When you’re a Heisman Trophy-
winning quarterback at the No. 1-ranked team in the country, it might be a good idea to avoid standing up in a crowded location on campus and shouting sexually explicit obscenities. But according to tweets from witnesses Tuesday afternoon, that’s what Jameis Winston did at Florida State, and now he’s been suspended for the first half of FSU’s game against Clemson. We can’t print the words here, but let’s just say FSU’s public relations department isn’t too happy.
The Arizona State-UCLA matchup Sept. 25 originally set up as one of the most interesting Pac-12 games of the season. And it’s especially intriguing because of a couple of injuries to each team’s starting quarterback. ASU’s Taylor Kelly has already been ruled out of that game due to a foot injury, and the status of UCLA’s Brett Hundley is uncertain, due to a shoulder injury he suffered against Texas last week. That means the game’s starting quarterbacks could be Jerry Neuheisel vs. Mike Bercovici. Battle of the backups?
ASU coach Todd Graham and athletic director Ray Anderson made Sun Devils history this week by donating $500,000 each toward a fundraising campaign for renovations to Sun Devil Stadium. Their contributions, individually, qualify as the largest ever by an ASU athletic-department employee. And having that kind of skin in the game, as Bill Moos might say, just might further persuade the fickle Graham to stay in ASU long enough to see the stadium built.
Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann had to apologize this week for the behavior of some fans who wore "Beat Ped State" T-shirts — a reference to the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal — to the school’s game against Penn State last week. Hermann called it a "classless display that does not represent the ethos of our university, athletic department or fanbase."
After a week nearly void of interesting matchups in college football, there are a couple of worthwhile games this weekend. Tonight (Thursday), Auburn visits Kansas State in a true road game in Manhattan (Kansas, not New York) between two top-25 teams. And Clemson travels to Tallahassee to try to disrupt Florida State’s quest for another national championship. That game might be a little closer than Washington’s 3 p.m. matchup with Georgia State.