- North Carolina State isn’t doing itself any favors with this video.
- A K-State O-lineman is fighting to get his scholarship release.
- A former USC safety started an apartment fire with a blunt… because God told him to.
- Michigan great Bob Chappuis passed away yesterday at the age of 89.
- Former Sooner Jerry Tubbs passed away as well.
- Mike Krzyzewski criticizes Joe Paterno‘s firing.
- Harvey Updyke is ready to begin his trial next week, his lawyer says.
Friday offseason one-liners
For the second week in a row, Louisville will be sans its starting quarterback for a conference game.
On a teleconference Wednesday, Bobby Petrino confirmed that Will Gardner will not start Friday’s game against Syracuse. Petrino did allow that “[t]here’s a chance [Gardner] will be available” in an emergency-type situation.
“Will was out there last night and did more in practice,” Petrino said. “Reports from the training room this morning was there was limited swelling so we get a chance to get him out today at practice again.”
Gardner suffered a left knee injury in the win against FIU. He left in the third quarter didn’t return.
With Gardner out, at least at the beginning, Reggie Bonnafon will make his second consecutive start.
In his first collegiate start against Wake Forest, a 20-10 win, Bonnafon completed 16-of-32 passes for 206 yards. He had no touchdowns but also no interceptions. The true freshman added 46 yards on the ground against the Demon Deacons; in the first four games, Gardner ran for minus-72, so obviously Bonnafon adds a dimension that the starter doesn’t possess.
Fresno State’s secondary depth took an unexpected twin hit Tuesday.
According to head coach Tim DeRuyter in a press release sent out late Tuesday night, both cornerback Bryan Harper and free safety Justin Holmes have decided to quit the Bulldogs football team. The moves apparently came from out of the blue, at least publicly.
The pair left due to unspecified personal reasons.
“We appreciate their contributions and we wish them well in the future,” DeRuyter said in a statement.
Harper transferred to Fresno State from Arizona in 2013 and sat out that season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. The decision to leave came after Harper had started the first two games of the season. The Fresno Bee wrote that Harper “was excused from practice on Monday while at home in Los Angeles to tend to a family issue.”
Coming out of high school in Ontario, California, Harper was a three-star member of the Wildcats’ 2012 recruiting class.
Holmes, meanwhile, didn’t record a tackle this year after redshirting as a true freshman last season. He was a no-show at practice Monday.
Neither Harper nor Holmes was listed on the most recent two-deep depth chart.
If you want and/or need to know who will be under center when Maryland takes the field against Ohio State Saturday, you’ll have to wait a couple of more days.
C.J. Brown suffered an injury to his left (non-throwing) wrist in the win over Indiana Saturday. He left that game and didn’t return.
Will the starting quarterback return for the Buckeyes?
“We’ll find out on game day” is all head coach Randy Edsall would allow on Brown’s Week 6 status.
Should Brown be a no-go for the Terps’ second-ever Big Ten game, Caleb Rowe would get the start. Replacing the injured Brown, Rowe completed 67 percent of his passes for 198 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the 37-15 win over the Hoosiers. That performance left Edsall proud of and confident in Rowe.
“I think we’ve been blessed to have that happen at a number of positions this year, with guys,” the coach said. “Very proud of Caleb for staying engaged and being ready and knowing that when his number was called he came in and did the job that he was expected to do.”
The Associated Press also notes that, if Brown sits, it would mark the eight straight season the Terps failed to have a quarterback start every game. The last quarterback to start every game in a single season was Sam Hollenbach in 2006.
For those of you who read the latest edition of the Fifth Quarter, you may have noticed we mentioned an Ohio State assistant coach and former Buckeyes linebacker, Anthony Schlegel, “taking care” of a student with a “Night Train Necktie” who had run onto the field during the pregame warmups for the Cincinnati game.
As it turns out, there’s more to the story. A lot more.
The student in question, Anthony Wunder, pleaded not guilty to a charge of criminal trespassing Tuesday in the Franklin County Municipal Court. If Wunder is convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of a $250 fine and 30 days in jail.
That legal issue might not be the worst of Wunder’s problems, however, as the Columbus Dispatch explains.
[Attorney Mark] Collins said that Wunder was told today by the Evans Scholars program that Wunder has lost his scholarship with the program and said Wunder is no longer living in the Evans Scholars house.
Collins, however, said that Wunder remains enrolled as a student at Ohio State. He is a fourth-year student in a five-year engineering program, Collins said.
The nonprofit Evans Scholars Foundation gives academic awards for college students who have served as golf caddies.
Head coach Urban Meyer said he had a conversation with his assistant following the game.
“In all seriousness, I grabbed Anthony last night,” the head coach said Monday. “I appreciate him protecting our players. I would rather him not have a lawsuit if something bad would happen, you drill a guy like that.
“So we had a partial-serious conversation. And then we also gave him a Hit City Award, our team, and had a little fun with it, too.”
Speaking of a lawsuit…
“Those are things we’re going to look at and issues we’re going to address,” said Collins, Wunder’s attorney, when asked if the tackle by Schlegel was too hard. Of course, if his client wasn’t on the field illegally, the tackle never would’ve happened.
Anyway, for those who haven’t seen it, below is a Vine of the incident in question as well as an epic picture of the hit.
A school spokesperson confirmed to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that the starting quarterback practiced with the team Tuesday. Webb had been spotted by the media wearing full football gear and leaving the practice field with his teammates.
Webb suffered an injury to his left (non-throwing) shoulder in the loss to Oklahoma State Thursday night. He had not practiced since suffering the injury, and his status for the Kansas State game Saturday remains unknown. The Avalanche-Journal did write the fact “[t]hat Webb practiced was a positive sign, given that Tuesday and Wednesday are the Red Raiders’ heaviest game-preparation days.”
Through four games, Webb is second among Big 12 quarterbacks in passing yards per game (339) and passing touchdowns (14) and is third in passing efficiency (146.2).
Should Webb be unable to go, true freshman Patrick Mahomes would get his first career start. Mahomes made his collegiate debut replacing the injured Webb against the Cowboys, completing 2-of-5 passes for 20 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also ran seven times for 16 yards, with a long of 14.
At some point in the very near future, perhaps as early as today, four members of the Kentucky football program will begin their collective journey through the legal system in connection to an incident over the weekend.
Fayette County (Ky.) Attorney Larry Roberts confirmed to the Lexington Herald-Leader that his office is preparing charges against the four freshmen — wide receiver Dorian Baker, running back Stanley Williams (pictured), quarterback Drew Barker, and defensive end Tymere Dubose. The charges, second-degree disorderly conduct for each, will be filed “as soon as the judge signs them,” Roberts told the Herald-Leader.
The paper writes that the charge “is a class B misdemeanor, covering such things as fighting, making loud noises or creating a hazardous condition” and “is punishable by up to 90 days in jail.”
According to reports, police were called around 9:30 Sunday night to a residence complex on the south end of campus, near the football facilities, after fielding calls about possible shots being fired. UK and Lexington police searched the area for two hours and recovered three airsoft guns.
All four players have been suspended for this weekend’s game against South Carolina.
“We have some good kids that used poor judgment that made a mistake. They know they made a mistake, and they’re being held accountable for it,” head coach Mark Stoops said following Tuesday’s practice. “We tried to address it quickly and decisive. They were wrong.
“Like I said, they’re remorseful. They realize it now. So, we’ve handled it publicly with what I said and internally within our team.”
The losses of Baker and Williams will be the most damaging in the short-term as the latter has 174 yards rushing/receiving and two touchdowns while the former has 11 receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown. The other two have not played in a game are expected to redshirt.
For the second consecutive game, Tennessee’s receiving corps won’t be at full strength.
Ahead of Saturday’s game against Florida, Josh Smith has already been ruled out because of the dreaded high-ankle sprain. Smith originally suffered the injury in the Oklahoma loss and didn’t play in the loss to Georgia.
It has previously been reported that Smith could miss up to six weeks, which would sideline him until the Nov. 1 game against South Carolina.
Through three games, Smith was second on the team in catches (10) and receiving yards (135). He’s still tied for second in the latter category and tied for fourth in the former.
Another receiver dealing with a high-ankle sprain, Von Pearson, “practice a little bit” Tuesday. His status for the Gator game is up in the air.
Pearson, who has seven catches for 98 yards in two games, has already missed the Oklahoma and Georgia games.
The Shane Morris flap may ultimately play a role on some level in the firing of Brady Hoke, or even his boss, but Michigan’s not expected to garner any punitive action from its conference.
A Big Ten spokesperson confirmed to mlive.com that commissioner Jim Delany, the website wrote, “has been in contact with the university athletic department regarding the football program’s shortcomings in dealing with Morris’ concussion.” Hoke and AD Dave Brandon specifically and the football program and athletic department in general have come under fire ever since the quarterback was put back into the Minnesota game shortly after he sustained what was later determined to be a concussion.
In a statement Tuesday evening, UM president Mark Schlissel admitted that the university “did not get this right and for this I apologize to Shane, his family, his teammates, and the entire Michigan family.”
That said, it doesn’t appear there will be any type of sanctions forthcoming from the conference.
According to [Big Ten associate commissioner of communications Scott] Chipman, no review process exists that enables the league to issue any penalty upon the athletic department or football program.
While the individuals involved have come under significant scrutiny, Hoke has at least one defender in former Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson.
Tuesday night, nearly a 1,000 protesters marched on Schlissel’s home calling for the firing of Brandon. One UM fan, a law school student, was seen holding a “Fire Brandon” sign while wearing an Ohio State sweatshirt. Schlissel had released his statement approximately a half-hour before the demonstration landed on his front lawn.
On the other hand, UM’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee — an organization representing all 931 of the school’s student-athletes — issued a statement of support for Brandon.
“As student-athletes, we are confident that each member of the Athletic Department acts with our best interests in mind,” the statement read in part. “We applaud Dave Brandon for upholding the tradition and values of Michigan to the highest standard, encouraging us to be leaders and best in all aspects of life. As such, we fully support our Athletic Director and trust his ability to make decisions for our success and wellbeing.”
If Memphis is going to make any noise in AAC play this season, it’ll have to do so without the most productive member of its rushing attack.
At his regular Monday press conference, Justin Fuente confirmed the Tigers’ worst fears: running back Doroland Dorceus “will not be with us for the rest of the season.” Dorceus sustained an injury to his right leg in the second quarter of this past weekend’s 24-3 loss to Ole Miss.
Dorceus would not specify the exact nature of the injury, although the speculation is that it’s an ACL issue.
Through four games, Dorceus leads the Tigers with 237 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
With Dorceus sidelined for the final eight games, a heavy portion of the ground game load is expected to fall onto the shoulders of the starter and one of his main backups. Brandon Hayes, who’s started all four games this season, is second on the team with 197 yards, but averages just 4.6 yards per carry, while Jarvis Cooper is third with 130 yards on just 15 carries.
Hayes led the Tigers in 2013 with 860 yards and five touchdowns.
At Miami, the offensive right tackles have taken a hit. For Oregon State, it’s the position on the opposite side of the line of scrimmage.
Jalen Grimble, the starter at left defensive tackle for the Beavers, sustained a knee injury in the loss to USC this past Saturday. Grimble is scheduled to undergo surgery next Monday to repair the damage and will be sidelined for a period of 3-4 weeks.
Because of a bye after this Saturday’s game, he could miss just the Colorado (Oct. 4) and Utah (Oct. 16) contests. If he’s out the full four weeks, he could miss the Oct. 25 Stanford game as well.
The news is not so good for Grimble’s backup, however.
Noke Tago incurred a knee injury in the same game as the starter. Unfortunately, it appears his injury is more serious as defensive coordinator Mark Banker stated it’s likely Tago will be lost for the remainder of the season.
Both of the injuries occurred on chop blocks that weren’t called penalties against the Trojans. USC’s technique was called into question by Banker.
“You don’t know if it was done on purpose or not,” Banker said, “but I just think the technique was questionable. …
“I just hope it wasn’t intended to be an injury.”
Head coach Mark Richt said Tuesday that Malcolm Mitchell “would have to have a setback to not play” in Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt. The wide receiver has been sidelined since undergoing arthroscopic surgery to clean up some cartilage damage in mid-August.
He’s missed all of UGA’s four games this season.
This latest health issue, which occurred running routes during summer workouts and dragged on far longer than originally anticipated, continues what’s been a long line of injury setbacks for Mitchell, particularly as it relates to the knees.
Mitchell suffered a torn ACL — celebrating a touchdown, no less — in the season-opening loss to Clemson last year. He was cleared and had been participating — in non-contact fashion — in UGA’s spring practice earlier this year before another leg injury in the first session knocked him out for the remainder of the spring.
Prior to that, he suffered a torn meniscus and had his knee ‘scoped in April of 2013. But wait, there’s more: he didn’t play in the 2012 opener because of an ankle injury, with a hamstring issue costing him three games the year before.
When healthy, Mitchell is productive, as evidenced by his career totals of 85 catches for 1,237 yards and eight touchdowns. It’s also evidenced by the fact that, despite missing essentially the entire 2013 season, he was named second-team All-SEC over the summer.
Mitchell’s return is not the only positive receiving news for the Bulldogs as Justin Scott-Wesley is expected to make his 2014 debut against Vandy as well. In October of last year, Scott-Wesley suffered a torn ACL. At the time of the injury, he was UGA’s second-leading receiver with 16 catches for 311 yards and two touchdowns.
When Miami takes the field for its next game, the Hurricanes will have a rather significant issue on the right side of the offensive line.
Tuesday, Al Golden confirmed that both Taylor Gadbois and Kc McDermott will not play in this Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech because of injury. Both linemen suffered left knee injuries in the win over Duke in Week 5.
Gadbois is the ‘Canes’ starting right tackle, while McDermott is his backup. Some combination of Trevor Darling, Hunter Wells and Sunny Odogwu will take that twosome’s place.
After playing in four games as a redshirt freshman in 2013, Gadbois had started the first five games this year. McDermott played in three games as a true freshman last year.
(Photo credit: Miami athletics)
It appears LSU won’t have a key piece of its secondary puzzle at its disposal moving forward.
Both the Baton Rouge Advocate and the New Orleans Times-Picayune have reported over the past 24 hours that Dwayne Thomas has a torn ACL and, as a result, will miss the remainder of the 2014 season. The defensive back suffered the injury in the second quarter of this past Saturday’s blowout win over New Mexico State.
The football program has yet to address Thomas’ status.
The loss, if it comes to fruition, would be a significant one as Thomas is the Tigers’ starting nickel cornerback and sees extensive action. Through five games, Thomas is fifth on the team with 24 tackles and is tied for second with 2.5 tackles for loss.
As a redshirt freshman in 2013, Thomas played in 11 games. Thomas was a four-star member of LSU’s 2012 recruiting class, rated as the No. 14 corner in the country.
The latest incident that sets the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker back to double zeroes doesn’t involve a college football player… and does involve some very disturbing allegations.
First things first: Cincinnati announced in a press release Tuesday that Antrione Archer had been terminated from his position as Tommy Tuberville‘s Director of Player Welfare & Development, a position he had held since 2011. Archer was arrested in Kentucky in June, but the school didn’t find out until last Friday. Within hours, the school stated, Archer was placed on administrative leave before he was fired four days later.
The school did not detail either the arrest or the charge Archer is facing. WKRC-TV did, however, and let’s just say it’s not a topic that’s ever come up before here at CFT.
From the television station’s website regarding the incident, which occurred in a grocery store pharmacy:
According to court records, police said Archer was in the Fort Mitchell Kroger May 27 and asked a 73-year-old employee for help finding some vitamins. Police said while she was helping him, Archer quote, “pulled his penis from his pants,” and also, “placed his exposed penis against her backside.” Police said he did this several times at different locations throughout the store.
The incident was caught on store surveillance cameras. Two weeks later, after police had identified Archer as a suspect, he was interviewed and confessed.
Archer was officially charged with third-degree sex abuse, a misdemeanor. The station wrote that “Archer’s attorney told Local 12 they were close to having the situation resolved through the legal system.”
(Photo credit: Cincinnati athletics)
It appears that Taylor Kelly‘s absence from the playing field will indeed bleed into the month of October.
According to Todd Graham, the quarterback is “pretty questionable” for Arizona State’s game Saturday against USC. After the quarterback initially suffered an unspecified foot injury in the Sept. 13 win over Colorado, the ASU head coach had downplayed the severity of the injury and the length of time Kelly would be sidelined.
Kelly is still walking with the aid of crutches and remains in a protective boot.
“Taylor has the boot on and stuff, but it’s precautionary,” Graham said Monday. “He is running in the pool, he is exercising in the pool and has no pain, so he’s doing really well.”
The good news for the Sun Devils is that the injury could cost Kelly just two games. ASU was on a bye the week after Kelly suffered the injury, and have another bye coming up next weekend. If he comes back for the Oct. 18 game against Stanford as previously reported, he’ll have missed only the UCLA and USC games.
If Kelly is sidelined as expected, Mike Bercovici would get the call. In his first career start, Bercovici threw for 488 yards and three touchdowns in the blowout loss to the Bruins. He did, though, toss a pair of interceptions.