McIlroy fights back in play-offs - Washington Post strikes 'Redskins' from editorials (Yahoo Sports) - The Washington Post says it will stop calling Washington's football team the ''Redskins'' on its editorial page. The paper's editorial board announced Friday that it will refrain from using the term that it says ''unquestionably offends not only many Native Americans but many other Americans, too.'' The board operates independently of the paper's newsgathering operation. Redskins owner Dan Snyder has vowed never to change the name, saying it honors Native Americans. Scott, Tringale tied for the lead at Barclays (Yahoo Sports) - PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) -- Now that the majors are over, Adam Scott is going after the one big prize remaining this year - a shot at the $10 million FedEx Cup prize. Ward held up by rain at US Open - James Ward is one set from a place in the US Open main draw after rain interrupted his match against Moldova's Radu Albot. Ward loses in US Open qualifying - British number two James Ward misses out on a place in the US Open main draw after losing his final qualifying match against Moldova's Radu Albot. Arrieta leads Cubs past Orioles 4-1 (Yahoo Sports) - CHICAGO (AP) -- Jake Arrieta shut down his former team, holding Baltimore to four hits in seven innings and Javier Baez homered again as the Chicago Cubs beat the Orioles 4-1 on Friday. Guilty plea entered in Cuban ballplayer smuggling (Yahoo Sports) - A man accused of masterminding a human trafficking ring pleaded guilty Friday to U.S. Lazo is already serving a five-year prison sentence for money laundering in a Medicare fraud case and now faces up to 20 additional years behind bars. Lazo agreed to cooperate with investigators, which could reduce his prison time when he is sentenced later this year. Prosecutors say Lazo led an organization that smuggled Cubans by boat into Mexico, where they were held until ransom payments were made. Chiefs OT Stephenson suspended for PEDs violation (Yahoo Sports) - KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Chiefs offensive tackle Donald Stephenson has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Furyk in 3-way tie for lead at Barclays (Yahoo Sports) - PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) -- Jim Furyk had a 2-under 69 and was part of a three-way tie for the lead midway through the second round at The Barclays. Machado won't be ready following DL stint (Yahoo Sports) - Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado will not be ready to play when he's eligible to return from the disabled list on Aug. 27. Machado sprained his right knee while taking a swing against the Yankees on Aug. 11. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said before Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs that there probably will be updates on Machado in the next two days.

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Colorado State reserves online roster spot for boy with cancer (Photo) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 22, 2014, 10:41 pm]
Over the years, a lot of college football teams have created special moments for children battling various diseases, but Colorado State took it a step further and made 9-year-old Jack Miller an actual part of the team roster. Jack, who has been battling brain tumors for the past six years, is listed as No. 1 on Colorado State’s online roster. He’s a 4-foot-1, 53-pound freshman that became an honorary member of the Colorado State program during a team meeting last August. "Jack is a big part of our family, and we all are honored that he chose us to be his teammates,” coach Jim McElwain said. “Part of this whole deal in life is understanding what it takes and what it is to give of yourself to somebody else. I can't tell you how enjoyable it is, after a game, to see Jack in the locker room wearing his Rams jersey, and that smile on his face. He has taught all of us so much about toughness, determination and embracing life." This is a great gesture and one Jack will remember for the rest of his life. Well done, Colorado State. For more Colorado State news, visit GoldandGreenNews.com. - - - - - - - Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @YahooDrSaturday And don’t forget to keep up with all of Graham’s thoughts, witty comments and college football discussions on Facebook

LSU's players saw the new locker room at Tiger Stadium for the first time (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 22, 2014, 10:38 pm]
LSU’s Tiger Stadium saw a major renovation this offseason. The stadium’s capacity has passed the 100,000 mark and will now seat 102,321 fans. Additionally, the team’s gameday locker room also received a major makeover. The Tigers finally got to see the finished product on Friday, and they were impressed. Check out the newly renovated GameDay locker room. #LSU pic.twitter.com/6n6Kh2yHgx— LSU Football (@LSUfball) August 22, 2014 Quick glance at the new GameDay locker room. More video to come! #LSU https://t.co/1Aagt2R4E9— LSU Football (@LSUfball) August 22, 2014 Inside the new gameday locker room, @LSUCoachMiles addresses the team for the first time. #LSU pic.twitter.com/MOIikv1x7O— LSU Football (@LSUfball) August 22, 2014 Here's the @LSUTigerStadium Jeff Boss Locker Room renovations for @LSUfball pic.twitter.com/OSVux8F6gX— LSU Football Equip (@LSUFBEquipment) August 22, 2014 The new digs aren’t quite on the level that Texas A&M brought to the table last month, but everything looks great nonetheless. The Tigers’ season opens up against Wisconsin at a neutral location – the Houston Texans’ NRG Stadium – so they’ll have to wait until the home opener against Sam Houston State on September 6 to use the new locker room on a game day. For more LSU news, visit TigerBait.com. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

Arizona's Polynesian players teach us how to do the Haka (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 22, 2014, 9:32 pm]
A handful of teams that have many players of Polynesian descent perform the Haka, a traditional Maori war dance from New Zealand, before games. One of these teams is Arizona. Like they’ve done for a few years, the squad will perform the Haka in front of the Wildcats’ student section “immediately before kickoff” at each home game this season. We can only hope that head coach Rich Rodriguez joins them. If you want to embody the spirit of a Maori warrior and get pumped up in your living room this fall, some of Arizona’s Polynesian players, led by sophomore defensive lineman Sani Fuimaono, can teach you how the Haka is done. For you Arizona fans out there, the words that go with the dance will be on the jumbotron, so you’ll have a leg up on the rest of us. Arizona’s season opens up against UNLV next Friday, August 29. That gives you a week to learn the Haka. Good luck. For more Arizona news, visit GOAZCats.com. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

Gary Pinkel said he had 'other information' regarding Dorial Green-Beckham's dismissal [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 22, 2014, 9:18 pm]
As Dorial Green-Beckham waits to see if he'll receive a waiver from Oklahoma to play in 2014, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Friday that he had received 'other information' about Green-Beckham and his dismissal from the program. After allegedly getting into an apartment in April, Green-Beckham allegedly pushed a woman down "at least" four steps. The woman ultimately declined to press charges because of the backlash the case could receive. However, shortly after he was indefinitely suspended from the Missouri football team, Green-Beckham was dismissed altogether. Pinkel was asked about the Green-Beckham situation when discussion a report around a situation involving former RB Derrick Washington in 2008. ESPN's Outside the Lines reported that Missouri failed to follow Title IX protocol after Washington was accused of sexual assault. Washington was ultimately dismissed from Missouri's program in 2010 after another allegation. Missouri athletic director Mike Alden has admitted mistakes were made in 2008 and that he was unaware of the reporting procedures. "I had other information, quite honestly, that I knew that would help me make a decision and the decision was that I had to remove him," Pinkel said about Green-Beckham via PowerMizzou.com. "That's confidential where I got that, but I got it. I could have thrown it out. I didn't. Because I had to do what's right." In addition to declining to say where he got the information about Green-Beckham, Pinkel didn't elaborate on what it was, either. Oklahoma has been trying to get Green-Beckham eligible to play in 2014 while a suspension for freshman RB Joe Mixon is in effect and a suspension for LB Frank Shannon could be in effect for other alleged offenses against females. Yes, we think it looks fishy too. Mixon pled not guilty to misdemeanor assault charges earlier in the week for hitting a female student in the face at a restaurant. Shannon was accused of sexual assault but was never charged. After the incident was allege

Georgia Tech issued a 'failure to monitor' reprimand by NCAA [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 22, 2014, 8:57 pm]
Georgia Tech just added two more years of probation to a four-year stint it’s currently serving after being hit with a “failure to monitor” reprimand by the NCAA. Initially, Georgia Tech was serving a four-year probation from impermissible benefits given to former receiver Demaryius Thomas that was set to end in 2015. This new self-imposed two-year probation, which stems from texts sent by former assistant coach Todd Spencer during a time when only email and faxes were allowed, extends that stretch to 2017. Spencer resigned from the program in 2012 and is currently an assistant at Army. “That is not something that sits well with me or with any of us here,” athletic director Mike Bobinski told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “That’s not a good-sounding or good-feeling term. It’s not one we want to wear beyond this. As I told you before, it is clearly our intention this the last time we ever go down this road.” According to the AJC, several other coaches in other sports also made impermissible phone calls and texts, but said they did so because they were given incorrect information from a now-departed compliance director. For more Georgia Tech news, visit JacketsOnline.com. - - - - - - - Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @YahooDrSaturday And don’t forget to keep up with all of Graham’s thoughts, witty comments and college football discussions on Facebook

WVU coach Dana Holgorsen's awesome house includes a fully stocked basement bar with three huge TVs (Photos) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 22, 2014, 8:24 pm]
Morgantown Magazine ran a really interesting piece in its August-September issue about the home of West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen. The home, located in Cheat Lake, W. Va., is said to be the “first luxury residence in the U.S.” that is “built completely of cross-laminated timber.” The cross-laminated timber (CLT) home is 8,000-square-feet and was built by a company founded by Holgorsen’s brother and father, as well as an additional business partner from Germany. Writes Morgantown Magazine’s Laura Wilcox-Rote: Being a CLT structure makes the home energy-efficient, even despite its size and seemingly extravagant features like the nearly 20-foot-high sloping ceiling on the main floor. Holgorsen said that the efficiency of the home, despite its size, makes for utility costs that are cheaper than a home he owned in Houston that was “one-fourth the size.” “I’m so happy with the quality, the efficiency, and performance of the house, and the design functionality for when it comes time to entertain friends and family, alumni and boosters,” Holgorsen said. One of the more intriguing features of the home is Holgorsen’s ability to control things in the home via his iPhone or iPad no matter where he is in the country. Wilcox-Rote writes: The house itself is just plain smart. Shades can be controlled using wall switches, an iPad, or iPhone, just as Dana can control all of the audio/video, security cameras, and lighting of the house. “Dana can access the network when he’s recruiting in Houston or wherever he is, and he can check the cameras or turn the temperatures down,” Nick says. Above all, the coolest part of home is the basement where the coach has a fully stocked back bar with three huge TVs. Holgorsen says he could “easily have 300 people” in the basement and on the back patio “without it ever feeling crowded.” Holgorsen’s father, Steve, says there are six total TVs in the basement, including “one over the bathroom ur

Report: Tanner McEvoy will start at quarterback for Wisconsin [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 22, 2014, 6:27 pm]
Wisconsin will reportedly have a new quarterback under center when the season kicks off against LSU on August 30. Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, citing three sources, is reporting that redshirt junior Tanner McEvoy has been named the Badgers’ starting quarterback by head coach Gary Andersen, taking the reins from Joel Stave. Stave, also a redshirt junior, started 19 games for the Badgers in his career – including all 13 games last season – but the staff has reportedly decided to go with the 6-foot-6, 222-pound McEvoy. McEvoy started his career at South Carolina, but transferred to a junior college after a season. McEvoy landed at Wisconsin in 2013. He arrived on campus as a quarterback but bounced from wide receiver and then to safety. McEvoy impressed the coaching staff with his athleticism and quickly moved up the depth chart, playing 10 games at safety and starting three for the Badgers. After the season, McEvoy switched back to quarterback and practiced with the first team throughout spring while Stave healed from a shoulder injury he sustained in the Capital One Bowl. Andersen said at Big Ten Media Days in July that there would be “an open competition” at quarterback between Stave and McEvoy during camp. Stave threw for 2,494 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last season, but Andersen lauded McEvoy’s athleticism and said that having a guy who can make plays with his feet adds additional elements to the offense. “I would say he's an elite athlete,” Andersen said. “But the way he moves around in his size, his ability to – the speed he runs with, I think he runs very, very well. He's elusive and he's smart. He allows you to do some things offensively to force defenses to understand that if you make a mistake, he's more than willing to take off and make you pay.” Stave does not pose any sort of rushing threat (he ran for minus-22 yards last season). McEvoy ran for 414 yards in his lone junior college season. Andersen

Eastern Washington to wear helmet decal honoring mudslide victims Saturday (Photo) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 22, 2014, 6:20 pm]
Did you know college football starts Saturday? OK, not FBS games. The first FBS game is Wednesday, Aug. 27, but the're an FCS game Saturday afternoon between Sam Houston State and Eastern Washington, or the school you may know as "the team with the red field." The game on ESPN at 3:30 p.m. ET and the Eagles will wear a helmet decal to honor victims of the Oso, Wash., mudslides. Eagle FB players will honor victims of the Oso, WA mudslide w/these helmet decals. pic.twitter.com/XLHLpN4EMT — EWU Athletics (@EWUAthletics) August 22, 2014 On March 22, 43 people were killed when a massive mudslide hit the town. The mud was reportedly 15-feet deep in areas after it slid off a hill and down the Stillaguamish River. Eastern Washington made it to the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs last season while Sam Houston State lost in the second round. - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

Jameis Winston mauled a tackling dummy for an apparent photobomb (Photo) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 22, 2014, 6:04 pm]
If you're going to photobomb someone, make it obvious. That looks like it's Jameis Winston's motto. The Florida State QB is by far the most noticeable thing in this picture posted to Instagram by Warchant.com's Powell Latimer. He looks like he's asleep on the tackling dummy, which just can't be comfortable. Or maybe he's practicing for a switch to defense in 2014? That has to be it, right? Instead of simply trying to become a repeat Heisman winner, Winston is trying to win the Heisman while playing different positions. It's a genius idea. The Noles also unveiled where the BCS Championship will be honored at Doak Campbell Stadium on Friday. New this year in Doak Campbell. Room for 1 more? #FSU. pic.twitter.com/EAAi5dVOH3 — Warchant.com (@Warchant) August 22, 2014 As well as the updated ACC Championships on the other side of the stadium. On the other side recognizing #FSU's ACC Championships. pic.twitter.com/bsGOCFWitn — Warchant.com (@Warchant) August 22, 2014 For more Florida State news visit Warchant.com. - - - - - - - (H/T CollegeSpun) Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

VOD: This fake Texas A&M toy Swaggcopter commercial is awesome [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 22, 2014, 5:19 pm]
Would you like to have a toy Texas A&M Swaggcopter? Unfortunately, this commercial by the Bryan-College Station Eagle is fake but it's absolutely fantastic. The Swaggcopter is the helicopter loaned by a booster Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin uses to visit recruits. And honestly, we're half-surprised the idea of a toy Swaggcopter hsan't been thought of before as a real toy. The fake toy even has "#WRTS" on the bottom, which stands for "We run this state," the hashtag Texas A&M has adopted. In November of last year, Sumlin said the helicopter was undefeated when it came to securing recruits' commitments. And it was perhaps an impetus for Texas coach Charlie Strong's "gadget program" comments. Hopefully the Eagle had at least a dozen toy Swaggcopters made. That way the paper could send one to the Austin American-Statesman. We're all about starting newspaper rivalries with toy helicopters. - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

Brady Hoke puts rivalry aside and offers condolences to Ohio State QB Braxton Miller [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 22, 2014, 4:33 pm]
There’s a fierce rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan, so fierce that neither school acknowledges the other by name, and instead uses terms like, “That School Up North” and “Ohio.” But when Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller suffered a season-ending during a practice earlier this week, Michigan didn’t start gloating; it offered its condolences. .@umichfootball coach Brady Hoke: "I feel terrible for Braxton Miller and his family. He's been a class act any time I've been around him." — 1130 AM WDFN The Fan (@1130WDFN) August 22, 2014 The cynic would say that Hoke was so nice because that means he doesn’t have to face the former Heisman Trophy contender, but let’s go ahead and take Hoke’s condolences at face value and applaud them for what they are. Earlier this week, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio offered a similar sentiment upon hearing the news of Miller’s injury. “I felt bad,” Dantonio told the Lansing State Journal. “Braxton Miller is a great football player. He is a senior, has meant a lot to their football team. He is a great leader, a great young man. You don’t want something like that to happen. It’s a tough deal. “But I would say this — we played without Max Bullough in the Rose Bowl (because of a suspension). Usually when those things happen, people rise up. Everybody becomes a little bit better. What was a negative becomes a strength later.” Reading the sentiments of these two coaches — coaches who want nothing more than to beat Ohio State on a yearly basis — shows just how much Miller meant to not only his team, but the league. For more Michigan news, visit TheWolverine.com. For more Michigan State news, visit SpartanMag.com. For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com. - - - - - - - Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @YahooDrSaturday

Indiana follows in Oregon State's footsteps with a post-practice Slip 'N Slide (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 22, 2014, 3:42 pm]
Following in the footsteps of Oregon State last weekend, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson decided to wrap up camp with some fun and rewarded his team with a post-practice Slip ‘n Slide on Wednesday at Memorial Stadium. The players really enjoyed it and Wilson even got in the action with a few slides. Cornerback Tim Bennett wasn’t too impressed with Wilson’s technique, though. “Coach Wilson did it once or twice – his weren’t that good. Don’t tell him I said that,” he said with a laugh. In what will be Wilson’s fourth season at the helm, the Hoosiers open up at home against Indiana State on August 30. Wilson’s squad went 5-7 last year. For more Indiana news, visit Peegs.com. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen had an incredible mullet in the 80's (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 22, 2014, 3:00 pm]
Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen brought in a mentor of his, longtime Utah and Weber State head coach Ron McBride, in to address his team during preseason camp. McBride recruited Andersen and was his head coach at Utah, so he knows the Badgers’ second-year coach more than most. After McBride addressed the team about trust and team work, some archival footage of a young Andersen doing offensive line drills under McBride’s instruction was put on the screen. Andersen rocks a buzz cut now, but back in his heyday, the man had an incredible mullet. Take a look (the good stuff starts around the 3:45 mark). Andersen’s hair is a sight to see. But those shorts? I don’t think anyone would disagree when I said that they are a little bit too short. Andersen’s Badgers will open the season with a tough matchup against LSU in Houston on August 30. Unfortunately, I don’t think his mullet will be in attendance. For more Wisconsin news, visit BadgerBlitz.com. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen had an incredible mullet in the '80s (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 22, 2014, 3:00 pm]
Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen brought in a mentor of his, longtime Utah and Weber State head coach Ron McBride, in to address his team during preseason camp. McBride recruited Andersen and was his head coach at Utah, so he knows the Badgers’ second-year coach more than most. After McBride addressed the team about trust and team work, some archival footage of a young Andersen doing offensive line drills under McBride’s instruction was put on the screen. Andersen rocks a buzz cut now, but back in his heyday, the man had an incredible mullet. Take a look (the good stuff starts around the 3:45 mark). Andersen’s hair is a sight to see. But those shorts? I don’t think anyone would disagree when I said that they are a little bit too short. Andersen’s Badgers will open the season with a tough matchup against LSU in Houston on August 30. Unfortunately, I don’t think his mullet will be in attendance. For more Wisconsin news, visit BadgerBlitz.com. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

Patton Robinette named Vanderbilit's starting quarterback [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 22, 2014, 2:45 pm]
Patton Robinette has won Vanderbilt's quarterback competition. Coach Derek Mason announced Thursday that Robinette would start Vanderbilt's season opener against Temple. Mason said Robinette had progressed the furthest of the team's quarterbacks from the spring. He was competing with Stephen Rivers, a transfer from LSU and the younger brother of San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers and redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary. "I thought he did a better job of keeping his composure, keeping his eyes down the field, learning how to use his skillset in terms of keeping plays alive and then managing what we do," Mason said. Robinette played significantly in 2013 as a redshirt freshman for the Commodores. He first saw siginificant playing time in Vanderbilt's win over Georgia when Austyn Carta-Samuels was injured. He started against Texas A&M and Florida and got snaps in every game for the remainder of Vanderbilt's season before starting the Commodores' bowl game after Carta-Samuels was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Robinette finished the year 46-88 passing for 642 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions. Rivers transferred from LSU this summer and was immediately eligible after he graduated from LSU in May. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining. - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

Report: Oklahoma's Blake Bell is taking reps at quarterback [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 22, 2014, 2:32 pm]
Remember when Oklahoma tweeted an April Fools’ Day joke that Blake Bell was moving back to quarterback? Well, this time it’s not a joke. According to The Oklahoman’s Jason Kersey, Bell, a senior who was converted from quarterback to tight end this offseason, has been “splitting some of his time this week in practice” between tight end and quarterback. Kersey is reporting that Bell’s reps at quarterback, which have been “limited,” have only been against OU’s second-team defense. Behind starter Trevor Knight, Sooners head coach Bob Stoops has said that redshirt freshman Cody Thomas would likely be the No. 2 quarterback, but Kersey is reporting that Thomas has an unknown injury that “isn’t believed to be serious.” With that said, Bell, who threw for 1,648 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013, is seen as an option at quarterback if Knight goes down and Thomas can’t play. Additionally, Texas Tech transfer Baker Mayfield is also on the Sooners’ roster. Mayfield started seven games for the Red Raiders last season as a walk-on true freshman and threw for more than 2,300 yards, but has been involved in a messy transfer situation. Mayfield decided to transfer to OU when he learned there was no guarantee he’d be the starter in 2014. Since then, TTU has blocked Mayfield’s ability to receive a scholarship from Oklahoma throughout the summer, forcing him to walk on to the Sooners’ roster. As of Thursday night, multiple outlets are reporting that Tech “will no longer block” Mayfield from receiving an Oklahoma scholarship, but with the season a week away, the move is seen as “an empty gesture.” Per Kersey: A source close to Mayfield told The Oklahoman that Texas Tech waited too long to act, meaning Mayfield can’t receive an OU scholarship this fall. Also, Texas Tech remains staunch in their opposition to Mayfield being able to play this season for the Sooners. So with the depth at quarterback at Oklahoma in a state of flux, there are worse o

Harvey Updyke's dunk tank appearance canceled [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 22, 2014, 2:16 pm]
If you were planning to take your shot at Harvey Updyke in a dunk tank, you have some apparent e-unruly fans to thank for your missed opportunity. The Toomer's Corner oaks poisoner's appearance at a charity event in Mobile, Ala., has been canceled. According to ESPN, former Alabama QB AJ McCarron, his wife Katherine and his mother Dee Dee Bonner, who were helping organize the event, received "death threats and other ugly messages on social media." "It seems to be taking away from the primary purpose, which is raising awareness for children's cancer," Bonner told ESPN. "We don't want to take away from the focus. We needed to get away from it." (A Friday morning search of the mentions of the Twitter accounts of Bonner, McCarron and Webb turned up few references to the event. It's possible tweets could have been reported or deleted.) Updyke poisoned the trees on the Auburn campus with herbicide after Auburn beat Alabama in 2011. He admitted his crime when calling in to the Paul Finebaum Show under an alias. He served six months in jail for the crime and was released last spring. The charity event was to support the family of a boy in Mobile who died of cancer earlier this year. People would have the chance to dunk Updyke or pie him in the face for a donation to Roses for Linda, a charity that helps families with transportation costs to see terminally ill loved ones and children's cancer research. "I think Mr. Updyke's heart was in the right place with what he wanted to do, but I think too many people are still upset about what he did and haven't gotten over it," Bonner said. "I didn't approve of what he did, but I think he really wanted to help." Updyke currently lives in Louisiana. The event was scheduled on an Alabama off weekend. - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

The Dr. Saturday Podcast: Season Preview Edition [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 22, 2014, 1:02 am]
Welcome to the Dr. Saturday Podcast! Throughout the season we'll be talking weekly about whatever is going on in the world of college football. This week, join Graham Watson and Nick Bromberg as we preview the upcoming season. We chat about: • The worth of preseason polls • The College Football Playoff • Auburn and Nick Marshall • Boise State • Graham's devil's advocate Oklahoma possibility • Colorado (It's the most anyone has talked about Colorado in five years. Kidding.) • If we are all warrior enough to play for Troy Calhoun at Air Force Listen to the podcast in the player below or download the podcast here. - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

Kent State will wear No. 54 on helmets to honor fallen teammate Jason Bitsko [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 21, 2014, 10:46 pm]
A day after the tragic death of starting center Jason Bitsko, the Kent State players have already come up with a way to honor their fallen teammate. Head coach Paul Haynes said Thursday that Bitsko’s teammates will wear his number, No. 54, on the side of their helmets through the season. pic.twitter.com/6wflWPhz09— Kent State Athletics (@KSUAthletics) August 20, 2014 “Jason Bitsko was not just a Golden Flash, he was a son, he was a brother, he was a mentor, he was a friend,” Haynes said. After not showing up for practice Wednesday morning, Bitsko, a redshirt junior from Huber Heights, Ohio, was “found unresponsive in his bedroom” by his roommate around 9 a.m. Police believe the cause of death to be “an undetermined medical issue.” He was 21 years old. "Kent State University and the entire Kent community mourns his passing," Kent State athletic director Joel Nielsen said in a statement Wednesday. "We are heartbroken by the news of Jason's death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, teammates and everyone whose lives he touched." The program recently honored Bitsko with an award for “exemplifying hard work and dedication beyond the call of duty.” Additionally, memorials have been popping around campus to honor Bitsko. pic.twitter.com/erAImLWMx0— Kent State Athletics (@KSUAthletics) August 21, 2014 pic.twitter.com/lK0WqhHfNS— Kent State Athletics (@KSUAthletics) August 21, 2014 Bitsko’s family wants to make sure that the loss of their son can have a positive impact on another member of the Golden Flashes. According to August Fagerstrom of Ohio.com, Bitsko’s father “wanted to make sure Jason’s scholarship went to a walk-on.” Haynes and his wife visited Bitsko's family at the hospital yesterday. The father wanted to make sure Jason's scholarship went to a walk-on.— August Fagerstrom (@AugustF_ABJ) August 21, 2014 Kent State’s season opens up at home against Ohio University on August 30. For more Kent State news, vi

Arizona State gives scholarships to five walk-ons (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 21, 2014, 8:45 pm]
Wednesday was a big day for five Arizona State walk-on football players. Head coach Todd Graham announced in a team meeting that defensive back Jordan Simone, wide receiver Frederick Gammage, offensive lineman Chip Sarafin, and linebackers Jason Franklin and Brandon Matthews were all awarded with scholarships. Luckily for us, cameras were on-hand to capture the emotional moment. It was an awesome scene. Simone, a redshirt junior who transferred from Washington State, broke down in tears of joy after earning his scholarship. He told ASUDevils.com later on Wednesday that the news that he is a scholarship player had yet to sink in. “I can’t say thanks enough to coach for giving us all the opportunity and I’m so happy for these guys too, they’ve worked their tail off. It’s only going to make me work harder, I’m really excited,” Simone said. Simone has been on the two-deep depth chart at safety throughout preseason camp and is in the running to land a starting spot. Additionally, Simone is also expected to make an impact on special teams for the Sun Devils. Gammage, a redshirt sophomore from Phoenix, caught six passes for 32 yards last season, and is expected to see increased action in the upcoming season. “I had meetings with coach Graham and he said I’m on the right track, just keep taking care of your grades and keep working and you’ll eventually get one and it worked out,” Gammage said. Sarafin, a fifth-year senior, recently made news when he became the first active Division I college football player to come out publicly as gay. Now in his fifth season on the scout team, Graham decided to reward him for his hard work. “We talk to our guys about investment. Chip is going into his fifth year – a graduate,” Graham said. “We were excited to do that.” Sarafin, who is working on his master’s degree, said it “felt great” to be put on scholarship. “There are a lot of deserving walk-ons on our team, and for coach Graham to select me â€





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