Arkansas QB Brandon Allen has truck set on fire


Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen was the victim of what appears to be arson early Monday morning, as his truck was set ablaze. KFSM in Arkansas reports that Allen awoke just before 4 a.m. to find his Chevy Avalanche burning in his driveway.

Allen said the truck was given to him by his father and that his golf clubs were inside at the time it was destroyed. Fayetteville police are currently working with the fire marshall to investigate Allen’s car and two others being set on fire early Monday.

The photo you see above, which was passed along by The Arkansas Logo, supposedly shows the other two cars that were burned — not Allen’s. This is the spot where Allen’s truck was burning before it rolled back into a ditch and was later towed away:

Allen’s truck was also egged last year after he threw a game-ending interception in a loss to Mississippi State. People are idiots.

H/T Deadspin

JT Barrett could be the guy after Braxton Miller shoulder injury

JT Barrett Ohio State

That sound you heard was Urban Meyer dialing up his local pizza parlor to drown his sorrows in a sad pie after learning that senior quarterback Braxton Miller re-injured his shoulder at practice on Monday.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Miller’s injury could keep him from playing this season. Miller was expected to be a Heisman Trophy contender and have the Buckeyes in the top 10 nationally, but it looks like his shoulder is in bad shape.

Miller injured his shoulder in Ohio State’s Orange Bowl loss to Clemson and had surgery on it in February. He had been slow to recover from the surgery and missed some of the fall camp.

If Miller is out for the season as early reports suggest, that means Ohio State will likely turn to redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett at QB.

Barrett joined the Buckeyes in January, 2013 and redshirted last year. He split time with Cardale Jones in the spring while Miller recovered from surgery.

Meyer said over the weekend that Barrett had jumped Jones for the backup quarterback spot, while offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman praised Barrett’s ability to move the offense.

“The offense moves better when he’s in there,” Herman said of Barrett Saturday via Cleveland.com. “You can throw all the completion percentages – he’s probably completing more balls and making more of the right reads in the run game.

“But at the end of the day, the offense moves when he’s in and sometimes it doesn’t as much, not that Cardale is doing a bad job, but the offense moves more frequently when J.T. is the quarterback, and that’s the sign of a good one.”

Barrett comes from Wichita Falls, Texas, and spent parts of last year recovering from reconstructive knee surgery. A four-star, dual-threat QB, Barrett tore up his knee during the fifth game of his senior season in high school. Ohio State stood by their offer to him and it looks like that is paying off. I bet the Buckeyes will still have a good season even if Miller is out for the year.

Photo: Twitter/_laake5

USF football jerseys will have ‘The Team’ on back instead of player names


With college football season right around the corner, we have already seen glimpses of new uniforms and helmets schools will be sporting this fall. At the University of South Florida, what’s new is what will be on the back of the jerseys.

South Florida head coach Willie Taggart recently named Mike White the starting quarterback to open the season. However, don’t expect to see “White” across the back of the sophomore’s shoulder pads. That’s because Taggart is doing away with names on the jerseys.

“The Team” will be displayed on the back of each player’s jersey for the 2014 season.

The Bulls get the new campaign underway August 30 when Western Carolina makes the trip to Raymond James Stadium, at which time we’ll get our first look at the new threads in a game that matters.

Photo: Twitter/McMurphyESPN

Bret Bielema tells Arkansas fans to knock s— out of Auburn spies

Bret Bielema Arkansas

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema surely pleased some Razorbacks fans with his choice of words at the team’s scrimmage on Saturday — their second scrimmage of camp.

Speaking in front of about 3,500 fans in attendance, Bielema reminded his supporters not to videotape the practice in about the best way possible.

“If you see someone videotaping, tell them that ain’t right,” Bielema said. “Especially if they’re wearing an Auburn shirt, knock the s*** out of them.”

According to NWAOnline.com, Bielema’s joke was well received by the fans, who gave a cheer. Clever joke from Bielema, who has been at odds with Auburn’s head coach Gus Malzahn over the hurry-up offense.

I don’t even want to know what kind of jokes Bielema would have made had he been scrimmaging with the Patriots.

Notre Dame academic fraud – football players turned in papers, homework written by other people

Davaris Daniels

Notre Dame announced Friday that they are investigating academic fraud at the university that involves several students including four members of the football team.

Yahoo! Sports first reported news of the investigation. They named the four football players investigated by the school: receiver DaVaris Daniels (pictured), defensive back KeiVarae Russell, defensive lineman Ishaq Williams and linebacker Kendall Moore.

Notre Dame later released a statement on their website saying they notified the NCAA of the suspected academic fraud. They say the players won’t be allowed to practice or play until the investigation is completed.

They say there was evidence that the players turned in papers and homework written by others:

“Evidence that students had submitted papers and homework that had been written for them by others was initially detected at the end of the summer session, and referred to the compliance office in athletics on July 29.”

Notre Dame says they will vacate any wins if they determine the athletes should have been ineligible during past competition.

Last year, Everett Golson, who left school for a year but returned and will be the team’s starting quarterback this season, admitted that he was kicked out of school for cheating.

Daniels led the team in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns last season. Russell had an interception, 1.5 sacks and was fifth on the team with 51 tackles.

Arizona State OL Chip Sarafin comes out as gay

Chip Sarafin

Arizona State offensive lineman Chip Sarafin publicly came out as gay in a magazine article published this month.

Sarafin, who is a redshirt senior and originally walked on to the Sun Devils football team, told Phoenix-based Compete magazine that he came out to his teammates last spring.

“It was really personal for me and it benefited my peace of mind greatly,” Sarafin said.

At 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds, Sarafin is one of the largest offensive linemen on the team. He played on the scout team from 2010-2012 and “added depth” to the line last season, according to his bio. It does not appear that he has seen game action yet, which makes him much less of an impact player compared to someone like Michael Sam, who was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. However, Sarafin has come out while active.

Sarafin’s Compete article talks about his academic pursuits. Sarafin is a biomedical engineering major and pursuing his master’s in that field. He is also studying for the MCATs. Sarafin says he is working on developing a carbon fiber football helmet and his ultimate goal is to become a neurologist. Oh yeah, for anyone who was romantically interested in him, he also says he has a boyfriend.

H/T OutSports

Michigan WR Csont’e York sucker punches guy, knocks him out (Video)

Csonte-York-sucker-punchMichigan wide receiver Csont’e York was arrested on July 18 after allegedly assaulting a man outside a bar in Ann Arbor. On Tuesday, Ann Arbor police released a surveillance video that allegedly shows York brutally sucker-punching the victim.

According to MLive.com, the man York hit suffered a broken jaw and lost a tooth. The police report states that the victim’s jaw, which was broken in three places, needed to be wired shut and that he temporarily needed a breathing tube. You can see York wind up and punch the 23-year-old man at around the 19-second mark.

What prompted the attack? Apparently the 20-year-old York and fellow Michigan player Da’Mario Jones got into an argument with the victim and his friend because York thought the victim bumped into him. It sounds like there were a few differing accounts of what happened:

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