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Ohio State TE Jeff Heuerman wearing No. 5 to honor Braxton Miller

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Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the entire 2014 season after having surgery to repair a torn labrum. Not having Miller, who was a Heisman Trophy favorite, will be an incredible obstacle for the Buckeyes to overcome. Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman is hoping Miller’s No. 5 can still bring the team some good fortune.

Heuerman, who has worn No. 86 throughout his Ohio State career, is wearing No. 5 in honor of Miller in the team’s season opener against Navy on Saturday.

“Only right that part of him stays on the field with us @BraxtonMiller5,” Heuerman wrote on Twitter before Saturday’s game.

We doubt Heuerman will have the same type of impact the other No. 5 would have had, but it’s a nice gesture that I’m sure Miller appreciates.

Also see: This is the guy who is trying to replace Braxton Miller

H/T Cleveland.com

Terrel Hunt ejected for punching Villanova player in head (Video)

The Syracuse football team got their 2014 season underway with a 27-26 double overtime victory over Villnova on Friday, but for the majority of the game they were without their starting quarterback.

Late in the second quarter, Terrel Hunt was tackled by Joey Harmon during a rushing attempt. On his way to the ground, the senior quarterback was then hit up around his head by Dillon Lucas. Hunt took exception to the second hit and retaliated by punching Lucas in the helmet while both were laying on the ground.

Hunt was assessed a personal foul penalty and subsequently ejected.

While Hunt clearly threw a punch, Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer didn’t feel the ejection was warranted when speaking after the game.

Shafer later backtracked a bit.

Shafer also said there would be no internal discipline for Hunt regarding the play.

Josh Shaw case being investigated by police for possible domestic violence

Josh Shaw USCPolice say they are investigating the Josh Shaw case for a possible domestic violence incident that may have occurred between the USC cornerback and his girlfriend last weekend.

Shaw’s story became national news after he fabricated a tale about how he injured both of his ankles last weekend. Shaw told USC — and the school later publicized the story — that he hurt his ankles jumping off a balcony to save his nephew from drowning. After multiple sources told USC that account was not true, Shaw finally admitted he lied about how he got hurt. He has since been suspended indefinitely by the team.

Shaw’s lawyer did say that the senior defensive back hurt himself falling off a third-floor balcony at the Orsini apartments in downtown Los Angeles, nearby the USC campus. A witness in the apartment complex told police she heard a scream from inside an apartment and then saw a man “shimmying” down the side of the building. It sounds like that man was Shaw.

According to The Los Angeles Times, police officers went to the apartment in response to the call. Here’s what The Times says happened:

The officers then broke open the door and conducted a brief search, but found no one inside. Officers noticed that “the window had been pried open,” she said.

Faden said witnesses told police they had seen a man with dreadlocks climbing from the third-floor balcony of the apartment. The woman who resides in the unit then arrived on the scene.

The woman, who is believed to be Shaw’s girlfriend, told police the description matched that of Shaw, who also lives in the building.

[Related: Shaw asked USC to make change to fabricated hero story]

Shaw has already been interviewed by police twice and has been advised by his lawyer not to speak with them anymore. Shaw’s girlfriend apparently did not indicate to police that she was a domestic violence victim.

As we have been saying for a few days here at LBS, it looks like Shaw fled the apartment after a domestic incident with his girlfriend and got hurt climbing down the side of the building.

Kamu Grugier-Hill ejected for nut shot on Zac Epping (Video)

Eastern Illinois linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill brought us the first ejection of the 2014 college football season on Thursday night at the expense of an opponent’s man region. Grugier-Hill decided it would be a good idea to give Minnesota offensive lineman Zac Epping a closed-fist shot to the nuts.

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Grugier-Hill wasn’t exactly subtle with the cheap shot, and the result was an automatic ejection. Jimmy taps weren’t tolerated in the NCAA last year and they wont be tolerated this year. All players should take notice.

GIF via SB Nation

Bo Pelini: Marijuana use is ‘out of control’ in society

Bo-Pelini-NebraskaBo Pelini spoke at the annual Big Red Breakfast on Friday morning and provided more than just his thoughts on the upcoming season. According to Rich Kaipust of the Omaha World-Herald, the Nebraska coach somehow went off on a tangent about weed. His basic message was that drugs are very, very bad, mmkay.

“It is out of control,” Pelini told the crowd of about 250 people, noting that marijuana use is an issue in all levels of school. “Let’s face it, it’s not OK. I think everybody that’s our age, my age, hopefully understands that it’s not OK. It’s not good. It’s not good for you. And these kids do it on a daily basis and a yearly basis … and it’s a real problem out there.”

Bo also said the Cornhuskers are lucky it has not been an issue within their program.

[Related: Bo Pelini on media, fans in 2011: 'F-- you, f--- all of you]

“Fortunately for us it is not (an issue) in our program,” he said. “But I can tell you around college football and college athletics … serious in college. I guarantee you walk into dorms nowadays and it is a horrible problem.

“I think it’s something in society we need to get fixed, but unfortunately they get bad information.”

Interestingly enough, Pelini’s comments came on the same day a report surfaced indicating the NFL is considering more lenient penalties for marijuana use. It sounds like Pelini would like a word with the league before that happens.

H/T Deadspin

Vanderbilt almost penalized for their jerseys, had to show ref an email (Video)

The college football season got off to an incredibly bizarre start on Thursday night. No, we’re not talking about a Johnny Manziel-less No. 21 Texas A&M team destroying South Carolina on the road. The strangest thing we saw was confusion over whether Vanderbilt’s jerseys were legal or not.

Rather than having player names on the back of their jerseys, Vanderbilt decided to use their team slogan “Anchor Down” during their game against Temple. At the start of the second quarter, and official announced that the Commodores would be charged a team timeout each quarter because their jerseys were illegal.

NCAA Rule 1-4-5 states that jerseys can either feature a player’s name or be blank. We learned this earlier this month when USF announced that they would be wearing “The Team” on the back of their jerseys. However, Vanderbilt had received written permission from the NCAA to have “Anchor Down” on their jerseys. Someone literally had to print out the email so referee Ken Williamson could see it, at which point he reversed the penalty.

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Vanderbilt went on to lose 37-7 despite being heavy favorites at home. If it helps them feel better, they can blame Williamson for not doing his research and throwing off their swag.

Video via The Big Lead

Texas A&M fans win $1 million in furniture after South Carolina blowout

Kenny-Hill-Texas-A&MMany felt that Texas A&M was overrated heading into the 2014 season because of Johnny Manziel. Then sophomore quarterback Kenny Hill went out and threw for an Aggies single-game record 511 yards en route to a 52-28 win over 9th-ranked South Carolina. And a bunch of people won free furniture in the process.

The Ashley Furniture branch in College Station ran a promotion from Aug. 16 through Aug. 27 where all furniture purchased would be free if Texas A&M beat South Carolina by at least 10 points. Considering the Aggies were an 11-point underdog, the store had to be feeling good about its chances. Oh well.

“We’ve wanted to do this for three or four years now,” store owner Mark Wilks told ESPN.com on Thursday night. “This was really good for us. We’re going to have a big check-writing party at the store.”

Wilks wisely took out an insurance policy on the promotion, so he said his store actually had its best month of sales in the eight years it has been open. He also noted that the insurance was pretty cheap since the odds were so heavily stacked against Texas A&M.

Retail stores run promotions like this all the time, and the consumer rarely ever comes out on top. That’s usually because the odds are stacked against the buyer, such as that store that offered free furniture if the Baltimore Ravens did this in the Super Bowl. As we all know all too well, nothing is a sure thing in sports.