What appears to be an inordinate string of ACL injuries continues across college football, with San Jose State the latest program impacted by a serious knee injury.
In what he described as “just a freak thing,” head coach Rod Caragher confirmed that Moses Saucedo suffered a torn ACL during practice this past Monday. As a result, the linebacker will miss the entire 2014 season.
“He went to tackle and his knee got torqued the wrong way,” Caragher said.
Saucedo played in 12 games last season, starting four of those contests. Following spring practice and the first couple of weeks of summer camp — and thanks to the injuries incurred by Jared Leaf in an apartment fire — the redshirt junior was being looked at as a starter.
“It’s a tough deal because he was having a good fall camp and competing for a potential starting spot,” said the coach.
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With its reputation battered earlier this year because of the Zach Smith imbroglio, Ohio State has come out swinging at a new report that surfaced Tuesday morning involving the former wide receivers coach.
In a story posted by college football reporter Brett McMurphy to WatchStadium.com, the father of former OSU wide receiver Trevon Grimes claimed that Smith called his son a “bitch ass [N-word]” during practice in late September of last year. In the report, McMurphy intimated that head coach Urban Meyer attempted to cover-up the incident by flying down to Grimes’ home in Florida in October of 2017 and promising the player OSU would allow him to transfer anywhere if he didn’t go public with the allegations; conversely, OSU officials claimed that the trip was made solely to support the player and his mother, who was going through a serious health issue at the time.
Appearing on Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches’ teleconference hours after the report surfaced, Meyer described himself as “irate” when he first learned of the allegations made in the report. The head coach called the report “the most preposterous thing” he’s witnessed during his time as a college football coach.
Additionally, Meyer stated that legal action is an option he and the university are considering.
Current and former Buckeyes football players spent Tuesday morning lashing out at the report, claiming there is no racism in the OSU program. In very strong statements, both OSU president Michael Drake and athletic director Gene Smith vehemently defended Meyer, with the former calling the allegations of racism “outrageous and false” and the latter labeling the accusations “unequivocally false.”
Given the opportunity to refute a report regarding the future of his football program, Colorado athletic director Rick George instead poured gasoline on the situation with his choice of words.
Overnight, a report surfaced that CU would part ways with head football coach Mike MacIntyre at season’s end. In response to the report, George stated that no decision on the football program’s has been made.
We do comment on speculation or unsubstantiated rumors with anonymous sources. Let me just say I have made no decisions regarding the future of our football program.
Based on a new deal agreed to in January of last year and approved five months later, CU would owe MacIntyre a buyout in excess of $10 million if he’s fired without cause.
In five-plus seasons with the Buffaloes, MacIntyre has posted a 30-43 record overall and 14-38 in Pac-12 play. Coming off a 5-7 season in 2017, the Buffs won their first five games of the season and climbed to 19th in the Associated Press Top 25. However, they’ve dropped five straight since then, with three of the five losses coming by 10 or more points.
Colorado will play its home finale this weekend against Pac-12 South leader Utah before closing out the regular season at Cal a week later. The Buffaloes need to win at least one of those games to reach bowl eligibility.
Another bowl game. Yippie???
Tuesday afternoon, the MAC and Conference USA announced the creation of the Myrtle Beach Bowl, which will first be played following the 2020 regular season. The postseason game will be owned and operated by ESPN and will be played at 21,000-seat Brooks Stadium, home of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.
There will be three conference tie-ins to the bowl game: the two already mentioned as well as the Sun Belt. Each league will play in the Myrtle Beach Bowl four times over the six years of the current contract.
“Myrtle Beach will be a great addition to the Mid-American Conference bowl line-up, and a destination we have been actively pursuing to develop a bowl game,” said MAC commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher in a statement. “A family-friendly destination with outstanding facilities for competition, entertainment, and lodging, Myrtle Beach is very accessible by ground or air transportation from throughout our geographic footprint. I have no doubt our student-athletes, staff, and fans will have a unique and exceptional experience at the Grand Strand. The Mid-American Conference is appreciative of the efforts of ESPN Events and the Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau in bringing this exciting new bowl game to fruition.”
At the moment, it’s unclear if this new bowl will replace an existing bowl or if it’ll simply be added to a lineup that currently consists of 782 postseason games.
As Iowa State looks to stay in the Big 12 race, the Cyclones will be without a key piece for half of its next step in that chase.
Early in the third quarter of this past Saturday’s Baylor-Iowa State game, the Bears’ Chris Miller was penalized 15 yards for giving the business to the Cyclones’ David Montgomery out of bounds. With temperatures rising and tempers flaring, the next play devolved into an all-out brawl featuring Montgomery and BU’s Greg Roberts throwing haymakers at each other.
Both Montgomery and Roberts were ejected from the contest. Monday, it was confirmed that both players will also miss the first half of their team’s respective games this weekend, Montgomery against Texas and Roberts against TCU.
Iowa State is currently tied with Texas for third in the Big 12, a game behind Oklahoma and West Virginia with two remaining.
Coming into this past Saturday’s game, Montgomery’s 101.7 yards rushing per game was second in the conference and 23rd nationally. The junior’s 765 yards rushing are easily tops on the Cyclones; Kene Nwangwu‘s 112 are second among ISU running backs. Montgomery has also accounted for six of the team’s 10 rushing touchdowns.
On his personal Twitter account Saturday, Montgomery issued an apology for the on-field incident.