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By Andrew Koob | National Desk Copyright ImageClick to View Both Wichita State and Syracuse get to keep their dancing shoes on following big wins Saturday, while Ohio State and Marquette head home without a championship after falling short of the Final Four. Here’s a look at some of the national reaction…
View full size Associated Press photo VILLANOVA, Pa. — La Salle’s NCAA tournament drought is over. After a 21-year absence, the Explorers were rewarded with a spot in the 68-team field. Yes, the Explorers — who had the longest tournament dry spell of any of Philadelphia’s six D-I schools —…
The school announced Sweeney’s death on Friday night. It provided no further details.
“Most of what our football program has accomplished in recent years was clearly made possible by the path that Coach Sweeney blazed for Fresno State football throughout his two decades of leadership,” athletic director Thomas Boeh said in a statement. “He was a man of vision, toughness and character who led the Bulldogs to new heights and went on to become a national icon.”
Sweeney also coached Montana State and Washington State before he was hired by Fresno State in 1976. He retired following the 1996 season, and the field at Bulldog Stadium was renamed in his honor.
Sweeney finished with 200 wins in 32 seasons as a head coach.
“Coach Sweeney is an icon in college football who put Fresno State football on the national map,” current Bulldogs coach Tim DeRutyer said. “His larger than life personality and tenacity in which he coached the game are legendary.”
During Sweeney’s time with the Bulldogs, they had 35 players selected in the NFL draft. Trent Dilfer and Henry Ellard were among his most prominent players.
Sweeney, a native of Butte, Mont., also spent time as an assistant coach with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Cardinals.
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Alabama Football: Under-the-Radar Players Who Must Step Up vs. Notre Dame (via wdntoday.com)
By Patrick Clarke (Featured Columnist) on December 2, 2012 Alabama running back Eddie Lacy has some of the strongest shoulders in college football, but even he can’t carry the Crimson Tide to a second-consecutive championship by himself. If Alabama is to complete its BCS title defense against the…
Rick Majerus who won more than 70% of his games as a men’s college basketball coach and took Utah to the 1998 national championship game, died Saturday at age 64. USA TODAY confirmed Majerus passed away on Saturday in Los Angeles.
Players remembered Majerus on Saturday via social media –
“It was a unique experience, I’ll tell you that, and I loved every minute of it,” said Saint Louis guard Kyle Cassity, who was mostly a backup on last season’s 26-win team after starting for Majerus earlier in his college career. “A lot of people questioned the way he did things, but I loved it. He’d be hard as hell on you, but he really cared. Coach has done so much,” Brian Conklin said back then. “Being his first recruiting class, he told me that we were going to help him build something special here. He’s a great coach. I couldn’t imagine playing for a better coach, a better person. He doesn’t just teach you about basketball, it’s about life.”
Saint Louis athletic director Chris May said in a statement that what he would remember most about Majerus “was his enduring passion to see his players excel both on and off the court.”
“He truly embraced the term ‘student-athlete,’ and I think that will be his lasting legacy,” May added.
The school announced Nov. 19 that Majerus wouldn’t return to Saint Louis because of the heart condition. He ended the school’s 12-year NCAA tournament drought last season, and bounced back from his only losing season, with a team that won its opening game and took top regional seed Michigan State to the wire. The Billikens were ranked for the first time since 1994-95.
Majerus was undergoing evaluation and treatment in California for the ongoing heart trouble and the school announced he was on leave in late August. He was briefly married from 1987-89. He is survived by sisters Jodi and Tracy.
His autobiography, ”My Life On a Napkin,” came out in 2000.
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Perfection: Ohio State football tops Michigan, finishes 12-0 (via wdntoday)
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Freshman player dies during football practice at Tennessee State University (via GlobalPost)
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Tulane safety Devon Walker fractured his spine in a head-to-head collision with a teammate during a game in Tulsa, the team doctor said Saturday. Dr. Buddy Savoie said during a post game news conference that Walker is in stable condition and will need spinal surgery in the “the next day or two.”
Walker also suffered a broken neck and a collapsed lung in the collision.
According to the Associated Press Walker was revived on the field and a tracheotomy was performed. Walker is in the emergency and trauma center at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa.
Tulane issued a statement Saturday night on Walker’s condition: “Devon Walker sustained a cervical spine fracture. He is at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa where he is in stable condition. Currently, he is in traction with a lot of swelling in his neck and he is undergoing treatment for the swelling. The current plan is for him to have surgery in the next one to two days. He is being treated by specialists. The Tulsa physicians did a great job taking care of Devon.”
According to the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s website, an injury to the neck at the first and second vertebrae in the spinal column — and especially lower in the third through fifth vertebrae — can affect respiratory muscles and the ability to breathe.
Tulsa was leading 35-3 and facing a fourth-and-2 with the ball at the 33-yard line when the Golden Hurricane called timeout. Tulane then called timeout.
When play resumed, Tulsa quarterback Cody Green tossed a short pass to Willie Carter, who caught it at about the 28, and turned upfield. He was tackled around the 18-yard line, with defensive tackle Julius Warmsley and Walker sandwiching him and apparently smashing the crowns of their helmets into each other.
Medical personnel from both teams came out about 12:37 p.m. to attend to Walker as he lay on the field.
Dr. Buddy Savoie said after the game that Walker “actually never completely lost consciousness” and was breathing.
About 12:52 p.m., he was lifted onto a stretcher and loaded into a waiting ambulance about two minutes later. The ambulance drove off the field about 1 p.m.
FOX Sports reported a hush went over the crowd at H.A. Stadium as Walker was attended to on the field, and that several coaches were in tears. Spectators bowed their heads as someone on the field led the stadium in prayer.
The game resumed at 1:20 p.m.
Walker is a senior majoring in cell and molecular biology. His brother, Raynard, told The Associated Press that their mother was watching the game on television when her son was injured.
The family was waiting for an update on Walker’s condition, he said.
Tulane coach Curtis Johnson said after the 45-10 loss that while Walker was on the field, Johnson told Walker that he was praying for him and that help was on the way.
He said the mood among players was somber, and called the day his most difficult ever.
“Just seeing a young man, one of our family members, on the ground. It was just difficult for our guys,” Johnson said in the postgame conference. “It’s no excuse, but I don’t know if they could have focused.
“It was tremendous that they finished the game, as I thought about just saying, ‘Hey look, let’s not do anything else. Let’s just get on the road and go.’”
Information from ESPN’s Brett McMurphy and The Associated Press was used in this report.