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IOWA CITY, IA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Linebacker Cole Fisher #36,defensive end Nate Meier #34, defensive backs Jordan Lomax #27 and Greg Mabin #13 of the Iowa Hawkeyes combine to make a tackle in the first half on running back Darrin Hall #22 of the Pittsburgh Panthers on September 19, 2015 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa.  (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
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Pitt to be down another RB vs. Virginia Tech

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When James Conner went down with a season-ending injury, Darrin Hall was expected to be one of the backs who’d help attempt to replace the steep loss of production.  Now, though, Hall has joined his teammate on the sidelines.

Hall has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech because of an unspecified leg injury.  The good news is that whatever the injury issue with which Hall is dealing is not expected to keep him out long-term, although the team hasn’t given a timeline for a return.

Hall was Pitt’s leading rusher in his last time out, a Sept. 18 loss to Iowa, although he managed just 38 yards on 14 carries.

The Panthers are coming off a bye, and are now down to two scholarship running backs — Qadree Ollison and Chris James.  It’s believed Ollison will get the start against Tech, although his flame has died out a bit after bursting on the scene in Week 1.

Ollison replaced Connor when he went down in the opener and proceeded to run for 207 yards on 16 carries.  In the last two games, the redshirt freshman has been held to a 3.9 yards per carry on his 25 attempts.  James has averaged 3.6 yards on his nine carries this season.

Hall’s injury is the latest in a mini-string of setbacks for the position.  In addition to the loss of Conner, the reigning ACC Offensive Player of the Year, senior Rachid Ibrahim sustained an injury to one of his Achilles tendons in late August that ended his season before it ever started.

Hurricane threat pushes start of Michigan-Maryland way up

IN SPACE - SEPTEMBER 30:  In this handout from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Joaquin is seen chruning in the Caribbean September 30, 2015. Joaquin was upgraded to a category 1 hurricane early on September 30. The exact track has yet to be determined, but there is a  possibity of landfall in the U.S. anywhere from North Carolina to the Northeast.  (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
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With Hurricane Joaquin either headed toward the United States or out into the Atlantic Ocean but still impacting the Eastern seaboard, depending on which computer model is the weather flavor of the minutes, the system has the potential to impact a handful of college football games this weekend.

In fact, the threat of it has already impacted one game.

Due to expected adverse weather, Michigan announced early Thursday afternoon, the start time for its game Saturday against Maryland in College Park has been moved up to noon ET.  The Wolverines and Terrapins had originally been scheduled to kick-off at 8 p.m. ET.

The stated reason for the move is “the potential impact of Hurricane Joaquin.”

“The weather experts are still dealing with uncertain probabilities for the course of Hurricane Joaquin,” UM athletic director Jim Hackett said in a statement. “Thus we remain vigilant on developments and will err on the side of safety for all participants and fans.”

As a side effect of the Michigan-Maryland move, the Big Ten announced that “Nebraska’s game with Illinois, which was scheduled to kick off at 2:42 p.m. (central), will now kick off at 3:02 p.m.” The delay is to accommodate any potential weather-related delays that could arise during earlier games.

Other games that could potentially be affected by Hurricane Joaquin include, among others, Pittsburgh-Virginia Tech, Louisville-North Carolina State, Boston College-Duke, Florida State-Wake Forest and the huge Notre Dame-Clemson matchup. Thus far, though, none of those games have been impacted, although that could obviously change over the next 24-48 hours as the system moves closer to landfall, if that’s indeed its eventual path.

In fact, one of the schools hosting one of the games mentioned seems to have adopted a “bring it on” attitude when it comes to the weather.

ACC, SEC announce 2015 legends classes, including eight players who never played in ACC or SEC

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Imagine if, someday, you take your grandchildren to the Big Ten happen upon a bust of Jameis Winston. Or perhaps you take those same grandchildren to the Pac-12 championship game and out on the field among a group of honorees walks Johnny Manziel.

Ludicrous as that sounds, that’s the shock that the past selves of Chris RedmanBubba BeanTony DorsettClinton Portis and a host of others are working through today as the ACC and SEC announced a group of 28 legends class honorees that includes a collective eight players that never actually competed in the respective conferences that are honoring them.

It’s weird. But it’s a weird that all conferences do in this weird post-realignment world we live in.

Each group will be honored Friday, Dec. 4 and then again Saturday, Dec. 5, at their respective conference championships.

They are as follows:

Boston College: Dan Koppen, center
Clemson: Anthony Simmons, inside linebacker
Duke: Chris Douglas, running back
Florida State: Warrick Dunn, running back
Georgia Tech: Bobby Ross, head coach
Louisville: Chris Redman, quarterback
Miami: Clinton Portis, running back
North Carolina: Ken Huff, guard
N.C. State: Fred Combs, cornerback
Pittsburgh: Tony Dorsett, running back
Syracuse: Chris Gedney, tight end
Virginia: Patrick Kerney, defensive end
Virginia Tech: Corey Moore, defensive end
Wake Forest: Chuck Ramsey, punter

Alabama: Woodrow Lowe, linebacker
Arkansas: Madre Hill, running back
Auburn: Takeo Spikes, linebacker
Florida: Fred Taylor, running back
Georgia: Richard Seymour, defensive tackle
Kentucky: Dave Roller, defensive line
LSU: Alan Faneca, guard
Ole Miss: Ken Lucas, defensive back
Mississippi State: Mario Haggan, linebacker
Missouri: Roger Wehrli, defensive back
South Carolina: Andre’ Goodman, cornerback
Tennessee: Chuck Smith, defensive end
Texas A&M: Bubba Bean, running back
Vanderbilt: Earl Bennett, wide receiver