- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday31 mins ago
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Need proof that college football season is about to start? Rick Neuheisel has a new song.
The former UCLA coach and current Pac-12 Network analyst debuted "Stairway to Playoffs" on Wednesday's Dan Patrick Show. And it's as good as his previous covers.
"Stairway to Playoffs" is a tour of the national college football landscape to the tune of "Stairway to Heaven" and yes, it mentions Jameis Winston's crab legs citation.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday58 mins ago
TCU has a starting quarterback. However, both Trevone Boykin and Matt Joeckel will play against Samford.
Gary Patterson said Tuesday that he's decided on a starter. However, like other coaches, he's not going to reveal that information before the game.
"In practice, they were pretty well even," Patterson said. "On my sheet, there was definitely one who had an edge in practices and will be the guy we run out there to start. Both will play, and we'll go about our business. They both did well. We pride ourselves in red zone. In the two stadium scrimmages, the offense did well against the defense."
Not many clues there, eh? Maybe both will start. It's not a crazy idea. Boykin has played both QB and WR in his time at TCU and Patterson hasn't ruled out Boykin seeing time at WR if Joeckel is playing quarterback.
"If you want to learn the offense, the best place to be is at quarterback," Boykin said via PurpleMenace.com."I think I can jump out there in any position and know the offense. That's not a problem."
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Mike MacIntyre remembers the exact moment when he had his reckoning.
It was January, 3 a.m., and Colorado’s football coach was in Nashville visiting his parents who had been placed into an assisted living home just a couple months before.
As he stood there in that moment, months of pent up emotion and struggle washed over him. It wasn’t so much about the Buffaloes 4-8 football season — that, as strange as it sounds, had almost proven to be an escape — it was watching his parents, his once bright and lively parents, needing orderlies to help them with the most mundane things. It was the blood test results he had received the day before he arrived in Nashville that said he would likely be on a slew of medications thanks to poor diet and not enough exercise. It was the insurance company that deemed his health high-risk. It was the overweight and tired Mike MacIntyre that sadly looked back at him as he tried to wrestle all of his problems at the same time.
He knew things had to change.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Any Purdue student can go to Saturday's game for free.
The Boilermakers open up the season at home against Western Michigan and the school announced Wednesday that all students would be able to go to the game for free. Students have the opportunity to get their free tickets online, on campus or at the Purdue ticket office.
The combined record of Purdue and Western Michigan in 2013 was 2-22. You can see how demand for the game may be less than high.
In addition to the free tickets for the Purdue games, students who purchased football tickets can get a free ticket to two other games. To get those tickets, studenst simply have to pick the two games by September 3.
The promotion made us realize that if you're a student at Purdue who didn't purchase season tickets and had nice friends, you could go to all seven of Purdue's home games for free. You would just need three friends to give you both of their free tickets and you'd be all set.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
SMU is using Kevlar to try to cut the risk of concussions.
The school announced a partnership with Unequal Technologies on Tuesday that means every Mustang player's helmet will be lined with Kevlar on the inside. Kevlar is a high-strength synthetic fiber that's used to reinforce other products like tires and bulletproof vests.
According to the school, equipment manager Albert Veytia has been experimenting with Kevlar lining underneath parts of other equipment since 2011. Unequal made the Kevlar lining that Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo used in a rib protector after he broke his ribs.
The technology is called the Unequal Gyro, which has Kevlar and Acceleron, technology that the school says predicts a lower risk of concussions.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
West Virginia QB Clint Trickett kissed and told on Tuesday.
The Mountaineers open the season against Alabama on Saturday and Tickett was asked about his familiarity with Alabama coach Nick Saban. It stood to reason that Trickett would have a level of knowledge about Saban because his dad coached with Saban at LSU and his brother was a graduate assistant at Alabama in Saban's first season.
"His daughter was my first kiss, Kristen, back in the day," Trickett said with a laugh. So yeah... I don't know if I should've said that. She's actually engaged now. Coach Nick's one of the greatest there is. My brother worked for him, he was a GA for him when he first got to Alabama. And we've just known him for years, good family friend and just one of the best coaches out there.
Oh, when was this rendezvous? Trickett volunteered that inforrmation before the next question could proceed.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Urban Meyer isn’t worried about J.T. Barrett.
Ohio State’s new redshirt freshman quarterback has been thrust into a high-pressure situation as he tries to replace injured starter Braxton Miller, and Meyer said he hasn’t flinched.
“ He's not someone you have to watch to see their demeanor because it's the same as it was two weeks ago,” Meyer said during his weekly press conference. “We all know what's coming down the barrel at him, but he's handled it very well.”
Barrett hasn’t been allowed to speak with the media since Miller was ruled out for the season with a torn labrum and he was thrust into the starting role, but teammates have been impressed with how he’s adapted.
“You could kind of tell from the beginning of camp that (Barrett) was trying to work on his maturity and his leadership as a young player,” senior wide receiver Evan Spencer told The Lantern. “But after Braxton went down in practice, I think he kind of realized pretty quickly, ‘All right, well, time to take a leadership role.’
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
As Mike Leach's Washington State Cougars get ready to play Rutgers on Thursday, Leach says his team is 100 percent healthy.
"Amazingly, over two years and a half years, we've been 100 percent healthy," Leach said Tuesday via WazzuWatch.com. "Our team is 100 percent healthy and there hasn't been as much as a hangnail in two and half years. So anything that has to do with health or injury, there's no excuses to hide behind here, because this team and every team we've had is healthy as can be."
If you know anything about football and have a working bovine manure detector, you know that's false. Need proof? Well, here's Leach's Sunday media availabilty. As astutely pointed out by NJ.com, at just after the two-minute mark, a player walks by on crutches.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater might be gone to the NFL, but he hasn’t forgotten the team and the fans that helped him get there.
On Tuesday, Bridgewater took out a full-page ad in the Louisville student newspaper, The Cardinal News, thanking the fans and wishing Louisville luck on the upcoming season.
Here’s the text of the ad:
This is a classy gesture by Bridgewater. Not sure how many former quarterbacks would take out a full-page ad thanking their former fan base and team, but it’s clear Bridgewater’s time at Louisville meant a lot to him and he wanted to show it.
Thanks to Reddit
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Texas Tech QB Davis Webb wanted to treat his offensive linemen. Linemen like food and barbecue is popular in Texas, so the solution was a barbecue meal.
“The biggest thing, I guess for those guys is I bought them a $275 meal at Rudy’s last week, and I think they feel a lot more comfortable with me too,” Webb said Monday via the Dallas Morning News.
Webb said his grandfather, who played baseball and football at Baylor, always said to take care of your pl;ayers. So he followed his advice and said he got a tangible result right away.
“I felt like the next day they practiced a lot harder,” Webb said. ”So I wonder if I need to do that every week.”
If Webb did that, he should probably go ask the Texas Tech athletic center to start cooking up some barbecue for him. $275 a week is a big hit for a lot of working folks, let alone a college kid barred by the NCAA from making money off his likeness.