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Texas Tech QB Alan Bowman released from hospital after second partially-collapsed lung

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After yet another extended stay, Texas Tech’s starting quarterback is back home again.

Alan Bowman was hospitalized again this past weekend after suffering a partially-collapsed lung during the loss to Oklahoma.  It marked the second time this season that the true freshman has been hospitalized for the same issue, the first coming in late September.

Wednesday, the football program announced, Bowman was released from the hospital earlier in the day after yet another four-day stay.

According to the program’s release, Bowman “will rejoin team activities [Thursday] morning”; it’s expected that Bowman will be unable to play in this Saturday’s game against Texas because of the issue.

The first case of a collapsed lung kept Bowman out of the TCU game Oct. 11 after he suffered the injury Sept. 29 against West Virginia.

Bowman is currently fourth in the nation and first in the Big 12 as he’s averaging 329.8 yards passing per game.  Sophomore Jett Duffey, who has passed for 627 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions in completing 48-of-80 passes this season, will likely get the start against the Longhorns Saturday night in Lubbock.

Ex-Ohio State coach Urban Meyer downplays USC rumors: ‘I think I’m done’

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Urban Meyer is not your typical retiree.

He’s not soaking up the Florida sun, watching cable news for hours upon hours nor sitting back to remember the good ol’ days to pass away the time. Instead the now ex-Ohio State head coach is learning a new job not all that different from his old one helping out the Buckeyes athletic department for a cushy six-figures a year.

Despite that though, the talk is still out there that despite triumphantly walking away from the game at the Rose Bowl in January, Meyer will eventually feel the need to scratch the coaching itch down the road. One of the most talked about possibilities is not too far from Pasadena as luck would have it, as rumors linking him to the USC job if/when Clay Helton is fired have been stirred up almost since the moment he had his farewell press conference.

Speaking to the Columbus Dispatch about his new daily life out of football however, the title-winning coach isn’t yet taking the bait when commenting on such talk.

“I learned my lesson long ago,” Meyer told the paper. “All I’m going to say is I believe I’m done (coaching). I think I’m done.”

That’s not exactly a hard no… but it doesn’t exactly sound like a man pining to get back in the game either.

Meyer’s new Fox Sports coworkers Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart have already said they will try to recruit him to lead the Trojans if the position comes open after this season. His still-current boss, OSU athletic director Gene Smith believes Meyer is done but wouldn’t rule it completely out of the question.

Either way, keeping tabs on Meyer’s potential landing spot figure to occupy a fairly decent storyline for much of the coming year just like they did after Bob Stoops suddenly retired from Oklahoma. And nothing the former Buckeyes coach can say will change that.

Auburn radio voice Rod Bramblett, wife Paula killed in tragic car accident

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Absolutely tragic news from the Plains on Memorial Day weekend as Auburn confirmed that longtime radio voice Rod Bramblett and his wife Paula passed away after suffering injuries in an automobile accident on Saturday.

“All of us in the Auburn Family are devastated by the tragic passing of Rod and Paula Bramblett,” Director of Athletics Allen Greene said in a release. “A nationally recognized broadcaster, Rod’s love for Auburn was fervent. You could hear it coming through the radio loud and clear each time he exclaimed “Touchdown Auburn!”

Bramblett, just 53 at the time of his passing, had been calling various games for the school dating back to 1993 and served as the primary radio play-by-play voice of Tigers football and men’s basketball games since 2003. He and his wife, both Auburn alumni who worked at the school, were driving their SUV just West of campus when they were rear-ended by another SUV driven by a teenager, according to the Opelika-Auburn News. Alcohol was not suspected to be involved and the driver also suffered serious injuries, though is expected to recover per reports.

“I’m heartbroken by the loss of Rod Bramblett and his wife Paula,” football coach Gus Malzahn added. “Rod was a true professional and was always a pleasure to work with. He loved Auburn and it showed in his work. As much as he loved Auburn, his family came first and foremost. This is a difficult time and we will continue to pray and offer our support to the Bramblett family, especially their children Shelby and Joshua.”

Bramblett’s booming voice that he used to emphasize Tigers touchdowns made him a fan favorite for fans around the state as he detailed the up’s and down’s of Auburn football over the years. He received plenty of national recognition in 2013 during the team’s run to the last BCS title game thanks to his incredible calls of a Hail Mary against Georgia and the miraculous ‘Kick-Six’ return by Chris Davis in the Iron Bowl to stun rival Alabama.

The Brambletts are survived by their two children, Shelby (a current Auburn student) and Justin. Thoughts and condolences go out to the entire Bramblett clan and the Auburn family.


Jim Delany was highest paid conference commissioner in 2017-18; NCAA president Mark Emmert’s salary climbs to nearly $4 million

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The life of a conference commissioner is not an easy one given the amount of criticism from just about every level but at least they are well compensated for their troubles.

Really well in most cases.

Thanks to the latest round of 2017-18 tax returns from the various Power Five conferences and the NCAA being released, we now have a good picture at how everybody stacks up and business booming has resulted in even larger paychecks for most. Here’s the latest figures for the Power Five and NCAA President Mark Emmert:

  • The Big Ten’s Jim Delany moved into the top spot as the highest paid commissioner thanks to a reported $5.5 million paycheck, per USA Today.
  • Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott was not far behind his Rose Bowl counterpart with over $5.2 million in compensation, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
  • Big 12 head honcho Bob Bowlsby was bumped to a total of $4.1 million.
  • ACC commissioner John Swofford took home slightly over $3.5 million.
  • SEC leader Greg Sankey was by far the best bargain of the group, with the most recently appointed commissioner making right around $2 million last year.
  • Emmert’s salary was the biggest mover of the group of power players as Yahoo! Sports notes his take-home pay jumped 60% by going from $2.4 million the previous year to $3.9 million. All told, the NCAA’s public face has seen his salary jump by some $2 million since 2015 alone.

As you all know, the compensation for the student-athletes officially remained at $0 in pay for the same time period.

Alcohol sales expected to be hot topic at SEC spring meetings

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It just means more… beer?

It certainly could in the SEC as early as this upcoming season depending on how the league’s annual spring meetings in Destin, Fla. go next week. As Sports Illustrated reports ahead of everybody’s trip down by the beach, repealing an archaic conference rule banning alcohol sales in the general public sections of stadiums is expected to be the hot button topic that will drive the conversation among school presidents, athletic directors and coaches:

Many of the conference’s high-ranking administrators are optimistic that league presidents will not only seriously discuss the alcohol ban but will overturn an archaic policy that exists in no other major conference. The bylaw will be “front and center” during the four-day event at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort, says one athletic director; another AD says it’s “the main thing.” The administrators spoke to Sports Illustrated on a condition of anonymity.

It probably goes without saying that SEC fans have been clamoring for overturning the rule and expanding sales beyond the club areas where adult beverages are currently allowed to be sold. The conference is one of the few holdouts in this area as college football has swung back from being relatively dry the past decade-plus. Half the Big Ten will permit sales in 2019 and other programs like Oklahoma became the latest big program elsewhere to join the trend earlier this month.

There’s two positives supporters of an SEC repeal will no doubt trot out next week, the first being the increased revenues schools can make by opening up sales and the other being the decrease in binge drinking just prior to kickoff. The latter in particular is not something likely to escape the conference presidents given some of the game day atmospheres in the league.

We’ll see if things ultimately get over the finish line in terms of a repeal after a few years of discussion but it probably speaks to the health of the league that throwing a few drinks back is the topic de jour down in Destin this year.