Monday, June 13, 2011
Non-AQ weekend roundup
By Andrea Adelson
There was plenty in the way of news and notes from the non-AQs this weekend:
- Boise State met for 13 hours with the Committee on Infractions in Indianapolis on Friday to discuss its major infractions case. School officials declined comment after the hearing. Five programs, including football, violated NCAA rules by giving student-athletes improper benefits. All the football violations were minor, but after a major violation in the women's tennis program, the NCAA lumped all the violations into one case and slapped the dreaded "lack of institutional control" label on the athletic department. The school planned to vigorously fight that charge. It already has imposed penalties on itself, but the big question is whether it has done enough. Now all it can do is sit and wait for a decision.
- The WAC Board of Directors is meeting today and tomorrow, and expansion is on the docket. After the league loses Boise State, Fresno State, Hawaii and Nevada, it will have seven football playing members for 2012-13 (with the addition of UT-San Antonio and Texas State) and eight basketball playing members. Commissioner Karl Benson has said he expects to make an announcement on future plans after the board votes Tuesday. Among those schools being discussed in hoops: Seattle, Utah Valley and Cal State-Bakersfield for basketball. For football, the WAC would be looking at FCS schools to move up. According to the San Jose Mercury News, Lamar, Sam Houston State, Montana and Montana State, Sacramento State and Cal Poly have been discussed.
- Wyoming backup quarterback Emory Miller Jr. has left the team, leaving the Cowboys in dire straits at the position. Miller is the second quarterback to leave the program this offseason, joining veteran starter Austyn Carta-Samuels. Miller was listed as the co-starter at quarterback after spring practice with true freshman Brett Smith, who enrolled in school early. Now, Wyoming will go into the fall two two freshmen vying for the starting job: Smith and Adam Pittser. “When we signed Brett Smith and Adam Pittser this past February, everyone knows how excited we were to get these two outstanding young talents, and nothing has changed since then,”coach Dave Christensen said in a statement. “I can’t wait to see them compete against one another once fall camp opens.”
- Former Nebraska quarterback Cody Green reportedly has interest in Tulsa and Houston as he looks for a new team. Green told HuskerOnline he would make a visit to Tulsa soon. That could be a good situation for Green, who would have to sit out one year because of NCAA transfer rules. G.J. Kinne is a senior this year. Shavodrick Beaveris penciled in as the backup for 2011, but you figure there will be a competition for the starting job once Kinne leaves.
- Jury selection begins today in Orlando in the wrongful death lawsuit the family of Ereck Plancher has filed against UCF. Plancher collapsed and died during an offseason workout in 2008. An autopsy showed he had sickle cell trait, which was triggered and caused "vascular distress." UCF says Plancher was aware he had the trait, and it did everything it could to save him. The Plancher family alleges Ereck Plancher didn't know he had the trait, and also allege coaches and trainers failed to treat Plancher properly.
- Houston quarterback Case Keenum got married on Saturday. Keenum and his new wife have known each other since they were kids, and have been dating for six years. Keenum was granted a sixth year of eligibility for 2011 after tearing his ACL last season.