Making the morning rounds.
• Gary Patterson, M.D. A TCU team physician told a medical news site he was berated on the sideline by coach Gary Patterson last month – an encounter caught by ESPN's cameras – for refusing to allow running back Ed Wesley back into the game after Wesley was briefly knocked unconscious in the Horned Frogs' eventual win over SMU. Wesley reportedly told Patterson he was fine after the hit, but Dr. Sam Haraldson said any case of unconsciousness is automatically treated as a concussion. "Then five or six plays later, I literally was verbally accosted by the coach, screaming at me insanely at the top of his lungs that he doesn't think [Wesley] has a concussion and what right do I have to hold him out," Haraldson said.
Patterson countered Wednesday that the website didn't contact him and "didn't get the full story," but it did quote Patterson's professional assessment to ESPN Dallas a few days after the fact, as Wesley was preparing to return: "He's fine. As far as I'm concerned he was fine 10 minutes after he got hurt." [American Medical News, Dallas Morning News]
• Paramedics ignored Pace player? A lawyer for the family of late Pace University (NY) player Danroy Henry has accused paramedics of ignoring Henry for after he'd been shot by local police in the incident that resulted in his death last week. Police reportedly opened fire on Henry's car after he sped away from a traffic stop, allegedly hitting two officers in the process. After he was shot, a passenger in the car who was also hit said police pulled Henry from the car, handcuffed him and left him lying face down for more than 10 minutes without medical attention while paramedics treated an officer, even as the passenger was screaming for help. [Associated Press]
• He's ba-ack. Embattled Florida running back/receiver Chris Rainey is "eligible to compete in the Georgia game" as of Wednesday, though coach Urban Meyer wouldn't promise he's going see the field. Rainey's been out since his infamous arrest for sending his girlfriend a text message that said "Time to Die" last month, and frankly, the Gator offense could use that kind of rage right about now. [Palm Beach Post]
• What can Brown do for UNC? Nothing, now. The latest Tar Heel on ice for the rest of the year: Cornerback Charles Brown, who Wednesday became the sixth North Carolina starter to be declared ineligible for the entire season, joining dismissed defensive tackle Marvin Austin, defensive end Robert Quinn, receiver Greg Little, and safeties Brian Gupton and Jonathan Smith. Of the 13 Heels initially held out of the season opener for assorted eligibility issues, six have now been ruled out for the season, six others have been cleared to return, and only one – defensive end Jason McAdoo – is still waiting for a verdict. [Associated Press]
• Endres era at an end. Oft-troubled UConn quarterback Cody Endres, barely removed from a four-game suspension to open the year, has been suspended for the rest of the season, officially for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Unofficially, a source told the Connecticut Post that Endres failed his third drug test, this time for amphetamines. For whatever reason, he's the second prominent Husky out of commission this week, after starting guard Erik Kuraczea left the team of his own volition on Tuesday. [Associated Press, Connecticut Post]
Quickly... Cameron Newton's success as a runner even caught Auburn a little off-guard. ... Michigan defensive tackle Will Campbell, a former five-star recruit, may switch to the offensive line, if they can get him out of the bottom of the depth chart. ... Vidal Hazelton is telling Cincinnati fans there's a chance he'll be back on the field this year. ... Kent State dumps Purdue so it can get pounded (and paid) at Alabama in the 2011 opener. ... The kickoff return segment of Notre Dame practices has turned into the Gong Show. ... Suddenly Wisconsin loves Bret Bielema again. ... Speculating on Mike Leach to North Texas. ... And politics trump a friendly wager over Missouri-Oklahoma.
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