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  • Saturday, September 20, 2014
    Florida State's Winston now suspended for entire game
    By The Sports Xchange

    Florida State officials announced Friday night that they have increased the length of quarterback Jameis Winston's suspension to an entire game, which means he will not play at all when the No. 1 Seminoles face No. 22 Clemson on Saturday.

    • Originally the school had suspended Winston, last year's Heisman Trophy winner, for just the first half of the Clemson game after his profane outburst on campus earlier this week.

      "Based upon the results of our continuing investigation of Tuesday's incident involving Jameis Winston, we have decided to not play him for the entire game against Clemson on Saturday night," interim Florida State president Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox said in a joint statement.

      As a result, backup quarterback Sean Maguire, a sophomore who has completed 16 of his 26 attempts in his Florida State career, will not only start against the Tigers but will probably play the entire game for the Seminoles.

      On Tuesday, Winston was seen shouting an obscene sexual phrase at the campus student center.

      Stokes and Wilcox called Winston's behavior "offensive and vulgar" when they announced Winston would be suspended for a half.

      Winston apologized for the incident.

      "First of all, I want to apologize to the university, my coaches and to my teammates," Winston said after the original penalty was announced. "I'm not a 'me' person, but in that situation, it was a selfish act, and that's not how you do things around here.

      "I want to apologize to my teammates because I have now made a selfish act for them. That's all."

      Tuesday's incident was latest in a series of off-the-field incidents involving Winston.

      He was investigated for sexual assault in 2013, although he was never charged. Nonetheless, Florida State is continuing its Title IX investigation into the alleged incident.

      Winston was suspended from the baseball team for three games last spring and ordered to perform 20 hours of community service after being cited for stealing $32 of crab legs from a grocery store.

  • Friday, September 19, 2014
    Cornhuskers kicker crashes motorcycle, breaks collarbone
    By The Sports Xchange

    Nebraska kicker Mauro Bondi broke his collarbone Thursday night when he crashed his motorcycle in Lincoln.

    • Bondi failed to navigate a turn in the northwest part of the city around 6:30 p.m., according to the Journal Star. Bondi hit a curb and ran off the road. A passer-by assisted him to his apartment where a roommate took him to a hospital.

      Police cited the 21-year-old with negligent driving and riding without a motorcycle license. Police said alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Bondi was wearing a helmet.

      His status for Saturday's game is uncertain. The Cornhuskers host the Miami Hurricanes

  • Friday, September 19, 2014
    FAA grounds Michigan plan for drone
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Federal Aviation Administration grounded the University of Michigan's plan to use a drone to deliver a game ball before Saturday's kickoff against Utah in Ann Arbor, Mich.

    • The FAA contacted school officials to remind them that the airspace over Michigan Stadium is a no-fly zone during Wolverines games. The stadium's seating capacity is 109,910.

      The agency already had OK'd temporary flight restrictions over the stadium during games. The FAA also has approved only limited drone operations.

  • Friday, September 19, 2014
    Auburn escapes against frustrated Kansas State
    By The Sports Xchange

    MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Championship-caliber teams find ways to win when they don't play well. Teams that are "that close" look for reasons why they fell short.

    • "A very tough-earned victory," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said after his fifth-ranked Tigers escaped with a 20-14 victory over No. 20 Kansas State on Thursday night at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. "They were everything we thought they would be."

      Kansas State was left wondering what could have been.

      "We should have won that game," Wildcats quarterback Jake Waters said. "There's no excuse for that. It almost hurts more to get beat like that. To leave that many points on the field is frustrating. To play a great team like that and have a chance to win and not make the plays we needed to make is really frustrating."

      Auburn (3-0) scored 10 unanswered points in the second half, then held off Kansas State.

      Two methodical, second-half drives turned the game.

      The Tigers had a 15-play, 80-yard drive capped by quarterback Nick Marshall's 9-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver D'haquille Williams. Following an interception, the Tigers went 39 yards on 12 plays, and Daniel Carlson kicked a 25-yard field goal to give Auburn a 20-7 lead.

      "My confidence level is real high right now," Marshall said. "Last year I probably would have flushed out of the pocket and everything, but this year I trust my linemen with everything, and I know they trust me, so I stay in the pocket and deliver the ball, and he made the catch."

      Kansas State (2-1) answered Auburn's final points with an 11-play, 65-yard drive to cut the lead to 20-14. Running back Charles Jones' 1-yard run from the Wildcat formation capped the march.

      Auburn took the ensuing kickoff and ran out the final 3:49. The key play was a 39-yard pass to Williams on third-and-9 from the Tigers' 37-yard line.

      "Three forward and one back," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said when asked if his team took a step forward against the high-powered Auburn offense. "We played hard. We were responsible. It's the kind of offense that you have to have discipline (against). I thought we did that for the most part. We gave up plays late that hurt us a bit."

      Kansas State defensive end Ryan Mueller did not pin the loss on missed opportunities on offense.

      "Our defense could have played a little bit better," he said. "We didn't make plays when we could have made plays. It was a collective team loss. You could say the defense stepped up, but in the fourth quarter, if we got that (third-down) stop, it's a different ballgame."

      The win was anything but comfortable for Auburn. The Tigers finished with 359 total yards, 185 below their season average.

      "They were filling gaps quick," Malzahn said. "They were daring us to throw it, and I was probably a little bit stubborn a few times, but then I think they did a good job of tipping some balls. We had some guys open and they did a good job of getting hands on some balls in the throwing lanes."

      Kansas State kicker Jack Cantele missed three field-goal attempts: 31 yards in the first quarter, 43 yards on the final play of the first half, and 22 yards in the third quarter after a drive stalled on the Auburn 5-yard line. Snyder said two of the three were caused by bad snaps and bad holds.

      Auburn blew chances, too. Marshall finished 17-for-31 for 231 yards with two touchdown passes and one interception, but the Tigers dropped numerous passes.

      In what was expected to be a high-scoring affair, both offenses coughed and sputtered most of the first half. After punting five times in their first two games, the Tigers punted three times in their first four drives against the Wildcats.

      Kansas State had a little more success moving the ball, but the Wildcats kept making mistakes. They had one turnover in their first two games but two in the first quarter Thursday.

      Auburn had just one first down on its opening drive before punting. Kansas State got one first down before Waters fumbled the ball away at his own 20.

      The Tigers went three-and-out and settled for a 34-yard Carlson field goal.

      Kansas State answered with a 74-yard drive, but on second-and-goal at the Auburn 1-yard line, Waters fired a pass that went through the hands of wide receiver Tyler Lockett and was intercepted by Tigers defensive back Jonathan Jones in the end zone.

      "It was just one of those plays," Lockett said. "I just dropped the ball. I don't know what happened. I'm still trying to figure it out."

      Both teams traded punts before Kansas State finally got on the board. Lockett returned Auburn's fourth punt of the half to the Wildcats' 43-yard line. Fifth-year senior running back DeMarcus Robinson scored his first career touchdown with 4:56 left in the half to give Kansas State a 7-3 lead. It was the first time that Auburn trailed this season.

      Auburn scored its first touchdown with 1:34 left in the half on a nine-play, 73-yard drive, capped by a 40-yard catch-and-run by wide receiver Ricardo Louis to make the score 10-7 at halftime.

      Louis beat the Kansas State secondary on broken coverage and two broken tackles.

      NOTES: The attendance was 53,046, the fifth-largest home crowd in Kansas State history and the school's 15th consecutive sellout. ... Auburn improved to 4-0 in the all-time series. The Tigers earned a 45-32 victory in Manhattan in 1978, plus two victories at home. ... Auburn was the highest-ranked nonconference opponent to visit Manhattan since then-No. 2 Penn State defeated Kansas State 17-14 in 1969. ... The last time Kansas State defeated a team from the Southeastern Conference in the regular season was a 23-9 victory over Kentucky on Sept. 11, 1982.

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014
    Winston's backup prepares for FSU spotlight
    By The Sports Xchange

    When Florida State suspended starting quarterback Jameis Winston on Wednesday for an obscene outburst, backup Sean McGuire was elevated to lead the nation's No. 1 team for the first 30 minutes of Saturday night's game against Clemson.

    • McGuire has seen very limited action since arriving in Tallahassee in 2012, at the same time Winston arrived.

      McGuire, a three-star recruit from West Orange, N.J., had scholarship offers from only FSU, Boston College and Buffalo, according to 247sports. His first couple of years as a Seminole has been spent in Winston's shadow. But that will change against the No. 22-ranked Tigers.

      The Florida State website says McGuire did not pass very much in high school; his team ran the Wing-T. As Winston's primary back-up, McGuire has completed 16 of 26 passes for 144 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

      Winston has apologized for his outburst and said he will do whatever he can to help McGuire prepare for Clemson.

      "Me and Sean, we're going to watch film, we're going to do what we do and I'm going to try my best to put our team in a good chance to win this game," Winston told the Sun-Sentinel. "I know they've got my back."

      Florida State suspended the Heisman Trophy winner after he was seen shouting an obscene phrase in the campus student union.

      FSU interim president Garnett S. Stokes and athletics director Stan Wilcox denounced Winston's "offensive and vulgar" behavior in a statement Wednesday to announce the punishment .

      The statement also said Winston would undergo "internal discipline."

      Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher on Thursday rejected criticism that Winston's punishment was not severe enough.

      "We're in charge. It's our team. That's our thought," Fisher said. "We went with the consequences and we're ready to move on."

      Fisher declined to reveal any details about his conversation regarding the incident with Winston.

      "He was wrong, and he made a mistake and a bad error in judgment," Fisher said. "That's water under the bridge. We got to move on and get ready for this game."

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014
    Texas Tech defensive coordinator Wallerstedt resigns
    By The Sports Xchange

    Texas Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt resigned on Thursday, citing personal reasons. Earlier in the day, multiple reports said Texas Tech had fired Wallerstedt.

    • Co-defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach Mike Smith will take over Wallerstedt's duties, according t0 a school statement.

      ESPN reported that Wallerstedt was told to leave the school's football facility on Monday after being suspected of being there while under the influence of an unknown substance

      Wallerstedt was in his second season with the Red Raiders.

      Texas Tech is coming of a 49-28 loss to Arkansas in Lubbock, Texas. In the loss, the Red Raiders gave up 438 yards on the ground to the Razorbacks.

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014
    CFB roundup: Texas Tech defensive coordinator resigns
    By The Sports Xchange

    Texas Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt resigned on Thursday, citing personal reasons. Earlier in the day, multiple reports said Texas Tech had fired Wallerstedt.

    • Co-defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach Mike Smith will take over Wallerstedt's duties, according t0 a school statement.

      ESPN reported that Wallerstedt was told to leave the school's football facility on Monday after being suspected of being there while under the influence of an unknown substance

      Wallerstedt was in his second season with the Red Raiders.

      Texas Tech is coming of a 49-28 loss to Arkansas in Lubbock, Texas. In the loss, the Red Raiders gave up 438 yards on the ground to the Razorbacks.

      --When Florida State suspended starting quarterback Jameis Winston on Wednesday for an obscene outburst, back-up Sean McGuire was elevated to lead the nation's No. 1 team for the first 30 minutes of Saturday night's game against Clemson.

      McGuire has seen very limited action since arriving in Tallahassee in 2012, at the same time Winston arrived.

      McGuire, a three-star recruit from West Orange, N.J., had scholarship offers from only FSU, Boston College and Buffalo, according to 247sports. His first couple of years as a Seminole has been spent in Winston's shadow. But that will change against the No. 22-ranked Tigers.

      --One University of Cincinnati football player was arrested and three others received citations from police who responded to gunshots being fired at a party near campus last weekend.

      Freshman cornerback Alex Thomas was arrested and charged with trying to flee from police. Starting running back Hosey Williams was cited for disorderly conduct while intoxicated, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

      Sophomore linebacker Ey'Shawn McClain and starting cornerback Leviticus Payne were cited for unknown violations early Sunday morning.

      Houston was suspended from the team. The other players remain eligible to play. The school said the three who received citations was being disciplined internally.

      --Auburn suspended starting safety Jermaine Whitehead for Thursday night's game against No. 20 Kansas State for a violation of team rules.

      Whitehead did not accompany the fifth-ranked Tigers to Manhattan, Kan., for the nonconference game between top 25 teams.

      One report indicated that the suspension resulted from Whitehead having a heated verbal confrontation with an assistant coach.

      Whitehead ranks fourth on the team in tackles with 12 and has a team-leading two interceptions. He returned one interception for a touchdown in the season opener against Arkansas.

      --Missouri and UConn announced that the two schools will play a home-and-home series beginning in 2015.

      The Tigers of the Southeast Conference will host the Huskies of the American Athletic Conference on Sept. 19, 2015.

      Missouri will head north to East Hartford, Conn., on Sept. 23, 2017.

      --West Virginia cornerback Daryl Worley, who has been suspended for Saturday's showdown with Oklahoma, turned himself into authorities after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with an alleged assault at a nightclub.

      Worley was arraigned on a battery charge late Wednesday afternoon and released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond. A battery conviction in West Virginia is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $500 fine.

      Morgantown, W.Va., police reportedly have surveillance footage that shows Worley involved in an altercation with a woman outside a nightclub early Sunday morning. Worley allegedly put his hands around the woman's throat and pushed her down, according to police reports.

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014
    Cincinnati players arrested, cited by police
    By The Sports Xchange

    One University of Cincinnati football player was arrested and three received citations from police who responded to gunshots being fired at a party near campus last weekend.

    • Freshman cornerback Alex Thomas was arrested and charged with trying to flee from police, and starting running back Hosey Williams was cited for disorderly conduct while intoxicated, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Thursday.

      Sophomore linebacker Ey'Shawn McClain and starting cornerback Leviticus Payne were cited for unknown violatons early Sunday morning.

      Houston was suspended from the team. The other players remain eligible to play. The school said the three who received citations was being disciplined internally.

      "(Houston) will not be eligible to participate in a game until his legal matter is completely resolved," the university said in a statement. "He has a preliminary court date on Oct. 14, so he will miss at least four games and possibly more."

      Houston rushed for 103 yards on 14 carries in the Bearcats' 58-34 season-opener victory over Toledo last week.

      "This kind of behavior is not acceptable and not indicative of the UC football program," Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville said. "Moving forward, we will continue to educate our players on making good decisions and being great representatives of the university."

      Cincinnati plays host to Miami (Ohio) on Saturday and travels to Ohio State the following week.

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014
    Suspended W.Va. cornerback arraigned on battery charge
    By The Sports Xchange

    West Virginia cornerback Daryl Worley, who has been suspended for Saturday's showdown with Oklahoma, turned himself into authorities after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with an alleged assault at a nightclub.

    • Worley was arraigned on a battery charge late Wednesday afternoon and released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond. A battery conviction in West Virginia is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $500 fine.

      Morgantown, W.Va., police reportedly have surveillance footage that shows Worley involved in an altercation with a woman outside a nightclub early Sunday morning. Worley allegedly put his hands around the woman's throat and pushed her down, according to police reports.

      In three games this season, Worley, a sophomore, has two interceptions and has made 17 tackles.

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014
    Missouri-UConn schedule home-and-home
    By The Sports Xchange

    Missouri and UConn announced Thursday that the two schools will play a home-and-home series beginning in 2015.

    • The Tigers of the Southeast Conference will host the Huskies of the American Athletic Conference on Sept. 19, 2015.

      Missouri will head north to East Hartford, Conn., on Sept. 23, 2017.

      Missouri has played in bowl games in nine of the past 11 years.

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014
    Auburn suspends starting safety
    By The Sports Xchange

    Auburn suspended starting safety Jermaine Whitehead for Thursday night's game against No. 20 Kansas State for a violation of team rules.

    • Whitehead did not accompany the fifth-ranked Tigers to Manhattan, Kan., for the nonconference game between top 25 teams.

      One report indicated that the suspension resulted from Whitehead having a heated verbal confrontation with an assistant coach.

      Whitehead ranks fourth on the team in tackles with 12 and has a team-leading two interceptions. He returned one interception for a touchdown in the season opener against Arkansas.

      Freshman Stephen Roberts is listed on Auburn's depth chart as the backup to Whitehead.

      Last season, Whitehead finished with 65 tackles. He has started 26 consecutive games at safety.

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    Texas QB Ash ends career
    By The Sports Xchange

    Texas quarterback David Ash is ending his football career after a series of concussions kept him off the field during much of the last two seasons.

    • Longhorns coach Charlie Strong said Wednesday that Ash "came up to me and approached me" to inform him of his decision to step away from the game. Ash will continue to be part of the program in a non-playing capacity.

      Texas also announced Wednesday that defensive tackle Desmond Jackson will be sidelined for the rest of the season because of an ankle injury. Jackson has started 13 games during his career.

      After Ash played in only three games last season because of concussions, he broke a bone in his left foot in April and sat out the remainder of spring practice. Ash was cleared to return this fall but suffered another concussion in the third quarter of the 2014 season opener against North Texas.

      Sophomore Tyrone Swoopes took over as the starting quarterback and the Longhorns have lost their last two games to BYU and UCLA.

      Ash ended up playing in 29 career games at Texas and passing for 4,728 yards and 31 touchdowns.

      Oklahoma City Thunder forward and former Texas basketball standout Kevin Durant offered his encouragement Wednesday to Ash on Twitter.

      "Thank you David Ash, you gave your all to the University of Texas. I respect your decision and good luck in the future my brother," Durant tweeted.

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    CFB roundup: Winston suspended for a half
    By The Sports Xchange

    Florida State suspended Heisman Trophy quarterback Jameis Winston for the first half of Saturday's game against Clemson after he was seen shouting an obscene phrase in the campus student union.

    • FSU interim president Dr. Garnett S. Stokes and athletics director Stan Wilcox denounced Winston's "offensive and vulgar" behavior in a statement Wednesday to announce the punishment. The statement also said Winston would undergo "internal discipline."

      Deadspin collected a number of tweets from Florida State students who said they saw Winston standing on a table Tuesday "screaming" the phrase which uses graphic sexual language. The obscenity is a gag rooted in an Internet meme that has gone viral on college campuses.

      ---Michigan and Texas will play a home-and-home football series beginning in 2024.

      Michigan, the all-time leader in victories with 912, lost to Texas in the 2005 Rose Bowl, 38-37, the only previous meeting between the programs. Texas visits Michigan Stadium on Aug. 31, 2024 and Michigan goes to Austin Sept. 4, 2027.

      --- Michigan State had a week off to lick its wounds after a 46-27 loss at Oregon, and the task now will be to regain focus with a less-than-stellar opponent coming to town.

      The Spartans get back at it this week against Eastern Michigan, a program struggling to rebuild and coming off two one-sided losses to Florida and Old Dominion. But coach Mark Dantonio isn't about to let a 45-point spread dictate how his team approaches the game.

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    FSU to bench Winston for half after obscenity
    By The Sports Xchange

    Florida State suspended Heisman Trophy quarterback Jameis Winston for the first half of Saturday's game against Clemson after he was seen shouting an obscene phrase in the campus student union.

    • FSU interim president Dr. Garnett S. Stokes and athletics director Stan Wilcox denounced Winston's "offensive and vulgar" behavior in a statement Wednesday to announce the punishment .

      "As the university's most visible ambassadors, student-athletes at Florida State are expected to uphold at all times high standards of integrity and behavior that reflect well upon themselves, their families, coaches, teammates, the Department of Athletics and Florida State University," the joint statement said. "Student-athletes are expected to act in a way that reflects dignity and respect for others."

      The statement also said Winston would undergo "internal discipline."

      Deadspin collected a number of tweets from Florida State students who said they saw Winston standing on a table Tuesday "screaming" the phrase which uses graphic sexual language. The obscenity is a gag rooted in an Internet meme that has gone viral on college campuses.

      "It was not a good decision," coach Jimbo Fisher said during Wednesday's ACC teleconference. "You can't make certain statements that are derogatory or inflammatory to any person, race or gender. You have to understand that.

      "You have to be very intelligent about what you say, (because) it matters."

      Winston was accused of sexual assault last year. The state prosecutor in Tallahassee declined to bring charges against Winston, saying the evidence was unlikely to lead to a conviction.

      Winston has been involved in a series of incidents since arriving at Florida State three years ago. He was issued a civil citation earlier this year after stealing crab legs from a Tallahassee Publix.

      Winston apologized Wednesday for his "selfish" act on campus Tuesday.

      "First of all, I want to apologize to the university, my coaches and to my teammates," Winston said. "I'm not a 'me' person, but in that situation, it was a selfish act and that's not how you do things around here.

      "I want to apologize to my teammates because I have now made a selfish act for them. That's all."

      Sophomore Sean Maguire will start as the No. 1 Seminoles host No. 22 Clemson on Saturday. Maguire has completed 16 of 26 attempts during his career.

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    Fresno State to hold open tryout for kickers
    By The Sports Xchange

    Just three weeks into the season, defending Mountain West champion Fresno State is so desperate for a kicker that this week it will hold an open tryout for any fulltime student with previous kicking experience.

    • The Bulldogs put the invitation on their athletics website, asking interested studenst to bring proof that they are a full-time student at Fresno State and film of their past kicking experiences to a Thursday meeting.

      Fresno State lost kicker Colin McGuire when he left the team for personal reasons earlier this month.

      Coach Tim DeRuyter turned to freshman walk-on Kody Kroening for the place-kicking, while punter Garrett Swanson continued his duties.

      Kroening made all five of his PAT attempts and one of two field goal attempts.

      Kroening and Swanson are the only two kickers on the roster, so the Bulldogs would have problems if one of them gets hurt.

      Kroening could do the punting in an emergency, but Swanson may not be able to do the place-kicking if it came to that.

  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    Backup QB, charged with DUI, leaves Miami
    By The Sports Xchange

    Backup quarterback Kevin Olsen left the University of Miami on Tuesday, a day after he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and possession of a stolen driver's license.

    • The university issued a press release that read: "Kevin Olsen is no longer a student at the University of Miami. We wish him the very best in the future."

      "Right now, this is about Kevin and his family and we need to respect that," Hurricanes coach Al Golden said, according to the Miami Herald. "He needs this time to look at himself and move forward, and I have no doubt that with the support of his family, his brothers, his mom and dad, and obviously those of us that know him really well, there's no question that he's going to have the right ending. ... He's going to win in the end."

      Olsen, who was a redshirt freshman, never got into a game for Miami. The 19-year-old brother of Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, Kevin Olsen was a highly regarded recruit out of Wayne Hills High School in Wayne, N.J.

      According to NJ.com, Kevin Olsen faced charged multiple criminal charges in Wayne last year following an incident when his car allegedly hit a tree and another vehicle. Olsen was accused of fleeing the scene and careless driving.

  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    Sark's SC snark: 1-0 in the Pac-12
    By The Sports Xchange

    LOS ANGELES -- A wild three weeks to begin the Steve Sarkisian era ended with a thud, as USC was stunned at Boston College last week, losing 37-31.

    • The Eagles, who entered as about 17-point underdogs, outrushed the Trojans 452-20.

      So, USC -- which opened with a rout of Fresno State and a key, hard-fought conference win at Stanford -- will go back to the drawing board during a bye week after the upset loss.

      "I think the biggest thing that came out of it for me was our inability to execute simple things that we had been practicing all week and that for whatever reason we didn't in the game," Sarkisian said.

      "That falls solely on my shoulders. I have to do a better job of recognizing those things aren't occurring and get them fixed sooner rather than later. There were some glaring errors in that ballgame, looking back on film, of us doing things that were really uncharacteristic. Whether that was lack of focus, or lack of discipline ... we just have to recognize them sooner and get them fixed."

      USC dropped from ninth to 17th in the AP poll. The Trojans will get back to action with a home game against Oregon State on Sept. 27.

      Despite the loss at Boston College, the more important result was the 13-10 win over Stanford.

      "We're 1-0 in conference play and we're in first place," Sarkisian said of the Pac-12 South standings, where the Trojans share the lead with Arizona State.

      "For us, heading into the bye week, there is plenty for us to work upon, to improve on. As I've said since day one, the goal is to win the Pac-12 South. If you can do it, you give yourself a chance to compete for a conference championship. If you do that, you can put yourself in position for anything else after that."

      NOTES: CB Josh Shaw missed the first three games and remains indefinitely. Coach Steve Sarkisian said any update on his status would be made public. ... WR George Farmer, a junior whose career has been marked by injuries, made his first career TD catch against Boston College. The former five-star recruit missed all of last season because of a knee injury. ... TE Chris Willson, a walk-on expected to help, suffered a broken foot in the opener against Fresno State.

  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    Virginia Tech puts ECU in past
    By The Sports Xchange

    BLACKSBURG, Va. -- In much the same was as it tried to avoid a letdown last week after a big road victory over then-No. 8 Ohio State, Virginia Tech’s football team will try to stem the damage from Saturday's bitter home loss to East Carolina.

    • "I think what's important is you better go out and play the same every week," Hokies coach Frank Beamer said. "Don't put a name with it, whether it's Ohio State or East Carolina or William & Mary. You better be ready to play the same. And that's where we try to get to. I don't think we're there right now. We weren't there this past weekend, but usually in the past we've gotten there and that's what I'm hoping this team will do."

      The Hokies are a young team still trying to get used to the up and down swings of a college football season. Those swings couldn't have been any wilder than the last couple of weeks.

      The Hokies (2-1) were dropped from both major polls after jumping into both after their win over the Buckeyes, but they haven’t lost sight of their primary goal of contending for an ACC Coastal Division crown.

      The road to winning the division starts Saturday in Blacksburg when Virginia Tech hosts Georgia Tech.

      "We expect to win every game," Hokies junior quarterback Michael Brewer said. "Obviously that didn't happen this past week and there's some things we need to correct, some mistakes that we need to correct. And we'll do that. Now the big picture, we want to win our side and make it to the ACC championship and this is the first step to do that."

      Virginia Tech has had success against the Yellow Jackets in recent seasons, winning six of the last seven matchups. But Georgia Tech's spread option offense has been a challenge for the Hokies since coach Paul Johnson took over the Yellow Jackets program in 2008.

      "They're good at getting at your legs and taking your leverage and stuff like that, so we just have to practice our technique and fundamentals 10 times more this week than we have in the past, and even more with the young guys so they understand the importance of doing the right responsibilities," senior safety Kyshoen Jarrett said.

      The Hokies say they've put East Carolina behind them. Then again, they thought they had put their big win over the Buckeyes in the rear view mirror last week as well.

      "We can't hang our head and feel sorry for ourselves and let it affect this week of practice," Brewer said. "That's done with. It's over. We've already watched all the film. We're starting on Georgia Tech and that's the main focus now."

      NOTES: Junior backup FS Desmond Frye will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery Tuesday. Frye hasn't redshirted, so he is likely to qualify for a medical redshirt, which would give him two years of eligibility remaining. ... Starting DT Corey Marshall (ankle) returned to practice Sunday after missing Saturday's loss to East Carolina. Beamer said Marshall is looking "better," and he hopes to have him back this week against Georgia Tech. ... Beamer gave freshman PK Joey Slye a vote of confidence after a tough game against ECU. Slye missed a 52-yard attempt, long by any kicker’s standards, let alone a true freshman, and sent a kickoff out of bounds to give ECU prime field position at the start of its game-winning touchdown drive. "I've got a lot of confidence in the kid," Beamer said of Slye. "I think he's a tremendous kicker."

  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    Hurricanes QB Olsen suspended following arrest
    By The Sports Xchange

    University of Miami quarterback Kevin Olsen is no longer a student at the university.

    • Olsen was previously suspended indefinitely after being charged with driving under the influence and possessing a stolen/fictitious driver's license, a felony.

      The redshirt freshman was arrested early Monday morning and booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami-Dade County at 4:11 a.m., per The Miami Herald. Bail was set for $6,000.

      Olsen, the younger brother of Carolina Panthers tight end and former Hurricanes star Greg Olsen, was suspended for the team's 2013 bowl game and the first two games of this season for a violation of team rules -- reported to be for a failed drug test.

      That prevented him for competing for the starting job after Ryan Williams suffered a knee injury during the spring, and Kevin Olsen was fourth on the quarterback depth chart last week.

      Coach Al Golden had praised Olsen recently for paying for "his sins of awhile back." Now it is uncertain if the 19-year-old former four-star recruit will play college football any time soon.

      The school confirmed Tuesday that it would not be at Miami, at least not this season.

      True freshman Brad Kaaya has been starting in Williams' absence after being out fifth-year transfer Jake Heaps.

  • Monday, September 15, 2014
    College football roundup: Oklahoma RB Ford out 2-3 weeks
    By The Sports Xchange

    Oklahoma running back Keith Ford is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a slight fracture in his foot suffered during Saturday's victory over Tennessee, coach Bob Stoops said Monday.

    • Ford will miss Saturday's road game at West Virginia, but has a chance to return following the team's bye week and in time for an Oct. 4 game against TCU.

      Ford is Oklahoma's leading rusher with 197 yards to go with five touchdowns. He also has six receptions for 100 yards and another touchdown.

      ---Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly, who injured his foot in Saturday's 38-24 win at Colorado, will miss the Sept. 25 game against UCLA, CBSSports.com reported.

      Kelly also could miss the Oct. 4 game at USC but is expected back for the Oct. 18 game against Stanford at the latest, the CBS source said. The Bruins do not play this week.

      The Sun Devils will likely start junior Mike Bercovici in Kelly's absence.

      --- Rutgers University officials apologized for what the school's athletic director called "inappropriate and offensive" behavior by some Rutgers fans during Saturday's game against Penn State.

      Much of that behavior was related to the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal that rocked the Nittany Lions program. T-shirts with "Ped State" on them reportedly were being sold outside High Point Solutions Stadium mocking the former Penn State assistant coach. Chants of "Sandusky" during the game were especially troubling.

      Other instances of fans trying to make light of child sex abuse were reported.

      ---Alabama head coach Nick Saban said there is a good change injured wide receiver DeAndrew White will return to action for this week's game against Florida.

      White suffered a "little shoulder separation" in the Crimson Tide's Week 1 win over West Virginia and missed the past two games.

      Another starter, safety Jarrick Williams, might also see some playing time after sitting out the past two games with a broken foot.

      ---University of Miami quarterback Kevin Olsen was suspended indefinitely after being charged with driving under the influence and possessing a stolen/fictitious driver's license, a felony.

      Olsen, a redshirt freshman and the younger brother of Carolina Panthers tight end and former Hurricanes star Greg Olsen, was suspended for the team's 2013 bowl game and the first two games of this season for a violation of team rules.

  • Monday, September 15, 2014
    Alabama hopes two starters healthy for Florida game
    By The Sports Xchange

    As Alabama prepares for its showdown Saturday against Florida, head coach Nick Saban said there is a good change injured wide receiver DeAndrew White will return to action.

    • White suffered a "little shoulder separation" in the Crimson Tide's Week 1 win over West Virginia. White has missed the past two games.

      "We'll see how it goes with him and make a decision later in the week and see if we think he's able to play," Saban said.

      Another starter, safety Jarrick Williams, might also see some playing time after sitting out the past two games with a broken foot on Aug. 30.

      Saban told al.com Williams is expected to run sometime this week, adding that it might be long shot to expect Williams will be ready to play.

      Saban will not have starting safety Nick Perry available for the first half against the Gators. Perry, who was ejected for targeting in Saturday's game against Southern Mississippi, must sit out as required by NCAA rules.

  • Monday, September 15, 2014
    Rutgers apologizes to Penn State for fan behavior
    By The Sports Xchange

    Rutgers University reveled Saturday in its first game against a Big Ten team as a member of the conference. A record crowd watched as Penn State escaped Piscataway, N.J., with a 13-10 victory.

    • On Monday, the university apologized for what the school's athletic director called "inappropriate and offensive" behavior by some Rutgers fans.

      Much of that behavior was related to the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal that rocked the Nittany Lions program. T-shirts with "Ped State" on them reportedly were being sold outside High Point Solutions Stadium mocking the former Penn State assistant coach. Chants of "Sandusky" during the game were especially troubling.

      Other instances of fans trying to make light of child sex abuse were reported.

      Rutgers AD Julie Hermann apologized to Penn State in a statement, saying that she had been in contact with that school's athletic director on Monday.

      "On behalf of Rutgers University and the Athletic Department, we would like to apologize for the regrettable actions of a handful of Rutgers fans on Saturday that do not convey the message of good, competitive spirit that we look forward to having with our new Big Ten rival Penn State University. ...

      "It is unfortunate that the actions of a few spoiled an otherwise historic and recording-setting night that Rutgers fans provided for our first Big Ten football game."

  • Monday, September 15, 2014
    Sooners RB Ford out 2-3 weeks
    By The Sports Xchange

    Oklahoma running back Keith Ford is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a slight fracture in his foot suffered during Saturday's victory over Tennessee, coach Bob Stoops said Monday.

    • Ford will miss Saturday's road game at West Virginia, but has a chance to return following the team's bye week and in time for an Oct. 4 game against TCU.

      "He won't play this week for sure. After that it’s a little unsure," Stoops said, per SoonerScoop.com. "It can be two weeks to three. You just don't know for sure."

      Ford is Oklahoma's leading rusher with 197 yards to go with five touchdowns. He also has six receptions for 100 yards and another touchdown. Ford (5-feet-11, 206 pounds) is the No. 17-rated sophomore running back in the nation by NFLDraftScout.com, but the Sooners have enjoyed production from a deep backfield early this season.

      Freshman Samaje Perine (177 rushing yards this season) and sophomore Alex Ross (132) will receive the bulk of the action in Ford's absence.

      "We love him," Stoops said of Perine. "He's an excellent runner. Even when there's not much there he finds a way to make something happen with his power."

  • Monday, September 15, 2014
    Arizona State QB Kelly out (foot)
    By The Sports Xchange

    Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly, who injured his foot in Saturday's 38-24 win at Colorado, will miss the Sept. 25 game against UCLA, CBSSports.com reported Monday.

    • Kelly also could miss the Oct. 4 game at USC but is expected back for the Oct. 18 game against Stanford at the latest, the CBS source said. The Bruins do not play this week.

      ESPN reported Sunday night that the No. 15 Sun Devils (3-0) do not expect Kelly to play against the Bruins. Kelly left the Colorado game in the third quarter after falling awkwardly from a tackle when trying to escape the pocket. He came back to the sidelines on crutches and wearing a protective boot.

      The Sun Devils will likely start junior Mike Bercovici in Kelly's absence.

  • Sunday, September 14, 2014
    Health issues force Nicholls State coach to resign
    By The Sports Xchange

    Charlie Stubbs, head coach at Nicholls State since 2010, resigned on Sunday citing health issues.

    • The school released a statement in which Stubbs revealed he has been diagnosed with "major health issues."

      "For more than four years I have given my best effort to create the climate of change needed to support a winning football program here at Nicholls," he said in the statement. "I know that now is the time to step aside and focus my efforts on my health."

      In four-plus seasons, Stubbs has compiled a 10-38 record, including an 0-3 mark this season.

      The school appointed associate head coach Chuck Hepola to oversee the day-to-day football operations until Stubbs' replacement is hired.