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Former Alabama RB says Georgia (and Tennessee) a possibility


Things never quite worked out for Alvin Kamara at Alabama. The former four-star recruit out of Georgia once made the decision to attend Alabama over his home-stare Georgia Bulldogs, but now it could be possible he looks to rebound his young collegiate career in Athens.

In an interview with 247 Sports‘ Georgia affiliate (behind a pay wall), Kamara says the Bulldogs are back on the radar as he looks to get back with a big time program in need of a running back. It could end up being a good spot for him if that is ultimately where he lands. Staying a bit closer to home can sometimes be jut the right medicine a player needs, and sometime a clean slate can go along way for a talented player.

Kamara noted in the interview that Georgia is his hometown school, and he discussed how some felt he was turning his back on the school when he initially declared for Alabama. Kamara was granted a release from his Alabama scholarship back in January after being suspended from the Sugar Bowl. It was the second suspension of his freshman season. Kamara also had to have an operation on his knee before the first game of the season.

As it was originally reported, part of the agreement to release Kamara from his Alabama scholarship forbid the running back from transferring to another SEC school. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Kamara has not only been in contact with Georgia, but Tennessee too. Kamara previously announced he would be spending the 2014 season at a junior college in Kansas with the hope of returning to a program at the FBS level in 2015. Clemson had been one school Kamara had shown interest in, and perhaps they still will be a strong contender if the interest is still there.

But if Georgia (and Tennessee for that matter) are now possibilities for Kamara, there could be a chance to get that do-over few players get a chance to take advantage of.

Was Washington loss the beginning of the end of the Steve Sarkisian era at USC?

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Steve Sarkisian’s win totals in his six previous seasons are both a positive and a negative.

On one hand, he resurrected a moribund Washington program that went 0-12 under Ty Willingham in 2008 and took them to four consecutive bowl games from 2010-2013. He won nine games his last year in Seattle, then led a talented-yet-thin USC team to a nine-win season and AP No. 20 finish in 2014.

Those are good accomplishments. But the flip side of the argument is Sarkisian has never won double-digit games in a season, something that’s a necessity to keep one’s job at USC. The Trojans’ 17-12 loss to Washington last night — at home, no less — means the road to 10 wins and a Pac-12 title will be awfully difficult.

And worse yet, there are plenty of arguments to be made Sarkisian doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt and a little more time in Los Angeles to turn things around (#SarkAfterDark, his drunken rant at a booster event, certainly doesn’t help). The reaction from national media to last night’s loss looked like this:

Mandel, in his column, argued USC is right where it was two years ago with Lane Kiffin as its coach. And there’s this embarrassing thought, that looks more and more like a truth, for Pat Haden:

This one, however, was the most damning by far for many reasons, most notably that it came at the hands of Sarkisian’s old team. The sense among many Washington fans nearly two years ago was that the Huskies managed to upgrade coaches when the school lured Chris Petersen from Boise State upon Sarkisian’s departure to USC.

They were right.

USA Today’s Dan Wolken similarly wrote that USC needs to drop Sarkisian and bring in Chip Kelly from the Philadelphia Eagles.

This is the state of USC, and it may not get better. The Trojans start a brutal three-game stretch next Saturday at Notre Dame in primetime, then welcome Utah to Los Angeles the next week. A Halloween trip to Berkeley to face Jared Goff and Cal finishes it up. There’s a very real chance USC, for all its talent and all its hype, limps into November with a 4-4 or 3-5 record.

Sarkisian will have to engineer and sustain a major turnaround in these coming weeks, otherwise he’ll give Haden all the ammo he needs to unceremoniously jettison him after two years.

Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season

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Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.

Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.

“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”

Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.