Posted April 22, 2014

Spring Game Roundup: USC defense thrives; Texas quarterbacks struggle

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T.J. Yeldon was one of few offensive bright spots on an A-Day that the Alabama defense dominated.

T.J. Yeldon (4) was one of few offensive bright spots on an A-Day the Alabama defense dominated. (Butch Dill/AP)

With spring games occurring across the country, distills the top news and notes from the weekend’s games.


All 73,506 fans at Alabama’s “A-Day” spring game on Saturday witnessed some vintage Crimson Tide defense. Coach Nick Saban’s defense highlighted the afternoon by stifling the offense on several occasions with seven sacks, 19 tackles for a loss and four interceptions. Two of those picks came from the arm of quarterback Blake Sims, who is expected to compete with incoming Florida State transfer Jacob Coker for the starting role. Sims completed 13-of-30 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown along with his two interceptions Saturday, and he still looks to be the leader among the current passers at the end of spring. Coker cannot practice with Alabama until he completes his studies at Florida State. Continue Reading

Posted April 18, 2014

Washington Huskies unveil revamped football uniforms

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It looks like Washington will boast some new uniforms in 2014. The Huskies released photos of three new looks on Friday.

All three uniform combinations will represent parts of the Washington tradition, according to the school. Continue Reading

Posted April 18, 2014

We Talkin’ ‘Bout Spring Practice: Saban speaks out, quarterback transfers galore

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2014 spring practice: Alabama coach Nick Saban, quarterback transfers and more

Nick Saban and Alabama are on a two-game losing streak for the first time since 2008. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

With spring football taking place across the country, Campus Union has decided to round up all of the important news and notes from each week in practice. Continue Reading

Posted April 18, 2014

NCAA recommends change to hardship waiver policy

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The Division 1 Leadership Council proposed a change to hardship transfer rules. (G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images)

The NCAA’s proposed changes would curb waivers for immediate eligibility for hardship transfers. (G Fiume/Getty)

A student-athlete transferring to another program because of hardship could automatically receive an extra year of eligibility in the future. Continue Reading

Posted April 18, 2014

Florida’s parody of “Royals” trolling Florida State is kind of a disaster

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So there’s a UF comedy troupe’s parody of Lorde’s “Royals” that our friend Brian Floyd over at SB Nation pointed out. It’s called “Seminoles” and, well, just watch it first. I’ve typed up the lyrics so you can follow along.

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Posted April 17, 2014

Chuck Martin Q&A: New coach at Miami (Ohio) talks rebuilding, the MAC, more

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Chuck Martin

Chuck Martin inherits a Miami (Ohio) team that went 0-12 last season. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

As far as challenges go, first-year Miami (Ohio) coach Chuck Martin inherited a big one. The Redhawks went 0-12 last season and fired coach Don Treadwell on Oct. 6 after starting 0-5. Miami ranked dead last — 125 out of 125 teams — in S&P+ and lost by an average of 26 points per game. Martin will have his hands full trying to get his players to believe again, and much of the spring has been spent teaching good habits and correcting bad ones. got the chance to talk with Martin, who came to the RedHawks from his role as Notre Dame’s offensive coordinator on Dec. 3.

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Posted April 16, 2014

NCAA approves 15-yard penalty for low hits on quarterbacks

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Jeff Driskel

Florida QB Jeff Driskel was lost for the season after breaking his leg against Tennessee. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty)

College football defenders will be penalized for low hits on passing quarterbacks in 2014.

The NCAA announced on Wednesday that its Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a new rule that will result in a 15-yard roughing-the-passer penalty for low contact on passing quarterbacks “at or below the knee.”

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Posted April 16, 2014

Syracuse releases pictures of new football uniforms for the 2014 season

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Syracuse decided that Wednesday was a big news day, announcing the Orange would host LSU in 2015 and releasing photos of its new uniforms. The home unis are (naturally) heavy on the blue and orange, and the road ones seem a bit sharper. The alternates are super gray, kind of like an ignored mid-February snow pile.

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Posted April 16, 2014

Spring Spotlight: Oklahoma TE Blake Bell

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Blake Bell (10)

Following QB Trevor Knight’s emergence, Blake Bell (10) changed positions to tight end. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Oklahoma’s Blake Bell had an up-and-down season in 2013. Entering the fall as a redshirt junior, he was tabbed as the frontrunner to replace departed quarterback Landry Jones. But while Bell started eight games last year, he eventually lost the starting gig to redshirt freshman Trevor Knight, who starred in the Sooners’ 45-31 Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama.

This spring — heading into his final year of eligibilty — Bell saw the writing on the wall. Instead of competing with Knight for playing time, Bell opted to move to tight end. The experiment has thus far been a success, and the 6-foot-6 Bell could be a unique threat in Oklahoma’s passing game.

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Posted April 16, 2014

Texas A&M QB Matt Joeckel to transfer

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Matt Joeckel had been part of a three-man competition at Texas A&M to replace Johnny Manziel.

Matt Joeckel had been part of a three-person competition to replace Johnny Manziel. (Cal Sport Media via AP)

One participant in Texas A&M’s spring quarterback battle has opted to pursue opportunities elsewhere. The Aggies announced Wednesday that quarterback Matt Joeckel will transfer to another program.

The fifth-year senior graduated in December and will be eligible for the 2014 season.

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