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College football notebook: Washington State's Leach denies abuse charges

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Washington State coach Mike Leach stands on the sidelines early in the fourth quarter against UCLA at Martin Stadium on Nov. 10, 2012 in Pullman, Wash. William Mancebo/Getty Images

W&J RB receives posthumous honor

Washington & Jefferson senior running back Tim McNerney, 21, a Knoch graduate who was murdered Oct. 4, was honored posthumously as a unanimous selection to the All-Presidents' Athletic Conference first team.

McNerney rushed for 461 yards and four TDs on 89 carries in four games before his death, which is under investigation.

— Staff reports

By Wire Reports
Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, 8:08 p.m.
 

Washington State football coach Mike Leach denied his players are subjected to any type of abuse, as alleged by star receiver Marquess Wilson.

Wilson made the allegations in a letter he released Saturday in which he quit the team and also complained that the coaching staff would “belittle, intimidate and humiliate us.”

Leach said during his regular Monday meeting with reporters: “There is no truth about it at all.”

FSU's Fisher apologizes

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher apologized Monday for using the term “retarded” in response to a question about his team's ranking in the BCS standings that determine which teams play for the national championship.

After being asked about Florida State's being 10th in the BCS behind three Southeastern Conference teams with two losses, he asked “how retarded is it?”

Fisher later apologized.

Arkansas coach optimistic

John L. Smith is optimistic about returning as Arkansas' coach next season.

The interim coach said he isn't concerned about the coaching search by athletic director Jeff Long.

Arkansas started the season ranked in the top 10. After a loss at South Carolina, Arkansas (4-6, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) must win its final two games to earn bowl eligibility for a fourth straight season.

Tennessee coach in dark

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said if a decision has been made about his future with the Volunteers, it's news to him.

Dooley said at his Monday news conference that he hasn't been told whether the Volunteers plan to remove him at the end of the season, contrary to reports suggesting such a move was inevitable.

Houston player recovers

A Houston defensive back left a hospital Monday, six days after a hit in practice tore a major vein that feeds his heart.

Senior cornerback D.J. Hayden was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital after the collision last Tuesday. Hayden was rushed into immediate surgery for a tear of the inferior vena cava.

Postseason tweak

The new college football postseason system will have six games as originally planned, but now a spot in the marquee bowls will be reserved for the best team from a group of five conferences that includes the Big East.

The tweak to the postseason format that will start in 2014 was made Monday during a meeting of conference commissioners and university presidents.

In September, a proposal was put forth to add a seventh game that would match the best team from the Big East, Mountain West, Conference USA, Sun Belt and Mid-American Conference against a team from the Pac-12 or Big 12.

But ultimately that plan was dumped, and a guaranteed spot was created to give those conferences access to the top games.

 

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