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Mizzou has Border War slot open for November; does KU want it?


As you’ve probably seen by now — or, if you haven’t, HERE YA GO — the SEC released its highly anticipated schedule for the 2012 football season.

For any Missouri fans, your schedule is going to look like the one below, courtesy of of the Kansas City Star: 

Sept. 1 TBD (Non-conf.)
Sept. 8 Georgia
Sept. 15 Arizona State
Sept. 22 – at South Carolina
Sept. 29 – TBD (Non-conf.)
Oct. 6 – Vanderbilt
Oct. 13 – Alabama
Oct. 20 – BYE
Oct. 27 – Kentucky
Nov. 3 – at Florida
Nov. 10 – at Tennessee
Nov. 17 – TBD (Non-conf.)
Nov. 24 – at Texas A&M

As far as nonconference scheduling goes, the Sept. 15 date against ASU appears to be set, but three other non-con slots are still available for moving and shaking. The Tigers had previously agreed to play Southern Illinois (D1-AA) and Miami (OH) for the 2012 season, although the dates for those games are being worked out. That leaves one spot open for Kansas, which Mizzou would have played on Nov. 24; that spot has now been filled by Texas A&M.

However, there is an open date the week before on Nov. 17, and although the Big 12 schedules haven’t been released yet because of ongoing litigation between West Virginia and the Big East, it could be a workable slot for the Jayhawks.

That is, if they want to play Mizzou. KU has maintained that if Mizzou left the Big 12, which they did, that the Border War game would come to a halt.

Obviously, our intent as it has been all along, is to try to play that game,” said MU senior associate athletic director Mark Alnutt. “But we haven’t heard anything officially from them whether they would end this or want to continue it.”

Report: Duke Williams injured Auburn teammate with punch in ‘bar rampage’

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 29:  D'haquille Williams #1 of the Auburn Tigers misses a touchdown catch in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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D’haquille Williams may have some additional explaining to do to NFL personnel if another report is accurate.

Monday night, Auburn announced that the star wide receiver had been dismissed from Gus Malzahn‘s football program.  A day later, reports surfaced that Williams’ dismissal came after he went on a weekend “bar rampage” following one of his friends getting the heave-ho from a local drinking establishment over a dress-code issue. It was alleged that Williams had punched a pair of security guards, a bartender’s assistant and an unnamed patron of the bar.

The unnamed, however, now has a name.

According to the ABC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., and a citing a source close to the AU program, Tigers center Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw was on the receiving end of one of Williams’ alleged punches. The website wrote that “Dampeer has been treated and released from East Alabama Medical Center, according to a worker at the hospital.”

Malzahn was asked Tuesday if any other Tiger players were involved in the incident. “I’m not going to get into any details,” the coach said according to

No charges have been filed in connection to the incident.

“We cannot file charges until the injured person(s) comes forward,” Auburn police chief Paul Register told the television station. “Unless an officer personally sees a fight, no arrests can be made.”

Illini’s leading rusher, Josh Ferguson, officially ruled out vs. Iowa

Josh Ferguson, Jordan Italiano
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If Illinois is going to improve upon its solid 4-1 start to the 2015 season, it’ll have to do so without a significant cog in its offensive machinery.

On the official injury report release Thursday night, the Illini confirmed that Josh Ferguson has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against No. 22 Iowa.  The decision is not exactly a surprise as Ferguson has been doubtful in the run-up to the road game against the Hawkeyes.

Ferguson sustained an injury to his right shoulder in the first quarter of last Saturday’s last-second win over Nebraska, and has been unable to practice at all this week.

Ferguson’s 381 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 5.4 yards per carry are all tops on the team.  He’s added 12 receptions for 28 yards and another touchdown coming out of the backfield.

With Ferguson sidelined, the bulk of the running-game load is expected to shift to Ke’Shawn Vaughn.  Through five games, Vaughn is second on the Illini with 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns.