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College football briefs

September 22, 2010


BYU loses QB to shoulder injury

Provo, Utah — BYU says quarterback Riley Nelson is done for the season because of an injury to his right shoulder.

Coach Bronco Mendenhall said in a release Tuesday that Nelson will need surgery on his non-throwing shoulder and be out four to five months. Nelson injured his shoulder in BYU’s 34-10 loss at Florida State.

Nelson started the first three games this season and shared time with freshman Jake Heaps, who is now the Cougars’ most experienced QB.

Notre Dame, Navy to play in Ireland

Annapolis, Md. — Notre Dame and Navy will play in Dublin, Ireland, in 2012.

Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk says Aviva Stadium will be the site for the 86th meeting between the Fighting Irish and Midshipmen.

The $410 million stadium opened in May and has a seating capacity of 50,000.

“Obviously as an Irish-Catholic from Boston, Mass., I’m going to have a lot of requests for tickets — not airline tickets,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said after Tuesday’s practice in South Bend, Ind. “No, I just think it’s a great venue, and I’m excited about it. That’s one of the unique things about being an independent, that you can have a game like that on the schedule. It certainly doesn’t hurt in recruiting, either.”

Harbaugh mum on Whalen’s status

Stanford, Calif. — Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh is not revealing any information about the injury that knocked star receiver Ryan Whalen out of last week’s game against Wake Forest.

Whalen is not listed on the three-deep depth chart for the 16th-ranked Cardinal. He appeared to hurt his left arm while being tackled following a short catch in last Saturday’s 68-24 victory.

Iowa RB Hampton out

Iowa City, Iowa — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Tuesday that running back Jewel Hampton will have knee surgery and is likely gone for the rest of the season.

Hampton, a redshirt sophomore, hurt his left knee in the second half of Saturday’s 34-27 loss at Arizona.

Michigan St. coach released from hospital

East Lansing, Mich. — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio is out of the hospital, less than three days after having a mild heart attack.

The athletic department confirmed that Dantonio was released around 3 p.m. Tuesday. He was hospitalized shortly after the Spartans beat Notre Dame 34-31 in overtime Saturday night on a fake field goal that worked for a touchdown.

Offensive coordinator Don Treadwell is taking over in Dantonio’s indefinite absence for No. 25 Michigan State, which will face Northern Colorado on Saturday.

“I’m anxious and excited to be home with my family,” Dantonio said in a statement released Tuesday night. “I haven’t established a timeline for my return, but I have the utmost confidence in coach Treadwell and the rest of the coaching staff to carry on with business as usual in my absence. I know that I must gradually work my way back onto the sidelines.”

MSU player, others charged in theft

Detroit — A Michigan State football player is among 10 men charged in the theft of 104 Detroit Public Schools laptop computers valued at $158,000.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced the charges Tuesday against 19-year-old Dion Sims and the other defendants. The Spartans list Sims as a sophomore tight end. The school said he has been suspended.

Suspended WVU CB returns to practice

Morgantown, W.Va. — Suspended West Virginia cornerback Brandon Hogan has been allowed to return to practice.

Hogan, a senior, was suspended indefinitely after he was arrested on a drunken driving charge earlier this month.

Coach Bill Stewart said Tuesday that Hogan’s status is still being evaluated.

Trojans S McAllister out for season

Los Angeles — Southern California safety Drew McAllister needs more surgery on his injured hip and will miss the rest of the season.

McAllister played extensively as a backup defensive back and on special teams as a sophomore last season. He missed spring practice with the 20th-ranked Trojans after a prior surgery on his hip.

USC coach Lane Kiffin also said Tuesday night that freshman defensive back Patrick Hall has been reinstated to the team. Hall was suspended indefinitely last month for undisclosed reasons.

Cincinnati TE out against Oklahoma

Cincinnati — Tight end Ben Guidugli will miss a game Saturday against No. 8 Oklahoma because of a sprained ankle, another major setback for Cincinnati’s struggling offense.

Guidugli got hurt during a 30-19 loss at North Carolina State on Thursday night. Coach Butch Jones said on Tuesday that the senior won’t be available for the game at Paul Brown Stadium. It’s unclear if he’ll have to miss more than the one game.


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