Ole Miss head football coach Houston Nutt will not return next season, according to sources. Ole Miss has planned a 3pm news conference.
Houston Nutt is in his fourth season at Ole Miss, where the Rebels have lost 12 straight SEC games and have already assured themselves a second straight losing season under Nutt. Nutt's first two season at Ole Miss were successful ones, winning nine games in each and winning back to back Cotton Bowls.
Nutt will coach the remainder of the season. Ole Miss athletic director Pete Boone will also not return according to sources.
The LSU Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide, 9-6 in Tuscaloosa on Saturday night.
It was a defensive battle all game as no team could muster up a touchdown. Alabama kicker Cade Foster missed three field goals and seemed to lose all confidence on his last attempt. He badly missed a 52 yard field goal to the left.
Alabama almost scored a touchdown in the fourth, but LSU player Eric Reid wrestled an interception away from Alabama at the one yard line.
The key to LSU's win was holding Trent Richardson to only 89 yards on 23 carries as Alabama struggled on offense. LSU's offense was stagnant as well. The Tigers only had 86 yards passing with only nine completed passes.
But the story of the game was the kicking. LSU's kicker Drew Alleman connected on all three of his field goal tries, but Alabama went 2-6 in field goal attempts.
LSU improves to 9-0 and 6-0 in the SEC. Alabama drops to 8-1 and 5-1 in the SEC. LSU is now in the driver's seat for the SEC title and quite possibly the National Title.
It was only the third time since 1943 that a #1 vs. #2 game did not have a touchdown. The others were in 1946 when #1 Army tied #2 Notre Dame, 0-0 and in 1966 when #1 Notre dame also tied #2 Michigan State, 0-0.
Oklahoma Sooners senior wide receiver Ryan Broyles tore his ACL in the Sooners win over Texas A&M and will miss the remainder of the season.
Broyles injured his knee after making a 30 yard reception in the third quarter. The medical staff needed to help him off the field and was seen in tears after learning of his injury.
Broyles had 83 catches for 1,157 yards and ten touchdowns. He also has the NCAA record for career receptions with 349.
Broyles, a Biletnikoff finalist last season, withdrew from the NFL Draft last season and opted to stay for his senior season at Oklahoma.
Today in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide play hosts to the #1 LSU Tigers. The winner of this match will probably go to New Orleans to play for a National Title. These two titans of college football play tonight at 8:00 in what is expected to be a very loud Bryant-Denny Stadium. But who will win?
LSU has a two quarterback system that, by the grace of god, has worked so far. The only team I know of that made this work was the 2006 Florida Gators squad that had both Chris Leak and Superman Tim Tebow. Alabama's defense is the best in the nation and no matter who LSU puts out there at quarterback, Alabama will be ready.
LSU's red zone defense is ranked almost last in the nation, 117th, and they allow opponents to score at will. Again with a talented team like Alabama, shoring up that red zone defense is a must. LSU has a great offense, ranked 12th, and defense, ranked 3rd, they both need to be at the top of their game against Alabama.
Trent Richardson averages 123 yards per game and with the Tides veteran offense line, it is hard to see why not. You can be sure they give Richardson the ball in the red zone against one of the worst red zone defenses in the nation.
Quarterback AJ McCarron is having a great year and is overshadowed by the play of Richardson and 'Bama's defense. McCarron has only turned the ball over eight times this year. However, McCarron hasn't faced a defense as good as LSU's all year.
My prediction is that Alabama will win and, unfortunately, it isn't going to be a close affair. Just looking at Alabama's offensive playmakers and having the best defense in football, it is hard not to pick them. Another plus is that Alabama is playing at home and is a HUGE advantage for the Crimson Tide. The LSU red zone defense scares me enough not to pick them, especially with Trent Richardson as the opposing running back.
After tonight, Alabama will be the new #1 and in the driver's seat for that trip to New Orleans. Roll Tide.
Yale quarterback Patrick Witt is a talented, smart quarterback. He is on pace to break nearly every Yale passing record, he has a 3.91 GPA, and is a Rhodes Scholar finalist. He is living the good life right now. However, there is one problem.
His Rhodes Scholar interview falls on the same day as the annual "Big Game" versus vaunted rival Harvard.
Witt has said in the past that the game against Harvard means everything to him, but now he is faced with the biggest decision in his life. Do you give up an opportunity that many students dream of to play football? Witt has received some attention from NFL scouts and it is not uncommon for Ivy League players to play in the NFL, most notably Harvard grad and Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is succeeding on the field.
If you ask me, Witt needs to go to the Rhodes Scholarship interview. Needs to. An NFL career could end with a big hit or one wrong step, but many new doors could open up with a Rhodes Scholarship and he could always play football afterward, see Myron Rolle.
Lesson for you kids out there, academics before athletics.