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Two SJSU football players suspended for season

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Two SJSU football players suspended for season

Two players on the SJSU football team have been suspended for the rest of the season due to a violation of team policy, head coach Mike MacIntyre said Wednesday.Senior running back David Freeman and redshirt freshman wide receiver Chris Kearney will not see another snap this season after they were suspended on Friday before making the teams trip to New Mexico to take on New Mexico State.MacIntyre could not give further comment on the issue but said that the teams depth will make up for Freemans and Kearneys absence.The game of football, like every sport, but especially in football, there are injuries and different things that happen, MacIntyre said. Thats why when you come to practice, the second team is practicing just as much as the first team. We feel like we have more depth and the ability to overcome that. We hate missing those guys, wed like to have them here but it gives an opportunity to someone else.Thats why you need depth; thats why you need 85 scholarships; thats why you need a good walk-on program. Its not just two or three players that make a team.Freemans final numbers this season, closing out a college career he began at the University of Washington, are 73 total rushing yards on 21 carries, 2 catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns (one rushing). One of those catches, a 78-yard touchdown snag-and-run against the University of Texas-San Antonio, is the longest play from scrimmage for the Spartans this season.Freeman will not play another down in his collegiate career, capping his career numbers on the ground at 458 total yards on 107 carries and three touchdowns.Running back Jason Simpson will mostly likely take over Freemans role as the teams backup running back behind starter DeLeon Eskridge. Once sophomore Tyler Ervin returns from a right shoulder injury, he will assume the backup role and Simpson will be dropped to third-string.Kearney, a backup wide receiver without a single catch this season, has seen most of his field time this season on special teams. His most significant contribution to this season was a recovered fumble for a touchdown against UTSA.SJSU takes on Brigham-Young University this Saturday at Spartan Stadium. The game has been picked up by ESPN2 and will be televised. Kickoff has been moved to 7:30 p.m. PST to accommodate the change in broadcast.

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.