As seen earlier on CFT, Colorado may be staying put in the Big 12 until 2012. It just so happens that former UCLA chancellor Chuck Young is quite alright with that. In fact, he’s opposing Colorado (and Utah’s) entrance into what would be the Pac-12 altogether.
In what can only be described as a full-fledged counterattack, Young is sending e-mails to Pac-10 university chancellors and presidents asking them to block the expansion. His reasoning? Colorado and Utah just don’t fit in.
“I don’t see any way the other schools can be brought in without affecting the rivalries between the Southern and Northern California schools, for example,” said Young. “You have two schools in Washington, two in Oregon, two in Northern California, two in Southern California, two in Arizona, so you can have a complete round robin in football.”
But it’s not just jeopardizing rivalries or conflicting schedules that has Young worried.
Academics, which apparently is a really big deal when considering conference re-alignment, is priority numero uno for Young. “Colorado is on par with Oregon [in academics]. Utah isn’t even in the picture.”
Utah may not be Stanford (hardly any university is) and Colorado is no Texas or Oklahoma on the gridiron. The the two schools simply are what they are: a consolation prize with mid-size media markets.
Pac-10 commish Larry Scott wanted the whole enchilada and he didn’t get it. Though it’s hard to perceive Utah and Colorado necessarily as upgrades, both programs bring in two valuables that override Young’s assertions: A championship game and, consequently, relevance.
Young can probably stop sending those e-mails now.
After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.
Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.
The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.
Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.
Cearly, the folks in Stillwater are living right.
A week after receiving some, uh, fortuitous calls in their 30-27 win over Texas, No. 21 Oklahoma State was the beneficiary of an officiating error that aided the Cowboys in their 36-34 come-from-behind win over Kansas State on Saturday.
The chain crew incorrectly credited the Cowboys with a first down they did not earn during the second quarter Saturday, directly leading to an Oklahoma State touchdown.
That improper touchdown allowed Oklahoma State to pull within 28-20 just before the half, springboarding the Cowboys on to a comeback win. The Wildcats had won 49 in a row when leading at the half until Saturday.
From the conference:
Big 12 Conference supervisor of officials Walt Anderson acknowledges improper first-down distance enforcement occurred during Saturday’s K-State at Oklahoma State game. During the second-quarter, with the ball at the K-State 45, OSU was flagged for offensive holding during a 41-yard pass completion. After the 10-yard penalty was marked off, moving the ball back to the OSU 45, the chains were mistakingly set for the yard-to-gain.
“Accurracy and adherence to Conference policies and officiating mechanics are vital to the proper administration of the rules in all games,” said Anderson. “Disciplinary actions will be addressed with both the field officials and chain crew.”