NCAA - Football Wiretap
Gators Want Weis To Be Offensive Coordinator
Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is being targeted by the Gators to become the offensive coordinator under new coach Will Muschamp, according to a pair of sources. Weis is expected to take the job, but no firm agreement is in place. Muschamp contacted the Chiefs this week for permission to talk to Weis.
Andrew Luck Leaning Towards Remaining At Stanford
Andrew Luck would be the consensus first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, should he decide to leave Stanford and declare. "If Andrew Luck had to make his decision today as to whether he would stay or go to the NFL, he'd say he was staying in school," says a Stanford source. Luck has not made a final decision and will face Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Monday. The source said he 'knew' Luck is currently leaning towards remaining at Stanford. "A lot can happen between now and Jan.15th," said the source, referring to the date underclassmen must declare themselves eligible. "There will be a lot of conversations still to come. And whenever he goes pro, he will be a fantastic NFL quarterback. But this is a kid who truly enjoys college." The source continued: "For a lot of guys who declare early, it's partly because the schoolwork is such a grind for them. It's not that way for Andrew." The Panthers own the top overall pick.
Oregon's LaMichael James Won't Declare For Draft
Sophomore running back LaMichael James announced he will return to the University of Oregon for his junior season in 2011. The consensus All-American and Heisman Trophy finalist said his decision was consistent with previous statements that his education was just as important to him as any individual on-field recognition. ?I came to the University of Oregon to get a quality education as well as to play football, and feel I have yet to complete that goal,? James said.
Pryor, Four Other OSU Players Suspended For First Five Games Of '11
Terrell Pryor and four teammates were suspended Thursday by the NCAA for the first five games of next season for selling championship rings, jerseys and awards. "I learned more about tattoos than I ever really want to possibly know," athletic director Gene Smith said. "As a student-athlete, you're not allowed to use your persona to get discounted services." The NCAA said all can still play in the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas on Jan. 4. Ohio State's first five games next season are against Akron, Toledo, Miami, Colorado and Michigan State. Ohio State plans to appeal, hoping the number of games might be reduced.
Foles Will Remain At Arizona For Senior Season
Nick Foles will return to Arizona for his season despite being a top quarterback prospect for the NFL draft. Foles lead the Pac-10 in passing yards per game. "Yeah I plan on being back," he said on Thursday. "I've been asked that question a lot. I love it here. It was a dream of mine as a kid to play college football. I'm very fortunate to be out here playing so I plan on being back."
Saban Only Encouraging Top-15 Picks To Declare Early
Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide could lose three underclassmen to become first round picks. Julio Jones, Mark Ingram and Marcell Dareus are all projected to be first round picks if they declare. "Typically, if guys are first-round picks I tell them I support them going out in the draft," said Saban, a former Miami Dolphins coach. "With the unknowns this year, I've kind of reduced that to guys that are a top-15 pick or they don't have a chance to move up in the future."
Muschamp Jumps To Florida
Will Muschamp, the defensive coordinator and heir apparent at Texas jumped to Florida on Saturday night, taking over one of the premier jobs in college football and replacing two-time national champion Urban Meyer. "This is a dream come true," Muschamp said in a statement, and reported by ESPN.com.
Newton Wins Heisman By Landslide
Auburn?s quarterback Cam Newton brushed off an NCAA investigation of his recruitment as he did so many tacklers this season and captured college football?s biggest individual award Saturday night in a landslide vote, according to an Associated Press report. The third player from Auburn to win the Heisman Trophy, Newton received 729 first-place votes and outpointed runner-up Andrew Luck of Stanford by 1,184 points.
Cam Newton Left Off FWAA All-America Team
Cam Newton was not selected to the Football Writers Association of America?s All-America team released Saturday. The Auburn quarterback and overwhelming favorite to win the Heisman Trophy was left off in favor of Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore by a panel of 12 FWAA members. The NCAA ruled that Newton's father tried to engineer a play-for-pay scheme that would have sent his son to Mississippi State. The NCAA also said there was no evidence Newton or Auburn knew about his father's dealings.
Urban Meyer To Leave Florida
Florida football coach Urban Meyer is stepping down after the Gators appearance in the Outback Bowl, according to an Associated Press report. Meyer led Florida to two national titles but began to show the strain of his high-profile job last season when he briefly quit but then returned to the team. In a statement released by the university Wednesday, Meyer says ?it is time to put my focus on my family and life away from the field.?
Wannstedt Out At Pitt
After a disappointing season, Dave Wannstedt is out as Pitt football coach.
Stanford Offers Harbaugh New Deal, Intends To Accept?
Stanford has given head coach Jim Harbaugh a proposal for a new deal "and he's indicated he plans to accept it."
Stanford's Harbaugh Has Concerns With BCS Priorities
Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh has concerns on how the BCS determines which team's play in the top-tier bowls.