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Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday. Graham had a brief collegiate soccer career, but traded that in for the life of a journalist and hasn't looked back. Graham has worked for the Dallas Morning News and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as ESPN.com and AOL. She is forever striving to be the cool mom to two boys.

  • Arkansas State’s new coach for its spring game, Nick Bhardwaj, isn’t from Arkansas and not really an Arkansas State fan, but that didn’t stop him from forking over $11,700 for the opportunity to be an FBS coach for a day.

    Bhardwaj, a 25-year-old from Northern California, is the CEO of Beyond Games, a gaming studio based in San Francisco, Calif., and prior to that, he was Vice President of Monetization at NaturalMotion, which was recently acquired by Zynga for $527 million.

    And on Friday night, he’ll be calling plays for the Red Wolves.

    “I love the outpour of support from A-State fans and the community,” said Bhardwaj in a statement released by the school.  “Since realizing I was going to win the auction, I have been reviewing tapes from last season for both Arkansas State and North Carolina to better understand offensive and defensive strategies.  I’ve been reading every piece of press on the current team and recruits for A-State, so I am looking forward to hitting the ground running

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  • Group files complaint asking Clemson to separate religion from football

    The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking Clemson University to create a clear separation between the football program and religion.

    According to a letter of complaint to Clemson, the Freedom From Religion Foundation claims coach Dabo Swinney has violated the separation of church and state by arranging by Bible studies and devotionals, and distributing Bibles and other religious materials to players.

    The foundation said it submitted an open records request in February to obtain emails and information from Clemson illustrating the connection between football and religion.

    "What we have observed in the records is that the football coaching staff is doing a number of things to promote Christianity to their student-athletes," foundation staff attorney Patrick Elliott said.

    "While student-athletes can pray, conduct Bible studies and engage in religious activities, the coaching staff, as public employees, should not be doing that with their student athletes.

    "What we'd like to see is

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  • Luke Del Rio says he 'saw the writing on the wall' at Alabama

    Luke Del Rio received multiple scholarship offers out of high school, but thought walking on at Alabama would be the best fit.

    And it was for awhile.

    Even though Del Rio was listed as the No. 3 quarterback behind AJ McCarron and Blake Sims, Del Rio told Oregon media on Friday that coaches said he would be the first to go in if McCarron suffered an injury.

    But at the end of the year, Del Rio wanted more of a commitment from coach Nick Saban in the form of a full scholarship and Saban didn’t agree.

    “(Saban) said, ‘We’re not ready to make that commitment yet from a business perspective,’” Del Rio said. “He said if he had the numbers, then he would have done it. And I respected that.

    “But I sort of saw the writing on the wall, and I left. I didn’t know who would still be interested.”

    Del Rio landed at Oregon State and was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA last Friday. He is currently in the mix for the backup quarterbacking spot with Brent VanderVeen and Kyle Kempt. Sean Mannion

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  • Arkansas State auctions its spring game head coaching position for $11,700

    Arkansas State has found itself a new coach for its spring football game.

    A week ago, the Red Wolves Foundation put the spot up for bid on eBay and had few takers until the stunt went national and the bidding began.

    The coaching experience, which includes a Powerade bath at the end of the game, opened at $2,500 and finished at $11,700. Yay for the booster club.

    There were 59 total bids and 16 total bidders. Identity of the winning bidder has not yet been revealed, but we’ll know soon considering Arkansas State’s spring game is on Friday.

    Here’s what the lucky bidder won according to the auction description:

    Your Coaching Experience will include:
    • Head Coach for the game on Friday, April 18.
    • Give the pregame and halftime talk.
    • You choose whether your team 'goes for it' or punts on 4th down.
    • You get to call for the deep ball, trick play, run or pass, blitz, etc.
    • On headset with the staff throughout the entire game.
    • Winning Coach will receive a Powerade bath (and bragging
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  • Rutgers caps spring practice with special moment for two wheelchair-bound fans

    Rutgers' ninth spring practice ended in the best possible fashion — with a heartwarming moment.

    Matt DeRiggi and Danny Garofalo, two young fans in wheelchairs due to Duchenne muscular dystrophy, ran a reverse for a touchdown and then celebrated with the entire team around them.

    Special Guests at @RFootball Spring Practice #9 from Rutgers Football on Vimeo.

    “Those two guys are special guys in our program,” coach Kyle Flood said. “Two young men who have spent some time with us at practice over the last couple years. Danny lives in my town and he and my son share a birthday and are good friends. To have them both out here today, I thought we could try to create a good experience for them and a good experience for our players, too. It was fun to see them out there run the reverse.”

    Moments like these are tailor-made for spring football and it’s great that Rutgers found a way to make DeRiggi and Garofalo feel special in front of the Rutgers crowd.

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  • Akron shows off a sharp (Photoshopped) new matte blue helmet

    Akron coach Terry Bowden doesn’t use Twitter a lot — he only has five tweets to his name — but this month he’s been using it to tempt fans with new uniforms.

    Earlier in the month, Bowden showed off some chrome gold helmets that matched gold uniforms and on Saturday, he showed off some blue lids to complement the Zips new look.

    We were already big fans of the new “Z” logo (though it's photoshopped on the helmet in this instance), but it looks sharp on the matte blue.

    Last season, Akron had the same logo in blue on matte gold helmets, so someone probably Photoshop slapped that logo on the blue helmet as a preview. Let's hope this ultimately becomes a real helmet because it looks good.

    Now, if only these new helmets could help the Zips get that elusive winning season. They haven’t had one since 2005.

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  • New helmet technology could lead to fewer concussions

    Football is a high-impact sport.

    Even though the phrase is common sense, it doesn’t make us any less desensitized when we see a hit that leaves a player unconscious on the ground.

    It’s a scary image. So scary that it’s prompted the decline of participation among Pop Warner (a 9.5 percent drop between 2010-12) and USA Football (a 6.7 percent drop in 2011 for ages 6 to 14).

    But it’s also forced a sport that was once considered barbaric to become safer, smarter and more technologically savvy.

    In the past year, Riddell has taken steps toward increasing player safety by creating a helmet that helps minimize the impact of a vicious hit by diffusing the energy of the hit throughout the helmet and using sensors inside the helmet to alert the sideline of a possible concussion.

    Riddell’s newest helmet, set to debut on college fields this fall, is called SpeedFlex. This past spring about 30 teams across the country have been trying it out. The reaction, according to Riddell, has been positive,

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  • Doc 5: Best college football coaching backouts -- No. 1 Lane Kiffin

    This offseason we will count down various topics from Monday through Friday, bringing you the top five of the important and definitely some not so important issues in college football. It's the Doc Five, every week until we will thankfully have actual games to discuss.

    TOP FIVE COACHING BACKOUTS

    NO. 1 LANE KIFFIN

    If college football had villains, then Lane Kiffin would probably fit into that group.

    In his five seasons as a collegiate head coach, Kiffin managed to irk two different fan bases, alienate a handful of recruits and players, and just generally become one of the most disliked figures in all of college football.

    And it’s all been of Kiffin’s own doing.

    When Kiffin was fired from the Oakland Raiders and hired by Tennessee in 2008, there was a lot of promise. Fans were excited about what Kiffin could bring to the Vols as he became the youngest active head coach at the time.

    Even though Kiffin led the Vols to a 7-6 campaign in 2009, a step up from the 5-7 record a year before, he

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  • Ohio State’s spring game just became affordable for everyone.

    The school announced Friday that it was lowering prices for Saturday’s scrimmage from $20 to $5.

    Yes, Ohio State really thought it would sell walk-up tickets to a spring scrimmage for $20.

    The school announced that 30,000 presale tickets had been sold at $12 each. Refunds will be issued to fans who purchased those.

    "I have a one-track mind and it's on recruiting," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. "I'd love to have 85,000 people there on a 72-degree day in Columbus, Ohio.

    "My wife was the first one to say something (about the $20 tickets). I just think it's great (dropping the price). It will help us recruit a bunch of people and enjoy a day in the Horseshoe. I just want to try to make it a great day for the fans."

    To put Ohio State’s ridiculous price tag in perspective, Florida State, the reigning national champion, is offering free admission to its spring game. National championship runner-up Auburn is selling tickets for

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  • Report: Johnny Manziel has highest Wonderlic score of any QB in 2014 draft class

    Much maligned Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is the smartest quarterback in the 2014 class, according to multiple reports.

    Another report said Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles scored a 28 and Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater scored a 20.

    At least Manziel has something going for him as pundits have done their best to — mostly — crush any thought of him being the No. 1 pick in the draft. The high Wonderlic scores show he has the ability to think quickly and break down complex problems, which anyone who watching him play in college already knew.

    We’ll see if coaches think that will help Manziel in a two-minute drill with the blitz bearing down on him.

    While a 32 is impressive, it actually would not have been the highest quarterback score in any of the past five quarterbacking classes. However, it was

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