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Cardinal Hayes HS Tackle Qadir White Is Fueled By Competition



UPDATE: 12/10/2016

The Cardinal Hayes Cardinals finished 2016 splitting a pair of championship games. They won the New York Catholic High School Football League Tournament championship game against Archbishop Stepinac 41-39 and lost the NYCHSFL AAA state championship game to Canisius High School / Buffalo, NY, 50-44.

Four-star 2018 offensive tackle Qadir White received recent offers from Maryland (Dec 7), Minnesota (Dec 2) and Massachusetts (Dec 1). He now has 12 total offers with his junior season in the books.

Qadir White loves the competition that comes with playing football and that is what motivates the junior left tackle at Cardinal Hayes High School in Bronx, New York to be the best he can be.

White started playing football at the age of 12 and continued on from there. A Newark, New Jersey native, White is proud to represent his current hometown, Bronx, New York, on the football field now.

White is also a boxer. He did that before he started playing football and it helps with his footwork as an offensive lineman.

“…It translates to football and helped me get better as an athlete playing both sports,” he said.

Qadir White according to the 247Sports Composite, is a three-star 2018 recruit, the 27th best offensive tackle and fourth best player in New York.

When you see his highlights, you’ll see right away that he’s an aggressive blocker and plays through the whistle. Run blocking is the best part of his game but he believes he can do that and pass block just as well. See his sophomore highlights here.

“It’s been big. …I’ve gotten a lot of calls from colleges. My phone’s ringing, [coaches] calling me and contacting me. I hear from a lot of coaches and staffs and how they were so excited they were to get in touch and right now, I’m just keeping a steady pace in talking to them,” he said about the recruiting process.

So far, Qadir White has received a total of 10 scholarship offers from the following schools: Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Iowa State, Rutgers, Miami, Boston College, Bowling Green, Coastal Carolina, Delaware State, and Old Dominion University.

He has high interest in Rutgers but still has to visit other schools to see where he fits best. He plans to make his commitment decision in his senior year.

“At the moment, right now, Rutgers because I’ve been down there a couple of times and they show a lot of love. I love the environment there. They have a great atmosphere there. When I go down there, the coaches are friendly and they make you feel like you’re home. I haven’t been to any other colleges to decide [anything]. I’ve only been to Rutgers so far. I haven’t gotten a chance to compare them to any other colleges but I will do that coming this fall after my season.”

He wants to major in Finance in college and realizes that if football doesn’t work out, he needs to work hard off the field in order to be successful in life.

“A great scholar off the field. What I can do for their university off the field, for me as a person, if football doesn’t work out, I want to get a good job, graduate college, get my degree and [go far in life]. I want to find a good university for football and school.”

White believes that he is the heart and soul of Cardinal Hayes’s offensive line because of the work he has put in the offseason to be great.

“I want to show that I can dominate and prove to the colleges that I am one of the top offensive linemen in the country.”

The Cardinal Hayes Cardinals went 9-3 (5-2 League) in 2015 and have come out slowly to start the first quarter of the 2016 season, however, won their last two games against Xavier High School (18-15) and St. Peter’s High School (33-14). At 2-3 (1-2 League), they are looking to even both records and continue their winning streak against the Chaminade Flyers of Staten Island, New York, Saturday, October 15.

Here is what Qadir White said he will miss playing for Cardinal Hayes when his playing career is over at the school.

“What I’ll miss, I’m going to miss the teachers there and the staff that helped me develop as a student-athlete on and off the field. The school itself is an amazing school, they helped me out a lot.”

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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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