DEFENDS USC COACH
He's Not a Racist!!!
8/29/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
USC football legend LenDale White says Steve Sarkisian is NOT A RACIST ... telling TMZ Sports the allegations made by former running back Anthony Brown couldn't be further from the truth.
White -- who dominated at USC from 2003-05 when Sarkisian was the quarterback's coach -- gave a definitive answer when we asked if Brown's accusations had any validity.
"Hell No. Not in my life have I ever experienced that with Sark."
And there's more ... White says he's never heard ANYONE ever complain about Sark being a racist ... and considers the guy "one of top three coaches I ever had."
Ex-College Football Star
ALLEGED SERIAL RAPIST
Busted In Oklahoma
8/22/2014 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The suspect is former Eastern Michigan linebacker Daniel Holtzclaw -- who dominated at EMU from 2005 to 2008 and later got a tryout with the Detroit Lions ... though he never made the squad.
A former college football star -- who later became a police officer -- was arrested in Oklahoma City after officials say he's suspected of raping multiple women over the past 5 months ... while on duty.
After his football career fizzled, Holtzclaw became a cop with the Oklahoma City Police Dept. -- but he's behind bars on a $5 MILLION BOND.
Officials say the 27-year-old is accused of sexually assaulting at least 7 women -- all black and between the ages of 34 and 58 -- and that all of the incidents happened during his shifts while he was on duty.
Investigators say they've spoken with 6 of the alleged victims -- and are hoping to speak with the 7th as soon as possible. Officials anticipate there may be more victims.
Holtzclaw was taken into custody on August 21st --- and if he's convicted on all charges, he could face life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Mizzou Coach to Players
I'LL TEACH YOU TO DOUGIE!
8/21/2014 8:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The University of Missouri football team time-warped all the way back to 2011 yesterday ... when one of the coaches stopped practice to run a clinic on HOW TO DOUGIE!!
Apparently, dance parties are pretty common at Tigers practices ... they've done the wiggle wiggle, the yeet and even the Haka dance.
Still, reigning Dougie champ is Kate Upton. Forever.
ASU Football Player
First Active NCAA Player to Come Out
8/13/2014 4:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
ASU backup offensive lineman Chip Sarafin has come out publicly as gay ... making him the first active NCAA football player to do so.
Sarafin revealed he was gay during a recent interview with Compete Magazine, and says he started telling his Sun Devil teammates a few months ago during Spring practice. He says opening up to them "was really personal to me, and it benefitted my peace of mind greatly."
Sarafin is a 5th year senior, but as a backup ... has never played in a regular season game.
Arizona State coach Todd Graham tells TMZ Sports, "We are a brotherhood that is not defined by cultural and personal differences, but rather an individual's commitment to the Sun Devil way."
Chip started posting pics with his boyfriend several months ago, and captioned one ..."Michael Sam and his boyfriend have nothing on me and mine! #gayfootball"
Buys Lane Kiffin's Beach Mansion
3/18/2014 10:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lane Kiffin's loss is Vince Vaughn's gain ... because the "Wedding Crashers" star has been ID'd as the mystery buyer who paid $6.5 million for the Manhattan Beach pad Lane Kiffin sold when after he was fired from his gig at USC.
Don't feel bad for Lane ... he pocketed a cool $1 MILLION from the sale.
And don't feel bad for Vince either ... he gets to move in to one of the coolest mansions on the beach -- a 7,308-square foot palace with state-of-the-art everything and a kick ass backyard.
Everyone wins ... which wasn't happening when Lane was living IN the house.
First Pic With Cash Money Sports Crew
3/16/2014 9:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here it is ... the first photo of Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans with his new agents -- Birdman and Slim from Cash Money Sports ... and they mean BUSINESS.
TMZ Sports broke the story ... Evans -- considered one of the best players in the upcoming NFL Draft -- is the very first athlete to sign with the new sports agency, headed by some of the most powerful guys in the rap game.
CMS is now establishing itself as a very real competitor in the sports agency world -- no word on who they're targeting next ... but it's very likely Johnny Manziel is in the crosshairs.
Texas A&M Star Mike Evans
SIGNS WITH CASH MONEY SPORTS
3/14/2014 6:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cash Money Sports is officially in business -- TMZ Sports has learned the agency has just signed its first high profile athlete ... Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans.
Evans -- considered one of the best players in the upcoming NFL Draft -- had initially hired another agency to rep him ... but we're told Evans has now signed on the dotted line with Cash Money.
FYI -- Cash Money is run by Bryan "Birdman" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams -- the brothers who built the Cash Money record empire ... the home of Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Paris Hilton.
What's interesting ... Evans is tight with Johnny Manziel ... who happens to be BFFs with Cash Money rapper Drake.
So, the question ... will Johnny follow his wide receiver to Cash Money Sports?
The arrival of Cash Money Sports could set up a battle royale between CMS and Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports agency.
6:35 PM PT -- Sources tell us ... Cash Money Sports will be working with Priority Sports -- the agency Evans initially signed with -- in some capacity, but the details of the relationship are unclear.
Phoned Lil Boosie in Prison
Day After National Championship
3/13/2014 12:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lil Boosie got some high-profile support during his stint behind bars ... telling TMZ Sports he got a phone call from Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston the day after FSU won the title.
Here's how it all happened ...
Famous Jameis is a HUGE Boosie fan and during his Freshman year at Florida State, he would often quote Boosie's lyrics to his team, on social media and sometimes during interviews with reporters.
In fact, Jameis said he listened to Boosie in the locker room right before he took the field on Jan. 6.
Word got back to Boosie, who was serving time in Angola State Penitentiary on drug charges, and the rapper tells us he sent a message to JW that he'd love to talk with him when he had the chance.
So ... according to Boosie, Winston phoned the rapper the day after FSU won the National Championship and the two got along like old friends.
"We chopped it up ... I told him I was a fan of his also."
Boosie says he told Jameis to "stay focused" and let him know that he'll be continuing to root for the guy ... even though he's a die-hard LSU fan.
Moral of the story -- win a Heisman and a National Championship ... and you too can meet your hero.
I Got QB Advice from Joe Montana
... Don't Lift Weights!
3/12/2014 9:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Alec Baldwin can fire the hell out of a football ... and there's a good reason why -- he once got QB advice from Joe Montana.
Baldwin was hangin' out in NYC today when someone broke out a football -- and Alec proved he's got a cannon for a right arm.
The footage is pretty impressive -- Alec hits his receiver in stride, runs a play-action pass with a moving car ... and then dishes out QB advice to one of the guys on the street.
But the most interesting part ... Alec tells a story about when he met Joe Montana and the 49ers legend explained that he never lifted weights during his playing days because he didn't want the muscles to screw with his throwing motion.
At one point Alec says, "I don't think he would bulls**t me."
Check out the clip -- you might learn something.
Nick Saban Is the Enemy
LSU Needs to Kick His Ass
3/12/2014 6:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Now that he's finally free, Lil Boosie is working on the important things in his life -- starting with fixing the LSU football program.
The Baton Rouge rapper was talking to the LSU student TV network a couple of days ago ... when he declared war on Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
"Nick Saban gettin' all our recruits," Boosie said ... "We need to bring back them #1 players and get it back together man."
For the record, LSU isn't that bad ... and finished the 2013 season ranked #15 after going 10-3. But apparently, that's not good enough for Boosie.
In fact, the rapper even makes a recruiting plea to undecided high school football stars -- "put on that yellow jersey!"
Before he finished, Boosie reaffirmed his love for the Tigers -- saying, "I'm gonna bet the house on LSU ... win lose or draw."
Snoop's FB Star Son
USC Should Be #1 Pick
... Says Keyshawn Johnson
3/11/2014 7:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He's reportedly got 17 scholarship offers ... from Notre Dame to Florida State ... but it doesn't matter because Snoop's son was MADE to play football for USC ... so says Keyshawn Johnson.
KJ -- one of the greatest Trojans of all time -- was out in Malibu when he told us why SC would be the perfect fit for Cordell Broadus, one of the top HS wide receivers in the country.
Snoop's never been shy about his passion for SC ... but when it comes to where his kid plays ball, he's said it's all about finding the right program for Cordell.
As for Keyshawn, he acknowledges SC ain't exactly the stellar program it once was ... but says, "Hopefully, we'll get back there."
$1 MILLION BONUS
... Thanks to USC
3/4/2014 10:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
USC is the gift that keeps on giving for Lane Kiffin ... because SC's ex-football coach just raked in a cool $1 MILLION PROFIT after selling the home where he lived during his stint as a Trojan.
Kiffin finally sold his 7,308 square foot Manhattan Beach property for $6.5 million. He bought the place back in 2012 for $5.5, with some financial help from the university.
But after he got the chop on the LAX tarmac in 2013, Lane -- who eventually took an offensive coordinator gig at Alabama -- put the place on the market for $6.995.
According to public records, the place finally sold for $6.5 on February 28th ... no word on who bought the place ... or if Kiffin was serious about including his puppies in the sale.