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  • Malzahn: 3 injured starters 'day to day' for LSU

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn coach Gus Malzahn says he's not counting out three injured starters from returning against LSU. The fifth-ranked Tigers had linebackers Kris Frost and Cassanova McKinzy and right tackle Patrick Miller leave the Louisiana Tech game with injuries. Malzahn says all three are "day to day" for Saturday's game against No. 15 LSU but he's hoping they'll be able to play. Guard Avery Young is a former starter at right tackle and moved over to replace Miller against Louisiana Tech. Devonte Danzey took over Chad Slade's spot at left guard, while Slade moved to the right side. Frost's backup is true freshman Tre' Williams while Anthony Swain is No. 2 at the other linebacker spot. McKinzy is Auburn's lea

  • Syracuse regroups as it readies for Louisville

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse has had an up-and-down season, the down part being losses in the last two games. A 34-20 loss to Maryland in the Carrier Dome on Sept. 20 was followed by a 31-15 setback against unbeaten Notre Dame on Saturday night at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Now comes a tough home matchup against Louisville (4-1) on Friday night. "This is a truly resilient group of kids," coach Scott Shafer said Tuesday. "They come back hungry and ready to go to work. A lot of them have been around the building watching videotape, getting prepared for Louisville. It's a short week. We'll be ready to go." Against the Irish, who dropped one spot to No.

  • Former assistant sues UCF for breach of contract

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former UCF football assistant coach is suing the university and the athletic department for breach of contract, alleging that coach George O'Leary engaged in continuous criticism of his work and created a work environment that included bullying, threatening behavior and repeated discriminatory epithets. Former defensive coordinator Paul Ferraro filed the suit in Florida last week. The suit alleges O'Leary made derogatory remarks about Ferraro's Italian heritage, African-Americans and persons of Jewish descent. Ferraro was hired as the Knights defensive coordinator on Dec. 26 of last year following the departure of Jim Fleming. The hiring came just days before UCF played Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl on Ne

  • NC State coach apologizes for fake injuries flap

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren has apologized to Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher for his comments accusing the top-ranked Seminoles of faking injuries to slow down the Wolfpack's offense. Doeren released a statement Tuesday morning on the program's Twitter account and extended his apology to FSU's staff, players and fans. He says he left an emotional locker room after Saturday's 56-41 loss and "took those emotions with me to the press conference," where he first raised the issue. He did it again Monday when asked at his weekly news conference, and Fisher denied that his team faked injuries. Doeren says he has the "utmost respect" for Fisher, his staff and players and that the focus should

  • Rutgers secondary could have another new starter

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — An injury and a targeting penalty might give Rutgers redshirt freshman safety Andre Hunt his first start. Hunt will get a lot of work in practice this week as the Scarlet Knights (4-1, 0-1) prepare for their Big Ten Conference game against reeling Michigan (2-3, 0-1) on Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium. The Eagan, Minnesota resident was pushed into the spotlight in the third quarter of Rutgers' win over Tulane when backup safety Johnathan Aiken was flagged for a targeting penalty and disqualified. It meant he missed the rest of the game and will miss the first half this week. With starter Delon Stephenson battling a lower body injury, Hunt, a walk-on, could start.

  • NDSU remains atop both FCS polls after off week

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State University remains atop both Football Championship Subdivision polls after an off week. The Bison got all 26 of the first-place votes in this week's coaches' poll and all but eight of the 161 first-place votes in The Sports Network Poll. The Bison are 4-0 on the year, heading into a weekend road matchup with Western Illinois. Eastern Washington is second and Coastal Carolina third in both polls.

  • LSU, ULM divide up LSWA POW honors

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The LSU Tigers and the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks had the players that performed the best on the field Saturday, earning Louisiana Sports Writers Association nods as this week's college football player of the week. Brandon Harris, who came in to the game at quarterback in LSU's 63-7 win over New Mexico State, was named the Offensive Player of the Week while Michael Johnson on defense and Justin Manton for special teams earned honors in ULM's 22-20 win over Troy.

  • Hoosiers look for answers after loss to Maryland

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — As quickly as a road win over a ranked Missouri team gave the Indiana faithful hope, a blowout loss at home to unranked Maryland left the realization that the Hoosiers still lack the consistency needed to compete every week in the Big Ten. Now, coach Kevin Wilson and his team find themselves in a familiar situation, 2-2 for the third consecutive year. With a tough conference schedule on the horizon, every loss takes Indiana one step further away from making its first bowl appearance in Wilson's tenure. "That's what separates the really strong players and the really strong teams from the guys who aren't: consistency," Wilson said Monday.

  • Lack of running game slows Iowa State

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State has veterans on the offensive line, experienced running backs, and a quarterback who has been around. In other words, all the ingredients a team needs for a strong running game. Except it's not happening. The Cyclones are last in the Big 12 and 110th out of 125 teams nationally in rushing. They are averaging only 104 yards a game and 3.4 yards a carry. Quarterback Sam Richardson has the team's longest run (47 yards) and he is also the leading rusher, with more yards than all the running backs combined. As coach Paul Rhoads put it: "There is no running attack." "You've got to run the football and you've got to defend the run if you want to be successful," Rhoads said Monday "We'

  • Strong accepts Texas is underdog against Baylor

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In his first season in the Big 12, Texas coach Charlie Strong seems to have accepted his role as underdog this week against No. 7 Baylor. "I don't have a choice,' Strong said with a laugh on Monday. "We're a (two-touchdown) underdog right now." Some of his players, however, don't want to hear it. "They're still Baylor," Longhorns wide receiver John Harris said. "Just because they started playing better, that's good for them. We're still Texas." Not exactly. The burnt-orange helmet logos are the same but a lot has changed. The Bears (4-0, 1-0) are the defending Big 12 champions, a crown earned by beating Texas (2-2, 1-0) in freezing cold on the final weekend of the 2013 regular season.

  • No. 21 Oklahoma St overcoming injuries

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Despite injuries to several key starters this season, No. 21 Oklahoma State has managed to simply plug in the next player on the depth chart and move on. The latest setback came when starting cornerback Ashton Lampkin went down with what appeared to be a right ankle injury early in a 45-35 win over Texas Tech last week. Freshman Ramon Richards stepped onto a college field for the first time in relief. After getting called for pass interference on his first snap and giving up a touchdown pass shortly after that, Richards settled in to make five tackles, and even came up with a key interception.

  • Michigan AD apologizes for mistakes with QB injury

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Roughly 12 hours after embattled Michigan coach Brady Hoke said he'd been given no indication that quarterback Shane Morris had been diagnosed with a concussion, athletic director Dave Brandon revealed in a post-midnight statement that the sophomore did appear to have sustained one. That capped a bizarre day in which Michigan tried to address questions about the coaching staff's handling of Morris, who took a violent hit in the fourth quarter of Saturday's loss to Minnesota. "In my judgment, there was a serious lack of communication that led to confusion on the sideline. Unfortunately, this confusion created a circumstance that was not in the best interest of one of our student-athletes," Brandon sai

  • Oklahoma football: Jed Barnett and Nila Kasitati become Internet sensations for music

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    The duo visited The Children’s Hospital last week, performing music for patients with Barnett’s guitar and Kasitati’s voice. After one patient’s mother posted a video online of the two Sooners singing Maroon 5’s “Sunday Morning,” it went viral, appearing on ESPN.com and several other major, national websites.

  • Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy remains critical of offensive line play

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Through four games, OSU has yet to record a single-game 100-yard rushing performance from any running back. The Cowboys have attempted the fourth most rushes among conference teams in that span (168), but rank sixth in rush yards per game (171).

  • Richt says Georgia backup safety Dawson off team

    Yesterday

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia safety Sheldon Dawson, who appeared in two games this season in a backup role, is no longer a member of the team. Coach Mark Richt says Monday that Dawson "is not a member of the team anymore," but provided no further details. Dawson, a junior, made one start in 2013. He had three tackles this season. Richt also said freshman tailback Sony Michel probably won't need surgery for his shoulder injury, but won't play this week for No. 13 Georgia against Vanderbilt.

  • Oklahoma football: NCAA denies Baker Mayfield's waiver request

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    The former Texas Tech quarterback will sit out this season and lose a year of eligibility.

  • No. 17 Wisconsin looking to start faster

    Yesterday

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Although Wisconsin's potent offense eventually has shifted into gear during three consecutive victories, the 17th-ranked Badgers may not be able to wait until the second half to get going when they open their Big Ten schedule at Northwestern. Wisconsin (3-1) is ranked No. 3 in the nation in rushing with 343.3 yards per game, and the Badgers' average of 7.04 yards per carry is the best in the country. Wisconsin, however, has not won at Ryan Field since 1999 and is facing a Northwestern defense that's allowed just 13 points in its last two games, including a 29-6 victory at Penn State last Saturday.

  • Kentucky suspends 4 players over air gun shots

    Yesterday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has suspended four freshmen for Saturday night's SEC game against South Carolina for their involvement with air pistol shots being fired near a residence hall on campus. No one was injured Sunday night, but police issued an alert advising people to stay indoors on the Lexington campus as they investigated. Suspended for violating team rules are running back Stanley "Boom" Williams, who is leading the Wildcats in all-purpose yards, backup quarterback Drew Barker, wide receiver Dorian Baker, and defensive end Tymere Dubose. A statement Monday evening from coach Mark Stoops and athletic director Mitch Barnhart said the group could face additional internal discipline.

  • No. 7 Baylor getting receiver Levi Norwood back

    Yesterday

    WACO, Texas (AP) — Seventh-ranked Baylor is getting another talented receiver back from injury. Coach Art Briles says Monday that Levi Norwood has been cleared after missing the last three games because of a wrist injury in the season opener. The senior receiver and punt returner, who had 47 catches for 733 yards and eight touchdowns last season, is expected to play Saturday at Texas. Antwan Goodley, who had 1,339 yards receiving and 13 TDs last season, played last Saturday for the first time since re-aggravating a quad injury in the first half of the season opener. Goodley had six catches for 114 yards in a 49-28 win at Iowa State. Corey Coleman made his season debut after being sidelined by a hamstring injury, and h

  • Oklahoma football notebook: OU-Texas game to kick off at 11 a.m. Oct. 11

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    The game will be telecast nationally on ABC.