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Michigan recruit Mike Weber decommits during loss to Maryland

Brady-Hoke

Michigan lost at home to Maryland on Saturday and may have kissed its bowl hopes goodbye in the process. While the Wolverines still have an outside shot of becoming bowl eligible, it sounds like they have no chance of landing four-star running back recruit Mike Weber.

Weber, the 11th-ranked running back in the nation by Rivals.com, announced in the middle of Saturday’s game that he is decommitting from Michigan.

Remember when Michigan was one of the best programs in the nation? Now, they can’t even secure a bowl game and are likely losing their coach after the season.

Before committing to Michigan, Weber had offers from Ohio State, USC, Michigan State, Miami, Nebraska and others. He probably made the right choice.

H/T Scoops Maroun

John Calipari got his daughter Megan’s birthday wrong

Megan Calipari

If Twitter is any indication, John Calipari is very close with his daughters, Megan and Erin. That doesn’t mean he can remember their birthdays.

On Saturday, Calipari sent out a heartwarming tweet to wish his daughter Megan a happy 25th birthday. There was just one problem — he was a day early.

Calipari then pulled the old “I lost track of the date” excuse.

As much as we all enjoy dogging on Calipari, I’m sure he did just get the date mixed up with all the basketball that has been going on. If he was the type of dad that forgets birthdays, his daughters wouldn’t say stuff like this about him.

H/T SB Nation

Western Carolina coach Mark Speir blasts Kirk Herbstreit

kirk-herbstreitAlabama played one of its cupcake games on Saturday, and the result was exactly what we all expected. The Crimson Tide cruised to a 48-14 win over Western Carolina in a game that ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit was not a fan of.

Before the game, Herbstreit called the SEC’s Week 13 schedule “embarrassing.” Western Carolina coach Mark Speir blasted Herbstreit for his comments.

“A guy had a silver spoon in his mouth all his life, Ohio State, primadonna state quarterback talking about, ‘It’s an embarrassment,’” Speir said, per AL.com’s Drew Champlin. “He ain’t ever coached.

“I’m just proud of FCS football, I’m proud of our football team, I hope America doesn’t listen to a guy who sits behind a mike that hasn’t ever done it, with that silver spoon in his mouth, he never had probably a bloody nose or a callous like some of these guys.”

Herbstreit was a quarterback at Ohio State and a co-captain his senior year. He was voted team MVP in 1992 after the Buckeyes lost to Georgia in the Florida Citrus Bowl.

WCU surprised a bunch of people when they took an early 7-0 lead against Alabama and trailed just 17-14 in the second quarter. Speir said Nick Saban showed nothing but class before and after the game.

“Coach (Nick) Saban had a lot of great things before and after the game about FCS playing the big boys,” he said. “Alabama needed this game. Like I said, whether they win or lose, Alabama, I think those fans had a good time today.”

Take that, Herbie.

H/T Saturday Down South

Eric Kendricks after win over USC: We run LA

Eric Kendricks

UCLA senior linebacker Eric Kendricks had a message for the people of Los Angeles after the Bruins beat the Trojans 38-20 at the Rose Bowl on Saturday for their third straight win in the rivalry.

In Kendrick’s freshman year, the team got waxed by USC 50-0, leading the Bruins to fire Rick Neuheisel and hire Jim Mora, which is looking like one of the athletic program’s best moves. Based on the turnaround, it’s pretty darn easy to see why he was so fired up to send the tweet. Plus, he also had an interception in the game.

If you look at the three-year winning streak UCLA has in the rivalry, Kendricks is right. If you look at the 12 of 13 previous games USC won, he’s quite wrong. But for the moment, there is no dispute about which school has the better football team in LA.

Tim Lane right before Chris Algieri gets knocked down: We got Manny where we want him (Video)

Chris Algieri was knocked down twice in the 9th round of his fight with Manny Pacquiao in Macau on Sunday and was thoroughly dominated throughout the contest. What was actually humorous was what happened before the first knockdown he suffered in the 9th, which was the fourth of the fight (Algieri was knocked down six times total and lost by unanimous decision).

HBO’s broadcasting crew had Algieri’s trainer, Tim Lane, on the broadcast for an in-fight interview during the 9th. Lane was raving about how they had Pacquiao right where they wanted him and how he was about to let Algieri out of the cage.

In the most brilliant twist of irony, Pacquiao crushed Algieri and scored his best knockdown of the fight seconds after Lane made his proclamation. It was fantastic.

“Round 10 or 11 we’re going to let him go,” Lane could be heard saying just before Algieri got knocked down hard.

As for the fight, it stunk in every way other than this. It was like Algieri was just paid millions to stand there, take Pacquiao’s shots, and lose.

Chris Algieri

Kid has great exchange with Mark Helfrich at press conference (Video)

Mark Helfrich OregonThe funniest moment from Mark Helfrich’s press conference following Oregon’s 44-10 win over Colorado on Saturday came from none other than a middle schooler.

A kid named Charlie Pape, who attends O’Hara Catholic School in Eugene, asked Helfrich after the game whether Marcus Mariota would return to school for his senior year next season. Helfrich laughed because it’s not often you get asked that question point black, much less by a young kid. Helfrich chuckled and then turned the tables on Pape, asking the youngster what the chatter was around his school. Pape had a great response of “Jesus, girls and Marcus Mariota,” that left Helfrich dying.

Awesome.

UCLA players went overboard with eye black against USC

At various times we’ve seen athletes apply eye black in a manner that could be considered as intimidating. Former NFL player John Randle comes to mind. Bryce Harper had some menacing eye black for a bit as well.

For Saturday’s rivalry game against USC, a couple of UCLA players went a tad overboard. There was linebacker Eddie Vanderdoes (above), who had the majority of the right side of his face and forehead covered. Bruins punter Matt Mengel also deserves mention for his less-than-judicious use, which was the talk of Twitter.

UCLA punter Matt Mengel

The excess eye black is something relatively new for UCLA. As explained during a recent game, head coach Jim Mora told his players to apply the eye black all over their face in whatever designs they chose. He hoped it would help bring out their best spirit, and it has worked.

Manny Pacquiao mom Dionisia as popular as ever

Manny Pacquiao Mommy D

Manny Pacquiao holds his family in high regard, and nobody is held in higher esteem among his fans than his mother.

Manny’s mother, Dionisia, or “Mommy D” as she’s known, went viral during Pac-Man’s April fight with Timothy Bradley after she was shown on camera praying during the fight. What it really looked like was Dionisia putting a hex on Bradley:

Mommy D is a very religious woman and helped raise Pacquiao as a Catholic. However, Manny switched and became a protestant, which did not sit well with Dionisia, who blamed the switch in faith for her son’s loss to Bradley in the first fight between the two.

“That’s what he gets for changing his religion….Since the ‘Protestant’ pastors came into his life, he has not focus on his boxing.”

Just because she is a woman of faith does not mean Mommy D doesn’t like the D.

We wrote in August that Mommy D, who is 65, was living with her 40-year-old boyfriend. Manny was not happy with the relationship because he wants her mom to officially divorce her first husband.

What’s nice about Manny fighting in Macau is that it makes it easier for Mommy D to attend; she’ll be watching her son fight for just the fourth time.

Herb Waters taken to hospital after helmet-to-helmet hit (Video)

Herb Waters hitMiami junior wide receiver Herb Waters was taken to the hospital after going down following a helmet-to-helmet hit Saturday night in Virginia.

Waters was hit during a Hurricanes’ kickoff return in the third quarter. He was down on the field and immobilized before later being taken to the UVA medical center on campus via ambulance.

ESPN reported that Waters was talking and responsive before being taken to the hospital. The junior had two catches for 37 yards in the game.

Eric Decker says it’s tough to see Emmanuel Sanders doing well for Broncos

eric-decker-jetsEric Decker spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Denver Broncos. For the last two, he was on the receiving end of passes from future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning.

Back in March, Decker left the comfortable surroundings of Denver and signed a $36 million contract as a free agent with the New York Jets, who have had Geno Smith, Michael Vick, and Matt Simms under center this season. That’s quite a drop off.

To fill the void left in the receiving corps, the Broncos brought in Emmanuel Sanders, who has stepped in and put up big numbers. Sanders is fourth in the NFL in receptions (67), fifth in receiving yards (954), and has seven touchdowns.

Now on the outside looking in, Decker has an appreciation for what Denver is doing on offense. He even admits it’s tough at times to see the success Sanders has had essentially as his replacement.

“Emmanuel Sanders is playing well in my spot, so to speak,” Decker said via the New York Daily News. “Sometimes, you know, it’s tough to see all the success. But that’s football. It’s going to go in swings. Who says we can’t be a great football team? We got to obviously do some right things to get there, but I’m happy for Peyton and Demaryius (Thomas). I respect them so much. They’re all good friends, so I like to see them do well, but sometimes it’s hard.”

When you go from one of the favorites to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl to the New York Jets it’s understandable for Eric Decker to feel the way he does. That said, he won’t get much sympathy since it was his choice to take the money and bolt to the east coast knowing the quarterback situation wasn’t the greatest.

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