September 06, 2011
Making the morning rounds
• You'll know when you know, peons. Nick Saban preemptively warded off questions about Alabama's quarterback situation at his regular Monday press conference, telling reporters he still hasn't decided on A.J. McCarron or Phillip Sims as a starter and may play both again for the Tide's first major test of the season Saturday at Penn State. McCarron outplayed Sims on paper and delivered 'Bama's only touchdown pass in a 48-7 rout over Kent State in the opener, but both were picked off twice, and Sims was also sacked twice with a fumble.
"We're gonna continue to develop both of the quarterbacks that we have," Saban said. "... Later in the week, as we see how the two guys practice, we'll make a determination as to which guy will give us the best opportunity in this particular game or if there's some kind of combination of the two that would be helpful and useful to us. We'll look at the option of doing that."
Whoever starts in Happy Valley, he'll have the benefit of Ohio State transfer Duron Carter, son of Cris, who is expected to work his way into the rotation this week after his late arrival to preseason practice last week. Saban was openly critical of his receivers after the opener: "I don't think they played fast all the time. I think there was a lot of anxiety." [al.com, TideSports.com]
• Nothing to see here. Florida defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd, a former five-star recruit on the verge of a breakout campaign as a sophomore, is expected to go before the NCAA today for a hearing to determine his eligibility after sitting out the Gators' opening-night win over Florida Atlantic. Florida released a statement a few hours before the game Saturday that said Floyd is dealing with an unspecified issue "that is not related to sports agents, University of Florida boosters or his recruitment to Florida." Coach Will Muschamp's assessment after the game: "He's fine." [Gainesville Sun]
• Can we choose 'none of the above' ? Pac-12 presidents and chancellors adamantly do not want to expand, according to the San Jose Mercury News' Jon Wilner, but if it's absolutely forced to move by Texas A&M's pending defection from the Big 12 to the SEC, sources tell Wilner the Pac-12 is likely to accept Oklahoma and Oklahoma State even if Texas isn't part of the package. "The SEC won't stop at 13 [schools], or even 14. And if the SEC is at 14 or 16, the Big Ten will do it," a source said. "At that point, [the Pac-12] would be crazy not to entertain the idea of expansion."
According to another source, the Pac-12 is in "wait-and-see mode," and prefers to keep waiting: "The happiest result for the Pac-12 is if the status quo is maintained." [San Jose Mercury News]
• Tough break. Boston College wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah, a senior captain, is out for the season with an ACL tear after pulling in a career-high eight receptions for 157 yards in a 24-17 loss to Northwestern. Momah — who actually returned to the game following the injury, albeit noticeably hobbled — joins All-ACC tailback Montel Harris on the Eagles' growing injury list. "We didn't expect it to be this bad," coach Frank Spaziani said Monday. "It's tough. He's obviously pretty down about it. And it's a blow to the team, to the receiving corps and from the standpoint of losing his senior leadership." [Boston Herald]
• Get well soon. As expected, Ole Miss running back Brandon Bolden suffered a fractured ankle in Saturday's 14-13 loss to BYU and will be in a walking boot "for a couple of weeks," likely ending his bid to set multiple school records for rushing and total yards and touchdowns. His backup, Enrique Davis, will also sit out practice this week after injuring his knee at BYU, but is still listed as a co-stater for Saturday's date with mighty Southern Illinois; in the meantime, two defensive backs and a wide receiver have been moved into the backfield to fill the void. [Clarion-Ledger]
Quickly… Tennessee hires a new athletic director from Alabama, who says you can ignore all that stuff at Florida State. … Long-jumping receiver Marquise Goodwin is coming back to Texas. … North Carolina loses fullback Devon Ramsay for the year to a knee injury, after Ramsay fought to have his final year of eligibility restored. … Missouri's defense is going to without two of its top starters Friday night at Arizona State. … Michigan expects to have Troy Woolfolk back against Notre Dame. … Chip Kelly there's still no timeline for the return of suspended Ducks Cliff Harris and Kiko Alonso, though he plans to address it with his staff this week. … Ohio State-Miami gets a primetime kickoff on Sept. 17. … Steve Spurrier would like to complete more passes, please. … A Georgia linebacker is temporarily giving up Twitter after a "nasty" reaction following Saturday's loss. … And no one was rooting harder for the rain in Michigan than bookies in Las Vegas.
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