Texas Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt abruptly resigned Thursday after sources told ESPN.com that the coach was suspected of being under the influence of an unknown substance while on campus.
Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer is standing behind indefinitely suspended defensive end Noah Spence, and that includes allowing him to remain with the team while the junior awaits word on his status moving forward.
There will be a revolving door of quarterbacks on the field when Florida State and Clemson meet in the showcase matchup this weekend. Florida State redshirt sophomore Sean Maguire will make the first start of his career for the top-ranked Seminoles after Heisman winner Jameis Winston was suspended for the first half after making ''offensive and vulgar'' comments about female anatomy. ''You're not the second-team guy at Florida State if you're not a really good player,'' Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. ''Obviously, we don't have a ton of film on him, but he's a guy they recruited to be a great player.'' The No. 22 Tigers start a more traditional QB in senior Cole Stoudt.
Oregon defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu says playing against pass-happy Washington State is not a hardship but an opportunity. Actually, just 60 passes would be a relatively modest total for Washington State, which boasts the nation's top passing offense heading into Saturday's Pac-12 opener against the second-ranked Ducks in Pullman, Washington. Last year, Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday threw the ball an NCAA-record 89 times as Oregon beat the Cougars 62-38 in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon (3-0) has won seven straight games against Washington State (1-2), which opened the season with losses to Rutgers and Nevada, games the Cougars were expected to win.
Alabama coach Nick Saban won't be concerned with protege Will Muschamp's job security once the game against Florida kicks off. The friends will be all business Saturday when the Gators visit Alabama the Crimson Tide's SEC opener. His former defensive coordinator at LSU, Muschamp has the Gators (2-0, 1-0) hoping to stage a big turnaround from an injury-plagued 4-8 season that placed him on the hot seat.
Trevor Knight is ready to find out how Oklahoma handles the start of a long stretch of games away from home. The sophomore quarterback will lead the fourth-ranked Sooners (3-0) into a hostile environment at West Virginia (2-1) on Saturday night in the Big 12 opener for both teams. For the Sooners it will be the first of three consecutive games outside the state of Oklahoma. This will be Oklahoma's second-ever trip to Morgantown.
Gus Malzahn squeezed into his postgame news conference, gripping both sides of the podium and exhaling deeply. Fifth-ranked Auburn had just eked out a 20-14 victory over No. 20 Kansas State, and Malzahn was asked whether it was the kind of nip-and-tuck nonconference game that he likes to play. ''After they're over and you win, yeah,'' the Tigers' coach said. ''You do.'' Auburn's vaunted ground game held in check all night, the Tigers finally pulled away when they went to the air.
Texas Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt has resigned for unspecified personal reasons. Wallerstedt said in a statement issued by the university Thursday that he was stepping side ''because I want the best for the Red Raider program, and this will allow them to go in a different direction on defense.'' Mike Smith, who shared the coordinator title with Wallerstedt, will be in charge of the defense for the rest of the season. The 48-year-old Wallerstedt joined the staff when former Texas Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury was hired as coach last year.
From hybrid running back Byron Marshall, to track champion Devon Allen and former point guard Johnathan Loyd, Oregon's got a varied cast of targets for the quarterback. Marcus Mariota has thrown for 806 yards and eight touchdowns so far this season for the No. 2 Ducks. The early Heisman front-runner has spread his attention around, hitting 13 different teammates with passes, including six different Ducks for touchdowns. Normally known for a dynamic ground game, Oregon is ranked 18th among FBS programs with an average of 330.3 yards passing per game.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Jameis Winston will be a spectator in the first half of Florida State's showdown against Clemson Saturday after making ''offensive and vulgar'' comments about women - the latest embarrassment in a growing list of poor decisions off the field.
Texas quarterback David Ash has given up playing football after suffering at least one concussion and lingering symptoms over the last year. Longhorns coach Charlie Strong said on Wednesday that he told Ash ''there was no way we were going to let you back on the field.'' Added Strong, ''His health is our major concern.'' Strong said that Ash would remain a part of the program working with the team's younger quarterbacks. He played in the opener, a victory against North Texas, but experienced headaches and dizziness after the game, Strong said. The Longhorns have off this week.
Mike Krzyzewski says his side job as coach of U.S. Krzyzewski met with media in Durham Thursday for the first time since leading the Americans to the gold medal at the Basketball World Cup in Spain. He acknowledged he and Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, his assistant with the U.S. Without being asked, he also took exception to critical comments about a photograph of him visiting Paul George in a hospital after the Indiana Pacers star suffered a gruesome compound fracture of his right leg during a U.S.
Fired College of Charleston coach Doug Wojcik had been paid $400,000 to settle potential claims against the school. The school released financial terms of the settlement to The Associated Press on Tuesday after an open records request. The school will assume $150,000 of the settlement with the rest coming from the state's Insurance Reserve Fund. As part of agreement, Wojcik agreed not to sue the College of Charleston.
Texas guard Martez Walker was suspended indefinitely from all team activities Friday after he was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly beating his girlfriend in a campus dormitory. According to campus police, Travis County Emergency Medical Services was called to the dorm Wednesday night, where the victim reported Walker slapped her and punched her four times in the left side. According to Walker's arrest affidavit, Tanecia Gardner said Walker became angry because she went to happy hour with a male supervisor from her job.
Illinois starting point guard Tracy Abrams is out for the season with an anterior cruciate ligament tear, coach Jon Groce confirmed Thursday. The team is deep at guard, though most of those players have little experience playing point guard in college.
In the course of a week, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk went from playing against some of his biggest heroes on the U.S. Mykhailiuk may be the most tantalizing enigma in college basketball this season. ''His skill level, knowledge and aptitude for the game are way beyond his years,'' Kansas coach Bill Self said.
Two former Syracuse University ball boys urged the state's highest court Tuesday to reinstate their slander lawsuit against basketball head coach Jim Boeheim. Bobby Davis and Mike Lang claim Boeheim slandered them in 2011 by calling them liars out for money when they accused his longtime assistant coach Bernie Fine of molesting them as children. A judge dismissed the suit last year, ruling Boeheim's comments were not assertions of fact but opinions protected from defamation lawsuits. On Tuesday, the men's attorney Mariann Meier Wang argued before the Court of Appeals that Boeheim accused her clients of extortion.
Attorneys for fired College of Charleston coach Doug Wojcik say a settlement has been reached with the school. Attorneys Ronnie Richter and Eric Bland said in a statement Tuesday an agreement was completed. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. College of Charleston spokesman Mike Robertson declined to discuss details of the agreement.
Madison Square Garden will honor the first women's basketball game played at the arena 40 years ago with a rematch between Queens College and Immaculata as part of the Maggie Dixon Classic on Jan. 4. ''It was a defining moment for women's basketball and for women in general,'' said former WNBA President Donna Orender, who played for Queens College. ''I can still hear Helen Reddy singing 'I am woman hear me roar' the crowd was screaming and tears rolled down my cheeks on the layup line. I was a freshman and so proud matching up against the more pre-eminent guard in the country - Marianne Crawford Stanley.
Little League star Mo'ne Davis says she's ''sad'' Connecticut received a secondary NCAA rules violation for coach Geno Auriemma's congratulatory phone call to her during the Little League World Series. Davis said they talked last month about her success in the World Series for Philadelphia's Taney Dragons, and there was no recruiting talk. ''There wasn't anything about recruiting in the call, he was just congratulating me.'' On Thursday, the NCAA announced the recruiting violation after a complaint was brought to the attention of the American Athletic Conference.
The NCAA has determined that UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma committed a secondary rules violation when he made a phone call congratulating Little League pitching star Mo'ne Davis last month, the school announced Thursday. Athletic Director Warde Manuel said the school accepts the decision but does not agree with it. Auriemma told reporters Wednesday that he talked to the 13-year-old Philadelphia girl at Little League headquarters during the Little League World Series after a friend of his in the Philadelphia 76ers organization suggested it. Her Taney Dragons team reached the Little League semifinals.