SJSU middle linebacker Vince Buhagiar was awarded the Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week today for his 11-tackle performance in Saturdays 40-20 win over Colorado State.Buhagiars team-high 11 tackles included a sack for a loss of five yards. Nine of the 11 tackles he collected were solo, giving him 17 on the season the most of any WAC defensive player. He also forced a fumble and recovered another.His recovered fumble, forced by junior linebacker Keith Smith, came with a 33-20 lead at the 9:39 mark in the fourth quarter and lead to the Spartans final score a 51-yard dagger from quarterback David Fales to wide receiver Chandler Jones.We always expect Vince to play well and hes played well the first three games, head coach Mike MacIntyre said today in a press conference.Buhagiar is tied for fourth in the WAC with 24 total tackles, along with Smith.Buhagiar is the second Spartan to win WAC honors in as many weeks. Senior defensive end Travis Johnson won last week after tying school records with four sacks and six tackles for a loss in a 45-13 win over UC Davis. Johnson leads the WAC and is third in the nation with five sacks.MacIntyre said Buhagiar played through a shoulder injury last season and then had surgery immediately following the season.Hes a new man out there, MacIntyre said. Nothing hurts.Fales was named as one of eight quarterbacks placed on the Manning Award Star Player of the Week list. Fales threw for 370 yards on 27-of-34 passing and three touchdowns in just his third career game at the major college football level. He was also a nominee for the WAC Offensive Player of the Week but was beat out by Louisiana Tech quarterback Colby Cameron, who completed 19-of-24 passes for 276 yards and four touchdowns.
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.
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.
Bowers finished 22 for 50 for 303 yards with one touchdown, four interceptions and two lost fumbles.
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.
A win against an unranked team should do little to alter USC's poll position.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 18 Washington State on Friday.
CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 24 Oregon on Saturday.