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  • Penn State's Franklin has long-term plan

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State coach James Franklin has a long-term plan. "As fans and coaches and players, we'd all like it to happen faster," Franklin said Tuesday. He knows it takes time to develop a cohesive offensive line, powerful running game and team depth. The first-year coach has guided Penn State to a 3-0 start, with the Nittany Lions rallying to beat Central Florida and Rutgers. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg has been hit, harried and harassed on a weekly basis, and Penn State is ranked 117th out of 125 NCAA FBS teams with an average of just over 75 yards rushing. "Obviously, we're going to have to improve in the running game and our protection," Franklin said. "That's going to be very, very

  • Self-help book has more teams riding 'Energy Bus'

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — On some practice fields across the country, one of the worst things a football player can be called sounds like something out of a young-adult novel or a television show on The CW. Pity the guy who's labeled an "energy vampire." The reference actually comes from "The Energy Bus: Ten Rules To Fuel Your Life, Work And Team With Positive Energy," a self-help book more and more teams are studying along with their playbooks. The book offers lessons on staying positive and avoiding "energy vampires" who will "suck the life out of you and your goals and vision if you let them." "You don't want the negativity," Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins said. "That's one thing that no team needs or no o

  • No. 14 South Carolina needs focus against Vandy

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Steve Spurrier figures he's got an equally difficult task getting No. 14 South Carolina ready for Vanderbilt as he did last week for Georgia. Spurrier said while the Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) may have picked up a big victory over then-top-10 ranked Georgia, they are not close to being a dominant team that can take wins for granted. So they are not overlooking the struggling Commodores (1-2, 0-1). "We are trying to get better. I hope we are. If we think we are a pretty good team just because we beat Georgia with a lot of good breaks, we are fooling ourselves," Spurrier said Tuesday. South Carolina got several fortunate bounces to preserve last week's 38-35 victory, Spurrier said

  • Plenty of candidates as Big Ten's best on offense

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    So who's the best offensive player in the Big Ten? Yes, the conference has gotten off to a dismal start. And, yes, the season is young. Ohio State's Braxton Miller, the Big Ten's top offensive player the past two years, is out for the season after shoulder surgery. Someone is destined to step into that vacancy. Yet not many teams in the country would turn down backs like Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah or Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, or smart quarterbacks such as Christian Hackenberg of Penn State or Michigan State's Connor Cook. And Indiana's Tevin Coleman, Michigan State's Jeremy Langford, Maryland's Stefon Diggs, Michigan's Derrick Green, Minnesota's David Cobb — and even the freshman who replaced Miller, J.T. Barret

  • Hokies WR Stanford taking leave of absence

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech wide receiver Joshua Stanford is taking a leave of absence from the team to attend to some unspecified personal issues. Coach Frank Beamer made the announcement Tuesday, saying in a release that he will not have any further comment on Stanford's situation. Stanford is a redshirt sophomore from Mississauga, Ontario. He has started two of three games for the Hokies (2-1) this season and has five receptions for 35 yards. He started 11 of 13 games last season and set school records for freshman with 40 catches for 640 yards and one touchdown.

  • Kaaya quickly emerges as a Miami leader

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Brad Kaaya was taking a midday walk around Lake Osceola on the Miami campus one day this week, fiddling with his phone and perfectly blending in with other students. For a rare moment, he seemed to be just like everyone else. Such moments of solitude are rare for the Hurricanes' quarterback. The start of Kaaya's college life has been the wildest of whirlwinds, replete with him moving 2,500 miles from his California home to enroll at Miami, coming into his first season buried on the Hurricanes' depth chart, emerging from training camp as the starter and doing things no other true freshman has in the program's storied history. His next challenge? Kaaya and the Hurricanes (2-1) visit No.

  • Olsen leaves Miami after DUI arrest

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Olsen is no longer a Miami student. The school announced Olsen's departure on Tuesday, a day after the quarterback was arrested for DUI. The 19-year-old Olsen never played for Miami. He was redshirted in 2013. Olsen becomes the third player to leave Miami in recent months following an arrest. A pair of linebackers, Alex Figueroa and JaWand Blue, were dismissed in July after being charged with sexual battery against a student. Miami coach Al Golden says he believes Olsen will have a bright future. Golden says Olsen, who was suspended for breaking team rules earlier this season, "needs this time to look at himself and obviously move forward." Golden has known Olsen's family fo

  • Mississippi State tries ending skid vs. No. 8 LSU

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State's history against LSU during the past two decades is ugly. The Bulldogs have lost 14 in a row in the series dating back to 1999 and 21 of 22 since the Southeastern Conference split into two divisions in 1992. The dubious stretch has featured a few close losses and even more embarrassing blowouts. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen says none of them will be relevant when the Bulldogs (3-0) travel to face No. 8 LSU (3-0) on Saturday at Tiger Stadium. A win against LSU wouldn't just end a lengthy losing streak. It would also prove that Mullen's program can hang with the Western Division's elite teams. Mullen has a 1-16 combined record in his six-year tenure against Alabama

  • NW St. Tulane, ULL players take LSWA honors

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A near record setting mark by Northwestern State quarterback highlighted the winning efforts of the third round of Louisiana Sports Writers Association Players of the Week. Zach Adkins had a big weekend game that included 19 straight completions in a win over Southern to win offensive player honors, while Nico Marley of Tulane keyed the Tulane defense to earn its first Yulman Stadium win to capture defensive honors. Finally, Daniel Cadona of Louisiana-Lafayette had an outstanding punting game against Ole Miss, averaging over 50 yards in seven attempts for the special team award.

  • Michigan defense stout so far with Utes next

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan coach Brady Hoke spoke calmly, the weight of a blowout loss at Notre Dame seemingly off his shoulders after the Wolverines' home win over Miami (Ohio). That doesn't mean he isn't concerned about this weekend's opponent: The high-flying Utah Utes. "It was good to win," Hoke said Monday. "The effort was very good from our team. We certainly always have things we've got to do better and we will do better. But the hardworking aspect of it, I thought some guys who stepped in in critical spots gained some valuable experience and confidence." Michigan (2-1) led just 17-10 at halftime but rallied for a convincing 34-10 victory. Michigan's defense also responded after its 31-0 loss to the Irish

  • Former rivals join forces at East Tennessee State

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    Long-time friends and former Atlantic Coast Conference rivals Carl Torbush and Mike O'Cain say they savor the opportunity to work together in relaunching a program on a smaller scale at East Tennessee State. They spent a lot of the 1990s trying to beat the other while both were in North Carolina. Torbush was the Tar Heels' head coach from 1998-2000; O'Cain coached the Wolfpack from 1993-99. When O'Cain was fired at North Carolina State, he joined Torbush's staff at North Carolina for a year. Now they're back together, reviving the Football Championship Subdivision program at ETSU. "I think both of us feel like we have a lot of coaching left in us," the 62-year-old Torbush said. "The great thing about Mike in my opinion

  • Arkansas enjoying resurgence under Bielema

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Bret Bielema didn't shy away from reflecting on where Arkansas has been and how far it's come. A few wins in a row, including Bielema's first over a power conference team with the Razorbacks, will do that for a coach. After two lost seasons following the Bobby Petrino scandal, Arkansas appears to have finally turned the corner toward Southeastern Conference relevance under its second-year coach. The Razorbacks (2-1), just a few weeks removed from ending a school-worst 10-game losing streak, won their second straight game last week — doing so in dominating fashion against Texas Tech.

  • Marshall coach, QB team up for United Way

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tickets are on sale for a football signed by Marshall University head football coach Doc Holliday and his star quarterback, Rakeem Cato. The autographed ball is part of the fundraising drive of the United Way of the River Cities. While the United Way campaign on Marshall's Huntington campus doesn't kick off until Sept. 22, ticket sales for the autographed ball are intended to jump start the campaign. Tickets for the football are $3 each, or $5 for two tickets. They can be purchased in the Memorial Student Center lobby through Oct. 1. That is also the date of the drawing.

  • Mountaineer ticket office expands hours

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The Mountaineer ticket office is expanding its hours of operation leading to Saturday's showdown with No. 4 Oklahoma. The ticket office will be open at West Virginia University Coliseum for in-person and phone sales from 9 a.m. through 7 p.m. through Thursday. That's an additional two hours each day. Friday's hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Milan Puskar Stadium ticket office will be open Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Fans can also purchase online at To avoid long lines on game day, fans can select the print at home or mobile deliver options.

  • West Virginia CB Daryl Worley suspended

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia cornerback Daryl Worley has been suspended indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Coach Dana Holgorsen announced the sophomore's suspension Monday night without elaborating. Worley has started all three games for West Virginia (2-1), which plays No. 4 Oklahoma (3-0) at home in their Big 12 opener on Saturday night. Worley has 17 total tackles and two interceptions this season. Junior Ricky Rumph is listed as Worley's backup. Rumph has yet to make a start in 21 career games.

  • Oklahoma football: Freshman running back Samaje Perine has always looked, played mature beyond his years

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Nobody is asking for Samaje Perine’s birth certificate these days — like they did when his mom signed him up for Pop Warner football as an 8-year old — but Oklahoma’s true freshman running back is certainly playing at a level beyond his years.

  • Oklahoma State football: Video and statistical analysis of quarterback Daxx Garman's first start against UTSA

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    The Cowboy quarterback showed off his deep ball Saturday night, but a closer look at his performance illustrates areas where the first-time starter can improve

  • Big 12 notebook: Plenty has changed since OU-West Virginia shootout of 2012

    By Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Both Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said that plenty has changed since the last time the two teams faced off in Morgantown, W.Va. Remember that shootout? OU escaped with a 50-49 win that included more than 1,400 yards of offense and tons of NFL talent on both teams. “You don’t have time to talk about the biggest change. We don’t have the time on this call,” Stoops said when asked about his team’s differences on defense from 2012 to 2014. “That’s two years ago. That’s a long time ago. We’re totally different. In every aspect. “Secondary, backers, front. Everything’s different. That’s the simplest way I can put it.” Holgorsen said: “That seems like a

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Running back Keith Ford to miss game at West Virginia, maybe more

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Ford will miss at least Saturday’s game against West Virginia after suffering a fractured fibula in Saturday’s game against Tennessee.

  • Huskies taking advantage of big plays


    SEATTLE (AP) — If there's anything the Washington Huskies have proven through the season's first three games, it's that they have the ability to make big plays. John Ross is the prime example. The speedster wide receiver already has three touchdown receptions longer than 55 yards. Ross has had the ball in his hands 17 times this season and gained 465 all-purpose yards (27.4 yards per touch). That includes a 75-yard touchdown reception last Saturday in the Huskies' 44-19 win over Illinois, but doesn't include a 100-yard kickoff return in the same game that was negated by a penalty. "Speed kills, as you guys saw with John Ross on that deep ball," said receiver Jaydon Mickens, referring to the 75-yard touchdown play.