- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
The Hawaii athletic department has asked the state of Hawaii for $6 million over two years to cover anticipated budget shortfalls.
The school made the request on Thursday. From Hawaii News Now:
"We do need additional support for athletics,” UH Manoa Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman told the State House Higher Education Committee Thursday.
UH asked lawmakers for two years worth of two mandatory expenses: $3.4 million for the gender equity costs of women's sports and $2.6 million to help cover the travel costs of its opponents, as required in its agreements with the two athletic conferences to which UH belongs.
"I'm trying to think of a way that we can make athletics somehow sustainable. And I think it will require a partnership between us, the legislature, more external support," Bley-Vroman said.
Hawaii's athletic department isn't new to financial issues. The department has a predicted $3.5 million budget shortfall for this year and has operated in the black just three of the last 15 years.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
To boost a defense that allowed 59 points in the Big Ten Championship, Wisconsin will look toward a player who played primarily on offense this season.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, quarterback Tanner McEvoy was working with the first-team defense at linebacker and safety during practice on Thursday. McEvoy, who saw action in 11 games as a running quarterback this season, said he’d play both offense and defense when the Badgers take on Auburn in the Outback Bowl.
“I’ll be going both ways,” McEvoy said. “At the end of practice I had my normal QB package.”
After transferring to Wisconsin last season, McEvoy played safety in 11 games for the Badgers and made three starts. At 6-foot-6 and 222 pounds, McEvoy showed great athleticism and made 27 tackles with one interception.
McEvoy said he returned to the defensive side on Tuesday in efforts to match up with the speed of Auburn’s high-powered offense, which put up 489.2 yards and 35.8 points per game this season. To accomodate the change, McEvoy will change his jersey number from No. 5 to No. 11 or 14 since he shares No. 5 with cornerback Darius Hillary.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl South Alabama (6-6) vs. Bowling Green (7-6) Montgomery, Ala. Dec 20, 2014
This is not a good matchup, especially considering the way these teams finished their respective seasons.
South Alabama won just one of its final five games, and Bowling Green lost three straight to end the season, including a 51-17 defeat to Northern Illinois in the Mid-American Conference Championship game.
What’s going to hamper South Alabama in this game is its inability to score. During that five-game stretch, the Jaguars averaged just 19 points per game. Overall, they ranked 113th nationally in scoring offense with 20.2 points per game and 87th with 372.8 yards a game.
Those numbers are unfortunate considering Bowling Green’s defense has been one of the worst in the country, allowing 33.9 per game. The Falcons have allowed more than 40 points six times this season.
However, Bowling Green has the ability to put up points quickly, but it’s had trouble in the last month finding consistency at quarterback. Sophomore James Knapke has been the team’s go-to quarterback most of the season, but was replaced in the MAC Championship by freshman Cody Callaway, who didn’t fare much better.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
The demise of the UAB football program has left the Blazers’ players looking for new teams. Linebacker Jake Ganus, the team’s leading tackler in 2014, has found his.
Ganus tweeted on Friday morning that he would play his final season of college football with the Georgia Bulldogs.
I'm so blessed and honored to be able to finish my college football career at The University of Georgia!! #DawgsOnTop
In his junior season, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Ganus registered 70 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. He also had a 56-yard fumble return for touchdown en route to second team All-Conference USA honors.
According to UGASports.com, Ganus committed to Georgia over Marshall after finding out that “his eligibility would not count” toward Georgia’s mid-year scholarship numbers. He will enroll at Georgia in January.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Western Michigan (8-4) vs. Air Force (9-3) Boise, Idaho Dec. 20, 2014
Air Force is quite familiar with Boise.
Saturday's Potato Bowl will mark the third time the Falcons play at Boise State's home stadium in four years after trips to Boise in 2011 and 2013. It might not have been the preferred destination for Air Force players, but after going 2-10 last season, a bowl game after a seven-game turnaround shouldn't be complained about.
Western Michigan is a turnaround team too. The Broncos were 1-11 last season and also improved seven games. And the great 2014 netted coach P.J. Fleck a contract extension through the 2020 season, though if WMU keeps winning eight games a season, the odds of Fleck coaching there for six more years are very slim to none.
The Broncos were one of the better teams stopping the run this season, ranking 37th in the country. Air Force, with waterbug quarterback Kale Pearson and running back Jacobi Owens, average 272 yards per game and are the eighth-most prolific rushing team.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Utah (8-4) vs. Colorado State (10-2) Las Vegas Dec. 20, 2014
Much like last year's Fresno State team, Colorado State heads to Las Vegas knowing that if things had gone differently at the end of the season, a bigger bowl could have been had.
In 2013, Fresno State lost its final game of the regular season to San Jose State. The 62-52 loss to the Spartans dropped Fresno from the ranks of the undefeated and blew up any chance of a BCS bowl. Instead of a win in the MWC title game meaning a possible trip to Arizona and the Fiesta Bowl, it meant a venture to Las Vegas.
This year, Colorado State's scenario for a New Year's Bowl wasn't as straightforward. Had the Rams won out and Boise State lost a game, there was a good chance Colorado State would have been the highest-ranked non-Power Five conference team. The reward for that honor? A New Year's Bowl and likely trip to the Fiesta Bowl.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
University of Florida Police cited Gators starting quarterback Treon Harris on Tuesday for operating a motor vehicle without a valid license.
According to the Gainesville Sun’s Robbie Andreu, Harris, a freshman, is facing a second-degree misdemeanor charge stemming from the incident.
Court records show that Harris has actually never had a driver’s license, but his attorney, Huntley Johnson, said the quarterback is in the process of getting one.
“I think as soon as he gets his license, the charge probably will be dismissed,” Johnson told the Sun. “That’s the way it’s usually handled in a case like this for a citizen, and he’s a citizen.”
There’s a bit more to the incident, however. Andreu tweeted that two small bags of marijuana were found in the car Harris was driving along with fellow freshman teammates Jalen Tabor and J.C. Jackson.
According to UPD, two small bags of marijuana were found in the car Treon Harris was driving. He was not charged because the car is not his.
According to UPD, two passengers were in the car with Harris, including true freshman cornerback Jalen Tabor and another UF student.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
If you don’t have the Longhorn Network, you will be missing out on some quality programming on Christmas.
ESPN announced on Thursday that LHN, its 24-hour University of Texas channel, will air a five-hour special called “BEVO: Home for the Holidays” that solely consists of the mascot roaming at his ranch. For real.
The special will air from 7 a.m. to noon central time and feature “the first-ever BEVO cam” where “fans can watch the longhorn roam his natural habitat.”
The special also features a “festive holiday music playlist.” We can only hope that the playlist was picked by BEVO himself.
“BEVO holds a special place in Texas fans’ hearts, so what better gift for our viewers than to have him join the family at home for the holidays,” said Jill Husak, LHN’s director of marketing, in a release. “Beloved BEVO on his scenic ranch, combined with holiday music, will make the perfect television background when Texas fans gather on Christmas morning.”
Best of all, the program will be completely commercial free, so you won’t miss any of the action.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Gildan New Mexico Bowl Utah State (9-4) vs. UTEP (7-5) Albuquerque, N.M. Dec. 20, 2014
Utah State’s regular season ended in disappointing fashion. With a chance to earn a spot in the Mountain West title game, the Aggies were blown out 50-19 by Boise State, snapping a five-game winning streak. The Aggies hope to get the bad taste out of their mouths in the New Mexico Bowl against UTEP on Saturday in Albuquerque.
The Aggies have a pretty favorable matchup against the Miners. Utah State’s biggest strength is its defense – particularly its rush defense. Led by brothers Zach (145 tackles) and Nick Vigil (116 tackles) at linebacker, the Aggies allowed just 129.3 yards per game on the ground this season.
This is bad news for a UTEP offense that threw for just 144.3 yards per game – 120th in the nation – and relies primarily on the rushing attack (212.7 yards per game) of sophomore Aaron Jones (1,233 yards, 11 TDs), senior Nathan Jeffery (513 yards, 5 TDs) and senior quarterback Jameill Showers (288 yards, 4 TDs).
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Nevada (7-5) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4) New Orleans, La. Dec. 20, 2014
Louisiana-Lafayette will be in familiar territory for its 2014 bowl game.
The Ragin’ Cajuns will head east to the Superdome looking for its fourth straight win for a 10 a.m. local start in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday against Nevada.
The Cajuns overcame a 1-3 to start to win seven of its last eight games, finishing 8-4 overall and second in the Sun Belt with a 7-1 conference record. Led by dual-threat senior quarterback Terrance Broadway, a three-year starter, and sophomore tailback Elijah McGuire, ULL put up an average of 229.4 yards rushing a game, 23rd in the country.
Broadway threw for 2,073 yards and 12 touchdowns while gaining 634 yards and three scores on the ground. McGuire racked up 1,165 yards and 14 touchdowns on 7.8 yards per carry. Additionally, 238-pound senior Alonzo Harris ran for 737 yards and 12 touchdowns.