Minnesota fires defensive coordinator after latest meltdown

Minnesota defensive coordinator Robb Smith has been fired, with the Gophers allowing an average of more than 43 points per game in Big Ten play. Coach P.J. Fleck made the announcement Sunday night. He named defensive line coach Joe Rossi the interim defensive coordinator. Fleck hired Smith last year upon taking over the program at Minnesota, having spent two seasons with Smith as assistants together at Rutgers. The 43-year-old Smith was the defensive coordinator at Arkansas for four seasons before joining the Gophers. Star safety Antoine Winfield Jr. injured his foot in the conference opener at Maryland, and the defense hasn't recovered. The Gophers gave up 430 rushing yards on Saturday in a 55-31 loss at Illinois. Four touchdowns by the Illini covered 67 yards or more.
November 5, 2018

UConn's Wilson suspended indefinitely

UConn has suspended swingman Sidney Wilson indefinitely from games for an unspecified violation of university policy. The school says the violation occurred last season, when the 6-foot-7 redshirt freshman sat out after transferring from St. John's and was denied a waiver from the NCAA. The school, which emphasized the suspension is from "game activity," declined to elaborate on Wilson's transgression and won't comment until there is a change in his status.
November 1, 2018

Virginia Tech suspends Chris Clarke indefinitely

Virginia Tech has suspended guard Chris Clarke indefinitely. The school made the announcement in a one-sentence release on Wednesday. It gave no information as to why Clarke was suspended. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound senior is the most versatile player on the 15th-ranked Hokies and has averaged 9.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists during his career. He has been removed from the Hokies' online roster, which the school says is standard procedure amid an indefinite suspension.
October 31, 2018

Washington State fined $25K for fans rushing field

Washington State has been fined $25,000 as a result of its fans rushing the field following the Cougars' 34-20 win against Oregon on Oct. 20. In 2016, the Pac-12 introduced a policy that called for institutional fines when fans rush the field or court. The fine structure is as follows: $25,000 for a first offense, $50,000 for a second offense and $100,000 for a third offense. The policy requires each school to have a security plan in place to prevent fans from rushing the field. The school was also fined $25,000 last year after its fans rushed the field following a win against USC, but Washington State was not fined earlier that season after fans rushed the field following a win against Boise State. Oregon was not fined after its fans rushed the field after beating Washington at Autzen Stadium on Oct. 13.
October 30, 2018

USC fires OL coach

Southern California coach Clay Helton fired offensive line coach Neil Callaway and took over play-calling duties for the struggling Trojans on Monday. With the season slipping away from the defending Pac-12 champions, Helton announced a shake-up of his coaching staff two days after USC dropped to 4-4 with its second straight defeat, a 38-35 home loss to Arizona State. Helton took away the play-calling responsibilities from offensive coordinator Tee Martin, who remains on staff.
October 29, 2018

Texas guard Roach suspended for opener

Texas senior guard Kerwin Roach II has been suspended for the Longhorns' season opener against Eastern Illinois for a violation of team rules. Roach announced the suspension on social media about the same time the school issued a statement. Neither statement disclosed the nature of the violation. Both said it happened "last year." Roach will miss the Longhorns' to preseason scrimmages, along with the opening game on Nov. 6.
October 29, 2018

LSU fines for storming field following UGa win

LSU has been fined $100,000 after its fans stormed the field following their win over Georgia. The Southeastern Conference announced in a news release that the Tigers violated the conference's "access to competition area policy" for the second time since the policy was enacted in 2004. LSU fans also went onto the field in 2014. A third violation, and any subsequent violations, would trigger a $250,000 fine. The on-field celebration came in the moments after LSU crushed Georgia, 36-16 - a huge step forward for the program in coach Ed Orgeron's second complete season as head coach. The Tigers, who jumped out to a 16-0 lead at halftime, have since jumped seven spots in the Amway Coaches Poll and will face Mississippi State on Saturday. According to the news release, LSU's fine for storming the field - like all fines for violations to this policy - will go toward the conference's post-graduate scholarship fund.
October 15, 2018

Kansas fires offensive coordinator Meacham

Kansas has fired offensive coordinator Doug Meacham.
Meacham had spent the previous three seasons as the co-offensive coordinator at Big 12 rival TCU when Beaty lured him to the Jayhawks. Meacham was expected to install a variation of the Air Raid offense that would put up the kind of points not seen in Lawrence in a decade.
Instead, the Jayhawks managed just 18.7 points per game last season. That has ticked up to 27.7 this year, but the Jayhawks are averaging just 19 points during three conference losses.
Beaty said he would handle the play-calling with help from the rest of his staff when Kansas (2-4), which is off this week, returns to the field against Texas Tech on Oct. 20.
October 11, 2018

Oklahoma fires defensive coordinator Mike Stoops

Oklahoma has fired defensive coordinator Mike Stoops after the Sooners struggled to stop Texas during their first loss of the season.
Ruffin McNeill, the assistant head coach and defensive tackles coach, will be the defensive coordinator for the rest of the season.
The Sooners lost 48-45 to Texas, allowing 501 yards to the Longhorns in Dallas.
McNeill was defensive coordinator at UNLV from 1997 to 1998 and at Fresno State in 1999. He later served in that same role with Texas Tech from 2008 to 2009 before taking over as coach at East Carolina from 2010 to 2015.
Riley's confidence in McNeill played a role in the decision to fire Stoops, the brother of former Sooners coach Bob Stoops. Riley was McNeill's offensive coordinator at East Carolina, and he brought McNeill to Oklahoma as assistant head coach before the 2017 season.
Bob Diaco will move from defensive specialist to coach the outside linebackers. He has been defensive coordinator at Cincinnati, Notre Dame and Nebraska and was the head coach at Connecticut from 2014 to 2016.
October 8, 2018

NC State to host East Carolina on December 1

The NC State football team has added a matchup with in-state opponent ECU on Saturday, December 1 at noon at Carter-Finley Stadium.
The game replaces the Wolfpack's originally scheduled contest with West Virginia, which was unable to be played due to the impacts of Hurricane Florence. The noon kickoff on December 1 is necessary to not conflict with a concert at PNC Arena that evening, since stadium complex parking is shared.
The game will be played unless NC State or ECU qualify for their respective conference championship games.
All season tickets and parking for the originally scheduled NC State game with West Virginia will be honored for the ECU game on December 1. If the game is not played, ticket holders will be refunded at that time.
Fans who purchased single game tickets for the West Virginia game through a point of sale other than NC State Athletics (i.e. the secondary market) will need to contact the seller directly regarding those ticket purchases.
The original West Virginia visiting team ticket allotment has been provided to ECU. Additional details will be available through ECU's ticket office regarding their allotment. Any tickets purchased through the West Virginia ticket office have been canceled and will not be valid for the December 1 game.
On Monday, October 8, NC State will make available to Wolfpack Club members a limited number of single game tickets for the game with ECU.
Additionally, NC State and ECU have agreed to an extension of their longstanding series with games in Raleigh in 2025 and in Greenville in 2028. The teams are already scheduled to open the 2019 season in Raleigh and will play in Greenville in 2022.
NC State and East Carolina intend to utilize the December 1 game to further assist those impacted by the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence. Additional details will be announced regarding those ongoing efforts.
October 2, 2018