MAC will allow fans and students into its media day

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Well, sort of. You still have to apply. But, from the MAC’s website:

On Wednesday, July 23rd we will host our Mid-American Conference Football Media Day in Detroit, Mich. at Ford Field (11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.). We are looking for social media correspondents that will cover the event — just like a member of the media! Talk to your favorite players & coaches as we bring in the 2014 MAC Football Season. APPLY NOW! 

In theory, I guess this is pretty cool. A few lucky students or fans will get to live the life of a media member without the impending deadlines, obligatory WiFi issues and copious amounts of Diet Coke (seriously, that’s all that keeps me going on 11-hour Notre Dame gamedays).

Like everyone in this business, I was a fan before I was a journalist, and the stage fright of talking to these guys is pretty easy to overcome when you realize 1) you have a job to do and 2) they’re humans too.

Hopefully whoever gets picked by the MAC for this doesn’t show up wearing an NIU jersey, though, and isn’t there to just gladhand with his/her favorite players and coaches, since that’d be unfair for the credentialed media there — sort of the no cheering in the press box rule.

But maybe the MAC thing produces something like this, though:

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.

Big 12 apologizes for blown call in OSU-KSU game

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Cearly, the folks in Stillwater are living right.

A week after receiving some, uh, fortuitous calls in their 30-27 win over Texas, No. 21 Oklahoma State was the beneficiary of an officiating error that aided the Cowboys in their 36-34 come-from-behind win over Kansas State on Saturday.

The chain crew incorrectly credited the Cowboys with a first down they did not earn during the second quarter Saturday, directly leading to an Oklahoma State touchdown.

That improper touchdown allowed Oklahoma State to pull within 28-20 just before the half, springboarding the Cowboys on to a comeback win. The Wildcats had won 49 in a row when leading at the half until Saturday.

From the conference:

Big 12 Conference supervisor of officials Walt Anderson acknowledges improper first-down distance enforcement occurred during Saturday’s K-State at Oklahoma State game. During the second-quarter, with the ball at the K-State 45, OSU was flagged for offensive holding during a 41-yard pass completion. After the 10-yard penalty was marked off, moving the ball back to the OSU 45, the chains were mistakingly set for the yard-to-gain.

“Accurracy and adherence to Conference policies and officiating mechanics are vital to the proper administration of the rules in all games,” said Anderson. “Disciplinary actions will be addressed with both the field officials and chain crew.”