- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday18 mins ago
The ineligible receiver downfield rule won't be changing for 2015.
According to a release by the NCAA, the NCAA rules committee tabled a proposal that would limit the cushion linemen and players declared ineligible would have to go downfield. Currently, there is a three-yard cushion. The rule change would have dropped it to one yard, which is like the NFL rule.
Panel members, who met on a teleconference Thursday, felt more discussion about the rule should take place within the college football community before a final decision is made. Additionally, the panel was concerned about the lack of participation in the rules process by head coaches, both in the survey process and comment period. Specifically, while 57 percent of Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches supported this proposed change in the initial survey, only 65 FBS head coaches participated in the survey. Also, while 54 percent of FBS head coaches were supportive of the rule change in the comment period, only 46 FBS head coaches offered comments.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday51 mins ago
Dr. Dean Sicking is one of the men lauded with the creation of the SAFER barrier in auto racing. And now he's wanting to help advance safety in football.
According to CBS Sports, Sicking is going to test a new football helmet that he says is designed to reduce concussions by 75 percent. When testing begins in October, Sicking hopes for a 50 percent reduction.
“Much of the football helmet industry sticks to the mantra, ‘We can't prevent concussions' and that's where they stop,” Sicking told CBS. “They try to improve themselves on arcane procedures that are designed to prevent skull fractures but doesn't do anything to prevent concussions.”
Perhaps a bit ironically, Sicking is a professor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. UAB dropped football after the 2014 season.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Stanford kicker Jordan Williamson finished his time with the Cardinal as its all-time career leader in points scored, but Williamson’s career hit a dark time following the 2012 Fiesta Bowl.
Austin Meyer chronicled Williamson’s trials following two missed kicks in the game, including one in overtime, that cost the Cardinal the win. It tells the story of depression, fear and ultimately perseverance in a 6-minute YouTube documentary called “It Comes Down To You.”
The video tells an all-too-common story of the ridicule college athletes face on social media and the devastating effects it can have. Williamson, who exhausted his eligibility after this past season, ultimately came out better for the ordeal, but that’s not always the case for some athletes.
This is a great short documentary that paints a good lesson that college athletes are still just people.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Marqise Lee was considered a first round prospect in the 2014 NFL draft before the 2013 college football season.
However, the former USC wide receiver was hampered by a left knee injury throughout the season and fell to the second round of the 2014 draft. He was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 39th pick.
Before the season, he took out a loss-of-value insurance policy on his draft status with Lloyd's of London. And now he's suing the insurance company, saying it owes him money after his fall in the draft.
The policy guaranteed him the difference between his rookie NFL contract and a $9.6 million baseline – up to $5 million. Lee’s four-year deal with Jacksonville is worth $5,175,016.
Lee submitted a detailed medical questionnaire and physical exam when he procured the policy. When he sought to collect on the claim for the $4.525 million difference, two weeks after draft day, he filed a proof of loss form, including more than two dozen pages of medical data that show his knee was treated throughout the Trojans’ 2013 season.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez was so mad after his team’s loss to Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl that he didn’t talk to quarterback Anu Solomon for two weeks.
The Wildcats were down 38-30 and facing a third-and-goal with no timeouts in the waning moments of the game when Solomon, a freshman, inexplicably took a sack instead of throwing the ball away. Instead of giving his team another chance to tie the game on fourth down, Solomon was unable to get another play off as time expired.
Solomon threw for 335 yards and a touchdown in the game, but he completed only 28-of-49 passes and threw two interceptions in the loss. The loss was a tough one to get over for Solomon.
“It hurt the next couple weeks,” Solomon said per The Daily Wildcat. “I say it to myself, ‘Anu, you looked sloppy at times.’ Watching those films, watching those sloppy mistakes I made, I was so disappointed in myself.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon will participate in spring practice for the Sooners, but head coach Bob Stoops said the former five-star recruit won’t play in the team’s spring game.
It has been a long eight months since Mixon was suspended for allegedly punching a woman in the face and knocking her unconscious at a restaurant. After being charged with a misdemeanor and ultimately entering a plea deal in October, Mixon received a one-year deferred sentence.
Mixon returned to the football team in February and now is back on the team’s official spring roster and ready to participate when practice begins on Saturday.
Joe Mixon will participate in spring practices but will not play in the spring game.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
Ohio State doesn’t start spring practice until next week, so there’s no shame in basking in the glory of its remarkable national title run for a few more days.
To commemorate that College Football Playoff title win over Oregon, the program unveiled a cool highlight package of the game with some intimate behind the scenes footage.
The 42-20 win clinched the eighth national championship in program history and the first in Urban Meyer’s tenure as head coach.
Now the Buckeyes will switch gears and move their attention toward the 2015 campaign.
Spring practice begins on March 10, followed by the team’s spring game on April 18.
For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Paul Chryst wanted to dispel the myth of Wisconsin’s tough academic standards by joking that if he could graduate from the university, any of his players could accomplish the same feat.
"I got a degree from Wisconsin. It's not like you have to be a rocket scientist," Chryst said during a meeting of the state chamber of commerce Wednesday.
Wisconsin’s academic standards were thrust into the spotlight earlier this year when former coach Gary Andersen said they were the reason he decided to abruptly leave the program and become the head coach at Oregon State.
"It's been well [documented] there were some kids I couldn't get in school," Andersen told CBS Sports. "That was highly frustrating to me. I lost some guys, and I told them I wasn't going to lose them.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Are members of the Ohio State football team dancing at halftime of Sunday's men's basketball game against Wisconsin intrigue you?
If you're bored on Sunday afternoon, you may want to tune in.
Coach Urban Meyer tweeted a teaser on Thursday.
Our players will join the Dance Team on Sunday for their halftime performance at bball game against Wisc. Go Bucks! pic.twitter.com/0As85uoM7u
We're guessing the song won't be "Jump Around." Our suggestion is this late 1990s gem. It's one of the greatest songs of all time and the dance moves seem relatively easy.
In February, Wisconsin's players joined in with the Wisconsin dance team at a game against Illinois.
The game is at 3:30 p.m. on CBS. If you miss it, don't worry, we'll be on the lookout for video.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Brice Ramsey was second on Georgia’s depth chart at quarterback behind Hutson Mason in 2014, but just because Mason graduated doesn’t mean that Ramsey has assumed the team’s starting role just yet.
In fact, Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt indicated Wednesday that Ramsey, a redshirt sophomore, redshirt junior Faton Bauta and redshirt freshman Jacob Park will all receive reps with the first unit.
“It's more of 1A, 1B, and 1C. We're trying to give all of those guys a number of reps,” Richt said, per UGASports.com. “We're trying to make it as equal as possible. I'm sure we'll be rotating who is number one on any given day, as far as who works with that unit. I'm sure every quarterback will get reps with the one's and the two's.”