The official blog of The Daily.
Download the app for the full interactive experience.
The students, known as the Painted Posse, attend every home game painted in the school’s purple and gold colors. Taking away the cross was like taking away part of him, Cooke told an NBC affiliate in Baton Rouge, NBC33TV.
The university’s spokesman, Herb Vincent, acknowledged that the crosses had been removed and said the university was within its rights to doctor the photo. “LSU Athletics attempts not to imply any particular religious or political message in any of its correspondence with fans,” Vincent told Campus Reform.
They say everything’s bigger in Texas, but … this is wild. More than 21,000 people showed up to celebrate as a Texas high school unveiled a $59.6 million super stadium.
In the exurbs far north of Dallas, the Eagles of Allen High School christened their $59.6 million stadium — replete with 18,000 seats, 40 food service lines and a 79-foot-wide electronic scoreboard — by shutting out the Dragons of Southlake Carroll 24-0 before an overflow crowd of more than 21,000.
“It’s pretty much the center of the high school football world this weekend,” said Chris Tripucka, the father of the Eagles’ starting punter, Shane. “Everybody’s excited about it.”
Just because they’re state employees doesn’t mean they’re not earning like rock stars. Did you know the nation’s 10 highest paid football coaches at public universities make a combined $34.5 million?
Leading the pack was University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban, who will take home $5.3 million this year in base pay alone, and is set to receive $45 million from the school over the next eight years in salary and “talent fees.” Meanwhile, the state’s governor, Robert Bentley, makes $121,000 — about 2 percent of Saban’s salary. Alabama’s football team, which kicks off its season September 1 against Michigan, is ranked number two in USA Today’s pre-season poll.
Penn State was slapped with unprecedented penalties by the NCAA this morning, but none are quite as haunting as the ghostly indentations outside of Beaver Stadium where Joe Paterno’s statue once stood.
The NCAA slammed Penn State with an unprecedented series of penalties today, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all coach Joe Paterno’s victories from 1998-2011, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Other sanctions include a four-year ban on bowl games, and the loss of 10 scholarships per year over four years.
“Our goal is to be not just punitive,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert when announcing the staggering sanctions this morning at a news conference in Indianapolis, “but to also create a mindset in which football will never be placed ahead of protecting and educating young people.”
Meet the future of Penn State football, Adam Breneman, the top-rated player who made a non-binding oral commitment to the embattled school in March.
“I don’t know,” said Adam Breneman, when asked if he would still matriculate at Penn State if the NCAA imposes the death penalty in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. “I haven’t thought about a one-year, two-year death penalty. I don’t know what I’d do.”
Breneman, about to enter his senior year of high school, is the top-rated tight end in the nation and made a non-binding oral commitment to Penn State in March. He is the cornerstone of new coach Bill O’Brien’s 2013 recruiting class. While all are non-binding oral committments at this stage, the class is currently rated anywhere from 10th to 15h on most lists.
“It’s going to take a lot,” said Breneman, a lifelong Nittany Lions fan, “for me to not go to Penn State.”
If this is true, [Joe] Paterno is forever a phony at best; the embodiment of Penn State’s evil at worst.
The sky could turn green. There’s even an episode where you see a clear light, like light at the end of the tunnel.
With the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts want more than a franchise player. They’re looking for a suitable doppelganger for Peyton Manning. And sports columnist Chris Corbellini says they’ll make the wrong choice and pick Andrew Luck.
The problem with a franchise built on a foundation of circus tricks is that the gimmick peddlers eventually slip on the banana peel and expose themselves as no more capable of making legitimate football decisions as they would be trying to guess Rex Ryan’s weight.