Hurricane Isaac postpones Oregon State home opener with Nicholls State
Hurricane Isaac has forced Oregon State and Nicholls State to postpone their season opener that was set for Saturday at Reser Stadium in...
Hurricane Isaac has forced Oregon State and Nicholls State to postpone their season opener that was set for Saturday at Reser Stadium in Corvallis.
Oregon State officials said Wednesday night that the game will be rescheduled.
The Nicholls State campus in Thibodaux, La., is closed because of Isaac, and classes Friday have already been canceled. The team was scheduled to take a charter flight to Oregon on Friday morning.
"It became apparent as the day progressed that the safety of Nicholls State's team and personnel was a primary concern," OSU athletic director Bob De Carolis said in a release by the school. "Many of the Colonels' student-athletes and staff are with family, and there is a deepening concern about their safety in returning to campus. We will continue to discuss the possibility of rescheduling the game."
Officials at both schools will consider scheduling options, with the possibility of playing the weekend of Dec. 1.
• Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick took exception to comments by former Irish running back and current radio analyst Allen Pinkett, who said a team needs to have some bad guys because it provides an edge.
In a radio interview with Chicago's WSCR-AM, Pinkett said: "I've always felt like, to have a successful team, you have to have a few bad citizens on the team."
In a statement before the team left for Dublin for Saturday's season opener against Navy, Swarbrick called Pinkett's comments "nonsense."
• Colorado star receiver Paul Richardson has decided to redshirt this year rather than rush back from a torn knee ligament. Richardson tore his left ACL in the spring but had made such good progress in his recovery that he had circled the Buffaloes' Sept. 22 game against Washington State for his possible return. Instead, the junior said that he had decided to take this season off "and get healthy."
• Louisiana State coach Les Miles rode out Hurricane Isaac at the Tigers' football operations building, where he and members of his staff continued planning for Saturday night's scheduled home opener against North Texas. Players for the third-ranked Tigers were given the option of staying in their own apartments, at the football operations building or at Tiger Stadium.
• The FBI kept a thick file on Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, but it mostly involves threatening letters sent to him and his staff years ago, and there's no mention of his former assistant Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted this year of molesting boys.
Paterno's 868-page file shows he received a series of threatening letters sent in the late 1970s and early '80s from someone who signed them A Bitter Father. The author blames Paterno for family problems that apparently surfaced after his son left the university's heralded football program prematurely.
"I feel you are responsible for me loosing (sic) my son," A Bitter Father writes. "He went to Penn State because of you in the first place. He feels he got a bum deal and I agree. He lost interest in everything and went from bad to worse."
Another anonymous letter, to an assistant coach, suggests Paterno was responsible for the assistant's "tragic accident." The file doesn't say what the accident was.
• Michigan coach Brady Hoke is not saying whether running back Fitzgerald Toussaint will play for the eighth-ranked Wolverines against No. 2 Alabama. Hoke would only say that the decision will be made sometime before Saturday's game in Dallas. Toussaint pleaded guilty Tuesday to drunken driving.