- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
The woman who initially accused former Alabama and Georgia defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor has been charged with filing a false police report but the charges against Taylor still currently stand according to Tuscaloosa, Ala., police.
Tuscaloosa County Lt. Kip Hart said Tuesday that based on the evidence available at the scene, there's still probable cause to charge Taylor with a crime pending completion of the department's investigation. After an incident with his girlfriend on Saturday, Taylor was charged with domestic assault. Earlier Tuesday, Tuscaloosa police issued a statement and said Taylor's girlfriend had recanted her accusations.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
A lot of college football programs like to have fun with their fans on April Fools Day. Florida is taking it to a whole new level on Wednesday by having university president Kent Fuchs and new Gators head coach Jim McElwain switch jobs.
“Being president is nice and all, but frankly it’s a lot more dull than I thought it would be,” Fuchs said to the Alligator, Florida’s student newspaper. “I’ve been in higher education for a long time, plus I’m an engineer. I could use a little excitement in my life.”
McElwain is on board with the switch, too, and is already making changes to the school’s graduation ceremony at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
“I’m thinking we skip the stage for the graduates to walk across,” he said. “Now picture this: Instead, we have them run out of the tunnel while the band plays the fight song. Of course, they might trip on those gowns they wear — I need to work on that. Maybe we put them all in uniforms. Then, just to make things interesting, we bring in a T-shirt cannon and fire rolled-up diplomas out into the crowd.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Armond Armstead and USC have settled his lawsuit against the school, a team doctor and a medical center.
The former Trojan defensive end was suing because he said he suffered a heart attack in 2011 due to the overuse of Toradol. The painkiller was prescribed by USC's team doctor, James Tibone, who said in a court deposition that he didn't agree with the FDA cardiovascular warnings regarding the drug.
Terms of the settlement were not released. Armstead missed the 2011 season and was an undrafted free agent after he wasn't selected in the 2012 NFL draft.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Jake Rudock could be on his way to Michigan.
According to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman, Rudock, the former Iowa starting quarterback, “has been told by the Big Ten his waiver to be eligible to play in 2015 has been approved.” That decision clears the way for Rudock to play immediately at Michigan, where he visited last week.
In fact, ESPN is reporting that Michigan will be Rudock’s landing spot.
Rudock, a fifth-year senior who started the past two seasons for the Hawkeyes, decided to transfer earlier this month. Per ESPN’s report, Rudock is hoping to battle for the team’s starting spot under new head coach Jim Harbaugh.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
A potential starter in Auburn’s secondary is expected to miss an extended period of time.
Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn confirmed Tuesday that junior cornerback T.J. Davis tore his ACL last week and had surgery recently to repair the torn ligament. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound Davis had been competing in spring practice to start opposite Jonathan Jones for the Tigers.
Davis played in 13 games for the Tigers last season, mainly on special teams, but was able to crack the rotation at corner during SEC play. Malzahn called Davis’ injury “a tough blow.”
“He injured his knee last week, before we left (for spring break),” Malzahn said, per Al.com. “That’s a tough blow, but we’re hoping to get him back during the season.”
Jones has been limited this spring due to a foot issue, so Davis had been seeing plenty of time at corner before his injury.
“It’s very unfortunate,” Malzahn said. “He was making some progress at defensive back, and you know, he’s one of our better special teams players, too, but he’ll do everything he can to get back.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
6-year-old Owen Provencher got to spend a day with the Cal football team recently. If the team needs any help at wide receiver in 12 years or so, he's probably worth a scholarship offer. He's got some good hands.
Provencher has cystic fibrosis and got to hang out with some Cal football players recently. He also got to meet coach Sonny Dykes, the first person he meets in the video. He even got his hair cut at the Cal barbershop.
His father, Gary, is a Cal grad and the trip was set up through Cal's equipment director. Gary said Owen slept in his Cal jersey that night.
Cystic fibrosis is a disease that causes mucus buildup in the body. Here's a sample of Provencher's typical day from the Cal site:
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
The woman who accused former Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor of domestic violence has recanted her statements, according to the Tuscaloosa Police Department.
Taylor was arrested Saturday evening and charged with domestic violence third-degree assault and domestic violence third-degree criminal mischief following an alleged altercation with his 24-year-old girlfriend. The woman told police that she and Taylor got into a verbal argument that turned physical. Police said that the woman had “minor injuries to her neck” and found probable cause to arrest Taylor.
A day after the arrest, Taylor was dismissed from the Alabama football program.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
The Mid-American Conference is boycotting Indiana because of its new religious-freedom law.
The commissioner of the MAC, John Steinbrecher, told ESPN that the conference will not hold meetings in the state until the law is changed or repealed.
"The Mid-American Conference will not schedule any more meetings or championships in Indiana until this current matter is brought to a sensible and appropriate conclusion," Steinbrecher told the site.
When the law was passed last week, the NCAA issued a strongly-worded statementthat threatened the existence of NCAA events in the state if the law continued. The NCAA is based in Indianapolis.
The MAC holds its annual presidents' meetings in Indianapolis. The football conference championship game is held in Detroit. A petition has already been created to move the Big Ten title game out of Indianapolis.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
North Carolina Central defensive back Tariq Jacobs was injured in a crash Tuesday evening in Durham, N.C., that killed Chekeria Reid.
Reid, also a NCCCU student, was a manager for both the football and women's basketball teams.
According to ABC 11 in Raleigh-Durham, Jacobs was taken to Duke Hospital after the crash. His injuries were not specified. The accident is under investigation and speed is believed to possibly be a factor.
Jacobs, a sophomore, didn't record any statistics as a member of the team in 2014. North Carolina Central's football team went 7-5 in 2014 – including a loss to East Carolina – and has FBS teams Florida International and Duke on its schedule in 2015.
The school said a memorial service will be held for Reid at 4 p.m. Wednesday at O'Kelly Riddick Stadium.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Utah State junior quarterback Darell Garretson is transferring, the program announced Tuesday.
Garretson started 11 games for the program over the past two seasons, but was unlikely to receive much playing time behind Chuckie Keeton, who was granted an additional season of eligibility from the NCAA after missing most of the past two seasons due to knee injuries.
“We thank Darell for his contributions to Utah State football the past two years and wish him the best in the future,” head coach Matt Wells said in a statement.
After Keeton went down with a torn ACL and MCL against BYU in October 2013, Garretson filled in as a freshman and started the team’s final seven games, leading the team to a 6-1 record. He threw for 1,446 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing 60 percent of his passes and led the Aggies to a win over Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl.