Mike Gundy, Bill Young

Oklahoma State parts ways with DC after four years


Following up on a report from earlier this week via coachingsearch.com, Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young has in fact parted ways with Mike Gundy and the Cowboys.

The now-former DC (pictured left next to Gundy) confirmed the news to Jimmie Tramel of the Tulsa World. According to Young, he and Gundy met last February following the 2011 season, where a philosophical difference over Young’s future with the program resulted in the two sides agreeing that 2012 would be Young’s last year with the Pokes.

“We had a good discussion,” Young told the paper. “I told him if he wouldn’t mind, please don’t put this (information) out there until I have time to finish the season and look for a new job.

“He agreed to that. He was very accommodating and was trying to help. It’s easier to get a job in this business if you have got one.”

Where Young ends up next isn’t clear. Meanwhile, Oklahoma State has announced that linebackers coach and co-defensive Glenn Spencer would be promoted to DC.

This year, Oklahoma State ranked 82nd in yards allowed, 64th in points allowed and were among the worst in the country in pass defense. But if there was one area that had been helping the Pokes’ defense, it was the turnover margin. The Cowboys forced an NCAA-best 78 turnovers in 2010 and ’11, leading the country in the latter year with 44. This year, Oklahoma State forced just 22 turnovers all season.

Vols ‘very confident there was no inappropriate conduct’ between Butch Jones, player

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 11:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers watches the action during a game against the Chattanooga Mocs at Neyland Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”

Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.

At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August.  The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.

“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”

Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.

Michigan’s keeping ‘fingers crossed’ for leading rusher’s availability

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Michigan played without its leading rusher in Week 5.  The Wolverines are hoping there won’t be a repeat in Week 6.

De'Veon Smith sustained a lower-leg injury in the Week 4 win over BYU and didn’t travel with the team for last Saturday’s win over Maryland.  Smith has been practicing with his teammates throughout the first few days of this week, and head coach Jim Harbaugh is guardedly optimistic that the running back will be available for what’s turned into a huge Big Ten matchup with Northwestern Saturday in the Big House.

“He’s practicing and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he’s going to stay good and be ready to play,” Harbaugh said during a radio appearance Thursday morning. “But we’ll (keep) looking at that every day.”

Despite essentially missing a game and a half, Smith currently leads the Wolverines with 331 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. He’s added four receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown coming out of the backfield the first four games.

Should Smith be unable to go again, the Wolverines have three other backs with at least 100 yards on the ground: Ty Isaac (187, 7.2 yards per carry), Drake Johnson (125, 4.2 ypc) and Derrick Green (100, 3.3 ypc).

In addition to Smith, Harbaugh is hopeful Channing Stribling will be available this weekend as well.  The starting cornerback didn’t play against the Cougars because of injury