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Michael Doyle Is Working To Fulfill His Mother’s Dream



Michael Doyle lost his mother, Marie Doyle to lung cancer when he was in eighth grade. It was her dream to one day see him play college football. She was 53.

Michael Doyle had moved from New York to New Port Richey, Florida around the time of his mom’s passing and was considering walking away from football. He is now a senior defensive tackle at J.W. Mitchell High School.

“… Going into freshman year, I was kind of considering not playing then right after talking with my family, they said my mom’s dream was always to see me play college football. Even though she’s not here to see it now, I could still do it for her,” he said.

Doyle said that she was always afraid that he would get hurt so she only came to see him play two games. When he was five years old and when the cancer diagnosis was handed down. She came to his last game in eighth grade.

Michael Doyle is now six-foot-one and 270 pounds. He was always a big kid. He played lacrosse at an early age before football but once he started playing the latter sport, he had to get his weight down and that’s where his father came in.

“…When I was younger, I was always too heavy to play because there were weight limits so my dad would take me out running the night before games, every night before games. I would run until I was down to the weight I had to be [at].”

The New Port Richey area has grown on Michael Doyle and he said it has also helped him grow with football because of the gym like atmosphere the city has. Everyone there, he said, is focused on fitness. Beyond that, he shares moments with young kids after games that he spoke about.

“The community I live in is very supportive of the football team and I see little kids that are on the youth team that recognize me from games so that’s pretty cool. It’s kind of like being in college already.”

Michael Doyle is not ranked on any of the major recruiting services (247sports, Scout, Rivals) but he does have one scholarship offer from the University of St. Francis. Here is what he had to say about his recruiting process thus far.

“I get a lot of emails from schools from all divisions, even some from Canada. I still have only one offer from St. Francis of Illinois in the NAIA but a lot of schools I talk to are Division II and [a bigger] Division III school like Mount Union. It’s been picking up with Division I teams like Akron, Presbyterian College, Marist, and Fordham. It’s a lot of I-AA or smaller FCS teams but nothing major [yet].”

He has high interest in Akron University, Fordham University and Northwest Missouri State and Long Island University Post which are Division II schools. He plans to make his commitment decision sometime before National Signing Day (February 1, 2017) but definitely after his senior year.

One thing you’ll notice immediately when watching film on Michael Doyle is, for a guy his size, he is extremely quick coming off of the line of scrimmage and can wrap the ball carrier up with no problem. His main job is stopping the run and it is something he does very well.

He had a team-leading 14 tackles for loss as a junior. Add to that: 56 total tackles (39 solo), two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and two sacks.

“I think what you said kind of hits it on the head…I can get into the backfield and if I don’t get to the guy, the way I look at it, if I’m not going to make the tackle, at least put in the effort to [get] near where it is because if he gets tackled down the field, I need to be there anyway so I might as well just follow just in case there’s a cut back and I can make the play,” Doyle said about what are the best parts of his game.

He said that he needs to work on his pass rushing because he doesn’t get his hands on the offensive lineman in front of him first. That’s what he’s been working on this offseason.

J.W. Mitchell’s head football coach Andrew Schmitz is most impressed with the way he takes care of his body.

“His biggest improvement I guess is how well he takes care of himself and how good of shape he’s in. When he first came into our program, he was a good player but didn’t really work as hard in the offseason to get himself into great shape so he was more of a spot player,” Schmitz said. “Now he has worked himself into a guy that plays every snap on defense and if we need him on offense, he can go in and do that. In the last season, he was even in certain packages, going in and playing tight end for us, after playing every snap on defense.”

He added that Doyle is a lot more athletic than people think he is. People look at his legs and assume he’s not explosive.

“He’s as quick off the ball as anybody we’ve had at our place in a while,” Schmitz said.

Doyle said his only concern is getting the offense back on the field. He doesn’t care if he’s the one getting the stats or not.

“… If I can do something, push the running back into the arms of the weak side defensive end or nose tackle. I’m fine with that as long as the job gets done and the offense gets back and we can score.”

The JW Mitchell Mustangs went 9-2 (4-0 District) in 2015. According to Doyle, the team’s goal was to win a district championship and get to the playoffs. They lost in the first round of the FHSAA Class 6A state playoffs to Gainesville High School 42-21. Now, their goals are to win a second straight district championship and win their first playoff game.

“Honestly, I will just kind of remember being the surprise kid his junior year. I’ll remember him for being the kid that we weren’t sure that we can rely on that all of a sudden was one of the best defensive players in our program the very next year. I take that to credit how hard he worked and an example that I can always use for other kids. That you can go from being an average player one year to a great player the next year if you work hard enough,” Schmitz said.

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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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