Graham Watson

  • Like
  • Follow
Author

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.

  • The oaks have returned to Toomer's Corner (Video)

    The Toomer’s Oaks have returned.

    Two 35-foot oak trees, which were selected from a groove of 9,000 trees in South Carolina, were planted Friday morning at the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and College Street in Auburn, which is affectionately referred to as Toomer’s Corner.

    It was the first time in nearly two years oak trees had inhabited Toomer’s Corner. The previous trees had to be removed after being poisoned in 2010.

    A third oak tree of the same size was planted outside the Facilities Management Complex and will serve as a backup in case anything happens to either of the new trees.

    The tree planting marks the first phase in renovation the iconic corner, which is where Auburn fans come to celebrate football victories. The second phase will begin following the spring game in April. That phase will include the planting of 30 15-foot-tall trees, which came from the acorns of the original oaks.

    Read More »from The oaks have returned to Toomer's Corner (Video)
  • South Carolina four-star DE signee arrested for petit larceny

    Shameik Blackshear (via Rivals)Shameik Blackshear (via Rivals)South Carolina signee Shameik Blackshear was arrested Friday at Bluffton High School following an incident where he’s accused of stealing a purse and a safe from a home on Feb. 7.

    According to a Bluffton Police Department spokesman Maj. Joe Manning, the victim and two other witnesses saw Blackshear take the items from the home. The contents of the purse and safe were valued at $1,390.

    Blackshear was charged with one count of petit larceny.

    He was taken to Beaufort County Detention Center and held overnight and released Saturday morning on a $1,092.50 personal recognizance bond.

    South Carolina said it was aware of the incident and that it was waiting for the legal process to work out. Blackshear has a scheduled court date for March 3.

    Blackshear was a four-star defensive end, who was rated as the No. 5 player in the state of South Carolina. Blackshear, who was the Gamecocks first signee of the 2015 class, missed parts of the past two seasons with injuries, including a torn ACL he

    Read More »from South Carolina four-star DE signee arrested for petit larceny
  • Utah QB Travis Wilson cuts his locks for kids with cancer (Photo)

    We’re a little late on this story, but it was still worth noting…

    Utah quarterback Travis Wilson will be sporting a new look this spring after cutting off his shoulder-length hair and donating it to the Jesse Rees Foundation. The foundation helps children and their parents with emotional and final support while fighting cancer.

    Wilson paired with the foundation last year after hearing about it while he was coaching at Elite 11 camp in the summer.

    During the Utes 2014 season opener against Idaho State, Wilson and the team invited 6-year-old Matthew Burr to serve as an honorary captain. Burr joined the Ute Walk to the stadium before the game, he was on the field for the coin toss and received a T-shirt and a signed football.

    Wilson told the Salt Lake Tribune after the game that he hoped to

    Read More »from Utah QB Travis Wilson cuts his locks for kids with cancer (Photo)
  • Oregon's Mark Helfrich receives five-year, $17.5 million contract extension

    Dec 31, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks coach Mark Helfrich at press conference at the L.A. Hotel Downtown in advance of the 2015 Rose Bowl. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)Dec 31, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks coach Mark Helfrich at press conference at the L.A. Hotel Downtown in advance of the 2015 Rose Bowl. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)A month after coach Mark Helfrich led Oregon to the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship game, the school rewarded him with a five-year, $17.5 million contract extension. His new contract goes through the 2019-20 season.

    "Mark has provided tremendous leadership of our football program and the values and character that he insists upon are in line with our mission as an institution," Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said in a statement. "The success of our student-athletes on the field and in the classroom will continue with Mark's leadership and we are thrilled that he will stay at home in Oregon for a long time to come."

    In two seasons, Helfrich, who was an offensive coordinator under Chip Kelly before Kelly left for the NFL, has led the Ducks to a 24-4 record, a Heisman Trophy and nearly its first-ever national title.

    Helfrich will earn $3.15 million during the first year of the extension, which is a significant increase from the guaranteed salary of $1.8

    Read More »from Oregon's Mark Helfrich receives five-year, $17.5 million contract extension
  • Recruits need to be educated about their signing day options

    It’s time to have an honest conversation about recruiting.

    In the past, oh, 15 years or so, recruiting has become big business. There are several websites devoted to it, 16-hour television coverage on National Signing Day and signing ceremonies that affect the normal school schedule.

    But there’s also an underbelly.

    This isn’t a new underbelly. There’s been deceitful and shady and downright dirty recruiting since teams started fighting each other for players. But this year, the underbelly has been thrust into the spotlight and has sparked an interesting debate about the limits of a national letter of intent.

    At least four schools — and a few recruits that signed with those schools — have made national headlines because position coaches have left for other jobs after securing the signatures of high-level players who went to the school simply because they love that coach. Some players feel jilted, scorned and, in the case of Roquan Smith, have refused to sign with their first choice.

    The

    Read More »from Recruits need to be educated about their signing day options
  • No matter how cool you thought your Sunday was, it probably wasn’t as cool as the Sunday former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston had.

    He was, after all, strapped to a jetpack that allowed him to fly across Mission Bay in California.

    The ride was courtesy of a company called Jetpack America in San Diego. It’s open to anyone who has a couple hundred dollars and about 30 minutes to spare.

    Crab legs jokes aside — and there are lots of them on his Instagram page — looks like a pretty fun thing to do.

    Winston is in San Diego training with quarterbacking guru George Whitfield Jr., in preparation for this month’s NFL combine. Whitfield is famously known for training former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, but he also helped train No. 1 overall picks Cam Newton (2011) and Andrew Luck (2012), as well as former Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel (2013).

    - - - - - - -

    Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or

    Read More »from Jameis Winston does an Iron Man impression and takes a jetpack ride across Mission Bay (Photos)
  • Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt named to CFP selection committee

    Texas Tech athletic director Kiby Hocutt (texastech.com)Texas Tech athletic director Kiby Hocutt (texastech.com)Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt has been added to the College Football Playoff selection committee.

    Hocutt replaced former West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck, who recently took a position with the NCAA.

    “I am excited and honored to join the College Football Playoff Selection Committee,” Hocutt said in a statement. “I look forward to working with such a distinguished group of individuals in what has instantly become one of our nation's most successful sporting events. I sincerely appreciate the confidence that Commissioner Bowlsby and the CFP management committee have placed in me with this appointment.” 

    The College Football Playoff selection committee, chaired by Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long, is responsible for selecting the four teams in the annual College Football Playoff, which decides a national champion. The group is made up of 13 members, who are all appointed to three-year terms. However, only 12 members voted last year because Archie Manning excused

    Read More »from Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt named to CFP selection committee
  • National Signing Day might be over, but for quarterbacks the recruiting continues

    For some players, National Signing Day is the pinnacle of their college career.

    The fanfare, the adoration, the big to-do of announcing a college decision on national television or in front of the entire school is just the greatest moment ever.

    And then it ends. The banners come down, the balloons are cut loose and the gym goes back to just being the gym.

    “Once you sign on the dotted line and the letter of intent comes through that fax machine, you’re not the same person from a priority standpoint that you were before the letter of intent came through,” former NFL quarterback and Tulane grad Shaun King recalls. “Like, they call it the derecruitment. So things change. Coaches aren’t answering your call on the first ring when you call. You’re looking for coach, you’re getting the secretary now.”        

    While “derecruitment” might be the case for most players as they move into their freshman years, it’s not always the case for quarterbacks.

    Quarterback is one of the few positions in

    Read More »from National Signing Day might be over, but for quarterbacks the recruiting continues
  • College Football Playoff will not change its 2015 semifinal dates

    The semifinal dates of the 2015 College Football Playoff are not moving.

    ESPN asked the College Football Playoff to change its semifinal games, which are scheduled for Dec. 31, so that it didn’t have to compete for ratings with the various broadcasts celebrating the turn of the year. Also, New Year’s Eve falls on Thursday and ESPN claimed the games would do better on Jan. 2, a Saturday.

    However, the 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, which comprise the playoff’s management committee, decided against the request.

    "We reviewed it and rejected it," Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said. "We like the concept that we've developed for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Going forward we think that's the right model for college football."

    The 2015 semifinals will be played at the Capital One Orange Bowl and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl.

    The playoff’s 12-year contract with ESPN has terms that allow tripleheader bowl games, including the semifinals on New Year’s Eve

    Read More »from College Football Playoff will not change its 2015 semifinal dates
  • Recruiting Winners and Losers: Recruits love L.A. (They love it!)

    National Signing Day is the annual celebration of high school players becoming college players and teams either getting better or getting disappointed. There were quite a few ups and downs on Wednesday and several teams and recruits that had their fair share of one or the other.

    The Dr. Saturday crew breaks down the winners and losers from National Signing Day 2015.

    WINNERS

    UCLA: While the Bruins' Los Angeles foes topped Rivals' recruiting rankings in 2015, UCLA did pretty well for itself. The Bruins had the No. 13 class according to Rivals' team rankings, a class that included five-star DE Keisean Lucier-South and five-star quarterback Josh Rosen, who is the No. 1 pro-style QB in the country. Overall, UCLA had eight four-star recruits, including Snoop Dogg's son, WR Cordell Broadus. If LB Roquan Smith ends up at UCLA, the class is even better. But more on him in a bit.

    Tennessee:
    Once again, the Volunteers hauled in a nice recruiting class. Tennessee's recruiting class is No. 5 in

    Read More »from Recruiting Winners and Losers: Recruits love L.A. (They love it!)

Pagination

(3,417 Stories)