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Todd Graham bought Bret Michaels’ Scottsdale mansion

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Todd Graham has enjoyed success in his first two seasons at Arizona State, so the Sun Devils head coach apparently felt comfortable enough to take the risky step of buying a home in his new area. The interesting part here isn’t that Graham bought a home, it’s from whom he bought it.

According to The Arizona Republic, Graham, who has gone 18-9 over two seasons at ASU, purchased Bret Michaels’ Scottsdale mansion.

From The Republic:

Michael Todd Graham and his wife, Penni Graham, bought a 5,794-square-foot house with pool built in 2004 on the northern edge of the Country Club at DC Ranch in Scottsdale. Todd Graham is head football coach at Arizona State University. The house was sold by Margaret and Staci Robley, as trustees of a trust for Bret Michaels in Woodland Hills, Calif. Michaels gained fame as the lead vocalist of the glam metal band Poison. He has several solo albums.

Well, I think the most notable part of this story isn’t just that Graham bought Michaels’ house, but that his full name is Michael Todd Graham. Who knew?

Seriously though, how can you beat living in the same house that Michaels used to live in? It’s probably worth paying $2.4 million just to be able to tell all your friends that. Plus, once you go Poison, every Rose Bowl has a thorn; the Fiesta Bowl is much better.

H/T Kegs N Eggs

Eastern Michigan has gray turf for new field nicknamed ‘The Factory’

Eastern Michigan The Factory

Eastern Michigan is joining the alternate field surface color crew this fall. Like Boise State, Eastern Washington and Central Arkansas, EMU will be playing home games on a non-traditional surface color. They decided that gray will be their color.

The process of installing the gray FieldTurf at Rynearson Stadium will begin in July so that the new field surface will be ready for the team’s home opener Aug. 30 against Morgan State.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to be able to invest in our football program and the new gray Field Turf this summer,” said EMU Vice President and Director of Athletics Heather Lyke. “With the gray field being installed, we will be the only ones in the country with such a design. Most importantly, it helps us build an identity that matches the toughness of our team and connection with our community. This facility enhancement is an important brick in the foundation of Coach Creighton’s vision.”

Boise State plays on the famous blue surface; Eastern Washington plays on a red field; and Central Arkansas plays on a field that alternates purple and gray. Now we will be able to include Eastern Michigan on the list. And their concrete gray.

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Oklahoma State WR Cameron Hunter reportedly stabbed, robbed

Oklahoma-State-logoOklahoma State wide receiver Cameron Hunter was reportedly stabbed and robbed on Monday evening in Stillwater. Cody Stavenhagen of The Oklahoman reported that Hunter was treated for stab wounds to the abdomen and right forearm and later released. He is said to be doing well.

Hunter told police he was pulled into a green pickup truck by a white male after being stabbed sometime between 4:30 and 9:00 p.m on Monday. The attacker allegedly stole his belongings and dumped him at a different location in southwest Stillwater.

A witness reportedly saw Hunter walking and called police when he or she noticed that the junior transfer was bleeding. Hunter later said he was walking to a friend’s house.

Police have not yet made any arrests and are not pursuing any suspects. The Oklahoma State football team would not comment as the investigation is ongoing.

Hunter walked onto the OSU football team after transferring from the United States Air Force Academy.

H/T College Spun

Joker Phillips resigned after Miami person turned in a photo of him with recruit

Joker Phillips FloridaJoker Phillips resigned as wide receivers coach at Florida Wednesday citing “personal reasons,” with reports saying he resigned over a possible recruiting violation.

Yahoo! Sports reports that Phillips resigned after a person with ties to the Miami football program turned in a photo of the former Kentucky coach with a recruit at a restaurant. This would be a violation because it is currently the “dead period” in recruiting.

Phillips’ encounter with the recruit was initially described as a “bump,” which is an incidental, random contact with a recruit. Those are considered secondary violations. However, if it is determined that the bump was premeditated, the violation could be upgraded.

Phillips was the coach at Kentucky for three seasons and joined Florida’s staff prior to last season. In addition to coaching the wide receivers, Phillips was a top recruiter.

Joker Phillips reportedly forced to resign over possible recruiting violations

Joker Phillips FloridaJoker Phillips resigning from his job Wednesday as a wide receivers coach and recruiter for Florida came as a surprise to many. Phillips was relatively new to the staff and just getting rolling in recruiting, plus why would this happen in June of all times?

In his statement, Phillips said he was resigning because of “personal reasons,” which is an ambiguous explanation that really doesn’t answer any questions.

Now we’re learning what may have been the real reason for the abrupt resignation.

According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, Phillips was forced to resign over possible recruiting violations.

We figured it might be something along those lines because of the report that Phillips was still helping out at a camp on Wednesday. If Florida felt comfortable enough having him work at the camp, that suggests they still like and value him as a coach. Being in trouble is a reasonable explanation for him resigning and essentially taking the fall to help the program.

Joker Phillips resigns as Florida WR coach, replaced by Chris Leak

Joker Phillips FloridaFormer Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips resigned Wednesday from his post as wide receivers coach at Florida and will be replaced by Chris Leak.

No details are available about the reason for Phillips’ abrupt resignation. In a statement announcing the news, Phillips says he is stepping down because of the infamous “personal reasons.”

“I’m thankful for the opportunity that the University of Florida and Will Muschamp provided to me and my family, but at this time I have decided to step down from my position on the UF coaching staff for personal reasons,’’ Phillips said.

Leak, who was a quarterback at Florida from 2003-2006 and helped lead the Gators to a national championship, will take over the position. Leak joined the program last year and is being promoted from his role as an offensive graduate assistant.

What’s odd is that Pete Roussel says Phillips worked a Florida camp the same day the news was announced:

Hey, whatever it takes to end those corny Joker Phillips Photoshops we’ll support. We’ll stay on top of this story to see if we find out what the real reason is for his resignation.

Report: LSU safety Jalen Mills punched woman, knocked her out

Jalen-Mills-mug-shotLSU defensive back Jalen Mills was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with second-degree battery. According to a probable cause report obtained by WAFB in Louisiana, Mills has been accused of punching a woman in the face at his apartment complex last month.

The report stated that the victim, who was identified as a 5-foot-3, 113-pound woman, knocked on the door to Mills’ apartment because she was looking for her friend. Mills allegedly confronted her and closed the door in her face, and she walked away when no one answered her second knock. The woman claimed she then heard someone say something, at which point she turned around and was punched in the face.

A person who witnessed the incident gave the same report as the victim.

The report went on to say that the woman “fell to the pavement and was briefly unconscious” after she was allegedly punched by Mills. She suffered a laceration on her lip that required four stitches.

No bond has been set for Mills. The LSU Sports Information Department announced on Wednesday that Mills has been suspended from the football team indefinitely. Mills was the Tigers third-leading tackler last season with 67 tackles. He was named an All-American cornerback as a freshman in 2012 before moving to safety last year.

H/T Eye on College Football