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2018 Newbury Park QB Cameron Rising Commits to Oklahoma

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Four-star 2018 quarterback Cameron Rising is now an Oklahoma Sooner. He announced his commitment to the Sooners Sunday, August 7. He became the first quarterback commit in Oklahoma’s 2018 recruiting class. With his commitment, Oklahoma has the eighth-ranked 2018 recruiting class nationally and first in the Big 12. Oklahoma beat out Alabama, UCLA, LSU, TCU, Miami, Michigan and others for his services.

Rising was also named to the 2018 ESPN 300 class at number 128 on the list. The Oklahoma Sooners are getting a gun-slinger in Cameron Rising. If throwing for over 3,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in his sophomore year doesn’t give you that impression, then maybe seeing some film on him will. The future at quarterback for Oklahoma is good with him fighting for a starting spot maybe as soon as 2019 or 2020. Click the link to see his Sports Rants profile or read it below.


Cameron Rising had a first love of basketball but around his eighth grade year, he knew football was the sport he wanted to play to take him to new heights. He’s thankful to Matt Rosene for teaching him how to be a quarterback.

“I’d say the guy that taught me the [quarterback position], throwing the ball, techniques, everything. His name is Matt Rosene. He’s married to my second aunt, my dad’s cousin I guess you could say. He’s like family, he and my dad grew up together, played youth football together,” he said.

Cameron Rising is a four star 2018 quarterback for Newbury Park High School in Newbury Park, California. He threw for 3,213 passing yards, 40 touchdowns and one interception as a sophomore. He also ran the ball 79 times for 756 yards and 11 touchdowns. According to the 247Sports Composite, he is the sixth best pro style quarterback and 20th best player in California.

“I’ve been told I’m good but I’m still not at the point where I want to be. I still want to keep getting better. I know people always tell me that I’m good, I still think I can [get] better and I should be better.”

Here is what Newbury Park football head coach Jason Klein had to say about his quarterback’s development.

“Quite a ways. Last year we had a pretty stiff quarterback competition coming into the season and it was kind of back and forth with him and a couple of guys coming into the season. As we went into the summer, this year was different, we didn’t have a competition between him and anyone else. This allowed him to continually get the reps and see a lot more things during the summer so he [has] come a long ways.”

Klein said that college coaches love Rising’s accuracy, athleticism and quick release on his throws.

“His accuracy was number one, the area we live in out here in California, we’re close to the coast so we get a nice breeze. Often when they see him throw, they see him throw when we have a lot of wind and he’s able to accurate even with the wind.”

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The six-foot-one, 195 pound, Ventura, California native has close to 20 scholarship offers from some of the best Division I schools in the country including: Alabama, UCLA, LSU, TCU, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Arizona State.

“It’s been a dream come true. Not in my wildest dreams did I ever expect to have these offers right now. If you told me that I’d have some of the schools like Alabama, LSU, Michigan, I would’ve thought you were crazy and say I sure hope so. It really is a dream come true. I couldn’t ask for anything better,” Rising said about his recruiting process.

He said he has high interest in all of the schools aforementioned above and he plans to make his commitment decision his birthday next year, May 13.

Rising believes he can do it all with the football in his hands. Throwing the ball, running the ball, it doesn’t matter to him.

”There’s a reason I like playing quarterback because 99 percent of the time I’m the one touching the ball. I like making the hard decisions.”

He also loves the pressure the quarterback position gives because if the team wins, it’s on the quarterback, if the team loses, it’s on the quarterback. He doesn’t, however, believe there is a best part or parts of his game. If he works on one thing, he tries to get better at everything.

“I don’t want to be known as ‘oh he’s just a running quarterback or he’s just a pocket passer.’ I want to be the pocket passer that can run. That’s what I tell my coach. Whenever he asks me what I want to be considered, I tell him I want to be a pocket passer that can run.”

As a junior this year, he wants to win as many games as possible and help his team as much as possible. When his time is all said and done at Newbury Park High, he wants to be remembered as a guy who loved playing football and had fun doing it. Even if he is not remembered by people at Newbury Park, Cameron Rising wants to have a championship banner to say he won something.

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

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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

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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:

NFL

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

MLB

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

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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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