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NCAA Attorney Argues College Coaches Work More Than Professional Ones

Sep 4, 2018 4:56 PM

An antitrust trial over the NCAA's rules on how much student athletes get paid began on Tuesday.

An attorney for the NCAA examining Dr. Daniel Rascher, a professor and Director of Academic Programs for the Sport Management Program at the University of San Francisco, focused on who should be paid more between college basketball and football coaches as opposed to professional coaches.

Rascher said college coaches get paid similar salaries to professional coaches even though professional sports generate five to 10 times more revenue than college sports.

The NCAA's attorney contended college coaches have more work to do since since they have to recruit from high schools.

Rascher contends that athletes are already being paid but it is being capped.

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Ed Oliver, Nick Bosa Headline Mel Kiper's 2019 NFL Draft Big Board

Aug 29, 2018 9:46 PM

Mel Kiper Jr. has released an updated Big Board for the 2019 NFL Draft before the start of the college football season, headlined by Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver. Nick Bosa of Ohio State ranks second with Michigan defensive tackle Rashan Gary ranking third. At No. 15, Justin Herbert of Oregon is the first quarterback on the board.

1. Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
2. Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
3. Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan
4. Devin White, LB, LSU
5. Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
6. Andraez "Greedy" Williams, CB, LSU
7. Raekwon Davis, DE, Albama
8. Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
9. A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
10. Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
11. Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
12. Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
13. Trey Adams, OT, Washington
14. Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
15. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
16. Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
17. Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma
18. Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
19. Brian Burns, OLB/DE, Florida State
20. Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
21. N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
22. Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
23. Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
24. Zach Allen, DE, Boston College
25. David Edward, OT, Wisconsin

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Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, NCAA

Michigan-Notre Dame Is Most In-Demand Ticket Of CFB Week 1

Aug 28, 2018 8:53 PM

Michigan at Notre Dame is the most expensive ticket on the secondary market as the college football season gets underway in Week 1, according to data from TicketCity.

Tickets for the traditional rivalry game in South Bend are going for an average price of $501.

The rest of the top-5 is LSU vs. Miami ($247), Tennessee at West Virginia ($195), Auburn at Washington ($121) and Texas Tech at Ole Miss ($99).

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Ohio State Suspends Urban Meyer For Three Games

Aug 23, 2018 9:01 AM

Urban Meyer has been suspended without pay for the first three games of the season by Ohio State.

The suspension comes in the wake of Meyer's handling of domestic violence accusations made against one of his former assistant coaches.

Meyer is suspended through Sept. 2, will miss the first three game days of the season and will forego six weeks of pay.

In addition, Ohio State suspended athletic director Gene Smith without pay from Aug. 31 through Sept. 16.

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Drew Lock Considered Early Favorite To Be No. 1 Pick In 2019 NFL Draft

Aug 22, 2018 11:30 AM

Drew Lock has been given the best odds to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft by BetDSI.

Lock is a senior quarterback at Missouri.

Jarrett Stidham, quarterback at Auburn, ranks second followed by Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver.

No. 1 overall pick in 2019 NFL Draft Odds
Drew Lock +300
Jarrett Stidham +420
Ed Oliver +550
Justin Herbert +550
Nick Bosa +850
Greg Little +1000
Dexter Lawrence +1200
Will Grier +2500
Shea Patterson +2500
Clelin Ferrell +2500
Raekwon Davis +2500
Christian Wilkins +5000
David Edwards +5000
Field (Any other player) +150

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OSU Expects To Complete Urban Meyer Investigation Within 14 Days

Aug 6, 2018 9:08 AM

The investigation of Urban Meyer's handling of a domestic violence complaint against a former assistant is expected to be completed within 14 days, according to a statement by Ohio State.

The special, independent working group formed to direct the investigation met late in the week, appointed a chair and engaged an investigative firm, per the new release.

Meyer was put on paid administrative leave Wednesday, as the school announced it was investigating Courtney Smith's claims that several people close to Meyer knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against her ex-husband, former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July.


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Tags: Misc Rumor, NCAA

Urban Meyer Placed On Administrative Leave By Ohio State

Aug 2, 2018 11:17 AM

Urban Meyer has been placed on paid administration leave.

Ohio State is investigating Courtney Smith's claims that several people close to Meyer knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against her ex-husband, former Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July.

Courtney Smith told college football reporter Brett McMurphy her allegations in a story posted on his Facebook page earlier Wednesday.

"All the [coaches'] wives knew," Smith told McMurphy. "They all did. Every single one."

On July 24, Urban Meyer denied knowing that Zach Smith had been accused of domestic violence in 2015, saying at Big Ten media days, "I was never told about anything." Meyer said the decision to fire Smith was a "very tough call."


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Greg Schiano Won't Join Patriots, Staying At Ohio State

Feb 7, 2018 10:58 AM

Greg Schiano will not leave Ohio State to join the coaching staff of Bill Belichick at Ohio State.

There were reports that Schiano would replace Matt Patricia as defensive coordinator.

Brian Flores is seen as the favorite to replace Patricia.

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Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor, NCAA

Patriots Expected To Hire Greg Schiano As Defensive Coordinator

Feb 5, 2018 10:57 AM

The New England Patriots are expected to hire Greg Schiano as defensive coordinator to replace Matt Patricia.

Schiano recently completed his third season as assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Ohio State.

Schiano worked two seasons as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor, NCAA

Bryce Love Will Remain At Stanford For Senior Season

Jan 16, 2018 12:13 PM

Bryce Love will return to Stanford for his senior season.

Love was the Heisman Trophy runner-up behind Baker Mayfield.

Love was rated as the No. 2 running back potentially in the draft.

The last three Heisman Trophy runner-ups that returned to school the following season all attended Stanford. Quarterback Andrew Luck (2010) and running back Christian McCaffrey (2015) also came back after finishing second in the Heisman balloting. Luck lost the Heisman to Robert Griffin III after finishing behind Cam Newton in 2010, while McCaffrey finished behind Derrick Henry and then fell to ninth in 2016.

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Bears Hire Mark Helfrich As Offensive Coordinator
Mark Helfrich was fired as head coach at the University of Oregon after the 2016 season.

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Lamar Jackson Declares For 2018 NFL Draft
ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Lamar Jackson as the No. 7 draft-eligible quarterback for 2018.

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Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold Declare For NFL Draft
Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen are expected to be amongst the top picks in the draft.


Donald Trump To Attend College Football Playoff National Championship
Donald Trump plans on attending Monday's game in Atlanta between Georgia and Alabama.

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Alabama Opens As -5.5 Favorites Over Georgia
Alabama and Georgia advanced to the College Football Playoff national championship game.

Mark Heim/Birmingham News

Josh Allen Leaves Wyoming For 2018 NFL Draft
Josh Allen is rated No. 3 on ESPN's Big Board at the quarterback position.

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Baker Mayfield Accepts Invitation To Senior Bowl
Baker Mayfield is the first Heisman winner to attend the Senior Bowl since Tim Tebow.

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Josh Rosen Denies Report He's Made Decision On Declaring For Draft
Josh Rosen is expected to be a top pick in the draft if he declares.

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Herm Edwards Hired As Head Coach Of Arizona State
Herm Edwards has spent the past nine seasons as an analyst for ESPN after coaching the Jets and Chiefs.

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Alabama Joins Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia In College Football Playoff
Clemson will face Alabama in the Sugar Bowl while Oklahoma will play Georgia in the Rose Bowl.


Jimbo Fisher Joins Texas A&M On Record-Breaking $75M Contract
Texas A&M will pay Jimbo Fisher $75 million over 10 years, which is the largest deal in college football history in terms of total value.


Sam Darnold Rejects Notion Of Avoiding Browns In Draft
Sam Darnold has been widely rumored to stay in school despite his high draft standing.


Jason Witten Denies Interest In Leaving Cowboys For Volunteers
Jason Witten is not currently considering leaving the Dallas Cowboys to become head coach of Tennessee.

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UCLA Hires Chip Kelly As Head Coach
Chip Kelly has worked in broadcasting this season after he was fired by the 49ers.

Ben Bolch/Los Angeles Times

Chip Kelly To Decide Between Florida, UCLA
Troy Aikman is putting a "full-court press" on Kelly to accept the UCLA job.


NFL Executives Prefer Sam Darnold Over Josh Rosen
In an informal poll of five NFL executives, all five said they would pick Sam Darnold over Josh Rosen.

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Saquon Barkley, Josh Rosen Remain Top-2 In Mel Kiper's Big Board
Saquon Barkley has struggled over the past two weeks but remains highly productive this season and could run a sub-4.4 40 at the combine.

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Top High School Prospect Justin Fields Commits To Georgia
Justin Fields elected Georgia over Florida State, Auburn, LSU and Alabama.

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Saquon Barkley Climbs To No. 2 On Mel Kiper's 2018 Big Board
Sam Darnold remains No. 1 with Penn State running back Saquon Barkley ranked No. 2.

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Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Arden Key Headline ESPN's 2018 Top-32
Sam Darnold of USC ranks as the top prospect in the draft class of 2018.

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