- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Ex-Michigan State defensive back Mylan Hicks was shot and killed in Calgary over the weekend. He was 23.
Hicks played for the Spartans from 2010-2014 and was playing in the Canadian Football League for the Calgary Stampeders. Per the CBC, Hicks was shot outside a nightclub Sunday morning and said the shooting came from an altercation that started inside the club and then moved outside.
“Obviously this is an extremely difficult and upsetting time for the players and staff,” Calgary Stampeders general manager John Hufnagel said in a statement. “It’s a terrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mylan’s family.”
Michigan State issued a statement about Hicks’ passing as well.
“Our coaches, staff and players are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Mylan Hicks,” MSU coach Mark Dantonio said. “Mylan went at everything with a great deal of excitement. He just enjoyed playing football and being around our program. He was a great student as well, graduating from Michigan State.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Duke may have knocked off Notre Dame on Saturday, but it lost one of its best players in the process.
Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe announced Sunday that standout defensive back DeVon Edwards tore both the ACL and MCL in his left knee against the Irish. Edwards will undergo surgery, ending the fifth-year senior’s career.
Edwards, an all-conference caliber safety and one of the nation’s top kick returners, was injured on the game’s opening kickoff. With Edwards out, Duke has lost two of its senior captains for the season. Quarterback Thomas Sirk suffered an Achilles injury in August.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
The Les Miles era in Baton Rouge has come to an end.
A day after LSU fell to 2-2 with an 18-13 loss at Auburn, the school announced that Miles has been fired as head coach. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has also been fired.
The decisions were made by athletic director Joe Alleva “with consultation from the Officers on the LSU Board of Supervisors and LSU President Dr. F. King Alexander.” It was also announced that defensive line coach Ed Orgeron will be the Tigers’ interim head coach, a role he held at USC in 2013 after the firing of Lane Kiffin.
“Decisions like this are never easy ones to make,” Alleva said in a press release. “Coach Miles has done a tremendous job here and he’s been a great ambassador for our University, which makes this even more difficult.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Rutgers will reportedly be playing the rest of the 2016 season without its best offensive player.
According to NJ.com, wide receiver Janarion Grant is out for the remainder of the season after he injured his right ankle when tackled by Iowa’s Desmond King.
Wearing the pain on his face, Grant was helped off the field late in the first half without putting any pressure on the ankle and carted back to the locker room. He was seen on the sideline in the second half out of uniform, wearing a cast and using crutches for support when not on the trainer’s table.
Grant is the only Rutgers’ player who has more than eight receptions. He has 20 catches for 210 yards and is also the team’s second-leading rusher with 16 carries for 147 yards and three scores.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
You have to go down a bit to see some change in Sunday’s AP poll.
The top seven teams are the same as the post-Week 3 poll. Alabama, Louisville, Michigan, Clemson, Houston and Stanford all won while Ohio State was off. The first change is Wisconsin, who moves up to No. 8 from No. 11.
Texas A&M and Washington swapped spots at Nos. 9 and 10 while previously-No. 8 Michigan State fell to No. 17. Georgia, which was demolished at Ole Miss, fell from No. 12 to No. 25.
Here’s the entire top 25:
1. Alabama (LW: 1) 2. Ohio State (2) 3. Louisville (3) 4. Michigan (4) 5. Clemson (5) 6. Houston (6) 7. Stanford (7) 8. Wisconsin (11) 9. Texas A&M (10) 10. Washington (9) 11. Tennessee (14) 12. Florida State (13) 13. Baylor (16) 14. Miami (15) 15. Nebraska (20) 16. Ole Miss (23) 17. Michigan State (8) 18. Utah (24) 19. San Diego State (22) 20. Arkansas (17) 21. TCU (NR) 22. Texas (21) 23. Florida (19) 24. Boise State (NR) 25. Georgia (12)
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Notre Dame’s disastrous defensive start has cost Irish defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder his job.
The team said Sunday VanGorder had been “relieved” of his duties as the team’s defensive coordinator and would be replaced by defensive analyst Greg Hudson.
“This is a difficult decision,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. “I have the utmost respect for Brian as both a person and football coach, but our defense simply isn’t it where it should be and I believe this change is necessary for the best interest of our program and our student-athletes.
“It’s never easy to make a change on your staff, but I’m confident in Greg’s ability to lead our defense. As a former player at Notre Dame and an experienced defensive coordinator, he not only understands the expectations necessary to compete at the highest level, but he’ll bring a fresh perspective to our sideline, practice field and meeting rooms.”
VanGorder has been Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator since the beginning of 2014.
Notre Dame’s lone win this season is over Nevada. In its losses to Texas, Michigan State and Duke, the Irish have given up an average of 41.3 points per game.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
The calendar didn’t make it to October before the first FBS coach of the season was fired.
Florida International has parted ways with Ron Turner.The Panthers lost 53-14 to Central Florida on Saturday to fall to 0-4. UCF was 0-12 in 2015 and is coached by former Oregon assistant Scott Frost.
Turner won 25 percent of his games at FIU with a record of 10-30. The team improved in each of his three seasons after going 1-11 in his first year (2013). But with a winless start, topping 2015’s 5-7 record doesn’t look too realistic in 2016.
“I want to thank Coach Turner for his contributions to the FIU football program, most importantly his commitment to academics and community service,” FIU Executive Director of Sports of Entertainment Pete Garcia said
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
Tennessee defeated Florida for the first time since 2004 and how did fans celebrate?
By burning couches.
— Zackary Peddicord (@PeddiVOL) September 25, 2016
ITS COUCH BURNING TIME IN TENNESSEE pic.twitter.com/TjBgw7es7A
— Old Row (@OldRowOfficial) September 25, 2016
Couch burning in Knoxville, y'all pic.twitter.com/tkLJwh0G62
— TNgooner (@TNgooner) September 25, 2016
https://t.co/PRVUh1pvvg looks like somebody is burning a couch on Lake Avenue next to Pres Court. I miss Knoxville dearly at times like this
— Matthew French (@MattJarFren) September 25, 2016
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Arizona freshman running back J.J. Taylor suffered a broken ankle during Saturday’s loss to Washington and will miss the rest of the season.
Taylor started in place of Nick Wilson, who was sidelined by an ankle injury against Hawaii last week. In Wilson’s stead against the Rainbow Warriors, Taylor rushed for 168 yards and a touchdown. He had 97 yards and a touchdown against the Huskies before his injury.
“Extremely frustrating,” UA coach Rich Rodriguez said following the Washington loss. “I mean, J.J. Taylor breaks his ankle. This guy’s going to be lights out, is lights out, and will be whenever he comes back.”
The Wildcats’ running back position is woefully thin. Orlando Bradford, who was the co-starter at the beginning of the season, is no longer with the program after being charged with multiple felony counts of domestic violence. Zach Green is the Wildcats’ last healthy scholarship running back. He had six carries for 19 yards. Tyrell Johnson, a receiver, had five carries for 16 yards, but had a key fourth quarter fumble. Johnson played running back in high school and prep school, but hasn’t played the position in his two seasons with the Wildcats.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
A 29-year-old Auburn man is in custody after being accused of setting one of the Toomer’s Corner oak trees on fire following Auburn’s win against LSU.
At 13-14 seconds, the guy walks up to the right tree, lights the left side of the toilet paper and walks away. Piece of trash. pic.twitter.com/L40AktdLwy
— Austin Scott (@austingscott) September 25, 2016
Footage from the surveillance cameras on the corner show a man walk up to one of the trees and set fire to the toilet paper hanging from it. The trees are rolled with toilet paper following wins. The man then attempts to walk away, but is noticed by others on the site.
— John Taylor (@johntaylor484) September 25, 2016