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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

College Football

Mike Leach goes off about ‘utterly useless’ football stat

Mike Leach

Mike Leach has never been shy about speaking his mind when something is bothering him, and there is apparently one specific football stat that he can’t keep quiet about any longer.

While speaking with the media this week, Leach was asked about the unpopular college rule where sacks count against a quarterback’s rushing yardage. He’s not a fan of that, but he doesn’t feel nearly as strongly about it as he does quarterback efficiency rating.

“Over the course of my career it has been explained to me three times, and then I briefly, briefly understand it, but after that it just doesn’t make any sense,” Leach said of QB rating, as transcribed by Doug Samuels of FootballScoop.com. “Because that is utterly useless. Virtually, and completely, and utterly useless.”

Leach insists his opinion is shared across football, as he has never come across a single coach who puts any stock into that particular stat.

“I’m sure it’s a little bit like crossword puzzles and Sudoku because it’s got so many variation that they toss in there, with this and that, and they stir it all up and they come out with a number and think that it’s brilliantly done,” he said.

It’s hard to say if Leach is as passionate about QB rating as he is about the idea of getting married, but we can always count on him to have no filter. That’s one of the things that makes him great for the media, and this week could be loaded with Leach quotes with Washington State hosting ESPN’s “College GameDay” for the first time.

Lane Kiffin says he has offered scholarship to Matt Leinart’s 11-year-old son

Lane Kiffin FAU

Lane Kiffin says that he has offered a scholarship to Matt Leinart’s 11-year-old son.

The talk of Leinart’s son Cole picked up steam on Tuesday after FOX college football reporter Bruce Feldman shared video of Cole throwing a great pass in a flag football game. Feldman joked that he was surprised Kiffin and FAU hadn’t already offered Cole a scholarship.

Kiffin saw the tweet and set the record straight, saying that he has.

Our guess is that Kiffin is joking, but you never know. Kiffin was on staff at USC when Leinart was the Trojans’ quarterback, so it’s possible he has a connection with the Leinarts. Plus, Kiffin infamously got then-13-year-old David Sills to commit to him in 2010. Sills is currently a star wide receiver at West Virginia.

Cole Leinart has a long way to go before college. The odds are probably against Kiffin still being at FAU by the time Cole is ready for university ball.

Ohio store cashing in on Joe Burrow hype by selling LSU gear

Ohio native Joe Burrow never got the chance to fulfill his dream of being a star at Ohio State University, but the star quarterback clearly still has fans in and around his hometown.

With Burrow having led LSU to an upset win over No. 2 Georgia on Saturday, residents in Ohio noticed at least one Walmart in the area of Athens County — where Burrow grew up — is selling LSU gear.

Burrow played for Athens High School and enrolled at Ohio State, but he got stuck behind JT Barrett and then Dwayne Haskins on the depth chart. He decided to transfer to LSU earlier this year, and the decision paid off. Like the Buckeyes, the Tigers are one of the best teams in the country and a College Football Playoff contender.

Even though things didn’t work out for him at Ohio State, Burrow proved earlier this year that he has no hard feelings toward Buckeye Nation when he paid Haskins a huge compliment. If LSU gear is being sold at stores in Ohio, the respect must be mutual.

Report: Nick Bosa will focus on NFL career, not return to Ohio State

Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa has not played since he suffered a groin injury against TCU last month, and he has apparently played his last game with the Buckeyes.

Tim May and Bill Rabinowitz of The Columbus Dispatch reported on Tuesday that Bosa has decided to focus on training for his NFL career once he is cleared to return and does not plan to play for Ohio State again. He met with Urban Meyer and some other members of the Buckeyes staff over the weekend to inform them of his intentions.

Nick’s father, John Bosa, told The Dispatch two weeks ago that any talk about Nick playing for Ohio State again was premature, as he was unsure of when he would be cleared to resume football activities. Bosa underwent surgery to repair a core muscle around a month ago.

Bosa had four sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in three games before suffering the injury. He’s one of the contenders to be the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NFL Draft, so his decision should not come as a shock.

Kevin Sumlin unsure of QB Khalil Tate’s status for UCLA game

Khalil Tate

Arizona Wildcats head coach Kevin Sumlin said on Monday that he is unsure about Khalil Tate’s status for the team’s game on Saturday against UCLA.

Tate was replaced during the first quarter of Arizona’s lost to Utah on Friday after re-injuring his ankle. Rhett Rodriguez and Jamarye Joiner saw action in his place.

Sumlin stressed that he does not want to see Tate keep going in and out of the lineup due to his ankle.

Tate entered the season as a Heisman Trophy candidate but he has failed to put up the eye-popping stats he amassed last season. He has thrown for 11 touchdowns and 4 interceptions, but has only rushed for two scores. He rushed for 1,411 yards and 12 touchdowns last year while passing for 1,591 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Sumlin was criticized early in the season over Tate not running much, but the coach quickly informed the public that the quarterback was dealing with an ankle injury.

Ex-West Virginia football star arrested on disturbing charges

A former West Virginia football star was arrested over the weekend and is facing several disturbing charges that could send him to prison for a very long time if he is convicted.

Law enforcement officials told TMZ that former West Virginia and Atlanta Falcons running back Jordan Crawford was taken into custody on Saturday and charged with incest, child molestation, sodomy and enticing a child for indecent purposes, which are all felonies. The 23-year-old has been accused of — and allegedly admitted to — having a sexual encounter with a 12-year-old girl.

The victim told police she was asleep when Crawford began sexually assaulting her. Officials said Crawford’s wife caught him in the act early Saturday morning, and he eventually admitted to having intercourse with the girl and said it was her idea.

Crawford had back-to-back rushing seasons with the Mountaineers and signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent earlier this year. He appeared in some preseason games and did not make the regular season roster. Crawford had signed with the Atlanta Legends of the new Alliance of American Football League, which is set to begin play in February.

Crawford is being held in jail without bond.

LSU fined $100K for fans storming field after win over Georgia

LSU Field logo

LSU had its biggest win of the year on Saturday with a dominating performance against No. 2 Georgia, and fans were understandably thrilled with the 36-16 victory. The way they chose to celebrate, however, is costing the school a hefty sum of cash.

According to Brooks Kubena of The Advocate, LSU was fined $100,000 by the Southeastern Conference after fans stormed the field following Saturday’s win at Tiger Stadium. The violation was LSU’s second since a policy was put in place by the SEC banning fans from entering the area of competition. LSU was previously fined $5,000 after fans stormed the field to celebrate a 10-7 win over Ole Miss in 2014.

“While Saturday’s win was a moment for the LSU family to remember, on-field celebrations can be unsafe,” LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said in a statement. “We share the conference’s concerns for the safety of fans and the security of players and staff.”

If fans storm the field again, LSU will be fined $250,000.

We’ve seen some serious issues arise in the past when fans storm the field, but trying to contain thousands of people who have a common goal is mind is easier said than done. At the end of the day, LSU probably doesn’t mind paying the $100,000 given what it represents.