Brad Nessler to make SEC on CBS debut with TCU-Arkansas game


It seemed to be forgotten during Verne Lundquist‘s (deserved) year-long farewell tour last season, but CBS had a top-shelf broadcaster in Brad Nessler waiting in the wings.

Lundquist has now exited stage left, and it’s Nessler’s turn to stand in the spotlight.

CBS announced Tuesday its broadcast schedule for the 2017 season…. well, as much as it could. Twelve of the 19 games CBS will broadcast this fall remain unfilled, but we know Nessler will make his debut in Fayetteville, Ark., as Arkansas hosts TCU on Sept. 9. He’ll call Tennessee at Florida the next week before the schedule moves into TBD territory until the Georgia-Florida game on Oct. 28.

(No offense to Nessler, but it sure would be nice to hear Uncle Verne’s call to a Southwest Conference reunion in Frogs-Hogs.)

Nessler will work alongside analyst Gary Danielson and sideline reporter Allie LaForce. CBS will once again call the Army-Navy Game and the Sun Bowl in addition to its SEC slate.

TCU and Arkansas resumed their series last season for the first time since Arkansas left the SWC after the 1991 season; the Hogs won the game 41-38 in double overtime. TCU’s visit will be its first trip to Fayetteville since 1988. Arkansas leads the all-time series 44-23-2.

Utah State player upgraded to fair condition after collapse

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Utah State redshirt freshman wide receiver Josh Davis is in fair condition on Friday, one day after collapsing at spring football practice following sudden cardiac arrest, the university announced.

Davis, initially was listed in critical condition, was breathing on his own. He is in the intensive-care unit at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.

Davis’ parents arrived in Utah on Thursday evening.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Davis, who is from Carlsbad, California, collapsed at Merlin Olsen Field and was immediately treated by the training staff, the university said. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital.

The university said Davis was stabilized in the Logan hospital before being moved to Ogden.

Alabama suspends freshman defensive back after drug arrest

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama freshman defensive back Tony Mitchell has been suspended from the team following his arrest on a drug charge.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday after the first practice of spring that Mitchell was suspended from the team “and all team activities until we gather more information about the situation and what his legal circumstance is.”

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mitchell and another man, Christophere Lewis, last week on a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. Lewis also was charged with carrying a concealed gun without a permit.

“Everybody’s got an opportunity to make choices and decisions,” Saban said. “There’s no such thing as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You’ve gotta be responsible for who you’re with, who you’re around and what you do, who you associate yourself with and the situations that you put yourself in. It is what it is, but there is cause and effect when you make choices and decisions that put you in bad situations.”

Mitchell, who is from Alabaster, Alabama, was a five-star prospect rated the 34th-best player and No. 3 safety in the 247Composite rankings.

Mitchell was driving the vehicle during a traffic stop. After deputies smelled marijuana, Mitchell picked up a baggie of marijuana from the passenger floorboard, according to the department’s Facebook post.

Sheriff’s deputies found “an additional significant amount of marijuana, a set of scales, a loaded handgun between the passenger seat and center console, and a large amount of cash,” according to the department’s Facebook post.