Jerry Sandusky sentenced; more Designated Reads
• Jerry Sandusky, going away. We trade in irreverencies here, but this is not a matter for lighthearted anything (except for this guy, maybe?), so we will give you some facts instead: Jerry Sandusky was sentenced this morning to 30-60 years in prison. Sandusky plans to appeal. SI.com’s Michael McCann has provided a full report.
• Groh puns! Get your Groh puns! Puns by the thousands! Through six games, Georgia Tech is giving up an average of 431 yards per contest, and Paul Johnson apparently thinks that’s about enough. Defensive coordinator Al Groh’s firing was announced Monday afternoon. Said Groh: “I feel positive that this is a good time in life to move on to a new situation.” Hard to argue with that.
• It is news that Frank Spaziani is not yet fired. Boston College sources have confirmed that Brad Bates will become the school’s new AD.
• Injury report story hour. Following Oregon State’s official release on the matter of Sean Mannion’s knee, we don’t know a great deal more than we did yesterday. The weeks Mannion will miss are still set at “undetermined.” What we do have now, however, is a statement from coach Mike Riley on Mannion’s backup, junior Cody Vaz, and an attempt to dispel that pesky “No one but Sean Mannion has taken a snap at quarterback in 14 games” fear. “Cody is a good quarterback; he’s been preparing for this for a long time. He’s had a ton of reps; in fact he almost had as many as Sean did during fall camp. Cody knows what we are doing, he gets rid of the ball fast and he’s accurate.” He’ll have to be, at BYU.
And speaking of BYU, and of quarterbacks: Taysom Hill, a freshman who has shared playing time with senior Riley Nelson under center, will undergo knee surgery and miss the remainder of the season. Hill’s head coach and coordinator are heaping blame on themselves.
Elsewhere in football injury news: Navy’s Trey Miller is missing practice with a bum ankle … Ohio State linebacker Etienne Sabino will miss several weeks with a fractured fibula … LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander’s broken ankle will knock him out for the remainder of the season, although he could potentially return for a bowl appearance … Arkansas linebacker Alonzo Highsmith is finished for the season with a foot injury.
• Roster blotter. We mentioned yesterday morning that Temple defensive tackle Kamal Johnson had been arraigned on kidnapping charges, among other offenses. The school announced Monday that Johnson will be suspended indefinitely: “Considering all of the circumstances, we deem it in the best interests of everyone involved that Mr. Johnson should not practice or compete with the football team until this situation is resolved. In doing so, we emphasize that we are not making a determination about his guilt or innocence – that is for the justice system. His status as a student and his scholarship status have not changed.”
Elsewhere, not suspended yet, as far as we know: Iowa cornerback Micah Hyde.
• Misc. We like Gary Pinkel, but must admit this site is one of the best-executed examples of the FIRE COACH ____ genre … just look how disgruntled the guy at the top of this shot is, presumably because he didn’t think to model his body hair after his football team first … we regret to inform Charlie Weis that he’ll still be playing Big 12 football next year, so hurry up … Stepfan Taylor interviewing Stepfan Taylor … hey, the guy can carry a tune.