Roundup: Stanford's statement on NCAA Level II violations
Stanford AD Bernard Muir released a statement regarding Stanford’s NCAA Level II violations involving the football and softball teams in 2014. According to the statement released Thursday morning, the NCAA has accepted Stanford’s self-imposed penalties of a $5,000 fine and public reprimand on the university, as well as a one-year show-cause penalty to the former softball coach under which the softball violations were committed (too many practice hours). The football player in question is former wide receiver Devon Cajuste, who received more than $3,000 in impermissible benefits from his landlord (restaurant meals and movie tickets, along with a loan to purchase a bicycle, among other things).
Kyle Bonagura reports that USC linebacker Osa Masina has been charged with one count of first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree forcible sodomy in Salt Lake City, Utah. Masina has been suspended from the university and has been banned from the campus since last Friday.
Backing up Mike Leach’s comments about police targeting football players, Washington State president Kirk Schulz and athletics director Bill Moos will meet with Pullman Police on Thursday, reports ESPN.com. The meeting was confirmed in tweet by Schulz Wednesday night.
Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports reports that Arizona running back Orlando Bradford has been dismissed from the team after he was arrested on seven felony charges – four counts of aggravated assault and three counts of kidnapping.
Uh-oh – Jim Harbaugh is not humored by Colorado’s fake depth chart for the Michigan game. Click to read his pretty long quote on his thoughts on the Buffs’ depth chart. But before I leave this note… Jim – the depth chart is put in game notes. Who uses the game notes? The media. Why does the media want a depth chart? To get an approximation of who will be starting, so that can be used on TV broadcasts and in written stories. Do you think all these media members have all-22 film they can dissect for hours at a time just to determine a teams’ two-deep? (That being said, this writer is a huge Harbaugh supporter and, as a Stanford guy, is forever indebted to him).
Kyle Goon informs us why Utah is doing a football series with San Jose State. Finances play a big role, but the chance to play in the biggest city in the Bay Area, third-biggest city in the state of California and 10th largest city in the nation can’t be underestimated. #FactsOnly
Anything it takes to soften up your opponent a bit, I suppose – Portland State football coach Bruce Barnum said he would mortgage his house to bet on Washington winning the College Football Playoff (CBS Sports). The Dawgs and Vikings line up against each other on Saturday.
Danny Moran discusses Seth Collins’ switch to receiver at Oregon State, as Beavers cornerbacks coach Cory Hall sees some similarities between Collins and former Oregon State receiver Chad Johnson (Hall was a DB for the Bengals while Ochocinco was there).
Nice feature story on UCLA running back Bolu Olorunfunmi by Thuc Nhi Nguyen centering on how Olorunfunmi has dealt with the passing of his father.
Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples predicts the Oregon-Nebraska winner in his latest #DearAndy video (I won’t spoil it for you).
Max Olson and David Lombardi of ESPN break down the Cal-Texas game. Lombardi is predicting a 51-49 Cal win, while Olson takes the Longhorns in a 38-35 triumph.
Listen to the latest episode of the Arizona State football Pick Six Podcast featuring the omnipresent Doug Haller and Jeff Metcalfe of The Arizona Republic. The two discuss Kalen Ballage’s big night and look ahead to the Sun Devils’ next game at UTSA.