November 25, 2009
Making the morning rounds.
• It was a busy day in South Bend, where Jimmy Clausen practiced in a shaded visor Tuesday to hide the alleged black eye(s) he reportedly suffered in a scuffle outside a bar early Sunday morning and the tea leaves were twitchin' up a storm: ND athletic director Jack Swarbrick informed reporters that Charlie Weis would return to Indiana with the team after Saturday's regular season finale at Stanford rather than stay behind to make the crucial California recruiting rounds, and that Swarbrick and Weis will meet to discuss Weis' future (i.e. officially hand him his long-expected pink slip) early next week. In the meantime, the Clausen family's South Bend home went on the market, fueling speculation that Jimmy will be following his coach into the NFL in the spring. [South Bend Tribune]
• There's no official word on the student newspaper's report out of East Lansing Monday that unidentified Michigan State football players were part of a group of 15 to 20 men -- some wearing masks -- who allegedly stormed a dormitory Sunday night in some sort of rumble with an MSU fraternity, reportedly injuring a few female students in the process. But MSU summarily dismissed two players, safety Roderick Jenrette and running back Glenn Winston, hours after the report surfaced Tuesday afternoon. Draw your own conclusions. [Detroit Free Press]
• Oregon's winning touchdown in double overtime at Arizona sent the Ducks to their section of the crowd in celebration Saturday night, at which point (to quote the Simpsons), heeeere came the pretzels -- and soda bottles, and water bottles, and whatever else was on hand, from the looks of it:
That might be a fairly innocuous clip if one of the projectiles -- a full water bottle -- hadn't knocked a Duck cheerleader unconscious, landing her in the hospital overnight with a concussion. She says she's fine now, and hopes Arizonans take her ordeal to heart and learn to be nice from now on. [Oregonian]
Quickly ... A day after having armed robbery charges dropped, Tennessee safety Janzen Jackson is back with the team and expects to play Saturday against Kentucky. ... USC receiver Damian Williams surprisingly returned to practice Tuesday and is likely to play Saturday against UCLA. ... And just in time for his team's crucial dates in the Iron Bowl and SEC Championship game, Alabama's Mark Ingram is Sports Illustrated's latest cover boy.