Shortly after Alabama’s SEC championship game win over Florida Saturday, Nick Saban stated that Shaun Dion Hamilton is “probably going to be out for the year” because of an unspecified knee injury. If one report is accurate, you can take “probably” out of the equation. Citing unnamed sources, al.com has reported that the starting inside linebacker sustained a torn ACL in his right knee during the win. An MRI confirmed the severity of the injury, although the football program has not yet acknowledged any specifics.. The injury will keep Hamilton sidelined for the College Football Playoff semifinal and, should ‘Bama get past Washington, the championship game as well. Entering the league title game,
There was a certain irony in seeing Penn State win and celebrate a Big Ten championship in Indianapolis on Saturday night. Penn State, five years after the horrifying revelations of the Jerry Sandusky scandal ripped through the program, university, and community, was slammed hard by the NCAA, whose offices are located in Indianapolis with sanction terms that were thought to be crippling for the program at the time in the summer of 2012. So, with Penn State clinching the Big Ten title in the home city of the NCAA headquarters, what did NCAA President Mark Emmert have to say about it? “I thought Penn State’s season was spectacular,” Emmert said while taking questions at the Learfield Intercollegiate
It was reported over the weekend that Oregon could have its opening at head coach filling by Tuesday. A day later than that timeline, it appears the Ducks are on the verge of doing just that. According to a tweet from ESPN.com‘s Brett McMurphy, Willie Taggart of USF will be named as the next head football coach at Oregon. No timeframe for an announcement was given. FootballScoop.com subsequently confirmed the initial report. The latter site added that Taggart was informed the job was his last night and that the coach wanted to let his Bulls players know today, presumably prior to an announcement being made. Taggart was interviewed by UO athletic director Rob Mullens in Dallas last Thursday.