- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday40 mins ago
Just over a month after Washington State’s Shalom Luani was arrested for an alleged assault outside a Domino’s Pizza, it was announced Monday that the safety would not be formally charged.
Per the Seattle Times, Whitman County (Wash.) prosecutor Denis Tracy went against the recommendation of the Pullman Police Department, which, after an investigation, concluded that charges should be filed.
Luani, a senior starter for the Cougars, was accused of breaking a man’s nose in an altercation. Tracy said there was evidence to support the claim that Luani hit the man, but not enough to prove Luani did not act in self defense.
From the Times:
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
LSU defensive tackle Davon Godchaux has been indefinitely suspended following a Monday morning arrest.
According to multiple reports, Godchaux was charged with false imprisonment and domestic abuse battery/child endangerment following an alleged incident with his girlfriend, who was also arrested because of conflicting stories. Godchaux, 21, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison at 5:19 a.m. and subsequently released after posting bond.
Per NOLA.com, a police report says Godchaux’s girlfriend accused him of “pulling her hair, throwing her onto a couch and preventing her from leaving their apartment with the couple’s 10-month old child.”
During a physical altercation described in the report as a “short tussle” the victim said she fell on Godchaux’s TV, which was partly shattered.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Florida looked to an SEC foe to find its new athletic director.
According to USA Today, ESPN and the Orlando Sentinel, the school will name Mississippi State’s Scott Stricklin its new AD on Tuesday. Stricklin will replace Jeremy Foley, the longtime Gators AD who announced his retirement in June. Foley’s tenure as athletic director will end on Oct. 1.
Several outlets, including Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde, reported last week that Stricklin emerged as the top candidate in Florida’s search to succeed Foley.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
On Sunday, we said goodbye to one of the most quotable and quirky coaches in college football. Les Miles was a national treasure who was poor at clock management but quick with the one-liner. LSU fired Miles on Sunday after he started the season 2-2. Miles dismissal was long overdue, but it doesn’t make it any less difficult.
So for this week’s roundtable, our panel looks back on the decision to fire Miles and their favorite Les Miles moment.
Pat Forde shared his thoughts on Les Miles in a piece Sunday evening, but he also added some thoughts about Miles as a person and a coach:
Everything about Les was just a little off. But charmingly so.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Before Nebraska’s game at Northwestern on Saturday night, three Huskers players took a knee during the national anthem: senior linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey, redshirt freshman linebacker Mohamed Barry and redshirt freshman defensive lineman DaiShon Neal.
Since then, Rose-Ivey said Monday they have received blowback, including many racist comments, from people on social media. When he saw what was being said to him during the team bus ride to the airport after Nebraska’s win, Rose-Ivey said the reaction “crushed” him.
“Some believe DaiShon, Mohamed and myself should be kicked off the team or suspended, while some said we deserved to be lynched or shot like the other black people who have died recently,” Rose-Ivey said. “Another believed that since we didn’t want to stand for the anthem that we should be hung before the anthem at the next game.”
He addressed his decision to protest, which was made in solidarity with athletes across the country in response to instances of police brutality against people of color and other systemic racial injustices, with an impassioned prepared statement on Monday.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Each Monday, we’ll gather the best catches from the weekend (or the midweek games) and bring them here for you to vote on in a poll. There could be only a few nominees, or there could be five or six. It all depends on the weekend. If you have a catch you’d like to nominate, don’t hesitate to hit us up on Twitter (@YahooDrSaturday).
The voting remains open until Friday and the winner advances to another round of voting that will help crown the best catch of the regular season.
The favorite won in Week 3. The crazy touchdown catch from Ohio State’s Noah Brown at Oklahoma was the winner of our poll. Brown had four touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ win, but this one, where he pinned the ball against the defensive back and still maintained control to the ground, was one to remember.
Brown’s catch garnered 50 percent of the vote, edging out Virginia Tech’s Isaiah Ford at 41 percent. The voting was rounded out by Penn State’s Mike Gesicki, Miami’s Braxton Berrios and Louisville’s James Quick.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
There’s no guarantee that LSU’s offense will immediately become explosive after the departure of coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. But given interim coach Ed Orgeron’s comments Monday, the offense will sure look different going forward.
Orgeron, speaking for the media for the first time since he was named interim coach after Miles was fired on Sunday, made it clear that LSU would be spreading the field more starting with Saturday’s game vs. Missouri.
“Without giving out a scouting report for our next opponent, we’re going to spread the ball around a little bit. Gonna change the style of play. There’s a lot of things on offense we’ve done well; running the football. We’re going to have a different passing game. Be more creative. Find ways the quarterback can get the ball down the field.”
With Cameron gone, LSU’s new offensive coordinator is Steve Ensminger. Orgeron also mentioned LSU staffer Steve Kragthorpe when it came to changing the offense, though noted that Kragthorpe wouldn’t be in an official coaching capacity. The former Louisville coach was named LSU’s offensive coordinator before taking a non-coaching capacity after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that cornerback Jeremy Clark suffered a torn ACL vs. Penn State.
Clark was injured on a kickoff return in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game. Harbaugh said after the game that he didn’t think the team was “able to dodge a bullet” on Clark’s injury and confirmed the ACL tear during his Monday press conference.
Per The Wolverine, Harbaugh said a petition for a sixth-year of eligibility for Clark would be forthcoming. Players can ask for an extra year if a season-ending injury is suffered during the first third of the season. Clark already redshirted while he was at Michigan which is why he has to petition the NCAA.
Cornerback Jourdan Lewis, who missed the first three games of the season, said he was emotional on the sidelines after Clark’s injury.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
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If Les Miles has any hard feelings about being fired from LSU, he certainly didn’t air them publicly Monday.
“And I’m for the Tigers, anything that they see makes the Tigers better then I’m for them,” Miles said about changes to the coaching staff. “And I accept it. That outcome and will support that decision and these Tigers as we go forward.”
LSU fired both Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron after the team’s game-winning touchdown vs. Auburn didn’t count Saturday because the play didn’t happen in time. While he said he could defend himself while saying LSU had a chance to win the game, he admitted that he could have done better.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
Ex-Michigan State defensive back Mylan Hicks was shot and killed in Calgary over the weekend. He was 23.
Hicks played for the Spartans from 2010-2014 and was playing in the Canadian Football League for the Calgary Stampeders. Per the CBC, Hicks was shot outside a nightclub Sunday morning and said the shooting came from an altercation that started inside the club and then moved outside.
“Obviously this is an extremely difficult and upsetting time for the players and staff,” Calgary Stampeders general manager John Hufnagel said in a statement. “It’s a terrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mylan’s family.”
Michigan State issued a statement about Hicks’ passing as well.
“Our coaches, staff and players are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Mylan Hicks,” MSU coach Mark Dantonio said. “Mylan went at everything with a great deal of excitement. He just enjoyed playing football and being around our program. He was a great student as well, graduating from Michigan State.