South Carolina won’t have one of its top players on the defensive side of the ball for the “Battle of Columbia,” but the Gamecocks will have a starter back on the other side of the ball.
Head coach Steve Spurrier confirmed Tuesday that Connor Shaw is doing “fine” and will be under center when USC takes on Missouri Saturday.
Shaw originally injured his right (throwing) shoulder in a Week 1 win over Vanderbilt, and then sat out the next week’s game against ECU as Dylan Thompson got the start. He returned to start the UAB game, but was knocked out after aggravating what had previously been diagnosed as a slight shoulder fracture.
Shaw practiced Monday and, GamecockCentral.com wrote, “he looks fine throwing and running the ball.”
Spurrier also addressed the brouhaha that’s developed in regard to this weekend’s opponent’s starting quarterback. James Franklin sat out Mizzou’s game this past weekend after refusing to take painkillers for a lingering shoulder issue, leading some to inexplicably question the quarterback’s toughness and/or manhood.
As far as the Ol’ Ball Coach is concerned, Franklin did nothing wrong.
“That’s why you have other players,” Spurrier said. “I don’t think you ever force a guy to do anything he doesn’t want to do. It’s a personal decision, and after they make whatever decision you move on.”
The coach went on to explain that an unnamed Gamecock didn’t play in the second half of the UAB game because he refused to take fluids intravenously to take care of a cramping issue.
If one report is accurate, this weekend’s game against Ohio State will be Randy Edsall‘s last at Maryland.
Citing multiple sources close to the situation, the 247Sports.com website InsideMDSports.com is reporting that Edsall “is unlikely to survive as Maryland’s football coach” beyond this Saturday’s game against OSU. The site writes that, “[b]arring an unexpected last-minute reversal, Maryland will part ways with Edsall when the floundering Terps enter their mid-season bye week.”
Just this past June, Edsall was on the receiving end of a three-year contract extension from the school as the Terps were coming off a 7-6 campaign in their first season in the Big Ten. This year, however, they’re gotten off to a 2-3 start, including losses the past two games to West Virginia and Michigan by a combined score of 73-6.
Edsall is in the midst of his fifth season in College Park, and the overall results have been decidedly disappointing. Under Edsall’s direction, the Terps have gone 22-33 overall and 10-23 in conference play (6-18 in ACC, 4-5 in Big Ten). Edsall is 0-11 vs. ranked teams in that span.
This is far from the first time Edsall has been rumored to be on the hot seat, but this is by far the closest he’s come to the coaching gallows.
As for the financial ramifications of a dismissal? That new deal signed earlier this year ensured that the hit the school would absorb would be, relatively speaking, mild. From the report:
Edsall’s contract was extended for three years in June — a move aimed at stabilizing his public standing, especially with high school recruits — but just $500,000 of the $7.5 million was guaranteed money; by firing Edsall before his original deal ends Jan. 15, 2017, the school will have to pay him for the remainder of this season and an additional $2.6 million: $2.1 million for next year’s salary and that half-million buyout.
What’s known is that D.J. Pumphrey will be with his teammates this weekend. What’s unknown is if he’ll join them on the field.
The star San Diego State running back sustained a high-ankle sprain in the Week 5 win over Fresno State. Originally, he was expected to be out for a period of 2-4 weeks.
However, it appears the injury isn’t as bad as originally thought as Pumphrey will travel with the team to Saturday’s game against Hawaii. Pumphrey even took nearly two dozen snaps with the scout team during Wednesday’s practice.
He is expected to be a game-time decision for the Mountain West game.
“He says he’s about 90 percent. That’s his estimation,” head coach Rocky Long said. “If he goes and does another 25 reps [with the scout team Thursday], then he will be cleared to play. So he will be with us in Hawaii. Whether he plays or not has yet to be determined. I assume he will be cleared to play tomorrow.”
However, even if he’s cleared, it’ll be up to Long and his offensive coordinator, Jeff Horton, to decide whether he plays.
Pumphrey currently leads the Aztecs with 429 yards rushing and has scored all four of SDSU’s rushing touchdowns. Last season, he finished fourth nationally with 1,867 yards, while his 20 touchdowns on the ground were ninth.