will be without one of its best defensive players for the entire 2016 season.
Linebacker Skai Moore is out for the season because of a herniated disc in his neck. South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said Moore will have surgery this week after the injury didn't heal on its own.
Muschamp says Skai Moore ' s herniated disk has not healed properly. Will undergo surgery soon. Out 6 months. Will redshirt in 2016.
Moore had 110 tackles in 2015 as South Carolina's inside linebacker. He also had four interceptions, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Two of those picks game against North Carolina as South Carolina upset the Tar Heels in Week 1 and likely denied North Carolina a chance at a New Year's Six bowl game. Had UNC beaten South Carolina (who lost to The Citadel later in the season), the Tar Heels would have entered the ACC title game undefeated.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Bret Bielema is an idea man.
Earlier this offseason he expressed his desire to allow underclassmen who declare for the NFL draft but go undrafted to be able to come back to school. On Tuesday at the spring SEC meetings, Bielema said he wanted to have an inter-conference challenge for the SEC and suggested the Big Ten and ACC as possible opponents.
Arkansas’ Bret Bielema favors an SEC/Big Ten or SEC/ACC challenge in football, similar to basketball model
So let's have some fun with Bielema's idea. Here's how we'd design an SEC-Big Ten challenge. Multiple SEC and ACC teams already play each other regularly, so it's not nearly as fun to extrapolate out that possibility.
• Alabama-Ohio State: This one is pretty self-explanatory, don't you think?
• LSU-Michigan: Remember all the rumors that Les Miles would be Michigan's coach?
• Arkansas-Wisconsin: Since this is Bielema's idea, he gets to play his former employer.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said he takes responsibility for the alleged NCAA violations in his time as the Rebels' head coach, though he contends that he didn't have any information regarding illicit payments from members of his coaching staff.
Ole Miss sanctioned itself in response to the NCAA's notice of allegations regarding violations at the school. The NCAA found 13 football violations and nine of them came from Freeze's tenure. From ESPN: