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Ohio State defensive end and Heisman Trophy candidate Chase Young is facing an indefinite suspension entering the Buckeyes' final four games. From Letterman Row:
"Fresh off the finest performance of his career in a record-breaking win over Wisconsin, the Ohio State junior is now suddenly, shockingly unavailable for the nation’s top-ranked team heading into the final month of the regular season, according to multiple Lettermen Row sources. Poised to break the school’s single-season record with his next sack, the captain won’t be available to do it for the Buckeyes on Saturday against Maryland — and now the wait is on to see exactly how much time Young will miss."
Austin Ward, who wrote that report for Letterman Row, also tweeted on Friday morning, "Ohio State has not confirmed the status of Chase Young at this point."
I Don't Believe You
Mike Bohn was introduced as USC athletics director on Thursday, ending a week of speculation that he was reconsidering leaving Cincinnati. And, unsurprisingly, he was asked about Clay Helton's job security during his press conference.
"We all understand the importance of football; it's very similar to every institution that I've been a part of. It'd be premature to be talking about coaches or any situation when I just arrived and am in the process of learning and trying to listen. But I have a good sense of really quickly being able to connect and find out how we're doing and where we're going, and I want to impact recruiting."
I don't believe you, Mike.
Yes, he has to say that. Still, there's no way Clay Helton wasn't discussed during the interview process and a decision wasn't made before Bohn accepted the job. USC fell to 5-4 this season with a blowout loss to Oregon in Week 10 and is now 31-17 in Helton's four full seasons as head coach.
Three weeks ago, Pat Forde listed potential replacements for Helton. Among the non-Urban names: James Franklin, P.J. Fleck, and Kyle Whittingham.
Eastern Michigan basketball won 15 games last season and hasn't been to an NCAA Tournament since 1998. How do you get attention when you haven't been to a tourney since Titantic was dominating the box office? You tip off at 9:45am.
That's what the Eagles are doing on Friday against Siena. What's the wake-up call for a 9:45 game? It's gotta be no later than 5:00 am, right?
Week 11 Predictions
As much as I'd like to see Minnesota reach 9-0 and truly enter the playoff discussion, I'm taking Penn State in a close game on Saturday. I like the Gophers to cover the 6.5 points but think KJ Hamler and the Penn State defense is too much. Here are my full Week 11 predictions.
"There's just absolutely no reason to bet this game when there are so many other tasty lines," Chase Kiddy wrote in his weekly Edge Sorting betting column. Which game do you think he's referencing?
LSU at Alabama.
"Stay disciplined this week, as there are a lot of tasty games to target. Take a flyer on LSU moneyline late if you want, but my advice is to keep your focus on other contests. This is not a game I want to lather up for."
Other games he does like: Baylor (-2.5) at TCU, Louisville (+6.5) at Miami, and USC at Arizona State (-2).
AthleticDirectorU did a review of all travel by FBS and FCS teams during the 2017 and 2018 seasons and found, among other things: MAC programs took the fewest flights of any FBS conference, and the Big Sky took the most flights of any non-FBS conference. Also, a breakdown of departure days and times, the busiest airports, and busiest airlines.
"At the team level, Georgia football had by far the most flights, driven by their need to travel in two separate planes when using the Athens airport. Other frequent fliers include Alabama, Boise State, New Mexico State, and Washington."
The Big Dump
Deion Sanders has emerged as a candidate at Florida State? … Update on the Rutgers search … LSU hype video narrated by Shaq . . . Nevada student gets free tuition for nailing a half-court shot . . . Scholarship surprises are the best … Taylor Swift to headline 2020 Final Four concert . . . Minnesota has their first sellout in four years . . . West Virginia is wearing Veterans Day uniforms vs. Texas Tech.
Oklahoma State got screwed against Central Michigan in 2016? Fast forward to 2:22:30 on the video below:
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