- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
With the college football season a week away – unless you’re Cal and Hawaii – teams are running out of time to name starting quarterbacks. And numerous teams made their starters known on Friday.
• Indiana said junior-college transfer Richard Lagow would start the team’s season-opening game vs. Florida International on Sep. 1. Lagow beat out Zander Diamont and Danny Cameron for the starting gig. Both Cameron and Diamont are listed as the team’s No. 2 QB. Lagow wears No. 21, which will take some getting used to. Not too many players start at quarterback while wearing No. 20 or greater.
Diamont threw 31 passes in 2015 while Cameron threw 16 as Nate Sudfield was the team’s primary quarterback.
• Western Kentucky named South Florida transfer Mike White its starter. White succeeds Brandon Doughty, who was a senior in 2015. White transferred from South Florida after the 2014 season. He spent time as the team’s starter in both 2013 and 2014 and had a completion percentage of 51.5 percent in those two seasons. That percentage will have to be much higher if WKU wants to continue the success it had with Doughty at QB.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
East Carolina dismissed defensive tackle Darius Commissiong on Friday after he was charged with felony animal cruelty.
If you’re brave enough to read the gory injuries Commissiong is alleged to have inflicted on a one-year-old Shih Tzu, you can click here to read the Greenville, North Carolina, Police Department’s Facebook post. The dog suffered multiple and incredibly severe injuries and died from the trauma. It’s especially harrowing to read on what’s been deemed National Dog Day.
Per the police, officers responded to an apartment at approximately 2 a.m. Friday. The apartment’s resident, a female, let the officers in and they saw the dog and its injuries. Witness descriptions of a person who was in the area at the time of the alleged incident led police to Commissiong.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
A woman believes Kansas coach David Beaty saved her son’s life in 2013 at a trampoline park.
Beaty, then an assistant at Texas A&M, was in the Houston area at a Cosmic Jump with his family. Max Menchaca was on a trampoline slide at the park and ended up falling through a tear in the trampoline at the end of the slide.
He landed head-first five feet below on a concrete surface and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Menchaca’s mother, Trace, posted the story of Beaty’s kindness after the accident to Facebook on Thursday. Beaty was nearby when Max fell through the trampoline and Trace said Beaty “literally dove in after him. He talked to him, comforted him, reassured him and held him tight during his grand mal seizures.”
sweet lil story pic.twitter.com/MQomKVPtvo
— lea(h) (@leamenchaca) August 26, 2016
A jury awarded the Menchaca family $11.5 million in damages in February. Max suffered a serious brain injury as a result of the impact with the concrete and has needed to undergo both physical and speech therapy.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Arizona football is at it again. This time, with “Gladiator.”
Roughly a year after the team did a James Bond parody where coach Rich Rodriguez played the role of Bond and even rappelled in the stadium.
Now he’s channeling Russell Crowe. We are definitely entertained.
Arizona’s video department deserves a hearty raise after this series of videos. The program did a “Speed” parody when pace of play and substitutions were a hot topic and started the series off with a western.
We’re also wondering what movie the team should parody next. Rodriguez would be a good Austin Powers. Jason Bourne, maybe?
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Marshall has dismissed one of its most-experienced defensive backs.
Thundering Herd coach Doc Holliday announced Friday that safety Tiquan Lang is no longer with the team “due to a violation of team rules and policies.”
Lang was a key member of the Herd’s secondary in 2015, but was arrested in May on multiple charges. According to the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, Lang was found asleep in a running vehicle and police found a firearm “partially concealed” under the front seat and Xanax in the center console. He was facing misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence, possession of a concealed deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Former Mississippi State defensive back Deontay Evans has landed in Conference USA.
Evans has officially been added to Middle Tennessee’s roster after deciding to leave the Bulldogs in July. Evans, a fifth-year senior, is listed on MTSU’s website as a graduate student and should be immediately eligible to play in 2016 for the Blue Raiders.
Evans played in 39 games (three starts) for MSU over the past three seasons but was unlikely to crack the starting lineup this season. During his time with the Bulldogs, he totaled 86 tackles, five passes defended and one forced fumble.
The 5-foot-10, 207-pound Evans will provide depth for the Blue Raiders at safety. Per the Daily News Journal, Jovante Moffatt and Alex Dale are expected to start.
Middle Tennessee opens its season Sept. 5 at home against Jackson State. The Blue Raiders went 7-6 in 2015.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
College football coaching is a competitive business and if you’re not winning now, you could find yourself out of a job.
Several coaches are facing that very real possibility as we head into the 2016 season after struggling the season before. It’s never too early to get the coaching carousel up and running, so here’s a look at the Top 10 coaches facing the hot seat this season.
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M It wasn’t long ago that Sumlin was the king of College Station. In his first year with the program, Sumlin won 11 games and had a Heisman Trophy winner in quarterback Johnny Manziel. The school started investing in the program by upgrading its facilities and giving Sumlin a raise. However, the honeymoon was short-lived and the Aggies win totals have declined while off-field incidents involving players and coaches have been on the rise. Still Sumlin has won 36 games in four seasons at A&M, more than any Aggie coach in a four-year span since R.C. Slocum in the early 90s.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
Auburn defensive back Stephen Roberts was arrested Wednesday night.
According to Al.com, Roberts, who was taken into custody just before 10 p.m., is facing charges of “attempting to elude an officer” and “possessing a firearm without a license.” Both charges are misdemeanors.
Auburn police told Al.com Roberts was in possession of a handgun. The junior was released from the Lee County Detention Center late Wednesday night.
Roberts played in all 13 games, starting the final four, for the Tigers in 2015, registering 26 tackles. He also had three tackles and had a forced fumble in 12 games as a true freshman in 2014. The Opelika, Alabama, native was slated to start this season.
An Auburn spokesman told Al.com that head coach Gus Malzahn is “aware” of the situation and is “gathering all the facts.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
Remember when news emerged that Army starting quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw had left the program? Well, apparently he changed his mind, and is now back in line to start for the Black Knights when their season opens against Temple.
Army coachJeff Monken said Thursday that it’s “likely” Bradshaw, a junior, will start over sophomore Chris Carter.
“He’s so far ahead in the repetitions that he has taken,” Monken said of Bradshaw per the Times Herald-Record.
Things were much different last week. From the Times Herald-Record, Aug. 16:
- Dr. Saturday at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
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Hawaii is pretty good at these scholarship videos. A long snapper climbed a high dive to find his scholarship last week, but now that the Rainbow Warriors are in Australia to face Cal on Friday, the program got some koalas involved in Ryan Tuiasoa’s scholarship reveal. Sort of.
Watch RB Ryan Tuiasoa get more than just a close-up of a koala at Sydney's Taronga Zoo, he received a scholarship! pic.twitter.com/b6Y9zf0gLN
— Hawaii Football (@HawaiiFootball) August 25, 2016
Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich also revealed the helmets his team will wear Friday.