Truth and Rumors: Sept. 15, 2005
Posted: Thursday September 15, 2005 11:51AM; Updated: Thursday September 15, 2005 5:34PM
There is already some paranoia about the Florida game in Knoxville where there is speculation that Gators coach Urban Meyer hired quarterback Chris Leak's older brother, C.J., a former Vols backup quarterback, as a graduate assistant so he could get the scoop on Tennessee's personnel. Vols coach Phil Fulmer has even gone as far as saying he would use two or three different players to send in signals so the Gators can't steal them.
In his final analysis, Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel felt splitting practice time equally between quarterbacks Troy Smith and Justin Zwick was more damaging than having them share the helm in the loss to Texas. So the quarterback rotation has been sacked. Symbolically and strategically, Smith is the one still standing for the ninth-ranked Buckeyes.
Ohio State tight end Ryan Hamby knows he had two shots at catching what would have been a huge touchdown in the Buckeyes' 25-22 loss to No. 2 Texas on Saturday night. Just in case, he said he received a couple of hyper-critical e-mails reminding him.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr doesn't want the Big Ten to turn into NFL Jr. At the same time, he'd like the chance to ask to have plays reviewed, just like pro coaches do. Carr didn't disagree with two plays that were overturned in the final minutes of the Wolverines' 17-10 loss to Notre Dame on Saturday. One review showed that quarterback Chad Henne had fumbled at the goal line. A second review determined that Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn's knee was down before he fumbled.
Notre Dame wide receiver Rhema McKnight, who left Saturday's 17-10 victory over Michigan with 5 minutes 53 seconds left in the first half with an apparent knee injury, will miss Notre Dame's home opener against Michigan State. But coach Charlie Weis said the injury is not as serious as has been speculated and McKnight's status is day to day.
If enough hotels in the New Orleans area can be up and running by December, this year's Sugar Bowl will be played at LSU's Tiger Stadium. If not, an alternative site, most likely Atlanta's Georgia Dome, can be utilized. That's the message Sugar Bowl executive director Paul Hoolahan and president Mark Romig plan to give to the commissioners of the 11 Division I-A conferences at a BCS meeting Tuesday in Chicago.