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Tex McIver murder trial delayed until March 

The murder trial of Atlanta attorney Claud “Tex” McIver was delayed Wednesday until March, and McIver may be freed from jail until then. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney was to issue bond conditions later Wednesday, and it wasn’t clear that McIver would be able to satisfy those conditions once they’re set. McIver’s attorney, William Hill, said the delay...


What to expect as Taste of Atlanta debuts its new O4W Park location

What to expect as Taste of Atlanta debuts its new O4W Park location

In its 16th year, Taste of Atlanta has moved from Tech Square to Historic Fourth Ward Park, and added a few new wrinkles along the way. But the food that more than 100 participating restaurants will serve over the weekend, Oct. 20-22 this year, remains the big draw for the crowds that gather to enjoy this perennial outdoor fall event. “We want to be in a cool, hip neighborhood, and we really...
Family says Trump told fallen soldier's widow that husband 'knew what he signed up for'

Family says Trump told fallen soldier's widow that husband 'knew what he signed up for'

A congresswoman and the family of a U.S. Army soldier killed earlier this month in an ambush in Niger said President Donald Trump told the soldier’s widow that her husband “knew what he signed up for” before his death, an account the president staunchly denied. “I didn’t say what that congresswoman said – didn’t say it at all,” Trump told reporters on...
In response to KSU cheerleaders, Olens shows students their fears were justified

In response to KSU cheerleaders, Olens shows students their fears were justified

When news broke a year ago that the Board of Regents intended to name Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens to the presidency of Kennesaw State University, faculty and students expressed concern about a politician leading an institution of higher education. Olens had also been a former two-term chairman of Cobb County’s board of commissioners. Turns out those fears were...
COLD CASE: Murder of Gwinnett mom who moonlighted as stripper remains unsolved

COLD CASE: Murder of Gwinnett mom who moonlighted as stripper remains unsolved

More than 30 years ago, the quiet, upscale community of Peachtree Corners was shocked by the brutal slaying of a woman neighbors knew as the doting mother of a 6-year-old. It wasn’t until after Brenda Hope Davis, 34, was found shot and repeatedly stabbed on Sept. 18, 1985, that they learned of her secret life as a popular strip club dancer earning up to $1,000 a night in tips. Much remains a...
Inquiries into deaths of disabled Georgians fall short, report says

Inquiries into deaths of disabled Georgians fall short, report says

When a woman with developmental disabilities drowned in the bathtub, state investigators took two months to conclude she had suffered no neglect. But even then, the investigators missed critical information: Two state-provided caregivers were supposed to keep the woman in sight at all times. Instead, they had once let her go to McDonald’s on her own – and left her alone in the tub for...
Evander Holyfield to be honored with statue in Atlanta

Evander Holyfield to be honored with statue in Atlanta

Evander Holyfield, here giving his speech at the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony in Canastota, N.Y., on June 11, will soon have a statue in his honor in Atlanta. (Kyle Mennig/Oneida Daily Dispatch) Atlanta’s history of championship parades is brief. So is the city’s list of sport heroes, and it follows that few have been iconic enough...
University of Florida braces for appearance by white nationalist

University of Florida braces for appearance by white nationalist

Richard B. Spencer, a prominent white nationalist, is scheduled to speak at the University of Florida on Thursday, prompting an outcry over whether his views are protected speech, dividing the campus and putting law enforcement officials on high alert. The university denied Spencer’s original request to speak on Sept. 12, citing the violent clashes in August between far-right demonstrators and...
Sapelo Island historian, community leader Cornelia Walker Bailey dies

Sapelo Island historian, community leader Cornelia Walker Bailey dies

Cornelia Walker Bailey was as much a part of Sapelo Island and the historic Hog Hammock community as the long and narrow seagrass and the saltwater that beats against the shores. Bailey, who was proudly Geechee — a traditional African American lowcountry culture with its roots in the deep past — wore many hats. She was an author, unofficial historian, prominent community leader and keeper...
The magical Orionid meteor shower is back — When, where and how to see it

The magical Orionid meteor shower is back — When, where and how to see it

The Orionid meteor shower is expected to peak in the next coming days and you don’t want to miss out. The annual shower has been called “one of the most beautiful showers of the year” by Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, and is a popular celestial event for stargazers everywhere. Here are 11 things you need to know about the 2017 Orionid meteor...
DeKalb and city officials unify around sales tax referendum

DeKalb and city officials unify around sales tax referendum

City mayors and DeKalb County elected officials are uniting around sales tax proposals on this year’s ballot, saying the additional revenue is needed to pay for smoother roads, more firefighting vehicles and new police cars. A press conference staged Wednesday was designed to answer questions about referendums that would increase DeKalb’s sales tax rate to 8 percent and reduce homeowners&rsquo...
9 Atlanta ghost tours that will totally spook you

9 Atlanta ghost tours that will totally spook you

With October well underway, it's the perfect time to go on or make reservations at one of metro Atlanta's ghost tours. Whether you prefer straight-up ghost tales or a more theatrical tour with costumed performers, these nine go-to ghost tours will help you to get officially spooked in Atlanta: Tours last 90 minutes and depart from the Aurora Theatre every weekend from May-September and every...
Boston chef’s new book celebrates his New England home; see him in Atlanta Thursday

Boston chef’s new book celebrates his New England home; see him in Atlanta Thursday

  Read this cookbook: “Home Grown: Cooking From My New England Roots” by Matt Jennings (Artisan, $35)   By Wendell Brock In his first cookbook, Matt Jennings takes his stand as a New Englander, writing with raw vitality of how he became a chef, and how he finds beauty and meaning in a landscape by turns barren and verdant: a place of legendary berries, maple syrup...
Atlanta school board candidate files ethics complaint against incumbent

Atlanta school board candidate files ethics complaint against incumbent

Weeks before the Nov. 7 election, an Atlanta school board candidate filed an ethics complaint against his opponent, an incumbent whom he alleges offered his campaign manager a job with Atlanta Public Schools.  The Atlanta Board of Education’s Ethics Commission will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday to discuss if it will investigate the complaint filed by Charlie Stadtlander, who is running against...
Fallout from KSU cheerleader protest casts shadow over Sam Olens’ investiture tomorrow

Fallout from KSU cheerleader protest casts shadow over Sam Olens’ investiture tomorrow

Several updates occurred today in the story about the five Kennesaw State University cheerleaders who kneeled during the national anthem in silent protest of police misconduct and racial inequality. Following their actions on Sept. 30, KSU kept the cheerleaders off the field during the anthem, a decision that President Sam Olens attributed to the university’s athletic...
Here’s how and when the Marietta homecoming parade will affect traffic

Here’s how and when the Marietta homecoming parade will affect traffic

It’s homecoming week for Marietta High School, so let this serve as your reminder to avoid being in a motor vehicle around Marietta Square on Friday. Marietta police say the Square will be closed because of the homecoming parade for about an hour starting at 5 p.m. The parade will start on Dobbs Street near Cherokee Street and proceed through the Square and loop around Glover Park before heading...
Delta CEO says airline won’t pay jet tariffs, Alabama plant plays role

Delta CEO says airline won’t pay jet tariffs, Alabama plant plays role

In the middle of a “Buy American” trade dispute over jets Delta Air Lines is buying from a Canadian manufacturer, Delta CEO Ed Bastian says the airline will not pay any of the massive tariffs proposed by the Trump administration. And, he now expects Delta will take delivery of the jets from a final assembly facility in Mobile, Ala., thanks to a blockbuster deal announced this week...
Game thread: Hawks at Mavericks

Game thread: Hawks at Mavericks

Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki is entering his 20th NBA season. (AP Photo) When/where: 8:30 p.m. today, American Airilines Center, Dallas TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks—Miles Plumlee (quad) is out. Mavericks—  Seth Curry (leg) is out. Projected starters: Hawks — Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince, Ersan Ilyasova...
Man avoids death penalty in shooting of retired priest

Man avoids death penalty in shooting of retired priest

A man pleaded guilty Wednesday to the deadly shooting of a Florida priest in east Georgia, according to a prosecutor’s spokeswoman, which will allow him to avoid the death penalty. Steven Murray, 30, made the plea in Burke County Superior Court, according to Natalie Paine of the Augusta Judicial Circuit. The Waynesboro courthouse is near where Murray said he shot to death the Rev. Rene Robert...

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Kneeling at KSU, Sputnik, and bump stocks

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” hits a wide range of topics. The first is the flap over cheerleaders (and now Scrappy the Owl) taking a knee at Kennesaw State University. Then we have the departure of the deputy campaign manager for Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor, after an AJC report that he had appeared on Sputnik...
How ex-Braves are faring in the postseason

How ex-Braves are faring in the postseason

There’s eight former Braves on postseason rosters but none are having much impact so far. Check back later to see how they fared in tonight’s two games. Evan Gattis: He’s batting .286 with no homers and one RBI in 14 at-bats (five games). Cameron Maybin: The outfielder has played in just three of eight games. Maybin is hitting .250. Brian McCann: The catcher has played in 7 of 8...
Suit: Gwinnett school fired Muslim woman who asked for time to pray

Suit: Gwinnett school fired Muslim woman who asked for time to pray

A Gwinnett County custodian was accused of falsifying her job application and then fired after asking supervisors to accommodate her prayer schedule, a federal lawsuit alleges. Penny Deams filed the lawsuit against Gwinnett County Public Schools on Monday. She previously worked at Ferguson Elementary School in Duluth. Deams also previously filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint...
Atlantans would rather have a root canal or attend a funeral than sell their home, survey says

Atlantans would rather have a root canal or attend a funeral than sell their home, survey says

How do Atlantans feel about the real estate market? Many despise it, according to a new report.  Opendoor, an online real estate service that recently expanded to Atlanta, released the results of a survey that evaluated consumer impressions of the buying and selling process from folks in Atlanta.  To do so, the company conducted an online questionnaire, handing it out to more than 300 metro...
Georgia Tech punter Pressley Harvin has been ‘great help’

Georgia Tech punter Pressley Harvin has been ‘great help’

Five games into his career, Georgia Tech punter Pressley Harvin has demonstrated that he’s equal to the advance billing. On a sloppy field with footing that grew increasingly worse, Harvin played the best game of his young career, repeatedly pinning the Hurricanes to set up the Yellow Jackets’ defense. Had Tech prevailed, Harvin’s role would have been hailed as pivotal in the upset...
Delta shows off new Airbus A350 plane

Delta shows off new Airbus A350 plane

Photos: Delta Air Lines’ new flagship aircraft will be its extra wide-body Airbus A350 jet, said chief operating officer Gil West.
Falcons re-living Super Bowl for professional reasons, not psychological

Falcons re-living Super Bowl for professional reasons, not psychological

The Falcons don’t much like talking about the last Super Bowl, where they lost 34-28 in overtime to New England, but they haven’t burned videotapes of the game. Instead, they are watching repeatedly this week while preparing to play the Patriots again. It wouldn’t be right to say that Atlanta players and coaches could learn more for this Sunday’s game in New England from watching...
What Falcons head coach Dan Quinn had to say Wednesday

What Falcons head coach Dan Quinn had to say Wednesday

Falcons head coach spoke with media before Wednesday’s practice, the first in preparation for the team’s Super Bowl rematch against the Patriots in New England. Here’s what he had to say [edited for length]: “We had a good meeting and we talked about consistency, and [Houston Astros pitcher] Justin Verlander was one of the examples we showed the guys. That kind of consistency...
NeNe Leakes loses a prominent gig: E!’s ‘Fashion Police’ ending after 22 years

NeNe Leakes loses a prominent gig: E!’s ‘Fashion Police’ ending after 22 years

Posted Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog E! is retiring “Fashion Police” after two-plus decades November 27 with a special honoring the late great  comedienne Joan Rivers, whose career was revived in the mid-1990s after the show launched. This also means “Real Housewives of Atlanta” castmate ...
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos offered mayorship of new city for company’s HQ2 

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos offered mayorship of new city for company’s HQ2 

If creating a city for Amazon isn’t enough to recruit the company to Georgia, maybe making the company’s CEO its permanent mayor will be. How does Amazon Mayor Jeff Bezos sound? Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary said Wednesday he will seek state legislation to install Bezos as the unelected leader of Amazon, Ga. — if the company chooses to bring its giant corporate...
Award-winning brewery set to open a brewpub in Forsyth County

Award-winning brewery set to open a brewpub in Forsyth County

A flight of beer at Cherry Street Taproom. The Cumming brewery that won the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship is opening a second space in Forsyth County. Cherry Street Brewing will open a nearly 8,000-square-foot brewpub and beer garden in mixed-use development Halcyon. The spot will serve a menu of seasonal, upscale pub food. The beer selection will include 16 existing Cherry Street...
60 arrested in Georgia in FBI-led child sex trafficking operation

60 arrested in Georgia in FBI-led child sex trafficking operation

Sixty people were arrested and four children were recovered in Georgia during an FBI-led operation that focused on child sex trafficking, the agency announced Wednesday morning. Nationally, 120 suspected traffickers were arrested and 84 minors were recovered in the 11th run of Operation Cross Country from Thursday through Sunday, the FBI said in a news release. “We at the FBI have no greater...
Falcons owner Arthur Blank comments on meeting with NFL players, owners

Falcons owner Arthur Blank comments on meeting with NFL players, owners

In a brief interview on ESPN’s “NFL Live” on Wednesday afternoon, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank discussed his thoughts on Tuesday’s meeting with the NFL, players and select owners. Blank was one of several owners to meet with players during this week’s NFL owners meeting to promote discussion about why players are protesting and what the NFL can do.  Owners...

This Georgia restaurant chain is tops with teens, new study finds

Bank and asset management firm Piper Jaffray is out with the results of its 34th semi-annual “Taking Stock With Teens” research survey, which asked 6,100 teens in 44 U.S. states to talk about their favorite brands and shopping habits. Key findings: Snapchat is by far the preferred social media platform of this demographic...
Really, you can play golf at SunTrust Park

Really, you can play golf at SunTrust Park

The Braves are – again – turning their stadium into a golf course. For a limited time, of course. From Oct. 25-29 (next Wednesday through Sunday), SunTrust Park will be converted into a nine-hole golf course by Stadiumlinks. The event is open to the public. The Braves did the same thing with Turner Field for three days last year and the Padres did so at Petco Park. Not to worry, grounds...
Atlanta-based Alternative apparel acquired by Hanes

Atlanta-based Alternative apparel acquired by Hanes

Alternative Apparel, the Atlanta-based company founded in 1995, has been purchased by Hanes in a deal valued at $60 million. CEO Evan Toporek will continue to lead the company out of Norcross. Alternative is expected to have full-year 2017 net sales of approximately $70 million, according to Hanes. In 2016 the company consolidated its operations moving 150 employees three offices...
How to watch: College football games this week with TV times, network, online Week 8

How to watch: College football games this week with TV times, network, online Week 8

Here are the TV times and networks and streaming opportunities for all FBS games Thursday, Friday and Saturday on the eighth full weekend of the season. All times are EDT.  Noon, Louisville at Florida State, ESPN 12:20pm, Pitt at Duke, ACC/Raycom 12:30pm, Boston College at Virginia, FSSO 3:30pm, North Carolina at Virginia Tech, ESPN2 3:30pm, Syracuse at Miami, ESPN 7:30pm, Wake Forest at Georgia...
‘Little bit of a twist’: 2 men shoot each other at Marietta hotel

‘Little bit of a twist’: 2 men shoot each other at Marietta hotel

Two men were injured when they shot at each other inside a hotel room in Marietta, police said Wednesday. The incident happened just before 12:15 p.m. at a Rodeway Inn and Suites in the 2300 block of Delk Road, Marietta police Officer Jared Rakestraw said. “The confrontation started inside a hotel room and then continued into the parking lot in front of building 300 where both men exchanged...
So here we go again: What’s the deal with Matt Ryan?

So here we go again: What’s the deal with Matt Ryan?

“We lost to Miami. How is that possible?” (Curtis Compton/AJC) Today we offer the 10th annual installment in that Atlanta-based series, “What’s Wrong with Matt Ryan?” Most every year, the answer has been: Nothing much. It might well be the same this time, meaning that in six days or six weeks we’ll feel, yet again, silly for having said anything...
Woodstock invites public to help update plan

Woodstock invites public to help update plan

Woodstock has set the first public meeting for Oct. 19 on the 10-year update to its comprehensive plan, giving residents an opportunity to contribute to a document that will look ahead to the year 2040. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at The Chambers at City Center, 8534 Main St. Its open house format means people can arrive any time between 6 and 8 p.m. Staff also is working on an online survey to be...
Cobb cops warn of new twist on old ‘Green Dot’ scam

Cobb cops warn of new twist on old ‘Green Dot’ scam

A police agency in Cobb County is warning residents about a scam that’s been tweaked to now target businesses. Acworth police said Wednesday that the department has recently received reports of a twist on a scam that involves a Green Dot — a pre-paid, declining balance card not linked to any bank account. Before, scammers would call claiming to be from power utility companies...
Man accused of ‘repeated sexual contact’ with child

Man accused of ‘repeated sexual contact’ with child

Hall County authorities have arrested a Gainesville man after he allegedly had “repeated sexual contact” with a child. Russell Spangler Lowry, 53, engaged in the sexual contact from 2014 to 2016, spokesman Stephen Wilbanks of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Lowry is charged with aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, felony sexual battery and...
Hawks begin longest-ever trip to start season but opponents not fearsome

Hawks begin longest-ever trip to start season but opponents not fearsome

The Hawks won’t have to face Nicolas Batum when they play at Charlotte on Friday. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images) Before the NBA opened play on Tuesday, FiveThirtyEight.com’s projection system said the Hawks will win an NBA-low 26 games. The Vegas over/under for Hawks is 25 1/2 (though bettors really like the over). Considering the low expectations for...
These metro Atlanta companies are making big hires this holiday season

These metro Atlanta companies are making big hires this holiday season

If you're looking for a job, it's a great time of year to apply. Many companies are looking to beef up their hiring in anticipation of the holiday season, and in some cases, these positions may translate into longer-term employment. These are some of the metro Atlanta companies that are making big hires this holiday season: Target is increasing its holiday hiring this year, adding 100,000 people to...
Falcons’ run defense drops two spots in the NFL rankings 

Falcons’ run defense drops two spots in the NFL rankings 

Falcons dropped two spots in the run defense rankings after giving up a season-high 138 yards rushing against the Miami Dolphins.  The Dolphins became the second consecutive team to rush for more than 100 yards against the Falcons. The Bills rushed for 117 yards.  The Falcons are giving up 102 yards a game, which ranks 13th in the league. Before the Miami game, they were giving up 93 yards...
Georgia Tech question of the week vs. Wake Forest

Georgia Tech question of the week vs. Wake Forest

Following a crushing 25-24 loss to No. 11 Miami last Saturday, Georgia Tech faces Wake Forest at Bobby Dodd Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. matchup. In the wake of the last-second defeat, the question of the week is: Can the Yellow Jackets rebound? Tech players, at least, were saying the right words - that they can’t let Miami beat them twice and that their focus needs to be on the Demon Deacons. &ldquo...
Where to buy tickets to see Atlanta high school football games Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Where to buy tickets to see Atlanta high school football games Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Wondering where to find tickets to the first high school football games to be played at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium?  Six Atlanta-area high school football teams will get the privilege of playing at the new downtown stadium in an event organizers have dubbed “Battle at the Benz.”  Atlanta Public Schools officials said game-goers can purchase tickets for $15 in advance at Grady...
What Bill Belichick had to say about the Falcons 

What Bill Belichick had to say about the Falcons 

Here’s what New England coach Bill Belichick had to say about the Falcons during a conference call with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday:  BELICHICK: “I think they are a very impressive group. They have a lot of talent. They are strong at every position. The offensive line is good. The quarterback is good. The running backs are good. Tight ends, receivers, they have a...
Atlanta designer Mychael Knight (“Project Runway”) dead at age 39

Atlanta designer Mychael Knight (“Project Runway”) dead at age 39

Facebook public profile photo. Posted Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Mychael Knight, an Atlanta fashion designer who finished in the final four season three of “Project Runway” in 2006, died Tuesday at a Georgia hospital, according to TMZ. TMZ noted that he had been suffering from intestinal issues but did...
5 of basketball’s most gruesome injuries (if you can stand to watch)

5 of basketball’s most gruesome injuries (if you can stand to watch)

Boston Celtics star Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome ankle injury on the NBA’s opening night. Less than six minutes into the game, the guard jump toward the basket for an alley-oop that went tragically wrong. Hayward’s foot landed at a 90 degree angle from his leg. Players and fans in the stands turned away in angst. TV cameras recorded the action, before he was taken off the floor in...
Do Falcons linemen want to run ball in short-yardage situations? 

Do Falcons linemen want to run ball in short-yardage situations? 

The Falcons ran the football while trailing 7-3 late in the second quarter on first-and-goal from the one-yard line against the Bills two weeks ago. Yep, in a short-yardage situation, running back Devonta Freeman took a handoff from Matt Ryan and got in behind left guard Andy Levitre and center Alex Mack and scored a touchdown. Later in the Bills game and early against the Dolphins last week, the...
Fox News poll says U.S. Senate race in Alabama now a dead heat

Fox News poll says U.S. Senate race in Alabama now a dead heat

In this September file photo, former Alabama chief justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore rides in on a horse to vote during the Alabama Senate primary race in Gallant, Ala. AP/Brynn Anderson It’s not just the state that raises the eyebrows. It’s the news organization behind the poll. A survey conducted by Fox News and released Tuesday shows anti-establishment Republican...
Atlanta Braves: Keep ’em or deal ’em?

Atlanta Braves: Keep ’em or deal ’em?

The Atlanta Braves compiled a fourth consecutive losing season for the first time since 1990. But it wasn’t all bad. The 2017 season saw a roster of fresh faces, the opening of a new ballpark, Freddie Freeman at third and Ender Inciarte registering 200 hits in a season.  Looking ahead to next season, the Braves face some uncertainties. Look back through the players who contributed to the...
Michigan O-line’s crash course starting to pay off for Wolverines

Michigan O-line’s crash course starting to pay off for Wolverines

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — As a freshman, Michigan lineman Mason Cole had the unenviable task of replacing All-American left tackle Taylor Lewan. As a captain in his fourth season at Michigan, he has to lead a youthful offensive line that continues to form its identity. “We’ve got to be more consistent,” Cole said. “We’ve got to protect the quarterback more...
ESPN: TCU’s biggest X-Factor is KaVontae Turpin

ESPN: TCU’s biggest X-Factor is KaVontae Turpin

ESPN’s Jake Trotter has KaVontae Turpin pegged as TCU’s X-Factor for the remaining six games of the season.  Trotter explains that while Turpin has had a quiet season, he had a solid game against Kansas State. He’s easily the most explosive player on TCU’s roster, and if the Horned Frogs can find a way to get him the ball consistently, he’ll have other...
Avoid the pain, get the gains: 5 most common exercise-related injuries

Avoid the pain, get the gains: 5 most common exercise-related injuries

For those that take their workouts seriously, be sure to add one more fitness goal to the list: avoiding exercise injuries.  Not only does getting hurt in the gym or on the trail cut back on how much time you spend getting fit,  it's also painful and treatment can be costly. Personal trainer Justin Price, M.A. told Men's Fitness that there are two main reasons for workout-related...
ESPN: Oklahoma RB Trey Sermon is team’s ‘X Factor’

ESPN: Oklahoma RB Trey Sermon is team’s ‘X Factor’

Oklahoma running back freshman Trey Sermon looks more like a seasoned Big 12 veteran than someone who was in high school a year ago. Sermon’s been an important playmaker for the Sooners offense this season after the team lost both of its leading rushers from 2016. He’s stepped up to the challenge of filling the shoes of Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon, and ...
14 blue-chip signees have left Auburn football under Gus Malzahn; here’s why

14 blue-chip signees have left Auburn football under Gus Malzahn; here’s why

AUBURN, Ala. — Kyle Davis is the 14th Auburn football player to leave the program since the end of the 2016 season, and the 14th in a growing list of former blue-chip recruits who didn’t finish their career on the Plains. After the confirmation of Davis’ dismissal came out Tuesday morning, several readers asked about these rising departure numbers. Here&rsquo...
Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson on Matt Luke: ‘Everyone on this team is fighting for him’

Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson on Matt Luke: ‘Everyone on this team is fighting for him’

Matt Luke stepped into a tough situation earlier this summer, taking over the head coaching position on an interim basis after the firing of Hugh Freeze. Faced with holding the program together during the transition and a self-imposed bowl ban, Luke has taken on the circumstances with full gusto. “He’s one of the most passionate guys, if not the most passionate...
CBS Sports Midseason Predictions: Surprise team keeps Alabama from being unanimous title pick

CBS Sports Midseason Predictions: Surprise team keeps Alabama from being unanimous title pick

Roughly at the midpoint of the 2017 college football season, media members and outlets all over the country are taking a second shot at their College Football Playoff predictions. For the folks at CBS Sports, many doubled down on their championship team picks while altering the composition of their CFP final four. Check out a breakdown of them here. Almost exclusively...
Ezekiel Elliott regarding ongoing legal battle: ‘It’s just important for me to fight it’

Ezekiel Elliott regarding ongoing legal battle: ‘It’s just important for me to fight it’

After a federal appeals court overturned a Texas court’s injunction — which kept Ezekiel Elliott on the football field — a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order, allowing Elliott to keep playing. The current Dallas Cowboys running back — and former Ohio State star — has to be happy about being able to play football again. ...
BREAKING: Louisville Board of Trustees fires AD Tom Jurich

BREAKING: Louisville Board of Trustees fires AD Tom Jurich

The University of Louisville Board of Trustees met Wednesday and voted to fire longtime Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich “with cause.” The motion to fire Jurich passed by a 10-3 vote. Jurich has been on paid administrative leave since shortly after news broke of an FBI investigation into fraud and corruption in college basketball recruiting. The findings...
WATCH: Auburn RB Kamryn Pettway picks up blitz from LSU LB Devin White, delivers punishing hit

WATCH: Auburn RB Kamryn Pettway picks up blitz from LSU LB Devin White, delivers punishing hit

Although LSU upset then No. 10 Auburn last Saturday, the Tigers had one bright spot some viewers might have missed. SEC Network sideline reporter picked it up watching film on Wednesday afternoon. Kamryn Pettway picked up a blitz from LSU linebacker Devin White and just demolishes him. Kerryon Johnson has shouldered a lot of the load for the Tigers this season, but Pettway shows his worth...
School named after Confederate president to be renamed after Barack Obama

School named after Confederate president to be renamed after Barack Obama

A Mississippi school that was named after a Confederate president is to be renamed next year after former U.S. President Barack Obama after an Oct. 5 vote by the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees. >> Read more trending news  Davis IB Elementary School in Jackson, Mississippi, has operated for years under the namesake of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. But by the time the 2018-2019...
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott: ‘That’s not how I want to be seen’

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott: ‘That’s not how I want to be seen’

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will be on the field for their Week 7 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. On Tuesday, United States District Court Judge Paul A. Crotty ruled to reinstate the temporary restraining order on Elliott’s six-game suspension by the NFL. The Cowboys’ running back talked to the media about why he keeps fighting the NFL...
Miami WR Evidence Njoku, brother of David Njoku, sustains season-ending injury

Miami WR Evidence Njoku, brother of David Njoku, sustains season-ending injury

Miami Hurricanes freshman wide receiver Evidence Njoku sustained a right-knee injury at Tuesday’s practice and is out for the season according to a Hurricanes spokesman. Njoku is the younger brother of David Njoku, who starred as a tight end at Miami before being selected with the 29th pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns...
If Tennessee loses to Alabama, should Vols coach Butch Jones lose his job?

If Tennessee loses to Alabama, should Vols coach Butch Jones lose his job?

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football continues its SEC grind with a home matchup against Tennessee on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS. The Crimson Tide pounded Arkansas, 41-9, on homecoming last Saturday night to improve to 7-0 on the season, including 4-0 in SEC play. Leading up to the kickoff Saturday, we’ll be tackling the best ...
Broncos LB Brandon Marshall bothered by shoulder injury

Broncos LB Brandon Marshall bothered by shoulder injury

Denver Broncos inside linebacker Brandon Marshall missed practice on Wednesday. Marshall sat out Wednesday’s session due to a shoulder injury, per Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post. The Broncos linebacker has been hampered by a sore shoulder for two weeks. He revealed that the ailment’s been affecting his ability to tackle. The Broncos starting inside linebacker...
Sound Off: There are no weeks off when it comes to Chip, Seth and UGA

Sound Off: There are no weeks off when it comes to Chip, Seth and UGA

ATHENS — Thanks for tuning in to the Zaxby’s Sound Off, where beat writers Seth Emerson and Chip Towers offer their thoughts on the Georgia football team. Each week your DawgNation writers offer up some thoughts on the Bulldogs. Chip and Seth deal with a number of topics this week, including the hype surrounding the 7-0 Bulldogs in the national rankings...
Montgomery Gentry’s new video is the perfect tribute to Troy Gentry

Montgomery Gentry’s new video is the perfect tribute to Troy Gentry

Nearly six weeks after country musician Troy Gentry died in a helicopter crash, fans and friends are still grieving over half of the Montgomery Gentry duo. Eddie Montgomery and the band immortalized Gentry’s legacy in a lyric video for the band’s latest single, “Better Me.” Both concert and personal photos of Troy flood the clip as the duo sings, “I ain’t saying...
Who was Sgt. La David Johnson? 7 things to know about the fallen soldier, ‘Wheelie King’

Who was Sgt. La David Johnson? 7 things to know about the fallen soldier, ‘Wheelie King’

The mother of fallen U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson said Wednesday that during a call with her son’s widow, President Donald Trump said the soldier “knew what he signed up for.” Trump has since denied he said those words and told members of the Senate Finance Committee, “I had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife, who sounded like a wonderful...
Auburn football podcast: A Malzahn departure would affect recruiting

Auburn football podcast: A Malzahn departure would affect recruiting

Welcome to The Podcast on the Plains, SEC Country’s daily Auburn football podcast with host Zac Blackerby. On the show Wednesday, Blackerby is joined by SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk to discuss Tigers recruiting. On Episode 48, the experts spend time discussing Auburn’s newest commit, what would happen to Auburn’s signing class if...
Second judge rules against latest travel ban, saying Trump’s own words show it was aimed at Muslims

Second judge rules against latest travel ban, saying Trump’s own words show it was aimed at Muslims

A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday issued a second halt on the latest version of President Donald Trump's travel ban, asserting that the president's own comments on the campaign trail and on Twitter convinced him that the directive was akin to an unconstitutional Muslim ban.  U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang issued a somewhat less complete halt on the ban than his counterpart in...
Report: Miami basketball coach Jim Larranaga receives grand jury subpoena

Report: Miami basketball coach Jim Larranaga receives grand jury subpoena

According to Los Angeles Times reporter Nathan Fenno, Miami basketball coach Jim Larranaga has received a grand jury subpoena relating to the recent FBI investigation into college basketball. Fenno is reporting that Larranaga’s lawyers are vehemently denying any wrongdoing by the coach. One of Larranaga’s attorneys is quoted as saying “We’re trying to...
Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart believe USC QB Sam Darnold should stay in school

Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart believe USC QB Sam Darnold should stay in school

USC QB Sam Darnold is thought to be one of the best prospects available to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. In fact, ESPN’s Mel Kiper rated Darnold the No. 1 prospect on his Big Board just last week. However, former Heisman Trophy winners and USC greats Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush aren’t so sure Darnold should enter the draft. Leinart and Bush were guests on The Herd...
Return to Jacksonville a rewarding stop on long journey for UGA’s Javon Wims

Return to Jacksonville a rewarding stop on long journey for UGA’s Javon Wims

ATHENS – One of the rewarding things about doing those Next Generation profiles on Georgia signees each year is getting to see firsthand where these guys are come before they get where they want to go. Javon Wims has now gotten to where he wanted to go. Not his ultimate destination, mind you, but he’s a long way from where he was. When I first met Wims to write...
Georgia legend Herschel Walker sees parallels between 2017 and 1980 national championship team

Georgia legend Herschel Walker sees parallels between 2017 and 1980 national championship team

Any time the legends of a college program start to speak up about a season, it has the potential to be special. Herschel Walker was in Columbus, Georgia Wednesday and gave his take on the Bulldogs this season. According to the Macon Telegraph, someone asked Walker if Georgia could win the national title this season. The next national championship for the Bulldogs would be the first ...
Mizzou basketball, Michael Porter Jr. primed for national spotlight

Mizzou basketball, Michael Porter Jr. primed for national spotlight

NASHVILLE —Michael Porter Jr. watched closely as Markelle Fultz failed to resurrect Washington basketball last year. Fultz, a 5-star recruit who suffered through a 9-22 season, eventually became the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft. But the lack of team success was painful. “He was really frustrated, because that’s a dude who loves winning,” Porter...
Sound Off: It’s not a lost season for Arkansas — yet

Sound Off: It’s not a lost season for Arkansas — yet

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas football team, for the first time this season, has a golden opportunity to change its perception. The Razorbacks host Auburn at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium  on Saturday  night, and while Arkansas is a struggling program, Auburn is trending the same direction. In fact, Auburn...
Former Florida QB Will Grier doesn’t see big difference between Big 12, SEC

Former Florida QB Will Grier doesn’t see big difference between Big 12, SEC

Former Florida quarterback Will Grier had a brief but drama-filled time in Gainesville. After starting his freshman year and leading the Gators to a 6-0 record, Grier tested positive for a performance enhancing substance and was suspended for a year. He then transferred to West Virginia. Grier has led the Mountaineers to a 4-2 start in 2017, and  during an interview on...
Coach John Calipari reveals NCAA has granted Kentucky extra exhibition for charity

Coach John Calipari reveals NCAA has granted Kentucky extra exhibition for charity

The NCAA has given Kentucky the green light to play a special exhibition game to raise money for charity later this month. On Wednesday, coach John Calipari revealed that the governing body provided a waiver for the Wildcats to host Morehead State on Oct. 30 in a game that won’t be televised, according to SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker. All proceeds for the game, which...
Wisconsin safety D’Cota Dixon’s selflessness, work ethic drive him toward special season

Wisconsin safety D’Cota Dixon’s selflessness, work ethic drive him toward special season

MADISON, Wis. — The fact that Wisconsin safety D’Cota Dixon had no idea he was leading his team in tackles says everything about why Dixon leads his team in tackles. Teammates know he is a selfless player who cares only about winning games. But the byproduct of that unrelenting desire is someone who constantly finds himself around the ball to make the big play....
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