J.B. Gibboney

WMU’s special teams coordinator quits for ‘personal issues’

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Just a little over a week before the start of a new season, and P.J. Fleck has an unexpected opening on his Western Michigan coaching staff.

Following practice Tuesday, Fleck confirmed that special teams coordinator/defensive backs coach J.B. Gibboney has decided to leave the program due to what was only described as “personal issues.”  Gibboney had been hired by Fleck back in early January after he’d spent the previous five seasons at Purdue, the last four as special teams coordinator.

“He came in my office today (Tuesday) and resigned. He quit,” Fleck said according to mlive.com. “We had a good talk. It wasn’t like he just came in my office and said, ‘Hey, I quit.’ He has some personal issues that he needs to deal with and some issues that he wants to be able to handle.

“I support him 100 percent. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors. We had a good conversation for about an hour and he felt the best thing for him was not to coach this year and to be with his family.”

Fleck said that grad assistant Rob Wenger will assume Gibboney’s duties and “[w]e’ll make a permanent decision… here in the near future.”

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Dalvin Cook remains day-to-day for FSU vs. Miami

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One of the more underrated storylines heading into Week 6 continued its tack of uncertainty Tuesday.

During the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, Dalvin Cook tweaked his hamstring and didn’t return to the contest.  The sophomore running back was initially labeled as day-to-day for this weekend’s game against Miami, and that hasn’t changed as Jimbo Fisher reaffirmed that Cook’s status for the in-state rivalry game remains up in the air.

We’ll keep waiting,” the head coach said, adding that, because of Cook’s knowledge of the offense, he could sit out of practice the entire week and still take the field against the Hurricanes.

“He knows what to do, you can keep him healthy and do that there’s no doubt about that,” Fisher said.

Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th. The Seminoles’ No. 2 rusher, Mario Pender, is still dealing with the aftereffects of a collapsed lung that will sideline him for at least another week.

Ryan Simmons, one of Okla. St.’s ‘unquestioned leaders,’ out for rest of 2015

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 16:  Ryan Simmons #52 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys brings down Jaxon Shipley #8 of the Texas Longhorns during a game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Austin, Texas.  Oklahoma State won the game 38-13.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma State’s defense has taken what will likely prove to be a very significant and impactful blow.

On Twitter as well as Instagram late Tuesday night, Ryan Simmons announced that he “recently tore my MCL & PCL which will require surgery.” As a result, Simmons, who was injured in the Week 5 win over Kansas State, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, even as OSU has yet to officially confirm the linebacker’s status moving forward.

Because Simmons is a senior, and this is his final season of eligibility, the end of his 2015 season would also mean the end of his collegiate career.

Simmons has started the last 31 games for the Cowboys. He was second on the team in tackles last season, and his 26 career tackles for loss makes him OSU’s active leader in that category as well.

On his official bio, it’s written that Simmons is “[o]ne of the unquestioned leaders of the team, both on and off the field.”