- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday45 mins ago
LSU wide receiver Travin Dural will miss the rest of the season, Les Miles announced Wednesday.
Dural has a tear in his hamstring and will undergo surgery, which will require a recovery time of three months, Miles said. The Daily Reveille, which first reported the news, said Dural’s surgery is scheduled for this week.
Dural was injured during LSU’s loss to Ole Miss over the weekend. He is second on the team with 28 catches for 533 yards and three touchdowns this season. He also caught 37 catches for 758 yards and seven touchdowns in 2014 and seven catches for 145 yards and two scores in 2013.
After starting 7-0, LSU has dropped three straight games headed into Saturday’s season finale at home against Texas A&M. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Police completed its investigation into allegations of a sexual assault that allegedly occurred at the home of Nebraska players Tommy Armstrong, Jordan Westerkamp and Trey Foster and announced Wednesday that no charges would be filed.
Lincoln Police and Lancaster County (Neb.) attorney Joe Kelly said there was not enough evidence to proceed with charges.
At a news conference, Police Chief Jim Peschong said the investigation wrapped up Tuesday. Lincoln Police, he said, spoke with everyone who was at the home of Husker players Tommy Armstrong Jr., Jordan Westerkamp and Trey Foster when the alleged assault took place.
"I believe the victim," Peschong said, but “we do not believe we have the elements of a crime.”
Information on the investigation was forwarded to Kelly, who said there wasn't enough evidence to charge anyone.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Baylor quarterback Chris Johnson could make his first career start in a big game.
The seventh-ranked Bears face No. 19 TCU on Friday night and head coach Art Briles said Monday that the team is preparing with Johnson as its starter while Jarrett Stidham works to return from a leg injury.
Johnson filled in admirably for Stidham (who’s considered questionable to play) over the weekend when the freshman was injured in Saturday’s game against previously unbeaten Oklahoma State. In what was his first significant game action, Johnson played the entire second half and led the Bears to a 45-35 win. Johnson, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound sophomore, threw for 138 yards and two touchdowns while also adding 42 yards and a score on the ground.
Johnson was actually briefly moved to wide receiver earlier in the season after Stidham, a true freshman, beat him out for the No. 2 quarterback role behind Seth Russell, who is out with a neck injury.
Nonetheless, Briles wasn’t surprised Johnson played so well.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Dating back to 1997, a group of Michigan fans have made a trek to the graves of Michigan coaches Fielding Yost and Bo Schembechler (who passed away in 2006) and radio broadcaster Bob Ufer on the Tuesday before the Michigan-Ohio State game. This time around, the group had a special guest: Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh.
According to the Detroit News, approximately 200 fans participated on Tuesday night to pay tribute. Jeffrey Holzhausen, the fan who organizes the event, said he didn’t know the coach was there until Harbaugh asked to say a few words.
“I had no idea he was there,” Holzhausen said. “It’s Michigan magic and tradition all in one spot. It meant the world to me.”
Accompanied by his father Jack Harbaugh (who coached on Schembechler’s staff) and 15-year-old daughter, Jim Harbaugh talked about Schembechler’s impact.
From the Detroit News:
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
You don’t see this every day.
After a loss to Michigan State over the weekend, Ohio State needs help from Penn State in order to sneak into the Big Ten title game, so OSU students showed support for the Nittany Lions at Tuesday night’s basketball game in Columbus.
According to Cleveland.com’s Bill Landis, the front row of the student section wore shirts that spelled out “We Are Penn State” at OSU’s game against Louisiana Tech.
Ohio State student section wearing "We are Penn State" shirts at tonight's basketball game pic.twitter.com/XWMiXtElWS
If Penn State upsets No. 5 Michigan State in East Lansing and the No. 8 Buckeyes knock off No. 10 Michigan, the Buckeyes will face Iowa in the Big Ten title game. That would also open up the chance for OSU to creep back into College Football Playoff contention, so Buckeyes fans will have a close eye on Penn State's play on Saturday afternoon.
The Nittany Lions (7-4) haven’t beat Michigan State in East Lansing since 2009.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Iowa defensive end Drew Ott is looking for a way to return to the Hawkeyes in 2016.
Ott, a senior, has missed the majority of this season due to two serious injuries – a dislocated elbow and a torn ACL – and has applied to receive a medical redshirt, which would allow him to return for a fifth season.
According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Ott made appearances in six games for the Hawkeyes this year, but was limited in three of them. He has since had surgery to repair both injuries.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Ohio played the role of spoiler on Tuesday night.
Northern Illinois had the chance to clinch its sixth straight MAC West division title, but fell at home to the Bobcats, 26-21.
Both team started the game playing with their backup quarterback and ended the game playing with their third-string quarterback. Despite this, Ohio controlled things most of the way. Once the Bobcats took the lead early in the second quarter, they would never give it back.
JD Sprague started the game at QB for the Bobcats and threw a first quarter touchdown to Jordan Reid to take an early lead. Northern Illinois responded before the quarter ended with a Jordan Huff touchdown run, but the rest of the half was all Ohio.
Sprague left the game in the second quarter with a neck injury, but junior Greg Windham filled in admirably, helping the Bobcats jump out to a 20-7 halftime lead.
Northern Illinois was able to fight back in the second half. Ryan Graham, filling in for an injured Drew Hare, found Kenny Golladay for a 27-yard score to cut the lead to 20-14, but Graham left the game later in the third with a leg injury.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
The College Football Playoff committee unveiled the fourth installment of its rankings on Tuesday night.
Here are five takeaways from the latest offering:
1. Notre Dame needs help
Notre Dame had an extremely underwhelming performance in a 19-16 win over Boston College at Fenway Park over the weekend, and the committee rightly dropped the Irish out of the Top 4. The game wasn’t as close as the final score may indicate, but it wasn’t enough to merit keeping the Irish above the likes of Iowa, Oklahoma and Michigan State.
Now at No. 6, Notre Dame will need help to creep back into the Top 4, but first it needs to go on the road and knock off No. 9 Stanford – the highest-ranked two-loss team in Tuesday night’s rankings. On top of that, Stanford could be Notre Dame’s signature win, because right now, the Irish don’t have one (Navy? Temple?).
But a win over Stanford alone won’t be enough. Notre Dame needs someone ahead of it to slip up.
2. Win the Big Ten and you’re in, right?
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
After a weekend where three undefeated teams suffered their first loss, the College Football Playoff rankings saw a bit of a shake up.
Clemson and Alabama remained in the top two spots, but previously unbeaten teams Ohio State (No. 3 last week) and Oklahoma State (No. 6 last week) dropped from to No. 8 and No. 11 respectively.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma and Iowa made the leaps into the vaunted Top 4. The Sooners jumped up four spots to No. 3 after knocking off TCU to improve to 10-1 while the Hawkeyes (11-0) moved up one spot to No. 4 by staying undefeated with a win over Purdue.
Coming off its upset over Ohio State, Michigan State (10-1) moved up four spots from No. 9 to No. 5 while Notre Dame (10-1) dropped out of the Top 4 and to No. 6 after an underwhelming performance in a win over Boston College.
The rest of the Top 10 was rounded out by Baylor (9-1) at No. 7, Stanford (9-2) at No. 9 and Michigan (9-2) at No. 10.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
South Carolina junior wide receiver Pharoh Cooper is going to the NFL draft.
His father told The Statethat Cooper would be playing his final game for the Gamecocks on Saturday against Clemson.
“He definitely appreciates the opportunity to play for South Carolina, and we as parents appreciate the opportunity they gave him,” Glen Cooper told the paper. He also said Pharoh didn't want to risk an injury and hurt his draft stock in 2016.
Cooper has 62 catches for 887 yards and seven touchdowns in 2015. His per-catch averages are down from 2014, but that's likely because he's been the focal point for defenses on an inconsistent South Carolina offense. He had 69 catches for 1,136 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014.
South Carolina finished 2014 7-6 and beat Miami in the Independence Bowl. This season, the Gamecocks are 3-8 and will finish last in the SEC East.