Graham Watson

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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.

  • Kliff Kingsbury framed the play sheet for the 2012 Texas A&M-Alabama game (Photo)

    Welcome to our Dr. Saturday feature titled "Random offseason tweet of the day." With real games still weeks away, coaches and players will be tweeting about non-football-related things as the season approaches. In this space, we'll try to find the funniest and goofiest tweets of the day. If you see something, don't hesitate to send it to us.

    One of the reasons Kliff Kingsbury is the coach at Texas Tech is because of his offensive coordinating skills at Texas A&M. And no game showed off those skills better than the Aggies 29-24 win against Alabama in Tuscaloosa during the 2012 season.

    So, Kingsbury commemorated that win by framing the play sheet and hanging it in his Texas Tech office.

    A&M jumped out to a 20-0 lead and quarterback Johnny Manziel made several thrilling plays that ultimately

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  • Duke All-ACC LB Kelby Brown to miss the season after ACL tear

    Duke senior All-ACC linebacker Kelby Brown will miss the season after suffering an ACL tear in his left knee during Monday night’s scrimmage.

    “Obviously our hearts go out to Kelby and his family,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said in a statement. “As I said last night, here is a young man who is an All-ACC and All-America-type player on the field, and even a better person off the field.  He has been and will continue to be an integral part of our program.  He’s as fine a representative of our program as we have, and nothing will change that.  He’s seen this type of adversity before, and I’m confident he’ll overcome this challenge.”

    This is the third time Kelby has suffered a major injury while at Duke. He redshirted the 2012 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee. Late in the 2010 season, Brown tore the ACL and MCL ligaments in his right knee.

    Brown, who was on preseason watchlists for the Butkus Award, Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award and Rotary Lombardi Award will have surgery

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  • BYU transfer wide receiver Devon Blackmon tweeted Monday night that he will miss the Aug. 29 opener against UConn because of a rule violation.

    Blackmon’s offense? Well, it appears to be wearing earrings.

    While earrings might be commonplace among many football players around the country, it is an honor code violation for any man at BYU to wear them.

    “A clean and well-cared-for appearance should be maintained. Clothing is inappropriate when it is sleeveless, revealing, or form fitting. Shorts must be knee-length or longer. Hairstyles should be clean and neat, avoiding extreme styles or colors, and trimmed above the collar, leaving the ear uncovered. Sideburns
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  • San Jose State introduces new helmets with spears (Photo)

    San Jose State is the latest team to join the legions that are introducing new helmets for 2014.

    The Spartans tweeted out two new helmet designs, including one with an intertwined “SJ” and another with the familiar Spartan logo. Both helmets have a spear on top to represent the helmet stripe, which looks really sharp.

    It also appears from the pictures in the tweet that the Spartan logo has some sort of texture to it.

    These are good-looking helmets. Not too big of a departure from last year’s design (see last year's dome in the pic up top), but I think the spear design really completes the look.

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  • Oklahoma's offer letter looks like a diploma

    Two-star tight end Hunter Herndon posted his recruiting mail lot on Twitter Monday morning, and included in it was a diploma from the University of Oklahoma.

    Well, it wasn’t a real diploma, it was actually an offer from that school that was made to look like a diploma.

    So, is this a thing now?

    We’ve seen some interesting recruiting pitches over the years, but this is certainly the first that plays to the classroom aspect of recruiting.

    It definitely sets Oklahoma apart from the typical offer letter and it does allow the Sooners to show they value athletic ability and academic ability. After all, the bottom of the diploma reads: “We have completed a thorough evaluation of you as a student-athlete and we sincerely believe that you possess the talent necessary to succeed on the football field and in the classroom.” Every offer letter makes you feel special, but I supposed this

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  • Tulane names freshman QB Tanner Lee starter

    Tulane is coming off its first winning season since 2002, but it won’t be starting the 2014 season with the quarterbacks that helped achieve that feat.

    Coach Curtis Johnson announced Monday that redshirt freshman Tanner Lee would be the Green Wave’s starting quarterback when they opened the season against Tulsa on Aug. 28, making him the first freshman to be Tulane’s opening day starting quarterback since Tommy Hightower in 1976.

    “Tanner Lee is our starting quarterback,” Johnson said in a statement released by the school. “He’ll start this year and I think he’ll have a great season and a great career. Devin Powell played well and so did Nick [Montana] but I think Tanner is our guy. He’s got a strong arm, command of our offense, great leadership skills and doesn’t make many mistakes.”

    It was a strange turn of events for Montana, who started 11 games for the Green Wave last season and completed 53.4 percent of his passes for 1,717 yards, 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He threw for

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  • Wake Forest's John Wolford first freshman QB to start the season since 1974

    Dave Clawson announced Monday that true freshman John Wolford, who has been on campus for two months, would be the Demon Deacon’s starting quarterback when the team opened the season against Louisiana-Monroe on Aug. 28.

    “We will try and redshirt players but if a freshman gives us the best chance to win, we’re going to play him,” Clawson said in a statement released by the school. “It’s not fair to the juniors and the seniors in the program to make a decision based on what’s best five years from now. He gives us the best chance to win so we will now prepare him as our starting quarterback.”

    Wolford will become the first true freshman to start the season at Wake Forest since Mike McGlamry against N.C. State on Sept. 7, 1974.

    Wolfrod beat out redshirt junior Kevin Sousa, redshirt sophomore Tyler Cameron and freshman Travis Smith. Clawson said he planned to redshirt Smith.

    Starting Wolford is going to be a big change for Wake Forest, which got used to Tanner Price at the helm each of the

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  • Navy LB Maika Polamalu retired last week, but then changed his mind

    Navy linebacker Maika Polamalu retired from football last week, citing undisclosed medical reasons.

    On Monday, he was back on the practice field.

    Coach Ken Niumatalolo said Polamalu, who is the cousin of Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Palamalu, retired voluntarily after speaking with his family about his medical issue. Niumatalolo said the medical issue had nothing to do with concussions.

    “Everything medically was cleared so Maika decided to come back and we’re happy that he’s back,” Niumatalolo told the Capital Gazette.

    Niumatalolo said Polamalu went through a series of tests last week and was cleared by Navy doctors to return to the field if he wanted.

    Polamalu, who moved from fullback to linebacker last season, was listed as the starting inside linebacker at the beginning of fall camp, but was working with the second team on Monday.

    Niumatalolo told the Capital Gazette that he did have some apprehension about having a player return to practice after previously being diagnosed

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  • West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen: 'You lie in recruiting'

    Dana Holgorsen addressed the media following practice on Monday and unintentionally made national headlines.

    Holgorsen was asked about recruiting and went into a spiel about how he intended to recruit this season. And then he made this comment:

    “I know you lie in recruiting a bunch, and that’s just part of it,” he said.

    Wait, what?

    Did Holgorsen just admit to lying to recruits? OK, we’re not naïve enough to think that there isn’t some truth stretching in recruiting and there’s definitely some mud slinging, but openly admitting that you lie to recruits during the recruiting process doesn’t seem like the best way to attract more recruits.

    Holgerson continued by saying his goal and the goal of his staff is to get recruits on campus and allow his players to take over from there.

    “What are we actually doing? What are we actually feeding these guys? Our job is to get guys on campus,” Holgorsen said. “Once they’re on campus, our players do a lot of recruiting. They spend a lot of time with

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  • NCAA seeks clarification in O'Bannon case injunction

    The NCAA said on Sunday it planned to appeal last Friday’s ruling in the Ed O’Bannon antitrust lawsuit, but on Monday, it started to get into specifics, mainly asking U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken to specify when her injunction becomes effective.

    On Friday, Wilken ruled that NCAA limits on what Division I football and basketball players could be paid for playing violated antitrust laws. She also issued an injunction, separate from her 99-page ruling, that would prevent the NCAA “from enforcing any rules or bylaws that would prohibit its member schools and conferences from offering their FBS football or Division I basketball recruits a limited share of the revenues generated from the use of their names, images, and likenesses in addition to a full grant-in-aid."

    Wilken's ruling said the NCAA couldn’t stop student-athletes from selling the rights to their names, images and likenesses, but it would apply only to athletes who enroll after July 1, 2016, at the beginning of the next

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