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McCarty, Higgs power Longhorns to victory over unbeaten Florida State

There must be something about Florida State that brings out the best in Texas guard Brooke McCarty. On Sunday, the Longhorn senior scored a season-high 24 points as No. 8 Texas outlasted No. 12 Florida State 87-72 at the Erwin Center. This was the last nonconference game for the Longhorns (9-1) before they open Big 12 competition Dec. 28 at Oklahoma. If McCarty, who was listed as questionable...


Changing a nickname seems like a big shift, but it's rarely a Mammoth deal

Changing a nickname seems like a big shift, but it's rarely a Mammoth deal

Recently, I discovered that I am now a Mammoth. Perhaps a wooly one. The emotional wrench - as my alma mater, Amherst College, switched this year from being the Lord Jeffs to the Mammoths - wasn't nearly as painful as I thought it would be. Especially because our old nickname, taken from an 18th-century British general named Lord Jeffery Amherst, is now identified with Native American genocide and...
The six-man rotation: Coming soon, maybe to a team near you

The six-man rotation: Coming soon, maybe to a team near you

The first time Mike Scioscia caught a full season in the major leagues, he guided a pitching staff that modern fans would not recognize. Scioscia’s 1982 Los Angeles Dodgers, the reigning World Series champions, used three pitchers for at least 36 starts each. Those pitchers — Fernando Valenzuela, Jerry Reuss and Bob Welch — all worked at least 235 innings that season. They all lasted...
USC's Ronald Jones II improves his game, avoids the spotlight

USC's Ronald Jones II improves his game, avoids the spotlight

Given a choice in the matter, Ronald Jones II would prefer to fly under the radar for the next few weeks. If it were up to him, all the talk surrounding the Cotton Bowl showdown between No. 8 USC and No. 5 Ohio State would focus on the quarterbacks or maybe the defenses. No one would make a fuss about the tailback who has quietly put together one of the most productive careers in the history of a...
How a mother and son lost their legs, then found inspiration in each other

How a mother and son lost their legs, then found inspiration in each other

The day she found out her first child would almost certainly need both legs amputated, a doctor asked Rochelle Benton a pointed question: Do you want to get an abortion?  And frankly, she was a little bit offended. "I'm like, 'What's wrong with him?' " she recalls. " 'He's gonna be fine. I mean, his heart works, his organs look fine.' So I wasn't afraid." That's because she...
College coaches' salaries increase despite threat of new tax

College coaches' salaries increase despite threat of new tax

A potential new tax on seven-figure salaries for employees of non-profits hasn't deterred schools from doling out huge contracts to new coaches.  Football powers aiming for a national title have continued to pay the market rate for proven coaches, topped by the 10-year, $75 million deal for Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M. If the GOP tax overhaul becomes law — perhaps before the end of the year...

NBA G League: Overtime victory is Austin Spurs’ third win in a row

Matt Costello scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds to help the Austin Spurs top the Canton Charge 100-96 in overtime Sunday afternoon at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. The victory was the third in a row for the Spurs, who improved their NBA G League record to 11-7. Costello hit 6 of 13 shots from the field and all six of his free throws, and he contributed three blocks on defense during his...

UT diver Jordan Windle wins men’s platform national championship

Texas freshman Jordan Windle won the national title in men’s platform diving Sunday with the top finish by an American at the USA Diving Winter National Championships in Greensboro, N.C. Windle’s total of 1,263.5 points put him in second place through the preliminary, semifinal and final rounds. Colin Zeng of China was the top scorer...
Towering trio: Mo Bamba, Dylan Osetkowski, Jericho Sims give Texas intriguing possibilities

Towering trio: Mo Bamba, Dylan Osetkowski, Jericho Sims give Texas intriguing possibilities

The Longhorns experimented with a towering lineup over the weekend that’s worthy of more exploration Monday against Tennessee State. For almost three minutes against Louisiana Tech, UT coach Shaka Smart deployed the 6-foot-9 Jericho Sims, 6-9 Dylan Osetkowski and 6-11 Mo Bamba all in the frontcourt. It’s a lineup with a lot of athleticism and length, but it also...
Texas offers rising out-of-state WDE Courtre Alexander

Texas offers rising out-of-state WDE Courtre Alexander

One of the nation’s fast-rising 2018 prospects is now officially on Tom Herman and his staff’s radar. Following his weekend official visit to Austin, Owasso (Okla.) weak-side defensive end Courtre Alexander became the latest to pick up a Texas Longhorns offer, he announced on Twitter. A 3-star edge rusher, Alexander added to a list of offers that also includes Tulsa, Memphis...
Texas A&M-Commerce wins NCAA Division II title

Texas A&M-Commerce wins NCAA Division II title

Texas A&M-Commerce had this celebration planned for a long time. A year after watching the Division II title game from the stands, Luis Perez led the Lions to their first NCAA Division II title and second football championship. He threw for 323 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-27 victory over West Florida on Saturday night in Kansas City, Kan. Texas A&M-Commerce (14-1) also won the 1972 NAIA championship...
Elite Texas tight end target Luke Ford excludes Longhorns from top 5

Elite Texas tight end target Luke Ford excludes Longhorns from top 5

One of the nation’s top 2018 talents has taken a considerable step in his recruitment. On Sunday afternoon, elite Carterville (Ill.) tight end Luke Ford announced his top five schools and the Texas Longhorns weren’t among the bunch. Georgia, Alabama, Texas A&M, Auburn and Illinois make up the list of options Ford will continue evaluating down the stretch. A 4-star pass-catcher...
Big plays lift Marshall over Colorado State 31-28 in New Mexico Bowl

Big plays lift Marshall over Colorado State 31-28 in New Mexico Bowl

Leading up to the New Mexico Bowl, Marshall wide receiver Tyre Brady kept hearing about Colorado State’s explosive offense. Doubters were overlooking the Thundering Herd’s own weapons, he thought. So when Brady’s chance came in the second quarter, the junior separated himself from Rams coverages and sprinted to a 76-yard touchdown reception, the first of three big scoring plays that...
Preview: Tennessee State vs. Texas

Preview: Tennessee State vs. Texas

Tennessee State vs. Texas When: 8 p.m. Monday Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540) TV/radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn About the series: These two teams have met only once before. The Longhorns captured an 84-72 win over the Tigers in the Big Apple NIT in Ames, Iowa, on Nov. 30, 1987. TEXAS (7-3) No., Pos., Name, Class, Ht., PPG, RPG 2, G, Matt Coleman, Fr., 6-2, 7.2, 3.8* 10, G, Jacob Young...
Cowboys have to survive one more week without Elliott

Cowboys have to survive one more week without Elliott

Life without Ezekiel Elliott is almost coming to an end for the Dallas Cowboys. Elliott has just one more game to serve of his six-game suspension, and the Cowboys are eagerly awaiting his return. "I'm certainly excited to have him back," center Travis Frederick said. "He's a fun guy to be around. He brings that sort of energy and excitement in the locker room. I'm sure that's pent...
McCallum’s historic season ends with semifinal loss to College Station

McCallum’s historic season ends with semifinal loss to College Station

As the clock ticked away in the waning moments of College Station’s 49-21 victory over McCallum at NRG Stadium, Knights football coach Charles Taylor grabbed senior running back Alexander Julian in a hug before patting him on the helmet and whispering some words of encouragement into his ear. McCallum fell one game short of its shot at a state championship, but Taylor knew that not even a lopsided...

Texas Stars move to 6-0 in overtime with win

The Texas Stars got back on the winning track with a 5-4 overtime win over the Cleveland Monsters at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Saturday night. Niklas Hansson scored midway through overtime to put the Stars over the top. It was Hansson’s first career goal and gave the Stars their fourth overtime or shootout win in their last five victories. They’re 6-0 in overtime this season. Despite...
Longhorns take third place finishes at USA Diving Winter Nationals

Longhorns take third place finishes at USA Diving Winter Nationals

A pair of Longhorns finished in third place in finals at the USA Diving Winter Nationals in Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday. Jordan Windle took third in the men’s 3-meter final, and Murphy Bromberg finished third in the women’s platform final. Windle, a two-time World Championship qualifier, finished with 1,201.05 points. Teammate Grayson Campbell took sixth place with 1,083...
Notable numbers from this past week’s high school playoff action

Notable numbers from this past week’s high school playoff action

ADD IT UP Numbers of note from the fifth week of postseason action in area high school football: 40 — Consecutive victories for West Orange-Stark, which defeated Wimberley 30-21 Friday in a Class 4A, Division II state semifinal. On Friday night at AT&T Stadium, the Mustangs will try to lock up a third straight UIL state championship. 1 — As of early Saturday night, the number of unbeaten...
Receivers Wilson, Card help Lake Travis pass playoff test against Katy

Receivers Wilson, Card help Lake Travis pass playoff test against Katy

Chilled and soaked to the bone, Lake Travis players huddled for a team photograph to commemorate another portion of their amazing journey through the Class 6A, Division I football playoffs. If the Cavaliers have proved anything during six state championship seasons, it’s that they have the ability to overcome adversity. They did it again Saturday, when nonstop rain and the challenge of facing...
Beset by injuries, turnovers, Cedar Ridge falls to Allen in semifinal

Beset by injuries, turnovers, Cedar Ridge falls to Allen in semifinal

The odds were stacked against Cedar Ridge from the start of its Class 6A, Division I state semifinal against Allen on Saturday at McLane Stadium. The Raiders’ top offensive threat, running back Simi Bakare, came in nursing a knee injury, and costly mistakes throughout the game made things even tougher as the undefeated, No. 1-ranked Eagles posted a 28-7 victory. “Allen doesn’t make...
Cy-Fair defense stops Westlake short of state championship round

Cy-Fair defense stops Westlake short of state championship round

NRG Stadium has become a house of horrors for Westlake football coach Todd Dodge, and the Class 6A, Division II state semifinal that took place there Saturday only added to Dodge’s misery. A fourth-quarter touchdown helped lift Cypress Fairbanks to a 14-6 victory over the Chaparrals and guaranteed the Bobcats their first appearance in a state title game. But what proved to be the winning catch...
Golden: Jericho Sims finding his way in the paint for Longhorns

Golden: Jericho Sims finding his way in the paint for Longhorns

There will be times when Texas’ Mo Bamba won’t be able to play because of foul trouble. Freshman forward Jericho Sims showed Saturday that he just might be a suitable replacement in a pinch. His job is to bang on both ends, get rebounds and add a couple of buckets in the paint when his number is called. He isn’t a 6-foot-11 condor who has the...
UIL football championship schedule

UIL football championship schedule

UIL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS When/where: Wednesday through Saturday, AT&T Stadium in Arlington Tickets: Cost $15 and grant admission to all games on a single day. All seating is general admission. Tickets may be purchased online through Ticketmaster or at the stadium box office on game day. Parking: Daily parking costs $10 (credit card) or $15 (cash) per vehicle. SCHEDULE • Wednesday 11 a.m. &mdash...
Texas 75, Louisiana Tech 60: Mo Bamba flashes, but Dylan Osetkowski carrying the Longhorns

Texas 75, Louisiana Tech 60: Mo Bamba flashes, but Dylan Osetkowski carrying the Longhorns

Mo Bamba’s best basketball days will come long after he’s left Texas. He’ll be dunking in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles, and Longhorns fans will reminisce about that one year he wore burnt orange. While Bamba is here, the Texas freshman should follow Dylan Osetkowski. One-and-dones are great, and every coach wants them. But the junior forward is a hairy-faced example...
Big play lifts Mount Union over Mary Hardin-Baylor in title game

Big play lifts Mount Union over Mary Hardin-Baylor in title game

Justin Hill and D’Angelo Fulford have provided an offensive spark for Mount Union all season, so when the Purple Raiders were locked in a defensive struggle against Mary Hardin-Baylor in the Division III national championship Friday night at Salem, Va., it was no surprise the pair did it again. Fulford hit Hill for a 42-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, pushing Mount Union&rsquo...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Texas needs Tim Duncan to help with bigs I have been a season ticket-holder for the last 10 years. During that time, the UT basketball team has been fortunate to have recruited four tall men (Kevin Durant, Myles Turner, Jarrett Allen and now, Mo Bamba). When I look at the coaching staff with Shaka Smart, I would say that no one is considered “tall.” It would seem to me to get the best...
Injury-saddled Texas women host Florida State in final Big 12 tuneup

Injury-saddled Texas women host Florida State in final Big 12 tuneup

Texas might face one of its toughest opponents of the season without the Big 12 player of the year on the court. Brooke McCarty missed Wednesday’s game against Northwestern State with a minor hip injury and skipped the team’s two-hour workout on Friday. Texas coach Karen Aston faces a tough decision if the senior guard is cleared to play against Florida State on...
At the buzzer: Texas 75, Louisiana Tech 60

At the buzzer: Texas 75, Louisiana Tech 60

There were times Saturday where Texas made it much harder than it had to be in a 75-60 win over Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs threw the ball out of bounds multiple times in the first half and literally tried to give the game away. So why was it a four-point game midway through the second half at the Erwin Center? Texas (7-3) finally went on a 10-2 run that closed the door. Mo Bamba, saddled...
Countdown to signing day: Texas has used family, tradition to build its class

Countdown to signing day: Texas has used family, tradition to build its class

College recruiting is a form of courtship. The dating begins at offseason camps and events. The relationship heats up during the season, as coaches  become more involved with the players and meet the parents. On Dec. 20, prospects in the 2018 class can finally throw away those engagement rings in exchange for a national letter of intent. During the process, the two things...
'Tis the season, and nobody loves bowl games more than this guy

'Tis the season, and nobody loves bowl games more than this guy

When you find someone who says things like "The Bahamians are starting to learn about college football, and they like it," you must find time for the conversation. Wright Waters accommodated. Some people may like college football bowl games more than Waters, but nobody advocates for the bowl concept like Waters. "They so unique and so important to the success of college football,"...
Bobcats add 2 pledges, including MacArthur quarterback

Bobcats add 2 pledges, including MacArthur quarterback

The Texas State football team has 22 pledges for the 2018 class after receiving two commitments last weekend — San Antonio MacArthur quarterback Tyler Vitt and Fayetteville, Ark., defensive end Dotson Schaefer. Vitt, a 6-foot-1, 202-pounder, is now the Bobcats’ highest-rated recruit, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, with a .8215 grade and a three-star rating. In his senior...
Wimberley’s postseason run hits a wall in form of West Orange-Stark

Wimberley’s postseason run hits a wall in form of West Orange-Stark

The magical run of Wimberley quarterback JoJo Weeks and his teammates came to an end against something that’s approaching mythical status. West Orange-Stark’s dynasty-defining defense. After a wild first half that featured plenty of offensive fireworks, the Mustangs clamped down on Wimberley to take a 30-21 victory in a Class 4A, Division II state semifinal at Legacy Stadium. The triumph...

Austin Spurs win second in a row for 10th victory

Five members of the Austin Spurs scored in double digits as they defeated the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 111-95 on Friday at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. In the first NBA G League game ever streamed on Twitch, the social video service and community, the Spurs led from start to finish for their second win in a row. The Spurs torched the Vipers from the field, converting on 44-of-76 shots for 58 percent...
Four divers qualify for finals at USA Diving Winter Nationals

Four divers qualify for finals at USA Diving Winter Nationals

Four Texas divers qualified for the finals at the USA Diving Winter National Championships in Greensboro, N.C., on Friday. Jordan Windle qualified for Sunday’s men’s platform final as the top seed. He scored 852.55 points to lead the 10-man semifinal, recording the best dive of the meet on his first attempt. Windle received 9s or better from all seven judges on his inward ...
With in-depth report, Austin mulls pros, cons of 8 sites for MLS use

With in-depth report, Austin mulls pros, cons of 8 sites for MLS use

The Austin City Council postponed action regarding the potential future home of a Major League Soccer club this week, but there is plenty to discuss after eight publicly owned sites were unveiled as possibilities earlier this week. The city released a detailed report Thursday, providing more information about the sites identified as having the potential to be home to a stadium or practice facility...
Stingy Westlake defense takes its direction from Salazar

Stingy Westlake defense takes its direction from Salazar

Tony Salazar’s journey to becoming the defensive mastermind of the Westlake football team began when he was a freshman at Dripping Springs High School. Salazar did not realize he was destined to become a coach as he played safety for the Tigers. At the time, he was trying to prove himself to older, more accomplished teammates. “We had a defensive coach (Kelly Broussard) who came up to...
Postseason spotlight: Cedar Ridge (13-1) vs. Allen (14-0)

Postseason spotlight: Cedar Ridge (13-1) vs. Allen (14-0)

POSTSEASON SPOTLIGHT Class 6A, Division I state semifinal: Cedar Creek (13-1) vs. Allen (14-0) 2 p.m. Saturday, McLane Stadium in Waco Quarterbacks: In a state quarterfinal victory over Hendrickson last week, Cedar Ridge senior Ezekial Coss completed 11 of 20 passes for 153 yards and three touchdowns, raising his season total to 26. … Allen junior Grant Tisdale, a four-star recruit being courted...
Breaking down the bowls: Where does Longhorns’ game rank?

Breaking down the bowls: Where does Longhorns’ game rank?

Since you’ve been gone, Longhorns … The FBS bowl bash begins Saturday with five games. Texas, absent since 2014, rejoins the party a few days after Christmas, but a lot has happened in the interim: • Clemson and Alabama are college football’s one-two punch. They played for the past two national championships, earning a split, and sure enough, a trilogy of sorts is coming Jan...
12 Big things about Big 12 basketball: TCU, West Virginia and looking at losses

12 Big things about Big 12 basketball: TCU, West Virginia and looking at losses

Each week I give you 12 things to know about Big 12 men’s basketball. Here’s last week’s column.  Svi Mykhailiuk, Kansas senior   This happened more than once in Kansas’ 95-85 loss to Arizona State at home. Coach Bill Self even pointed it out in postgame interviews.  Texas Tech’s Norense Odiase (32) rebounds the ball away...
Texas coach Tom Herman tracking new players as the current team prepares for Missouri

Texas coach Tom Herman tracking new players as the current team prepares for Missouri

Texas coach Tom Herman has been jetting around the country in recent days trying to sew up a top-five recruiting class. He’s thankful for private planes as middle seats and “C” boarding passes make life miserable. The week started Sunday in Los Angeles, then on to Salt Lake City and back home to Austin. On Tuesday, he was off to Louisville, Ky., then down...
Path to the Playoff: Deep South

Path to the Playoff: Deep South

Path to the Playoff: Deep South Watch SEC Country analysts break down everything you need to know about the weeks leading up to the College Football Playoff on a daily basis. Path to the Playoff coverage is presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.   The post Path to the Playoff: Deep South appeared first on Hook ‘Em.
Preview: Louisiana Tech vs. Texas

Preview: Louisiana Tech vs. Texas

Louisiana Tech vs. Texas When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540) TV/radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn About the series: The Longhorns are 3-0 in the all-time series, but the games have been far and few between. Texas won in January 1975 at the Senior Bowl Tournament in Mobile, Ala. Then came home wins for UT in December 2002 and November 2010. TEXAS (6-3) No.,...
What Notre Dame football fans need to know about the Early Signing Period

What Notre Dame football fans need to know about the Early Signing Period

The hotly debated change to college football’s recruiting calendar has finally arrived. The Early Signing Period, which was implemented by the NCAA last spring, will occur Wednesday through Friday. College football recruits, who previously had to wait until February to sign National Letters of Intent, can now make their college choices official during this 72-hour window...
Miami recruiting: Gregory Rousseau ready to get to work as an early enrollee following visit

Miami recruiting: Gregory Rousseau ready to get to work as an early enrollee following visit

At 6-foot-7 and 235 pounds, with experience as an all-state wide receiver and at free safety, Gregory Rousseau is not the typical 3-star weakside defensive end. The senior’s experience playing the position for Champagnat Catholic School in Hialeah, Fla., was limited to just this past season. Still, he helped Champagnat Catholic win a Class 2A state championship ...
What Florida fans need to know about the early signing period

What Florida fans need to know about the early signing period

New Florida coach Dan Mullen and his staff will officially add at least 10 new players to the roster. The majority of UF’s 2018 class will end their recruitments Wednesday and sign letters of intent with the Gators. Below are a few items Florida fans need to know heading into the early signing period. In the spring of 2017, the  Collegiate Commissioners Association approved ...
Signee 101: Get to know 4-star CB Houston Griffith

Signee 101: Get to know 4-star CB Houston Griffith

Originally a prized possession of the Florida State 2018 recruiting class, 4-star cornerback Houston Griffith de-commited from the Seminoles in late November and committed to Notre Dame last week. The late addition to the early signing period for the Irish could turn out to be the best of their entire class. As one of the top cornerback recruits in the 2018 class, Griffith...
WATCH: Former Alabama teammates Derrick Henry and Reuben Foster collide in big hit during NFL action

WATCH: Former Alabama teammates Derrick Henry and Reuben Foster collide in big hit during NFL action

This sequence of events probably happened quite frequently during Alabama practices in recent years. Running back Derrick Henry catches a swing pass or a screen pass out of the backfield, linebacker Reuben Foster reads the play, and the two come together in a large collision of mass. The former Crimson Tide teammates, who played together inTuscaloosa in 2015 and 2016, met again on the...
WATCH: SEC Country Live, December 18

WATCH: SEC Country Live, December 18

SEC football news never stops. So join us for SEC Country Live every Monday-Thursday at 3 p.m. ET ! Host Brandon Adams and former Alabama All-American Mike Johnson break down everything you need to know in the SEC football world with news, analysis and so much more. Join the conversation on Facebook.com/SECCountry! Watch on Facebook!...
Signee 101: Get to know 4-star tackle Max Wray

Signee 101: Get to know 4-star tackle Max Wray

Max Wray, Ohio State’s 4-star verbal tackle commit, is expected to make his pledge official and put pen to paper during the early signing period this week. Wray is one of two commits at the position in Ohio State’s 2018 class, joining Matthew Jones. Let’s get to know Wray a little better: Height: 6-foot-7 Weight: 289 pounds School: Franklin High School Hometown: Franklin...
Signee 101: Get to know 4-star DE Aidan Hutchinson

Signee 101: Get to know 4-star DE Aidan Hutchinson

Defensive end Aidan Hutchinson of Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child High School is expected to sign his national letter of intent with Michigan during the early signing period. Hutchison is a 4-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite. He committed to Michigan on Feb. 21 and has accepted an invitation to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in...
Signing 101: Get to know 3-star DT Tyler Linderbaum

Signing 101: Get to know 3-star DT Tyler Linderbaum

Iowa didn’t need to go far to find Tyler Linderbaum. The 3-star defensive lineman grew up a few miles north of Iowa City, playing for Solon High School. Iowa State and Minnesota entered the picture for Linderbaum, but he didn’t need too long to land on the Hawkeyes. Iowa offered him in March 2017 and he committed about two months later. Name: Tyler...
Signee 101: Get to know athlete Josh Marsh

Signee 101: Get to know athlete Josh Marsh

Josh Marsh grew up an Auburn fan, and jumped on the opportunity to commit when given the chance. The 3-star defensive athlete from Decatur, Ala., didn’t have the most publicized recruitment. Marsh camped with Auburn as a relative unknown this summer. He earned an offer and committed all in the same day. Marsh has the ability to play safety and linebacker at the college...
Justyn Ross impressed by Auburn’s offense, receiver class as National Signing Day battle brews

Justyn Ross impressed by Auburn’s offense, receiver class as National Signing Day battle brews

Justyn Ross confirmed last week his decision is down to three programs: Auburn, Alabama and Clemson. It’s been speculated for a while based on his visits and interview talking points, but that’s official now, per Ross. What will continue to be speculated — because Ross stays relatively quiet when talking to coaches, fellow recruits and reporters — will...
Bill Belichick threatens to bench players for trying too hard to score

Bill Belichick threatens to bench players for trying too hard to score

New England Patriots playmakers beware: If you reach for the pylon, Bill Belichick is going to put you on the bench. “Interesting tidbit from [Michael Lombardi] on GM Street [podcast],” wrote NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling. “Patriots players are forbidden from extending at the pylon or while falling across goal line in process of catch. Belichick has made...
Love, Pettis, Mata’afa named first-team All-American by Sports Illustrated

Love, Pettis, Mata’afa named first-team All-American by Sports Illustrated

Stanford RB Bryce Love, Washington wide receiver and punt returner Dante Pettis and Washington State lineman Hercules Mata’afa were all named first-team All-Americans by Sports Illustrated on Monday. Love, the Heisman runner-up, was one of the most electric players in college football this season and was named the Doak Walker Award winner and the Pac-12 Offensive...
Signee 101: Get to know 3-star OT Tanner Antonutti

Signee 101: Get to know 3-star OT Tanner Antonutti

Tennessee never had to doubt that  Tanner Antonutti was going to sign with the Vols. Coach Jeremy Pruitt honored his scholarship offer, and that would have been the only thing that could have kept Antonutti off Rocky Top. Here’s what you need to know about Tanner Antonutti: Antonutti grew up a Tennessee fan. The Nashville native told SEC Country in the middle...
To stay or not to stay: Auburn DC Kevin Steele helps NFL prospects ‘make a good decision’

To stay or not to stay: Auburn DC Kevin Steele helps NFL prospects ‘make a good decision’

AUBURN, Ala. — For Auburn football players looking to make it in the National Football League, defensive coordinator Kevin Steele is a valuable resource. After coaching for nearly four decades in college and the NFL, Steele knows when a player is ready to make the jump successfully. He’s not the only person Tigers players can consult with, of course, but he&rsquo...
Broncos could lose Shane Ray for the year

Broncos could lose Shane Ray for the year

The Denver Broncos may lose pass rusher Shane Ray, a former first-round pick, for the rest of the 2017 season. “Shane Ray had surgery to remove screws from his wrist on Friday,” wrote Zac Stevens of BSN. “He isn’t sure whether he’ll be able to finish the season as he’ll be wearing a cast full time, doesn’t sound promising. He&rsquo...
Cowboys LB Sean Lee: Marshawn Lynch maybe the hardest guy I’ve tried to tackle

Cowboys LB Sean Lee: Marshawn Lynch maybe the hardest guy I’ve tried to tackle

Marshawn Lynch was coined the name “Beast Mode” for a reason. Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee Lynch’s informal title is a worthy nickname. Lee has made 647 tackles in his career. The toughest player for the eighth-year weak side linebacker to bring down is the guy he just had to deal with. “[Marshawn Lynch] is maybe the hardest guy I’ve ever...
Oklahoma State commit Spencer Sanders named Mr. Texas Football

Oklahoma State commit Spencer Sanders named Mr. Texas Football

Every year, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football honors the most outstanding high school football player in the state of Texas with the “Mr. Texas Football” award. This year’s winner is Spencer Sanders, a dual threat quarterback committed to Oklahoma State. DCTF Managing Editor Greg Tepper announced the award on Texas Football Today. Former winners of the...
Signee 101: Get to know 4-star QB Connor Noland

Signee 101: Get to know 4-star QB Connor Noland

Connor Noland became Arkansas’ first commitment of the 2018 class way back in July 2016. Now, 17 months later, the 4-star quarterback is finally set to make it official by signing with the Hogs on Wednesday. Even through the recent coaching change from Bret Bielema to Chad Morris, Noland wasn’t going anywhere but Arkansas. Attending high school for the past four...
Signee 101: Get to know 3-star QB Terry Wilson

Signee 101: Get to know 3-star QB Terry Wilson

The early signing period arrives for the first time on Dec. 20. Most of Kentucky’s 21 committed prospects in the 2018 class are expected to sign early. With that in mind, SEC Country is highlighting a handful of those prospects as a primer before they get to campus.  With Stephen Johnson graduating and former top quarterback target Jarren Williams de-committing...
Signee 101: Get to know WR Xavier Williams

Signee 101: Get to know WR Xavier Williams

Xavier Williams stuck with Alabama after Billy Napier left the Crimson Tide to become Arizona State’s offensive coordinator. He also announced his commitment to the Tide just days after his primary recruiter Mario Cristobal left for Oregon. Williams has never wavered on his commitment to the Tide. He hasn’t visited any other program since choosing Alabama. Here’s all...
Ezekiel Elliott officially returns to Dallas Cowboys from suspension

Ezekiel Elliott officially returns to Dallas Cowboys from suspension

There was a moment after Ezekiel Elliott was suspended where it looked like the Dallas Cowboys season might be over, but now that he’s officially back in action things are looking up. Elliott reported back to The Star in Frisco on Monday morning and then had a meeting with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. He’s been working out in Cabo for the last six weeks and has used...
Nebraska’s Scott Frost wins Associated Press Coach of the Year Award for undefeated season at UCF

Nebraska’s Scott Frost wins Associated Press Coach of the Year Award for undefeated season at UCF

New Nebraska coach Scott Frost added to his pile of awards and accolades Monday by being named The Associated Press Coach of the Year. The honor recognizes Frost’s remarkable turnaround with UCF, taking over a team that went 0-12 in 2015 and engineering an undefeated season this year. He is currently preparing the team for its Peach Bowl berth before fully taking over...
Future South Carolina QB Dakereon Joyner to work again with Gamecocks alum Perry Orth

Future South Carolina QB Dakereon Joyner to work again with Gamecocks alum Perry Orth

Former South Carolina quarterback Perry Orth is set to have another throwing session with 2018 quarterback commitment Dakereon Joyner. Orth, who’s approaching his one-year anniversary as the founder of QB1 Athletics, will meet again with Joyner for a couple of hours on Friday, two days after he inks a national letter of intent with the Gamecocks...
Vanderbilt linebacker Jay Hockaday, punter Sam Loy leaving program

Vanderbilt linebacker Jay Hockaday, punter Sam Loy leaving program

Vanderbilt is losing a pair of players for the 2018 season. Linebacker Jay Hockaday is leaving the Commodores, according to Adam Sparks of the Tennessean, while punter Sam Loy announced his decision to exit the program on Twitter last Thursday. Hockaday, a redshirt sophomore, saw game action for Vanderbilt early in the season, but he was limited due to injuries over the final...
Top 10 LSU plays of 2017: Russell Gage hurdles into America’s hearts

Top 10 LSU plays of 2017: Russell Gage hurdles into America’s hearts

BATON ROUGE, La. — The 2017 LSU football season gave us electric offensive showings and stifling defensive performances. But only 10 plays could make SEC Country’s countdown of the top LSU plays of 2017. This week, we work our way into the Top 5 — the creme de la creme. And no account of the most visually stunning plays of this LSU season would be complete...
Auburn DB Jordyn Peters continues strong finish to 2017 with standout scrimmage

Auburn DB Jordyn Peters continues strong finish to 2017 with standout scrimmage

AUBURN, Ala. — Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele didn’t hesitate when he was asked who stood out the most in Auburn football’s scrimmage Sunday night. The Tigers, as is their custom during bowl practices on campus, split up their young players and matched them against each other to close the Sunday session. For Steele, the standout performance went to a freshman...
Broncos QB Paxton Lynch will start Week 16 if healthy

Broncos QB Paxton Lynch will start Week 16 if healthy

Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler played the best game of his disappointing season last Thursday. Despite his two-touchdowns performance, Osweiler still might be relegated to the bench. The Broncos want to see what they have in Paxton Lynch. If Lynch’s ankle injury permits, the second-year quarterback will start Week 16 versus the Washington Redskins. Broncos...
Antonio Brown makes one things perfectly clear to Steelers

Antonio Brown makes one things perfectly clear to Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown could be shut down for awhile after suffering a calf injury on Sunday against the New England Patriots, but he had a powerful message for his team on Monday. The Steelers lost in devastating fashion, having points that would have given them a late lead taken off the board before an interception in the end zone sealed a 27-24...
Signee 101: Get to know 4-star LB Cameron McGrone

Signee 101: Get to know 4-star LB Cameron McGrone

Linebacker Cameron McGrone of Indianapolis is expected to sign his national letter of intent with Michigan this week during the early signing period. McGrone is rated as a 4-star prospect by the 247Sports composite. He committed to Michigan on July 31 and has accepted an invitation to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January. Michigan has former...
Signee 101: Get to know DE Tate Wildeman

Signee 101: Get to know DE Tate Wildeman

The early signing period arrives for the first time on Wednesday. Land of 10 is taking a look at some of the members of Nebraska’s 2018 class who are expected to sign early as a primer for what to expect once they arrive on campus. Tate Wildeman , a 4-star weak-side defensive end from Colorado, knew immediately that Nebraska was the place for him. In fact, his Huskers...
Signee 101: Get to know DE Ronnie Perkins

Signee 101: Get to know DE Ronnie Perkins

Ronnie Perkins waited until the end of October to jump on board with Oklahoma’s 2018 class. He’ll be known as the class’ 20th commitment. However, Perkins’ impact figures to be much higher. Landing one of the best defenders in the 2018 class was a triumph for Oklahoma defensive ends coach Calvin Thibodeaux. Every program of note wanted Perkins, and the...
ESPN: Window for Les Miles to be head coach again ‘seems to have closed’

ESPN: Window for Les Miles to be head coach again ‘seems to have closed’

Les Miles appears to face an uphill climb to be a head coach again. With the most recent coaching carousel slowing down — thank goodness — the former LSU coach finds himself without a head-coaching job. Barring something unforeseen before next season, Miles will miss out on becoming a head coach for the second consecutive offseason. That’s not a...
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