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Matt McGloin KO’d by teammate following Penn State practice


UPDATED 7:14 p.m. ET: Penn State issued a press release Saturday evening addressing the locker room incident that took place earlier today.  Here’s the release, in its entirety:

Penn State Police were called to the football locker room this afternoon to investigate a report of a fight between two members of the Nittany Lions football team — Matt McGloin and Curtis Drake — after they finished practice.

McGloin was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center where he was examined, treated and released.

Campus police and Penn State’s Office of Judicial Affairs will investigate the incident and report results as they would for any other student involved in an incident on campus.


While the details are still sketchy, there was reportedly a physical altercation Saturday in the Penn State locker room involving a Nittany Lions quarterback and an offensive teammate that rendered the former laid out at the hands — or fists — of the latter.

According to Ben Jones of, he can confirm via Twitter “that Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin was knocked out after practice today during a fight.”  The fight reportedly involved wide receiver Curtis Drake, and was something that stemmed from an incident that went down during practice and carried over into the locker room.

A police report has been filed, and the players were called in for a 4:30 ET team meeting.  Per a tweet from Jones, “Drake shows up with pack of players [for team meeting]. Left hand in coat pocket.”

CFT has been told by a PSU official that a statement from the school regarding the incident may — stressing the word “may” — be released at some point this evening.

UPDATED 5:42 p.m. ET: a University Police spokesperson said that they are investigating the incident and could release a statement at some point this evening/tonight.

McGloin’s father told Ron Mussleman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that “his son suffered [a] seizure today and has [a] possible concussion.”  McGloin’s currently at his residence after being taken to the hospital.

McGloin’s Twitter feed also contains some choice adult language as to what may or may not have transpired earlier today.  We’re guessing said Twitter feed will either be deleted at some point today or was “a victim of hacking”  if said feed continues its current tack.

And, shortly after posting the latest update, the hacking defense card has been played.

Was Washington loss the beginning of the end of the Steve Sarkisian era at USC?

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Steve Sarkisian’s win totals in his six previous seasons are both a positive and a negative.

On one hand, he resurrected a moribund Washington program that went 0-12 under Ty Willingham in 2008 and took them to four consecutive bowl games from 2010-2013. He won nine games his last year in Seattle, then led a talented-yet-thin USC team to a nine-win season and AP No. 20 finish in 2014.

Those are good accomplishments. But the flip side of the argument is Sarkisian has never won double-digit games in a season, something that’s a necessity to keep one’s job at USC. The Trojans’ 17-12 loss to Washington last night — at home, no less — means the road to 10 wins and a Pac-12 title will be awfully difficult.

And worse yet, there are plenty of arguments to be made Sarkisian doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt and a little more time in Los Angeles to turn things around (#SarkAfterDark, his drunken rant at a booster event, certainly doesn’t help). The reaction from national media to last night’s loss looked like this:

Mandel, in his column, argued USC is right where it was two years ago with Lane Kiffin as its coach. And there’s this embarrassing thought, that looks more and more like a truth, for Pat Haden:

This one, however, was the most damning by far for many reasons, most notably that it came at the hands of Sarkisian’s old team. The sense among many Washington fans nearly two years ago was that the Huskies managed to upgrade coaches when the school lured Chris Petersen from Boise State upon Sarkisian’s departure to USC.

They were right.

USA Today’s Dan Wolken similarly wrote that USC needs to drop Sarkisian and bring in Chip Kelly from the Philadelphia Eagles.

This is the state of USC, and it may not get better. The Trojans start a brutal three-game stretch next Saturday at Notre Dame in primetime, then welcome Utah to Los Angeles the next week. A Halloween trip to Berkeley to face Jared Goff and Cal finishes it up. There’s a very real chance USC, for all its talent and all its hype, limps into November with a 4-4 or 3-5 record.

Sarkisian will have to engineer and sustain a major turnaround in these coming weeks, otherwise he’ll give Haden all the ammo he needs to unceremoniously jettison him after two years.

Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season

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Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.

Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.

“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”

Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.