- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
A few months after the NCAA announced that it would institute a handful of new academic policies beginning in 2016, the ACC has launched an initiative to make college prospects more aware of the changes.
For prospective Division I student-athletes who are graduating from high school in 2016 or later, the student-athlete must graduate with a 2.3 GPA in order to be eligible as a true freshman in college. With this new requirement and others on the way, the ACC released a video to get the word out to prospects.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
Former Illinois offensive lineman Shawn Afryl died of cardiac arrest on Monday evening after he collapsed during a practice at Winona State in Minnesota.
Afryl, 22, spent three seasons with the Illini from 2010-2012, took a season off and then recently signed with Winona State for his final season of eligibility.
He had no known prior medical conditions.
Curtis Tate, who coached Afryl at Niles West, told the Chicago Tribune paramedics were unable to revive Afryl and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Illinois released a statement expresses its condolences.
"All of us in the Fighting Illini football family are greatly saddened by Shawn's passing last night," Illinois head coach Tim Beckman said. "He was a great teammate and a dedicated student. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."
Afryl played in just one game with the Illini — against Charleston Southern in 2012 — and graduated with a degree in political science in 2013.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
One of football’s favorite couples, ESPN college football sideline reporter Samantha Ponder and Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, recently had their first child. The pregnancy was kept under wraps until the news of the Ponder’s new daughter emerged on social media in the past few days.
With Vikings training camp getting started this week, ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling confirmed with Ponder, a Florida State alum, that his wife gave birth to a baby girl named Bowden.
Yes, the child is named after legendary Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden, Ponder’s coach from 2006-2009 in Tallahassee.
“Ponder and his wife, ESPN college football reporter Samantha Ponder, welcomed their first child earlier this month. They named their little girl Bowden Sainte-Claire Ponder -- the middle name is the same as Samantha's, while the first, of course, pays homage to retired Florida State coach Bobby Bowden.”
I'm sure that tribute will bring a smile to the face of any FSU fan.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
As Oklahoma prepares to open fall camp, Bob Stoops said his program is awaiting word from the NCAA on the eligibility of two players.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield and receiver Dorial Green-Beckham both petitioned the NCAA to waive the mandatory yearlong waiting period after transferring from Texas Tech and Missouri respectively.
It’s not surprising Oklahoma would ask for waivers for both players, but getting one for Green-Beckham, who was kicked off Missouri’s team after a couple drug-related issues, probably isn’t going to happen.
Stoops didn’t share the grounds on which they made the request for Green-Beckham, who was one of the nation’s best receivers last season, but did say he and his staff did its due diligence before offering Green-Beckham a roster spot.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
Oh, Steve Spurrier. This is the time of year the Ol’ Ball Coach refers to as “talking season,” and the South Carolina head coach was at it again Tuesday.
At ACC Media Days Monday, Dabo Swinney, the head coach of South Carolina’s top rival, Clemson, said jokingly that he and Spurrier were “from different planets.”
“He’s from Pluto and I’m from Mars,” Swinney said.
Spurrier responded with a light jab of his own during his visit to ESPN Tuesday.
“Dabo probably thinks there’s only, what, nine planets out there. I think I read where Pluto may not be considered one now,” Spurrier said.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Notre Dame freshman Jonathan Bonner can predict the future -- at least the eighth-grade version of Bonner can.
Bonner, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end from Chesterfield, Mo., is a three-star recruit who committed to the Fighting Irish last June. Despite having offers from schools like Michigan State and Missouri, Bonner committed to Notre Dame the day he received his scholarship offer from the school.
Bonner did not have to think about the decision for very long -- Notre Dame was the school he envisioned himself attending for years.
Back in May, Bonner tweeted out a letter from eighth grade that he wrote to his future self. Now that he has arrived in South Bend, the letter, which offers words of advice for his future on and off the field, has made its way around social media.
This letter from my 8th grade self shows that my life is headed in the right direction. I had high expectations too! pic.twitter.com/0oafDRpHBn
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
TCU defensive end Devonte Fields is being investigated by police after his ex-girlfriend accused him of pointing a gun at her, threatening her and punching her in the head at a Fort Worth home on Sunday.
According to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fields is accused of pointing the gun at 20-year-old Haley Brown and threatening, “I should blast you!”
“Devonte Fields has been listed as a suspect on a domestic disturbance in Fort Worth,” Sgt. Raymond Bush, a police spokesman, told the paper. “He has not been arrested.”
TCU released a statement Tuesday saying Fields has been separated from the university while the results of the investigation are pending.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
When TCU made the move to the Big 12 three seasons ago, it did so with the reputation of having one of the nation’s best defenses.
It was a reputation coach Gary Patterson prided himself on and one that had gotten the Horned Frogs a Rose Bowl win against Wisconsin and ultimately an invitation to the Big 12.
But what TCU didn’t bank on was that even though its defense was doing its best to slow down the blitzkrieg-style offenses of the Big 12, the offense wasn’t doing enough to keep the Horned Frogs competitive.
Last season, TCU ranked No. 2 in the Big 12 in total defense and No. 5 in the conference in scoring defense. However, the Horned Frogs’ offense was ninth in total offense and eighth in scoring offense.
It also failed to qualify for a bowl game for the first time in 15 seasons after finishing 4-8 and 2-7 in the Big 12.
Something had to change. So, coach Gary Patterson hired co-offensive coordinators Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie, two men who have been immersed in high-powered, quick-strike spread offenses, in an effort to compete with TCU’s Big 12 brethren.
- Christopher Wilson at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
The college football offseason is long and arduous, but its end is almost in sight. We’re going to take a look at five games you have to look forward to for every weekend of the season. (This is also a handy guide to decide how to RSVP for any autumn weddings.)
All times are Eastern and all games are played on Saturday unless otherwise noted.
These games take place the weekend of September 6.
Previously: Week One (August 30)
Michigan at Notre Dame (7:30 p.m.)
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Punching a glass window is a bad idea. LSU freshman Trey Lealaimatafao learned this the hard way.
According to NOLA.com, Lealaimatafao suffered a serious arm injury after punching a glass window in the Tigers’ weight room on Monday. The 6-foot, 300-pound Lealaimatafao, a three-star defensive tackle from San Antonio, Texas, was reportedly “upset about a disagreement with his girlfriend.”
In another report, the Advocate, citing two “independent sources,” said that Lealaimatafao punched the window following “a dispute with another football player.”
When he punched the window, which is situated between the weight room and the indoor practice facility, the glass reportedly “tore through” Lealaimatafao’s bicep. A witness described the scene to NOLA.com as “horrific.”