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Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton will likely miss the rest of the season with an injury to his surgically repaired left knee.
Keeton was injured during the second quarter of the Sept. 13 game against Wake Forest and hasn’t played since. Coach Matt Wells said at the time he was hopeful to get Keeton back for this weekend's game against BYU, but at this time it appears unlikely.
“Chuckie’s health is our top priority and he has not been cleared to play by our medical staff,” Wells said. “We will continue to monitor his progress throughout the fall, but given his current condition it is unlikely that he will play in any games in the foreseeable future.”
Keeton originally suffered a torn MCL and torn ACL against BYU last October. The injuries required surgery and Keeton missed the back half of the season.
Keeton, a senior, has not redshirted during his Utah State career, so he could come back to play next season.
Michigan fans march on UM president's home calling for the firing of coach Brady Hoke and AD Dave BrandonGraham Watson at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
About 1,000 Michigan students marched to the home of Michigan president Mark Schlissel on Tuesday evening to protest athletic director Dave Brandon and coach Brady Hoke.
The protests came just days after Hoke came under fire for keeping quarterback Shane Morris in the game after he was clearly struggling with an array of injuries.
"Down with Dave" goes the chant pic.twitter.com/ci6JNuYkkH
"Dave Brandon should not be the athletic director at the University of Michigan." pic.twitter.com/8xv3myWLpS
Hoke issued a statement Sunday saying it was the athletic training staff that said it was OK for Morris to continue playing while Brandon issued a statement claiming the university failed to make the proper decisions regarding Morris’ welfare.
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Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave said his confidence is back after weeks of dealing with mental issues that were plaguing his performance on the field.
Stave told media on Tuesday that during warmups against Bowling Green two weeks ago, he began to feel like his old self and he’s now ready to get back into the competition for playing time.
“Going into that week I had started kind of throwing routes on air again and throwing them well,” Stave said. “That warm-up, I just remember throwing again and it kind of feeling normal, like myself again. And from then it’s been pretty much back to normal.
“I just knew at some point I’d come out of it, I’d get back to normal and start feeling comfortable again. That’s basically what happened.”
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The Ohio State student who became an Internet joke after being body-slammed by an Ohio State coach is losing his academic scholarship.
Anthony Wunder, 21, ran onto the field during last Saturday’s Ohio State home victory against Cincinnati and as he got close to the Ohio State bench, he was stopped and slammed by assistant strength and conditioning coach Anthony Schlegel, a former Ohio State linebacker.
Wunder, a fourth-year engineering student, is part of the Evans Scholars program, which provides tuition and housing for former golf caddies. Because Wunder is facing charges of misdemeanor criminal trespassing, the program revoked his scholarship and housing privileges, according to his attorney Mark Collins.
Collins entered a not-guilty plea.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he did have a talk with Schlegel about the hit.
"I appreciated him protecting our players," Meyer said earlier this week. "[But] I'd rather him not have a lawsuit if something bad would happen, you drill a guy like that.
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Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly will miss Saturday’s game against USC, according to coach Todd Graham.
Kelly suffered a foot injury against Colorado three weeks ago and hasn’t played since. Graham said he hoped to have Kelly back by the Oct. 18 contest against Stanford.
Mike Bercovici played in his stead and completed 42-of-68 passes for 488 yards and three touchdowns. The 42 completions marked a school record. However, he also had two interceptions, including one at the end of the first half that was returned by Ishmael Adams 95 yards for a touchdown. Prior to the interception, Arizona State trailed 20-17 and was in a position to tie the game or even take the lead heading into the half. However, the pick-six put the Sun Devils in a 10-point hole from which it never recovered.
Bercovici also had a fumble that led to a UCLA score.
Arizona State suffered its first loss of the season, 62-27.
"That was embarrassing. It was a frustrating night," Graham said following the game. "The standard that we set here was not met tonight."
Washington State coach Mike Leach has predicted the end of human kind.
So, there’s that.
According to Jacob Thorpe of the Spokesman Review, Leach went on one of his typical rants this time directed at technology and the decline of human interaction.
Sadly, it was a pretty bleak outlook on our future:
If any other coach had gone on a similar rant most of us would be baffled, but this is par for the course for Leach, who often has something to say about relationships, technology and pirates.
There was that one time while coaching at Texas Tech that Leach blamed a loss to Texas A&M on his player’s “fat little girlfriends.”
And then he had these sage words of advice for a freshman, who was new Lubbock, Texas, and wanted to know the best place to take a date:
Never underestimate Leach’s genius. In 10 years — when Texas A&M and Notred Dame are scheduled to play —human interaction might cease to exist and all games might be played through Google Glass. And then we'll all lament about that time when Leach warned us of our impending social doom.
Never change, Mike Leach. Never ever change.
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will not be eligible for this season.
Mayfield, a Texas Tech transfer, received word last week that the NCAA was denying his request for immediate eligibility. Mayfield then tried to get Tech to release him, but the school denied the request.
Mayfield’s argument was that since he was a walk-on, he shouldn't be held to the same transfer restrictions as scholarship players. The NCAA didn’t agree and Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, who wasn’t happy about the transfer, wouldn’t budge.
“Kingsbury will not let him go. It goes to Kingsbury,” Mayfield’s father, James Mayfield, told the Tulsa World. “It’s not a school rule. It’s arbitrary to the coach’s decision. Period.
“Kingsbury could have lifted it. Kingsbury won’t give in. That’s where it is.”
Mayfield will have three years to play two seasons with the Sooners once he’s eligible in 2015.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke hasn’t officially been fired yet, but that hasn’t stopped rumors from swirling about his replacement.
According to an NFL Network report on Sunday, the Wolverines are interested in pursuing Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, not his brother, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who has been linked with the Michigan job before.
However, the Baltimore Sun cited a source close to Harbaugh saying that Harbaugh would have no interest in the job because of his relationship with Hoke.
Harbaugh more or less echoed that sentiment during his press conference Monday when he didn’t deny interest in the job, but said he’s rather see his friend Hoke keep it.
John Harbaugh on Michigan rumors: "I'm interested in Brady Hoke being the head coach at Michigan for a long time to come."
Harbaugh was signed to a four-year contract extension at the end of last season that averages $6.5 million per year and has him under contract until 2017.
Every Monday, Dr. Saturday editor Graham Watson looks back on the weekend that was and decides what she loved, what she hated (I have all the hot takes) and what she can’t wait to see again.
There’s the UCLA offense: The UCLA offense that we expected to see at the beginning of the season finally showed up against Arizona State last week in a 62-27 victory. Apparently, all it took for quarterback Brett Hundley to snap out of his funk was a little hyperextended elbow. Hundley had 427 total yards and five touchdowns in the contest and put himself back into the Heisman conversation. UCLA is one of three teams that remain undefeated in the Pac-12 after seven teams entered the weekend with an unblemished record. The Bruins are still the favorite to win the Pac-12 South and the next two games against Utah and Oregon might determine whether it should be the conference’s representative in the playoff.
There’s something about Alabama week that seems to cause Ole Miss players to say something to antagonize the Tide.
This year, that bulletin board material came from safety Cody Prewitt following last week’s 24-3 win against Memphis.
"We understand that we haven't played a team that's going to be as good as Bama ,” Prewitt said, according to Fox Sports’ Brandon Speck. “But we don't really think Bama is as good as they have been. And we're better than we have been. We're looking forward to getting to the game plan and really nailing down all the tweaks and stuff that we're going to have to put into Bama ."
OK, it’s not that insidious, but it is blowing up the Internet the way things tend to do whenever there’s a perceived slight toward the Tide. But it’s also the kind of confidence you’d expect from an undefeated Ole Miss team.