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Salt, meet wound: ULM selling commemorative shirts


We’re three days removed from Louisiana-Monroe’s upset-for-the-ages win over Arkansas, and the reverberations are still being felt across the collegiate landscape.

— The Razorbacks dropped completely out of the Associated Press‘ poll following the loss, while the coaches dropped the Hogs 10 spots to No. 21.

— Starting quarterback Tyler Wilson is questionable for this weekend’s game against No. 1 Alabama with a head injury incurred in the loss.  Starting cornerback Tevin Mitchell is doubtful with an “above-the-shoulder” injury suffered the same game.

— The horror that is this was wrought on the American public.

— Quarterback Kolton Browning, who accounted for 481 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in the overtime win, has received a slew of honors for his performance, including Player of the Week honors from the Walter Camp Foundation, Danny O’ Brien Award and Sun Belt Conference.

— The ULM Warhawks were named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week.

Now?  ULM is taking the knife and slowly digging it in a little deeper:


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The above photo is of a shirt that went on sale today at the school’s bookstore and through the ULM Alumni Center commemorating the 34-31 win over Arkansas.  While some may scoff at selling a shirt that commemorates a regular season win, especially one the second weekend of the season, it was a monumental moment for the university — the win represented the first time since the football program jumped to the FBS level it had beaten a ranked team, and its first win over an SEC school since defeating Alabama 21-14 in Tuscaloosa in 2007, Nick Saban’s first season with the Tide.

Speaking of the SEC, ULM will travel to Jordan-Hare Stadium this weekend to take on Auburn.

(Many thanks to ULM for the gif of the t-shirt)

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

Steve Sarkisian

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

Kwazel Bertrand, Jacobi Owens
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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.