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.

  • Former Illinois coach Tim Beckman now a volunteer at UNC

    In this Dec. 26, 2014, file photo, former University of Illinois head coach Tim Beckman watches from the sidelines during an NCAA college football game in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
    In this Dec. 26, 2014, file photo, former University of Illinois head coach Tim Beckman watches from the sidelines during an NCAA college football game in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

    Almost a year after being fired at Illinois, coach Tim Beckman has found another job.

    According to the News-Gazette, Beckman has joined the North Carolina staff as a volunteer assistant with the defensive staff. North Carolina officials confirmed the report.

    Beckman was fired last August after an external review into allegations found he discouraged players from reporting injuries. At the time, athletic director Mike Thomas stated that Beckman was terminated “based on the health and well-being of our student-athletes” and that “the findings don’t reflect the culture we are building with Illinois athletics.” Thomas was fired months later.

    Beckman, who went 12-25 overall with the Illini and 4-20 in Big Ten, denied the allegations.

    North Carolina coach Larry Fedora and Beckman do have a history as they

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  • Social Hour: The college football Lego animation you never knew you wanted

    (via Jared Jacobs on Instagram)
    (via Jared Jacobs on Instagram)

    Miss something that happened on Dr. Saturday’s social media presence? Well, we’ve got your roundup right here. Don’t let this happen again. Always be in the know by following Dr. Saturday on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.

    So, this guy made a recreation of the Nebraska-BYU Hail Mary ending from last year with Lego animation and it’s as awesome as you’d think it would be.

    College football season is almost here. Lego BYU vs Nebraska Hail Mary pass.

    A video posted by Jared Jacobs (@goldyeller) on Aug 23, 2016 at 8:46am PDT

    Like that one? He did one for the botched punt between Michigan and Michigan State, too.

    One of the most memorable moments from College Football. I can't wait for this season to start.

    A video posted by Jared Jacobs (@goldyeller) on Aug 15, 2016 at 6:13am PDT

    Did you see Nebraska’s new uniforms? If you didn’t they’re pretty swell. As is the video to promote them.

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  • Attorney for deceased UCF player: 'UCF can go to hell'

    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Head coach George O'Leary of the UCF Knights gestures during their 52 to 42 win over the Baylor Bears in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
    Former head coach of the UCF Knights George O’Leary. (Getty Images)

    The lawyer for deceased Central Florida player Ereck Plancher had strong words for the university when he learned the school was erecting a statue of former coach George O’Leary.

    Plancher collapsed and died in 2008 during an offseason practice because of complications from sickle cell trait. UCF’s athletic association was found negligent and Plancher’s family was awarded $10 million by a jury in 2011.

    While O’Leary was not sanctioned in the judgment, several players testified that he was at the practice and did little to help Plancher when he noticed he was laboring.

    “They ought to erect a statue to Ereck Plancher,” attorney Steve Yerrid told CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd on Tuesday. “Instead they’re erected a statue to the coach who watched it? Pitiful.”

    “I tell you what, ‘[UCF] can go to hell.’”

    The statue, which is scheduled to be completed in 2017, will sit near Bright House Networks Stadium. It was financed by a group of

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  • Nebraska unveils new white and metallic alternative uniforms (Photos)

    (via Adidas)
    (via Adidas)

    Nebraska will wear white alternative uniforms against Northwestern on Sept. 24 that feature red numbers and lettering with silver accents and trim.

    According to Adidas the uniforms were, “Developed in collaboration with the University of Nebraska athletic department, and inspired by the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, also know as the “Star City,” the new Husker Chrome alternate uniform blends crisp, modernized design with a tribute to Nebraska’s clean, classic signature look.

    (via Adidas)
    (via Adidas)

    “The special edition alternative uniform is centered around a pristine white colorway with metallic accents to create a bold alternate look for the Cornhuskers. The modernized style features metallic red numbering with metallic chrome outlining on the jersey and is accented with metallic chrome stripes on both the jersey and the pants. Additional detailing includes an oversized, metallic red bold “N” logo that seamlessly aligns with the pant stripes.

    (via Adidas)
    (via Adidas)

    “As a tribute to the traditional

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  • Is it time to buy the hype for Michigan?

    Is Ohio State really in a rebuilding year?

    Are we doing a disservice to Michigan State and Iowa by completely ignoring last year’s division champs?

    These are some of the main questions heading into this Big Ten season as the conference’s quest to get back into the College Football Playoff begins with some tough games on the opening weekend.

    While the aforementioned teams are definitely in the spotlight, teams such as Wisconsin and Nebraska could be the biggest surprises. Here’s Dr. Saturday’s look at how the Big Ten season could shape up in 2016.

    Offensive Player of the Year
    J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State

    Defensive Player of the Year
    Jabril Peppers, DB, Michigan

    Newcomer Player of the Year
    John O’Korn, QB, Michigan

    BIG TEN EAST (in predicted order of finish)

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    Ohio State
    2015 record: 12-1
    2015 finish: 2nd East

    Overview: Ohio State’s 2016 NFL draft class was historic, unfortunately, it left the Buckeyes with just six returning starters — three on

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  • Oregon starting CB Chris Seisay leaves team

    Oregon defensive back Chris Seisay looks on during the second half of a NCAA college football game against UCLA, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. Oregon won 42-30. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
    Oregon defensive back Chris Seisay looks on during the second half of a NCAA college football game against UCLA, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. Oregon won 42-30. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Oregon junior cornerback Chris Seisay has decided to transfer after leaving the program this past weekend, Seisay confirmed via text message to OregonLive.com.

    According to the website, Seisay has been granted a full release.

    Seisay had 55 tackles, six passes breakups, a forced fumble and an interception in 18 career games. He filled in during the Ducks 2015 Rose Bowl game for injured All-American corner Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

    His success in that game earned him a starting role for the following season. He started the first two games before suffering an ankle injury that required surgery and caused him to miss the next eight games.

    Seisay told OregonLive.com he was slated to start this season, but decided to leave because he felt he wasn’t on good terms with the program.

    Seisay’s absence

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  • Temple duo avoids trial after 2015 assault charges

    Temple's Haason Reddick (58) during the second half of an NCAA college football game against East Carolina in Greenville, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
    Temple’s Haason Reddick (58) during the second half of an NCAA college football game against East Carolina in Greenville, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

    Temple seniors Haason Reddick and Dion Dawkins will not face trial for charges of felony aggravated assault and conspiracy stemming from an off-campus fight in 2015.

    Instead, the two will be placed in a diversionary program, Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD).

    “If they don’t get in trouble in an agreed-upon period of time, their records will be expunged,” said James Funt, attorney for Dawkins, told Philly.com.

    The two players were suspended from the team in March 2015 for the fight that occurred outside a Philadelphia nightclub on Jan. 18, 2015. Both were accused of seriously injuring Benjamin Wood, a fellow Temple student.

    Following the suspension, the Temple Student Conduct Board found that Reddick and Dawkins were not responsible for the alleged actions and they were allowed back on the football

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  • SEC Preview: Is it Alabama and everyone else?

    The SEC enters the 2016 season as the nation’s best conference (again) thanks to reigning national champion Alabama, which is ranked No. 1 in the preseason polls. The conference has four teams ranked in the top 11 of the AP Top 25.

    While Alabama is clearly the favorite — and the favorite to repeat as national champion — there are several other teams that could challenge for the top spot.

    Here’s a look at how the Dr. Saturday crew thinks the SEC could play out this season.

    Offensive Player of the Year
    Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

    Defensive Player of the Year
    Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

    Newcomer Player of the Year
    Jacob Eason, QB, Georgia

    SEC WEST (in predicted order of finish)

    Alabama
    2015 record: 14-1
    2015 finish: 1st West

    Overview: Alabama, coming off its third national title in five years, is poised for another national championship run behind a defense that should be as good or better than it was a year ago. If there’s an issue with the Tide, it’s at quarterback. Coach Nick Saban

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  • Alabama is the team to beat in the preseason AP Top 25

    Nick Saban's Alabama squad was picked to repeat as SEC champions. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
    Nick Saban’s Alabama squad was picked to repeat as SEC champions. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    The preseason AP Top 25 Poll is starting the same way it ended last year with Alabama No. 1 and Clemson No. 2.

    The Tide is the No. 1 team for the third time under coach Nick Saban, but that might not be a good thing. Since 1999, only two teams that have started the season No. 1 in both the AP and coaches polls — Florida State in 1999 and USC in 2004 (which was later vacated) — have gone on to win the national title.

    Can Alabama be the third? It certainly has the talent for it. Despite losing several players to the NFL, its defensive coordinator and having to field a new quarterback and replace a Heisman-winning running back, the Tide appear to have all the pieces and depth for a championship run. Time will tell, but the Tide are definitely no stranger to the preseason pressure. They have been ranked in the preseason top five for eight consecutive years.

    Clemson at No. 2 is actually the Tigers’ best

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  • Weber State players shave heads for coach's wife fighting cancer

     

    Weber State had football coach Jay Hill is shown with his team before an NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
    Weber State had football coach Jay Hill is shown with his team before an NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

    Sara Hill, wife of Weber State head coach Jay Hill, began chemotherapy this week after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in early August, but she didn’t the start the journey alone.

    Hill decided to shave her head in preparation for the treatment and the entire Weber State football program decided to shave their heads in unity.

    “I’m not worried about my hair being gone, I will channel my inner G.I. Jane BUT I did NOT want to be in my bathroom by myself shaving it all off. So I asked them for a party. Last night was perfect!! The love and support I felt was AMAZING!!,” Sara Hill said in a Facebook post

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