College football is just one week away, and we're happy to welcome aboard another college football legend to preview the upcoming season and give his take on the state of the game.
Joey Harrington quarterbacked the Oregon Ducks in the early 2000s, including a 2001 season when, by all rights, the Ducks should have gone to the national championship. (Thanks, computers.) He spent plenty of time with us talking every element of the college game, including:
• His take on whether college athletes should be paid: "When we were playing, all we wanted was to get on the depth chart high enough to see our number in the video game," he says. "It wasn't about getting a check for $173 in a class-action suit."
• "When you're running a business, the CEO makes the most money, the people at the top make the most money," he says. "The people who are making the product in the factories make the least money. For an 18, 19-year-old kid
- Jay Busbee | Dr. Saturday – Thu, 27 Aug, 2015 6:10 PM EDT
College football is just one week away, and we're happy to welcome aboard another college football legend to preview the upcoming season and give his take on the state of the game.Read More »from Joey Harrington on why college athletes shouldn't be paid (podcast)
- Sam Cooper | Dr. Saturday – Thu, 27 Aug, 2015 6:05 PM EDT
will play in the Gators’ season opener against New Mexico State on Sept. 5.New Florida head coach Jim McElwain still has not chosen a starter, so both Treon Harris and Will Grier
Harris and Grier both arrived on campus last season, but Harris has the experience edge over Grier.
Harris started the final six games of the 2014 season whole Grier took a redshirt. Harris threw for 1,019 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions, but completed only 49.5 percent of his passes. He added 338 yards and three more scores on the ground.
McElwain told reporters Thursday that he has no timetable for choosing a starter.
No matter who is under center, the GatorsRead More »from Jim McElwain will play 2 quarterbacks in Florida's season opener
- Graham Watson | Dr. Saturday – Thu, 27 Aug, 2015 5:59 PM EDT
Florida freshman tackle Martez Ivey will have arthroscopic knee surgery Friday to look into a pre-existing injury that has been plaguing one of Florida's starting offensive linemen.
Arthroscopic surgery could result in an easy fix of the injury or the discovery of something worse (like a torn ligament). If it’s an easy fix, Ivey could be back in a short turnaround. If it’s something more complex, it could cost him the season.
Ivey, who was the top-rated offensive lineman in the 2015 class, was already working with the first team during fall camp.
"You don't think of him as a freshman, really, the way he's playing,” coach Jim McElwain said in an earlier interview. "That’s great to see. We kind of thought that when we recruited him."Read More »from Florida OT Martez Ivey to have arthroscopic surgery
Tennessee football is hoping to gain an advantage by monitoring the sleeping patterns of its players.
In a story by the Associated Press, Tennessee in conjunction with Rise Science, a Chicago-based company, is monitoring players by giving them sleep goggles to block out blue light from computers and phones, and sleeping masks. It's also fitting players' sleeping areas with sensors above their mattresses and under the sheets to monitor heart rate, movement and respiration rate.
The hope is to encourage more sleep so that players perform better when they’re awake.
“Look at any college student - the two things they struggle with are time management and sleep,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. “To be able to perform at a high level, you need your sleep, you need nine hours every day, you need to sleep in 68-degree room temperatures, all those things that we're constantly stressing with our players.”
Three formerRead More »from Tennessee is monitoring the sleep of its players
- Sam Cooper | Dr. Saturday – Thu, 27 Aug, 2015 4:17 PM EDT
Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster said Wednesday that the program was considering taking money from a player’s cost of attendance stipend as a form of discipline.
It appears the program already had quite an elaborate fine system in place.
On Thursday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch published two images of a television monitor outside the team’s players’ lounge that detailed the various fines. The fineable offenses ranged from missing class to having a dirty locker or dorm room. Take a look:
As you can see, the fines become larger for multiple offenses. A seventh offense for “improper equipment” would cost a player a whopping $1,600.
According to the Times-Dispatch, a third screen detailed various fines already levied to players.
A third screen listed players who apparently had already been assessed fines, with their name, offense, date it occurred and amount fined.
One player, for example, had been fined $20 for missing a meeting on Aug. 17, $10 for missing breakfast that
- Graham Watson | Dr. Saturday – Thu, 27 Aug, 2015 3:55 PM EDT
Running back Altee Tenpenny is working on his third college football program in eight months.
Nicholls State confirmed to al.com Thursday that Tenpenny has joined its program after being dismissed from UNLV earlier this month for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Tenpenny, a four-star recruit and the eighth-best running back in 2013 class, started his collegiate career at Alabama. He rushed for 218 yards on 48 carries before leaving Alabama in January.
Tenpenny has been practicing with Nicholls State this week, but it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to play this season.
For more Alabama news, visit TideSports.com.
And don’t forget to keep up with all of Graham’s thoughts, witty comments and college football discussions on FacebookRead More »from Former Alabama, UNLV RB Altee Tenpenny heads to FCS Nicholls State
- Sam Cooper | Dr. Saturday – Thu, 27 Aug, 2015 3:31 PM EDT
Northwestern’s quarterback competition has come to an end.
Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald announced Thursday that Clayton Thorson will start the team’s opener against Stanford on Sept. 5.
Thorson, a redshirt freshman, beat out fifth-year senior Zack Oliver and redshirt sophomore Matt Alviti for the starting role.
Thorson was a highly decorated four-star recruit coming out of Wheaton, Ill., and was rated No. 136 nationally by Rivals.com in the 2014 class. Additionally, Rivals tabbed Thorson as the sixth-best dual-threat quarterback and seventh best player from Illinois in his class.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Thorson redshirted the 2014 season while Trevor Siemian played out his senior year. Oliver and Alviti both saw action behind Siemian last season, but Thorson was able to overcome their edge inRead More »from Redshirt freshman Clayton Thorson named Northwestern starting QB
- Graham Watson | Dr. Saturday – Thu, 27 Aug, 2015 3:00 PM EDT
North Dakota State is joining the “cost-of-attendance” movement.
The school announced Thursday that it would provide full cost of attendance to all of its scholarship athletes beginning in the 2016-17 season. The school said it believes it’s one of only two FCS programs to take this step.
Cost-of-attendance stipends had been a big topic of debate on the FBS level before the Power Five conferences decided to endorse the move and allow school to add miscellaneous funds for items beyond tuition, fees, room, board and books.
However, full cost of attendance scholarships have not been discussed at the FCS level. But NDSU is not the typical FCS program. It has won four straight FCS titles and has competed well against FBS opponents. It not only has raised the bar on the field, but it's now putting pressure on other FCS schools to keep up in order to attract high-level athletes.
“For us it was about who you recruit against,”Read More »from North Dakota State to offer cost of attendance scholarships
- Sam Cooper | Dr. Saturday – Thu, 27 Aug, 2015 2:39 PM EDT
The injury bug continues to bite Tennessee.
Vols head coach Butch Jones said Thursday that senior safety LaDarrell McNeil will be out “for an extended period of time” due to “neck instability.”
“This one came kind of out of nowhere,” Jones said. “He's had some neck instability there, so he's undergoing further examination, but he will be out an extended period of time. It could be a lengthy period of time, but everything is about the welfare of our student athletes and making sure that there's life after football and everything that he's going through.”
McNeil is entering his fourth year as a starter for the Vols. He has played in 36 games, including 31 starts, over the past three seasons and is one of the leaders of the defense. In those three seasons, McNeil has tallied a total of 188 tackles and three interceptions.
Jones also announced that senior receiver Pig Howard is suspended for the season opener against Bowling Green for violating team rules. Jones said the violation occurredRead More »from Tennessee DB LaDarrell McNeil out with neck injury, WR Pig Howard suspended
- Graham Watson | Dr. Saturday – Thu, 27 Aug, 2015 2:17 PM EDT
Sarkisian told the Pac-12 Network on Thursday that the school was going to help him get treatment.
“I think the biggest thing is, I’m at the greatest university in the world,” Sarkisian said. “And I’m fortunate for that. We have unbelievable people here in place that can make that happen. I’m fortunate for that. Is it ideal? No. It’s not. But I think it sends a great message to our team that I’m willing to step forward and want the treatment. To figure out exactly to what extent that is. And our team has been awesome about it.”
While he noted the players were supportive of his honesty regarding the situation, he didn’t escape their wrath as they made him do up-downs after practice, and typical punishment for a violation of team rules.
In the end, Sarkisian said he was happy to have another chance and eagerRead More »from Steve Sarkisian address alcohol treatment with Pac-12 Network (Video)
N.C. State running back Shadrach Thornton will miss the first two games of the season.
Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren said Thursday that the senior is suspended for violating athletic department policy. According to the News & Observer, Doeren said the suspension stems from “a university issue that happened six months ago.” Doeren did not provide specifics.
This is the third suspension of Thornton’s N.C. State career. He missed a game in 2013 after a June 2013 misdemeanor assault arrest that involved his then-girlfriend. Those charges were later deferred.
Thornton also was hit with a marijuana possession charge in December 2013, but the charge was dropped and he did not miss any games.
The 6-foot-1, 218 pound Thornton led the Wolfpack with 907 rushing yards in 2014. He also had nine rushing touchdowns and 133 yards and a touchdown on 15 receptions. Overall in his career, Thornton has 2,369 yards and 16 touchdowns rushing.
In his absence, junior Matt Dayes will start at running back. DayesRead More »from N.C. State RB Shadrach Thornton suspended 2 games
- Sam Cooper | Dr. Saturday – Thu, 27 Aug, 2015 12:40 PM EDT
taking money from a player’s cost of attendance stipend as a form of discipline, Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville told ESPN that the Bearcats are considering the same.A day after Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster raised some eyebrows for saying the Hokies were considering
Tuberville said the idea is to hold players “accountable” if they break team rules or do not meet academic requirements.
Cincinnati said that the plan, which Tuberville has considered long before Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster made similar comments Wednesday, would be subject to an appeal.
Tuberville said "effort" -- in addressing off-the-field shortcomings, not athletic performance -- would be a factor in determining any withholdings.
Bearcats athletic director Mike Bohn said it would be a “tool” to help student-athletes.
“It’s not a fine. It’s not a threat. It’s a tool,” Bohn told ESPN. “We want to help our student-athletes and are committed to helping them. OurRead More »from Tommy Tuberville is considering withholding COA money for rule violations
- Sam Cooper | Dr. Saturday – Thu, 27 Aug, 2015 10:47 AM EDT
When Louisville hosts Clemson on Sept. 17 for a primetime Thursday night matchup, the Cardinals will wear brand new black alternate uniforms.
This new black uniform is the second alternate look the program has unveiled this offseason. In the season opener against Auburn on Sept. 5 in Atlanta, the Cardinals will go with new “Uncaged Cardinal” uniforms.Read More »from Louisville to wear alternate black uniforms for Clemson game (Photos)
- Nick Bromberg | Dr. Saturday – Thu, 27 Aug, 2015 10:11 AM EDT
Did Auburn's athletic department influence the school's decision to keep its public administration major?
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the school had decided to eliminate the major in 2013. However, following discussions with the athletic department, the major survived.
In addition to meeting with the school’s provost to urge him to spare public administration, the documents show, top athletic officials also offered to use athletic department funds, if necessary, to help pay its professors and support staff. Gary Waters, Auburn’s senior associate athletic director for academic services, wrote in an email in January 2013 that athletics had made “similar investments in academic programs during the last few years,” although in those cases, he added, “it has not been publicized.”
In the fall semester of 2013, more than half of the roughly 100 students majoring in public administration were athletes, records show, including nearly all
UConn now has a completely gray uniform to wear in 2015.
The Huskies unveiled the uniform on Wednesday.
The best part of this uniform is easily the helmet. Gray is an overplayed color in college football to begin with, and going all gray just seems really drab. But Nike loves gray and UConn is a Nike school, so it made sense that the Huskies were going to have gray uniforms at some point.
Simply adding blue pants or a blue jersey to the other gray elements would be a huge step up. We'll see when UConn wears this uniform in 2015. Hopefully it's not on an overcast day in Storrs. That may be too much gray to handle.
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- Nick Bromberg | Dr. Saturday – Thu, 27 Aug, 2015 7:33 AM EDT
Vanderbilt linebacker Nigel Bowden is the man who makes the defensive play calls for the Commodores. And Coach Derek Mason wanted his voice to be more "authoritative" in 2015.
“Since the beginning of time that position has been a leader. You go where you’re middle linebacker goes,” Mason told the Tennesseean. “I just asked Nigel to step outside his comfort zone. … As he is authoritative, guys will start to understand who the leader is, and that’s a strong position.”
Bowden was a redshirt freshman in 2014 and led the team with 78 tackles. He made the play calls last year as Vanderbilt went 3-9 and 0-8 in the SEC. The 6-1, 240 pound player was a four-star recruit in the class of 2013 and the No. 9 inside linebacker in the country.
“(My voice) has to come out hard and aggressive this year,” Bowden said. “We’re not here to be nice to each other.”
Of course, a deeper voice isn't going to simply mean Vanderbilt makes anRead More »from Vanderbilt wants Nigel Bowden's voice to be more 'authoritative'
- Nick Bromberg | Dr. Saturday – Thu, 27 Aug, 2015 6:51 AM EDT
The Rutgers faculty member that Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood emailed about cornerback Nadir Barnwell was reportedly "likely" a part-time faculty member making less than $5,000 per class.
According to NJ.com, the faculty union at Rutgers believes Flood, who made $987,000 last year as head football coach, was contacting a part-time teacher.
But union officials suspect the instructor who received Flood's email related to an academic issue involving his player is a part-time adjunct professor in the Mason Gross School of the Arts on the New Brunswick campus, said David Hughes, president of Rutgers' faculty union.
"You can imagine how someone in those situations would feel," Hughes said. "A guy earning a million dollars is talking to an instructor earning less than $5,000."
Flood is under university investigation for the email. The NCAA forbids coaches from pressuring teachers about the grades of athletes. Barnwell, aRead More »from Report: Rutgers coach Kyle Flood 'likely' emailed part-time lecturer
- Nick Bromberg | Dr. Saturday – Thu, 27 Aug, 2015 6:24 AM EDT
Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster got a lot of people's attention Wednesday afternoon when he said the Hokies would possibly be fining players out of their cost-of-attendance stipends.
The COA stipends, instituted this year after NCAA reforms, are over $3,000 per athlete at Virginia Tech and paid to students in two-week increments.
“We’re going to look at that right now,” said Foster, who is entering his 20th season as Tech's defensive coordinator, and his 29th overall season on coach Frank Beamer's staff. “Some people got in trouble for getting up and punishing people at 6 a.m. in the morning. Obviously, you need some discipline for some discipline issues. I think that’s one way that you can potentially do that, control that a little bit. You know, these guys right now haven’t had access to money, unless they’ve been Pell Grant recipients. They’ll want that when it’s all said and done at the end of the day.
“The bottom line is we want guys doing
- Sam Cooper | Dr. Saturday – Wed, 26 Aug, 2015 8:45 PM EDT
With UCLA’s season opener less than two weeks away, Bruins head coach Jim Mora decided Wednesday night it was time to name his starting quarterback.
The decision came down to redshirt junior Jerry Neuheisel and true freshman Josh Rosen, and Mora opted for Rosen.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Rosen, a native of Bellflower, Calif., was a five-star recruit in the 2015 class and enrolled early in order to participate in spring practice and gear up for the competition with Neuheisel. Rivals.com rated Rosen as the best quarterback in his class and the second-best prospect in the country, so expectations have been sky high.
The Bruins return their entire offensive line, a nice stable of receivers and Pac-12 rushing leader Paul Perkins (1,575 yards, 15 TDs), so Rosen has plenty of weapons to work with.
Neuheisel, the son of formerRead More »from UCLA picks true freshman Josh Rosen as starting QB
Ohio State took a hit to its receiving corps on Wednesday.
Head coach Urban Meyer confirmed to the Columbus Dispatch that wide receiver Noah Brown suffered a broken leg during practice and was "taken off the field by cart and transported to the OSU Medical Center." He is expected to miss the entire season.
"Surgery soon and full recovery expected," Meyer told the Dispatch in a text message.
Brown, a 6-foot-2, 222-pound sophomore, was expected to be a big part of the Buckeyes’ high-powered offense this season.
According to several reports, media access following Wednesday evening’s practice was abruptly canceled. Before it was confirmed, Buckeyes wide receivers coach Zach Smith sent out this tweet, hinting to an injury:
Fellow OSU wide receivers Corey Smith and Michael Thomas also sent out tweets inRead More »from Ohio State WR Noah Brown suffers broken leg