File picture shows Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the U.S. flexing on the scale during an official weigh-in in Las Vegas, Nevada

Oregon Ducks inspired by Floyd Mayweather’s work habits


A random meeting with Floyd Mayweather while on spring break in Las Vegas turned out to be quite the eye-opener for a few Oregon football players. The opportunity to watch him train served as inspiration as the Ducks continue through spring workouts. Considering how seriously the boxing champ takes his training, these Oregon players may have run in to the right inspiration.

According to a story shared by The Oregonian, Torrodney Prevot, Arik Armstead and Pharaoh Brown stumbled across Mayweather in Las Vegas when a store was shut down to the public so the boxer could do some shopping. The players were among those shut out of the store, but they took notice of the security guard sporting a Mayweather logo. This prompted the players to confirm it was Mayweather inside, which led to an invitation to watch the champ do some training. After that training session, the players got a chance to pick Mayweather’s brain.

Asked if the boxer would ever come to an Oregon football game, Mayweather joked he would rather make money off of the Ducks at home rather than come to a game in person. Mayweather is a known sports gambler, of course. Regardless, the takeaway from the rare opportunity is something the Ducks will not take lightly.

“Seeing him train is crazy,” said Prevot. “He’s just constantly works out, it’s amazing, life-changing.”

“You watch how hard he works and you see what he does and how successful he’s been from working that hard his whole life,” Armstead said. “I just try to model myself after that and to try to get to a point where you want to be at.”

As long as the Ducks are emulating Mayweather’s work habits and not his gambling habits, Oregon should be in good shape.

Butch Jones labels rumor of ‘physical altercation’ with Vols player ‘absolutely ridiculous’

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers yells at Marquez North #8 during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.

The website, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August.  The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.

From the site’s report:

The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.

The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”

Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”

At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations.  Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.

Tulsa loses second-leading receiver to season-ending injury

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 14:   Wide receiver Keevan Lucas #2 of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane just misses a pass against the Oklahoma Sooners September 14, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Golden Hurricane 51-20.  (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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One of the most productive pass-catching duos in the country has been cut in half.

Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery confirmed Tuesday that Keevan Lucas sustained a torn patellar tendon  in the third quarter of Saturday’s loss to Houston.  As a result, the wide receiver will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

“He’s such an emotional leader for us and such a great kid,” the first-year coach said. “We’ll have to make a few adjustments offensively and move some people around and try to make sure we’ve got guys in the right spot but also guys who will step up and be ready to play.”

Lucas is currently second on the team with 26 receptions and 409 receiving yards, behind Keyarris Garrett‘s 33 and 539. His five receiving touchdowns, though, are tops on the team.

Montgomery expects Lucas to be healthy enough to participate in spring practice next year.