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NCAA grants waiver for Washington State receiver

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Washington State has confirmed the NCAA has approved a waiver for wide receiver Vince Mayle that will allow him to play one more year for the Cougars.

The senior wide receiver played in all 10 games this season and has caught 32 passes for 423 yards (third most on the team) and five touchdowns (second most on the team) this season. There was optimism in the Washington State program that a waiver application would be approved by the NCAA, but the NCAA is not always exactly known to make the right decisions when presented with the opportunity. Fortunately for Mayle, the NCAA agreed another year was appropriate.

Mayle needed to apply for a waiver to play one more year in Pullman because he had played competitively at Shasta Community College (basketball) and Sierra College (football) prior to arriving at Washington State. Because he started playing basketball in 2009, Mayle’s eligibility clock got started early according to NCAA rules.

Mayle took to Twitter to break the news himself Friday and the school released a statement later in the day to confirm the news from the NCAA.

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SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.