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.

  • Prudhomme details how Tony Stewart was found after buggy accident

    Former NHRA driver Don Prudhomme estimates that Tony Stewart was alone for 90 minutes after he was injured driving a sand buggy over the weekend.

    Stewart is slated to be out for the first part of the NASCAR season after suffering a burst fracture to his L1 vertebra on Sunday. Prudhomme, who was with a group that included Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham, Greg Biffle and others, told NBC's NASCAR Talk that Stewart had been separated from the group and they realized he was gone when they stopped to talk.

    “We were riding these sand rails. We do that quite a bit. We were all together. What really happened is, it isn’t hard to get split off from one another. In other words, if a guy makes a left turn and you’re not watching his flags or there’s dust or something, you can make a right turn and kind of get lost.

    “So, we got mixed up and (Stewart) was probably missing for an hour-and-a-half from the pack, at least. He was missing, he

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  • QB Seth Collins lands at Northern Illinois

    Seth Collins is moving from the Pac-12 to the MAC.

    Northern Illinois announced the addition of the former Oregon State quarterback on Thursday. Collins said he was transferring from the Beavers in January. He'll be eligible to play after sitting out the 2016 season.

    “We’re really happy to have Seth, he’s a quality, quality young man,” NIU coach Rod Carey said in a statement  “He’s obviously a fantastic football player and a great quarterback, and he comes from a great family who we have gotten to know during this process.  We look forward to having him on campus with the rest of the class this summer and to 2017 when he will be eligible to suit up and play for us.”  

    Collins opened the 2015 season as Oregon State's starting QB. He started the first seven games before he suffered a knee injury before the Utah game. He returned in the final game of the season against Oregon and threw four passes. He led the team in rushing with 575 yards and eight touchdowns despite missing four games.

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  • Jarrett: Team expecting Tony Stewart out likely 3 months or more

    Former Sprint Cup Series champion and NBC analyst Dale Jarrett said Thursday that Stewart-Haas Racing believes Tony Stewart will likely be sidelined from racing at least three months and could be out as many as six months.

    Jarrett made the comments while discussing Stewart's back injury on NASCAR America. Stewart was injured Sunday in a sand buggy accident in Arizona. Stewart-Haas Racing has officially said Stewart will be out indefinitely and miss the beginning of the 2016 season, though he will return to the car during the season.

    "It's an unfortunate situation, but I can tell you with my conversations with people from Stewart-Haas ... the decisions were made not about getting Tony Stewart back in the race car as soon as they possibly could this year, it was about the quality of life 5, 10, 20 years down the road," Jarrett said. "That’s what they wanted the most for Tony Stewart was to have a great life after all of this is said and done."

    "So that’s the decision they made, the

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  • Starkville Ole Miss signee didn't feel Miss St. wanted him as much

    Starkville, Mississippi, the home of Mississippi State, is a town of just less than 25,000 people according to the 2010 census. It has one high school. The odds aren't high that the town will have a lot of big-time recruits.

    So it's noteworthy that Starkville would have a top wide receiver who signs with in-state Rival Ole Miss. It's even more so when that recruit didn't approve of the way the hometown team recruited him.

    Four-star wide receiver A.J. Brown, the No. 9 wide receiver in the country, told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger he "felt like [Mississippi State] didn’t do a good job of recruiting" him. His reasoning? Since MSU was the local school, he'd be inundated by Bulldogs coaches. He said he wasn't.

    From the Clarion-Ledger:

    “I felt like other schools wanted me more,” Brown said. “I mean I live in Starkville. I would expect Mississippi State would be hard, like every day here. I’d get tired of seeing them. But it wasn’t like that.”

    Billy Gonzales and John Hevesy acted as the key

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  • The 12 teams that made the biggest recruiting jumps in 2016

    Here's another recruiting victory for Michigan.

    Jim Harbaugh's team made the biggest leap from 2015 to 2016 in the Rivals' team recruiting rankings. Harbaugh netted the No. 50 class in the country in his first (and abbreviated) recruiting cycle last season and with the help of high-profile commitments like No. 1 recruit Rashan Gary, had the No. 4 class in the country in 2016.

    If that news is unsurprising to you, you'll be equally lacking in surprise when you see who had the second-biggest recruiting jump. It's Houston. The Cougars were No. 89 in 2015 and with the help of a five-star recruit in DT Ed Oliver, are No. 44 in 2016.

    These two teams were also two of the most creative on signing day. Harbaugh and Michigan hosted a ridiculous signing event while Houston welcomed recruits with custom videos from rappers. Perhaps creativity fuels recruiting. Or, likelier, good recruiting and magnetic coaches fuel creativity.

    Here's a look at the teams that made the biggest jumps from 2015:

    1.

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  • Missouri reportedly won't sign recruit who is charged with assault

    Defensive end Marvin Terry was scheduled to sign with Missouri on National Signing Day. He didn't, and the Tigers are not reportedly planning on adding him to the 2016 recruiting class.

    Terry is charged with assault stemming from an incident that allegedly took place on Jan. 5. He's been in the Dallas County (Texas) jail since Jan. 25.

    From the Columbia Daily Tribune:

    Court records show that Terry, 18, is facing felony charges of family violence assault with intent to impede breathing or circulation as well as family violence assault for at least the second time in the past 12 months. Terry is also facing misdemeanor charges of family violence assault that causes bodily injury and insufficient bond for family violence assault that causes bodily injury.

    You'll notice the line "at least the second time" in the Daily Tribune

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  • How Tony Stewart has gone 0-17 in the Daytona 500

    If Tony Stewart never drives in another Daytona 500, he's the only driver to finish his career with three or more Sprint Cup Series titles and no Daytona 500 victories.

    2016 was set to be Stewart's last shot at an elusive Daytona 500 win. The three-time Cup champion (2002, 2005, 2011) entered his final season 0-17 in the 500. And he'll continue to be 0-17 after the news Thursday afternoon that Stewart would miss the start of the 2016 season with a spinal fracture.

    NBC analyst and 2000 Sprint Cup Series champion Dale Jarrett said later Thursday afternoon on NASCAR America that people at Stewart-Haas Racing expected Stewart to likely miss 3 months or more.

    It's not like Daytona success has eluded Stewart. He's won the Sprint Unlimited exhibition race held annually before the Daytona 500, the qualifying races for the 500 and is a four-time champion of the 400-mile summer race at the 2.5-mile track.

    He's not the only great driver the 500 has teased. Dale Earnhardt was famously 0-19 before

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  • Dr. Saturday's 2016 National Signing Day All-Name Team

    Welcome to Dr. Saturday's 2016 National Signing Day All-Name Team. We've got a player who shares a name with a famous actor leading our team.

    Our team MVP this season is Nebraska signee Dicaprio Bootle. Yes, that's Bootle with an "l" and not an "i." Bootle committed to Nebraska over the summer after the Huskers saw him at a satellite camp.

    Perhaps his parents were Titanic fans? The movie was released in December of 1997.

    Here are the rest of our All-Name team roster:

    FIRST TEAM

    • RB Lil'Jordan Humphrey, Texas - This gives us hope that there could be a recruit named Lil'Penny after the Nike Penny Hardaway commercials of the 1990s.
    • WR Ralphlauren McCauley, undecided - His nickname, according to his own website, is "Polo" and he's got offers from Louisiana-Monroe and Texas State.
    • QB Messiah deWeaver, Michigan State - Let "The Chosen One" comments begin.
    • LB Zach Sandwisch, West Virginia
    • OL Brodarious Hamm, Auburn - Such a perfect name for an offensive lineman.
    • DE Isaiahh Loudermilk,

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  • Iowa St. announces transfer signee who is 'exploring all options'

    Former Rhode Island offensive tackle Tyler Catalina isn't ready to commit fully to Iowa State just yet. Even if the school is publicly saying otherwise.

    Catalina told the Des Moines Register that he is looking around at other schools and hasn't made a decision where he will play football in 2016. He started all 11 games for Rhode Island in 2015.

    “As of right now, I’m just going through the process and exploring all options and just trying to find where the best fit would be for me to play next year,” Catalina told the Register.

    Iowa State listed Catalina as a member of its 2016 recruiting class in a release Wednesday afternoon.

    Catalina told the Reigster that he had signed a financial aid agreement with the school. However, the FAA is not binding like a letter of intent (what incoming freshmen sign)

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  • Mich. St. commit facing battery charge, reopens recruitment

    Defensive end Auston Robertson, a four-star recruit and the No. 1 recruit in the state of Indiana, tweeted Wednesday that he was re-opening his recruitment.

    Robertson has been verbally committed to Michigan State and was set to be the Spartans' fourth-best prospect in the 2016 class, according to Rivals. Per the Detroit Free-Press, Robertson is facing a misdemeanor charge of battery in his hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The incident allegedly occurred on Jan. 13.

    He was released Jan. 18 on $750 bond and has a status hearing at the court Feb. 11.

    Robertson previously faced misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief, damaging or defacing property, and resisting arrest. But those charges were dropped in Allen Superior Court 5 on Sept. 10.

    It's unclear whether MSU is holding off on signing Robertson. Coaches can't comment on recruits until they sign. MSU coach Mark

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