Florida State’s ‘Ask Jameis Winston’ session turned into a joke


Someone in the Florida State athletic department thought it would be a good idea to allow fans to use the hashtag #AskJameis to ask Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston any question they would like on Sunday. This may come as a shock to you, but most Twitter users chose to ask questions that were unrelated to football.

Winston was asked countless questions about crab legs, the rape case he was involved in and some other off-field incidents. Deadspin rounded up some of the questions and comments for us.

If you go on Twitter and click #AskJameis you’ll get an even better understanding of why this was such a bad idea. Here’s a great summary of how it went overall:

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Navy SEAL Tom Hruby trying to walk on to Northwestern football team

Tom Hruby has already survived one incredible challenge: making it through Navy SEALs training. Now he’s trying to do something else that might be just as difficult: walk onto a Big Ten football team at age 32.

The Chicago Sun-Times shares the story of Hruby, who is married with three children, and his pursuit of making Northwestern’s football team.

Hruby is a defensive end and appears to be undersized at 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds. He played football at Andrean High School in Merrillville Indiana and did not miss a snap his senior year, he told The Sun-Times.

Hruby began training for the Navy SEALs in his 20s and eventually completed the rigorous program. Though most of his career in the SEALs is classified, he did share that he has spent time in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. He is still an active SEAL and works as an instructor at Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinois.

Hruby told the Sun-Times he always aspired to study at Northwestern. After preparing for the SAT and completing classes at a junior college, he applied to Northwestern and was accepted last summer. The only problem is that he was ruled ineligible by the NCAA because some of his classes did not count as credit. The good news is that leaves him with three years of eligibility.

Hruby hopes to receive consistent playing time on special teams and has been training with the team throughout the summer. He even saved up all his leave so he could participate in the team’s training camp this month.

Why is Hruby going through all this? We’re talking 14-hour days, 6:00 a.m. weight lifting sessions, classes, working and weeks away from his family, all just to try making the squad.

His Navy SEAL Team chief David Goggins told the Sun-Times.

“It doesn’t matter how old you are, it’s just what’s the next challenge?” Goggins explained. “Without a challenge in front of guys like Tom, what’s the point of living?”

Here is a picture of Hruby with Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald last year:

Tom Hruby Northwestern

We’re pulling for him. This would be awesome.

Photo: Twitter/NU_Bowers

Darren Lewis facing 25-30 years in prison after guilty pleas

Darren Lewis mug shotFormer Texas A&M star running back Darren Lewis is facing 25-30 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple armed robberies dating back to 2012.

Lewis pleaded guilty “to three counts of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence,” the Dallas Morning News reports. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 25 and is facing 25-30 years in prison.

The first armed robbery committed by Lewis and his partner-in-crime Christopher Washington was at a Hampton Inn on Oct. 30, 2012. They held up a La Quinta Inn in Cedar Hill, Texas, a week later.

Lewis pleaded guilty to holding up two 7-11 convenience stores on consecutive days beginning on Jan. 28, 2013. In the second of the two robberies, Lewis actually shot a clerk in the thigh. On Jan. 27, 2013, Lewis robbed a CVS pharmacy.

Lewis rushed for 5,012 yards on 909 carries during his four-year career with the Aggies from 1987-1990. He led the country with 1,691 rushing yards in his senior season in 1990 and he scored 19 touchdowns that year. He was an All-American and finished 8th in Heisman voting in 1990.

Lewis was projected to be a high draft pick but slipped to the sixth round after testing positive for cocaine. He says cocaine cost him his career, wife and house.

Kentucky DT Cory Johnson: My weight fluctuates because I poop so much (Video)

Cory-JohnsonLike most other 300-pound defensive linemen, Kentucky junior Cory Johnson has to work hard to keep his weight where it needs to be. But it sounds like losing weight isn’t an issue. Or, should we say, it’s nothing a good dump can’t fix.

After a recent practice, Johnson told LEX 18′s Alan Cutler that his weight fluctuates between 280 and 300 pounds. When Cutler asked if that means he puts on 10 pounds by eating an extra meal, Johnson said he believes it has more to do with sitting on the can than anything else.

“I guess it’s because I poop so much,” Johnson explained. “I try to poop like five times a day, three times a day. It’s hard to keep weight when you got so much going out.”

Is the big man honest or what? You ask a question, you get an answer. All interviews should be that simple.

Video via The Big Lead

Steve Spurrier prefers game with East Carolina over lesser Power Five program

Steve Spurrier has always been known as a maverick, so it’s no surprise that he has a different view of some of the Power Five propositions.

The Power Five conferences — the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC — will vote to give themselves more autonomy under the NCAA, and one topic has to do with non-conference scheduling. In 2016, SEC teams will have to play one non-conference game against a Power Five program. Spurrier doesn’t think that’s ideal.

Steve Spurrier South Carolina“Well I like the other conferences, too. Heck, those guys deserve the chance to go play just like the big conferences,” Spurrier said at a news conference Sunday. “The SEC – we’ve got some down the line teams just like every conference has down the line teams. The big five conferences all playing each other, I don’t think that makes a lot of sense really. Playing East Carolina is a lot tougher game than maybe picking up one of those bottom Big Ten teams. Plus the fans around here, we’d rather see a team from close by.”

South Carolina plays East Carolina in their second game of the upcoming season, which likely explains why he mentioned them. The Pirates are entering the AAC and went 10-3 last season, which makes them a tougher team than the lower-ranked programs from the power conferences. And while the regional matchup may be attractive to fans, I guarantee the fans would get more excited about a game with a program that is traditionally tougher.

In addition to making his point about not limiting the scheduling to Power Five programs, Spurrier wants scholarships to cover the full cost of attendance for players. He cited a $25 mailbox fee students have to pay as the type of additional expense he wants covered. He also wants the families of each player on the team to get $200 per game to help their expenses as they relate to attending games.

Helmet smack to Dr. Saturday

Alabama fans race onto field for Nick Saban’s autograph (Video)

Never underestimate the passion of Alabama fans.

Sunday marked “Fan Day” for Bama football fans, so many supporters of the program showed up at Bryant-Denny Stadium to chase down autographs from their favorite players and coaches. And nobody was more popular than Nick Saban.

If you watch the video above, you’ll see most of the fans run towards the opposite end zone and form a line down the middle of the field. That was the mad dash to get the autograph of the program’s head coach.

My favorites were the heavyset dude at the 45-second mark who couldn’t be bothered with running, and the guy in the green running with the cardboard at about the 1:15 mark. The cameras loved that stud.

Look at how far this line stretched:

Alabama line

South Carolina self-reports violation of ‘impermissible iced decorations on a cookie cake’

Steve-Spurrier-South-CarolinaEach year, NCAA athletic programs self-report a number of instances where they believe their team may have committed a violation of NCAA rules. Some of the self-reporting is hilarious, as South Carolina reminds us.

According to SCNow.com, the Gamecocks recently reported 22 secondary violations from Aug. 1, 2013 through last Thursday. None of the infractions were serious in nature, but one stood out above all the rest.

One infraction from last winter involved impermissible iced decorations on a cookie cakes given to prospects.

Remember when Oklahoma self-reported that some of its players ate too much pasta at a team banquet? I think this might top that.

South Carolina must have given a recruit a cake with a message on top trying to convince them to choose the Gamecocks, or something like that. The fact that it was the actual icing on the cake that represented the violation is the best part. We need a picture of said cakes and we need one now.

H/T Deadspin