- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 mins ago
Several schools across the country have opted to sell alcohol at their stadiums in recent years. Michigan won’t be following that trend.
According to MLive.com, Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said the school’s policy on alcohol will not change, even in premium seating areas, mainly because of the logistics of managing alcohol sales at a stadium packed with 110,000 people.
“I just don’t think we need to do that,” Brandon said. “You’ve got to set up places to vendor this stuff and you’ve got to make sure you’re selling it to the right people, not the wrong people, and then you’ve got to deal with all the ramifications of alcohol being served in an area where you’ve got a lot of young people and a lot of underage people.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Florida Atlantic is the latest team to show off some new helmets for the upcoming season.
These red chrome lids hit the Internet on Friday and we happen to think they’re pretty nice as far as chrome helmets go. It looks like there could be a blue chrome helmet in the background as well.
It seems like chrome is all the rage these days and FAU is just joining the bandwagon. Still, it’s a good way to generate some excitement around a team that won its final four games of the 2013 season, became bowl eligible for the first time since 2008 and is welcoming new head coach Charlie Partridge.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Many college coaches are not close to being in the same shape they were when they played the game. Even though he's "30 pounds heavier than (his) playing days," Penn State wide receivers coach Josh Gattis proved that he is still quite the athlete.
Gattis was a standout safety at Wake Forest and played in the NFL for a few years for Jacksonville and Chicago. He was out to prove to the rest of the Penn State coaching staff that he could run the 40-yard dash in under 4.8 seconds.
The Penn State video crew was on the scene and even interviewed other members of the coaching staff for a nice build up to Gattis’ run.
Could he pull it off?
As you'll see, there were some discrepancies in the hand-timing among head coach James Franklin and a number of other staffers who were timing the run.
Whether he beat 4.8 or not, that was still pretty impressive.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Earlier this month, lawyers representing former West Virginia running back Shawne Alston said they were filing a lawsuit against the NCAA and the five power conferences for limiting financial aid to student-athletes.
Now others are joining the crusade.
Antitrust attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who is known for his work on behalf of the NFL's and NBA's player associations, filed another class-action suit Monday on behalf of college football and men's basketball players.
Similar to the suit filed by Alston, this one seeks an injunction against the NCAA and the five power conferences -- SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and ACC -- for limiting the amount of aid student-athletes can receive.
The suit accuses the NCAA and the five power conferences of “price fixing.”
Similarly, the Alston suit alleged the NCAA and the five power conferences colluded not to pay student-athletes the actual cost of attendance citing smaller Division I programs that couldn’t afford it.
Kessler calls it a “basic unfairness of the system.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Jay Paterno’s effort to become Pennsylvania lieutenant governor might be stopped before it starts.
Brad Koplinski, a Harrisburg, Penn., Democratic city councilman, told the Associated Press that he has retained a lawyer to challenge whether Paterno, also a Democrat, met the requirements to get on the primary election ballot mostly related to his nominating petitions.
Major party candidates for lieutenant governor need 1,000 signatures of registered party voters, including 100 from five different counties. Paterno said there wasn’t anything wrong with the way his signatures were gathered and that he oversaw the process himself.
Koplinski’s lawyer, Larry Otter, claims that while Paterno might have the 1,000 signatures, he’s doubtful he has the 100 needed from five different counties.
"I've reviewed them and in one word, they're terrible," Otter said.
Koplinski won the most votes of any candidate for lieutenant governor at the Democratic State Committee last month and would be the chief competition to Paterno, whose name is enough to carry weight in the state of Pennsylvania.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
To promote the Battle and Bristol, Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer and Tennessee coach Butch Jones were the co-grand marshals of Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway and gave the command to start engines.
We'll give them a solid B+.
Virginia Tech and Tennessee are playing in 2016 in the infield at the half-mile track in northeast Tennessee. Though we're not sure how much promotion for the game may be needed. Tennessee has already sold its allotment of tickets for the game and has requested more. The sold-out allotment? 40,000 seats.
Bristol Motor Speedway seats almost 160,000, so it wouldn't be unfathomable if the game broke the all-time college football attendance record. It's currently held by Michigan Stadium at 115,109 for a 2012 game against Notre Dame.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Florida WR Andre Debose was allegedly pushed through a window during a dispute Saturday evening, according to the Gainesville Police Department.
Debose was in a dispute with Victor Watkinswhen, according to the GPD,John Honeycutt went and retrieved a handgun and threatened Watkins after Watkins threw Debose into a window. Debose was uninjured. The three were eating dinner with a woman when the dispute occurred.
Then, according to GPD, Watkins took the gun from Honeycutt and shot several rounds into the ground. After that happened, Honeycutt got a rifle and fired several shots through Watkins' SUV, which was parked outside the residence where the dispute happened. (Click here to view the police report.)
Honeycutt was arrested for aggravated assault.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
If you haven’t noticed, today is March 14 – Pi Day. Pi Day celebrates “pi,” the famous mathematical constant which is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.
Pi, which rounds to 3.14, has been calculated to over ten trillion digits. For some reason, Tennessee quarterback and aerospace engineering student Joshua Dobbs knows the first 28 digits (yes, I counted) of pi.
Take a look.
With a major like aerospace engineering and the daily routine that Dobbs detailed to CBS earlier this week, we know that he is an extremely intelligent guy. Hopefully Dobbs’ impressive knowledge of pi is useful in his engineering and calculus courses.
Happy Pi Day!
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- Dr. Saturday2 days ago
With the hope of allowing leagues the opportunity to choose how to determine a conference champion, the ACC submitted NCAA legislation to “deregulate” football conference championship games, according to CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd.
NCAA rules require that conferences (who have at least 12 total teams) split into divisions with the top team from each division meeting in a conference championship game. This legislation would eliminate that and would allow a league to “match its two highest-ranked teams in order to get as many teams as possible into the new four-team playoff.”
Though the ACC is the first conference to formally communicate with the NCAA concerning this issue, it is not the only conference that would support this.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
Here are the rest of the spring primers from teams that began (or begin) this week.
Rice Start date: March 11 End date: April 11
What to watch: Rice loses 23 seniors from last year’s Conference USA championship team, which leaves a lot of spots up for grabs during spring ball. Not surprisingly, all eyes will be on quarterback Driphus Jackson, who is set to replace four-year starter Taylor McHargue. Jackson has had limited playing time, but he’s probably best known for leading Rice to a 33-14 bowl win against Air Force in 2012.
Tulsa Start date: March 11 End date: April 12
What to watch: Tulsa returns 15 starters from last year, including 10 from a defense that struggled much of last season. The Golden Hurricane ranked 101st in scoring defense allowing 33.9 points per game and allowed 429.6 yards per game, which was 93rd nationally. While there will be a strong emphasis on getting better on defense, the Golden Hurricane will have to replace key offensive pieces at quarterback, running back, wide receiver and along the offensive line.
USC Start date: March 11 End date: April 19