Fri Nov 05 07:43am EDT
Making the morning rounds.
• Into the sunset? Senior quarterback Josh Nesbitt, the consistent, productive engine of Georgia Tech's triple-option attack the last three years, is out for the season with a broken arm he suffered attempting a tackle following an interception in Thursday night's loss at Virginia Tech. There's a chance he could be back for the Yellow Jackets' bowl game (assuming they qualify for one with another win over the next three weeks), likely in late December. If not, he ends his career as the most prolific rushing quarterback in ACC history and as the guy who led the Yellow Jackets to their first conference championship and major bowl game in 20 years in 2009. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
• TCU-Utah: It is on. Seriously, check your listings. The heavyweight cage match between the Utes and Horned Frogs may be relegated to an obscure cable channel Saturday, but that's no excuse: CBS College Sports (also listed as "CSTV") is currently offering a free preview through Saturday for customers of Time Warner, Charter Communications and the Dish Network that will put the game in 60 million homes across the country. It's up against Alabama-LSU on the regular CBS at 3:30 ET. If you still don't get the preview, someone you know or a local bar probably does. So if you don't want to watch a showdown of undefeated, top-five teams with direct BCS and national championship implications, that's on you, really. [Mountain West Connection, TheMWC.com]
• High apple pie. You can cross Phillip Fulmer off Minnesota's wish list to replace coach Tim Brewster, but "a little birdie" tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Charley Walters that the Gophers are still thinking big in pursuit of proven names, specifically Chris Petersen, Jim Harbaugh and Gary Patterson. In the land of reality, they're also said to be interested in Houston coach Kevin Sumlin (a former Minnesota assistant), former Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski and Northwestern offensive coordinator Mick McCall. [Minneapolis Star-Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press]
• Godspeed. Rutgers defensive lineman Eric LeGrand, paralyzed from the neck down last month during the Scarlet Knights' win over Army, was transfered with a high fever on Wednesday night, just hours after being admitted to a rehabilitation facility. A neurosurgeon told the Associated Press that "igh fevers in someone in his reported condition are very common." LeGrande will remain in St. Barnabas Medical Center until he can return to Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. [Associated Press]
• If they throw Zook in the stands, does the crowd have to throw him back? The game is still two weeks away, but fresh on the heels of goalposts going up in Yankee Stadium last week, Wrigley Field is already ready and waiting for Illinois-Northwestern on Nov. 20, the first game in the old North Side landmark since 1970:
Both the Wildcats and Illini could realistically go into the game at 7-3, with a New Year's Day shot on the line. [Lake the Posts]
Quickly... Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez will be a game-time decision at Iowa State. ... Gary Patterson on the joys of being hated. ... The proposed "Mark V. Ingram II Freeway" is going in front of the Michigan legislature. ... Georgia Tech's subtle tribute to Mississippi State cancer victim Nick Bell. ... Saving the season for the "Big Three" in Texas. ... And Troy Smith might owe his new starting job in San Francisco to his old college coach.
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