- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 mins ago
Darius James is leaving the Texas program.
James, a 6-foot-5, 304-pound offensive lineman, confirmed to the Austin American-Statesman that he’s been given his release and will transfer to another program.
James played in six games and started twice at right tackle for the Longhorns last season as a redshirt freshman, but missed the second half of the season due to a knee injury.
James, a native of Killeen, Texas, was a highly-regarded prospect coming out of the class of 2013. Rivals rated James as the top center in the class and the 65th-best player overall. He redshirted his first season on campus.
James missed the spring while continuing to rehab his injured knee, but was considered a potential starter for the Longhorns in 2015. Instead, he decided to continue his career elsewhere.
For more Texas news, visit Orangebloods.com.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Yeah, Ohio State and Oregon made a nice bit of money for making the first College Football Playoff Championship, but they also spent a big chunk of change to get there.
According to CBS Sports, the Buckeyes spent $4.4 million to get to the Sugar Bowl and the title game while Oregon spent $3.8 million for the Rose Bowl and title game.
The entire list of expenses and accompanying chart is fascinating and we highly recommend you take a look. Here are a few points from it:
• Ohio State and Oregon's per-game expenditures weren't the highest of the four teams participating in the playoff. Alabama spent the most of anyone for the Sugar Bowl, spending approximately $2.6 million to send over 900 people – yes, over 900 – to the game. Almost half of those were classified under "band and cheerleaders," according to CBS.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
There will be three new bowl games in 2015.
According to ESPN, the NCAA made the games official and they will be hosted in Austin, Texas, Orlando and Tucson, Ari. An official announcement is expected later this week from the NCAA.
Matchups for the new bowls are as follows: Tucson (Mountain West versus Conference USA), Austin, Texas (American versus Sun Belt) and Orlando (American versus Sun Belt).
The three additional games mean there will be 42 bowl games at the conclusion of the 2015 season, counting the College Football Playoff Championship, and 82 teams will be required to fill up all the bowl spots. The bowl in Orlando, the Cure Bowl, is set for December 19 while the game in Tucson, the Arizona Bowl, is on December 29.
The game in Austin would be played at the University of Texas' Stadium. The Orlando game would also give the city three bowl games with the continued presence of the Russell Athletic Bowl and the Citrus Bowl.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Oh, what a difference a couple months make.
In March, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he thought his membership would be in favor of a conference title game and reiterated last week that his league had to do something about being left out of the inaugural College Football Playoff. However, after meeting with the league’s athletic directors on Tuesday, Bowlsby seemed to back away from that declaration.
“I’m not sensing that’s where we’re headed,” Bowlsby saidof a possible conference title game.
Bowlsby said his conference would continue to push for deregulation of the NCAA’s rule that requires 12 teams for a conference championship game, but Bowlsby said people “shouldn’t draw any conclusions from that.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Texas Tech WR Reginald Davis was reportedly arrested for suspicion of marijuana possession on Monday.
According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Davis has been released from the Lubbock County Detention Center.
LPD Lt. Ray Mendoza said Davis was pulled over for a traffic violation around noon in the 5200 block of 50th Street. Officers allegedly found less than two ounces of marijuana in Davis’ possession, Mendoza said.
The amount means that he won't likely face a harsh punishment for the alleged offense.
A team spokesperson told the Avalanche-Journal that it was looking into the situation and was in the process of gathering information about it.
Davis had 29 catches for 318 yards and five touchdowns in 2014, though his production tailed off as the season went on. He was Texas Tech's sixth-leading receiver last season and is set to be in the mix for significant playing time again in 2015.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Wake Forest released its new uniforms for 2015 on Tuesday with the help of a very dramatic video.
According to the school's release, the jerseys feature a custom font to honor the school's founding in 1834.
Does the description mean the school would switch uniforms if or when Clawson is no longer the coach? Clawson arrived at the school from Bowling Green before the 2014 season.
Here are the uniforms in picture form. The set on the left is the alternate while the away uniform is in the middle and the road is on the right.
For comparison's sake, here's the black jersey Wake Forest wore last year.
We like the matte black helmets, though we've made no secret of our affinity for the style. We think the black jerseys on the left look the best of the three, at least in the pictures. The gold-dominated pattern stands out too much on both the white and the third jerseys.
What do you think?
For more Wake Forest news, visit DeaconsIllustrated.com.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Today’s Video of the Day comes from Auburn and its “Sports Collide” series, which it has been sharing via its Facebook and YouTube pages.
It’s a humorous series that shows various Auburn athletes participating in sports that are not their own.
The latest installment features former tight end — and current Cincinnati Bengal — C.J. Uzomah trying his hand at equestrian. And yes, as you'd imagine, it’s painful to watch.
We believe no tight ends or horses were injured during the making of this video, which should make the Bengals and PETA pleased.
Later in the video, three female gymnasts try their hand at football, and we must say the celebrations are quite fantastic. One commenter on the Auburn Facebook page called girls in full football regalia his new fantasy. But if that doesn’t pique your interest perhaps watching Cinmeon Bowers’ seductive floor routine might do the trick.
We don’t judge.
For more Auburn news, visit AuburnSports.com.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
The College Football Playoff was a big financial boon for most of conferences in college football, except for the American Athletic Conference (AAC), which actually lost money from the previous year, according to sports business reporter Kristi Dosh.
The AAC saw its overall revenue decline from $27.9 million in 2013, the final year of the BCS, to $15.2 million in 2014, the inaugural year of the College Football Playoff.
The reason for the decline is that the AAC, which was formerly the Big East, was no longer classified as a “Power Five” conference and therefore didn’t command the lion’s share of revenue it used to receive.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
The University of North Dakota is looking for a new nickname after phasing out its previous "Fighting Sioux" one. It reached out to the public for ideas on the new nickname and well, you can guess that there were a ton of entertaining choices.
It released the list of official candidates and non-candidates for selection on Monday, and as you can imagine, the list of the names rejected and the reasoning assocated with them is much more entertaining.
You can find the link to the PDF here, but we want you to be warned there are some, uh, inappropriate ideas. We'll go through some of the highlights of ones fit to print below. If you're a fan of juvenile humor (aren't we all?), you know where to click.
To view the list of considered names, click here.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
North Carolina was in the Star Wars spirit on Monday. And Gunter Brewer had Yoda ears.
The school posted a "Tar Wars" picture to Twitter for May 4th with coaches depicted as Star Wars characters. Behold:
That's athletic director Bubba Cunningham up top as Obi-Wan Kenobi, with defensive coordinator Gene Chizik as Hans Solo. Coach Larry Fedora is Luke Skywalker while Brewer, the team's co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach, got the Yoda treatment.
We really like North Carolina's chances if Fedora can break out some Jedi mind tricks during the fall. Though they'd have to be used sparingly. You don't want other teams to suspect you of foul play by abusing the tactic and winning every game 84-0.
For more UNC news, visit TarHeelIllustrated.com.
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