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ACC Atlantic Preview



In a division where not one but two teams might be vying for a spot on the College Football Playoff, but some are saying that another could be a division sleeper. This is the ACC Atlantic.

Florida State Seminoles

In Tallahassee, the Seminoles finished 10-3 last season in what was a rebuilding year. Preseason All-American and Heisman candidate running back Dalvin Cook rushed for nearly 1,700 yards last season fighting through an injury-plagued offensive line as well as his own ankle and hamstring injuries. Cook will have a more experienced offensive line in front of him, led by preseason all-American tackle Roderick Johnson. Preseason all-ACC wide receiver Travis Randolph leads a corps that is loaded. With Sean Maguire recovering from foot surgery and freshman Malik Henry suspended indefinitely, will freshman Deondre Francois have to hold down the fort at quarterback?

Preseason All-American defensive end DeMarcus Walker thought about going to the NFL, but decided to come back. Along with five star recruiter Josh Sweat at the other end, they could become a monstrous pass rush. Though All-American Jalen Ramsey is about two hours away in Jacksonville now, there’s still talent and experienced in the secondary led by all-ACC safety Derwin Jones and Nate Andrews.

They start the season hosting Ole Miss in Orlando. They also host North Carolina, Clemson, and Florida. They face Louisville and Miami on the road.

Clemson Tigers

To Clemson, where the Tigers just missed winning a national title, falling to Alabama. Though they set the record for most wins in a single season, they feel that there’s unfinished business. They averaged over 38 points a game last year but their offense could be even scarier. Preseason All-American and Heisman candidate Deshaun Watson was just the third quarterback in FBS history to pass for over 4,000 yards and rushed for over a 1,000 in a season. Running back Wayne Gellman, who rushed for 1,500 yards last season is also back. Preseason All-American wide receiver Mike Williams is back after a season-ending neck injury leads a stealth corps.

The defense finished number one overall but lost nine starters including Shaq Lawson, Kevin Dodd, and Mackensie Alexander. Yet despite those departures, there’s still stacked. Linebacker Ben Boulware, the team’s leading tackler last season is the heart and soul of the group. Preseason All-American tackle Carlos Watkins and fellow Christian Wilkins lead the way up front. Preseason all-ACC cornerback Cordrea Tankersley leads a secondary that gave up a lot of big plays last year.

They must play Auburn on the road to start the year, they also face Georgia Tech and Florida State on the road. They host Louisville and Pittsburgh.

Louisville Cardinals

Louisville’s our next stop, where the Cardinals won six of their last seven games last season. There are a few folks who say with the talent coming back, the Cardinals could be a sleeper in the Atlantic. Dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson could be a Heisman candidate. Though head coach Bobby Petrino hopes running backs Brandon Radcliff, Jeremy Smith, and L.J. Scott will garner big yards so that Jackson will not have to run much. Jamari Staples leads a formidable receiving corps.

The Cardinals’ defense is loaded with NFL-caliber talent such as preseason All-American linebacker Devonte Fields, who could one of the best in the country, and the versatile Josh-Harvey Clemons. Preseason all-ACC defensive tackle DeAngelo Brown could be the facilitator up front. The defense caught 17 interceptions and grabbed nine fumbles last season.

They host Florida State, Duke and Kentucky. They’ll face Clemson and Houston on the road.

The Rest of the Atlantic

In Raleigh, where despite back-to-back bowl games, the North Carolina State Wolfpack want to take the next step. Jalen McClendon replaces Jacoby Brissett at quarterback. Running back Matt Dayes is back from a foot injury, which kept from being the program’s first 1,000 yard rusher since 2002. Jumicheal Ramos and tight end Thaddeus Moss (son of Randy Moss) lead a talented but unproven receiving corps.  A solid defense which finished 29th in total defense last year could be a strength once again, with a lot of their guys back, led by tackles B.J. Hill and Kentavius Street and linebacker Jeron Hernandez.

In Winston-Salem, Wake Forest head Dave Clawson hopes that players having more experience will help his Demon Deacons gain notoriety. Tight end Cam Serigne and defensive end Duke Ejiofor, who’s returning from a concussion lead the way for the Deacons.

Meanwhile just outside of Boston, though they had the number one overall defense in the country, the Boston College Eagles finished 3-9. The offense was plagued by injuries. Running back Jon Hillman, who broke his foot early last season, is back and hopes to move the ball down the field for the Eagles. Jim Reid takes over as defense coordinator. The cupboard isn’t bare for Reid. Linebacker Matt Milano and defensive end Harold Landry could lead the Eagles to being one of the nation’s top defenses once again.

Finally to Syracuse, where the Orange made one of the best hires, as Dino Babers takes over as head coach. He’ll have his work cut out for him though, he brings a hurry-up spread offense. He has a very young team, give him a couple of years and he could turn things around.

That’s it for the Atlantic, next up, we’ll preview, the always interesting ACC Coastal division.



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Ex-Oregon Duck Doug Brenner Sues Willie Taggart, NCAA, University for $11.5 Million



Former Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Doug Brenner has filed a lawsuit against the NCAA, University of Oregon, former Ducks’ head coach Willie Taggart, and former Ducks’ strength coach Irele Oderinde, for $11.5 million in alleged damages, according to The Oregonian’s James Crepea.

Per the report:

“Brenner’s attorneys allege the University of Oregon was negligent for failing to prohibit, regulate or supervise the workouts, which they describe as ‘physical punishment regimens.’ The lawsuit also alleges that Taggart and Oderinde, both now at Florida State, were negligent in imposing and carrying out the workouts, and that the NCAA has failed to regulate such practices by coaches of its member institutions.”

Brenner was hospitalized last year, January 2017, with “rhabdomyolysis and subsequent injuries” after a series of intense offseason workouts, and is seeking damages for the medical bills he accrued due to the workouts, along with the “severe injuries, some of which are permanent, permanent renal injury, a shortening of his life span by upwards of 10 years, increased susceptibility of kidney failure, kidney disease, and death, severe physical and emotional pain, [and premature death] and an impaired opportunity to play football in college and thereafter.”

The report goes on to say that offensive lineman Sam Poutasi and tight end Cam McCormick were also hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis, but neither player has been named as being a part of the lawsuit.

Taggart is now the head coach, and Oderinde is currently the strength and conditioning coach for the Florida State Seminoles.

One of the lawyers representing Brenner, Mark McDougal, said the following about the workouts referred to in the lawsuit:

“The drills were done in unison, and whenever a player faltered, vomited, or fainted, his teammates were immediately punished with additional repetitions. A key goal of this lawsuit is to force the NCAA to ban these kinds of punishing, abusive workouts. These workouts are contrary to NCAA guidelines for protecting players from injury and death. The NCAA needs to enact and enforce regulations that outlaw these practices.”


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Hurricane Florence Could Impact A Number of Games



Hurricane Florence could threaten a number of games scheduled this week as the major storm system continues to threaten the United States Eastern Coast.

According to USA Today Sports, here are the games that could be impacted by the pending storm:


Sunday, Sept. 16

Carolina at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Indianapolis at Washington, 1 p.m.
New England at Jacksonville, 4:25 p.m.

College football

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Campbell at Coastal Carolina, 2:00 (rescheduled from Saturday)

Thursday, Sept. 13

Boston College at Wake Forest, 7:30

Saturday, Sept. 15 

Georgia Southern at No. 2 Clemson, 3:30
Middle Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia, 7:15
No. 13 LSU at No. 7 Auburn, 3:30
East Carolina at No. 11 Virginia Tech, 12:20
No. 15 West Virginia at North Carolina State, 3:30
No. 18 Central Florida at North Carolina, 12:00
Ohio at Virginia, 3:00
Southern Miss at Appalachian State, 3:30
Colorado State at Florida, 4:00
Old Dominion at Charlotte, 6:00
Norfolk State at Liberty, 6:00
Marshall at South Carolina, 7:30


Wednesday, Sept. 12

Miami at N.Y. Mets, 4:10, Game 2 TBA
Oakland at Baltimore*, 7:05
Washington at Philadelphia*, 7:05
Toronto at Boston, 7:10

Thursday, Sept. 13

Chicago Cubs at Washington*, 4:05
Oakland at Baltimore*, 7:05
Miami at N.Y. Mets, 7:10
Toronto at Boston, 7:10

Friday, Sept. 14

Chic. White Sox at Baltimore, 7:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 7:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 7:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 7:10
Washington at Atlanta*, 7:35

Saturday, Sept. 15

Washington at Atlanta*, 1:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 4:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 4:05
Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, 7:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 7:05

Sunday, Sept. 16

Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, 1:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 1:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 1:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 1:35
Washington at Atlanta*, 1:35

*- games with playoff implications

Minor League Baseball

Wednesday, Sept. 12
Carolina League: Potomac (Va.) at Buies Creek (N.C.), 1:05

Thursday, Sept. 13
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.). 7:05
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.), 7:05

Friday, Sept. 14
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.), 7:05
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.) 7:05

Saturday, Sept. 15
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.), 6:35
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.), 7:05

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Braylon Edwards Apologizes for University of Miami Tweets, Stand by his Stance



Former NFL wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who currently works for the Big Ten Network, has been suspended by the Big Ten Network for tweets he made on Saturday night after the Wolverines lost 24-17 to Notre Dame.3

Edwards, a former All-America wide receiver at the University of Michigan, heavily criticized Wolverines’ offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz, calling him “weak,” and called Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson “scared.”

Edwards played wide receiver for Michigan from 2001 to 2004, and then was drafted to the NFL.

Edwards then went on to target the Michigan team as a whole, tweeting  “f—ing Michigan offense so predictable … Michigan football is sadly one thing … Trash.”

Edwards was criticized by Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh on Monday for his tweets and then was officially suspended indefinitely by the Big Ten Network.

“Effective as of Sunday, Sept. 2, Braylon Edwards has been suspended indefinitely from his role at the Big Ten Network due to a violation of the network’s social media guidelines”, the Big Ten Network wrote in a since deleted tweet, according to Chris Vannini of The Athletic.

“No. 1, first of all, it’s not true. It’s not factual,” Harbaugh said of the comments. “There’s nobody in our program who thinks those things about any player on our team, let alone the two players he describes. On the other level, I was disappointed a member of the Big Ten Network would choose to attack the character of two of our players. That’s disappointing.

“We’ll handle things within the program,” Harbaugh said. “That’s all we control.”

“And, I would say, if somebody wants to attack the character of anybody on the ballclub, then come after me. I don’t think it’s right. It’s not true. And nobody in the program thinks that about any player on our team. Just so you know that’s not coming from anybody inside the program.”

While Edwards admits that his tweets were “excessive”, he stands by his criticism of the Wolverines, and says that he plans to reach out to Ruiz and Patterson through his brother, Berkley Edwards, who is a running back for Michigan.

Edwards added that former Wolverines coach Lloyd Carr “called me out in the media” and he realizes now he shouldn’t have done the same to Ruiz and Patterson.

“I admit I was excessive and emotional and inebriated. Mix those together. But the focus of my tweets remains intact. I stand by that. I was over-excessive Saturday night at 10:29, but I don’t back down on my overall stance as an alum and a fan. I’ve always defended Michigan. Even this year, I was high on Michigan,” Edwards said according to the Detroit News.

“I’m a man. We make mistakes. I’m sorry. I should not have gone that way. I still agree with the overall message — what do we do now (as a program)? But I apologize — shouldn’t name individual players. They’re still kids. That’s what I apologize for,” Edwards told the media outlet.

Now that there is Legal sports betting in the USA it will be interesting to see what happens when Edwards returns. Some sportsbooks have started taking wagers on whether or not he will keep his job in the end and for how long.

For now, Edwards has a lot of time to sit at home and reflect before his return to the Big Ten Network.

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