On the same day Wisconsin lost their offensive coordinator, they lost out on an opportunity for an experienced replacement at quarterback as well.
In a posting made to his Twitter feed, Dayne Crist announced that “[a]fter a long & difficult decision making process, I’m incredibly excited to join the Kansas football team.” Crist punctuated the tweet with a “Rock Chalk Jayhawk!”
It had previously been reported that Crist had whittled his choices down to the Jayhawks and Badgers. Crist visited both schools — along with Delaware — last week, and was personally visited in South Bend by new KU head coach Charlie Weis.
It was likely that preexisting relationship with Weis that swung the decision in favor of the school in Lawrence. Crist was recruited by Notre Dame when Weis was the Irish head coach and was a member of the coach’s next-to-last recruiting class.
Earlier this month, Irish head coach Brian Kelly confirmed that Crist had asked for and been granted a release from his ND scholarship in order to transfer and use his final season of eligibility at another football program. Crist, who suffered season-ending injuries each of the previous two seasons, will graduate in December, meaning he will be eligible to play during the 2012 season.
For his Irish career, Crist threw for just over 2,300 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Crist was a five-star member of the Irish’s 2008 recruiting class and the No. 2 pro-style QB in the country according to Rivals.com.
KU might not be done free-agent QB shopping, either; Jake Heaps, who is transferring from BYU, visited the Jayhawks over the weekend and it’s believed KU is the front-runner for his services. Crist’s presence should have little or no impact on Heaps’ decision as the former will be one-and-done with the Jayhawks while the latter will have to sit out a year to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.
Auburn got back in the win column after two straight losses. While winning a game must have felt nice, head coach Gus Malzahn is not prepared to say whether or not Sean White will be the team’s starting quarterback moving forward.
“I thought he competed; he did some good things,” Malzahn said after the game Saturday, per Al.com. “We’ll take this thing week-to-week like we’ve been doing it. We’re starting to kind of get good answers to the questions that we needed.”
White replaced Jeremy Johnson at quarterback last week against Mississippi State. Johnson, a preseason Heisman favorite for some, struggled out of the gate of the season with six interceptions thrown and a lost fumble. That forced Malzahn to make a change at quarterback after a woeful performance against FCS Jacksonville State and a loss to LSU. White lost his first game as a starter against Mississippi State but the offense has been marginally better. White has yet to throw a touchdown pass in his first two starts.
Against San Jose State, White completed six of 10 pass attempts for 1087 yards. Auburn’s running game is what helped push the Tigers by the Spartans, with Peyton Barber scoring all five touchdowns in the 35-21 victory. Auburn’s next game is in two weeks against Kentucky, on Thursday, October 15 in Lexington.
The Ohio State Buckeyes remain atop the AP Top 25 this week, but the Big 12’s top contenders have bumped Michigan State down two spots. No. 2 TCU picked up five first-place votes and managed to stay ahead of No. 3 Baylor despite the Bears getting 10 first-place votes.
No. 5 Utah picked up seven first-place votes and No. 9 Texas A&M received the last first-place vote available. The big mover in this week’s AP poll was No. 11 Florida, with the Gators jumping 14 spots in the poll after dismantling Ole Miss Saturday night. The Rebels dropped from No. 3 down to No. 14. No. 15 Notre Dame fell nine spots after losing at No. 6 Clemson. No. 19 Georgia also tumbled this week, down 11 spots after being blown out at home by Alabama. It was also a rough week for No. 20 UCLA, falling 13 spots after losing to Arizona State at home.
New teams in the AP poll this week include No. 22 Iowa, No. 24 Toledo and No. 25 Boise State. Iowa and Boise State also made appearances in the coaches poll earlier today, but Toledo did not. Memphis appears in the coach spill but is the third team in its own conference in the others receiving votes category, behind Houston and Temple. Memphis tied with division foe Navy in that category as well.
- Ohio State (38 first-place votes)
- TCU (5)
- Baylor (10)
- Michigan State
- Utah (7)
- Texas A&M (1)
- Florida State
- Ole Miss
- Notre Dame
- Oklahoma State
- Boise State