Big 12 football notebook: Second WR leaves West Virginia
West Virginia receiver Ivan McCartney has left the team for personal reasons, coach Dana Holgorsen announced Monday.
McCartney, a junior from Miami, had nine receptions for 112 yards this season. He played in 33 career games and finished with 59 receptions for 701 yards and three touchdowns.
A high school teammate of quarterback Geno Smith and wide receiver Stedman Bailey, McCartney overcame academic difficulties before joining the team this season.
McCartney did not travel with the team to Oklahoma State. When asked about McCartney after the game, Holgorsen said he only wanted to discuss players currently on the team.
Holgorsen had no comment about McCartney following Monday's announcement.
McCartney joins freshman receiver Travares Copeland as the second player to leave the program within a week.
Tuberville explains actions vs. Kansas
Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville attempted to explain his sideline behavior in Saturday's double overtime win over Kansas.
Tuberville slapped the headset and cap off graduate assistant Kevin Oliver, who works with special teams.
Tuberville's anger stemmed from not being able to go for it on fourth down early in the second half because a member of the punting team ran on the field. Texas Tech was penalized twice on the play — once for illegal formation, and then for delay of game as Tuberville confronted Oliver on the sideline.
A television replay showed Tuberville swiping at Oliver and knocking off his cap and headset while continuing to speak heatedly at Oliver as the referee announced the first penalty.
“Kevin and I talked 30 seconds after that on the headphones,” Tuberville said. “He does all the charting for special teams. Me and him speak all the time.”
Tuberville downplayed the incident as simply getting caught up in the heat of the moment.
“Everything is fast paced,” Tuberville said. “It's a lot easier watching the game on TV. You have to make a lot of decisions in a short period of time in the heat of the game. Having to focus on one thing and then you change your focus to the next.
“We couldn't get the right personnel. We got two back-to-back penalties. That's what I was hot about.”
Stoops on handling expectations
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, whose team visits West Virginia on Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium, appeared to be giving the Mountaineers some advice about not becoming consumed with early season expectations.
WVU has lost four in a row after opening the season 5-0 and being ranked as high as No. 5.
While not speaking directly about the Mountaineers, Stoops could have been when he told reporters Monday on the Big 12 weekly conference call, “It's just inevitable. It's not that you're listening to anything. Players and everybody realize the situation.
“Usually the teams you're playing are pointing at you. You get everybody's best shot. All those things kind of add up. You still stick to your routine and you recognize it
“The more you win towards the end of the year, the more important every game becomes. You want to be in that position.”