- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood spent his first press conference following a three-game suspension defending the actions that placed him on suspension in the first place.
Flood tried to explain his reasoning for using his private email account to contact a faculty member regarding the academic status of a student-athlete who was struggling to stay eligible. Flood said doing so was in an effort to watch out for the student-athlete, not himself.
“I understand why when looked at out of context, people might feel that way,” Flood said. “The issue with the private email was really just to protect the student-athlete, a student-athlete whose academic record had already been, to some degree, on public display when it shouldn't have been.
“The meeting with the professor was in an open courtyard in broad daylight. The comment about not having Rutgers gear on was very small-talkish type comment. But it's one of the things I've learned in this process, is that things like that when you're the head football coach, they can be taken out of context.”
- Steven Lassan at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
AthlonSports.com is a leading website for preseason and in-season football previews, predictions, rankings and analysis.
College football’s coaching carousel is already in motion. Five FBS head coaching positions are open prior to Week 6 and several more are expected to change coaches by the end of the season. With the carousel moving fast, it won’t be long before athletic directors gauge the interest level of coaches or coordinators and setup interviews for the open position.
As with any coaching search, all programs are looking for the next big hire. Whether it’s a big-name coach or a rising star, programs with a coaching vacancy want to hit a home run in the hiring process. Who are some of the rising stars in the coordinator ranks expected to be in the mix for head coaching jobs later this year? Here are some names to watch.
1. Brent Venables, Defensive Coordinator, Clemson
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
A day after video surfaced of Arkansas coach Bret Bielema’s involvement in a sideline scuffle from Saturday’s Alabama game, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement that he spoke to Bielema about the incident.
The video showed Bielema jumping in between two players and drawing a personal foul penalty on Alabama lineman Cam Robinson. Bielema appeared to embellish contact between himself and Robinson. And after the official threw a flag, Bielema celebrated.
It does not look like Bielema will face any discipline.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
A month after the death of Tyler Sash, an autopsy determined that the former Iowa standout died from an accidental overdose.
According to the Associated Press, an Iowa medical examiner determined Sash “mixed two powerful pain medications” and his “history of painful injures was a contributing factor” in his death.
Sash was found dead in his home on Sept. 8. He was 27 years old.
Sash, a standout safety at Iowa who won a Super Bowl during his rookie season with the New York Giants in 2012, was found dead at his home in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Sept. 8. An autopsy was conducted the next day, but the results weren't clear until laboratory results were completed.Sun, Oct 11San Francisco27 - 30NY GiantsGame Recap
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
USC athletic director Pat Haden defended the school's course of action in firing coach Steve Sarkisian.
Sarkisian was placed on a leave of absence Sunday afternoon following his absence at practice. He was fired on Monday.
Sarkisian said he was under the influence of medication and alcohol at a booster event in August where he made inappropriate remarks. He said he would seek treatment after the event and continued his duties as USC's coach. His Sunday absence reportedly involved alcohol.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
Tennessee took a hit to its defensive line depth in Saturday’s win over Georgia.
Vols head coach Butch Jones announced Tuesday that defensive tackle Shy Tuttle is out for the season. Jones said Tuttle broke his left fibula and suffered a torn ligament in his ankle.
“That’s a big, big blow to our football team,” Jones said. "I love everything about Shy Tuttle. I thought he was continuing to progress and get better. He really had developed into one of our playmakers on defense."
According to VolQuest.com, Tuttle was hurt in the third quarter on a chop block.
Tuttle, hurt on an away-from-the-whistle "chop-block," late in the third quarter was examined on the sideline by trainers and then helped to the locker room on crutches; he could not place any weight on the left leg. A further evaluation revealed a broken bone in his lower leg as well as a ligament injury to his ankle.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
Steve Spurrier is officially no longer South Carolina's coach.
Spurrier publicly revealed his decision Tuesday morning. He called it a resignation rather than a retirement because he said he may end up coaching high school football. And he said his reason for getting out now was because of South Carolina's recent struggles. The Gamecocks are 2-4 in 2015 and 0-4 in the SEC.
"The last several years as I've traveled around the country, seen guys and so forth I always get asked 'How much longer are you going to coach?'" Spurrier said Tuesday. "And my answer is always the same. As long as we keep winning, keep winning these bowl games, everybody's happy, we're ranked, life's pretty good, I guess I could go several more years.
"But, as it starts going south, starts going bad, I need to get out. You just can't keep a head coach who's done it as long as I have when it's heading in the wrong direction. And really today, when I move out of the way and Shawn Elliott's going to take over as the interim head coach, it sort of starts building back what we had just two years ago."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Former Texas A&M wide receiver Thomas Johnson stabbed and killed a person at random Monday morning in a park according to Dallas police.
Johnson, a former four-star recruit in the class of 2012, hasn't been with the team since he left during his freshman year. He allegedly hacked a jogger in a Dallas park with a "large-edged" weapon in a fit of rage.
“It appears Mr. Johnson picked this victim at random. Absolutely random,” Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin said. “He just attacked him. … It’s just very unusual. It’s quite shocking.”
Police also said that Johnson admitted to the murder after he was apprehended. His alleged victim was described as a white male between 25 and 35 years old. The man, who died at a hospital, was one of four people murdered by White Rock Lake on Monday in Dallas, though the attacks don't appear to be connected. Johnson allegedly killed the man as he was running on the White Rock Trail.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Utah freshman wide receiver Britain Covey will be leaving the team for a Mormon mission after the 2015 season.
Covey posted the news to his Twitter account Monday evening. Missions typically last two years. Covey, who is 18, could return to the team after his mission is complete.
Confirmation for all those asking about my mission plans: pic.twitter.com/Vg8NlXflSM
Covey is Utah's top punt returner and the team's second-leading receiver this season. He has 17 catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns and 10 punt returns for 169 yards and a touchdown. A native of Utah, BYU was also recruiting him. He chose Utah because the Utes offered him first.
His decision to go on the mission after playing a year of football isn't a surprise. He told the Provo Daily Herald in January that he was going to play football for a season before he left. The news is just a bit bigger now that Covey has made such an impact as a freshman and Utah is currently undefeated and ranked in the top five.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
South Carolina offenisive line coach and co-offensive coordinator Shawn Elliott will reportedly be Steve Spurrier's immediate successor.
Elliott will be named South Carolina's interim coach on Tuesday, per multiple reports (and first reported by Fox Sports). Spurrier, the winningest coach in South Carolina history,informed the team he was retiring on Monday evening and his retirement is effective immediately.
Elliott has been a member of South Carolina's staff since 2010. He served as the team's offensive line coach and run game coordinator for two seasons before he was promoted to co-offensive coordinator in 2012.
He joined the program after working for 13 seasons at Appalachian State. He was the team's offensive line coach for his final nine seasons.
Spurrier has been at South Carolina for 10+ seasons. He has an overall record of 86-49 and was 44-40 in SEC play. The Gamecocks are 0-4 in the SEC so far in 2015 and play Vanderbilt on Saturday.