September 07, 2010
Making the morning rounds.
• Let us help you out with that. Hokie blogger Daryl Slater of the Richmond Times-Dispatch adds up Virginia Tech's first-quarter gaffes in Monday night's 33-30 loss to Boise State, and it's not a pretty picture: Between a fumbled snap on the second play of the game (which set up a short field goal), a missed assignment that allowed Boise to block a punt (which set up a short touchdown) and two separate penalties by rage-filled special-teamer D.J. Coles on the same Boise punt (which needlessly extended another eventual touchdown drive), Tech's 17-0 hole after 15 minutes was almost entirely of its own digging. Including a missed 34-yard field goal by Chris Hazley in the second quarter, the Hokies essentially spotted Boise a three-touchdown advantage in the first half – and Boise being Boise, it took it. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]
• Nothing to see here. Contrary to initial reports, Alabama won't appeal a two-game suspension against defensive end Marcell Dareus, who was temporarily iced by the NCAA last week for running afoul of NCAA rules on "preferential treatment and agent benefits" during the infamous South Beach party trip with other pro prospects in May. That means Dareus isn't going to play against Penn State on Saturday, most likely along with reigning Heisman winner Mark Ingram, who's still highly doubtful as he continues his recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery. [Associated Press, Tuscaloosa News]
• RIP. Wyoming linebacker Ruben Narcisse, a late addition to the Cowboys' latest recruiting class in March, was killed in a car crash Monday that also injured three teammates. The four were traveling north in Colorado when the driver of the pickup truck they were riding in apparently fell asleep just before reaching the Wyoming line around 5:30 a.m. One passenger, C.J. Morgan, remained hospitalized in Colorado Monday evening in "fair condition"; two others, Trey Fox and J.J. Quinlan, were treated and released in Wyoming. All are 18 or 19 years old. [Casper Star-Tribune]
• Maybe it was just too perfect. Admiral Ackbar, vaguely ichthyoid commander of the Rebel Alliance Fleet in the "Star Wars" universe and erstwhile candidate for Ole Miss mascot, gets a final love letter from ESPN:
Quickly... Cincinnati receiver Vidal Hazelton, a once-hyped recruit at USC, is out for the season with a torn ACL. ... It's Try Newton's turn for a shot at Texas' rotating tailback job. ... Your unnecessary headline of the day. ... Was Jake Locker's mouthpiece tipping Washington's plays? ... Is there no end to the innovation of Brian Kelly? ... An appeal for easier schedules at Colorado. ... So does anyone else imagine Jake Heaps keeps a Riley Nelson voodoo doll? ... And funny, college football doesn't care about Boston, either.
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