TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 4:  Chad Mavety #55 of the Florida State Seminoles makes a hard block against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the second half at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida. The Seminoles took the Deamon Deacons 43-3. (Photo by Jeff Gammons/Getty Images)
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Dealing with ‘cardiac issue,’ FSU lineman Chad Mavety calls it a career

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Back in early March, Jimbo Fisher confirmed that Chad Mavety would be sidelined for all of Florida State’s spring practice because of what was described as a “cardiac issue.”  A few days later, Mavety vowed that he would return to the Seminoles.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be in the cards.

In an emotional missive posted to his Facebook page, Mavety publicly confirmed that the health issue will force him to give up the sport of football.

“I have spent the last 7 months trying to stay the course and be positive but ultimately the doctor gave me a result and a decision,” a portion of the offensive lineman’s lengthy message read. “I have been diagnosed with something that does not allow me to play and the liability and risk factors have ended a sport and career I took so much pride in.”

This past season, Mavety started eight of the nine games in which he played. Five of those starts came at left guard, three at right tackle. Prior to the issue, Mavety would’ve entered spring practice penciled in as a starter at either position.

Below is Mavety’s entire Facebook posting:

As I’m sure some people already know, I will not be playing football this fall for Florida State University nor the rest of my career. I have spent the last 7 months trying to stay the course and be positive but ultimately the doctor gave me a result and a decision. I have been diagnosed with something that does not allow me to play and the liability and risk factors have ended a sport and career I took so much pride in. One thing I’ve always been taught, is that everything happens for a reason and I am lucky we found it. Yes football is a game where athletes make an incredible amounts of money but the ultimate happiness comes everyday when your working out, in meetings, hanging in the cafe, or strapping up those pads at 3:00 to go out to practice. The brotherhood I’ve built with my teammates at Florida State will always be there and I will 100% be this teams biggest fan this season.

Now to all of the people from my hometown of Sparta. I thank you. I appreciate the support I get every time I am back in town. You will never know how good it truly makes me feel. This goes for former coaches, friends, family, and kids. To my Nassau Community College family, where would I be without you? Taught me how to be a man and take care of business on my own, taught me how to become a better person, and lastly shaped me on and off the field and gave me an opportunity I didn’t have before. Nassau gave me scholarship offers from every Division 1 school in the nation and I wouldn’t be where I’m at today without my coaches, teammates, and professors. I thank you all.

Florida State…….a dream I never thought would be possible. I have been able to do something that people dream of. First and foremost…Graduate with a Bachelors Degree. Growing up I was told I would never get it, I wouldn’t get out of Junior College, or I wouldn’t get a scholarship, or I wouldn’t start for the #1 college football team in America…….I did all of that plus more. I can’t thank FSU enough for giving me a full athletic scholarship and giving me a platform to display what God has given me and also build on what I was already given. I will miss playing beside my teammates but there’s nothing more I’ll miss then running out and hearing 90,000 fans cheer you on like Nole Nation! It has truly been an honor. For all of this I have to thank the entire Florida State coaching staff(especially the Oline GA’s), strength coaches, and academic staff. Most of all, I have to thank Coach Fisher for believing in me throughout all of my injuries. There would be days where I would be completely down and those little words of inspiration before practice when it was just the two of us would do more than anyone knows.

Lastly, but most importantly my FAMILY. You all know who you are. Thank you for being at every game, watching it on tv, or just being there for my phone calls through my tough injuries. Without your guidance, support, and belief in me….the last 7 months could’ve been a million times worse for me without you all. When one door closes, Another door opens and I am more than excited to build my brand.

Local Auburn man arrested after setting Toomer’s Corner oak tree on fire

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 10: Fans of the Auburn Tigers roll trees at Toomer's Corner after defeating the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Jordan Hare Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Auburn, Alabama. The Auburn Tigers defeated the Arkansas State Red Wolves 51-14.(Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
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Police have identified and arrested a 29-year-old Auburn, Ala. man after he allegedly set fire to one of the oak trees at the famous Toomer’s Corner.

Fans traditionally celebrate a Tigers victory by “rolling” the trees with toilet paper and did so once again on Saturday night following an 18-13 victory over LSU. However, video surveillance showed a suspect lighting some of the paper on fire, setting the tree ablaze as he walked away.

The Auburn city police department, in a release obtained by USA Today, stated that “witnesses at Toomer’s Corner identified a suspect, who was immediately detained and taken into custody by police on an unrelated charge of public intoxication.” Several reports identified the suspect as Jochen Wiest.

Firefighters quickly responded to the fire and extinguished the burning tree but university officials are still evaluating the damage to the oaks.

“From the ground we can easily see damage to the leaves and base of the tree. It is significant,” Professor of Horticulture Gary Keever said in a statement released by the school. “I expect the foliage will continue to drop. The full extent of damage may not be known for several weeks. The best case scenario would be to see a flush of new growth next spring, but right now it’s too early to tell how the tree will respond.”

The incident is all the more emotional for Auburn fans given that the tradition had just been revived this season following a three-year absence as a result of an Alabama fan poisoning the oaks. Hopefully the area around Toomer’s Corner can recover in time for the Tigers’ next win, which might be as soon as Saturday when they host Louisiana-Monroe.

Notre Dame officially parts ways with defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder

FILE - In an Aug. 29, 2014 file photo, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, right, talks with defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder during practice during media day for a NCAA football team in South Bend, Ind. It was announced Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, that Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has fired defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder following a 1-3 start. The school tweeted a new release saying VanGorder is being replaced by defensive analyst Greg Hudson.(AP Photo/Joe Raymond, File)
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Notre Dame has officially parted ways with embattled defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.

“This is a difficult decision,” Irish head coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. “I have the utmost respect for Brian as both a person and football coach, but our defense simply isn’t where it should be and I believe this change is necessary for the best interest of our program and our student-athletes.”

Notre Dame has allowed 134 points through their first four games and are just 1-3 after extremely high preseason expectations. This was VanGorder’s third season in South Bend but the Irish have regressed significantly and ranked 101st in FBS scoring defense after Saturday’s home loss to Duke.

Defensive analyst Greg Hudson, a former Notre Dame linebacker who has served as defensive coordinator at Purdue, East Carolina and Minnesota, was elevated to fill VanGorder’s role.

“It’s never easy to make a change on your staff, but I’m confident in Greg’s ability to lead our defense,” Kelly added. “As a former player at Notre Dame and an experienced defensive coordinator, he not only understands the expectations necessary to compete at the highest level, but he’ll bring a fresh perspective to our sideline, practice field and meeting rooms.”

The move to make staff changes on the defensive side of the ball isn’t exactly surprising to Irish fans who have seen the team play this year but the timing is notable. Kelly remarked that the coaching was not the problem on defense after the loss to the Blue Devils but still opted to make a change on Sunday. It will be interesting to see if a very young defense will respond, and perhaps even rally, now that a big message has been sent.

Notre Dame plays Syracuse on Saturday at noon ET.

Florida International fires head coach Ron Turner after 10-30 run

HADLEY, MA - SEPTEMBER 17:  Head coach Ron Turner of the FIU Golden Panthers looks on during the game against the Massachusetts Minutemen at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Hadley, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
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The firing season in college football is getting started earlier and earlier. Just ask Ron Turner.

The Florida International head coach was fired early Sunday in a move that was hardly surprising aside from its timing.

“I want to thank Coach Turner for his contributions to the FIU football program, most importantly his commitment to academics and community service,” athletic director Pete Garcia said in a short statement. “At this time Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Ron Cooper has been named interim head coach.”

Turner went 10-30 over four years at the school but was 0-4 to begin the season after a 53-14 loss to Central Florida last week. While he is far from the first coach fired in 2016, Turner did become the first head coach to be fired after the season got underway.

Cooper had a 45–55 record in nine seasons as a head coach at Eastern Michigan, Louisville and Alabama A&M. He was elevated to FIU’s defensive coordinator prior to the season and notably served as LSU’s defensive backs coach when Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu starred in Baton Rouge.

The Panthers are set to play local rival Florida Atlantic on Saturday.

LSU head coach Les Miles, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron fired

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 24:  Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers looks on during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Mad Hatter is looking for a new gig.

LSU has fired head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, the school announced on Sunday. The news was first reported by the Baton Rouge Advocate.

“Decisions like this are never easy ones to make,” athletic director Joe Alleva said in a statement. “Coach Miles has done a tremendous job here and he’s been a great ambassador for our University, which makes this even more difficult.

“However, it’s apparent in evaluating the program through the first month of the season that a change has to be made. Our commitment to excellence and competing at the highest level is unwavering, and our goals for the remainder of this season haven’t changed. We have an obligation to our student-athletes to put them in the best position to have success on the football field each week and we have great confidence that coach Orgeron will do just that.”

The move comes just hours after the Tigers lost to Auburn in the final seconds to drop to 2-2 after beginning the year as a trendy national championship pick and top five team in the polls.

Miles has been in Baton Rouge since 2005 and posted a 114–34 record at the school, including a national title in 2007 and a pair of SEC championships. He was nearly let go after the 2015 season but was retained following a huge wave of public support and potential implications with a large buyout.

Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron was named the interim head coach for the rest of the season. Former LSU quarterback and current tight ends coach Steve Ensminger is slated to become the new offensive coordinator, according to Fox Sports.