Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Alabama RB Tyren Jones becomes latest Crimson Tide player in legal trouble, dismissed from team. (UPDATED)

A third member of the Alabama Crimson Tide is in trouble in the law. Running back Tyren Jones was arrested on Tuesday on charges second degree marijuana possession.

What's a Michigan-themed fire hydrant doing at Ohio State's veterinary school?

Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine has a new dog-walking area. So why is there a maize-and-blue fire hydrant with a block "M" atop of it? One look at that thing and any respectable Buckeye pooch is gonna lift one of its hind legs up and...oh, I get it.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Jonathan Taylor is an ex-Alabama defensive tackle.

Well, that didn't take long. Alabama has dismissed defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor following his arrest Saturday on domestic violence charges.

Alabama defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor facing domestic violence charges.

Yet another member Alabama football player is in trouble with the law. Crimson Tide defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor was arrested Saturday night on charges of domestic violence third degree assault, and domestic violence third degree criminal mischief.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Alabama defensive back Geno Smith arrested, charged with DUI.

Gene Smith is back in legal trouble. The Alabama senior defensive back was arrested on charges of driving under the influence Saturday morning.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Archie Manning is an ex-College Football Committee member.

Archie Maning. Photo via ChatSports.com.

Archie Manning in an ex-College Football Committee member. The former Ole Miss and New Orleans Saints quarterback has stepped down from his position on the committee after one season.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Stomach virus forces cancelation of Florida State spring practice for second straight day,

There's apparently a little bit of a stomach bug going around the Florida State football program. It's bad enough that spring practice was canceled for the second day in a row on Thursday.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ohio State quarterback competition is far from over.

Urban Meyer has a big decision to make when it comes to deciding who will be the Buckeyes' starting quarterback in 2015. The fact that all three candidates, Braxton Miller, J.T. Barnett, and Cardale Jones are all excellent QB's isn't making the decision easier for Meyer.

"That's the only thing that's starting to eat away at me a little bit," Meyer said Tuesday. "It didn't for a while because you're just so busy. But now that I'm seeing what I'm seeing, I have such great respect for all three guys."

Miller and Barrett are still recovering from injuries and seeing limited play in spring practice. Jones, who led the Buckeyes to the inaugural College Foootball Playoff title last January is the only healthy QB at the moment. 

(via ESPN)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Jim Harbaugh claims he's unworthy of his $38.1 million-dollar contract.

The latest on first-year Michigan head coast Jim Harbaugh comes from an interview with Detroit station WJBK in Detroit. In the interview, Harbaugh claims he's not worth the seven-year, $38.1 million-dollar contract the school gave him. 

"I'm not doing five times as much work as somebody else or doing more work than someone who's not the head football coach at the University of Michigan so, to answer your question, honestly, I would have to say no," Harbaugh said Monday."

The former Michigan cheerleader interviewing Harbaugh doesn't seem as impressed, as he points out how Harbaugh is being paid more than the president of the University of Michigan. 

(via ESPN)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Oklahoma State installing barber shop in locker room.

From the "Athletic facility arms race" dept. comes this report from Football Scoop president Scott Rousell that Oklahoma State is planning to install a barber shop in its locker room.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Fallout: Mike Riley, Greg Sankey, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Saturday Edition.

The Life of Riley.
Eric Olson profiles firs-year Nebraska head coach Mike Riley as he works of getting the Cornhuskers'  offense ready for the 2015 college football season. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

I'll Stick Around.
New SEC commissioner Greg Sankey denies suggestions that the SEC may be considering moving its headquarters from Birmingham, Al. to Charlotte, NC. (College Football Talk)

FSU vs. 'Bama and/or Auburn? 
Florida State is reportedly seeking a neutral site game with either Alabama, Auburn, or both. (College Football Talk)

Give me love. Give me hope. Give me strength of schedule. Give me something to live for. 
Heather Dinich looks at how much the strength of schedule counts for a "Group of Five's" chances of making into College Football Playoff and/or a CFP-affiliated bowl. The answer: a whole lot. (ESPN)

Baby, Don't Forget My Number. 
Will Butler looks into the controversy surrounding the difficulty in reading the numbers on the newer uniform designs from the apparel outfitters. Yes, this is a bigger problem than you think. (Underdog Dynasty)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Family Day

Combo of a slow news day (for college football, at least) and some family stuff. Will be back tomorrow.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Fallout: Jim Harbaugh, Blake Barnett, Texas, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Thursday edition. 

I had Iowa State in my Final Four. Needless to say, my bracket is busted wide open.

Crazy for You.
Angelique S. Chengelis looks at the mania sweeping the Michigan fan base since Jim Harbaugh was hired as the Wolverines' new head coach. (The Detroit News)

I've got the power!
BYU and Army joins Notre Dame as non-conference teams that SEC teams can count as "Power Five" opponents in scheduling. (Dr. Saturday)

New Kid in Town.
Matt Zenitz profiles Alabama freshman quarterback Blake Barnett. (al.com)

Cinderella Liberty. 
Dan Murphy names Minnesota and Penn State as potential "Cinderella" teams for the Big Ten title in 2015. (ESPN)

A Change Will Do You Good?
Weskit Eberts looks at the Texas' recent switch from College Licensing Co. to 298c Apparel as its master licensee could result in the Longhorns dumping its current athletic apparel provider, Nike. (Burnt Orange Nation)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Fallout: Bret Bielema, Bo and Carl Pelini, Braden Smith, and more,

Welcome to the Fallout - Wednesday edition.

The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer. 
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema is still working to slow down college football games by cracking down on hurry-up, no-huddle offenses. (ESPN)

Two losses in a row doesn't stop Steve Spurrier from taking shots at Tennessee.

South Carolina is 0-2 against Tennessee since the Vols hired Butch Jones as its head coach. That isn't stoping Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier from taking shots at one of his favorite targets, though.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Michigan St. Delton Williams suspended following arrest on firearm-related charges.

Delton Williams has been suspended from the Michigan State football program. This follows the Spartan running back's arrest on a misdemeanor charge of "brandishing a firearm in public."

Monday, March 16, 2015

Report: Tim Tebow will NOT sign with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The sports blogosphere went nuts when it learned Tim Tebow worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday. Sadly, it doesn't look like the former Florida  Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback will be signed by the NFL team, though.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Jim Harbaugh uses high school prospect's own prom request sign in recruiting process.

From the never-ending Sadie Hawkins Dance that is Jim Harbaugh-era Michigan comes the first-year head coach's latest innovation in recruiting - use the prospect's own prom request sign in the recruiting process.

Friday, March 13, 2015

One of those days (Friday 13th edition)

How was your Friday the 13th? I ended up spending it having to deal with some family and other issues today. Will be back tomorrow.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Fallout: Dak Prescott, Pat Narduzzi, Reuben Foster, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Thursday edition.

Advice for athletes. 
Steven Godfrey looks at the recent attack on Mississippi State starting quarterback Dak Prescott and two of his teammates during Spring Break in Panama City, Fl. He also presents advice on how high-profile student athletes can manage their celebrity status from Tajh Boyd,  the former Clemson starting quarterback and current member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  (SB*Nation)

Location, location, location. 
Pat Narduzzi credits Pitt's location and accessibility to recruits in convincing him to become the Panthers' new head coach. (Detroit Free Press)

Foster the People.
Michael Casagrande profiles Alabama middle linebacker Reuben Foster. (al.com)

Lowered Expectations. 
The University of Oklahoma scales back plans to renovate Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. (ESPN)

I've seen the future. I can't afford it? 
Jon Wilner looks at the financial future of the Pac-12, and at the possibility that the conference member schools will face an increase in expenses due to compensation of athletes, and from the costs of running the Pac-12 Networks. (The San Jose Mercury News)

Penn State of Mind.
Andy Coppens previews Penn State's spring practice. (Talking 10)

Taking the easy way out. 
Chad Scott has "Ten NOT Bold Predictions for SEC Spring Football." Because coming up with something original takes too much time and energy. (SportsDay Now!)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Clemson's "Eight-Ball" Tiger helps ball boy wipe up ACC Basketball Tournament court, with disturbing results.

Clemson's costumed Tiger mascot, nicknamed "Eight-Ball" by The Internet for his face's perpetually glazed-over stoner look, decided help the ball boy on duty wipe up the court at the ACC Basketball Tournament. The only problem was that Eight-Ball didn't have a sweeper on him. Instead, he improvised in possibly the most disturbingly way possible.

This is the reason why Eight-Ball is banned from being within 1000 ft from any Chucky Cheese franchise in the U.S.

(via @TheBenSwain)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Iowa St. athletic director Jamie Pollard suffers heart attack.

Jamie Pollard. Photo via The Cedar Rapids Gazette. 

Thoughts and prayers are going out to the family of Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard, who was hospitalized after  suffering a heart attack Monday night.

Dam Prescott, two other Mississippi State players attacked in Panama City, Fl.

Mississippi State starting quarterback Dak Prescott is recovering from injuries received from an assault at a spring Break Waka Flocka Flame in Panama City, Fl.

Prescott received multiple lacerations, including to the face, during an incident that a Mississippi St. spokesman described as "unprovoked."

Mississippi St. defensive lineman Torrey Dale, and backup quarterback Damian Williams were also attacked in the incident.

(via Dr. Saturday)

Monday, March 9, 2015

Bob Stoops calls racist Sigma Alpha Epsilon video "appalling."

Bob Stoops and Oklahoma players at anti-SAE protest. Photo via @GuerinEmig.

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops has described the video of members of an University of Oklahoma fraternity chanting racial slurs that went viral on Sunday as "appalling."

Stoops spoke to The Tulsa World about the incident.

"It’s sad the ignorance that can still be there with some people. It’s just appalling," he said. "I was here to be with my guys. We all work with beautiful young men and women of all races. It’s just, you know, very little gets me choked up. But that hurt."

Stoops snd several members of the Oklahoma football team took part in a protest of the video, which shows members of the University of Oklahoma's Sigma Alpha Epsilon partaking in a racist chant, which included uses of the "n-word" and mentions of lynching. 
In a related story, a four-star Oklahoma recruit announced on Twitter he has decided to recommit from the school . Speculation on Twitter is that the SAE incident may have been the reason for the decommitment.

(via ESPN)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

NCAA gets anal retentive about crop top jerseys, non-standard facemasks.

Ezekiel Elliott in his now-banned crop-top jersey. Photo via USA Today. 

Ordinarily, the NCAA doesn't get as anal-retentive when it comes to college football uniforms like the NFL has become notorious for. The governing body doesn't get all hot and bothered about socks not fully covering up a player's leg, for example. Nor does the endless stream of alternative uniform and helmet combinations coming from the athletic apparel suppliers seem to raise much of an eye from the governing body.

There does seem to be one area where the NCAA is cracking down on when it comes to unis. In its latest set of rules changes for the upcoming 2015 college football season, the governing body issue has placed restrictions on a trend plaguing college football - players tucking their jerseys under their pads. That includes tucking the hem of the jersey into the back pads, creating a "crop top" look like the ones from the good ol' days of college football. (We can't be going back to those now, can we?)

Equipment issues (examples given are jerseys tucked under the shoulder pads or exposed back pads) will cause a player to leave the field for at least one play until it is resolved, unless the player's team calls a timeout.

Translation: Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott is going to have to stop tucking his jersey in his back pads to show off his abs. The crop top look that garnered him as much attention as his on-the-field performance will be verboten next season. 

Also, on the banned list: "Non-standard/ overbuilt facemasks." Meaning that players are going to have to figure out how to unleash their inner Bane some other way. 

(via SB*Nation)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Jim Harbaugh trades khaki pants for baseball pants (and high socks) at Oakland A's spring training.

Jim Harbaugh (at left). Photo via @JaneMLB.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has temporarily traded in his khaki pants for a pair of baseball pants. Harbaugh is at the Oakland Athletics's spring training facility in Mesa, Az. to help coach at first base.

Bret Bielema teases Golden Boot trophy appearance during LSU-Arkansas men's basketball game.

Bret Bielema with Golden Boot Trophy. Photo via @BretBielema

Arkansas defeated LSU for the first time in four years in 2014, winning the rivalry's Golden Boot Trophy in the process. The Razorbacks are apparently going to make sure the Tigers remember that on Saturday afternoon as the two school's men's basketball teams face each other in Fayetteville.

Connor Cook won't be satisfied with anything less than a Big Ten title in his senior season.

Connor Cook. Photo via The Monroe News. 

2015 will be Michigan State starting quarterback Connor Cook's senior season as East Lansing. For Cook, it means that it will be his last chance for a Big Ten conference title. He thinks anything else would be a disappointment.
"When you win a championship and you win your conference, that's the most fulfilling feeling I've ever felt," Cook said this week after a winter conditioning session. "Knowing you are outright champs in your conference and you're going to a great bowl — we went to a great bowl game in Dallas, but we didn't play for a championship in our conference.
"I think that's the standard and that's been the goal since Coach (Mark) Dantonio has been here."

Cook and the Spartans' biggest hurdle in its quest for a second Big Ten title in three years will obviously be Ohio State. The Buckeyes defeated the Spartans last season 49-37 on their way to both a Big Ten title and a College Football Playoff title.

Michigan State may also find in-state rival Michigan a more difficult challenge in 2015. That will be due to the Wolverines' new head coach, Jim Harbaugh. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

The Fallout: Bob Stoops, Kirk Ferentz, Todd Fitch, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Friday Edition.

The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer. 
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops says that he will take his time in deciding who will be the Sooners' starting quarterback. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

The Fitch is in.
Michael Vega profiles Boston College offensive coordinator Todd Fitch. (The Boston Globe)

Break On Through to the Other Side.
Jon Cooper predicts the breakout players on each SEC East team during spring practice. (Saturday Down South)


And you can tell everybody this is your song. 
Black Heart Gold Pants serenades Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz with a rap song set to the tune of Kanye West's "Can't Tell Me Nothing."

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Ohio State hype video focuses on College Football Playoff title game victory.

Ohio State's new hype video goes the obvious route and features highlights of the Buckeyes' victory over Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff title game. It also goes the obvious route with the usual rap song de jour, combined with (sigh) Coldplay.

I guess we should be all thankful they left the Imagine Dragons out.

(via College Spun)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Family stuff.

Had to deal with some family stuff today. Will hopefully be back tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Fallout: Hugh Freeze, Mike Slive, Jim McElwain, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Tuesday edition.

Don't mess with a missionary man.
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze will be leading a group of 30 members of the Rebels football team on a mission trip to Haiti during spring the school's break. Included in the group will be embattled quarterback Chad Kelly. (Saturday Down South)

Steve Spurrier reacts to reaction of his joining Twitter.

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said that "he didn't know anybody would pay attention" when he joined Twitter on Monday. That was before 44,400 fellow Twitter users followed him.

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Fallout: Mike Riley, Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh, Connor Cook, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Monday edition. 

The life of Riley.
Tom Shatel profiles first-year Nebraska head coach Mike Riley. (The Omaha World-Herald)

I've got a little list, I've got a little list. In fact I've got two!
Off Tackle Empire has two separate lists ranking veterans and relatively new Big Ten coaches and coaching hires. Needless to say, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer comes out on top of the veteran coaches list, with newly-hired Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh coming on top of the newbie's list.

Kitchen is the Cook, whoa, ey, oh. 
Michigan State starting quarterback admits he'll be missing departing Spartan wide receiver teammates  Tony Lippett and Keith Mumphrey, but praises other players who are stepping up to fill their leadership roles on the team. (mLive.com)

I love my Ducks? 
Kevin McGuire wonders if Oregon is "a likable team." (NBC College Football Talk)

The Storylines in Your Eyes. 
Tommy Birch takes a look at the storylines for Iowa State as it prepares for spring football practice. (The Des Moines Register)

Steve Spurrier has joined Twitter.

It looks as though the wishes of the college football bloggersphere have finally been answered. South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier has  joined Twitter.

Oregon and Hawaii agree to three-game series.

Oregon and Hawaii have agreed to a three game series for the the 2020, 2023, and 2024 college football seasons.

The Rainbow Warriors will travel to Autzen Stadium in 2020 and 2024, with the Ducks playing traveling to Honolulu in 2023.

Hawaii has been fertile recruiting ground for Oregon in recent years, with the most obvious success story being 2014 Heisman Trophy-winning starting quarterback Marcus Mariotta.

(via CBS Sports)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A sneak-peek at Stanford's 2015 uniforms.

Stanford assistant media relations director Alan George tweeted out some images of what Uncle Phil's Misguided Children have come up with for the Cardinal's 2015 college football season. It looks like we can expect to see the ubiquitous black alternate helmet and jersey combo along with the traditional white and cardinal jerseys.