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Holliman Named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week

Sep 22, 2014 -- 3:37pm

Phil Baker

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Via: ACC.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Safety Gerod Holliman has been named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week after his performance in Louisville's 34-3 win over FIU last Saturday.

Making his first collegiate start, Holliman collected two interceptions in the win over FIU, returning one 32 yards in the second quarter to give the Cardinals a 14-0 lead. He would add another interception on the next possession to set up another score.

A native of Miami, Fla., Holliman leads the nation in interceptions with five this season, which matches Charles Gaines' team-leading total from last season.

The Cardinals return home this week to face Wake Forest on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU. 

Also here is a sneak peak of the Adidas Football team uniforms they will wear Oct. 30th against Florida State.


Rex Chapman accused of $14K theft

Sep 22, 2014 -- 11:53am

Phil Baker

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Via: ESPN.com

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Former NBA guard Rex Chapman has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting $14,000 worth of merchandise from an Apple store in Scottsdale and then selling the items at a pawn shop.

Police took Chapman, 46, into custody Friday afternoon after officers stopped his vehicle in northeast Scottsdale.

They say he's being held on suspicion of nine counts of organized retail theft and five counts of trafficking in stolen property.

Police say Chapman made it appear he was using the store's self-checkout but left without paying.

He allegedly stole from the store seven times and sold the items for cash.


Chapman, a former Kentucky star, was a first-round draft pick of Charlotte in 1988. He also played for Washington, Miami and Phoenix in a 12-year NBA career that ended in 2000.

ACC bowl projections: Week 3

Sep 15, 2014 -- 10:20am

Phil Baker

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Via: ESPN.com | David Hale

The ACC makes no sense right now. Virginia Tech thumps Ohio State on the road, then loses to East Carolina at home. Boston College coughs up 214 rushing yards to James Conner one week, then holds USC to 20 yards on the ground the next. Georgia Tech is 3-0, but has hardly looked impressive yet. Oh, and there’s that little matter of the conference’s top two teams facing off this coming Saturday. 

For now, we’re doing the best we can with a fluid situation, so fair warning that these projections are a moving target at this point in the season. 

College Football Playoff: Florida State 
Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Notre Dame* 
Russell Athletic Bowl: Virginia Tech 
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Pittsburgh 
Belk Bowl: Duke 
Hyundai Sun Bowl: Miami 
New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Louisville 
Military Bowl presented By Northrop Grumman: Virginia 
Duck Commander Independence Bowl: North Carolina 
Quick Lane Bowl: Boston College 
BITCOIN St. Petersburg Bowl: Georgia Tech 

*Note: Notre Dame is eligible for a bid to any ACC tie-in game unless it is selected for a New Year’s Six game, which can include playing an ACC team in the Orange Bowl.

Trash Talkin' Cats?

Sep 12, 2014 -- 8:59am

Phil Baker

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Kentucky running back Jojo Kemp poked the bear, and his coach isn't happy about it. 

Kemp, a DeLand, Fla., native, was asked about returning to his home state for Saturday's game in which the Wildcats (2-0) face the Gators (1-0) in the SEC opener for both schools. 

[+] EnlargeMark Stoops
Mark Zerof/USA TODAY Sports"It's not something that I teach," Mark Stoops said of trash-talking ahead of games. "It's not how we talk."

"A couple of my [high school] teammates actually went to Florida, so I'm familiar with a lot of those guys," Kemp said after Tuesday's practice, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. "It's going to be fun walking out with a victory and rubbing it in their faces." 

Head coach Mark Stoops weighed in during his Wednesday teleconference. 

"I was furious," he said. "I was outraged and I talked to him about it. But the thing is he was trying to make light of some friends that he has on [Florida's] program, but like I told him yesterday, 'You think they're going to hear all that? They're going to hear the last five seconds of what you said.'" 

Stoops is well aware of the challenge facing Kentucky, which hasn't beaten Florida since 1986. The 27-game losing streak is the longest of its kind among active FBS rivalries. 

"I know the great pride of the players in that locker room at Florida," Stoops said. "I've been all through Florida. I've been at Miami. I've been at South Florida. I've been at Florida State. I know personally quite a few of those players and the pride that they have. 

"One thing, it's not very smart to try to challenge their pride before you play them. Believe me, I know them. So I don't think that was very smart. It's not something that I teach. It's not how we talk. And really if you listen to his whole conversation he was quite humble and really handled himself the right way until the end. 

"But again, that's just not very smart on our part and we'll get that fixed." 

Kemp's comments also drew a response on Wednesday from Florida senior linebacker Michael Taylor, who tweeted: "Heard u were talkin s---, but you're Kentucky's 3rd string back." 

Kemp was the Wildcats' leading rusher last season with 482 yards and had 19 yards on three carries in a 24-7 home loss to Florida on Sept. 28, 2013. 

It's likely the UK running back and UF linebacker will have a chance to settle their differences on the field. Saturday's game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

"At the end if we beat them," said Florida sophomore cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, "then I guess it's a little something to rub back in his face."

Hoosiers add recruit Emmitt Holt

Aug 27, 2014 -- 11:43am

Phil Baker

@ESPN680 | @Phil__Baker




BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana has added power forward Emmitt Holt to its new recruiting class.

Holt committed to the Hoosiers last week, but coach Tom Crean couldn't make the announcement until Tuesday.

The 6-foot-7, 225-pound freshman was a finalist for New York's Mr. Basketball Award. He averaged 19.8 points, 14.6 rebounds and 5.0 blocks last season at Webster Schroeder High School last season, and Holt has a 7-foot-3 wingspan.

Holt is sixth freshman in this year's recruiting class. Crean already has signed James Blackmon, Jr. and Robert Johnson, both guards, forwards Max Hoetzel and Tim Priller and center Jeremiah April.

Crossroads Classic Extended Through 2019 Season

Aug 15, 2014 -- 10:48am

Phil Baker

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Aug. 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS - The highly successful Crossroads Classic will continue through 2019, the athletics directors at the four participating schools announced today.

One of college basketball's premier non-conference events will continue to be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The additional dates and matchups are Dec. 16, 2017 (Purdue vs. Butler and Notre Dame vs. Indiana), Dec. 15, 2018 (Purdue vs. Notre Dame and Butler vs. Indiana) and Dec. 21, 2019 (Purdue vs. Butler and Notre Dame vs. Indiana).

The three-year cycle is in addition to previously-announced games on Dec. 19, 2015 (Purdue vs. Butler and Notre Dame vs. Indiana) and Dec. 17, 2016 (Purdue vs. Notre Dame and Butler vs. Indiana).

"We are thrilled to be the home of the Crossroads Classic through 2019," said Rick Fuson, chief operating officer of Pacers Sports & Entertainment. "The Classic has become a popular and prestigious annual doubleheader bringing together four great in-state institutions. We are grateful for Bankers Life Fieldhouse to remain the host venue for this event, and we take pride in sharing a great tradition with Butler, Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue."

Barry Collier of Butler, Fred Glass of Indiana, Jack Swarbrick of Notre Dame and Morgan Burke of Purdue announced the creation of the Crossroads Classic in August of 2010. The initial two-year contract was followed by a two-year extension in May of 2012 and another extension in July 2013.

More than 19,000 fans have attended each of the first three Crossroads Classics. This year's event is set for Dec. 20 and will feature Notre Dame vs. Purdue and Indiana vs. Butler. Notre Dame will serve as the host school.

The coming together of the four most-storied college basketball programs in the state of Indiana, the Crossroads Classic is a nod to the Hoosier Classic of years past, when the schools played a doubleheader non-conference showcase at Butler's Hinkle Fieldhouse. 

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