Progress is progress is progress. The NCAA Legislative Council approved a few new “well-being rules” on Tuesday that can be made final when the Division I Board of Directors meets on April 24. Chief among the changes is that student-athletes can receive unlimited meals and snacks instead of the three meals a day or stipend previously in place. This was an attempt to “meet the nutritional needs of all student-athletes.”
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — “Tempo is what we do. We will play fast.”
Dino Babers is speaking in front of his Bowling Green team, which has just finished its last full practice of the spring on April 3. The next day will bring walkthroughs, and then it’s on to the spring game on April 5. Babers, 52, has held what he calls “Back It Up Thursday” on this (and every) Thursday during spring workouts, in which he takes the script for a practice and reverses the order to shake things up for the players. On this Thursday, the team scrimmage happened first thing in the morning. Individual drills and warmups occurred at the very end.
The American Athletic Conference and the Sun Belt have partnered with a third Orlando bowl game beginning in 2015, sources told the Orlando Sentinel.
The new bowl game is set to take place at the Citrus Bowl and will be managed by the Orlando Sports Foundation instead of Florida Citrus Sports, which oversees the current Capital One and Russell Athletic bowls.
Michigan failed to explain a lengthy delay between the alleged sexual assault of a student by a former Wolverines football player and the player’s expulsion last December, the university’s Central Student Government announced on Sunday. A student task force from Michigan’s CSG examined the case surrounding former kicker Brendan Gibbons, who was expelled from the university in December following his alleged involvement in a reported sexual assault on Nov. 22, 2009, when Gibbons was a freshman.
With spring games occurring across the country, SI.com distills the top news and notes from the weekend’s games.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Spring games feature about as much structure as a backyard game of 500, where the kid throwing basically makes up the rules as he goes along (heavy on the “Dead or Alive” and “Mystery Box” yells). As a result, it’s hard to take too much away from them.
In the case of Ohio State and coach Urban Meyer, little was resolved and much was left open until the fall as the Gray team beat the Scarlet team, 17-7, in front of 61,058 at Ohio Stadium on Saturday. The most competitive aspect of the day occurred before the scrimmage even started, when Meyer led the team in the Circle Drill and the roster formed a giant “O” over the existing “O” at midfield.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott resisted freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan’s push as best he could and was frustrated when McMillan started to gain ground, ending in a frustration spar. Both backup quarterbacks, Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett, were given multiple chances to go one-on-one, with Jones outmuscling the redshirt freshman from Wichita Falls, Texas.
Bo Pelini appeared to be on the hot seat near the end of last season, but in one of the offseason’s biggest surprises the Nebraska coach is winning over the internet. And as we all know, winning online hearts is the first step to winning actual real human hearts. (Pelini’s contract was extended through 2018 in March.)
Before the Cornhuskers’ spring game on Saturday, Pelini entered with a cat, as a not-so-subtle hat tip to @FauxPelini. This wasn’t the first time Pelini acknowledged his Twitter alter ego. He asked for his cat back during the BCS national championship.
Life is just so weird right now.
— Hail Varsity (@HailVarsity) April 12, 2014
.@BoPelini Fine, you can keep her
— Fake Bo Pelini (@FauxPelini) April 12, 2014
Florida State’s famed pregame ritual, in which Chief Osceola rides Renegade onto the field and spikes a flaming spear into the turf, has become one of college football’s most recognizable stadium traditions. Now, it will become an integral part of the Seminoles’ on-field look.
The defending national champions unveiled new uniforms on Friday which use the Seminole tribe’s symbols for arrow, man on horse (which, conveniently, looks an awful lot like a lowercase ‘f’) and fire. “The power of that [pregame] symbolism was part of the story,” Todd Van Horne, Nike’s football design director, told SI.com.
Missouri has dismissed wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham from its football program, the school announced on Friday.
Green-Beckham, the former top-ranked overall prospect in the class of 2012, was suspended indefinitely earlier this week for a violation of team rules. The suspension was reportedly linked to an alleged burglary at a Columbia apartment complex.