Alabama football coach Nick Saban returned to work on Wednesday, less than 48 hours after hip replacement surgery.Alabama athletic department spokesman Josh Maxson confirmed Saban's return to ESPN.Saban, 67, had the surgery on Monday, and a statement issued later that day said the operation was a success and he would be back at work "in the very near future."Doctors might not have counted on it happening this soon."I did some rehab at home (on Tuesday) and threw away the walker after one day," Saban told ESPN. "I've got a cane, and I'm rolling now."He returned to the office with his wife's blessing, apparently."She was glad to get rid of me," Saban said of his wife, Terry. "She had to take care of me for one day and that was enough. She said, 'Go for it.'
NCAA denies Coastal Carolina OL's transfer waiver
April 23, 2019 7:00 pm
Former Coastal Carolina offensive lineman Brock Hoffman said he's appealing the NCAA's denial of a waiver to allow him to be able to play immediately as a transfer at Virginia Tech.Hoffman cited medical hardship when he asked for the waiver to move closer to his mother, Stephanie, who had surgery in 2017 to remove a brain tumor. The family lives in Statesville, N.C.In a message on social media, Hoffman said the NCAA cited two reasons for denying the appeal: the distance from the Virginia Tech campus to Statesville is five miles beyond the maximum 100-mile radius allowed for a waiver, and that his mother's condition has improved.Still, he said, she has paralysis on the left side of her face, as well as hearing loss and problems with her eyesight.In an offseason that has seen the NCAA grant the transfers of quarterback Justin Fields from Georgia to Ohio State, and subsequently Tate Martell from Ohio State to Miami, Hoffman said he thought this decision was an obvious one for the NCAA.Fields and Martell had lawyers to represent them. Hoffman didn't think he needed one."I haven't gone a day thinking I wouldn't be eligible until today," Hoffman told The Roanoke Times. "I thought it was an open-and-shut case. I guess I was a little naive."
Fisher not looking to leave A&M after AD's departure
April 23, 2019 7:00 pm
Jimbo Fisher said he won't look to leave Texas A&M, despite the departure of the man who hired him as football coach, athletic director Scott Woodward.Woodward left Texas A&M last week to become the athletic director at LSU. Woodward and Fisher previously worked together in Baton Rouge, and Woodward signed the coach in late 2017 to a 10-year, $75 million contract.During an interview with TexAgs, Fisher conceded "in this business, change happens.""Scott was one of the reasons I came out here, as far as the introduction and the comfort level I had with him," Fisher said. "But after being here, this place is phenomenal, and I plan on being here a long time."He added: "I wish [LSU] the best, but we're going to find another great athletic director because this is a phenomenal place."Just before his departure, Woodward also hired Buzz Williams as basketball coach, signing him to a six-year deal that will pay him a starting salary of $3.8 million a year.
Saban has hip surgery, should return 'soon'
April 22, 2019 7:00 pm
Alabama coach Nick Saban had hip replacement surgery on Monday and is expected to return to work "soon," according to statement released by the school Monday evening."Coach Saban underwent successful robotic-assisted, right-hip replacement surgery this afternoon with our hip specialist, Dr. Benton Emblom, and the team at Andrews Sports Medicine," team surgeon Dr. Lyle Cain of the Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Ala., said in the statement."Coach is resting comfortably and we anticipate a full recovery. He should be able to return to work in the very near future, and we'll have him back out on the golf course, with hopefully a few more yards off the tee, as soon as possible."Saban, 67, told reporters earlier this month that his hip had bothered him throughout the spring. He planned to have an evaluation but already saw himself back in action quickly, noting, "They say even if it's the worst-case scenario, it may be six or eight weeks.""I want to get it fixed because I don't want to coach for one more year -- I want to coach for a lot of more years," Saban said. "So, whenever things like this come up, I want to be aggressive and proactive to get it taken care of. We'll certainly do that, and we have really good people to do it and I don't think it should be a big deal."
Wyoming recruit Moimoi believed to have drowned
April 22, 2019 7:00 pm
Wyoming football recruit Naphtali Moimoi is presumed to have drowned after a rescue search off Half Moon Bay in Northern California ended without the discovery of his body.The 18-year-old Moimoi was knocked off a boogie board by a wave on Thursday, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Friends saw him in the water but were unable to reach him due to the surf. Moimoi was unresponsive."We will continue to work with local authorities to be on the lookout and follow up on any information we receive," the Sheriff's Office said in a statement.Two helicopters and two boats were involved in the initial search on Thursday south of San Francisco before it was called off due to poor visibility. The search began again Friday and was called off later that day and instead became a water recovery.The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Moimoi was a highly regarded defensive end. He signed with Wyoming and was set to join the program this summer.
Top 2020 recruit DL Bresee chooses Clemson
April 22, 2019 7:00 pm
Five-star defensive lineman Bryan Bresee, the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2020, committed to Clemson on Tuesday.The 6-foot-5, 290-pound prospect from Damascus, Md., chose the defending national champions over Georgia, Penn State, Ohio State, Alabama, Michigan and Oklahoma.The verbal commitment from Bresee vaults the Tigers over the Crimson Tide for the No. 1 overall 2020 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports composite.Bresee is coach Dabo Swinney's 12th commitment in the class and the seventh ranked inside the 247Sports' top 100.
Richt: 'Not in the plans' to ever coach again
April 20, 2019 7:00 pm
Former Georgia Bulldogs and Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt said Saturday that he doesn't envision himself coaching again.The 59-year-old Richt quit after his third season in Miami in the wake of the Hurricanes' 35-3 rout at the hands of Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 27. Miami went 26-13 in his three seasons in Miami, winning one bowl game and losing two.Richt's comments, his first publicly since he left the Hurricanes, came in Orlando, Fla., where he announced his new job as a studio analyst for the ACC Network.Richt said it felt like the "right time" to leave Miami and that it's "not in the plans" to coach again."There's no easy time to do it, for sure," Richt said, emphasizing that it wasn't something that he had considered before or even during the season. "Especially when you're the head coach. That's the hardest part is how it affected other people. I felt it was the right time for me as a person, and I felt like Miami would be in better hands."The Hurricanes endured offensive struggles in going 7-6 last season on the heels of a 10-3 season in 2017. Though Richt, who called the offensive plays, declined to say whether those issues contributed to his decision to leave, he emphasized that he was not ordered to dismiss any members of his coaching staff. Among his assistants was his son, Jon, the quarterbacks coach.At that time, Miami athletic director Blake James said Richt's decision to leave came as a surprise to him, as well."The decision for Mark to retire is his and his alone," James said at a news conference immediately after Richt's announcement to retire. "While my tweet after our bowl game noted our performance was unacceptable, I also tweeted that Mark and I were committed to fixing it and that those discussions had already begun. At no time did I or anyone at Miami ask for or suggest that Mark step down."
Alabama's Saban to undergo hip replacement surgery
April 19, 2019 7:00 pm
Nick Saban has decided to undergo right hip replacement surgery, the Alabama coach told USA Today on Friday.Saban revealed to reporters after last Saturday's spring game that he would have a procedure to get the hip "fixed." At that time, he hadn't decided on the replacement surgery.The 67-year-old Saban told USA Today he feels pain while running, climbing stairs and sometimes while bending over to tie his shoes.Saban said he noticed a problem on the first day of spring drills when he felt pain in the hip. He initially thought it was just a hip flexor."It didn't feel like it was some injury or something like that, but it never went away and it actually kept almost getting worse," Saban said.Saban's biggest regret is that he won't be able to play golf in upcoming months. In fact, troubles on the golf course -- not with his shots -- were another indicator to him that the hip issue was serious.
Kansas State suspends WR Rison after arrest
April 19, 2019 7:00 pm
Kansas State has suspended sophomore receiver Hunter Rison indefinitely following his arrest on a domestic violence charge.Rison was arrested Friday afternoon in Manhattan, Kan., and was released from custody after posting $1,000 bond. The specific charge he faces is suspicion of domestic battery -- knowing or reckless bodily harm to family/person in a dating relationship.Coach Chris Klieman announced in a statement Saturday morning that Rison had been suspended for violating team and departmental policy."Our program will be one that is built on hard work and integrity and doing things the right way," Klieman said. "We have extremely high expectations for our players on and off the field."Rison started his college career in 2017 at Michigan State and caught 19 passes for 224 yards as a freshman. He transferred after one season, seeking a program where he could have greater opportunities to play.He sat out the 2018 season and said in an interview with GoPowercats.com earlier this week that enrolling at Kansas State was a good move.
Texas A&M names Slocum interim AD
April 18, 2019 7:00 pm
Former Texas A&M football coach R.C. Slocum has been named the school's interim athletic director.Slocum, 74, coached the Aggies from 1989 to 2002 and is the winningest football coach in Texas A&M history. He will fill the job most recently held by Scott Woodward, who has accepted the same position at his alma mater, LSU."I've been involved with Texas A&M for 47 years, and have deep feelings about the university," Slocum said. "I feel like we're right on the cusp of greatness with our athletic programs. My role is to keep the momentum going forward until a permanent AD is hired, as well as to assure Aggies, coaches, and athletes that nothing has changed.
QB Baldwin to transfer from Ohio State
April 18, 2019 7:00 pm
Matthew Baldwin, a redshirt freshman quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes, said Thursday he's entering the transfer portal.Baldwin thanked the staff and coaches in a Twitter post announcing his decision, saying he had made the decision with his family after a tough spring.Baldwin had been competing with Justin Fields, a transfer from Georgia, but all signs point to Fields winning the job after spring practice, which ended last week.Fellow Buckeyes QB Tate Martell previously transferred to Miami following the addition of Fields.
Penn State QB Stevens plans to transfer
April 18, 2019 7:00 pm
Injury-plagued Penn State quarterback Tommy Stevens, who has entered the transfer portal, will not return to the Nittany Lions next season, his father told multiple media outlets on Thursday."Honestly, I don't think that he'll be welcome back at this point if he wanted to come back," Tom Stevens said, according to the Centre Daily Times of State College, Pa. "He's certainly leaving Penn State."Tom Stevens added that his son will look for a new school to play out his final year of eligibility. Multiple reports confirmed that the quarterback entered his name into the portal on Wednesday.Tommy Stevens was considered Penn State's likely starter at quarterback ahead of spring practice, but he was limited during the session by injuries, which have been a problem in recent seasons when he backed up senior Trace McSorley.Rising junior Sean Clifford took most of the snaps in Penn State's spring game on Saturday.After the spring game, Penn State coach James Franklin said, "We want to be able to name the starter as soon as we possibly can, but we are not ready to do that right now and it's going to need to be more of a true competition. Tommy has done everything right for four years, there's been a huge body of work that we've seen from him, and I think last year, in a lot of ways wasn't fair for him because he was playing with an injury, a pretty significant injury."
Reports: LSU AD Alleva to resign
April 16, 2019 7:00 pm
LSU athletic director Joe Alleva is expected resign this week, perhaps as early as Wednesday, according to multiple reports.The Times-Picayune said Alleva "has been an unpopular figure in Baton Rouge for years," and things seemingly reached their boiling point with the suspension of recently reinstated basketball coach Will Wade.Alleva, previously the athletic director at Duke, took over as LSU's AD in July 2008.Unrest in Baton Rouge with Alleva goes back to the end of the 2015 football season, when it took an uprising of support for coach Les Miles for him to retain his job as Alleva pursued then-Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher as a replacement.Miles was fired four games into the 2016 season with the Tigers at 2-2.
Reports: Alabama backup QB Hatcher transfers
April 15, 2019 7:00 pm
Alabama backup quarterback Layne Hatcher will transfer to Arkansas State, according to multiple reports Tuesday.After serving as the fifth quarterback in the A-Day spring game on Saturday, Hatcher entered his name in the transfer portal two days later.A three-star recruit in the Class of 2018, he was committed to Arkansas State before making a last-minute decision last spring to attend Alabama.
Saban reveals he will require hip procedure
April 13, 2019 7:00 pm
Alabama coach Nick Saban revealed Saturday he has a hip issue that he plans to get "fixed" before the start of the 2019 season.Saban didn't divulge what the issue is or what type of procedure would be necessary. He said the recovery period would be no longer than eight weeks."You know, I've been struggling a little bit with one of my hips," Saban told reporters after the school's spring game."Nobody could even tell but I might not be able to play golf for a few weeks and we're going to do an evaluation of this at the end of spring. They say, even if it's the worst-case scenario, it might be six or eight weeks."This has been a little bothersome and I don't want to go into the fall with this being a problem."Saban, 67, said he wanted to be ahead of the curve with the issue, and that the focus is on the long term when it comes to his coaching career.
Brohm gets extension, $1.7M signing bonus at Purdue
April 11, 2019 7:00 pm
Resisting overtures from his alma mater has landed Jeff Brohm an extension at Purdue.The new seven-year deal, which is worth nearly $37 million and adds a year to his existing contract, includes a $1.7 million signing bonus. It was approved at a board of trustees meeting on Friday.Brohm, raised in Louisville and a former quarterback for the Louisville Cardinals, turned down a chance to coach the school in November."We think we have built a solid foundation for success over the past two seasons and look forward to continuing to strive for excellence on and off the field," Brohm said of his new contract.
Ex-Auburn coach Tuberville announces run for U.S. Senate
April 5, 2019 7:00 pm
Former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville announced his candidacy Saturday to run for United States senator as a Republican from Alabama."After more than a year of listening to Alabama's citizens, I have heard your concerns and hopes for a better tomorrow. I am humbled to announce the next step - I will be a Republican candidate for US Senate," he wrote on his campaign website.Tuberville joins the race to challenge Democrat Doug Jones in 2020. Jones won the seat in 2017 over Republican Roy Moore in a special election after the incumbent senator, Jeff Sessions, became attorney general under President Donald Trump.Tuberville, 64, spent 21 seasons as a college head coach, enjoying his greatest success at Auburn from 1999 to 2008. He went 85-40 in 10 seasons with the Tigers, with eight bowl appearances and two top 10 finishes in the AP poll.
Sooners LB Kelly, DL Kelley out with ACL injuries
April 4, 2019 7:00 pm
Oklahoma Sooners coach Lincoln Riley announced that senior linebacker Caleb Kelly and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Kelley will be out for the foreseeable future with lower-body injuries.247Sports reported that both players suffered ACL injuries, with Kelley already having undergone surgery and Kelly requiring surgery as well."It's a really tough deal for both Caleb and Jordan," Riley said in a statement Thursday. "I guess if there's a silver lining it's the timing of the injuries with them occurring five months before the season. I know they'll work their tails off to get back to the field as quickly as possible, and we'll be there with them every step of the way."Kelly is a former five-star recruit who posted 61 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks last season. He recently moved to the weak side, where he had the edge on DaShaun White this spring. White and Levi Draper will now compete for time until Kelly can return.The Sooners' other inside linebackers include junior walk-on Bryan Mead and redshirt freshman Brian Asamoah.
Short-handed TCU cancels spring game
April 2, 2019 7:00 pm
TCU has canceled its spring football game because of a lack of players.Instead, the Horned Frogs will hold their last spring practice on Friday.The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Tuesday night that TCU has been practicing with just about half of its 85 scholarship players. The Horned Frogs have been without injured players, and the 20 or so members of the Class of 2019 and grad transfers have yet to arrive on campus, cutting down on available numbers.
Two more Georgia football players arrested
April 2, 2019 7:00 pm
Two Georgia linebackers were arrested Tuesday on misdemeanor possession charges, bringing the offseason total of team arrests to six.The players, Robert Beal and Brenton Cox, were arrested by campus police and charged with possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, according to the Athens-Clarke County jail reports.Bond was set for each at $1,000.Both players missed Georgia's seventh spring practice of the season, according to multiple reports.Cox, a sophomore, long was committed to Ohio State but decommitted right before the early signing period to commit to in-state Georgia. He was a five-star recruit in the Class of 2018.In his first season, Cox played in 13 games and had 20 tackles and one sack. His only start of the season came in the Sugar Bowl.Beal was a four-star commit in the Class of 2017. A redshirt sophomore, he appeared in 11 games and posted 15 tackles and one sack.Both players are expected to compete for starting spots in 2019.After his release from jail, Cox tweeted: "Some of us are facing hard obstacles in life that other people are making even harder. My life different."