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Kansas State 58, Texas 48: Dismal offensive show resembled ‘a high school game, a high school score’

MANHATTAN, Kan. — At first blush, Wednesday’s 58-48 ramshackle offensive performance against Kansas State has one clear culprit. Texas’ black uniforms are cursed. Father Merrin himself couldn’t exorcise the demons inside those godforsaken Nike threads. The Horns are now 2-5 all-time wearing black. Blaming UT’s black jerseys only distracts...


It never hurts to have a backup, or 34

It never hurts to have a backup, or 34

Mikaela Shiffrin uses only one pair of skis for an Olympic race. But just in case, she has 35 pairs with her here at the Winter Games — and, for her, that’s a relatively light load. She often travels to competitions with 70 pairs of skis. It is a herculean task to lug so many long, pointed, sharp-edged skis across three continents during the six-month racing season. Forgive the airline...
Jamaicans are bobsledding again. Stop quoting that offensive movie.

Jamaicans are bobsledding again. Stop quoting that offensive movie.

As a teenager in southeastern Virginia in the 1990s, I came to expect something odd when I met strangers: a chant. If I told someone that my mother was Jamaican, he or she often responded with "Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it's bobsled time." It was the starting-gun exhortation from the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team in "Cool Runnings." And while it was irritating...
How do daredevils’ parents relax? ‘Tranquilizers!’

How do daredevils’ parents relax? ‘Tranquilizers!’

You know what grabs your attention at big air snowboarding at the Olympics? When the announcer introduces the first rider like so: “Cheryl Maas! Coming back from a broken neck!” The announcer went on to say that Maas, who is 33 and from the Netherlands, had been struggling with bruised heels before coming to Pyeongchang, but to be honest, all I could hear was “broken neck.&rdquo...
What killed off the hook shot?

What killed off the hook shot?

Kentucky center Nick Richards had just dropped 25 points on visiting Fort Wayne in an 86-67 win Nov. 22. Seeking to explain his offensive outburst, the deep-voiced UK freshman told the postgame media horde that Wildcats assistant coach Kenny Payne had been working with him on a jump hook.   The exchange started me thinking about something other than Richards’ offensive repertoire. ...
Murphy dreams about at-bats, but that's as close as he'll get to playing 

Murphy dreams about at-bats, but that's as close as he'll get to playing 

Daniel Murphy looked in the mirror and decided it was time to make a change. So, Tuesday morning, he took a seat in the barber's chair in the bathroom in the Washington Nationals' clubhouse. He was scheduled for his annual photo and video shoot for the footage that will be used on the scoreboard at Nationals Park during the season later on. It was time to trim the locks and shave the beard. "...
How social media has changed the game for NBA players

How social media has changed the game for NBA players

Stephen Curry has a rule with Twitter. Before he sends a tweet, he’ll re-read it at least once.  “If I hesitate for a half of a second, then most likely I won’t tweet it,” Curry told the Bay Area News Group.   Curry has written many drafts that have never seen daylight. Some were responses to fans, others were his thoughts on what’s going on in the world...

Skijoring: The wildest winter sport not in the Olympics

A team consists of a competitor in a saddle, another on two skis and also a horse on four hooves. The playing field is a blanket of snow and includes a variety of jumps and obstacles. The goal is to go fast and, if all goes as planned, also stay upright. "Once you hear, you can't forget," says Matt Crossett, who first discovered the sport a few years back. "Adrenaline. Hoofs pounding...
Garlic Girls take over the Olympics — and their hometown is loving it

Garlic Girls take over the Olympics — and their hometown is loving it

They arrived from all corners of Uiseong County. They brought homemade signs, waved flags and screamed for every shot. They came to celebrate four young women from this farming community who have emerged as the most unexpected (and most gloriously bespectacled) stars of the 2018 Winter Olympics. On Tuesday afternoon, townspeople gathered inside the gymnasium here at Uiseong Girls High School to root...

Austin Spurs overpowered by Texas Legends

The Texas Legends had three players score more than 20 points as they defeated the Austin Spurs 134-123 in Frisco on Wednesday night. Though Darrun Hilliard scored 31 points and Olivier Hanlan added 22, the Spurs (24-15) couldn’t keep up with the Legends (23-16) in the high-scoring affair. Jameel Warney led all scorers with 33 points as he hit 15 of his 20 shots from the field for Texas. Jalen...
Golden: Restaurant by day, UFC by night suits Geoff Neal fine — for now

Golden: Restaurant by day, UFC by night suits Geoff Neal fine — for now

Geoff Neal likes his steak medium rare. “If you get it well-done,” he said, “don’t talk to me.” Lately, the grill time for medium rare steaks lasts about the same time as opponents in his other job: Not long at all. Neal, who was born in Austin, works as a waiter/bartender at a Texas Roadhouse in Dallas to help support his three-month-old daughter and girlfriend while...
McKalla Place: The good, bad and ugly for possible MLS stadium site

McKalla Place: The good, bad and ugly for possible MLS stadium site

When ranking the physical treasures of Austin, McKalla Place won’t land in anybody’s top 10. Or top 50. Nonetheless, the 24-acre, city-owned property in North Austin is part of a shrinking group of properties that have been offered to Precourt Sports Ventures, owners of Columbus Crew SC, as potential sites for a 20,000-seat stadium. PSV officials have said the MLS franchise now dwelling...
Texas packs a five-run win over Lamar ahead of its trip to LSU

Texas packs a five-run win over Lamar ahead of its trip to LSU

With its first road trip of the year approaching, Texas took care of business at home on Wednesday night. Texas produced 10 hits and cashed in on several miscues in a 7-2 win over Lamar at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The five-run victory served as a tune-up for UT, which is set to travel to nationally-ranked LSU this weekend. “(Mid-week) games are important,” Texas junior DJ Petrinsky...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Geryl Darington, pitching wedge, 97-yard 13th hole at Delaware Springs; witnesses: Claude Burks, Warren Longacre Paul Hilgers, 9-iron, 130-yard 4th hole at Plum Creek; witnesses: Dan Stathos, Steve Barkley, Mike Tomme Blayne Maring, 3-hybrid, 167-yard 3rd hole at Grey Rock; witnesses: Fred Bibus, John Schramm Rob Palermo, 3-wood, 211-yard 3rd hole at Morris Williams; witnesses: Joel Lahrman, Greg...
Lindsey Vonn likely closes Olympic career with a bronze that’s golden

Lindsey Vonn likely closes Olympic career with a bronze that’s golden

Over coffee last November at Lindsey Vonn’s home in Coloradao, Sofia Goggia of Italy asked her friend for some advice. How does she handle the pressure? How does she deal with the expectations? Vonn didn’t hesitate to answer. An honest answer, and one the new Olympic downhill champion seemed to take to heart. “It probably helped her (win),” Vonn said with a wry smile. Maybe...
The Dotted Line: Deondrick Glass, Marcus Stripling talk Texas interest

The Dotted Line: Deondrick Glass, Marcus Stripling talk Texas interest

Stay updated on  latest Texas Longhorns recruiting news brought to you by Longhorns recruiting beat writer Mike Craven of Hookem.com . The Dotted Line will publish M-F at 10 a.m. each morning to provide Texas fans with an in-depth look at the latest for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail.  The Longhorns want at least one...
Bubba Wallace delivers raw star power for NASCAR’s future

Bubba Wallace delivers raw star power for NASCAR’s future

Sports entities like NASCAR can market anyone to be the next “Rising Phenom.” It’s all in the packaging, the come-hither emails and advertising blitz.  Darrell “Bubba” Wallace doesn’t need any of that stuff. It slows him down, and he has places to go. Bubba Wallace is going to be a star.   Wallace didn’t win the race, finishing second, but captured...
I didn't understand that Olympians were so small - and so vulnerable

I didn't understand that Olympians were so small - and so vulnerable

The first thing I noticed about ice dancer Madison Chock was that she was so much smaller in person. Most on-ice athletes are. The skates normally provide a boost. But standing next to a railing that separated her from a horde of reporters, she looked downright tiny. Most of the Olympians are smaller than you think. Absent the gear and the distance, they are not intimidating. I stood in a scrum with...
Russian fans at the Olympics are loud, proud and angry

Russian fans at the Olympics are loud, proud and angry

Sophia Kishkovsky contributed research. They wave huge “Red Machine” banners. They paint the country’s tricolor flag on their faces or stencil it in their hair. They cheer in clusters, wearing matching shirts and scarves, chanting “Roo-see-yaa!” in unison.   Swarms of Russian supporters have descended on the Pyeongchang Olympics, offering an emphatic answer...
How a skier managed to compete at Olympics despite not being very good

How a skier managed to compete at Olympics despite not being very good

Elizabeth Swaney is not bad at skiing, not at all. But she is not very good, either, and certainly not Olympic-caliber in the halfpipe. So how, at age 33 no less, did she manage to make her way into the field at that event in the Winter Games? The answer, or at least how to frame it, lies in the eye of the beholder. Either Swaney is an embarrassment to the Olympics who gamed the system on her way...
For snowboarders, the music matters as much as the gear

For snowboarders, the music matters as much as the gear

At the Olympic snowboard events, the party-like atmosphere includes dance music booming in the background and loud gasps of “ooooh” and “ahhhh” from the lively crowds responding to every high-flying trick. But when American Arielle Gold dropped into the halfpipe for her bronze medal-winning run, she didn’t hear any of it. “I was listening to ‘8 Mile&rsquo...
German Olympians drink a lot of beer, and win a lot of gold medals

German Olympians drink a lot of beer, and win a lot of gold medals

When Simon Schempp, a biathlete on the German Olympic team, was training for the Pyeongchang Games, he often capped a hard day on the trail with a bottle of nonalcoholic beer. He enjoys the taste of beer like most Germans, who drink more of it per capita than the people of almost any other nation. But he drank the nonalcoholic variety for more than just the flavor. “It’s a really good...
10 simple steps to help Dolphins this offseason

10 simple steps to help Dolphins this offseason

Well, it’s that time of year when, once again, I fearlessly state what the Dolphins do to win the offseason.   There’s just one problem: I don’t feel so fearless with answers this February.   I don’t even know the question this time. Is this regime trying to save jobs, and make the playoffs, which is possible considering some of the unimpressive teams that...
The Olympic rings that follow US athletes home from the games

The Olympic rings that follow US athletes home from the games

Snowboard cross rider Nick Baumgartner came to Pyeongchang for his third Olympic Games with two hardware-related goals in mind. First, obviously, he hoped to win a medal. He missed it by one spot when he finished fourth in his snowboard cross final. Those things happen. He had never finished so high in an Olympics before. What more can a guy ask for? Secondly, and just as importantly, he wanted someone...
Bohls: Malik Jefferson healthy, hungry to make NFL impression

Bohls: Malik Jefferson healthy, hungry to make NFL impression

While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Former Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson said he chose to leave school early for the NFL draft even though he said on our “On Second Thought” podcast that he “received a go-back-to-school grade” from the NFL panel that evaluates underclassmen. Jefferson, who led the Longhorns with 110 tackles, said it was &ldquo...
After losing appeal to UIL, Ann Richards to face Class 6A opponents

After losing appeal to UIL, Ann Richards to face Class 6A opponents

A request by the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders to be shifted from a Class 6A district to a Class 5A one was denied Tuesday by a University Interscholastic League committee. Similarly, an appeal by Marble Falls High to switch from District 17-5A to District 18-5A for every sport but football also was denied. Officials at Ann Richards, a girls-only school in South Austin, had requested...
Texas swim teams bring big plans into this week’s Big 12 meet in Austin

Texas swim teams bring big plans into this week’s Big 12 meet in Austin

The Texas men’s swim team, the three-time defending national champions, went through an ugly stretch of the schedule, which generated unexpected results. The mighty Longhorns, who had been so invincible at the previous national championships, suddenly looked pedestrian. And beatable. UT lost four dual meets in a row. There was one late October weekend in which Texas lost a double...
Clearing the purple haze: Texas once again faces Kansas State after big Oklahoma win

Clearing the purple haze: Texas once again faces Kansas State after big Oklahoma win

There’s an odd level of symmetry to Texas’ schedule here in the back half of February. On Feb. 3, Texas hosted Oklahoma in one of the biggest home games of the season. ESPN brought the bright lights of “College GameDay” to the Erwin Center. The Sooners were ranked 12th and had the nation’s leading scorer. The Longhorns won by five. Four days later, Texas...
Finally back, Texas pitcher Josh Sawyer looking to stay healthy and contribute

Finally back, Texas pitcher Josh Sawyer looking to stay healthy and contribute

For Josh Sawyer, 659 days — the span between April 30, 2016 and Feb. 18, 2018 — was a long time. In between, the Texas junior pitcher underwent three surgeries for what he referred to as “freak” injuries. The Longhorns played 80 baseball games without him. Had he wanted to, Sawyer could have watched one episode of “The Office” — his favorite ...
The Dotted Line: Roschon Johnson, top defensive targets discuss Texas’ junior day

The Dotted Line: Roschon Johnson, top defensive targets discuss Texas’ junior day

Stay updated on  latest Texas Longhorns recruiting news brought to you by Longhorns recruiting beat writer Mike Craven of Hookem.com . The Dotted Line will publish M-F at 10 a.m. each morning to provide Texas fans with an in-depth look at the latest for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail.  Tom Herman and the Longhorns won&rsquo...
'Women' or 'Ladies'? At the Winter Olympics, that depends on the sport

'Women' or 'Ladies'? At the Winter Olympics, that depends on the sport

It has been 50 years since Peggy Fleming won gold at the 1968 Grenoble Olympics, dazzling judges with graceful choreography and a flawlessly executed single Axel. On Wednesday, another Californian figure skating phenom, Mirai Nagasu, will launch her quest for Olympic gold with a triple Axel. While figure skating's technical rigor has evolved dramatically over time, its terminology, in one significant...
NBA All-Star game shows some toughness after a makeover

NBA All-Star game shows some toughness after a makeover

The last two NBA All-Star games set records for points and indifference. Sunday’s game was less forgiving: There was more effort, scoring was harder to come by and the exciting final minutes brought the crowd to its feet. It felt far from the 2017 All-Star Game, in which Stephen Curry lay flat on the court to avoid being victimized by Giannis Antetokounmpo’s dunk and the two teams combined...
Tim Tebow to the major leagues? Mets GM expects it to happen.

Tim Tebow to the major leagues? Mets GM expects it to happen.

Don't count out Tim Tebow's Major League Baseball career quite yet. Tebow, the 30-year-old former NFL quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, is currently in major league spring training with the New York Mets. He spent last season in the Mets' organization, playing a total of 126 games across two different levels of Class A baseball. In a video tweeted by SportsNet New York on Sunday, Mets General...
Dodgers All-Star Cody Bellinger plans to avoid a sophomore slump

Dodgers All-Star Cody Bellinger plans to avoid a sophomore slump

Cody Bellinger slipped through the netting of a Camelback Ranch batting cage and gazed at a pitching machine. Dodgers hitting coach Turner Ward manned the contraption, which dolloped late spin onto each offering. Bellinger slashed a pair of line drives before whacking a few foul and others into the ground. “That’s a big-league knock,” third baseman Justin Turner crowed after Bellinger...
What is big air? It’s the Olympics’ newest snowboard event

What is big air? It’s the Olympics’ newest snowboard event

On the list of snowboarding events for this year’s Winter Olympics, alongside the now familiar halfpipe and slopestyle, is a new competition with a short but evocative name: big air.   The name is accurate. Everything about the event is big. And the dizzying heights achieved by the snowboarders more than justifies the “air.”   In big air, snowboarders slide down...
The 22nd-largest team at the Olympics: Zamboni drivers

The 22nd-largest team at the Olympics: Zamboni drivers

The Winter Olympics are a global competition, with athletes representing 92 countries. But one event is dominated by Americans and Canadians like no other: Zamboni driving. It is conspicuous, this army of 37 mostly imported Zamboni drivers, doing their quiet, mesmerizing work of resurfacing the ice, back and forth on their big machines, when the action pauses and the cameras turn away. “I have...
Dale Earnhardt won Daytona 500 with her lucky penny glued to dash; that moment endures

Dale Earnhardt won Daytona 500 with her lucky penny glued to dash; that moment endures

Admittedly, this is not my story to tell.   It all began in 1998, when Dale Earnhardt won the Daytona 500 for the only time in his legendary career. The day before that race, a girl named Wessa Miller gave Earnhardt a lucky penny. He glued it to his dash on the spot, and the next day, that penny was in the car as Earnhardt crossed the finish line.   Three years later, the seven-time...
Golden: Baylor, Mulkey rule the Big 12 while Aston’s Horns aren’t yet elite

Golden: Baylor, Mulkey rule the Big 12 while Aston’s Horns aren’t yet elite

Texas Karen Aston, head coach, left, and Baylor Kim Mulkey, head coach, right, meet at half court for a very quick hand shake before the tipoff of NCAA college basketball game, Saturday Feb.17,2018, in Austin, Texas. (Rodolfo Gonzalez/For AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN)   Baylor coach Kim Mulkey held court for nearly 20 minutes after yet another win over Texas. While Mulkey’s...
Baylor reigns supreme in Big 12, beats Texas 93-87

Baylor reigns supreme in Big 12, beats Texas 93-87

While Texas searched for a breakthrough victory over Baylor, the Lady Bears were aiming for something much bigger. Freshman Dekeiya scored 24 points and Texas nemesis Kristy Wallace added 23 to help No. 3 Baylor defeat No. 6 Texas 93-87 to win the Big 12 title for the eighth straight year. “They don’t come to Baylor to win games, they come to Baylor to win championships,&rdquo...
Golden: Just when you thought it was safe to give up on the Horns …

Golden: Just when you thought it was safe to give up on the Horns …

Just when you thought they were dead, the Texas Longhorns kept their NCAA tourney hopes alive with a huge road win over the freefalling Oklahoma Sooners, who were inexplicably still ranked No. 23 in the country despite four straight losses. As for the Horns, that three-game losing streak is in the rear-view mirror. Texas (16-11, 6-8 Big 12) can gain a measure of revenge and move one step closer to...
The Dotted Line: Area wide receivers visit Texas for junior day

The Dotted Line: Area wide receivers visit Texas for junior day

Stay updated on  latest Texas Longhorns recruiting news brought to you by Longhorns recruiting beat writer Mike Craven of Hookem.com . The Dotted Line will publish M-F at 10 a.m. each morning to provide Texas fans with an in-depth look at the latest for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail.  Austin is home to elite wide receiver...
The Knicks at midseason: Full arena, no plan

The Knicks at midseason: Full arena, no plan

Walk into Madison Square Garden for a New York Knicks game these dour days and you can feel the aftershocks from last year’s organizational quake while living on the Phil Jackson fault line. Jeff Hornacek, the fourth of four coaches under Jackson’s team presidency (counting the inherited Mike Woodson and the interim Kurt Rambis), addresses reporters with that classic lame duck look, the...
Allonzo Trier declared ineligible by NCAA due to failed drug test

Allonzo Trier declared ineligible by NCAA due to failed drug test

Arizona junior guard Allonzo Trier has been declared ineligible by the NCAA following a failed drug test in January. Arizona is appealing the decision. Trier has been one of No. 14 Arizona’s best players this season. On the year he is averaging 19.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Arizona is set to play at Oregon State on Thursday night and Oregon on Saturday...
Wisconsin-Northwestern basketball: Score, live updates, stats (February 22, 2018)

Wisconsin-Northwestern basketball: Score, live updates, stats (February 22, 2018)

Wisconsin basketball plays against Northwestern on Thursday, Feb. 22. The game starts at 6 p.m. CT. Stay here for score, stats and box score from the game below. Tweets about from:@badgermbb !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets...
Report: Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. cleared for basketball activities

Report: Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. cleared for basketball activities

Michael Porter Jr.’s return to the lineup for the Missouri Tigers could be imminent. According to a report from CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, Porter has been cleared for all basketball activities. Porter has been out for nearly the entire season as he recovers from back surgery that initially came with a three-to-four month recovery period. Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin has...
Chris Beard complimentary of Oklahoma State’s student section during upset of Texas Tech

Chris Beard complimentary of Oklahoma State’s student section during upset of Texas Tech

Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard was complimentary of Oklahoma State’s atmosphere during the Cowboys’ 79-71 upset of the Red Raiders. “I want to recognize the crowd, I thought the student section here was good,” said Beard, according to Berry Trammel of The Oklahoman. “We didn’t play our best, but I think you have to give Oklahoma State...
Sam Darnold’s USC Pro Day scheduled for March 21

Sam Darnold’s USC Pro Day scheduled for March 21

Sam Darnold’s road to the NFL has already begun, but perhaps his biggest opportunity to impress NFL scouts will come on March 21 during USC’s Pro Day. Darnold is expected to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, which begins on Feb. 27. The QBs are expected to arrive at the Combine on Feb. 28 and participate in drills, measurements...
Josh Rosen’s UCLA Pro Day scheduled for March 15

Josh Rosen’s UCLA Pro Day scheduled for March 15

Josh Rosen’s road to the NFL has already begun, but perhaps his biggest opportunity to impress NFL scouts will come on March 15 during UCLAs Pro Day. Rosen is expected to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, which begins on Feb. 27. The QBs are expected to arrive at the Combine on Feb. 28 and participate in drills, measurements and interviews...
Kentucky basketball: Jack Givens, Kyle Macy of 1978 national title team comment on current Cats

Kentucky basketball: Jack Givens, Kyle Macy of 1978 national title team comment on current Cats

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky’s 1978 national title team was constructed a bit differently than John Calipari’s current Wildcats. Jack Givens and Rick Robey led as senior All-Americans. Four of Kentucky’s top five scorers were seniors. Kyle Macy was a young All-SEC sophomore. Forty years have passed since coach Joe B. Hall’s 1978 club topped Duke in...
Report: SEC fines Missouri AD Jim Sterk $25,000 after Dawn Staley files lawsuit

Report: SEC fines Missouri AD Jim Sterk $25,000 after Dawn Staley files lawsuit

Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk reportedly has been fined. On Thursday, The Kansas City Star’s Chris Fickett reported that the SEC had fined Sterk $25,000. The development came shortly after it was revealed that South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley had filed a defamation lawsuit against Sterk, who alleged that Staley “promoted” ...
Former NFL quarterback Danny Kanell predicts Lamar Jackson to be ‘steal of NFL draft’

Former NFL quarterback Danny Kanell predicts Lamar Jackson to be ‘steal of NFL draft’

Ever heard the old adage “It takes one to know one”?  If that’s really the case, then there’s no doubt Lamar Jackson is an NFL quarterback. Former NFL quarterbacks are steadfast in their opinions that the Louisville product and former Heisman Trophy winner is a signal caller and not a wide receiver, the position Bill Polian is advocating. &ldquo...
Year 1 done: Auburn RB Devan Barrett ‘appreciates’ coaching, Kerryon Johnson’s impact

Year 1 done: Auburn RB Devan Barrett ‘appreciates’ coaching, Kerryon Johnson’s impact

Devan Barrett’s takeaways from his freshman season had little to do with his own on-field experiences. The Tampa, Fla., native totaled 79 yards on 14 carries, but he also took note of everything happening around him as Auburn climbed to the top of the SEC. It was a memorable year to say the least. “ He seems really, really happy,” said Tampa Catholic High...
Bobby Petrino adds former Arkansas standout to Louisville staff

Bobby Petrino adds former Arkansas standout to Louisville staff

Louisville Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino has turned to a former player of his at Arkansas to add to his defensive staff, making Tramain Thomas a defensive quality control coach. Thomas was most recently a graduate assistant coach at Midwestern State, where he coached defensive backs. Louisville announced that he’d joined his old coach at Louisville on their website on...
Report: Sam Bradford ‘absolutely’ wants to play in 2018

Report: Sam Bradford ‘absolutely’ wants to play in 2018

Sam Bradford has made enough money to not have to work ever again, but when you’re in the NFL, sometimes it’s just a matter of pride. According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, he’s planning on playing in the 2018 season. The former Heisman Trophy-winning Oklahoma quarterback has dealt with a bevy of injuries during his career, and most recently had...
Question of the Day: Biggest surprise from Alabama’s finalized coaching staff

Question of the Day: Biggest surprise from Alabama’s finalized coaching staff

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — We’re pushing through the early part of the offseason after Alabama’s championship run, and we’re here to answer any questions you have. The players are locked in on the spring semester while the coaching staff is looking ahead to the 2019 recruiting cycle. Here’s our question of the day —  go here for other Alabama...
Clemson great Jacoby Ford getting one last shot in professional ranks

Clemson great Jacoby Ford getting one last shot in professional ranks

Former Clemson Tigers wide receiver and return man Jacoby hasn’t gotten a chance to play in the NFL since 2013, but he’s found one last opportunity in the CFL recently. According to a report from Tony Crumpton of TigerNet.com, Ford has signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the upcoming season after spending seven weeks on their practice squad...
John Beilein: Michigan will not claim Louisville’s vacated 2013 national title

John Beilein: Michigan will not claim Louisville’s vacated 2013 national title

Michigan technically won more games than any other team in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. But John Beilein says the Wolverines are not going to claim credit for the title in the wake of Louisville having to vacate the 2013 championship. “We didn’t win it all. We lost to a great team. If someone else wants to come and say ‘hey, you won it all, you’re the champion.&rsquo...
Marshall defensive tackle Larry Aaron III dies after paralysis suffered protecting girlfriend from gunfire

Marshall defensive tackle Larry Aaron III dies after paralysis suffered protecting girlfriend from gunfire

An utterly devastating story to pass along from Marshall University, as a 19-year-old football player has died after being paralyzed in a shooting incident on New Year’s Eve. Larry Aaron III, a redshirt sophomore defensive tackle for the Thundering Herd, has passed away Thursday as a result of his injuries. His head football coach at Marshall John Doc Holliday confirmed...
Former LSU RB Derrius Guice, Texas A&M signee engage in vicious Twitter fight

Former LSU RB Derrius Guice, Texas A&M signee engage in vicious Twitter fight

LSU running back Derrius Guice played three years of SEC football. He amassed more than 3,000 yards with 32 touchdowns and could go in the first or second round of the NFL draft. Leon O’Neal Jr. hasn’t played a down yet, but he is a signed member of Texas A&M’s 2018 class. O’Neal didn’t seem to mind his inexperience when he got into a heated Twitter fight...
Who will be first LSU player taken in 2018 NFL Draft?

Who will be first LSU player taken in 2018 NFL Draft?

SEC Country reporter Alex Hickey will answer your LSU Tigers sports queries each weekday in our LSU Question of the Day. Join the conversation by sending your questions via Twitter to  @SECCountryLSU,  @bigahickey or by email to Alex at  alex.hickey@coxinc.com. Mel Kiper Jr.’s second mock draft...
New Gators QBs coach Brian Johnson explains why he left coordinator job to rejoin Dan Mullen

New Gators QBs coach Brian Johnson explains why he left coordinator job to rejoin Dan Mullen

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s not often a college football coach leaves behind a coordinator job to voluntarily become a position coach, but Brian Johnson has done it twice now in his young career. Both times to realign with Dan Mullen, who coached him in college at Utah and has remained close with him throughout his rise in the profession. Johnson left his coordinator...
4-star CB Erick Young lists Oregon, USC in top 10 college choices

4-star CB Erick Young lists Oregon, USC in top 10 college choices

Oregon and USC are in he mix for 4-star cornerback Erick Young. The Richmond (Tex.) Fort Bend Bush cornerback revealed his top 10 college choices on social media. Oregon was among Young’s top schools. Along with Oregon, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and USC were also named. The post 4-star CB Erick Young lists Oregon...
Former LSU star Arden Key reveals biggest mistake after returning to field last year

Former LSU star Arden Key reveals biggest mistake after returning to field last year

Arden Key is one of the more fascinating prospects entering the NFL draft. Many observers consider the former LSU outside linebacker to be a first-round talent. However, he had a disappointing end to his Tigers career when he totaled just 33 tackles with 5.5 sacks in 2017 as a junior. He had a career-high 55 tackles with 12.5 sacks in 2016. His final...
Report: Tennessee in contact with 2 grad-transfer quarterbacks; 1 visiting this weekend

Report: Tennessee in contact with 2 grad-transfer quarterbacks; 1 visiting this weekend

Quarterback is by no means a settled position for Tennessee with spring practice quickly approaching. The Vols have not yet offered a quarterback, according to Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman. They are pursuing two signal callers in graduate transfers Gardner Minshew from East Carolina and Keller Chryst from Stanford. Tennessee currently has two quarterbacks on its roster...
LOOK: Willie Taggart pays respect to FSU legend Bobby Bowden with touching home visit

LOOK: Willie Taggart pays respect to FSU legend Bobby Bowden with touching home visit

As he prepares to embark on his first season in Tallahassee, Willie Taggart is well aware of the illustrious history of the Florida State program and the man that put the ‘Noles on the map. No coach is more beloved in Florida State history than Bobby Bowden. That’s the kind of respect that 377 wins, two national titles and 12 ACC titles earns you. So having such...
Dan Enos, who spurned Michigan, officially added to Alabama staff

Dan Enos, who spurned Michigan, officially added to Alabama staff

Dan Enos, who joined Michigan’s coaching staff in early January, has taken a job as Alabama’s associate head coach and quarterbacks coach. The Wolverines officially announced Enos’ hiring on Jan. 8., but by by Jan. 25 it was reported he was “expected” to leave for Alabama by Yahoo’s Pete Thamel. Enos was expected to work with Michigan&rsquo...
Gators assistant Larry Scott looking to revitalize Florida’s tight end position

Gators assistant Larry Scott looking to revitalize Florida’s tight end position

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —  New Florida tight ends coach Larry Scott first began coaching the position at USF in 2007. Just up the road in Gainesville, the Gators boasted one of the nation’s top tight ends in Cornelius Ingram and had another highly touted freshman at the position — Aaron Hernandez. He would go on to win the John Mackey Award in 2009 after leading ...
WATCH: SEC Country Live, February 22

WATCH: SEC Country Live, February 22

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 ...
UCLA hires OL coach Justin Frye

UCLA hires OL coach Justin Frye

Justin Frye is moving west. Frye is leaving Boston College to join the UCLA Bruins, per  Tracy Pierson of 247 Sports. He will become UCLA’s offensive line coach. He held the same position at Boston College. Chip Kelly interviewed Frye this week. That interview seemingly went very well. The offensive line coach spent the last five years at Boston College and has 11 years...
Arkansas has too many scholarship players, so someone is leaving, but who?

Arkansas has too many scholarship players, so someone is leaving, but who?

SEC Country reporter Eric W. Bolin will candidly answer your Arkansas Razorbacks sports queries each weekday in our  Mailbag Question of the Day. Join the conversation by sending your questions via Twitter to  @SECCountryHogs or by email to Eric at  ericwbolin@gmail.com. These are the sorts of questions that upon my answering, earn...
Why is Tennessee football considering bump in ticket prices?

Why is Tennessee football considering bump in ticket prices?

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer likes the direction the Vols sports programs are heading and how his coaches are going about their business. RELATED: Why Phillip Fulmer believes in Jeremy Pruitt leading Tennessee football “I’ve held the Director of Athletics role for more than two months now, and the energy level around our 20 athletic programs...
Auburn football has established talent, exciting potential at linebacker

Auburn football has established talent, exciting potential at linebacker

Auburn football will return to action next week with the start of spring practices on March 1. Between now and then, SEC Country will preview each of the Tigers’ position groups heading into camp. Up next, we move to the linebackers. Middle linebacker Deshaun Davis (Senior) K.J. Britt (Sophomore) Strongside linebacker Darrell Williams (Senior) Chandler...
Oklahoma State quarterback battle wide open heading into spring camp

Oklahoma State quarterback battle wide open heading into spring camp

Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph left campus as one of the most productive players in the history of the school. Now, coach Mike Gundy has his work cut out replacing him. The Cowboys aren’t alone. As many as nine Big 12 teams could start a different quarterback than opening day last season. But out of that group, six have an expected starter under center. Two...
Nebraska signee Tate Wildeman: ‘There wasn’t another place I wanted to be except Lincoln’

Nebraska signee Tate Wildeman: ‘There wasn’t another place I wanted to be except Lincoln’

Tate Wildeman made two official visits late in the recruiting process. At the time of his Nov. 17 official visit to Washington State, the rumors were louder than ever about the future of former Nebraska coach Mike Riley. Despite having been committed to the Huskers since April 16, Wildeman wanted to be sure the decision was right. The visit to Washington State —...
SEC announces team schedules for 2018 Media Days

SEC announces team schedules for 2018 Media Days

The SEC has announced when which schools will appear at its annual media days adventure this summer. After being held in Hoover, Ala. for many years, the event will move to Atlanta and take place at the College Football Hall of Fame from July 16-19. MONDAY, July 16 Kentucky – Mark Stoops LSU – Ed Orgeron Texas...
Alabama announces $21 million renovation of swimming/diving facilities

Alabama announces $21 million renovation of swimming/diving facilities

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama announced on Thursday that the Board of Trustees approved a $21 million renewal and renovation of the Alabama Aquatic Center, the home of the Crimson Tide men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs. Among the additions will be new 7.5- and 3-meter diving platforms, an athletic training room and extended deck space...
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