- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday12 mins ago
The College Football Playoff announced Tuesday that it would provide financial assistance to families traveling to the semifinals and championship of the College Football Playoff.
The CFPimplemented the program last year for the national championship, offering $1,250 per parent or guardian, which came out to roughly $500,000 for the CFP .
This year’s initiative will encompass all three of the CFP games and will provide a $2,500 stipend per student-athlete for up to 100 families from each participating institution.
The NCAA allows the CFP to provide up to $3,000 in travel expenses for families of each competing student-athlete.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday31 mins ago
Notre Dame running back Greg Bryant will not suit up for the Irish this season.
Coach Brian Kelly announced Tuesday that Bryant would remain on scholarship and would be allowed to practice with the team, but that he would not occupy a roster spot.
“There are certain expectations within our program that must be met on a daily basis,” Kelly said in a statement. “Quite simply, Greg did not meet those expectations.”
Pete Sampson of Irish Illustrated, who spoke with Bryant’s father, said Bryant was declared academically ineligible, but that he would return to campus for school on Aug. 22.
Father said Bryant needed a B+ in a summer school course to stay eligible. Received a B- “It was that close,” Bryant Sr. said.
Bryant played in 12 games last season and ranked second in rushing for the Irish with 289 yards. His three rushing TDs were fourth-best on the team.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
San Diego State's new uniforms for 2015 were released on Tuesday.
Here's the program's teaser video of the uniforms.
We love the design on the helmet and the shoulders of the jerseys. Do you recognize it at all? It's from the Aztec Calendar. These may be the best new helmets of 2015. At least among primary designs.
The design appears on the sides of the pants as well. SDSU will wear black at home and white on the road.
The Nike uniforms are part of the company's new "Mach Speed" collection. Here are more pics of the new duds, which will debut in San Diego State's opening game against San Diego.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Wake Forest announced the suspension of two players ahead of fall camp for violating team rules.
Defensive back Thomas Brown has been suspended one game and offensive lineman Ryan Anderson will miss five games for undisclosed violations.
Both players will be allowed to practice during their suspensions.
Anderson was the favorite to be the team’s starting center and Brown a starting safety.
Brown has played in 23 games in the past two years with one start. The highlight of his career came in 2013 when as a true freshman he returned a fumble 59 yards against Duke to give the Demon Deacons an early 7-0 lead in what would ultimately be a 28-21 loss.
Wake Forest also announced the addition of defensive back Deven Gaulden, who recently graduated from Wisconsin. Gaulden played in all 14 games a year ago and made five starts.
For more Wake Forest news, visit DeaconsIllustrated.com.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Cincinnati, one of three co-champions of the American Athletic Conference a year ago, was picked to win the conference in 2015.
The Bearcats earned 22 of the media’s 30 first-place votes. Memphis (5), Houston (2) and UCF (1) earned the remaining first-place votes. Memphis and UCF shared the title with Cincinnati a year ago.
However, there will be no co-champions this year as the AAC introduces a conference championship game now that its membership is complete. Navy joins the conference this season, which brings the total membership to 12. The Midshipmen were among the favorites to win the West Division, falling behind Memphis and Houston. Cincinnati garnered all but one first-place vote to win the East.
Cincinnati, Memphis and Houston all bring back their starting quarterbacks from a year ago — Gunner Kiel, Paxton Lynch and Greg Ward Jr., respectively. The trio represented three of the top four quarterbacks in terms of conference passer rating a year ago.
Navy returns Keenan Reynolds, who is highly regarded as one of the best Group of Five quarterbacks in the country and perhaps even a darkhorse Heisman contender.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Dr. Saturday will unveil its preseason Top 25 team-by-team during the next 25 days. This list is based on returning starters, schedule and prospects. However, we all know that once the games begin, things can change very quickly. Still, we thought we’d give our best guess heading into the 2015 season.
No. 22 Missouri
2014 record: 11-3, 7-1 in SEC
Returning starters: 6 offense, 5 defense
2015 Outlook: Can the Tigers become the third team in SEC history to win three consecutive division championships?
Only Florida (1992-1996) and Alabama (1992-1994) have been to the SEC Championship Game three-straight times. After winning the East in 2013 and 2014 Missouri can join the two SEC blue-bloods. But to do that, the following things have to happen.
• Quarterback Maty Mauk has to be one of the better quarterbacks in the SEC. Mauk shows flashes of greatness at times. He's mobile and has a strong arm. However, those flashes are overshadowed by moments where Tiger fans wonder what in the world is going on as Mauk tries to force a throw into a non-existent window.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Temple's receiving corps has gotten a big boost just before fall camp.
Wide receiver Robby Anderson, the team's leading receiver in 2013 as a redshirt sophomore, is eligible for 2015.
"I am elated," Temple coach Matt Rhule told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I love the kid, and just on a personal level, even when it looked like he wasn't coming back, I maintained a relationship."
Anderson missed the 2014 season because of academic reasons. He wasn't enrolled at all at Temple during the season after he was dismissed and took classes at a junior college. He did well enough that he was reinstated by the NCAA in time to play in 2015.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Former Texas quarterback Vince Young may be wearing a Cal shirt on the Longhorn Network in September.
Young has made a bet with a Texas high school football coach and if Cal beats Texas on September 19 Young will wear a Cal shirt on air. Young started appearing on LHN's "Texas GameDay" in 2014.
How did the bet happen? Scott Nady used to play football at Cal and is now the coach at Dallas' Parish Episcopal High School. He and Young became friends years ago and the bet was hatched while on an offseason trip to Mexico.
They even shot a video to show former Texas coach Mack Brown, who was Texas' coach when Young led the Longhorns to a victory over USC in the Rose Bowl following the 2005 season.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Former Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield was charged with assault on Monday stemming from a July 5 incident.
According to the probable cause statement obtained KSL.com, Hatfield was at a party when a per son at the party asked Hatfield to stop "rolling marijuana into a blunt." The individual did not want the smell of marijuana in the room because there were several Utah athletes at the party and they could be subject to drug tests.
Hatfield took exception to this request and he and "unknown individuals" then grabbed the victim and "began striking him in the face and other parts of his body."
Court documents stated the victim sustained bruising to his eyes, shoulder and back as well as cuts to his face and nose.
Hatfield has been charged with a Class B Misdemeanor for assault.
This incident came just four days after Hatfield was allegedly involved in an unrelated aggravated robbery and theft case. Those charges were dropped, but coach Kyle Whittingham dismissed Hatfield from the team.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
Junior wide receiver Tyler Boyd and sophomore defensive lineman Rori Blair have been suspended for the season opener against Youngstown State, coach Pat Narduzzi announced Monday.
Both players were charged with DUI’s this offseason during separate incidents. Blair was stopped on March 15 for driving 117 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone in Pittsburgh. Blair was given a blood test, which came back positive for cannabinoids.
Boyd was stopped in suburban Pittsburgh and the officer at the scene smelled alcohol on Boyd. However, Boyd passed a field sobriety test and his blood alcohol limit was lower than legal limit of 0.08. Boyd admitted to the officer that he had been drinking and because he was 20 years old, he was taken to a hospital for a blood test.
Both players were suspended during the offseason, but Boyd was reinstated after he received probation.