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Rice football takes refuge at TCU after returning from Australia

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After spending time in Australia to play a football game against Stanford, the Rice Owls are currently displaced from their home as flood waters from Hurricane Harvey continue to pose problems in and around the Houston area. Unable to return home, Rice has instead opted to accept shelter from TCU after a handful of programs extended their helping hands to a program in need.

“I want to thank the staffs at TCU, SMU, Baylor and UTEP who all reached out to offer whatever help we needed,” Rice head coach David Bailiff said in a statement. “There is a strong brotherhood in the coaching world and it is never more evident than at times like these. While we would love to be coming home today, our first responsibility is the safety of these players. We learned some lessons in 2008 about coming home too soon.”

Bailiff was referring to 2008 when Hurricane Ike hit the Houston area while the Owls were on the road to play Vanderbilt. When Rice returned home from that game, Houston was already flooded and coaches were making arrangements to host players and families in need of a place to stay, and many players struggled to even make contact with their family right away. There is no real game plan you can roll out when something like this happens to a football program, but experience in the worst conditions comes in handy in a time like this.

As far as football is concerned, it can be on the back burners entirely this week as Houston recovers from the storm. Rice is off this week, allowing the focus to solely remain on the recovery efforts in the community. Rice’s next game will be on September 9 on the road at UTEP. Rice is scheduled to play at Houston on September 16 and host FIU on September 23.

Kidney disease brings end to Rice offensive lineman’s career

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The college football career for offensive lineman Drew Carroll has come to an end due to a kidney disease. The Rice player announced his decision to step away form football to his teammates this week.

According to the Associated Press, Carroll has immunoglobulin A nephropathy. In short, the disease is when abnormal proteins build up in the kidneys and cause scarring and deterioration. Carroll could have to go through dialysis treatments and a potential kidney transplant.

“I just try to focus on the next day right now,” Carroll said to the Associated Press. “I don’t think too much down the road about a transplant or dialysis. I kind of worry about each day. I don’t think focusing on all of that will help me that much.”

That sure sounds like a good way to approach what has to be a troubling situation. Carroll is scheduled to graduate this December with a degree in sports medicine. Carroll will remain a part of the team in the meantime. Rice head coach David Bailiff has added Carroll to the coaching staff as an offensive line coach.

“You hope a day like this never comes,” Bailiff said. “But it’s important to keep him close, let him feel the emotions of the game and keep those relationships with the team.”

Rice loses starting defensive lineman for 2014 to knee injury

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A knee injury will sideline one of Rice’s projected defensive starters this fall. Stuart Mouchantaf, a defensive tackle, will miss the 2014 season according to a statement released by the university Thursday.

Mouchantaf suffered a setback from a knee surgery that put his status in jeopardy. During a rehab workout, Mouchantaf reinjured his knee, which required additional surgery.

“This is a tough blow because we were excited about having [Christian Covington] and `Mooch’ back together this season,” Rice head coach David Bailiff said in a statement. “Dylan Klare, Ross Winship and Cody Henessee all stepped up after he was hurt last season, so we will obviously depend on them heavily this year and I know Chris Thurmond and his defensive staff will look at some other options before we open camp in August.”

Mouchantaf started the first eight games of the season for Rice alongside Covington in the middle of the defensive line. He had to leave a game against UTEP after injuring his knee. In the time he did play, Mouchantaf recorded 33 tackles.

Mouchantaf is eligible for a redshirt and will work to return to the Owls in 2015.

Saban, Meyer, Briles and others among Paul Bear Bryant Coach of the Year candidates

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We are starting to get down to the nitty-gritty for college football, and that means one thing; postseason awards season is just around the corner! OK, so it means a few things, but the awards are starting to trim down their preseason watch lists to finalists and semifinalists as the college football season starts to wind down.

The Paul Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award Watch List was released Friday evening. The list includes 20 coaches and includes coaches who have been in charge of dominant programs and some who have turned things around at heir respective programs. Alabama’s Nick Saban and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer are included on the list. So is Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech and Gary Pinkel at Missouri.

here is the complete list of candidates for the award, which will be presented January 15, 2014 in Houston. A list of finalists will be announced in early December. The Paul Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award is the only coaching award voted on and presented at the conclusion of the bowl season. All other coaching awards are presented in December.

Paul Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Watch List

  • David Bailiff – Rice
  • Art Briles – Baylor
  • Rod Carey – Northern Illinois
  • Tim DeRuyter – Fresno State
  • Jimbo Fisher – Florida State
  • Al Golden – Miami (Fla.)
  • Mark Helfrich – Oregon
  • Brady Hoke – Michigan
  • Kliff Kingsbury – Texas Tech
  • Pete Lembo – Ball State
  • Tony Levine – Houston
  • Gus Malzahn – Auburn
  • Urban Meyer – Ohio State
  • Les Miles – LSU
  • George O’Leary – UCF
  • Gary Pinkel – Missouri
  • Nick Saban – Alabama
  • David Shaw – Stanford
  • Bob Stoops – Oklahoma
  • Kevin Sumlin – Texas A&M