Internal affairs: News from around the non-BCS and Independents

September, 10, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson

Owls doing it with defense: Temple coach Al Golden said for the first time since he's been on campus, players cried after Saturday's overtime loss to Connecticut. Golden said that's the first time he felt like members of the team were starting to take the game seriously.

"Before it was like football was an intramural," he said.

Golden said players are also wearing shirts and ties on road trips, being respectful in restaurants and while on their trip to Army, Golden said the manager of the Marriott where the team stayed called his squad the most well-behaved young men he'd ever seen.

Harnish's injury still unknown: Results from the MRI of Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish were inconclusive Tuesday. Harnish suffered a foot injury against Western Michigan last week and has not been able to put pressure on it since. Senior Dan Nicholson, who came in to replace Harnish, is dealing with a sore shoulder from surgery he had this offseason. That leaves redshirt freshman DeMarcus Grady as the team's only healthy quarterback heading into a bye this weekend.

Kaheaku-Enhada to play this weekend: Navy quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada will play this weekend according to coach Ken Niumatalolo. Kaheaku-Enhada has been out since Aug. 9 with a strained hamstring and until this week has practice lightly. Jarod Bryant, who has been the team's quarterback, will rotate in at quarterback and slotback. Niumatalolo said Bryant "would play a ton."

Fresno State excited for this weekend: Fresno State coach Pat Hill is ready for Bulldog Stadium to be rocking this weekend for the first-ever clash between ranking opponents on Fresno State's home turf. Hill said Saturday's primetime game against Wisconsin gives Fresno State fans a chance to be big time, something they haven't gotten to be before. Fresno State has had more than a week to prepare for this game after a bye this past weekend.

James Casey all-everything: Rice coach David Bailiff sad his team isn't ready to anoint itself C-USA champions after it's 2-0 start, but that the start is encouraging for a team that won just three games last season. Bailiff championed the leadership efforts of his seniors, including Chase Clement and Jarett Dillard. The two have been instrumental in keeping the offense moving for the Owls, as has tight end James Casey, the former defensive end, who had 11 catches for 208 yards last week.

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