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Pitt running back James Conner, now two months cancer-free, detailed his grueling treatment and journey back to the playing field for The Players’ Tribune. Can’t recommend his essay enough.
— Pitt Football (@Pitt_FB) July 25, 2016
Before the first day of Big Ten Media Days got underway in Chicago, the league unveiled its preseason honors list.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
A weekend brawl left two Washington State students with serious injuries.
According to The Spokesman-Review, Pullman police are looking into Washington State football players as “persons of interest” in the case, which also resulted in minor injuries for others. Police have already “confirmed WSU players were present at the party,” The Spokesman-Review reported, but is in the early stages of what could be a long-lasting investigation.
One student, 21-year-old Alex Rodriguez, suffered a broken jaw. Another was left unconscious in the incident, which was partially captured by cell phone video. Witnesses reportedly provided a list of individuals, including football players, they believed were responsible.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Colby Delahoussaye doesn’t know how he escaped the burning car.
It skidded off a rain-soaked road, hit a tree and fell 40 feet down an embankment. The impact knocked the LSU kicker unconscious.
Also in the car were Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler. Police believe the two were killed instantly in the crash, but Delahoussaye, who was sitting in the backseat, emerged with second-degree burns on his left leg, stitches in his head and bruised ribs.
Dwayne Delahoussaye, Colby’s father, told The Advocate that his son awoke when the car caught fire.
“All he remembers is that the fire was burning his leg and that woke him up,” Dwayne told the paper. “He was knocked unconscious. The burning sensation revived him. That’s all he remembers. He doesn’t even know how he got out. He doesn’t know where he crawled out.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
You won’t see Treon Harris at wide receiver for Florida.
Less than a week after Gators head coach Jim McElwain confirmed that Harris had moved from quarterback to wide receiver, the program confirmed Monday that Harris will transfer from the university.
We are confirming reports that Treon Harris is transferring from the University of Florida.
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) July 25, 2016
Harris saw significant action at quarterback for the Gators over the past two seasons. After battling for the starting job entering 2015, Harris fell behind Will Grier on the depth chart. UF started 6-0 behind Grier (who has since transferred to West Virginia), but Harris was thrust into the starting role when Grier was suspended by the NCAA in October for a positive performance-enhancing drug test.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
After a run to the College Football Playoff title game in 2015, Clemson is the favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2016.
The league released its annual preseason media poll Monday, and the Tigers were picked to repeat as both the conference and Atlantic Division champions. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is back for his junior year and is the favorite to repeat as ACC Player of the Year.
Behind Clemson – the overwhelming favorite with 144 – in championship votes was Florida State (39), North Carolina (7) and Louisville (1). Similarly, Florida State and Louisville were picked to finish second and third, respectively, in the Atlantic. The division was rounded out with NC State in fourth, Boston College in fifth, Syracuse in sixth and Wake Forest in seventh.
In the Coastal Division, North Carolina is picked to finish on top for a second year in a row, edging out Miami and Pitt. Virginia Tech was picked fourth while the division standings were rounded out with Duke, Georgia Tech and Virginia.
Interestingly, six of the seven Coastal Division teams received first-place votes.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
A starter on Iowa State’s defense was arrested over the weekend.
According to the Des Moines Register, defensive back Nigel Tribune was booked for OWI early Sunday morning in Ames. Police said Tribune, a senior cornerback, was driving without his headlights on. After being pulled over shortly before 3 a.m., police said Tribune had “watery and bloodshot eyes” and smelled like alcohol. He subsequently failed field sobriety tests and his blood-alcohol content was above the legal limit of .08.
In a statement, first-year Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell said Tribune has been suspended indefinitely.
“We are aware of the charges filed against Nigel and we are in the process of gathering more information,” Campbell’s statement said. “Nigel has been suspended indefinitely from the football team under the student-athlete code of conduct policy.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Texas filled a big hole on its roster over the weekend.
The Longhorns confirmed the addition of kicker Trent Domingue, a graduate transfer from LSU, on Sunday. Domingue announced the news on Twitter earlier in the day.
Officially a Texas Longhorn! #HookEm????????
— Trent Domingue (@TrentDomingue) July 24, 2016
Domingue was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award in 2015, but opted to leave LSU earlier this month after his scholarship was not renewed. Domingue arrived at LSU as a walk-on in 2012 and was put on scholarship before the 2015 season.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Iowa defensive lineman Faith Ekakitie said he was stopped in a park earlier in the week while he was playing Pokemon Go because he fit the general description of a bank robbery suspect.
Ekakitie posted his account of the story to Facebookand thanked the Iowa City Police Department for its professionalism regarding the search. Ekakitie said he had his headphones in and didn’t hear police officers, who then approached him with their guns drawn.
Here’s how he described the encounter:
[Wednesday] I was surrounded and searched by approximately five Iowa City Police Officers. My pockets were checked, my backpack was opened up and searched carefully, and I was asked to lift up my shirt while they searched my waistband. Not once did they identify themselves to me as Iowa City Police officers, but with four gun barrels staring me in the face, I wouldn’t dare question the authority of the men and woman in front of me. This is what happened from my point of view.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler were killed in a Saturday night car accident per multiple reports.
Per the Baton Rouge Advocate, LSU K Colby Delahoussaye was injured in the accident as well. He suffered burns on his legs and his injuries are considered minor. From the Advocate:
Delahoussaye was in the backseat of a Mercedes sedan driven be Sadler. Foltz was a passenger in the car traveling westbound on Beaver Lake Road at 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The car lost control on wet pavement, left the roadway and struck a tree.
The crash happened in Wisconsin as the three were there for a kicking camp. Foltz was 22. Sadler was 24.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
Add incoming Texas Tech president Lawrence Schovanec to the list of folks endorsing Houston for Big 12 membership.
A day after University of Texas officials, including president Greg Fenves,voiced support for UH, a statement from Schovanec was sent out by the university Friday afternoon.
“As the Big 12 evaluates its options for expansion, Texas Tech welcomes the consideration of the University of Houston,” the statement from Schovanec said. “We have always valued our partnerships with UH.”
Houston’s football program is certainly on the rise coming off a 13-1 season and Peach Bowl victory over Florida State, but there was a perception that some Big 12 schools – in Texas, especially – may not be on board with the Cougars joining the league. Adding a member requires the approval of eight Big 12 presidents. UH already has two.