- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday34 mins ago
Nebraska said Monday it had hired a new PA announcer for Memorial Stadium. A day later it doesn't have one again.
According to KETV in Omaha, former station sports director John Schuetz said he was told he no longer had the job as the PA announcer because of a now-deleted "social media post" that was critical of the school's decision to fire Bo Pelini in November 2014.
In a conversation with KETV NewsWatch 7, Schuetz said Tuesday he was told the University was going in a different direction.
Schuetz said he understands the University's position, and has no animosity about its decision to look for another announcer.
The post was reportedly on Facebook.
Schuetz out as #Huskers PA man, 1 day after hiring. He says an old Facebook post critical of Neb did him in; he says Neb made right decision
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday41 mins ago
UCLA defensive back Ishmael Adams has been suspended following his weekend robbery arrest, Bruins head coach Jim Mora announced Tuesday.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the suspension is indefinite, pending additional information obtained by police.
Adams was arrested at 3:36 a.m. Sunday for allegedly using force to steal a cell phone from an Uber driver.
Per the Times, Adams was released on bail Tuesday at 6:24 a.m and has a court date scheduled for Sept. 22.
Adams, a redshirt junior, was a first team All-Pac-12 selection last year. He registered 41 tackles and two interceptions, both of which he returned for touchdowns. Adams also started every game for the Bruins in 2013 and led the team with four interceptions. He also totaled 61 tackles.
UCLA opens up its season at home against Virginia on Saturday.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Urban Meyer reiterated his stance Tuesday: he will not publicly name Ohio State’s starting quarterback prior to Monday’s opener at Virginia Tech.
However, he did hint during Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference that he’s made his decision. He also said both J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones are likely play over the course of the season.
“I kinda have an idea of who’s gonna go early,” Meyer said, per Cleveland.com. “I’ve also made the decision that when you have good players, you play them. I would anticipate throughout the course of the year, we’ll play both quarterbacks.”
With the Buckeyes opening on a Monday, Meyer noted that the usual game-week practice schedule has shifted a bit with an off day Tuesday. After Wednesday’s practice, though, Meyer said, he should be firm with his decision on the starter.
It’s a win-win situation for Meyer. Both Jones, a junior, and Barrett, a redshirt sophomore, have proven to be more than capable.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Wide receiver Desean Holmes, a former four-star recruit, won’t play for San Diego State this season after he abruptly packed up his dorm room and left the school without telling anyone.
According to coach Rocky Long, Holmes missed a morning weightlifting session on Friday and when a graduate student went to find him, Holmes dorm room was vacant.
He was only with the program five days.
“The young man has a lot of problems, way too many for us to handle,” Long told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Obviously, he wasn’t ready to be here.”
Holmes had 14 known scholarship offers, including some from major programs such as UCLA, USC, Nebraska and Oklahoma, but signed with the Aztecs on National Signing Day. However, Long said Holmes stopped communicating with the coaches during the summer. He reconnected a couple weeks before school started, enrolled and was in class on the first day of school on Monday.
Long said recruiting coordinator Tony White had talked with people connected with Holmes, but hasn’t been able to get in touch with the star receiver, who lives with a foster family.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
The Sun Belt added Coastal Carolina as its 12th member on Tuesday.
The league announced Tuesday that the Chanticleers will join Sun Belt in all sports but football for the 2016-17 year, with the football program joining the fold for the 2017 season.
After multiple outlets reported the news Monday night, the conference confirmed it with a press conference Tuesday afternoon near Coastal Carolina’s Myrtle Beach, S.C., campus.
"This is a great day for the Sun Belt Conference as we are very proud to have Coastal Carolina University join our membership," said Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson. "The Sun Belt is a growing conference with a bright future and Coastal Carolina makes a perfect fit as it too has seen a tremendous amount of growth and has all the tools necessary to move forward at the highest level of collegiate athletics.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Tennessee defensive end Andrew Butcher was arrested over the weekend.
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, officers found Butcher, a true freshman, drunkenly “running around” on Interstate 40 around 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning.
"The defendant was running around on 40 East near James White Parkway," the arrest report says, per The Tennessean. "Upon contact with the defendant he had a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet."
The 18-year-old was subsequently arrested and charged with “public intoxication, underage possession of alcohol and violating a controlled access roadway.”
According to police, Butcher admitted to drinking beer that night. He was later released after posting bound.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Central Florida coach George O’Leary wants to be the school’s athletic director, according to a report in USA Today.
O’Leary, 69, was named the interim athletic director in June and is willing to step down as football coach to assume athletic director duties full time.
According to USA Today, which spoke to two people close to the situation on the condition of anonymity, UCF was readying for a national search to replace Todd Stansbury, but put those plans on hold after O’Leary approached school president John Hitt with the idea to become the full-time athletic director. However, there’s concern about O’Leary’s administration experience. He’s been a coach either at the college or NFL level since 1980.
The article suggests that if O’Leary were to become the school’s AD, offensive coordinator Brent Key would be the new football coach. Key has been at UCF since 2005.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Former USC linebacker Morgan Breslin is suing the university.
According to the Los Angeles Daily News, Breslin claims that school officials “guided him in purchasing” a disability insurance policy that has provided “inadequate coverage” for an injury.
Breslin, 24, played for the Trojans in 2012 and 2013, filed the suit Friday alleging “breach of contract, fraud and both intentional and negligent interference with prospective economic relations.” He was injured in USC’s game at Arizona State on Sept. 28, 2013 (you know, the one that got Lane Kiffin fired).
He says the injury prevented him from pursuing a professional football career.
From the Daily News:
Breslin was designated an exceptional student athlete for the 2013-14 season as part of an NCAA program that encourages athletes to stay in school and complete their degree program while being offered the chance to buy disability insurance, the suit states.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
LSU has its starting quarterback. Coach Les Miles said Monday evening that Brandon Harris had beaten out Anthony Jennings for the job.
“Brandon Harris, he’s throwing the ball more accurately,” Miles said via the Baton Rouge Advocate. “He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do.”
Miles did say that both Harris and Jennings would see playing time against McNeese State on September 5. While the Cowboys gave Nebraska a big scare in 2014, it wouldn't be surprising if a lot of LSU's backups see the field in the second half.
Harris was considered the frontrunner for the job despite receiving less playing time than Jennings did in 2014. He started just one game in 2014 and it was a disaster. As the Tigers lost 41-7 to Auburn, Harris was 3-14 passing for 58 yards. 52 yards came on one completion.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Greyson Lambert will start Saturday’s season opener against Louisiana-Monroe, coach Mark Richt announced Monday.
Richt said Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta will share second-team reps this week.
“There may be other or others who get in the game, but right now the thing that I know that he’ll start the game,”Richt said. “Very, very close competition. Still being contested in my mind. But at this point we felt it'd be wise to name a starter and get him ready to play in this ballgame.”
Lambert was a transfer from Virginia where he started eight games last season before being replaced. He completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,632 yards 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.