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Headlinin’: Another year, another season in limbo for Duron Carter

Matt Hinton
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Making the morning rounds.

More patience, grasshopper. After months of speculation and false starts, junior receiver Duron Carter remains ineligible at Alabama and is likely to sit out the rest of the season as a redshirt. Carter, a former top 100 recruit who transferred from Ohio State by way of a community college in Kansas, will still have two seasons of eligibility beginning next year, but leaves an unproven passing game with one less arrow in its quiver. He also remains the son of NFL Hall-of-Famer Cris Carter.

"There's one piece of information we did not receive and have not ever received, and may not ever receive," said coach Nick Saban. "So as of right now he has to be here a year in residence to be eligible. So, he'll still have two years to play after that, but as of right now it doesn't look like he will be eligible for this season." [al.com]

Gone Beebe Gone. The dirge for Dan Beebe's tenure as Big 12 commissioner has begun in earnest, with multiple outlets citing multiple sources who predict Beebe's resignation to come today, barely 24 hours after the conference weathered its second existential crisis in as many years. He'd be replaced on a temporary basis by former NCAA executive director/Big Eight commissioner Chuck Neinas, who's spent the last couple decades establishing himself as the go-to "headhunter" in coaching searches.

"[Beebe]'s working on his exit package right now," a source who had spoken directly to Beebe told the Kansas City Star. "A couple of weeks ago he told me privately that if the conference stayed together and he had to go it would be like lifting up a huge weight off his heart." [Kansas City Star, CBS Sports] {YSP:MORE}

The quarterback stopped in mid-sentence. His eyes moved to a small, standing puddle, the light rippling irregularly across its surface. "Did any of you feel that?" he asked the others. The tremors were soft at first, barely perceptible, gaining in strength until the very ground beneath their feet began to soften churl as they involuntarily braced against one another for balance. It could only mean… Miami offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson returned to practice Wednesday on a limited basis, his first action since undergoing back surgery on Aug. 8. The former five-star behemoth still "takes the whole tub" after practice, according to coach Al Golden, but "the fact that he lost so much weight [during his rehab] is really going to help him with his conditioning. [Miami Herald]

The power of positive thinking. Elsewhere, it sounds like Georgia will be lucky to have an offensive line Saturday against Ole Miss, after injuries to starting guards Chris Burnette and Kenarious Gates and "an NCAA issue" that has temporarily sidelined backup Kolton Houston. If all three are out? "Don't ask me that question," said coach Mark Richt. "I don't know what would happen if Gates and Burnette (can't play)." [Athens Banner-Herald]

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Benedict Hoke. Ex-San Diego State star and borderline insane person Kyle Turley told a Detroit radio station Wednesday that he not only predicted an Aztec victory Saturday at Michigan, but was looking forward to Michigan head coach Brady Hoke — fresh from a brief but successful rebuilding stint at SDSU — finding "a big piece of crow for him to eat" in the process.

"It was just a shame to see a guy who brought a program like San Diego State back to the level it was when I left (in 1997)… and you just up and leave a program when you're right at the point where you can take a stronghold in southern California," said Turley, who once left the New Orleans Saints to play for their most hated rivals at the time, the St. Louis Rams. "So I'm just looking forward to Saturday and karma playing its role in this game. … Who knows? Maybe that dream job will become his worst nightmare." [Detroit Free Press]

Quickly… Kansas loses its best receiver for the rest of the season to a groin injury. … How to realign the newly expanded ACC. … A court in Hawaii rejects the Seattle Bowl's claims against the NCAA. … Charting Malcolm Brown's yards after contact. … USC has no plan for reassigning Reggie Bush's No. 5. … Lane Kiffin compares Robert Woods to Randy Moss one day, says freshman Marqise Lee could be even better the next. … Florida State coins a phrase the NFL will immediately adopt. ... And Houston's panoramic video site wins hands down for the coolest online recruiting feature of the season.

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