- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
All of the coin flips before Big Ten games in Week 5 will pay tribute to Sam Foltz and Mike Sadler.
The conference’s seven games are all between member schools and each game will use a coin for the flip that has Foltz on one side and Sadler on the other. The soon-to-be senior punter for Nebraska and former Michigan State punter were killed in an auto accident leaving a kicking camp in Wisconsin in July.
— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) September 28, 2016
Nebraska wore a helmet decal honoring Foltz all season while Michigan State had Sadler’s number in the midfield logo for its Week 4 game vs. Wisconsin.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Alabama quarterback Blake Barnett took the first offensive snap of 2016 for Alabama. Now he’s reportedly transferring.
According to AL.com, Barnett will transfer away from the school. Alabama coach Nick Saban didn’t affirm the report during his press availability Wednesday evening.
Saban on if Blake Barnett is with the team: I don't know. We'll make a statement when we know for sure.
— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) September 28, 2016
After starting vs. USC, Barnett was replaced during the game by Jalen Hurts as the team’s primary quarterback. Hurts has started the three games since. Barnett has served as the No. 2 QB to Hurts in each of those three following games. His departure would likely make Cooper Bateman the backup to Hurts. Bateman started the Tide’s loss to Ole Miss in 2014. It was Alabama’s only loss of the season.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Former Southern Cal player Lamar Dawson has filed a class-action lawsuit vs. the NCAA and the Pac-12 contending that he and other college athletes have not been compensated fairly for their efforts playing sports.
The suit, filed Wednesday, attempts to classify players as employees of both the conference and sanctioning body. The suit says NCAA schools have “ignored the wage entitlements” of players by “permitting, encouraging and/or requiring student athletes” to work more than 40 hours a week and six days a week without compensating them minimum wage to begin with or for any overtime. It alleges that the Pac-12 and its member schools have been violating the Fair Labor Standards Act and, in USC’s case, California law.
The suit,which you can read in full here courtesy of the Los Angeles Times, points out the Pac-12’s revenues of over $374 million in the 2013-14 fiscal year and says the conference and its schools “directly and/or indirectly employed and/or exercised control and regulation over the hours and working conditions” of athletes.
- Dr. Saturday at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
The first four weeks of the college football season have flown by. Maybe it’s because the schedule has been so good.
The awesomeness continues in Week 5 as Stanford-Washington, Wisconsin-Michigan and Louisville-Clemson are all matchups of top 10 teams. We take a look at all three of those matchups as well as discuss the Big 12’s continued hemming and hawing on expansion and other games this first Saturday of October in the year of it’s not all about the SEC.
As always, you can listen to the podcast in the player below or via iTunes where youcan subscribe right here.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
The people that want consequences for the three Nebraska players who knelt for the national anthem before Saturday’s game vs. Northwestern aren’t going to get their wish.
Hank Bounds, Nebraska’s president, posted an open letter to the school’s website Wednesdaymorning saying the school would not restrict the first amendment rights of any of its students. Mohamed Barry, DaiShon Neal and Michael Rose-Ivey took a knee as many other football players have done to protest racial injustice.
“College campuses, as much as any space, must be places where robust, even uncomfortable, debate is welcomed and encouraged. I want every student, faculty and staff member to know that I am unwavering in my support of your right to participate in these dialogues.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
LSU running back Leonard Fournette’s status for Week 5 could be up in the air until the game starts.
Interim coach Ed Orgeron said Wednesday during the SEC teleconference that Fournette would likely be a game-time decision. LSU plays Missouri on Saturday evening.
“It’s up in the air now,” Orgeron said (Via NOLA.com). “Can’t say. In all likelihood he will try to play. It will be a game-time decision. Obviously, if there’s further injury we won’t play him.”
Fournette re-injured his left ankle late in the Tigers’ Week 4 loss to Auburn. Fournette was hit by an Auburn defender and after he fell to the ground his ankle briefly twisted awkwardly when he was hit by another.
He initially injured the ankle in a preseason scrimmage and sat out the team’s Week 2 game vs. Jacksonville State after being helped off the field late in the Tigers’ Week 1 loss to Wisconsin.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
The charges against LSU defensive lineman Davon Godchaux in connection with a domestic abuse case involving him and his girlfriend have been dropped. Hillar Moore, the district attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish, announced the decision Tuesday afternoon.
Godchaux was arrested early Monday morning and charged with false imprisonment and domestic abuse battery/child endangerment. His girlfriend also was arrested because of conflicting stories. According to the girlfriend, Godchaux grabbed her and tossed her backward twice. She had a swollen lip and a red mark near her neck, according to a police report. The girlfriend also said Godchaux refused to let her leave with the couple’s 10-month-old child.
He was indefinitely suspended following the arrest and did not practice Monday or Tuesday. LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron said Wednesday that Godchaux would be rejoining the team later that day.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said via Twitter that he would like to meet with one of Nebraska football players he criticized for kneeling during the national anthem prior to last Saturday’s game against Northwestern.
Michael Rose-Ivey, DaiShon Neal and Mohamed Barry, three African-American players, kneeled to protest racial injustice. Ricketts called the act “disgraceful” and “disrespectful,” which prompted a tweet from Rose-Ivey.
@GovRicketts I would love to sit down and further the discussion with you if you are available..
— Michael Rose-Ivey (@Rose_IveyNB15) September 27, 2016
Ricketts responded to the request late Tuesday night.
.@Rose_IveyNB15 Thanks for reaching out. Direct message me your information, and we will get something set up right away!
— Gov. Pete Ricketts (@GovRicketts) September 28, 2016
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Oklahoma State donor T. Boone Pickens, whose name is on the Cowboys’ stadium, has started the Bedlam rivalry a little early this year with some choice words for Oklahoma president David Boren.
Pickens told the Austin American-Statesman’s podcast, “On Second Thought” that “maybe it’s time for David to retire” after a report surfaced that Boren had changed his mind about Big 12 expansion.
“I’ve known David forever. He likes to talk. He gets a little bit confused sometimes,” Pickens said.
Boren was one of the most outspoken voices in favor of expansion 18 months ago. However, a report in Sports Illustrated’s Campus Rush on Tuesday suggested Boren might be changing his position amid pressure from his board. Boren answered the story by stating, “Oklahoma has not yet taken a position on expansion.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Suspended North Carolina linebacker Allen Artis maintained his innocence Tuesday while meeting with the media ahead of his Thursday court appearance for charges of sexual battery and assault on a female student.
Artis is accused of raping Delaney Robinson on Valentine’s Day in the Ram Village apartments on UNC’s campus. Robinson held a press conference on Sept. 13 stating police had done little to help her after she reported the rape. She said she felt police gave preferential treatment to Artis because he was a football player. Shortly after her appearance, Artis was indefinitely suspended from the team and he turned himself into police.
Artis told the Associated Press he wasn’t a rapist and that he was “surprised, hurt, distraught” over the allegations.