Xavier Grimble

USC down two TEs, one RB against Utah


USC will be without its two top tight ends and it’s second-leading rusher when it hosts Utah this Saturday, Trojans interim head coach Ed Orgeron said on Sunday during his weekly media conference call.

Juniors Xavier Grimble and Randall Telfer have been ruled out due to undisclosed injuries suffered against Notre Dame. Both tight ends have been banged up this season and have just 14 combined catches.

Their injuries leaves USC with just one scholarship tight end, sophomore Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, who has one catch to his credit so far.

Tailback Justin Davis is also out due to an injury suffered against Notre Dame. The true freshman has 361 yards and six touchdowns and is averaging 6.8 yards per carry this season for the Trojans.

USC is in much better shape at running back than tight end.  Senior Silas Redd and sophomore Javorius Allen should carry most of the load against the Utes.

Mark Dantonio quickly tosses aside South Carolina discussion

Mark Dantonio

Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.

He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.

“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network

Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.

Dan Patrick: Spurrier brought personality to the SEC

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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.

Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.