- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday41 mins ago
Running back Altee Tenpenny is working on his third college football program in eight months.
Nicholls State confirmed to al.com Thursday that Tenpenny has joined its program after being dismissed from UNLV earlier this month for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Tenpenny, a four-star recruit and the eighth-best running back in 2013 class, started his collegiate career at Alabama. He rushed for 218 yards on 48 carries before leaving Alabama in January.
Tenpenny has been practicing with Nicholls State this week, but it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to play this season.
For more Alabama news, visit TideSports.com.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Northwestern’s quarterback competition has come to an end.
Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald announced Thursday that Clayton Thorson will start the team’s opener against Stanford on Sept. 5.
Thorson, a redshirt freshman, beat out fifth-year senior Zack Oliver and redshirt sophomore Matt Alviti for the starting role.
Thorson was a highly decorated four-star recruitcoming out of Wheaton, Ill., and was rated No. 136 nationally by Rivals.com in the 2014 class. Additionally, Rivals tabbed Thorson as the sixth-best dual-threat quarterback and seventh best player from Illinois in his class.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
North Dakota State is joining the “cost-of-attendance” movement.
The school announced Thursday that it would provide full cost of attendance to all of its scholarship athletes beginning in the 2016-17 season. The school said it believes it’s one of only two FCS programs to take this step.
Cost-of-attendance stipends had been a big topic of debate on the FBS level before the Power Five conferences decided to endorse the move and allow school to add miscellaneous funds for items beyond tuition, fees, room, board and books.
However, full cost of attendance scholarships have not been discussed at the FCS level. But NDSU is not the typical FCS program. It has won four straight FCS titles and has competed well against FBS opponents. It not only has raised the bar on the field, but it's now putting pressure on other FCS schools to keep up in order to attract high-level athletes.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
The injury bug continues to bite Tennessee.
Vols head coach Butch Jonessaid Thursday that senior safety LaDarrell McNeil will be out “for an extended period of time” due to “neck instability.”
“This one came kind of out of nowhere,” Jones said. “He's had some neck instability there, so he's undergoing further examination, but he will be out an extended period of time. It could be a lengthy period of time, but everything is about the welfare of our student athletes and making sure that there's life after football and everything that he's going through.”
McNeil is entering his fourth year as a starter for the Vols. He has played in 36 games, including 31 starts, over the past three seasons and is one of the leaders of the defense. In those three seasons, McNeil has tallied a total of 188 tackles and three interceptions.
Jones also announced that senior receiver Pig Howard is suspended for the season opener against Bowling Green for violating team rules. Jones said the violation occurred months ago.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Sarkisian told the Pac-12 Network on Thursday that the school was going to help him get treatment.
“I think the biggest thing is, I’m at the greatest university in the world,” Sarkisian said. “And I’m fortunate for that. We have unbelievable people here in place that can make that happen. I’m fortunate for that. Is it ideal? No. It’s not. But I think it sends a great message to our team that I’m willing to step forward and want the treatment. To figure out exactly to what extent that is. And our team has been awesome about it.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
N.C. State running back Shadrach Thornton will miss the first two games of the season.
Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren said Thursday that the senior is suspended for violating athletic department policy. According to the News & Observer, Doeren said the suspension stems from “a university issue that happened six months ago.” Doeren did not provide specifics.
This is the third suspension of Thornton’s N.C. State career. He missed a game in 2013 after a June 2013 misdemeanor assault arrest that involved his then-girlfriend. Those charges were later deferred.
Thornton also was hit with a marijuana possession charge in December 2013, but the charge was dropped and he did not miss any games.
The 6-foot-1, 218 pound Thornton led the Wolfpack with 907 rushing yards in 2014. He also had nine rushing touchdowns and 133 yards and a touchdown on 15 receptions. Overall in his career, Thornton has 2,369 yards and 16 touchdowns rushing.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
A day after Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster raised some eyebrows for saying the Hokies were consideringtaking money from a player’s cost of attendance stipendas a form of discipline, Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville told ESPN that the Bearcats are considering the same.
Tuberville said the idea is to hold players “accountable” if they break team rules or do not meet academic requirements.
Cincinnati said that the plan, which Tuberville has considered long before Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster made similar comments Wednesday, would be subject to an appeal.
Tuberville said "effort" -- in addressing off-the-field shortcomings, not athletic performance -- would be a factor in determining any withholdings.
Bearcats athletic director Mike Bohn said it would be a “tool” to help student-athletes.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
When Louisville hosts Clemson on Sept. 17 for a primetime Thursday night matchup, the Cardinals will wear brand new black alternate uniforms.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Did Auburn's athletic department influence the school's decision to keep its public administration major?
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the school had decided to eliminate the major in 2013. However, following discussions with the athletic department, the major survived.
In addition to meeting with the school’s provost to urge him to spare public administration, the documents show, top athletic officials also offered to use athletic department funds, if necessary, to help pay its professors and support staff. Gary Waters, Auburn’s senior associate athletic director for academic services, wrote in an email in January 2013 that athletics had made “similar investments in academic programs during the last few years,” although in those cases, he added, “it has not been publicized.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
UConn now has a completely gray uniform to wear in 2015.
The Huskies unveiled the uniform on Wednesday.
The best part of this uniform is easily the helmet. Gray is an overplayed color in college football to begin with, and going all gray just seems really drab. But Nike loves gray and UConn is a Nike school, so it made sense that the Huskies were going to have gray uniforms at some point.
Simply adding blue pants or a blue jersey to the other gray elements would be a huge step up. We'll see when UConn wears this uniform in 2015. Hopefully it's not on an overcast day in Storrs. That may be too much gray to handle.
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