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2018 Cathedral Prep LB Matthew Bauer Commits to Notre Dame

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 Cathedral Preparatory School (Pa.) junior linebacker Matthew Bauer has made his commitment decision. Bauer is a part of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s 2018 recruiting class. Notre Dame beat out Maryland, Penn State, Michigan State, Iowa State, Pittsburgh and several others for his services. He is the third linebacker Notre Dame has in their 2018 class and they have the second ranked recruiting class nationally and number one Independent Conference 2018 class. Bauer is also a part of the 2018 ESPN 300 list as well. He came in at No.188 on the list. Click the link to see his Sports Rants profile or read it below.


Matthew Bauer Wants To Be Remembered For The Right Reasons

Cathedral Preparatory School rising junior Matthew Bauer wants to follow in the footsteps of former NFL players like Luke Kuechley, Brian Bosworth and Bo Jackson, as a two-sport athlete which isn’t off the table for Bauer. In terms of Cathedral Prep, he wants to leave a good impression on those that know him and become a part of the list of recent Prep grads to play Division I football: Damion Terry (Michigan State), Charlie Fessler (Northwestern) and James Trucilla (Virginia).

“I want to be known as one of the best at my high school. We’ve had a few really good players that gone high to Division I, we have to players right now, one at Michigan State, one at Northwestern, one at Virginia and we had a guy a while ago, who played for the [Indianapolis] Colts,” he said. “Those guys are kind of thought of as legends, have their own stories about them and how great they were. I want to be like that, maybe at the next levels with how people talk about me, I want it all to be good. I don’t want to be that guy when he leaves, people talk behind his back because he wasn’t liked or did stuff wrong.”

Bauer started playing football at the age of eight for a Family First football league that his dad got him involved in. That’s also where he built the relationship with current high school head coach Mike Mischler.

“There has been a few people. Then coming up, I had a bunch of good coaches: Chris King, he was my middle school coach; now coach [Mike] Mischler, he’s my high school coach and he actually ran the league at Family First Sports Park, that connection started when I was really young. Those coaches had a big impact on me so overall it’s just a lot of people,” he said.

Mischler has also been integral part in helping Bauer keep everything in line as far as the recruiting process is concerned. He said that Bauer has always been a superior athlete and it is his maturity level that he has seen grow the most over the last two years.

“He is a special player, but also a great kid.  He comes from great stock.  He works very hard every day to excel academically and athletically.  I am proud of him just like I am any of my players who strive to live a moral life while paying attention to their academic and athletic careers,” Mischler said.

The six-foot-two, 205 pound, Erie, Pennsylvania native has received scholarship offers from Iowa State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Virginia and others. Bauer recorded 104 tackles (31 solo), 11 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, three pass breakups and one forced fumble.

“I try to be the one the defense that everyone rallies behind, I’m trying to be the heart. So with my defense, personally one guy that everyone looks at to make the plays, it’s everybody doing their job perfectly… I think I’m the one that’s looked up to and I’m also the one that looks to the others. It’s a mutual feeling,” Bauer said.

Bauer plays both inside and outside linebacker and he likes to blitz and chase down running backs in the open field.

“I think that when it’s time to come down hill, I use my hands well, I think I use my vision well, my best asset like I said is chasing down running backs and just getting to the ball. So pretty much shedding blocks, getting there and on certain times where I play outside linebacker basically making different plays like that.”

Mischler added the following about what college coaches he has spoken to like about Bauer and it works in his favor on the football field.

“They mostly like his “twitchiness”.  He is sudden and explosive.  When they see him in person he has a very long frame to him.  He will be able to add 25-30 pounds on his frame easily while being able to maintain that burst he currently possesses.”

 Bauer believes that football is a great way to test one’s skills and loves the sport for its ability to build a bond between teammates.

“It’s the greatest thing anyone can do to test their own skills. It’s like war between two people to test the skills above and just test everything, overall physical ability and of course going to school for free is another big play. The bonding of a team that’s formed when you play football is something that you can’t mimic anywhere else.”

Bauer will be an upperclassman next season and he has two years left to make every play count.

“The best part I love is the intensity of playing under Friday nights and then when you hit somebody and it hurts so badly but you know inside you just want to keep doing it again. It’s the best feeling in the world.”

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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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