Entering Week 4, Nevada and Notre Dame were the lone FBS teams that had yet to register a sack during the first quarter of the 2016 season. Midway through the second quarter of the game against Purdue today, however, Nevada’s Korey Rush sacked David Blough for a four-yard loss.
With Notre Dame not playing until 3:30 ET this afternoon (on NBC), that leaves the Irish standing alone as the only sackless team left at the FBS level.
Nevada has registered its first sack of the season. Even against Purdue, it still counts.
Ironically enough, Purdue entered today’s game as one of five FBS teams, along with East Carolina, Northern Illinois, Texas State and West Virginia, that had recorded just one sack on the year. And, for those who are curious, Florida came into Week 4 leading the nation in sacks with 16.
No. 2 in that category? The Irish’s opponent this afternoon, the Blue Devils (tied with Ball State).
UPDATED 6:11 p.m. ET: And then there were none.
Early in the third quarter of the game with Duke, Nyles Morgan sacked Blue Devils quarterback Daniel Jones, giving the Irish their first sack of the season 14 quarters after it started.
Notre Dame’s Shaun Crawford tears Achilles; season likely over
Crawford sustained a torn ACL in summer camp last year that cost the four-star recruit his entire true freshman season. The good news, if you want to call it that, is Crawford would be a sure-fire candidate for fifth and sixth seasons of eligibility from the NCAA.
The injury is a blow to the Irish defense, our own JJ Stankevitz writes for CSNChicago.com, as Crawford had been “a big part of Notre Dame’s secondary, with a much-needed ability to excel both as a nickel and outside cornerback.”
In his first career game, Crawford intercepted a pass in the season-opening loss to Texas last weekend.
Torii Hunter ruled out of Notre Dame’s game with concussion symptoms
A questionable play in Notre Dame’s opener will cost the Irish a playmaker in Week 2.
Head coach Brian Kelly revealed Friday night that Torii Hunter will not play in today’s game against Nevada because the wide receiver is still experiencing concussion-like symptoms. Late in the third quarter of the loss to Texas in the opener, Hunter was hit high by Longhorns defensive back DeShon Elliott on a play that most thought warranted a targeting call.
Regardless of what happens in one Power Five conference, one Group of Five league could be expanding.
Air Force and Colorado State of the Mountain West have reportedly made the cut as the Big 12 looks to expand by at least two teams and possibly four. That conference could make their expansion decision as early as the next month.
In the meantime, the MWC won’t be sitting idly by waiting to be poached as commissioner Craig Thompson confirmed Saturday that his conference will look to expand independent of what the Big 12 does. And, more to the point, Thompson doesn’t hide the fact that the league would like a presence in the state of Texas.
“I can say this — and I said it at our [football] media days. We have a lot of people saying, ‘If there’s an opportunity to be in your league, we’re interested.’ So there are numbers there,” Thompson said, without getting into any specifics. “I’ve challenged our membership to think about expansion — with or without losing [current] members. Do we look east? Do we look at the state of Texas, for example?
“So that’s probably going to be something we have to confront this year.”
The Salt Lake Tribune mentions current Conference USA members North Texas, Rice, UTEP and UT-San Antonio as possibilities from the state of Texas. The Sun Belt’s Arkansas State is also considered a viable option.
Iowa strength coach’s salary more than 29 FBS head coaches
They take their strength program seriously at Iowa. How seriously?
According to a report from USA Today, Iowa football strength & conditioning coach Chris Doyle “will make $595,000 in base compensation from the university for a one-year period that began July 1.” The information was obtained as part of an open-records request by the newspaper’s website..
The newspaper’s website notes that total is more than 29 FBS public-school head coaches made in base salary last year. Nevada’s Brian Polian ($578,000), Ohio’s Frank Solich ($564,000) and Louisiana Tech’s Skip Holtz ($517,000) are among the two dozen coaches who earned less in 2015 than what Doyle will make in 2016-17.
Additionally, Doyle will make as much as Hawkeyes offensive coordinator Greg Davis and defensive coordinator Phil Parker are scheduled to make.
“Most of the people who follow our program know that what’s very important to Kirk is student-athlete development — physically, mentally, leadership,” Iowa athletics director Gary Barta told the paper. “He relies heavily on Chris’ role in that.”
In comparison to his peers, Doyle’s salary is more than double the salaries of other Big Ten S&C coaches. He also makes $70,000 more than Alabama’s Scott Cochran.
The 48-year-old Doyle has been Iowa’s strength coach for every one of Kirk Ferentz‘s 18 seasons with the Hawkeyes.