College Football Weekly Recap
Michigan’s self-imposed penalties
The University of Michigan has admitted to violating NCAA rules and imposed penalties on itself. The school released a list of penalties including cutting back practice time by 130 hours over the next two years, cutting the number of assistants and banning them from practices and coaching meetings for the rest of 2010, and a two-year probation. The school also will issue letters of reprimand to head football coach Rich Rodriguez and six other staff members.
The NCAA will hold a hearing Aug. 13 and 14 to evaluate the penalties and make a decision on whether they are appropriate or not.
Boise State might join Mountain West
The Mountain West board of directors is scheduled to meet Monday in Jackson, Wy. Speculation is that Boise State could receive an invitation to join the Mountain West Conference in 2011. This would change the betting public’s outlook on Boise State dramatically. They would go from playing teams like Idaho, San Jose State and Hawaii to facing the likes of BYU, Utah and Colorado State on a regular basis.
The spreads would be a lot lower, and Boise State would be the underdog once in a while. The over/under would likely go down on average, too. Watch this situation closely, because you might have to take Boise off your “sure bet” list.
Meyer feeling “fantastic”; taking medication for esophageal spasms
Urban Meyer’s chest pains have been diagnosed as esophageal spasms. He is taking medication to fight the problem and said he is feeling great. After his one-day resignation from the Florida head-coaching job, this should solidify his return to the sideline come fall.
Freshman QB Scheelhase gets the nod at Illinois
Nathan Scheelhase will be the starting quarterback for the Illini in 2010. Head coach Ron Zook gave the redshirt freshman the nod Wednesday. Sophomore Jacob Charest and true freshman Chandler Whitmer were also competing for the job.
LB Maresh withdraws from Minnesota
Sam Maresh, who underwent heart surgery in 2008, has left the University of Minnesota because of academic issues. According to his father Maresh will start taking classes at a community college and then enroll at a junior college. Details of the academic problems have not been released. Maresh also received two citations for “minor in consumption”
Nebraska WR Paul cited for possession of alcohol by minor
The Cornhusker’s number one wide receiver received a ticket for “alcohol possession by a minor”. On top of that, he was ticketed for public urination. Paul had a run-in with the law last year and he was suspended from practice after being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.
NCAA will release findings on USC Friday
The NCAA will release its findings in the investigation of USC’s football and basketball programs Friday. The investigation on the football program was in reference to Reggie Bush allegedly receiving improper benefits. If the NCAA finds that these allegations are true, the program could be forced to give up wins they accumulated during Bush’s time on the team. Bush could also lose the Heisman Trophy he won in 2005.