Add another game from the college football schedule being scratched from this week’s lineup thanks to the incoming Hurricane Florence. South Carolina has announced the cancellation of their home game this weekend against Marshall.
South Carolina was originally scheduled to host Marshall on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET. At this point in time, no makeup date has been announced, but South Carolina’s press release says the Gamecocks are looking for an opportunity to play a 12th game later this season.
“Whether or not the game could have been played, we made the decision we think is best for the state and those who are evacuating the coast,” said South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner. “There is no question this is the right thing to do and the decision was supported by President Pastides, Coach Muschamp, our Board members and myself.”
The latest projected path of Hurricane Florence suggests the storm will be arriving on the coast of South Carolina, so it makes perfect sense why South Carolina would choose to play it safe for their program and fans as well as Marshall’s program and traveling base expected to make the trip to Columbia. The cancellation of the game will also allow for more help to anyone who had to evacuate their homes as hotels will be opened up as a result.
South Carolina and Marshall do not have overlapping bye weeks this season so any makeup game between the two would have to be tacked on at the end of the season during championship weekend. Of course, there is a chance at least one of the schools could be playing in their conference championship game that weekend, so scheduling that weekend is not an ideal alternative. South Carolina has also already scheduled an FCS school for the regular season (Chattanooga on Nov. 17), so scheduling a second FCS opponent may not be in the cards either.
Marshall has a bye week on October 27. Other schools with vacancies on the schedule that could need a 12th game include Nebraska, UCF, and East Carolina.
Iowa State is off the books too after scheduling a home game with Incarnate Word for December 1 as a makeup game.
A legal issue that arose between a Power Five school and one from the Group of Five has finally been resolved.
The Miami-Arkansas State game in Jonesboro last season was scuttled by Hurricane Irma, mainly because of The U’s concerns over traveling back to South Florida in the wake of the superstorm. ASU sued Miami in February of this year, seeking financial damages as a result of a breach of contract; Miami had sued ASU two days earlier in an effort to void the contract because the effects of the hurricane were out of its control.
In mid-September, a judge set a Dec. 20 deadline for the two sides to resolve the dispute via third-party mediation. Wednesday, ASU announced that a settlement has been reached, with each entity dismissing their lawsuits against the other as well as Miami paying the Sun Belt school $400,000.
ASU had been seeking $650,000 in damages.
“I am pleased that both lawsuits have been resolved and that this matter is now behind us,” Brad Phelps, general counsel for the Arkansas State University System, said in the statement. “I believe this is a fair resolution of these issues.”
As part of the settlement, the 2017 game, which was the back-end of a home-and-home series, will not be rescheduled.
Another day (hour?), another award paring down its field of players eligible to win this year’s honor.
The latest to do as much is the Outland Trophy, with the award that is handed out annually to the nation’s top interior lineman on either side of the ball announcing the eight semifinalists for this year’s honor. Headlining the most recent group is Houston’s Ed Oliver, who was the 2017 Outland winner.
Top-ranked Alabama (offensive tackle Jonah Williams, nose guard Quinnen Williams) and second-ranked Clemson (offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt, defensive tackle Christian Wilkins) accounted for half of the eight semifinalists. The other three semifinalists not already mentioned are North Carolina State center Garrett Bradbury, Wisconsin guard Michael Deiter and Oklahoma guard Ben Powers.
Next week, this group of eight semifinalists will be pared down to three finalists. The winner of the 2018 Outland Trophy will be announced during the Home Depot College Football Awards show on ESPN in early December.
For the second straight week, Ohio State will be down a man in its linebacking corps.
Earlier this week, Urban Meyer listed Baron Browning as probable for Saturday’s game against Maryland. Wednesday night after practice, however, the head coach confirmed that the linebacker will not play against the Terrapins.
Browning is dealing with an unspecified injury that sidelined the sophomore linebacker for the win over Michigan State this past Saturday.
Through eight games in 2018, Browning has been credited with 22 tackles, 3½ tackles for loss and a sack. As noted by ElevenWarriors.com, Browning has been rotating in with Tuf Borland at the middle linebacker spot throughout the season.
A five-star 2017 signee, Browning played in a dozen games as a true freshman last year.
Tuesday night, Western Michigan was officially removed from MAC West contention. Less than 24 hours later, WMU removed one of its top assistants.
Wednesday night, the Broncos announced that they have “parted ways” with defensive coordinator Tim Daoust. The move comes after WMU gave up 42 points in a loss to a three-win Ball State team that came into the game 99th in the country in scoring (24.5 points per game).
All told, the Broncos gave up 51, 59 and 42 points in three straight losses that knocked them out of the West race and handed the division title to Northern Illinois.
“I appreciate Tim and his family’s dedication to the Bronco football family these past two seasons,” head coach Tim Lester said in a statement. “At this time I felt we needed to go in a different direction.”
This was Daoust’s second stint in Kalamazoo as he was an assistant with the Broncos from 2006-09. Prior to this two-year stint at WMU, Daoust was the coordinator at Ball State.
Daoust will be replaced for the remainder of the year by defensive line coach and co-defensive coordinator Lou Esposito. WMU, which is bowl-eligible for a school-record fifth-straight year, will close out the 2018 regular season against West champion NIU next Tuesday.