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Willie Taggart dismisses pair of USF seniors


The playing careers of two f USF players have come to a premature end.

Head coach Willie Taggart announced Tuesday that defensive backs Mark Joyce and JaQuez Jenkins have been dismissed from the football program.  No reason for the dismissals were given; the Tampa Bay Times wrote that “[n]either player’s name appeared in a local arrest-records search.”

Both of the defensive backs were seniors, and each had been suspended for last week’s game against UCF.

“They’ve done a lot for our football program and unfortunately made a mistake and they’ve got to deal with their mistake,” Taggart said.

“We’re trying to change a culture in our entire football program to one that is total commitment to the football team and winning, and we will. There are consequences that come with anything that counters that. And those consequences will be paid.”

Joyce started the first 10 games this season at safety before his suspension and started 22 games in his Bulls career.  Jenkins was a backup who played in seven games in 2013.

Perhaps the lone good news coming out of this story is that both players are slated to graduate next week.

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

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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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.