Making the morning rounds.
• All in the game. The blood and tears hadn’t even had a chance to dry in Spartan Stadium Saturday before freshly wounded Wolverine fans began flooding YouTube, Twitter and every other outlet at their disposal with complaints of thuggish play in Michigan State’s 28-14 win over Michigan, most notably a pair of personal fouls by MSU defensive end William Gholston for grabbing and twisting Denard Robinson’s facemask at the end of a play and later throwing a punch at lineman Taylor Lewan. Both were flagged, but neither was enough for Michigan players or coaches to bite when reporters gave them the opportunity to call their rivals out after the game.
Coach Brady Hoke: “I don’t know how they played dirty. They had some personal fouls on late hits on the quarterback, but you can get those all the time.” Denard Robinson: “They were playing football. It’s a dirty game.” Defensive tackle Mike Martin: “We knew what type of game this was going to be. It was going to be a tough physical game.” Safety Jordan Kovacs: “They were definitely more physical. They pounded us. They beat us up. You’ve got to give them a lot of credit.”
And from Michigan State’s perspective? It was 60 minutes of unnecessary roughness and thats what we tried to achieve,” said defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi. “That’s what we tried to do, 60 minutes of unnecessary roughness. I’m just glad it didn’t get called every play.” [Detroit News, MGoBlue.com, Lansing State Journal]
• Talk to the hand. Investigators are running aground in the sprawling, ongoing probe into improper benefits at Miami, according to “an official close to the NCAA’s investigation,” who told the Miami Herald that it’s proving difficult to corroborate charges in Yahoo! Sports’ massive exposé because former players named in the report are refusing to cooperate. Hurricane coaches “told me there might be a little penalty,” a local recruit told the Herald, “but not as bad as some people think.” Considering that some people think “death penalty,” this may not be an entirely meaningful statement.
Meanwhile, from the same article: Suspended ‘Cane receiver Aldarius Johnson (right) continues to deny his alleged role in the scandal, but now plans to turn pro next year rather than transfer to another school for his final year of eligibility. [Miami Herald]
• On second thought… Auburn‘s starting quarterback job for this weekend’s visit to LSU is officially in the air on the heels of Saturday’s 17-6 win over Florida, in which backup Clint Moseley led the Tigers to ten fourth quarter points in place of struggling starter Barrett Trotter. “We’ll come back and evaluate it some more. [Offensive coordinator] Gus [Malzahn] and I will talk about it,” coach Gene Chizik said on Sunday. “By the next time we practice, I know what we’re going to do.”
• Family matters. Hyped Elk Grove (Calif.) defensive lineman Arik Armstead, a borderline five-star prospect according to Rivals, said Sunday he’s no longer committed to USC next year — at least in part because team doctors have refused to clear his brother, current Trojan Armond Armstead, even after outside doctors gave him the green light following a frightening bout of chest pains in the spring. “Obviously, [Arik] was disappointed with the way things were handled between the school and our family the last six months,” said his father, Guss Armstead. Said Arik: “I’m still looking at SC and I’m still talking to them. I love the coaches there, so I’m considering them as a possibility.” [Rivals, Orange County Register]
• Rebels down. Ole Miss, already down one senior defensive captain after linebacker D.T. Shackelford tore his ACL in the spring, will play the rest of the season without two others now that cornerback Marcus Temple and defensive end Wayne Dorsey have been ruled out for the rest of the year due to ankle and arm injuries, respectively. Dorsey currently leads the Rebels in sacks and tackles for loss; Temple is second on the team with two interceptions. Both careers are over. “Two really good players and two captains that have done a lot for us,” said coach Houston Nutt. [Clarion-Ledger]
Quickly… Oregon State loses defensive tackle Castro Masaniai for the year to a broken fibula. … Mark Richt says the post-game confrontation between Georgia and Vanderbilt coaches has been addressed. … Lane Kiffin says last year’s loss to Notre Dame was the “worst loss that I’ve been a part of ever.” … Skip Holtz is not happy with the officials in South Florida’s loss to UConn. … Washington re-enters the polls, and is immediately tabbed as a 20-point underdog. … Several dozen people were ejected from Wisconsin’s win over Indiana, including 17 arrests. … A long look at the diverse cultures of Missouri as it postures for a move to the SEC. … One last nod to the best gif of the weekend. … And Southern Miss has won over a Brazilian superfan, which is cool. But maybe lose the Thunderstix?
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