Cody Asche's former agent fired for filming showers

USA Today Images

Cody Asche's former agent fired for filming showers

This is a weird story.

Jason Wood, the agent who at one point represented Cody Asche, has been fired by CSE Talent after allegations surfaced that he secretly filmed clients when they were using his shower.

A player who chose to not be identified recently discovered the camera in Wood's shower and called him out on it before promptly firing him, according to FanRag Sports.

"For over 32 years, CSE Talent has prided itself on our moral and ethical standards and have built a solid reputation within the industry. We take pride in working with people who represent these values," CSE President Danny Martoe said in a statement. "It's unfortunate that CSE Talent aligned itself with someone who didn't uphold these same standards, and therefore we chose to terminate with cause Wood's employment."

The MLB players' union is investigating Wood, who led CSE's baseball division since last April. The union, which certifies agents, said it will give Wood a chance to respond.

In addition to the ex-Phillie Asche, Wood also previously represented Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi and Mariners reliever David Phelps.

No. 9 Penn State headed to Fiesta Bowl; Temple to play in Gasparilla Bowl

AP Images

No. 9 Penn State headed to Fiesta Bowl; Temple to play in Gasparilla Bowl

For Temple, there was some suspense. For No. 9 Penn State, the only question was who they would play.

Both the Nittany Lions and Owls are officially bowl bound. Penn State learned Sunday that it will take on No. 12 Washington in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 30 at 4 p.m. in Glendale, Arizona. Temple will play Florida International in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. in the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.

Penn State, in the hunt for the College Football Playoffs for most of the season, lost two straight heartbreakers, 39-38 to No. 5 Ohio State on Oct. 28, and 27-24 to No. 18 Michigan State on Nov. 4. The Nittany Lions won their last three games, capped off by a 66-3 drubbing of Maryland last Saturday.

Junior running back Saquon Barkley, once a top Heisman Trophy contender and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, leads the Penn State offense. He has rushed for 1,134 yards and 16 touchdowns this season.

Their opponents had their playoff hopes derailed by a 13-7 upset to Arizona State on Oct 14. Washington and Penn State last played in the 1983 Aloha Bowl, which the Nittany Lions won, 13-10. 

Temple sealed Bowl eligibility with a 45-22 win in its regular-season finale against Tulsa. The 6-6 Owls will face the 8-4 Florida International Panthers, who play in Conference USA. 

For the first time in school history, Temple will play in a bowl game for a third straight year. 

Penn State moves up slightly to No. 9 in College Football Playoff rankings

USA Today Images

Penn State moves up slightly to No. 9 in College Football Playoff rankings

Not even style points could provide Penn State with the boost it needed to get into the College Football Playoff.

After a 66-3 drubbing of Maryland last Saturday to close out its regular season, the Nittany Lions moved up one spot to No. 9 in the latest CFP rankings.

PSU (10-2) still sits directly behind Ohio State, which will take on No. 4 Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game on Saturday night.

Clemson is No. 1, followed by Auburn, Oklahoma and Wisconsin in the last College Football Playoff rankings before the semifinals are set by the selection committee on Sunday.

Alabama fell from No. 1 to fifth in the new rankings Tuesday night after losing to Auburn, and Georgia was sixth. Miami slipped after taking its first loss of the season last week from No. 2 to seventh, just ahead of Ohio State at eighth.

Each of the top four teams plays a conference title game this Saturday against another top-10 team, creating potential play-in playoff games. Clemson faces Miami in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship; Auburn and Georgia play for the Southeastern Conference title; Wisconsin faces Ohio State for the Big Ten title; and Oklahoma faces No. 10 TCU for the Big 12 title.

If the top four win out, the semifinals likely would fall into place: Clemson would face Wisconsin in the Sugar Bowl semifinal on New Year's Day by virtue of giving the top seed a regional advantage, and Auburn and Oklahoma would play in the Rose Bowl semifinal.

It is likely Miami would jump into the top four by beating No. 1 Clemson and winning the ACC and same goes for Georgia if it can win a rematch against Auburn. The intrigue would start if Oklahoma and/or Wisconsin lose.

The selection committee could be faced with an Alabama (11-1) or Ohio State (10-2) choice. The Crimson Tide's resume is no wins against teams currently in the top 15, but the Buckeyes have two losses by double digits, including a 31-point blowout at Iowa.