Nick Bromberg

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Nick Bromberg is the editor of From The Marbles, which is appropriate because his first words as a child were "Go car, go." A lifelong sports fan, Missouri alum and Kansas City lifer, Nick is all too familiar with losing and heartbreak. Nick is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist so if he isn't watching cars go in circles, he's likely at the gym.

  • Eilar Hardy, formerly of Notre Dame, transfers to Bowling Green

    Former Notre Dame DB Eilar Hardy will play his final season at Bowling Green.

    Hardy announced he was transferring from the Fighting Irish in January. He was one of five players suspended for academic fraud in 2014. He was invited back to Notre Dame's roster in October and cleared to play by the NCAA in November. He was the only player involved in the fraud investigation eligible to play in 2014.

    "We are excited to welcome Eilar Hardy to Bowling Green and our football program," Bowling Green coach Dino Babers said in a statement "Having lost so much to graduation last year from our secondary, he will provide experience and leadership for that group. He has played at a high level his whole career and we are excited that he has chosen to become a Falcon."

    As a graduate transfer, he's eligible to play immediately. The Falcons had three senior starters in the secondary in 2014.

    Hardy played in 15 games over the past two seasons for Notre Dame. He played in five games in 2014 and had six

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  • Auburn not increasing number of officially-recognized titles

    Auburn won't be claiming any more national titles in football.

    A year ago, athletic director Jay Jacobs said the school was in the process of looking at its football history to officially recognize more national championships, saying "We want to do what's best for Auburn, regardless of what the rest of the world thinks or says."

    Auburn even formed a committee to look into adding more official titles. It appears it decided doing nothing was best.

    "We've earned what we've earned and people can count it different ways, but we've earned what we've earned," Jacobs told Al.com. "Those players on those teams, like me in 1983, it doesn't matter if you hang a banner or not. I know what we did."

    It means the school will keep its official national title list at two; 1957 and 2010. Last year it had added 1913, 1983 and 1993 as "champions" on its website, and said it was deliberating adding any of those seasons, in addition to 1910, 1914 and 2004, as official banner-receiving title seasons.

    The

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  • Big 12 teams will now face field-storming fines

    Don't rush the field after your Big 12 school wins a big game unless you want your school to get a fine.

    The conference said Wednesday it's added penalties for schools whose fans storm the playing surface after games. While it's been a fairly-regular occurrence in football, the incident that has gotten the most noteriety was in basketball.

    Kansas State beat Kansas at home in February and the crush of K-State fans trapped Kansas coach Bill Self against the scorer's table. Self also said multiple Kansas players were "hit" by KSU fans. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby reprimanded the Wildcats after the incident.

    "I don't know that there's anything off the table in dealing with those issues," Bowlsby said about penalties for field-storming via the AP. "I think I've been given broad prerogatives to deal with those issues."

    The loss of future home games was even brought up as a potential penalty, though we're not so sure that would happen. It's not entirely out of the question, of course, but

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  • American Athletic Conference finalizes new concussion policy

    The American Athletic Conference ratified a new concussion policy at its spring meetings Wednesday.

    According to a release by the conference, the policy encompasses the protocol in the NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook and also includes other provisions. Schools in the conference will be required to give the a conference an emergency action plan for each athletic site and there are also staff education requirements.

    “This policy was developed to serve the best interests of student-athlete welfare,” AAC commissioner Mike Aresco said in a statement. “We asked a group of extremely knowledgeable, well-respected and capable experts to study this issue and draft a policy that creates the best health and safety protocol.  An important objective of the policy is providing for the education of all those who work with our student-athletes in any capacity on the issues surrounding concussions.”

    The conference also said there are additional football protocols as well. Officials will receive annual

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  • College Football Playoff title game bids for 2018-20 official

    The cities bidding on the right to host the College Football Playoff Championship in 2018, 2019 and 2020 have been finalized.

    The College Football Playoff announced that nine cities submitted bids for the three years. Houston and Santa Clara (the site of the San Francisco 49ers new stadium) were the two cities that bid on the rights to every year.

    Here's the breakdown:

    “We are pleased that the leaders in these communities recognize the significance of the event, and we are excited about what we know will be a competitive bidding process,” CFP executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement. “In its first year, the national championship game brought tremendous opportunity to North Texas as the epicenter of college football, and we know that success will continue in the future.”

    The game at the end of the 2015

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  • Michigan DB Jabrill Peppers was hungry Tuesday night

    Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers just wanted some food on Tuesday evening.

    The former five-star recruit posted a complaint about his lack of money to Twitter, calling the NCAA's stipend checks "lil indentured servant checks."

    Yes, it's easy to turn Peppers' posts into a debate about the NCAA paying athletes, but we won't do that. His stipends will go up in August after the new cost of attendance benefits voted on by the Power Five conferences go into effect.

    One provision already in effect is the NCAA's rule that athletes can more food provided from schools than was originally allowed in their scholarships. However, the utilization of the rule is not as simple as going over to campus

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  • Idaho football's APR once again falls below standard

    The Idaho football team could be facing more APR-related sanctions.

    The academic progress rate scores for schools were released Wednesday and Idaho's football score was once again low. The Vandals had an APR of 896 in 2013-2014. It's Idaho's fourth-straight year of having an average below 930.

    Teams must have a four-year average above 930 to avoid penalties.

    Idaho was banned from the 2014 postseason because of low APR scores and it's feasible to think a bowl ban could be in the offing again in the future. Though we're probably obligated to say (again) that it'd take a big turnaround for the Vandals to get bowl eligible in the first place (UNLV was also banned for the 2014 postseason).

    After 1-11 seasons in 2012 and 2013, Idaho was 1-10. The Vandals' game at Florida was canceled at the beginning of 2014. In March, Idaho said it'd be eligible for the postseason in 2015 and that it's current single-year APR was expected to be in the 960s.

    Idaho also had the lowest APR score of any FBS

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  • Random Recap: The 1999 MBNA Platinum 400

    Welcome to Random Recaps, our new weekly feature at From The Marbles. In this space, we'll recap a race from the past at the track the where Sprint Cup Series is racing next. This week's race is the 1999 MBNA Platinum 400.

    Bobby Labonte won the MBNA Platinum 400 from the pole as he beat Jeff Gordon, the only other car that finished the race on the lead lap thanks to great gas mileage.

    Labonte passed Gordon with six laps to go to take the lead for good. Gordon, like many other cars, was forced to pit for fuel to make it to the end of the race, and when he did, Labonte inherited the lead as he didn't have to make a pit stop.

    Until he was passed, Gordon had led 83 laps since taking the lead from Dale Jarrett. It was the second-straight Dover spring race that Gordon forfeited late by having to head to pit road. In 1998, Gordon was leading but had to pit with seven laps to go. Jarrett passed him while Gordon was on pit road and cruised to the win.

    Labonte and Gordon ended up as the only

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  • Report: Daniel Imatorbhebhe's locker cleaned out at Florida

    The first commitment of Jim McElwain's tenure at Florida looks to be leaving the program.

    According to InsidetheGators.com, tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe's locker has been cleared out and he has left the team. Imatorbhebhe was an early enrollee at Florida after McElwain took over from former Florida coach Will Muschamp.

    He didn't play in the spring game and could be heading west to join his brother, a member of the class of 2016 who has verbally committed to USC. From InsidetheGators.com:

    Imatorbhebhe's young brother, 2016 four-star wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe, recently committed to Southern Cal over Florida.

    The source said he wouldn't be surprised if Daniel were to head west as well.

    Daniel was a three-star recruit in the class of 2015. A native of Georgia, he was the No. 18 tight end in the country and the No. 36 prospect in the state.

    Given Florida's situation at tight end, Imatorbhebhe might have been a candidate for a redshirt in 2015. The Gators return three players from

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  • Man arrested after he heard others 'talking trash' on NASCAR

    If you watched more than one of Sunday's Formula 1, IndyCar and NASCAR races, we understand the need to compare the races you watched. Especially on the heels of a thrilling Indianapolis 500 that had 37 lead changes.

    And if you watched the races in the company of others, you possibly had a discussion about your comparisons. Did you disagree with the person you were comparing races with? Did you disagree with other people who were comparing the races or the series that participate in them? If it was the latter, we hope you didn't have the reaction that this Indiana man did.

    David Wilson, 57, was arrested Sunday on charges of domestic battery and strangulation after he heard his fiancee and another talking about IndyCar and NASCAR. We'll let RTV-6 in Indianapolis take it from here:

    Wilson's fiancée told police they had been drinking all day. She said Wilson became angered when he heard her and another person talking about IndyCar being better than NASCAR.

    Wilson told police he was in

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