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Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 9:52 AM
The Cincinnati Bengals have placed starting right tackle on Jake Fisher on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list and signed tackle Eric Winston.
Winston tweeted Wednesday morning, “Happy to be back in Cincy! #WhoDey”
An 11-year veteran and the NFL Players Association president, Winston was with the Bengals for the final four games in 2014 through this year’s preseason, appearing in 33 games with six starts.
The Winston addition comes three days after Fisher was unable to finish Sunday’s 23-7 loss at Jacksonville due to illness and was taken to the hospital before flying home with the team.
Head coach Marvin Lewis did not specify what type of ailment Fisher was dealing with but said it’s something that has been ongoing.
“He’s (dealt with this) as we’ve been going through the season,” Lewis said. “It’s something that the doctors are monitoring very closely. (Sunday) they thought they needed to pull him from the game and run some tests, so they took him to the hospital to run tests.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:00 AM
Welcome to SEC Country’s Chicken & Waffles, your daily dish for all things South Carolina Gamecocks football, basketball and more. Miss a previous edition? Find every edition of SEC Country’s South Carolina Gamecocks Chicken & Waffles right here.
The South Carolina Gamecocks are still looking for the final pieces of their 2018 signing class. Four-star defensive tackle Dennis Briggs is one of South Carolina’s top remaining targets.
The Gateway High School (Kissimmee, Fla.) standout was in Columbia, S.C., over the weekend for an official visit with the Gamecocks.
According to Briggs’ coach Marlin Roberts, South Carolina defensive line coach Lance Thompson has “been recruiting the hell out of” the 6-foot-4, 252-pound defensive lineman.
Briggs is rated as the No. 24 defensive tackle in the Class of 2018, per the 247Sports composite.
According to Pete Fiutak of CollegeFootballNews.com, South Carolina coach Will Muschamp did an outstanding job in 2017.
Fiutak ranked Muschamp No. 17 on his list of the top college football coaches last season, via John Whittle of The Big Spur.
“Where’s the talent? Where are the top-shelf, sure-thing NFL superstars? Muschamp’s style of coaching might walk a fine line, but it worked in the opener against N.C. State and in the bowl closer against Michigan. Somehow, he coaxed nine wins out of this group,” Fiutak wrote.
In his second year at South Carolina, Muschamp led the Gamecocks to a 9-4 record in 2017, the seventh 9-win campaign in program history.
Four-star 2019 athlete Jaylin Simpson checked out South Carolina this past weekend.
“It was nice. I’d been there before, for a camp, but I actually got to see all the inside stuff. It was nice to visit,” Simpson said of his junior day visit.
The No. 20 athlete for 2019 lists offers from Florida, Georgia, Ohio State and more.
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Four-star quarterback and Class of 2020 prospect Jack Miller was offered by new South Carolina quarterbacks coach Dan Werner last week.
“I’m super excited about it,” Miller told SportsTalk’s Phil Kornblut. “South Carolina is a place I feel like I would fit in and I’m super interested. I’m planning on coming down there this summer.”
Miller’s rated as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback for 2020 by 247Sports. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native already boasts offers from Florida State, Ohio State and Texas A&M, among others.
Coach Frank Martin and South Carolina men’s basketball program has also been busy with recruiting as of late. Four-star center D.J. Burns was at Colonial Life Arena on Saturday to watch the Gamecocks take on the Tennessee Volunteers.
“He talks to my parents a lot,” Burns said of Martin. “I don’t talk to him a lot, but he’s still good. I talk to [assistant] coach [Perry] Clark a lot.”
The 247Sports composite ranks Burns as the No. 58 overall prospect for 2019.
The Gamecocks can’t get too hung up on their 70-63 loss to the No. 21-ranked Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday, they head to Gainesville, Fla., on Wednesday to take on the No. 21 Florida Gators.
“They’re consistent with this: If you turn the ball over or take bad shots, you can’t rebound it and it allows them to get out and run on you, and then they’ve got multiple shooters with a four-year point guard,” Martin said when previewing the Gators.
The Gamecocks are currently 12-7 overall and 3-4 in the SEC.
South Carolina football gave shout-outs to former Gamecocks Stephon Gilmore and Alshon Jeffery on Twitter on Monday.
— Gamecock Football (@GamecockFB) January 22, 2018
Gilmore and Jeffery both played pivotal roles for their respective teams on Sunday.
Gilmore’s New England Patriots won their second straight AFC title with a 24-20 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The sixth-year cornerback had a pivotal pass deflection to end the Jaguars’ comeback bid.
Jeffery and the Eagles are headed to their third Super Bowl after knocking off the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday. The former All-SEC wide receiver had 5 catches for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns in the game.
The two ex-South Carolina stars will likely line up opposite one another in the Super Bowl on Feb. 4.
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Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:00 AM
Florida Gators football is the No. 1 topic in Good Morning, Gators every day — but we cover news, notes and analysis from across the Gators sports world. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Florida football, recruiting, basketball and more.
The credit card fraud saga that hung over the 2017 Florida football season like a dark cloud still has loose ends to tie up as it relates to the future of several players.
But that list continues to dwindle as a fourth indefinitely suspended player is reportedly leaving the program.
The Gainesville Sun’s Graham Hall reported Monday that defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones, who missed his redshirt sophomore season due to the suspension, is transferring to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.
Desir-Jones came to Florida as a 3-star offensive lineman from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and got into two games off the bench in 2016 before transitioning to the defensive line.
He follows the departures of three other players suspended in the credit card fraud matter after wide receiver Antonio Callaway declared for the NFL draft and offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort and defensive lineman Jordan Smith announced intentions to transfer.
If there is any common thread to be taken from that group, Callaway (too many off-the-field distractions), Telfort (too many recommended third-degree felony charges) and Smith (ditto on the volume of charges) always seemed the least likely to return, while Desir-Jones would be facing an uphill battle for a role on the team going forward even if he was cleared to return.
So, in other words, no surprises so far.
Meanwhile, there’s been no official update on the other five suspended players: former starting running back Jordan Scarlett, freshman linebackers Ventrell Miller and James Houston, wide receiver Rick Wells and veteran defensive end Keivonnis Davis, who was in a serious scooter accident last fall and faces health obstacles to any potential return in addition to the other factors.
Each of those players received pre-trial intervention that will allow their charges to be dropped if they meet requirements set forth by the State Attorney’s Office, but it has been conveyed throughout the process that the suspended players must be cleared for return at the university level before it becomes a football matter.
It’s not clear where that process stands.
But for fans looking for clues, it was interesting that Scarlett — the most notable of the remaining suspended players — was not among the list of underclassmen who declared for the NFL draft. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll play again for the Gators, but it seems to indicate he at least hopes to return.
His Twitter bio continues to list him as a Florida running back, and he tweeted this Monday morning:
— Jordan Scarlett (@ScarlettFever25) January 22, 2018
Meanwhile, Miller has been tweeting regularly, recently posting a photo of himself working out in Gators attire and posting a photo of an opened Bible over the weekend.
If y’all was wondering what I was doing pic.twitter.com/BjwhPHrdhs
— Ventrell Miller (@ventrell_miller) January 21, 2018
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It came out over the weekend that former Florida kicker Eddy Pineiro, who declared for the NFL draft last month, had received a Police Service Award certificate from the Gainesville Police Department for “selfless acts and extreme bravery” in breaking up an assault of a woman.
Carter, of FloridaGators.com, spoke to Pineiro for more details on the incident and his role in helping the woman to safety.
“It was the worst thing I have ever experience,” Pineiro told Carter of seeing a man choking and attacking the woman.
Pineiro tweeted about the situation on Sunday.
Everyone please read this! This is a perfect example of why you should never put your hands on a woman! You will go to jail for a long time! Treat women with respect! pic.twitter.com/T0PD37NqXt
— Eddy Piñeiro (@eddypineiro1) January 21, 2018
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Florida point guard Chris Chiozza paid his tribute to former Gators kicker Eddy Pineiro:
— Chris Chiozza/ FLASH (@Chiozza11) January 23, 2018
UNLV posted an official welcome to former Florida linebackers coach Tim Skipper, who left the Gators this month to become the Runnin’ Rebels’ defensive coordinator:
— UNLV Football (@unlvfootball) January 22, 2018
The Gators’ official account recognized Florida’s former players heading to the Super Bowl:
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) January 22, 2018
New Florida linebackers coach Christian Robinson, a former LB at rival Georgia, is fully embracing his newfound connection to the Gators:
— Christian Robinson (@crob45) January 22, 2018
Former Gators punter Johnny Townsend tweeted from the Senior Bowl:
— Johnny Townsend (@johnnytownsend1) January 22, 2018
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Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:00 AM
LSU basketball takes on the Texas A&M Aggies on Tuesday evening in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. See below for information on how you can watch, listen to and stream this game.
This game represents a rematch for the Tigers and Aggies after LSU defeated A&M 69-68 on the back of a buzzer beater from point guard Tremont Waters earlier in the month. That win kicked off LSU’s brief two-game SEC win streak, a streak the Tigers have followed with three consecutive conference losses. LSU has yet to win an SEC matchup at home this season, while the Aggies haven’t a won conference game on the road.
Despite the Aggies’ losing record in SEC play, Texas A&M still ranks No. 29 nationally in the RPI thanks to a strong showing in non-conference play. LSU ranks tied for 90th in RPI, ahead of only No. 139 Vanderbilt among SEC squads.
Who: LSU (11-7, 2-4 SEC) versus Texas A&M (13-6, 2-5 SEC)
When: Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, 8:00 p.m. CT
Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, La.
Tuesday’s game will be broadcast nationally on the SEC Network.
Baton Rouge residents can listen to the game on the radio by tuning to 98.1 FM Baton Rouge. Internet users can find a stream of the broadcast at LSUSports.net/live.
Tuesday’s game will be streamed through WatchESPN.com. Mobile users can access the stream through the Watch ESPN App. Both the SEC Network Plus and WatchESPN require cable or satellite passwords to log in.
Point guard: Sophomore Skylar Mays
Point guard: Freshman Tremont Waters
Shooting guard: Junior Randy Onwuasor
Power forward: Senior Aaron Epps
Power forward: Senior Duop Reath
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Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:00 AM
Arkansas football rules the world of Razorbacks sports. So, with your bacon, have some Hogs for Breakfast and get caught up. It’s SEC Country’s weekday column and roundup on all things Arkansas … especially Arkansas football. Opinion, numbers, inane babble and more! And now with ironic exclamation points! There is no place like it on the web.
Out in Colorado, Denver Post columnist Mark Kiszla is known for doing news and views columns. For example: “News — Rockies sweep Dodgers. Views — Better lucky than good.” They are the definition of what this job entails in this day and age.
Such things sometimes don’t go over all that well with the fan base. Imagine Rockies fans arguing “Kiszla never gives us any credit.” The key being “us,” as though they play on the team, too.
Works that way a lot here in Arkansas. It’s about to work that way right now.
News: Arkansas received a commitment from a junior-college running back Monday.
Views: Arkansas doesn’t love what it has at the top of its depth chart at the position.
Without this veering off into Ricky Town August 2015 territory, the premise is the same. Coaches don’t go hard after non-high school players who they think won’t be able to help them quickly. Rakeem Boyd, an upcoming junior from Independence Community College, is such a player. He had offers from Colorado and Arizona State after starting his college football career at Texas A&M before running into reported academic issues.
Boyd isn’t planning to attend Arkansas to sit on the bench. With offers from other power-conference schools, he seems the type of player who wants to start, or at least serve in a timeshare his first full season from JUCO. If that’s the case, what does that say about what Chad Morris and the offensive staff think about what Arkansas has in the backfield right now?
Chase Hayden looked the part of a big-time player in his freshman season. His build is small, though, and he may not be an every down, first-string back. Besides, another player on the Arkansas roster looked like a breakout player after his freshman year, too, but Devwah Whaley had a below-average second season in 2017.
T.J. Hammonds was phenomenal two games in the middle of last season, but he’s also a man with too many positions. Maleek Williams was a Bret Bielema recruit but redshirted after that coaching staff glowed.
Where’s that leave Boyd?
Honestly, it’s probably terrible news for Whaley and Williams. It’s difficult to envision yet another season in which Hammonds is underused and it’s hard to see a staff coming in and not appreciating what Hayden brings to the table.
Keep your eyes on the position in the next few weeks and then into spring camp. It could be a bear of a fight for carries.
It’s easy being cynical. It’s hard to be right. It’s crazy to be both.
Yet here we are with the Arkansas basketball team. A good chunk of the fan base is frustrated with the Razorbacks’ 3-4 start to SEC play. Others are hopeful, a better performance against Ole Miss in a 97-93 win Saturday perhaps the sign of things to come.
Truth lies in the middle. That near-.500 record is precisely where the Razorbacks belong, barring something wild by season’s end. They’re about to go on a run and tease again. Arkansas might even get to four games above even in league play and flirt with a high seed.
But so far, this team has done as level heads thought. Isn’t likely to change now.
It’s about that time. Don’t tell me it’s January; I know it’s January. It’s late January, in fact, which means Arkansas baseball starts in less than a month.
And why not get prepared for it now? After the disappointment of Arkansas football and the roller coaster that is Arkansas basketball right now, the Diamond Hogs bring some stability and promise to Razorbacks athletics.
Before Dave Van Horn and his team meet the assembled media, some of whom won’t be seen again until regionals, we wanted to give our preview of the Arkansas baseball season. It started Monday with a look, capsules if you will, at the Diamond Hogs schedule. Opponent by opponent, there is a brief about what each brings to the table.
Season opens Feb. 16 against Bucknell.
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This is Rakeem Boyd’s announcement.
Done deal‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/DdKKIs9Xga
— Rakeem boyd ™ (@boyd_rakeem) January 22, 2018
Jake Heinrich’s announcement, too.
— Jake Heinrich (@JAKEHEINRICH1) January 22, 2018
Arkansas had lost a lot of recruits to de-commitments recently. This one is the reverse. Hogs picked one up.
After a bunch of prayer and talking with my family, I am proud to announce that I wil be decommiting from Mississippi State University and recommiting to the the University of Arkansas #WPS pic.twitter.com/LqZglkxukd
— Myles Mason (@TrackstarMyles) January 22, 2018
The offseason is all about getting excited. Never mind personnel from a 4-8 team, the Razorbacks have a new coaching staff. On top of the world. As Kevin Garnett once yelled with enthusiasm, “anything’s possible.”
"Who can lock in on them details…That's who's gonna win Championships!"@CoachTruCarroll was getting the boys right in his first training session with the Hogs! #HammerDown #RazorFAST pic.twitter.com/r4lQzmD2w1
— Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) January 22, 2018
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