Vince Sanders, Cullen Christian

Third time’s a charm? Former Mich., Pitt DB headed to WVU

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If at first you don’t succeed, try again.  And then, in Cullen Christian‘s world, try again, if necessary.

The defensive back confirmed to both and earlier this week that he has decided to transfer into the West Virginia football program.  Because Christian will have already received his bachelor’s degree and will be pursing a Masters not offered at (one of) his former schools, the cornerback will be eligible to play immediately in 2014.

“I wanted to continue to play football and further my education with Sports Management, which is a major that Pitt doesn’t offer,” the player said. “I felt like I didn’t fit Pitt’s system, but I feel like I have an opportunity to play at West Virginia. They play so many DBs. I know Coach Gibson very well and I know how he goes about coaching.”

“Coach Gibson” to which Christian referred is Tony Gibson, the Mountaineers’ new defensive coordinator. Christian had two previous FBS stops prior to Morgantown; Gibson was his position coach at each of them.

As a member of Michigan’s 2010 recruiting class, Christian was a four-star player and rated as the No. 8 cornerback in the country according to Christian played in 11 games as a true freshman for the Wolverines before announcing in April of 2011 that he would be transferring to his hometown of Pittsburgh and playing for the Panthers.

After sitting out the 2011 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, he played in 12 games — two starts — in 2012. Last season, an ankle injury limited Christian to just two games.

Rutgers WR Carroo expected to have assault charges dropped

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Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo could have a charge of simple assault dropped by a New Jersey court today. The woman he is accused of slamming to the concrete has agreed to drop the restraining order request and has asked the assault charge against the Rutgers receiver be dropped as well. reports today the woman and Carroo each appeared in a family court on Tuesday, and the woman told the judge she is not scared of Carroo.

So, what does this mean for football? Simply put, it means Carroo may be eligible to play again as soon as this weekend. That would be good timing, as Rutgers is set to host Michigan State this Saturday night.

Carroo has been sitting out while serving an indefinite suspension while this legal process plays out. Carroo has missed each of the last two games for Rutgers, against Penn State and Kansas. Rutgers was off this past weekend. If this legal process does play out as it is expected at this point, Carroo could be reinstated quickly and promptly, making him eligible to return right away. Carroo is one fo the best players on the roster, so having him back and eligible to play is very good news for the Scarlet Knights offense.

Gamecocks still hope to host LSU Sat., but alternatives being evaluated

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The recent flooding in the state of South Carolina has brought many dangers and concerns much more important than football with it, but this being a college football-focused website we must dive into the connection real life issues have with the sport from time to time. South Carolina is scheduled to host LSU in Columbia this Saturday, and that still appears to be the plan. Alternate plans have been discussed though, just in case they will be needed as the week unfolds.

The very concept of moving a college football game to another stadium is indeed a rare situation. It is not, however, completely without precedent. The 1942 Rose Bowl between Duke and Oregon State (my how the times have changed) was moved from Pasadena, California across the country to be played in Durham, North Carolina. This was out of fear of the west coast being attacked during World War II though. LSU’s Tiger Stadium has served as a home football stadium for a weather-related event in the past as well. The New Orleans Saints played four games in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and forced the Saints to play the entire 2005 season on the road.

Today is only Tuesday, so there is still some time to make sure Williams-Brice Stadium and the surrounding area is suitable for hosting the SEC contest this weekend. Odds are the game will be able to be played as scheduled, but safety for fans and teams involved is always the priority.