- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday26 mins ago
One of the top recruits in the 2016 class is being accused of felony burglary charges stemming from a college visit to the University of Georgia last week.
A police warrant has been issued for Darnell Salomon, a 6-2, 184-pound wide receiver from Hialeah, Fla. According to UGASports.com, Salomon, who has 19 scholarship offers from top programs across the country, is accused by two female UGA student-athletes of stealing an iPhone and a wallet with two credit cards from the dorm at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
“After they were startled and he left, it was determined that a wallet and an iPhone were missing,” said UGA police chief Jimmy Williamson, per the Macon Telegraph. “As we investigated, we have every reason to believe that the person responsible for these thefts was a visitor to our campus.”
A police report states that Salomon, 17, was visiting for Georgia’s “Dawg Night” festivities and was staying with two UGA football players.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday49 mins ago
Today’s Video of the Day features Ohio, one of our favorite Mid-American Conference teams, getting into the military spirit.
Like many teams before them, Ohio used Navy SEAL training prior to the start of fall camp to create toughness and more importantly, bond as a program.
This workout, which started at 5 a.m., looks absolutely brutal, especially when guys are crawling through sand dragging a teammate underneath them.
At one point, Jake Zweig, who is leading the workout, yells: "Right now, you're more uncomfortable than you'll ever be in a game."
This approach in a collegiate offseason isn’t new. Several teams work with Navy SEALs in the offseason as a team-building exercise and usually have nothing but positive things to say about the experience afterward.
At the end of the video, Ohio seems to also have enjoyed the experience.
The only think missing is coach Frank Solich getting dragged across the beach.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Jay Paterno, the son of late Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, is suing the university.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Paterno, a PSU assistant from 1995-2011, is suing the university for “improper termination” along with former another former assistant, Bill Kenney. In the lawsuit, the two coaches accuse Penn State “of engaging in civil conspiracy against them” and are seeking compensation “in excess of $1 million.”
Paterno and Kenney (who coached at PSU from 1989-2011) were not retained as assistant coaches when Bill O’Brien was hired by the school in January 2012 following the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Per the Post-Gazette, Paterno and Kenney claim that Penn State has made it extremely difficult for them to attain coaching positions.
In the complaint, they claim the university damaged their reputations through press releases made after O’Brien hired his staff and through its acceptance of the NCAA consent decree, making them unemployable for other football coaching positions.
- Christopher Wilson at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
The college football offseason is long and arduous, but its end is almost in sight. We’re going to take a look at five games you have to look forward to for every weekend of the season. (This is also a handy guide to decide how to RSVP for any autumn weddings.)
All times are Eastern and all games are played on Saturday unless otherwise noted.
These games take place the weekend of September 13.
Georgia at South Carolina (3:30 p.m.)
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Offensive linemen are strong. Really, really strong. If you don’t believe me, just watch this incredible display from Iowa tackle Brandon Scherff.
The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Scherff is heading into his senior season, and it’s clear that he means business in his final season of eligibility. Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle tweeted out this video of Scherff doing three hang clean reps at 443 pounds.
Take a look.
Scherff’s prowess in the weight room is no secret. He put up 410 pounds in the hang clean last summer and the thought that he’s even stronger heading into 2014 has to be a frightening prospect for defensive ends around the Big Ten.
That brute size and strength is part of why Scherff is being considered a top prospect for the 2015 NFL Draft. He had an extremely productive 2013 campaign on the field, too. He started all 13 games for the Hawkeyes at left tackle, earning first team All-Big Ten honors from the league’s coaches.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
ESPN teams up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation every year to make dreams come true for young people with life-threatening diseases. For 18-year-old Stephen Loszewski, his dream was to play football for Michigan, his family’s favorite school.
That dream was cut short when Loszewski was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011, his freshman year of high school. He could no longer play football, but thanks to the generosity of the Michigan program, Loszewski got the five-star recruit treatment on a trip to Ann Arbor last month.
He received a personal letter from Michigan head coach Brady Hoke and a knock at the door from St. Louis Rams tackle Jake Long – a two time All-American with the Wolverines. Long informed him he’d be taking an official recruiting visit where he’d get to meet the team and coaching staff and catch passes on the field at the Big House.
Words don’t do it justice, you have to watch the full video.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
SEC coaches aren’t the only ones who can do a bit of talking during the offseason.
After participating in a golf tournament with several other coaches and supporters in suburban Chicago Monday, Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald urged the fans in attendance to fill Ryan Field on a weekly basis for the upcoming season.
Fitzgerald also alluded to one game in particular – the homecoming showdown with Nebraska on Oct. 18. The Nebraska fan base travels well and Fitzgerald threw a little dig at the Cornhusker State while doing his part to stir up some anticipation for the game.
“It’s a pretty boring state, so they’re really excited to see Chicago,” Fitzgerald said, per the Chicago Tribune. “I talked to the state senator about putting state troopers out on I-80 (to block them.)”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
A few months after the NCAA announced that it would institute a handful of new academic policies beginning in 2016, the ACC has launched an initiative to make college prospects more aware of the changes.
For prospective Division I student-athletes who are graduating from high school in 2016 or later, the student-athlete must graduate with a 2.3 GPA in order to be eligible as a true freshman in college. With this new requirement and others on the way, the ACC released a video to get the word out to prospects.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Former Illinois offensive lineman Shawn Afryl died of cardiac arrest on Monday evening after he collapsed during a practice at Winona State in Minnesota.
Afryl, 22, spent three seasons with the Illini from 2010-2012, took a season off and then recently signed with Winona State for his final season of eligibility.
He had no known prior medical conditions.
Curtis Tate, who coached Afryl at Niles West, told the Chicago Tribune paramedics were unable to revive Afryl and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Illinois released a statement expresses its condolences.
"All of us in the Fighting Illini football family are greatly saddened by Shawn's passing last night," Illinois head coach Tim Beckman said. "He was a great teammate and a dedicated student. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."
Afryl played in just one game with the Illini — against Charleston Southern in 2012 — and graduated with a degree in political science in 2013.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
One of football’s favorite couples, ESPN college football sideline reporter Samantha Ponder and Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, recently had their first child. The pregnancy was kept under wraps until the news of the Ponder’s new daughter emerged on social media in the past few days.
With Vikings training camp getting started this week, ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling confirmed with Ponder, a Florida State alum, that his wife gave birth to a baby girl named Bowden.
Yes, the child is named after legendary Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden, Ponder’s coach from 2006-2009 in Tallahassee.
“Ponder and his wife, ESPN college football reporter Samantha Ponder, welcomed their first child earlier this month. They named their little girl Bowden Sainte-Claire Ponder -- the middle name is the same as Samantha's, while the first, of course, pays homage to retired Florida State coach Bobby Bowden.”
I'm sure that tribute will bring a smile to the face of any FSU fan.