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SJSU kick returner wins WAC special teams award

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SJSU kick returner wins WAC special teams award

SJSU running back and kick returner Tyler Ervin was awarded the Western Atheltic Conferences special teams Player of the Week Monday, the third Spartan in as many weeks to be recognized by the conference.Ervin recorded a conference-best 167 return yards in Saturdays 38-34 win over San Diego State, including a 97-yard touchdown return in the second quarter. The return came after San Diego State took its first lead with an 83-yard touchdown run from Adam Muema.Ervins touchdown return was also the only kickoff returned for a touchdown in this weeks FBS play.I am very proud of Tyler Ervin and David Ogborn and the kick return team, head coach Mike MacIntyre said. On the road you got to have some sort of special teams step up and make plays and we were able to do that.Ogborn added 86 return yards, including a 67-yard return after San Diego States special teams started to kick away from Ervin to prevent another big return.SJSU won the WACs defensive player of the week in each of the previous two weeks defensive end Travis Johnson two weeks ago against UC Davis and linebacker Vince Buhagiar a week ago against Colorado State. Buhagiar was a nominee for this weeks award after he turned in 11 total tackles, eight solo tackles, three for a loss and a sack.For the second week in a row, junior quarterback David Fales was nominated for the conferences Offensive Player of the Week award. Fales finished the game with 260 yards on 21-of-31 passing and four touchdowns. He led a game-tying drive and two go-ahead drive with three touchdown passes while completing his final 10 passes in the fourth quarter. INJURY UPDATE Linebacker Keith Smith and wide receiver Jabari Carr both did not practice and were wearing boots Monday, however, are expected to return to practice Tuesday.Smith twisted his ankle and Carr suffered a turf toe injury in Saturdays game, MacIntyre said. RANKING

For its win in San Diego on Saturday, SJSU has received two votes in this weeks USA Today Top-25 Coaches Poll. The Spartans received one vote after last weeks win over Colorado State and are now tied for 44th in the country with two votes.

Louisville has 'effectively fired' head coach Rick Pitino

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Louisville has 'effectively fired' head coach Rick Pitino

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation.

Jurich is on paid leave, while Pitino is on unpaid leave. The coach’s attorney, Steve Spence, told the Courier-Journal Wednesday that Louisville has “effectively fired” Pitino.

Pitino’s exit comes after the school acknowledged on Tuesday that the men’s program is part of a federal investigation into alleged bribery of recruits. The 65-year-old coach was not named in the indictment that resulted in the arrest of 10 people including four assistant coaches at other schools and an Adidas executive.

It is the latest black eye for the Cardinals program. Pitino and Louisville are in the middle of appealing NCAA sanctions following an embarrassing sex scandal.

Jurich has supported Pitino through his transgressions during the athletic director’s nearly 20-year tenure at the university.

Cal fights USC into fourth quarter, can't complete the upset

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Cal fights USC into fourth quarter, can't complete the upset

BOX SCORE

BERKELEY -- Stephen Carr ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown two plays after Southern California's defense forced one of its six turnovers and the fifth-ranked Trojans won their 13th straight game, 30-20 over California on Saturday.

USC (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) has dominated the series with its in-state rival by winning 14 straight against the Golden Bears (3-1, 0-1), but this was one of the tightest matchups in years as the game was tied early in the fourth quarter.

Sam Darnold threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns for the Trojans but also had an interception and was under pressure for much of the day.

It was the defense that stepped up for USC, intercepting a pass from Ross Bowers in the first quarter to set up a field goal and then delivering the big play early in the fourth quarter after Chase McGrath gave the Trojans a 16-13 lead with his third field goal of the game.

Josh Fatu knocked the ball out of Bowers' hand and Uchenna Nwosu recovered the fumble at the 3. Carr ran it in two plays later from the 2 to make it 23-13.

Ykili Ross then intercepted Bowers' pass on the next possession, setting up Darnold's 4-yard TD pass to Deontay Burnett that put away the game.

Bowers finished 22 for 50 for 303 yards with one touchdown, four interceptions and two lost fumbles.

THE TAKEAWAY

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: The Trojans struggled for much of the game without starting RB Ronald Jones (ankle) and WR Steven Mitchell (groin) but managed to pull away late in their first road game of the season.

CALIFORNIA: The Bears used an improved defense to start 3-0 under first-year coach Justin Wilcox but this was supposed to be the test of how far they had come. Cal showed plenty by sticking with a national title contender for three quarters. A sequence on the opening drive of the second will haunt the Bears. Patrick Laird dropped a potential TD in the end zone and Matt Anderson then missed a 29-yard field goal that kept the game tied at 13.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

A win against an unranked team should do little to alter USC's poll position.

UP NEXT

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 18 Washington State on Friday.

CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 24 Oregon on Saturday.