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Bohls: Playing in a bowl game should be Tom Herman’s standard for first-year success

Texas could be in trouble. And not just because Oklahoma State and its top-ranked offense are coming to town. But at 3-3, the Longhorns are in jeopardy of not having enough wins to qualify for a bowl game. Any bowl game. A bowl appearance should always be the absolute minimum standard for any of the 130 FBS football teams, much less Texas. Tom Herman didn’t bite on that suggestion Monday by...


The five biggest questions facing the Nationals this offseason

The five biggest questions facing the Nationals this offseason

The dust has had a day to settle, though the Nationals will have to wait 12 months to brush it aside, since what happened to their franchise Thursday night will linger over them with the rest of the October memories until they can somehow toss them into the wind. In the meantime, the process of doing better next year has already begun. Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo began preliminarily outlining...
How the Astros built a contender from the ground up

How the Astros built a contender from the ground up

His bumbling team was 40 games under .500. Eleven times, the Houston Astros had pushed a game into extra innings. Eleven times, they had lost. This was an August morning in 2012, and few fans would show up to Minute Maid Park that night. The Astros would be shut out and lose for the 25th time in 28 games. From his office beyond left field, in a converted train station on Crawford Street, the team&rsquo...
After big upsets, next week could be even better

After big upsets, next week could be even better

Think of all the things we knew just a few days ago. We knew Clemson was neck and neck with Alabama at the top of the college football heap, the two programs seemingly distancing themselves from the pack.  We knew Washington had nudged its way into the driver's seat in the Pac-12 Conference with a clear sailing toward a playoff spot.  We knew Washington State was this season's Cinderella...
Training for the marathon on 1.3 legs

Training for the marathon on 1.3 legs

I run for the church ladies who tell me to “Go, girl!” in their Sunday best, Bibles in one hand and free hands reaching toward the sky. For the bus driver who honks as I pass and gives me a thumbs-up when I look over. For the steady flow of strangers whose subtle smiles remind me of the depths of kindness. New Yorkers aren’t usually such enthusiastic cheerleaders for the average...
MLS’s Columbus Crew intends move to Austin in 2019 barring stadium deal

MLS’s Columbus Crew intends move to Austin in 2019 barring stadium deal

The Major League Soccer team in Columbus, Ohio, intends to move to Austin in 2019 if ownership cannot secure a new stadium deal in Columbus. Columbus Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt, a Northern Californian with few ties to the Ohio capital city, has visited Austin several times in recent years and been in conversation with Austin leaders, multiple sources told the American-Statesman late Monday. Sources...
Mike Gundy calls Texas ‘the most athletic team’ in Big 12

Mike Gundy calls Texas ‘the most athletic team’ in Big 12

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy is very impressed with what he’s seen from the Texas Longhorns this season. The Longhorns and Cowboys will square off on Saturday. Gundy previewed the matchup in his weekly press conference on Monday, and gave Texas plenty of praise. “We need a great week of preparation for Texas,” he said. “They are, in my opinion at least...
Golden’s nuggets: On Texas’ 3-3 start, Sumlin’s revival, Romo and Kap

Golden’s nuggets: On Texas’ 3-3 start, Sumlin’s revival, Romo and Kap

Let’s start his week’s Nuggets with an exchange between yours truly and Tom Herman at his Monday press conference. “Tom, you’re a handful of plays from being 5-1 — “ Herman interjected: “But we’re not.” Yep, the Longhorns are 3-3, their schedule is unforgiving and now they get to play their second straight marquee offense in as many weeks. The...
You’ll never believe the cost of Ferrari’s failed part on Vettel’s car

You’ll never believe the cost of Ferrari’s failed part on Vettel’s car

Ferrari carries an annual Formula One racing budget reportedly north of $450 million. The cost of the faulty spark plug that pretty much derailed Sebastian Vettel’s championship hopes in 2017? $69. Vettel’s engine lost power because of a bad plug in the last race at Suzuka, Japan, on Oct. 8, forcing him to retire after four laps and costing him 25 points. The Ferrari driver will enter...
Bobcats seek healing in bye week after 6th straight loss

Bobcats seek healing in bye week after 6th straight loss

Texas State couldn’t have asked for a better time for a bye week, according to head coach Everett Withers, whose team is coming off a 24-7 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette. “It’s a good time for us, we needed it,” said the second-year coach. “As you get into the bye week, you look at the number and you see that we still only have 68 scholarship players. We won’t have...
Just plain average: Longhorns’ 3-3 record mirrors the inconsistent offensive play

Just plain average: Longhorns’ 3-3 record mirrors the inconsistent offensive play

Tom Herman can’t stand mediocrity. He inherited a Texas football program that went 46-42 from 2010-16. His Longhorns are 3-3, the definition of average. What’s worse, six games into the season, the offense can be equally exciting, frustrating and just plain blah at times. Taken on the whole, it’s average. Where would these Longhorns be without Sam Ehlinger?...
Tough task for Texas: solving Oklahoma State’s very balanced offense

Tough task for Texas: solving Oklahoma State’s very balanced offense

Baylor’s Matt Rhule had an up-close and way-too personal view this past Saturday of how devastating Oklahoma State’s offense can be to an opposing defense. “They’re all on the same page and executing at a high level,” Rhule said. “They play really fast. They’re really, really impressive to watch in person.” The Cowboys dismantled the Bears in Stillwater...
Our Take: Bohls, Golden weigh in on the 2017 NBA season

Our Take: Bohls, Golden weigh in on the 2017 NBA season

The NBA season tips off Tuesday night. American-Statesman columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden address key questions and league topics to preview the season: 1. Who’s going to end up cutting down the nets? Bohls: Come on. Who are we kidding? The Warriors will repeat by beating the Cavs once again. Golden State is as good as ever. Cleveland’s better even without Kyrie Irving because...
F1 hopefuls Rossi, Daly gear up for “The Amazing Race”

F1 hopefuls Rossi, Daly gear up for “The Amazing Race”

A rumor spread earlier this month that Alexander Rossi would snare a ride for the U.S. Grand Prix, giving racing fans in Austin an American driver to root for this weekend. As for another young American driver, there was, well, just speculation. When the very active twitter account of Conor Daly suddenly went dark, racing fans wondered what’s h doing? Where in the world is he? The answer to...
High school football: Player of the Week, Game Balls

High school football: Player of the Week, Game Balls

PLAYER OF THE WEEK Rustin Grimm, QB, Giddings A senior, Grimm passed for 185 yards and five touchdowns to rally Giddings to a 49-44 victory over previously unbeaten Smithville. He threw two touchdowns passes in the final minute, including a 42-yard, game-winning strike to Travis James with eight seconds to play. The victory, only the Buffaloes’ second in six games this season, gave Giddings...
Game of the Week: Georgetown (6-1) at Cedar Park (5-1)

Game of the Week: Georgetown (6-1) at Cedar Park (5-1)

GAME OF THE WEEK Georgetown (6-1) at Cedar Park (5-1) 7:30 p.m. Friday, Gupton Stadium Quarterbacks: Senior Mak Sexton, a three-year starter who holds virtually all of Cedar Park’s passing records, has thrown for 1,443 yards, 24 touchdowns and just three interceptions while completing 75 percent of his passes. … In his first season as Georgetown’s starter, Cooper Bell has 1,719...
Texas moves up the national rankings as Big 12 once again honors Ogbogu, Sun

Texas moves up the national rankings as Big 12 once again honors Ogbogu, Sun

On Monday, the Texas volleyball team was rewarded for knocking off two nationally-ranked foes. The Big 12 has honored Texas senior Chiaka Ogbogu and UT freshman Lexi Sun as its defensive player and newcomer of the week. In last week’s wins over No. 9 Kansas and No. 23 Iowa State, Ogbogu contributed 16 blocks. Sun hit .324 with 30 kills. Ogbogu, who ranks third nationally with her...
High school football: Our Fab Fives

High school football: Our Fab Fives

FOOTBALL FAB FIVES CLASS 6A Team;W-L;Pts. 1. Westlake;7-0;15 Chaparrals take well-deserved break after snapping losing streak against Lake Travis. 2. Cedar Ridge;6-1;12 Raiders have averaged 50.3 PPG in victories over Hendrickson, McNeil, Stony Point. 3. Lake Travis;4-2;7 Cavaliers last lost three games in a season in 2006, year before first state title. (tie) San Marcos;6-1;7 After 2-0 start in 14-6A...
Following off week against Oklahoma, Collin Johnson replaced atop Texas’ depth chart

Following off week against Oklahoma, Collin Johnson replaced atop Texas’ depth chart

At the midway point of the football season, only two offensive players – left guard Patrick Vahe and receiver Collin Johnson – have started in each of Texas’ six games. That number might get chopped in half on Saturday. Johnson was listed as the back-up “X” receiver when Texas released its depth chart on Monday. Senior Dorian Leonard, who started ...
Tom Herman: ‘We’re building a program, not a season, not a team, not a game’

Tom Herman: ‘We’re building a program, not a season, not a team, not a game’

Tom Herman’s regular game-week press conference in advance of Saturday’s Texas-Oklahoma State game has come and gone. Here are the highlights: 1. He tried to put Oklahoma in the rear view mirror. Herman called the 29-24 loss “gut wrenching” but also that “we’ve got to put that one past us.” “We understand that losing to Oklahoma is never...
Top single-game performances in area high school football

Top single-game performances in area high school football

TOP PERFORMERS The top regular-season performances in area high school football this season. Submit additions or corrections to James Wangemann (jwangemann@statesman.com;512-445-3659). LONGEST TD PASS Yds.;Players (Team);Opponent 99;Ace Whitehead to Brandon Pierino (Lampasas);Lorena 94:Ryan Gardner to Andre Jones (Taylor);Robinson 88;Zach Rangel to Kendall Thomas (Stony Point);Pflugerville 85;Jared...
Faces Off the Field: Sammy Bray, senior, Westlake right-side hitter

Faces Off the Field: Sammy Bray, senior, Westlake right-side hitter

I’m guessing Sammy is not your given name. My coaches have always called me Sammy to make me laugh. To me, Samantha doesn’t match my personality. Do you feel pressure to win because Westlake’s volleyball program has a tradition of success? Westlake volleyball’s tradition of excellence inspires me more than it pressures me. I feel a drive to contribute to this tradition, but...
Red River Showdown was ESPN’s highest-rated afternoon game of 2017

Red River Showdown was ESPN’s highest-rated afternoon game of 2017

This year’s Red River Showdown delivered plenty of drama and plenty of viewers for ESPN. According to ESPN,  Texas’ back-and-forth game against Oklahoma was the highest-rated afternoon game of the year for the network with a 2.4 overnight Nielsen rating. It was the third-highest rated game of the day for ESPN behind Michigan’s 27-20 overtime win at Indiana...
Texas coach Shaka Smart sees no easy fix to basketball recruiting issues, discusses anthem

Texas coach Shaka Smart sees no easy fix to basketball recruiting issues, discusses anthem

The Longhorns will unofficially start to the men’s basketball season on Wednesday with the Texas Tip-Off event at Gregory Gym. Coach Shaka Smart said flat-out “we expect to take a very big jump this year.” The environment in which Smart operates sure makes coaching more difficult, though. The National Association of Basketball Coaches organized an emergency conference...
Michael Dickson named Ray Guy Award National Punter of the Week

Michael Dickson named Ray Guy Award National Punter of the Week

Yet another field-flipping performance has led to Texas Longhorns punter Michael Dickson being named as the Ray Guy Award National Punter of the Week following the Horns Red River Showdown loss to Oklahoma. In the 29-24 loss, Dickson punted the ball away five times, averaging a school-record-tying 55 yards per punt at the Cotton Bowl. Dickson’s praiseworthy performance...
Game time, TV channel information announced for Texas-Baylor

Game time, TV channel information announced for Texas-Baylor

Texas and Baylor will kick off bright and early in Week 9. The Longhorns will face the Bears at McLane Stadium next Saturday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. CT. The game will be televised on the ESPN family of networks, but the channel has not yet been determined. It could be on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. Texas will be coming off a big home game against Oklahoma State this week. It will be the Bears&rsquo...
Texas commit Malcolm Epps talks improvement, recruits a teammate for Longhorns

Texas commit Malcolm Epps talks improvement, recruits a teammate for Longhorns

Stay updated on the latest Texas Longhorns recruiting news brought to you by Longhorns recruiting beat writer Mike Craven of Hookem.com. The Forty will publish M-F at 10 a.m. to provide Texas fans with an in-depth look at the latest for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail.  Texas needs an influx of tight ends. The Longhorns are relying on true...
Sam Ehlinger’s fourth-quarter injury shows value of Shane Buechele for rest of season

Sam Ehlinger’s fourth-quarter injury shows value of Shane Buechele for rest of season

Good morning and welcome to Breakfast with Bevo, your morning stop for Texas Longhorns news and notes. Check us out  every weekday morning for everything you need to know about Texas football, recruiting, basketball and more. During the fourth quarter of Texas’ 29-24 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday, starting quarterback Sam Ehlinger exited the field for a handful...
The Clippers will miss playoffs and other bold NBA predictions

The Clippers will miss playoffs and other bold NBA predictions

Bold predictions ahead of an NBA season are a crapshoot. Last year, we gave it a shot and some of them came true, like the Houston Rockets finishing with the league's second best offense and Nerlens Noel being traded. There were also some memorable whiffs, like the Minnesota Timberwolves finishing with 50 wins (whoops, 31!) or the Oklahoma City Thunder missing the playoffs (six seed). But that's kind...
No. 12 Oklahoma 29, Texas 24: 5 key plays

No. 12 Oklahoma 29, Texas 24: 5 key plays

DALLAS — There were 149 snaps taken in Texas’ 29-24 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday. Here are five that ended up making a big difference: Texas running back Kyle Porter (21) rushes past Oklahoma cornerback Jordan Thomas (7) at the AT&T Red River Showdown in Dallas on Oct. 14, 2017. Porter also had a 41-yard kickoff return in the game. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL...
After record-tying day, Texas’ Michael Dickson trails only one punter on NCAA’s biggest stage

After record-tying day, Texas’ Michael Dickson trails only one punter on NCAA’s biggest stage

DALLAS – Throughout this season, Michael Dickson has given Texas a leg up on its competition. A junior punter from Australia, Dickson showed off his leg in Saturday’s 29-24 loss to Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl. Dickson unleashed a 69-yard punt, and he had a 62-yard kick downed by teammate Josh Thompson at the Oklahoma 2. Dickson punted five times, and his average...
Sam Ehlinger’s the starter, but Texas definitely needs Shane Buechele, too

Sam Ehlinger’s the starter, but Texas definitely needs Shane Buechele, too

DALLAS — The Texas medical staff now has one of those fancy pop-up tents that are all the rage in the SEC. When players go down grabbing their knees or ankles, they get ushered into the tent, ostensibly so fans can’t see trainers working on their knees or ankles. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger disappeared into the tent after getting walloped by Oklahoma’s persistent...
Water polo, basketball shot clock among topics at UIL council meeting

Water polo, basketball shot clock among topics at UIL council meeting

Water polo appears to be the next sport sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League. Just not this year. The UIL listened to multiple speakers promote the sport at its council meetings on Sunday. The policy committee, though, called for another survey of state superintendents in the fall of 2018 to address the matter. Water polo was among many topics of discussion at the 77th annual UIL Legislative...
UT: Crash victim was ‘volleyball expert,’ among first female referees

UT: Crash victim was ‘volleyball expert,’ among first female referees

A woman who made history in college volleyball as one of the first female referees and a dedicated leader in the sport has been identified as the person killed in a hit-and-run crash in North Austin on Tuesday, according to friends and University of Texas officials. Linda Kay Fletcher, 77, was coordinator of volleyball officials for the Southland Conference and former coordinator for the Big 12. She...
ESPN writer projects Texas Bowl showdown between Texas and Texas A&M

ESPN writer projects Texas Bowl showdown between Texas and Texas A&M

If Texas and Texas A&M are still eager to renew their bitter rivalry, even if just for one night, they may not have to wait until the respective schools officially schedule the matchup for a date years down the road. Now halfway through the 2017 campaign, bowl projection season is in full swing and ESPN writer David Hale has the Horns and Aggies pitted against each other...
WATCH: Longhorns tag-team scores defensive TD for Saints

WATCH: Longhorns tag-team scores defensive TD for Saints

A little burnt orange reunion broke out in a New Orleans end zone on Sunday. Former Texas defenders Alex Okafor and Kenny Vaccaro are now teammates on the New Orleans Saints. They combined to score a defensive touchdown against the Detroit Lions. Okafor, lined up at defensive end, stripped Lions quarterback Matt Stafford in the end zone. Vaccaro, blitzing from his safety spot...
Texas volleyball wraps a grueling, but successful week by sweeping Iowa State

Texas volleyball wraps a grueling, but successful week by sweeping Iowa State

After his Texas volleyball team concluded a difficult 10-day stretch featuring two road games and back-to-back ranked opponents with an impressive 25-16, 25-17, 25-18 home win over Iowa State on Saturday night, coach Jerritt Elliott’s next goal is finding some down time for his players. Three days earlier, the visiting Longhorns defeated No. 9 Kansas in five sets. The...
Baker Mayfield gives props to Sam Ehlinger: ‘Just how we Austin boys do it’

Baker Mayfield gives props to Sam Ehlinger: ‘Just how we Austin boys do it’

Heart, toughness and moxie headline the numerous traits that have quickly made Sam Ehlinger a respected presence throughout the burnt orange nation in short order. On Saturday in the Red River Showdown, the freshman made just his fourth career start in an environment that can easily overwhelm, tasked with matching a Baker Mayfield-led Oklahoma offense that can do much of the...
Start time announced for Texas’ home game against Oklahoma State

Start time announced for Texas’ home game against Oklahoma State

Texas and Oklahoma State’s annual orange-clad battle will kick off in the morning. Texas announced on Sunday that it will host Oklahoma State at 11 a.m. on Oct. 21. The game will be televised by ABC. Texas is 3-3 this season, but the Longhorns are 0-2 against teams ranked in the Associated Press’ football poll. Oklahoma State (5-1) was ranked 14th last week. Oklahoma State...

Bohls: OU on the rise; Aggies in the mix

Shakeup Saturday came early. Three of my top 10 teams fell and fell hard. Clemson was a no-show in Syracuse, Washington State was an even bigger no-show against Cal and Washington never got its offense clicking against Arizona State. Lucky for Chris Petersen it was a late night game, and fewer were watching, I guess. Those two Pac-12 losses by the league heavyweights is great...

Texas Stars fall for the first time this season

After starting the season with three wins in a row, the Texas Stars couldn’t keep pace with the San Diego Gulls, falling 5-1 on the road Saturday night. Jason Dickinson scored his fourth goal of the season, which leads Texas (3-1-0-0), but that’s the only breakthrough the Stars had on the night. Steve Oleksy and Kalle Kossila each scored two points for the Gulls. Oleksy scored and assisted...
Longhorns volleyball team cruises to win

Longhorns volleyball team cruises to win

The Texas Longhorns volleyball team remained undefeated in Big 12 play with a sweep of Iowa State at Gregory Gym on Saturday. The No. 5 Longhorns notched a second top-25 win in a week as they beat the No. 23 Cyclones 25-16, 25-17, 25-18. Ebony Nwanebu led the Longhorns with 11 kills, followed by Lexi Sun with nine and Chiaka Ogbogu with eight. Ogbogu led Texas with a higtting percentage...
Texas cross country fares well at Pre-Nationals

Texas cross country fares well at Pre-Nationals

The Texas cross country team fared well, with the men taking seventh place at the Pre-Nationals Invitational Saturday in Louisville, Ky. The field contained eight ranked teams, including four in the top-10. “Our men were able to beat some teams that could end up finishing in the top 10 at NCAAs later this season,” said coach Brad Herbster. “Sam Worley and...
Tennessee’s message to QB Jarrett Guarantano Rely on your teammates and coaches’

Tennessee’s message to QB Jarrett Guarantano Rely on your teammates and coaches’

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee redshirt freshman QB Jarrett Guarantano will be making the first road start of his career against No. 1-ranked Alabama, the three-time defending SEC Champions. Vols offensive coordinator Larry Scott said the message for Guarantano this week is “team,” in the sense of, Tennessee’s players and coaches have his back. &ldquo...
LSU-Ole Miss football: Game time, TV channel, watch online for Week 8 (October 21, 2017)

LSU-Ole Miss football: Game time, TV channel, watch online for Week 8 (October 21, 2017)

LSU Tigers football plays the Ole Miss Rebels Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 6:15 p.m. ET. Find the game time, TV channel and online live stream info below. The LSU football team (5-2, 2-1 SEC) is coming off a season-changing comeback win over Auburn. Ole Miss (3-3, 1-2 SEC) is LSU’s last test before a midseason bye week. The trip to Oxford, Miss., will be an interesting...
Michigan 11-point underdog Saturday; LB Devin Bush midseason All-American

Michigan 11-point underdog Saturday; LB Devin Bush midseason All-American

Michigan footb all is always the main topic in Breakfast of Victors, Land of 10’s daily Wolverines notebook — but we cover news, notes and analysis across Wolverines sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Michigan football, recruiting, basketball and more ...
GameDay set for Penn State’s Old Man lawn; Saquon Barkley named to midseason All-America team

GameDay set for Penn State’s Old Man lawn; Saquon Barkley named to midseason All-America team

Penn State football is the No. 1 topic in We are… Awake every day — but we cover news, notes and analysis from across Nittany Lions sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Penn State football, recruiting, basketball and more. Penn State announced Monday that the Old Main lawn will be the site for ESPN&rsquo...
Iowa’s Fran McCaffery turns violators in; men’s basketball coach is fan of Kinnick Wave

Iowa’s Fran McCaffery turns violators in; men’s basketball coach is fan of Kinnick Wave

Iowa football is always the main topic in Iowa Breakfast Club, Land of 10’s daily Hawkeyes notebook — but we cover news, notes and analysis across Hawkeyes sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Iowa football, recruiting, basketball and more. Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery isn’t afraid...
LSU football podcast: Former LSU Tigers have as much influence as Ed Orgeron

LSU football podcast: Former LSU Tigers have as much influence as Ed Orgeron

LSU football is the No. 1 topic of discussion every day on SEC Country’s  One Team, One Podcast. Host  Carter ‘The Power” Bryant is joined by SEC Country’s Nick Suss to chat about how influential former LSU Tigers are on the current ones, Death Valley’s atmosphere against Auburn, how the ...
Fantasy football Week 6 recap and top waiver wire picks

Fantasy football Week 6 recap and top waiver wire picks

There were a lot of headlines in Week 6 of the fantasy football season but none bigger than the broken collarbone suffered by Aaron Rodgers. Packers fans, relax? No, it’s time to worry. Unless Brett Hundley improves significantly, the Packers have no shot to make the playoffs after losing their leader. Though this season has seen its share of huge injuries...
Report: Former Wildcat Richard Jefferson signing with Denver Nuggets

Report: Former Wildcat Richard Jefferson signing with Denver Nuggets

Richard Jefferson has worn many jerseys in his day — so many that he might rival football’s Josh McCown. Add another one to the collection. Jefferson, recently released by the Atlanta Hawks moments after he was traded to them by the Cleveland Cavaliers, is signing with the Denver Nuggets, The Vertical’s Chris Mannix reported Monday. Jefferson...
Denver Broncos will likely activate WR Hunter Sharp off practice squad

Denver Broncos will likely activate WR Hunter Sharp off practice squad

The Denver Broncos have been hit hard by the injury bug at wide receiver in 2017. After losing Cody Latimer to a knee injury in Week 3, Denver also saw Emmanuel Sanders and rookie Isaiah McKenzie go down against the New York Giants in Week 6 with ankle injuries. That leaves the Broncos with three healthy wide receivers – Demaryius Thomas, who also suffered a deep bruise...
Jameis Winston: Buccaneers QB day-to-day with shoulder sprain

Jameis Winston: Buccaneers QB day-to-day with shoulder sprain

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston suffered a sprained AC joint in his right (throwing) shoulder against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6, and remains day-to-day leading up to the team’s Week 7 matchup against the Buffalo Bills, according to head coach Dirk Koetter. Winston’s MRI showed no structural damage in his shoulder, so his status will be completely...
Jim Mora on UCLA’s tackling woes: Stop focusing on it

Jim Mora on UCLA’s tackling woes: Stop focusing on it

UCLA ranks 129th in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game. The Bruins just surrendered 457 yards on the ground to Arizona. Jim Mora’s response? Don’t worry about it, fellas. “We work so hard on tackling and I think sometimes guys get a little anxious or overreact,” Mora said, via the Los Angeles Times’ Ben Bolch. “It’s that coaching issue...
Mountaineers defense trying to overcome first-half woes

Mountaineers defense trying to overcome first-half woes

Second-half West Virginia was a completely different team than first-half West Virginia on Saturday against Texas Tech. The first-half Mountaineers gave up 338 yards and 28 points to the Red Raiders. Texas Tech quarterback Nic Shimonek went 17-24 with 4 touchdowns and absolutely shredded West Virginia. But the second-half Mountaineers gave up just 175 yards and 7 points, and picked off...
Vance Joseph won’t blame QB Trevor Siemian for Broncos offensive woes

Vance Joseph won’t blame QB Trevor Siemian for Broncos offensive woes

After excellent performances in their first two games of the 2017 season, the Denver Broncos, led by quarterback Trevor Siemian, have fallen on hard times on the offensive side of the ball. The Broncos scored a combined 66 points against the Los Angeles Chargers and Dallas Cowboys in Week 1 and Week 2. In their three games since, they have scored a total of just 42 points...
AP: Oklahoma reviewing basketball program after federal probe rocks nation

AP: Oklahoma reviewing basketball program after federal probe rocks nation

The recent federal probe into college basketball that has dominated the headlines is putting a scare into college basketball programs. Count the Oklahoma Sooners as one of those programs. Oklahoma is one of at least 28 schools conducting a review of its basketball program, according to a report by the Associated Press. The entire Pac-12 Conference formed a task force...
Arizona’s Khalil Tate named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for second consecutive week

Arizona’s Khalil Tate named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for second consecutive week

Khalil Tate keeps racking up the yards — and the awards. The Arizona quarterback has been named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in as many weeks, the conference announced on Monday. Tate earned the honor last week after he set an FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a win over Colorado, and came fairly close to matching that performance...
Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph reveals biggest regret in Giants loss

Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph reveals biggest regret in Giants loss

The Denver Broncos suffered an embarrassing 23-10 defeat at the hands of the previously winless New York Giants on Sunday night. While there was plenty for the Broncos to be disappointed about – particularly on the offensive side of the ball – Denver head coach Vance Joseph was particularly upset with the fact that his team lost a game following a bye week. &ldquo...
Orlando Brown and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo have epic practice battles

Orlando Brown and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo have epic practice battles

Oklahoma left tackle Orlando Brown and defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo are two of the best at their respective positions in the country. So when they clash in practice, it’s often the best opposition they’ll face for weeks at a time. Cody Stavenhagen at the Tulsa World detailed what those battles look like. Spoiler alert: both players are better thanks to the sessions. &ldquo...
Wyoming to honor former Purdue coach Joe Tiller with helmet decal

Wyoming to honor former Purdue coach Joe Tiller with helmet decal

Purdue fans remember Joe Tiller for the heights he reached during his tenure with the Boilermakers, but they’re not the only ones with fond memories of him. Before Tiller came to Purdue he was the head coach at Wyoming, so the Cowboys are honoring Tiller with a helmet decal: Tiller coached at Wyoming in 1997 and 1998 as offensive line coach and offensive coordinator, and then returned...
Dana Holgorsen’s son Logan commits to North Texas

Dana Holgorsen’s son Logan commits to North Texas

West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen isn’t the only one in the family with football talent. Logan Holgorsen, a junior quarterback at Morgantown High School in Morgantown, W. Va., committed to play for the North Texas Mean Green on Monday. The younger Holgorsen had previously played at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. Dana Holgorsen and North Texas head coach Seth Littrell have...
Wisconsin basketball raises over $20,000 for cancer

Wisconsin basketball raises over $20,000 for cancer

Wisconsin coach Greg Gard and his wife Michelle teamed up with university students to help raise $20,349 for cancer at the Badgers’ annual sixth-annual “Swish Upon A Cure” event on Monday. In six years, the event has now raised a total of $1,137,106. This was the Gards second year a hosts of the event. From a school release: “The premise of the charity...
Cal LB Devante Downs out for season with lower body injury

Cal LB Devante Downs out for season with lower body injury

Fresh off a massive win over No. 8 Washington State, Cal has suffered a devastating blow. Linebacker Devante Downs is out for the season with a lower body injury, according to a report from the San Francisco Chronicle’s Rusty Simmons, who cited the school’s announcement. The loss of Downs is a massive one for a Cal defense that is coming off a masterful performance against...
Falcons coach Dan Quinn wants WR Julio Jones to get the ball more

Falcons coach Dan Quinn wants WR Julio Jones to get the ball more

The Atlanta Falcons squandered away a 17-point lead in their 20-17 Week 6 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon. The outcome may have been different, though, had they gotten the ball into the hands of their best offensive playmaker, wide receiver Julio Jones, more frequently. Against the Dolphins, Jones, a two-time first-team All-Pro selection, was targeted...
WATCH: High school football player punched in stomach by coach

WATCH: High school football player punched in stomach by coach

Video of a high school football coach in Beaumont, Calif. punching his player in the gut as punishment has been released via FootballScoop.com. Will Martin, the head coach at Beaumont High School, is seen standing close to the player, who has not been identified, and striking in as the player is standing against the wall and with his arms up in the air. One parent of a son...
This Wilton Speight quote from 2016 is Penn State bulletin board material

This Wilton Speight quote from 2016 is Penn State bulletin board material

Michigan rolled Penn State last year, racking up 326 rushing yards in a 49-10 Wolverines win. Nittany Lions LB Manny Bowen doesn’t seem to appreciate Michigan QB Wilton Speight’s description of the game. In the quote, which is from after the 2016 game, Speight appeared to be trying to make a point about his offense rather than saying anything disparaging about Penn State...
Former LB Duke Riley credited for turning around LSU’s football season

Former LB Duke Riley credited for turning around LSU’s football season

BATON ROUGE, La. — Duke Riley was named the Most Valuable Player on the 2016 LSU football team. And despite the fact he is currently with the Atlanta Falcons, Riley’s value to the Tigers has not diminished. To a man, members of the 2017 LSU team credit Riley with being the catalyst to the Tigers’ turnaround after their humbling homecoming loss to Troy. Thanks...
Michigan State makes top 8 for No. 1 overall 2019 recruit

Michigan State makes top 8 for No. 1 overall 2019 recruit

Michigan State made the top eight for Vernon Carey Jr., the No. 1 overall recruit in the Class of 2019. The Spartans join Kentucky, Duke, Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, UCLA and Miami. Carey is a 5-star recruit on the 247Sports Composite, which ranks him as the top player in his class. He plays power forward, and a 6-foot-9, 245 pounds, has a body that looks ready to play...
Five star 2019 power forward Vernon Carey places Duke, Miami, UNC in top eight

Five star 2019 power forward Vernon Carey places Duke, Miami, UNC in top eight

One of the most coveted recruits in the class of 2019 has announced his top eight schools. Vernon Carey, a power forward from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School, revealed his eight finalists on his Twitter account Monday evening. Three ACC schools are on the list: Duke, Miami and UNC. A 6’9″, 245-pounder, Carey is considered the country’s top recruit in the class...
Louisville suspended recruit Brian Bowen’s family did live at Galt House Hotel

Louisville suspended recruit Brian Bowen’s family did live at Galt House Hotel

In documents released by Rick Pitino’s attorney Steve Pence on Monday, the former Louisville men’s coach did questioned his assistant coaches on why Brian Bowen’s family was living at the Galt House Hotel. The documents showed an interview between Carl Christiansen, a private investigator working on Pitino’s behalf, and Louisville interim men’s...
WATCH: NBC’s USC-Notre Dame promo will give you goosebumps

WATCH: NBC’s USC-Notre Dame promo will give you goosebumps

USC and Notre Dame have a long and storied history. The 2017 matchup, which will take place on Saturday in South Bend, Ind., figures to be one of the best in recent memory. The Trojans and Fighting Irish have played 85 times, with Notre Dame leading the overall matchup 44-36-5. In anticipation of the game, NBC has released a promo with some of the classic moments that has made this rivalry...
Alabama football podcast: A Nick Saban comment Tide fans need to hear

Alabama football podcast: A Nick Saban comment Tide fans need to hear

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily  Alabama Crimson Tide podcast  with Ryan Fowler. In this edition, we talked with a former Alabama offensive lineman and CFB analyst for SEC Country about the Crimson Tide’s victory over Arkansas and more. Nick Saban’s reaction following Saturday’s game and...
Former Oregon DL Arik Armstead has broken hand, IR possible

Former Oregon DL Arik Armstead has broken hand, IR possible

Former Oregon Duck and current San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Arik Armstead has a broken hand and will need surgery. Armstead, a first-round draft pick in 2015, broken his hand in the 49ers loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters on Monday that the 49ers may place Armstead of injured reserve, which would rule him out for at least 8 weeks...
Abdul Adams’ status still uncertain for Kansas State

Abdul Adams’ status still uncertain for Kansas State

Oklahoma running back Abdul Adams missed last week’s game against Texas, and he might not play against Kansas State on Saturday. During Lincoln Riley’s press conference on Monday, the Sooners head coach said Adams is still working to heal up. “He’s getting better,” Riley said. “He’s close.” “We’re going to have to see, with that...
Who is DeeJay Dallas? Five things to know about the Miami freshman wide receiver turned running back

Who is DeeJay Dallas? Five things to know about the Miami freshman wide receiver turned running back

DeeJay Dallas was brought to Miami to play wide receiver for Mark Richt and the Miami Hurricanes. But with running back Mark Walton injured, the staff has been forced to convert Dallas to running back to help the numbers at that position. Fortunately, he appears more than equipped to handle the change. Here’s five things you need to know about the true freshman from Brunswick, Ga...
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