- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand during the national anthem prior to the San Francisco 49ers’ first three preseason games seems to have prompted everyone to voice his or her opinion about the former Nevada quarterback’s protest, including his former college coach.
Chris Ault, a Hall of Fame coach who spent four years with Kaepernick at Nevada, penned a letter to the Reno Gazette-Journal on Monday expressing his dismay in Kaepernick’s actions.
Kaepernick told media his decision not to stand for the national anthem was in protest of the way he felt people of color were being treated in America.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
The lawyer for former Miami linebacker, who was dismissed on Saturday, told the Washington Post his client was a victim of the university’s attempt to “cover their own asses.”
Grace and defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad were dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules, according to a school statement. But both were at the center of a Miami investigation into whether players took discounted cars from South Beach Exotic Rentals in exchange for a future stake in their careers. According to Grace’s lawyer, Steven L. Washington, Grace’s uncle rented a luxury car from South Beach Exotic Rentals when Grace, now a senior, was a freshman. He gave the car to his nephew so he could take his then-girlfriend, who was in high school, to prom.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
The 2016 season is upon us and a new season means a new staple for the Dr. Saturday lineup. Every week, the Dr. Saturday crew and Yahoo columnist Pat Forde will take a college football-related topic and discuss it in our roundtable.
This is a chance for you, the reader, to read what we have to say and then add your own ideas, theories and arguments in the comments. And we all know you’re not shy about that.
This week, we’re looking at surprises. College football is an ever-changing thing and no matter how many predictions we throw out in the beginning of the year, there’s always a curveball that gives fans license to tell us all how stupid we are.
So, for this week’s Dr. Saturday roundtable, we’re going to try and minimize the postseason “I told you so’s” and make our bold predictions for 2016.
THE HOUSTON HYPE IS REAL, YA’LL
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
Baylor coach Jim Grobe found himself backpedaling Monday afternoon after the Bears depth chart revealed wide receiver Ishmael Zamora was listed on the first team for Friday’s season opening game against Northwestern State.
Zamora was filmed earlier this summerkicking and hitting his dog with a belt. A fellow Baylor student reported Zamora to animal control and Grobe said Zamora, who was given a class C misdemeanor charge and issued a citation, would be disciplined.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
Nick Saban has not named a starting quarterback, but he did announce that the battle has been whittled down to two.
The Alabama head coach told reporters Monday that redshirt junior Cooper Bateman and redshirt freshman Blake Barnett are still in the running heading into Saturday night’s game against USC.
“Bateman and Barnett are the two guys we’re getting ready to play in this game,” Saban said. “That’s the way it’s going to be for right now. We’re going to try to continue to develop all of our guys. And we make this choice, we make this decision with what’s going to give us the best chance to win this game. It’s also about future development of our players. We want to play the guy that’s the most ready to give us the best chance. That’s kind of where it is right now.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
Antonio Callaway will play for Florida in Week 1.
Gators coach Jim McElwain said that Callaway, the team’s top wide receiver, has been cleared to play Saturday against UMass. McElwain said Callaway “should be good to go” at his Monday press conference.
Callaway was suspended from school in January after being accused of sexual assault, causing him to miss spring practice and be banned from campus for the spring semester. The arbiter overseeing an August Title IX hearing against Callaway said the receiver was not responsible for “conduct causing physical injury, sexual assault and sexual misconduct.” Callaway also admitted to being under the influence of marijuana during the alleged incident.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Virginia Tech will continue to honor Frank Beamer throughout the 2016 season.
New Tech coach Justin Fuente announced Monday that each game, the Hokies’ special teams player of the week will wear No. 25 “as a tribute” to Beamer. Beamer, the longtime Hokies head coach who retired after the 2015 season, wore No. 25 during his time as a defensive back for the Hokies in the late 60’s. The number was retired by the school in 2002.
One of Virginia Tech’s calling cards during Beamer’s 29-year tenure was strong special teams play.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Ohio State will be without wide receiver Torrance Gibson this season.
The program announced Monday morning that Gibson, a redshirt freshman, has been suspended from the university for the fall semester. Gibson violated Ohio State’s student code of conduct. No specifics about the violation were provided.
During a press conference Monday, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer said he “disagrees” with the suspension.
“It was not from the football program or the athletic department,” Meyer said. “I disagree with it.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Mississippi State defensive lineman Nick James was reportedly arrested early Sunday morning.
According to the Starkville Daily News, James was arrested for public intoxication at Rick’s Cafe, a bar near MSU’s campus in Starkville. The arrest occurred at 1:36 a.m., the Daily News is reporting, and James was subsequently released on bond.
Oktibbeha County deputy sheriff Chadd Garnett confirmed to The Clarion-Ledger that James was arrested by Starkville Police. Garnett offered no other details.
Per The Clarion-Ledger, the football program said it is aware of “an incident” involving James and head coach Dan Mullen is “gathering more information.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Western Michigan freshmen Ron George and Bryson White were formally charged with armed robbery Sunday morning. A few hours later, the two were dismissed from the program.
George and White were arrested Friday night for allegedly entering an apartment and robbing a woman using a semi-automatic gun and a knife. Cash and other property were stolen, police said, and the two were charged with first-degree home invasion and larceny in addition to armed robbery.
“This has been a difficult time for our university, community and family,” WMU head coach P.J. Fleck said in a release. “With this action we are moving forward and we are focusing our attention on Northwestern.”
Both players are true freshmen who joined the program this summer. George is a three-star linebacker from Pittsburgh while White is a wide receiver from Mason, Ohio. Per MLive.com, the two are expected to be arraigned Monday.
WMU opens its season next Saturday at Northwestern.