On the heels of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota’s announcement on Tuesday that he will come back to school for his junior season, yet another star signal-caller is set to return to the collegiate ranks. Baylor’s Bryce Petty told reporters in Waco, Texas, that he will play for the Bears during his senior campaign in 2014.
“I will definitely be back next year,” Petty said.
The Florida state attorney’s office will not charge Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston with sexual assault, state attorney Willie Meggs announced on Thursday. The news was first reported by Jeff Cameron of ESPN Tallahassee.
Meggs confirmed that no charges will be filed against Winston, who was the subject of an investigation that dated back to last December. Winston’s attorney, Tim Jansen, has maintained that sex between Winston and the woman who reported the incident was consensual.
David Cutcliffe found a way to win a school-record 10 games at Duke and get the team to the ACC Championship Game. This is no small feat. And the Walter Camp Foundation noticed, naming Cutcliffe its National Coach of the Year on Thursday. Cutcliffe was also named coach of the year in the ACC for the second straight season earlier this week.
The Washington job is open, and as he’s a former Huskies assistant under Don James, it was only natural Gary Pinkel’s name would get mentioned. The Missouri coach spent 11 seasons in Seattle before taking the Toledo job in 1991, and he has always had nice things to say about the university and especially James.
That said, Pinkel has seemed happy at Missouri and has the Tigers playing for the SEC championship on Saturday. He didn’t have to address the rumors, but he must have thought it prudent to stop the talk at the source, putting to rest any doubts he’ll stay in Columbia on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike on Thursday.
As the college football season winds down, coaches, commissioners and fans alike begin campaigning hard for their program as a BCS-worthy team. But what makes a program deserving of championship consideration, and how will that change in the upcoming College Football Playoff?
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The Walter Camp Football Foundation announced five finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award on Wednesday.
Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, Boston College running back Andre Williams and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston make up the list of Walter Camp finalists.
LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger has a torn ACL in his left knee, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Caplan. Mettenberger had to be helped off the field after he was hit by Arkansas defensive tackle Bryan Jones in the fourth quarter of a 31-27 victory over the Razorbacks last Friday. The school would not diclose the specifics of his injury, but confirmed on Wednesday that Mettenberger will not be available for the Tigers’ (9-3, 5-3 SEC) bowl game.
Freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings, who replaced Mettenberger against Arkansas and engineered the Tigers’ game-winning 99-yard touchdown drive, will start in his place.
TCU is coming off its worst record since 1997, and a big part of that can be attributed to the Horned Frogs’ inability to points on the board. Like many teams, TCU suffered injuries that contributed to the poor offensive output, but coach Gary Patterson has usually been able to ride good defense into a bunch of wins. The transition to the Big 12 has likely been harder then maybe the staff anticipated, and a change in offensive coordinator was deemed necessary.
According to Alex Apple of Horned Frog Blitz, Doug Meacham will replace co-offensive coordinators Rusty Burns and Jarrett Anderson. Former offensive coordinator Justin Fuente, who served under Patterson for five seasons, was hired by Memphis at the start of the 2012 season. Meacham arrives from Houston, where he was the offensive coordinator for one season under coach Tony Levine.
USC AD Pat Haden confirms that Clay Helton will take over as head coach for the bowl game.—
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USC offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Clay Helton will coach the Trojans in their bowl game this season, athletic director Pat Haden announced on Tuesday.