Clint Trickett

West Virginia to use third different starting QB


West Virginia will have a new starting quarterback this weekend when the Mountaineers open Big 12 play at home against Oklahoma state. Clint Trickett, who transferred to West Virginia from Florida State, will get the start this weekend.

According to David Ubben of, Dana Holgorsen announced the quarterback decision on his weekly radio show Thursday evening. Trickett will get the start in part because Ford Childress suffered a torn muscle in his chest in a blowout loss to Maryland in Baltimore last weekend. While Trickett will be the starter for the time being, Holgosen suggested Childress will still be the team’s starter when he is ready to play again.

That is, of course, unless Trickett sparks the offense. West Virginia ranks 109th in scoring offense, 73rd in total offense, 76th in passing and 69th in rushing. The Mountaineers have plenty of room to improve on offense, the numbers show. The offense was thought to be a bit of a work-in-progress for West Virginia, but construction is coming along a little slower than Holgorsen would probably like to see.

Trickett has not seen the field since a week one victory over William & Mary. He will be the third starting quarterback for West Virginia in four games.

Dismissed by ‘Cuse, Ashton Broyld lands at West Georgia

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A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.

Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia.  Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.

There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves.  Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.

I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”

In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.

In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.

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‘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.