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Thursday, October 31, 2013
BLACKSBURG - For the first time this year, Virginia Tech looks like it will have its full complement of cornerbacks.
Neither Kyle Fuller (groin) nor Brandon Facyson (concussion) appeared on Virginia Tech's injury report for Boston College on Thursday night, meaning they are good to play. Fuller played only on special teams against Duke and Facyson sat out.
They'll join Antone Exum, who made his debut against Duke after offseason knee surgery, and Kendall Fuller in what has become a crowded Hokies secondary.
It's unclear at this point what the playing rotation will be, although if Tech goes by experience, Kyle Fuller and Exum would start in front of the two true freshmen in a base defense. Kendall Fuller and Facyson have thrived this season, however, with a combined nine interceptions.
Kicker Mitchell Ludwig (leg) and defensive end Matt Roth (head) are out. That means Michael Branthover, who was summoned from the stands during warm-ups to dress out and kick last Saturday, will likely kick off for the Hokies again.
Defensive end Ken Ekanem (hamstring) and linebacker Chase Williams (hamstring), both reserves, are questionable. Backup long snapper Joe St. Germain (foot) is probable.
- Andy Bitter
Fisher, Golden have FSU, Miami on the rise
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Jimbo Fisher replaced a legend at Florida State. Al Golden took over a legendary program at Miami.
If there's one thing the two coaches who will be squaring off when the unbeaten Seminoles play host to the unbeaten Hurricanes in Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday night will agree upon, it's that the growing pains they endured along the way were far tougher than most people might realize.
These days, the worst is over for both.
Fisher and Florida State are rolling, looking every bit like a national championship contender. Golden and Miami are off to a flying start, plus no longer have the threat of massive NCAA sanctions hanging over the program. And for the first time in a long time, the annual meeting of the Seminoles and the Hurricanes is truly in the national spotlight.
"Shows college football is gettin' right again," Fisher said.
Sure seems that way. No. 3 Florida State (7-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) and No. 7 Miami (7-0, 3-0) are meeting as unbeatens this late in the season for the first time since 1991, when the Hurricanes won a nail-biter in Tallahassee on the way to the school's fourth national title in 11 seasons. The ‘Canes have just one championship since, and oddsmakers have listed them as three-touchdown underdogs this weekend.
Florida State's resurgence on the national scene is clearly further along. The Seminoles won the ACC title last year and the Orange Bowl. They have a quarterback in Jameis Winston who has a first name many people couldn't pronounce correctly a few weeks ago, but is now a Heisman Trophy front-runner.
Big Ten's Delany: power conferences like DI
ROSEMONT, Ill. - Giving the power conferences more autonomy in a restructured NCAA could help address the "existential threats" that plague college sports at their highest level, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said.
The five conferences - the Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC and ACC - don't want to leave the NCAA or even form their own division, Delany said Thursday. But they need the power to make decisions that directly affect the financial and educational well-being of their athletes.
Delany said he's not talking about "pay for play." But the larger schools have the resources to provide additional help to their athletes.
Brian Wright takes over for Pelini at FAU
BOCA RATON, Fla. - One day after Carl Pelini sent Florida Atlantic's program into a tailspin by acknowledging to school officials that he used an illegal drug and tendering his resignation, Brian Wright ran the reeling Owls through practice for the first time since agreeing to be the interim head coach.
"I've been prepared for a long time for this opportunity," Wright said Thursday. "Didn't quite think it would be under these circumstances."
- Associated Press
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