No beer for you: alcohol sales a no-go in 2014 at DKR

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There has been plenty of talk of late about Texas possibly selling beer and other adult beverages during football games at Royal-Memorial Stadium, perhaps as early as this year.

With the 2014 season less than two months away?  Never mind.  At least for now.

Following a board of regents meeting Thursday, University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa revealed that there will be no alcohol sales during Longhorns football games this year.

“Not going there,” Cigarroa told the Austin American-Statesman when the subject was broached. “I mean, we’re not going to do it this year.

“(UT President) Bill Powers and I agreed that we really needed more of an experience of selling beer and wine at our basketball games, baseball and track and field.”

UT experimented on a very limited with alcohol sales at some events in the sports mentioned above. From the paper:

Texas athletic director Steve Patterson always said selling alcohol at some events in the spring was something of a test. Athletic department officials got beer sales approved for one women’s and one men’s basketball game at the tail end of the regular season. Beer sales were also approved midway through the baseball season.

Both Minnesota and West Virginia have sold alcohol at football games the past couple of years, and reportedly have seen a decrease in alcohol-related incidents inside their respective stadiums. Many other stadiums, including some in the Big Ten, allow alcohol sales to those in premium seating areas.

The Gophers plan to continue its beer sales, while LSU seems to be on the verge of joining the exclusive club. Fellow SEC member Arkansas announced earlier this year that it will begin serving beer and wine at football games. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Michigan confirmed in March that the Big House will continue to be alcohol-free.

“[T]here were no adverse incidents [at] all,” Cigarroa said in regard to the school’s alcohol experimentation this past spring. “But before we expand this to the football stadium, I wanted to make sure that we had more data and that we weren’t rushed into it so much. So we elected to postpone that action this year and revisit it this year.”

Four-star 2015 signee second Aggie to leave Texas A&M this week

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With a new head coach in town, it’s far from surprising to see somewhat of a personnel exodus in the spring.  In that vein, Jimbo Fisher‘s first-year Texas A&M roster is the latest FBS football program to see such attrition.

On his personal Twitter account Thursday night, offensive lineman Koda Martin announced that he would be transferring from A&M to Syracuse.  On the same social media website a day later, teammate Kemah Siverand announced that he too will be leaving College Station as a transfer.

Unlike Martin, Siverand (pictured, left) did not reveal his next college football home in the tweet.

As Siverand will be leaving the Aggies as a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately at another FBS school in 2018 if that’s the tack he takes.

Siverand was a four-star member of A&M’s 2015 recruiting class.  After beginning his collegiate career as a wide receiver, the Cypress, Tex., native moved to defensive back between the 2016 and 2017 seasons.  He caught two passes for 16 yards in two games as a redshirt freshman in 2016, then was credited with six tackles in 12 games last season.

Iowa LB Aaron Mends to miss extended time with injury

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Talk about a hard-luck story.

After never starting a game at Iowa, Aaron Mends (pictured, blocking punt) had earned a starting job at outside linebacker during practice this spring.  With football being the cruel mistress that it can be at times, the Hawkeyes announced Friday night that Mends “will miss an extended period of time due to injury.” The program offered no details as to the specific nature of the injury, although it’s believed to involve the knee.

According to the school’s release, the fifth-year senior suffered the injury during the final week of Iowa’s spring drills.

Mends was a three-star member of the Hawkeyes’ 2014 recruiting class.  He was the highest-rated linebacker in Iowa’s class that year.

After taking a redshirt as a true freshman, Mends has played in 38 games the past three seasons.  A baker’s dozen of those appearances came during the 2017 season.

Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, James Franklin and Clay Helton among 15 CFB coaches attending NFL Draft

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We’re less than a week away from former college players officially finding out their new homes with the start of the 2018 NFL Draft and the excitement is palpable no matter if you’re a Cleveland Browns fan or somebody who dons the cardinal and gold of USC.

Naturally this is a big deal for the players’ former programs as well and their recent head coaches will be taking full advantage of the marketing opportunity to future recruits by stopping by the draft itself at AT&T Stadium for the festivities. The NFL released a list of 14 college football coaches and one recent one on Friday as being confirmed to attend the event and there are a few notable names beyond the big ones we’re used to seeing every year:

In addition, Stanford head coach David Shaw will serve as a draft analyst on NFL Network for a seventh year in a row and even ESPN’s College GameDay is getting involved with a pregame show outside the stadium they are quite familiar with from big games over the years.

Georgia DB Mark Webb tears meniscus in practice but expected back before fall camp

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Georgia’s injury luck this spring isn’t getting much better as the defending SEC champions move toward their annual G-Day spring game over the weekend.

Head coach Kirby Smart confirmed with reporters after Thursday’s practice that sophomore defensive back Mark Webb suffered a knee injury earlier in the week and tore his meniscus. He already had the knee scoped and is expected back before fall camp after the rather minor procedure.

Webb originally landed in Athens as a wideout but made the move to the secondary just as the season was getting going. He appeared in 13 games in 2017, mostly on special teams, but was expected to challenge for one of the starting spots at cornerback heading into the upcoming campaign.

The absence of Webb in the lineup for the final week of spring adds to a growing list of injuries for the team during practice as they do a little bit of roster building toward the future. Receiver Michael Chigbu’s career may be over due to lingering injuries and defensive back Divaad Wilson tore his ACL not long after enrolling this semester.

Safe to say that G-Day on Saturday might not be as physical as Smart and the coaching staff would otherwise like as a result of trying to keep the team healthy as they prepare to head into a big offseason.