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  • Friday, November 21, 2014
    Mississippi State suspends S Cox
    By The Sports Xchange

    Mississippi State senior safety Justin Cox was suspended indefinitely from the football team Friday following his arrest on charges of aggravated domestic violence and suspicion of burglary.

    • The Starkville Daily News reported that the 21-year-old Cox was arrested at the scene after Oktibbeha County Sheriff's deputies responded to a burglary call at an apartment complex at 3 a.m. Friday. When the deputies arrived, they found a woman with a head injury. Cox was booked into the county jail.

      Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen announced the suspension Friday morning.

      Cox has started eight games this season for the No. 4 Bulldogs and has 21 tackles and an interception.

      Mississippi State (9-1, 5-1 SEC) hosts Vanderbilt (3-7, 0-6) on Saturday night.

  • Friday, November 21, 2014
    North Carolina takes Victory Bell from Duke
    By The Sports Xchange

    DURHAM, N.C. -- It didn't matter so much that North Carolina altered the landscape of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship picture.

    • The Tar Heels just wanted that Victory Bell back.

      Quarterback Marquise Williams ran for two touchdowns and threw for two as North Carolina spoiled Duke's bid to repeat as the ACC's Coastal Division champion, blowing past the host Blue Devils 45-20 on Thursday night at Wallace Wade Stadium.

      "I feel wonderful," Williams said. "The main thing is for the seniors to go off with the Bell."

      The Tar Heels reclaimed the Victory Bell, which goes to the winner of the annual matchup. Their neighboring rivals had ownership for the past two years.

      The outcome means Georgia Tech wins the Coastal Division outright and heads to the ACC championship game on Dec. 6 against unbeaten Florida State in Charlotte.

      "A lot of people thought Duke was going to be going to the ACC championship and play Florida State and we had a different mindset," Williams said. "We came together and felt that we could not be stopped."

      Duke (8-3, 4-3), which has a date with lowly Wake Forest in the Nov. 29 regular-season finale, was trying to set up a title-game rematch with Florida State by winning its final two games.

      "We didn't expect them to play that hard," Duke running back Shaquille Powell said.

      North Carolina (6-5, 4-3) became bowl eligible with its second victory in six days.

      North Carolina’s much-maligned defense kept Duke in check for most of the game. Duke managed 368 yards of total offense against a team that yielded an average of 512 per game across the first 10 games.

      "That's a tough pill to swallow," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said.

      Williams completed 18 of 27 passes for 276 yards and gained another 98 rushing yards on 21 attempts. Yet he had three first-half fumbles.

      "Everybody kept encouraging him and he didn't get frustrated," North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said. "He got it done."

      Running back T.J. Logan rushed for 116 yards on 18 carries for the Tar Heels. Wide receiver Ryan Switzer racked up 109 receiving yards on three catches, all in the first half.

      North Carolina built on its halftime lead by scoring on its first possession of the second half. After cornerback M.J. Stewart picked off Duke quarterback Anthony Boone's pass, the Tar Heels made it 35-7 on Logan's 1-yard, fourth-down run.

      "That offensive line, we got after it up front," Fedora said.

      Duke went more than two full quarters between points until Boone hit wide receiver Jamison Crowder on an 18-yard play with 2:26 to go in the third quarter. The Blue Devils trailed 38-14.

      Backup quarterback Thomas Sirk ran for a 1-yard touchdown with 8:21 left, but a dropped two-point conversion pass kept Duke trailing by 38-20.

      North Carolina recovered an onside kick and converted that into points on Williams' 16-yard run.

      "It didn't happen (this game)," Duke linebacker David Helton said. "Coach Cutcliffe was saying, you can't really put a finger on it. They came out and outcompeted us. They outplayed us. I thought that was pretty obvious."

      North Carolina led 28-7 at halftime and the advantage could have been larger.

      Two quarterback fumbles by Duke led to first-quarter touchdowns for North Carolina.

      Duke wasted a scoring chance on its first possession after Crowder's punt return into North Carolina territory. A fumble by Sirk, who is used in special short-yardage situations, was recovered by Tar Heels linebacker Jeff Schoettmer.

      The Tar Heels turned that into a touchdown by driving 78 yards, capped by wide receiver Quinshad Davis' 3-yard catch from Williams with 8:34 to go in the first quarter.

      On Duke's next possession, Boone scrambled and lost the ball, with safety Tim Scott scooping and scoring from 10 yards.

      Boone threw 10 yards to wide receiver Issac Blakeney to put Duke on the board with 4:22 left in the first quarter. The drive included a fourth-and-3 pickup from the North Carolina 47.

      The Tar Heels made it 21-7 with 1:26 remaining in the first quarter on a fourth-and-1 pass from Williams to receiver Mack Hollins. That was set up by Logan's 47-yard run to the 1.

      The margin grew to 28-7 when Williams scored on a 1-yard run less than two minutes into the second quarter, completing a 60-yard drive that took five plays.

      The Tar Heels were in position to tack on more after a 62-yard reception by Switzer, but Williams fumbled inside the Duke 15 on the next play. After a Duke punt, the Tar Heels marched inside the Duke 30 before Williams fumbled again as he was sacked.

      Williams' third fumble of the second quarter came after the Tar Heels moved inside the Duke 10.

      Meanwhile, Duke has had three turnovers in each of its three losses.

      NOTES: This was Duke's first home game on a Thursday night in 20 years. ... Duke won the previous two games in the series, though North Carolina had claimed 21 of the 22 games before that. ... Duke entered the game with an 8-2 record, marking the program's first consecutive years at 8-2 since 1935 and 1936. ... North Carolina came out wearing chrome helmets. ... North Carolina finishes the regular season at home against North Carolina State. Duke plays its third home game in a row on Nov. 29 when Wake Forest visits.

  • Friday, November 21, 2014
    Lockett torches WVU as K-State wins in Morgantown
    By The Sports Xchange

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia University head coach Dana Holgorsen sounded like he is ready to attend Kansas State's graduation ceremony in the spring and personally hand Tyler Lockett his diploma.

    • Lockett again proved to be too much for the Mountaineers to handle as he returned a punt for a touchdown and caught 10 passes for 196 yards, helping Jake Walters throw for a career-high 400 yards as the No. 12 Wildcats held on for a 26-20 victory Thursday night.

      Lockett, a senior wide receiver, scored six touchdowns against West Virginia in the last three seasons with 27 receptions for 501 yards. He became the first player in Kansas State history to have two seasons of 1,000 yards receiving.

      "I don't normally do that but I went over to Lockett and told him I'm glad he's graduating," said Holgorsen. "He's a great player. He did it to us three years in a row."

      Walters, the senior quarterback, noted as much for his running as his passing, completed 22 of 33 attempts and threw one touchdown pass. The senior was held to 13 yards rushing on 12 carries and Kansas State managed just 1 yard on the ground in 29 attempts.

      "The only yardage we had was from throwing the football," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. "He made good decisions and threw the ball in the right spots. He did what we desired of him."

      Matthew McCane kicked four field goals for Kansas State (8-2, 6-1), which moved into a first-place tie with No. 5 TCU atop the Big 12 standings, a half-game ahead of No. 7 Baylor.

      The Wildcats bounced back with a road win after their hopes of being selected to play in the inaugural College Football Playoff suffered a big blow in their previous game, a loss at TCU on Nov. 8.

      West Virginia (6-5, 4-4) saw its late-season slide continue with its third straight loss.

      Senior quarterback Clint Trickett, the Big 12 leader in passing yardage, struggled in his final game at Milan Puskar Stadium before leaving with a concussion after the Mountaineers' first possession of the third quarter. He was intercepted twice while completing just 12 of 25 passes for 112 yards.

      Skyler Howard replaced Trickett and the sophomore quarterback engineered an eight-play, 79-yard drive that ended with his 7-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Kevin White to draw West Virginia to within 10 points, 20-10, with 6:24 remaining in the third quarter.

      After McCane kicked a 19-yard field with 2:13 left in the third quarter, West Virginia cut the lead to 23-17 with 7:23 to go as wide receiver Mario Alford hauled in a 53-yard touchdown pass from Howard.

      However, McCane's 32-yard field goal with 2:32 remaining made it a two-score game.

      West Virginia's Josh Lambert kicked a 25-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 26-20 with 53 seconds left, but Kansas State fullback Glenn Gronkowski recovered an onside kick attempt to seal the victory.

      McCane also hit from 36 and 44 yards in helping Kansas State take a 20-3 lead early in the third quarter.

      In addition to the two touchdowns passes, Howard was 15 of 23 for 198 yards but couldn't help West Virginia overcome four turnovers.

      Kansas State took a 17-3 lead into halftime as Lockett scored on a 43-yard punt return for a touchdown with 1:12 left in the second quarter. Holgorsen put the blame squarely on punter Nick O'Toole.

      "That was a horrible punt," Holgorsen said. "Our team went right and he kicked it left. I might have been able to score on that one."

      Kansas State scored on its first possession to take a 7-0 lead with Walters throwing a 7-yard touchdown pass to running back DeMarcus Robinson with 8:57 left in the first quarter.

      Snyder was just happy to head back home with a victory on a night when he felt his team wasn't at its sharpest.

      "It was frustrating," Snyder said. "No game like this comes to mind off hand. We did what we had to do to win the ballgame."

      NOTES: Two NFL general managers -- the Pittsburgh Steelers' Kevin Colbert and St. Louis Rams' Les Snead -- were in attendance along with scouts from five other teams, likely to see West Virginia WR Kevin White and Kansas State WR Jake Lockett. ... White is projected to be a first-round draft pick and is ranked as the second-best draft-eligible wide receiver by NFLDraftScout.com behind Alabama's Amari Cooper. White, though, was held to 60 yards on seven receptions after entering the game third in the FBS with 120.7 receiving yards a game. ... West Virginia concludes its regular season on Nov. 29 with a game at Iowa State while Kansas State visits Kansas the same day before hosting Baylor on Dec. 6 in its regular-season finale.

  • Thursday, November 20, 2014
    Buffalo-Kent State game cancelled
    By The Sports Xchange

    Buffalo's home game against Kent State was cancelled Thursday because of the severe winter weather that hit western New York this week.

    • The game originally was postponed from Wednesday to Friday before the Mid-American Conference decided to scrap the game.

      "Despite the best efforts of all involved, it will not be feasible to play the football game between Kent State and Buffalo on Friday," MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said. "The safety of the student-athletes and fans is paramount. We want to be respectful of the efforts of the emergency service personnel in the Buffalo area who are working to assist those in need."

      Both teams are not in contention in the MAC division races. Buffalo is 4-6 overall and 2-4 in the conference. Kent State is 1-9 and 0-6.

      Buffalo's final regular-season game is scheduled at Massachusetts on Nov. 28. Kent State plays host to Akron on the same day.

  • Thursday, November 20, 2014
    USC's Shaw could contribute Saturday
    By The Sports Xchange

    Southern Cal senior cornerback Josh Shaw, reinstated to the team this week after chargers were not filed in a preseason domestic incident, will play some role in Saturday's game against rival UCLA.

    • Shaw, who has started 21 games in his career, returned to practice this week. Trojans coach Steve Sarkisian didn't specify how Shaw might be used against the Bruins. He has yet to play in a game this year.

      "He's played a lot of football. He's very bright. He's able to grasp things quickly," Sarkisian said, according to the Orange County Register. "Obviously, on game day, things change for a variety of reasons. But I feel good that he'll have some role to contribute in the ballgame."

      Shaw was indefinitely suspended from the team after a bizarre incident during the summer. He said he suffered ankle injuries while jumping from an apartment balcony into a swimming pool to save a nephew from drowning, but he later confessed the story was a lie and that he had argued with his girlfriend.

  • Thursday, November 20, 2014
    College football roundup: Florida State to play despite shooting
    By The Sports Xchange

    Despite a shooting on the Florida State campus Thursday morning that resulted in three people being wounded and police killing the gunman, Florida State athletic director Stan Wilcox said that all athletic events will be played this weekend.

    • The Seminoles football team, which is No. 3 in this week's College Football Playoff rankings, hosts Boston College on Saturday afternoon.

      "We are deeply saddened by the early morning events on campus," Wilcox said in a statement Thursday. "The entire Florida State family and surrounding community are affected. Our university administration has increased security measures and is providing a strong law enforcement presence on and around campus. We have been assured there is no further threat.

      "Following tragic times like we experienced today, athletic events can help in unifying both the student body and community. That is our hope in moving forward with these events. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those directly affected by this tragedy."

      Classes were canceled Thursday, but the campus remained open.

      -- Finalists for the Lombardi Award, which goes to the nation's top lineman (offensive or defensive) or linebacker, are Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright, Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley, Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa and Washington linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha.

      --Finalists for the Nagurski Award, which is given to the nation's top defensive player, include Wright, Texas defensive tackle Malcolm Brown, Alabama defensive back Landon Collins, Mississippi defensive back Senquez Golson, and Louisville defensive back Gerod Holliman.

      --The finalists for the Hornung Award, given to the nation's most versatile player, are Washington linebacker/running back Shaq Thompson, Nebraska running back-return specialist Ameer Abdullah, TCU running back-return specialist B.J. Catalon, Stanford wide receiver-return specialist Ty Montgomery and Missouri running back-return specialist Marcus Murphy.

      --- Vanderbilt running back Jerron Seymour, the Commodores' leading rusher in 2013, was dismissed from the team for a violation of team rule, head coach Derek Mason announced.

      Seymour, a junior, had been suspended for one game in October, and he missed two other games because of injuries. He had 123 yards rushing this season after gaining 716 yards on the ground last year.

  • Thursday, November 20, 2014
    Arizona's Wright a finalist for two awards
    By The Sports Xchange

    Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright was named a finalist for two major awards on Thursday -- the Lombardi Award and the Bronko Nagurski Award.

    • The Lombardi Award goes to the nation's top lineman (offensive or defensive) or linebacker. Joining Wright, a sophomore, among the four finalists are Clemson senior defensive end Vic Beasley, Ohio State sophomore defensive end Joey Bosa and Washington senior linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha

      Last season's winner was Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald.

      The Nagurski Award is given to the nation's top defensive player, and three of the five finalists are defensive backs.

      Joining Wright on this list are Texas defensive tackle Malcolm Brown, Alabama defensive back Landon Collins, Mississippi defensive back Senquez Golson, and Louisville defensive back Gerod Holliman.

      Donald won the Nagurski Award last year, too.

      Washington linebacker-running back Shaq Thompson is among five finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, which goes to the most versatile player in the nation.

      Thompson, who has scored four defensive touchdowns and is the team's second-leading rusher on offense, is joined by Nebraska running back-return specialist Ameer Abdullah, TCU running back-return specialist B.J. Catalon, Stanford wide receiver-return specialist Ty Montgomery and Missouri running back-return specialist Marcus Murphy.

      LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. won the award last year.

  • Thursday, November 20, 2014
    Florida State to play Saturday despite shooting
    By The Sports Xchange

    Despite a shooting on the Florida State campus Thursday morning that resulted in three people being wounded and police killing the gunman, Florida State athletic director Stan Wilcox said that all athletic events will be played this weekend.

    • The Seminoles football team, which is No. 3 in this week's College Football Playoff rankings, hosts Boston College on Saturday afternoon.

      "We are deeply saddened by the early morning events on campus," Wilcox said in a statement Thursday. "The entire Florida State family and surrounding community are affected. Our university administration has increased security measures and is providing a strong law enforcement presence on and around campus. We have been assured there is no further threat.

      "Following tragic times like we experienced today, athletic events can help in unifying both the student body and community. That is our hope in moving forward with these events. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those directly affected by this tragedy."

      Classes were canceled Thursday, but the campus remained open.

  • Thursday, November 20, 2014
    Vanderbilt dismisses last season's top rusher
    By The Sports Xchange

    Vanderbilt running back Jerron Seymour, the Commodores' leading rusher in 2013, was dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules, head coach Derek Mason announced.

    • It's the second player first-year coach Mason has dismissed from the team.

      Seymour, a junior, had been suspended for one game in October, and he missed two other games because of injuries.

      He had nine carries in a loss to Georgia last month, but had just two carries over the past four games. He had 123 rushing yards for the season.

      Seymour led Vanderbilt in both rushing yards (716) and rushing touchdown (14) last season.

      Commodores running back Brian Kimbrow had been dismissed from the team last month.

  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014
    Reports: Concussion could sideline Garman
    By The Sports Xchange

    Oklahoma State quarterback Daxx Garman has concussion symptoms and his status against Baylor is questionable, according to reports Wednesday.

    • The Tulsa World first reported that Garman may be physically unable to play in Saturday night's road game against the No. 7 Bears (8-1).

      Garman, a junior and first-year starter, has been dealing with concussion symptoms sustained in last Saturday's 28-7 loss to Texas and has not practice this week. He was sacked seven times against the Longhorns, bringing his season total to 31.

      If Garman is ruled out, true freshman Mason Rudolph would likely burn his redshirt and make his first collegiate start as the 5-5 Cowboys look to become bowl-eligible.

  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    USC's Shaw reinstated; he won't face charges
    By The Sports Xchange

    Southern Cal senior cornerback Josh Shaw will not face charges for the alleged domestic incident at an apartment in August that ended when Shaw leapt from a third-floor balcony and injured his ankles.

    • Shaw also was reinstated to the team after being suspended for the Trojans' first 10 games.

      Shaw told coach Steve Sarkisian and school officials that he was hurt jumping from the building to save his drowning nephew. He was suspended in August by the school after learning the facts of the case and the extent of Shaw's lie.

      Shaw was a team captain and ranked as one of the top defensive backs in the 2015 draft by NFLDraftScout.com before the incident.

      He admitted last week that the loud argument with his girlfriend prompted a reaction of fear when he noticed police arriving at the scene. Shaw said he landed on a sidewalk and crawled to a nearby car.

      Shaw was reinstated to the team Tuesday.

      "For several months, local authorities have been investigating the August 23 incident involving Josh Shaw," USC athletic director Pat Haden said in a statement. "They have now concluded that investigation and determined that no action will be taken against him. USC also conducted its own internal investigation of Josh, evaluating both athletic department code of conduct and potential NCAA compliance issues. Based on these investigations and their conclusions, and the 10-game suspension Josh has served for code of conduct violations, we have made the decision to reinstate him."

      "I've welcomed Josh Shaw back to the team," USC head coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement. "I'm now in the process of evaluating how Josh can contribute to the team's success."

      Although Shaw has been reinstated, it is unclear when he will play in a game. The Trojans have regular-season games against UCLA and Notre Dame remaining, and they are in first place by a half-game in the Pac-12 South.

  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    Alabama tops CFB rankings
    By The Sports Xchange

    A win over previously No. 1 Mississippi State vaulted Alabama from a position outside of the national semifinals to the No. 1 spot in the College Football Playoff rankings.

    • In the latest standings released by the CFP committee Tuesday, the Crimson Tide (9-1) are on top after a 25-20 victory over the Bulldogs. Mississippi State (9-1) slipped to No. 4 but remains in line for a shot at the national title.

      The top four teams as selected by a 12-person panel will earn berths in the inaugural college football semifinals to be played in the Sugar Bowl and the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. The winners advance to the national title game, Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas.

      Oregon (9-1) remained No. 2 after a bye week. Florida State (10-0) stayed at No. 3 following a 30-26 victory over Miami.

      TCU (9-1) was the team bumped from a playoff position due to Alabama's rise. The Horned Frogs fell from No. 4 to No. 5.

      Ohio State (9-1) jumped two places to No. 6 after beating Minnesota 31-24.

      Rounding out the top 10 are No. 7 Baylor (8-1), No. 8 Ole Miss (8-2), No. 9 UCLA (8-2) and No. 10 Georgia (8-2).

      The second 10 consists of No. 11 Michigan State (8-2), No. 12 Kansas State (7-2), No. 13 Arizona State (8-2), No. 14 Auburn (7-3), No. 15 Arizona (8-2), No. 16 Wisconsin (8-2), No. 17 Utah (7-3), No. 18 Georgia Tech (9-2), No. 19 Southern California (7-3) and No. 20 Missouri (8-2).

      No. 21 Oklahoma (7-3), No. 22 Clemson (7-3), No. 23 Nebraska (8-2), No. 24 Louisville (7-3) and No. 25 Minnesota complete the CFP ratings.

      One of the two unbeaten teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision, Marshall (10-0), is unranked.

      The four semifinalists will be announced Dec. 7, the day after most major conferences play their championship games.

  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    Report: Winston items lack validation
    By The Sports Xchange

    The validity of the memorabilia items supposedly signed by Jameis Winston was called into question after the original authentication company backed off when it became concerned about whether the Florida State quarterback actually signed them.

    • ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reported that James Spence Authentication received the signed jerseys, photos and mini-helmets and other items after a competitor abandoned the deal because it was not able to personally watch Winston sign.

      The memorabilia bearing Winston's signature turned up on the JSA website for sale in October. The company told ESPN this week that it believes in the authenticity of the collection.

      "JSA is confident in its authentication based on a comprehensive exemplar file and a 10-person authentication panel who independently score the autographs," company attorney Stacy Biancamano told "Outside the Lines."

      Winston's off-the-field troubles have kept him in the news this fall while Florida State makes a run at another national title, but the autograph issue has never been addressed as far as disciplinary action from the team or school administration.

      Florida State announced last month that it was looking into the situation. Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said Winston expressed to him that he had not taken money for autographs.

      Various experts contacted by ESPN indicated that it's difficult to determine the authencity of the Winston signatures because there aren't enough representative samples in the marketplace to make an accurate assessment.

      Winston's attorney, David Cornwell, refused to discuss the case with ESPN.

  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    Winston's hearing pushed back to Dec. 2
    By The Sports Xchange

    The previously delayed student-conduct code hearing for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was pushed back again. It is now scheduled for Dec. 2, one day after the recently slated date, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

    • Winston is accused of violating the school's conduct policy regarding an alleged sexual assault in December 2012.

      The latest delay in the hearing occurred because attorney David Cornwell, a Winston adviser, will be unavailable Dec. 1, according to USA Today Sports.

      The hearing originally was scheduled for this week, but Cornwell requested a delay on Winston's behalf.

      A decision might not be rendered until after the selections are made for the College Football Playoff on Dec. 7. The Seminoles were ranked third last week in the CFP poll. Four teams made the playoff field.

      Major Harding, a former Florida Supreme Court judge and the chief justice, will preside over the conduct hearing. His verdict could carry punishments ranging from a reprimand to expulsion from the university.

      According to the conduct code, a letter informing Winston of any decisions made from the hearing and investigation must be sent within 10 class days from the end of the proceedings. However, more time could be taken if "additional consideration of evidence and deliberation is required," USA Today previously reported.

      With Florida State's fall semester ending Dec. 12, a decision might not come until after the date of the national championship game on Jan. 12.

      A former female Florida State student accused Winston of raping her nearly two years ago.

      The Seminoles (10-0) have two regular-season games remaining, both at home: against Boston College on Saturday and against Florida on Nov. 29. Florida State already clinched a berth in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 6.

  • Monday, November 17, 2014
    CFB roundup:Florida wants offensive-minded coach
    By The Sports Xchange

    Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said Monday he expects the Gators' next head football coach to be offensive-minded with a proven track record.

    • "We'd like an individual successful on the offensive side of the ball," Foley said during the news conference, one day after coach Will Muschamp was fired as head coach.

      Foley, who will oversee the search for Muschamp's replacement, said retiring university president Bernie Machen and incoming president Kent Fuchs would be involved in finding the next coach.

      In acknowledging the Gators need to score more points to energize fans, Foley said he could still hire someone with a defensive background.

      Foley said he has not contacted other schools about interviewing coaches, but he would like to get someone in place at some point in December.

      "That's ideal," Foley said of the timeline.

      Two coaches not expected to appear on Foley's short list are Mississippi State's Dan Mullen and Arizona's Rich Rodriguez, according to ESPN.com. Sources told ESPN on Monday that neither head coach will be considered to replace Will Muschamp.

      Two other coaches with ties to the Florida program -- Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and Texas' Charlie Strong -- also wanted to distance themselves from any speculation.

      "That isn't something ... No, all I want to be is a candidate at Oklahoma," Stoops said Monday when asked about the Florida job. "I'm not a candidate anywhere else. I'm finished with that question."

      Strong, who served as Florida's defensive coordinator from 2003 to 2009, said:

      "I have a great job here (at Texas). We have a lot of work to get done here and we're not very pleased with where we are right now. I look at our record and know we could've been a lot better."

      Muschamp will coach the Gators' final two regular-season games, but he won't coach a bowl game if the Gators qualify by earning a least one more win against remaining opponents Eastern Kentucky and Florida State. The Gators are 5-4 this season and coming off a 23-20 overtime loss to South Carolina on Saturday. Florida has lost six of its last eight home games.

      "We didn't win enough football games," Muschamp said Monday at the news conference.

      Also, two key contributors on defense will miss the remainder of the season.

      Redshirt senior linebacker Neiron Ball needs microfracture surgery and sophomore linebacker Jarrad Davis has suffered a torn meniscus. Both were hurt in a 23-20 loss to South Carolina.

      --Michigan defensive end Frank Clark was dismissed from the football team after he was arrested and charged for domestic violence over the weekend.

      Michigan head coach Brady Hoke removed Clark after the alleged incident in Ohio.

      Clark, a senior, was leading the team this season with 13.5 tackles for loss. He had 42 total tackles and 4.5 sacks through 10 games.

      --University of Montana head football coach Mick Delaney will retire at the end of this season.

      Delaney, is in his third season as the Grizzlies' head coach, and has compiled a 22-13 record.

      "It's time for someone younger with a lot of energy and so forth to come in," Delaney, 71, said.

      --Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight will not play on Saturday when the Sooners face the Kansas Jayhawks.

      OU football head coach Bob Stoops said team doctors were not pleased with the lack of progress Knight has made from recovering from a neck injury suffered on Nov. 8 against Baylor.

      Redshirt freshman Cody Thomas, who made his first start Saturday against Texas Tech, will get a second start.

  • Monday, November 17, 2014
    Arkansas fined $25,000 by the SEC
    By The Sports Xchange

    Arkansas was fined $25,000 by the SEC on Monday after fans stormed the field Saturday to celebrate the school's first SEC victory after a 17-game losing streak.

    • It is at least the sixth celebration fine this season by the SEC, which instituted the ban in 2004. LSU, Mississippi and Kentucky all have been punished as well.

      The Razorbacks' 17-0 win over LSU in the Battle of the Boot on Saturday was the first conference win for coach Bret Bielema since he was hired from Wisconsin after the 2012 season. He had lost 13 straight SEC contests.

      "Celebration of a victory is understandable and appreciated but should be exhibited in the appropriate manner," SEC commissioner Mike Slive said. "We cannot forget that significant risk of injury for student-athletes and fans alike can result from incidents such as this."

      Arkansas also was fined after fans stormed the court following a basketball victory over Florida in 2006.

  • Monday, November 17, 2014
    Two Volunteers suspended amid rape probe
    By The Sports Xchange

    Two University of Tennessee football players have been suspended from the team amid allegations of a sexual assault.

    • A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams have been suspended, according to the school. On Monday, Knoxville police confirmed they are investigating reports of rape and sexual assault by two Tennessee students involving two female victims in off-campus housing.

      Football coach Butch Jones declined to identify the two players at a noon press briefing, but The Tennessean has identified the suspects as Johnson, a senior linebacker, and Williams, a sophomore defensive back.

      The two players were suspended Monday afternoon, according to the school's Twitter account.

      The Tennessean said the incidents allegedly occurred about 3 a.m. Sunday. One 19-year-old victim -- a current Tennessee student -- told police she was raped by two male students.

      Another 19-year-old female -- a student visiting from an out-of-state college -- told police she was a victim of sexual assault.

      It's unknown if the incidents are related.

      Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk told the Tennessean that he doesn't anticipate charges being brought by the end of the day Monday, but added that "Every investigation moves at its own pace."

  • Monday, November 17, 2014
    Florida looking for offensive-minded coach
    By The Sports Xchange

    Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said Monday he expects the Gators' next head football coach to be offensive-minded with a proven track record.

    • "We'd like an individual successful on the offensive side of the ball," Foley said during the news conference, one day after coach Will Muschamp was fired as head coach.

      Foley, who will oversee the search for Muschamp's replacement, said retiring university president Bernie Machen and incoming president Kent Fuchs would be involved in finding the next coach.

      In acknowledging the Gators need to score more points to energize fans, Foley said he could still hire someone with a defensive background.

      Foley said he has not contacted other schools about interviewing coaches, but he would like to get someone in place at some point in December.

      "That's ideal," Foley said of the timeline.

      Two coaches not expected to appear on Foley's short list are Mississippi State's Dan Mullen and Arizona's Rich Rodriguez, according to ESPN.com. Sources told ESPN on Monday that neither head coach will be considered to replace Will Muschamp.

      Two other coaches with ties to the Florida program -- Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and Texas' Charlie Strong -- also wanted to distance themselves from any speculation.

      "That isn't something ... No, all I want to be is a candidate at Oklahoma," Stoops said Monday when asked about the Florida job. "I'm not a candidate anywhere else. I'm finished with that question."

      Strong, who served as Florida's defensive coordinator from 2003 to 2009, said:

      "I have a great job here (at Texas). We have a lot of work to get done here and we're not very pleased with where we are right now. I look at our record and know we could've been a lot better."

      Muschamp will coach the Gators' final two regular-season games, but he won't coach a bowl game if the Gators qualify by earning a least one more win against remaining opponents Eastern Kentucky and Florida State. The Gators are 5-4 this season and coming off a 23-20 overtime loss to South Carolina on Saturday. Florida has lost six of its last eight home games.

      "We didn't win enough football games," Muschamp said Monday at the news conference.

      Muschamp said he stands by the accomplishments his staff made getting the Florida program on track and cutting down on off-the-field issues.

      "I know this locker room is better than it was four years ago, there's no question about that and where we've come," Muschamp said. "You've got a deep and talented roster, so don't let that new guy tell you he doesn't (have) any players."

      Muschamp is 27-20 in four seasons, including 17-15 in the SEC. Muschamp has three years and $6 million left on his contract.

      Last year, Florida experienced its first losing season since 1979 when it finished 4-8.

      The highlight of the Gators' 2014 season may have come two weeks ago when they upset Georgia 38-20, the first time Florida has won the matchup in four seasons under Muschamp.

      Muschamp was hired to replace Urban Meyer after the 2010 season. Florida went 7-6 in his first season before improving to 11-2 in 2011. That season, the Gators made it as high as No. 2 in the Associated Press poll.

      Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher spoke Monday about his close friend's dismissal.

      "Will's future is going to be very bright," Fisher said. "Will is a heck of a football coach. I hate it. They have two more games and he'll definitely have them ready and he'll play hard. I know the competitor he is."

  • Monday, November 17, 2014
    Gators lose two linebackers for season
    By The Sports Xchange

    Despite the turmoil that has surrounded the Florida program, the Gators remain one win shy of qualifying for a bowl appearance.

    • Their job became a little more difficult on Monday when lame-duck head coach Will Muschamp said two key contributors on defense will miss the remainder of the season.

      Redshirt senior linebacker Neiron Ball needs microfracture surgery and sophomore linebacker Jarrad Davis has suffered a torn meniscus. Both were hurt in a 23-20 loss to South Carolina.

      Davis was injured on the opening kickoff.

      Ball is tied for the second-most tackles on the team. He missed the entire 2011 season because of a burst blood vessel in his brain.

      Florida plays host to Eastern Kentucky this week, before traveling to play Florida State. If the Gators do become bowl eligible, they won't be coached by Muschamp.

  • Monday, November 17, 2014
    Montana head coach calls it quits
    By The Sports Xchange

    University of Montana head football coach Mick Delaney will retire at the end of this season.

    • Delaney, is in his third season as the Grizzlies' head coach, and has compiled a 22-13 record.

      "It's a really, really difficult situation to be in, but after a lot of dialog and conversation with the administration, for the good of the university and Montana football I realize that they have to have somewhat of a long-range plan," the 71-year-old Delaney said.

      Delaney told his players of his decision Sunday afternoon as the Grizzlies began preparations for their rivalry game against Montana State.

      "It's time for someone younger with a lot of energy and so forth to come in," Delaney said.

  • Monday, November 17, 2014
    Sooners turn to backup QB again
    By The Sports Xchange

    Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight will not play on Saturday when the Sooners face the Kansas Jayhawks.

    • OU football head coach Bob Stoops said Monday that team doctors were not pleased with the lack of progress Knight has made from recovering from a neck injury suffered on Nov. 8 against Baylor.

      Redshirt freshman Cody Thomas, who made his first start Saturday against Texas Tech, will get a second start.

      Thomas led the Sooners to a 42-30 win over the Red Raiders, throwing for a touchdown and rushing for another.

      Knight is 11-3 record as the Sooners' starter. Last year, he was the MVP of the Sugar Bowl.

  • Monday, November 17, 2014
    Michigan dismisses DE Clark
    By The Sports Xchange

    Michigan defensive end Frank Clark was dismissed from the football team Monday after he was arrested and charged for domestic violence over the weekend.

    • Michigan head coach Brady Hoke removed Clark after the alleged incident in Ohio.

      "Frank Clark has been dismissed for violating team rules from the Michigan football program," Hoke said in a statement. "This is a tragic situation. Our student-athletes will be held accountable when their actions fail to meet the standard we have at Michigan. There is a legal process that will occur and we respect that process."

      Clark, a senior, was leading the team this season with 13.5 tackles for loss. He had 42 total tackles and 4.5 sacks through 10 games.

      Clark was arrested in the early morning hours Sunday and remained in the Erie County jail Monday morning before going before a judge. Erie County is between Clark's hometown of Cleveland and the state border of Michigan.

      In the police report, Clark's girlfriend said he punched her in the face after an altercation in the Maui Sands hotel in Sandusky, Ohio. The woman's brother, who was also in the room, said he saw Clark pick her up by the neck and slam her to the ground.

      Clark was outside the room when police arrived, according to the report. He told officers that he didn't touch the woman, saying she was having "crazy fits" and may be pregnant. The woman declined to go to the hospital for her injuries and said she did not want to press charges, according to the police report.

      If Clark is convicted, he could be jailed for six months and fined $1,000, according to Ohio state law. Based on Clark's charge, it is considered either a fourth-degree felony or first-degree misdemeanor.

      Clark also pleaded guilty to a felony second-degree home invasion charge in September 2012 after he stole a laptop from another student's dorm room that June. He was suspended for the season opener that year. Since he was under age 21, he was sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Training Act and the conviction was expunged after a year of probation and payment of more than $1,700 in fines.

      Michigan (5-5) had a bye last week and several players returned to their hometowns. The Wolverines play Maryland in its final home game of the season Saturday.

  • Sunday, November 16, 2014
    Muschamp not returning to Florida next season
    By The Sports Xchange

    Will Muschamp will not return as Florida's coach next season.

    • The school announced Sunday that Muschamp will coach the Gators' final two games of the season before being let go.

      Muschamp is 27-20 in four seasons, including 17-15 in the SEC. The Gators are 5-4 this season and coming off a 23-20 overtime loss to South Carolina on Saturday. Florida has lost six of its last eight home games.

      Muschamp has three years and $6 million left on his contract.

      "I appreciate the opportunity that has been offered to me and my family by (university president Bernie) Machen, (athletic director) Jeremy Foley and the University of Florida," Muschamp said in a statement released through Florida. "I was given every opportunity to get it done here and I simply didn't win enough games -- that is the bottom line. I'm disappointed that I didn't get it done and it is my responsibility to get it done.

      "I have no bitter feelings, but this is a business and I wish we would have produced better results on the field. We have a great group of players and a staff that is committed to this university and this football program. They have handled themselves with class and I expect them to continue to do so. As I've said many times, life is 10 percent of what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond."

      Information and reports varied early Sunday as to whether Muschamp or athletic director Jeremy Foley initiated the move.

      Muschamp was well liked around campus but his conservative approach to the offense led to his firing.

      "It's just the nature of the business," Georgia coach Mark Richt said Sunday night. "I wish him well. I know he's a good ball coach and a good person."

      The loss to South Carolina was reportedly the final straw as Florida decided at that point to oust Muschamp after the season.

      "Upon evaluation of our football program, we are not where the program needs to be and should be," Foley said in a statement. "I've always said that our goal at the University of Florida is to compete for championships on a regular basis. Coach Muschamp was dedicated to developing young men both on and off the field. Our student-athletes showed tremendous growth socially and academically under his leadership. His players were involved in campus activities, engaged with the local community and represented the University of Florida with pride.

      "I will be forever grateful to Will and his staff for their unwavering commitment to the University of Florida and the mission of our athletic program. He will be missed by everyone in our athletic department -- from the people that worked in his office to the people that painted the fields. Will knew everyone and they knew him and everyone in the building loved working with him. Will is as fine a man as you will ever meet, and I will always cherish our relationship with him and his family."

      Last year, Florida experienced its first losing season since 1979 when it finished 4-8.

      The highlight of the Gators' 2014 season may have come two weeks ago when they upset Georgia 38-20, the first time Florida has won the matchup in four seasons under Muschamp.

      Muschamp was hired to replace Urban Meyer after the 2010 season. Florida went 7-6 in his first season before improving to 11-2 in 2011. That season, the Gators made it as high as No. 2 in the Associated Press poll.

  • Sunday, November 16, 2014
    Georgia RB Gurley done for season
    By The Sports Xchange

    Georgia running back Todd Gurley is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

    • "Without a doubt one of the best running backs I've ever seen and ever coached," Georgia coach Mark Richt said Sunday night in a teleconference.

      Gurley left Saturday's 34-7 victory over Auburn with a knee injury on his final carry of the game. Georgia feared the injury was a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which was confirmed by medical personnel Sunday.

      "An MRI performed Sunday on University of Georgia junior tailback Todd Gurley confirmed a torn ACL," the school announced. "The injury occurred in the fourth quarter of Saturday's victory over Auburn. A surgery date has not yet been determined according to UGA Director of Sports Medicine Ron Courson."

      On his final carry -- which went for 11 yards -- Gurley limped off the field, in obvious pain but under his own power. That gave him 138 yards on 29 carries in his first game back after being suspended by the NCAA for four games for accepting money for autographs.

      Richt said Sunday he did not want to speak for Gurley regarding the expected decision to enter the NFL draft.

      Gurley, who said goodbye to social media in a post Aug. 29, offered only a few words via Twitter: "No pain, no gain."

      Gurley energized the Bulldog crowd the first time he touched the ball Saturday, racing 105 yards on a kickoff return. The touchdown was called back on a holding penalty, but Gurley served notice that he was back and determined to make up for lost time.

      Freshman Nick Chubb, who ran for more than 100 yards in all four games when Gurley was out, continued to excel and is back in as the starter with Gurley done for the season -- and likely career. The junior is expected to turn pro.

      Chubb led the Bulldogs with 144 yards rushing and added 48 more on two receptions on Saturday.

      NFLDraftScout.com analyst Rob Rang said Gurley, who was ranked the No. 1 running back prospect for the 2015 draft, will face doubts from NFL evaluators because of concerns about his left knee and his injury history.

      Gurley could be a first-round pick, and the junior did take out an insurance policy prior to the season. Georgia paid at least $75,000 toward a policy for the 2014 season.

      Wisconsin junior running back Melvin Gordon, who rushed for more than 400 yards on Saturday, could overtake Gurley as the No. 1 prospect at the position, Rang said.

  • Sunday, November 16, 2014
    College football roundup: Muschamp out at Florida after season
    By The Sports Xchange

    Will Muschamp will not return as Florida's coach next season.

    • The school announced Sunday that Muschamp will coach the Gators' final two games of the season before being let go.

      Muschamp is 27-20 in four seasons, including 17-15 in the SEC. The Gators are 5-4 this year and coming off a 23-20 overtime loss to South Carolina on Saturday. Florida has lost six of its last eight home games.

      Muschamp has three years and $6 million left on his contract.

      The loss to South Carolina was reportedly the final straw as Florida decided at that point to oust Muschamp after the season.

      --Georgia running back Todd Gurley is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

      Gurley left Saturday's 34-7 victory over Auburn with a knee injury on his final carry of the game. Georgia feared the injury was a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which was confirmed by medical personnel Sunday.

      --Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson suffered a shoulder injury during the Irish's humbling overtime loss to Northwestern on Saturday, and coach Brian Kelly does not know what Golson's status is for Notre Dame's next game.

      Kelly said on Sunday that Golson has a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder and that the injury occurred during Saturday's game.

      --Michigan defensive end Frank Clark was arrested and jailed in Erie County (Ohio) on a domestic violence charge Sunday, according to USA Today.

      Clark also pleaded guilty to a felony second-degree home invasion charge in September 2012 after he stole a laptop from another student's dorm room that June.

      This season, Clark has 42 tackles, including 13.5 for loss, and 4.5 sacks.

      --Alabama's victory over Mississippi State on Saturday caused significant changes at the top of the latest Associated Press top 25 poll.

      Florida State moved up from second to take over the No. 1 spot after coming from behind to beat Miami.

      Alabama knocked Mississippi State out of the top spot. The Crimson Tide moved up from fourth to No. 2. The Bulldogs fell to No. 4.

      TCU rounded out the top five.