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Leach, Mangino not candidates at Colorado


When it was first and officially announced that Dan Hawkins was out at Colorado, Mike Leach and Mark Mangino were among the multitude of candidates speculated on as potential replacements.

Based on one report, though, that’s not going to happen.

According to the Denver Post‘s Woody Paige, Leach and Mangino, as well as Mike Price, have been ruled out as candidates by CU because of past controversies that led to their “departures” from their former schools last year.

Leach, of course, was brought down at Texas Tech in part because of a helicopter dad that used his television “power” to push for his ouster, while Mangino’s then-boss Lew Perkins used a poke in the chest of a player to undermine the coach and launch an investigation that ultimately led to his demise as Kansas’ coach.

Far be it from me to tell Colorado what to do, but it’s very shortsighted and, quite frankly, absurdly asinine to eliminate two more-than-qualified candidates because of incidents at their last stops that had more to do with university politics and an ego-driven game of “mine’s bigger than yours” than the “official” incidents that led to their respective ousters.  CU is in bad shape and in desperate need of a proven leader to turn around a moribund program.  To eliminate two of the most qualified candidates out of hand — while at the same time considering a 70-year-old who’s been out of the game for 16 years and a current NFL assistant who’s never been a coordinator at any level let alone a head coach — shows the foresight that was lacking with their previous hire is still firmly in place.

I don’t know that Leach or Mangino would be the right person for the position, but I do know that the university is doing a disservice to their fans and alumni by removing them from consideration completely.

Dalvin Cook remains day-to-day for FSU vs. Miami

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One of the more underrated storylines heading into Week 6 continued its tack of uncertainty Tuesday.

During the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, Dalvin Cook tweaked his hamstring and didn’t return to the contest.  The sophomore running back was initially labeled as day-to-day for this weekend’s game against Miami, and that hasn’t changed as Jimbo Fisher reaffirmed that Cook’s status for the in-state rivalry game remains up in the air.

We’ll keep waiting,” the head coach said, adding that, because of Cook’s knowledge of the offense, he could sit out of practice the entire week and still take the field against the Hurricanes.

“He knows what to do, you can keep him healthy and do that there’s no doubt about that,” Fisher said.

Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th. The Seminoles’ No. 2 rusher, Mario Pender, is still dealing with the aftereffects of a collapsed lung that will sideline him for at least another week.

Ryan Simmons, one of Okla. St.’s ‘unquestioned leaders,’ out for rest of 2015

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 16:  Ryan Simmons #52 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys brings down Jaxon Shipley #8 of the Texas Longhorns during a game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Austin, Texas.  Oklahoma State won the game 38-13.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma State’s defense has taken what will likely prove to be a very significant and impactful blow.

On Twitter as well as Instagram late Tuesday night, Ryan Simmons announced that he “recently tore my MCL & PCL which will require surgery.” As a result, Simmons, who was injured in the Week 5 win over Kansas State, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, even as OSU has yet to officially confirm the linebacker’s status moving forward.

Because Simmons is a senior, and this is his final season of eligibility, the end of his 2015 season would also mean the end of his collegiate career.

Simmons has started the last 31 games for the Cowboys. He was second on the team in tackles last season, and his 26 career tackles for loss makes him OSU’s active leader in that category as well.

On his official bio, it’s written that Simmons is “[o]ne of the unquestioned leaders of the team, both on and off the field.”