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Trump: I Wouldn’t Encourage Barron to Play Football

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Football is “really tough” and “a dangerous sport,“ and for President Trump, it’s a “very tough question” when it comes to 12-year-old son Barron playing it. Asked in a CBS News interview airing just ahead of the Super Bowl if he’d allow his son to play, the president said, “If he wanted to? Yes. Would I steer him that way? No, I wouldn’t.“ Fortunately for Trump, the AP reports that the question is somewhat of a hypothetical: Barron plays soccer, a sport Trump says many “including me, thought ... would probably never make it in this country, but it really is moving forward rapidly.“ The AP notes that Trump in the past has complained that NFL moves to prevent hard hits and concussions are “ruining the game.“

CBS Refuses to Air Medical Pot Ad During Super Bowl

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Even John Boehner’s backing apparently wasn’t enough to convince CBS to accept a medical marijuana ad during the Super Bowl. Acreage Holdings, the cannabis company for which the former House speaker is a board member, says it sent the network a rough outline of the proposed commercial and was rejected, Bloomberg reports. The company tells USA Today the network responded simply, “CBS will not be accepting any ads for medical marijuana at this time.“ The 60-second spot called for medical marijuana to be legalized; though it is legal in many states, cannabis is still illegal at the federal level, which makes it difficult for scientists to research the medical properties of the drug and, sometimes, for patients to access the drug.

“It’s hard to compete with the amount of attention something gets when it airs during the Super Bowl,“ says the president of Acreage, George Allen. The ad was an attempt to “create an advocacy campaign for constituents who are being lost in the dialogue.“ It featured a veteran with combat injuries, a child who suffers from seizures, and a man who was on opioids for 15 years following three back surgeries, all of whom say medical marijuana has helped them. A CBS rep told USA Today that current CBS broadcast standards do not allow the network to accept cannabis-related advertising, and Variety notes that is the case at most US TV networks. Acreage plans to post the ad online at some point.

Saints Fans Sue, Want Do-Over of Controversial Game

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The New Orleans Saints are probably still smarting over what has been called “the worst no-call in NFL history”—and their fans definitely are. Two of those fans, season ticket holders Tommy Badeaux and Candis Lambert, have filed a lawsuit the AP calls “the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary pass.“ They want a judge to order NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to do something about Sunday’s NFC championship game, in which the officials’ failure to call pass interference during a crucial play may have helped the Los Angeles Rams win, sending them to the Super Bowl. The suit cites Rule 17, Section 2, Article 1 in the NFL rulebook, the Houston Chronicle reports; the gist of the rule is that the commissioner can reverse the result of a game or reschedule a game (or a portion thereof) due to “extraordinarily unfair acts.“ More on the suit, and other fallout from the game:

  • Attorney Frank D’Amico, who filed the suit on behalf of Badeaux and Lambert, wants to basically go back to the moment after he believes pass interference should have been called; he’s asking for the final 1:49 of the game to be replayed, with the score tied at 20 and the Saints with the ball and a first down. Had that happened Sunday, fans believe the Saints could have run down the clock and then won the game with a field goal. But the former vice president of officiating for the NFL tells the AP he doesn’t believe the rule cited in the lawsuit applies in this case. A hearing is tentatively scheduled for Monday, six days before the Super Bowl.
  • Even if nothing can be done to reverse the outcome this time, two sources tell the AP the NFL will consider expanding replay reviews to include certain penalties, including pass interference. “Considering the current climate after what happened in New Orleans, yes, that’s something the committee once again will strongly look at,“ says one. “It gets talked about each year, but it’s not been something the ownership or the league has gone for.“
  • Maybe the referees just need their vision checked? Multiple practitioners are offering NFL officials free eye exams, KTRK reports. “In light of the atrocious lack of calls during the New Orleans Saints game we would like to extend free eye exams and glasses to any NFL referee in need. You know who you are,“ tweeted Crystal Vision Center. And Louisiana Family Eye Care posted on Facebook, “After having time to consider things we will GLADLY provide no cost eye exams to all NFL officials prior to next season to prevent the atrocity that occurred tonight. We would hate for someone else to feel our pain. #eyeexamsforallNFLofficials.“

National Football Champions Served Fast Food at White House

“I thought it was a joke,” one Clemson player could be overheard saying about the White House spread in a video shared on Twitter Monday.

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What A SHAME!!!

 

Dominic Cizauskas Earns the 2018 D2CCA All-Super Region 1 Honors

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Glenville State’s Dominic Cizauskas has been named to the 2018 D2CCA All-Super Region 1 Second Team defense.

The junior linebacker from Mukwonago, Wisconsin, had a fabulous season. Cizauskas led the Pioneers defense in total tackles with 134 on the year. He came up just two shy of breaking the GSC Single Season Tackle record which is held by the Pioneers defensive coordinator Blake Tasker.

The All-MEC First Teamer led the conference in tackles averaging 12.2 a contest while also leading the league in forced fumbles with four on the season. He finished 2nd in Division II in Total Tackles behind only Quincy’s Cody Leonard. He also finished 2nd in Solo Tackles in Division II with 85 on the season.

“When it’s all said and done, Dom (Dominic) will be one of the best defensive players to ever walk out these doors.  It’s no surprise to us of all the accolades he’s receiving and rightfully so, he comes to work each and every day with a great attitude and work ethic second to none.  He’s accountable in the classroom, community, on the field, and just a first class young man to be around,“ stated GSC Head Coach Eric Smith.

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College Football Rankings

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Associated Press Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. Georgia
5. Oklahoma
6. Ohio State
7. UCF
8. Michigan
9. Texas
10. Washington
11. Florida
12. Washington State
12. LSU
14. Penn State
15. West Virginia
16. Kentucky
17. Utah
18. Syracuse
19. Boise State
20. Mississippi State
21. Northwestern
22. Texas A&M
23. Army West Point
24. Iowa State
25. Fresno State


Coaches Poll

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. Georgia
5. Oklahoma
6. Ohio State
7. UCF
8. Michigan
9. Texas
10. Florida
11. Washington
12. Penn State
13. Washington State
14. LSU
15. Kentucky
16. West Virginia
17. Utah
18. Syracuse
19. Mississippi State
20. Boise State
21. Northwestern
22. Texas A&M
23. Fresno State
24. Utah State
25. Army West Point

College Football Rankings

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Associated Press Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. Michigan
5. Georgia
6. Oklahoma
7. Washington State
8. LSU
8. UCF
10. Ohio State
11. Texas
12. West Virginia
13. Florida
14. Utah State
15. Penn State
16. Washington
17. Kentucky
18. Utah
19. Syracuse
20. Northwestern
21. Boise State
22. Mississippi State
23. Army West Point
24. Pittsburgh
25. Iowa State


Coaches Poll

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. Michigan
5. Georgia
6. Oklahoma
7. Washington State
8. LSU
9. UCF
10. Ohio State
11. Texas
12. West Virginia
13. Florida
14. Penn State
15. Utah State
16. Washington
17. Utah
18. Kentucky
19. Syracuse
20. Mississippi State
21. Northwestern
22. Boise State
23. Fresno State
24. Army West Point
25. Pittsburgh

College Football Rankings

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Associated Press Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. Michigan
5. Georgia
6. Oklahoma
7. West Virginia
8. Washington State
9. Ohio State
10. LSU
11. UCF
12. Syracuse
13. Texas
14. Utah State
15. Florida
16. Penn State
17. Washington
18. Iowa State
19. Cincinnati
20. Kentucky
21. Utah
22. Boston College
23. Boise State
24. Northwestern
25. Mississippi State


Coaches Poll

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. Michigan
5. Georgia
6. Oklahoma
7. West Virginia
8. Ohio State
9. Washington State
10. LSU
11. UCF
12. Syracuse
13. Utah State
14. Texas
15. Penn State
16. Florida
17. Washington
18. Iowa State
19. Utah
20. Cincinnati
21. Kentucky
22. Boston College
23. Mississippi State
24. Boise State
25. UAB

MEC Football Roundup (November 10, 2018)

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Shepherd 21, UVa-Wise 16

UVa-Wise picked up its first-ever win against Shepherd on Saturday afternoon defeating the Rams, 21-16, at Rams Stadium.
The Cavs (4-6, 4-6) held Shepherd (7-3, 7-3) to under 300 yards of total offense and forced four turnovers in the win. Trailing 14-10, Shepherd fumbled on a punt and Delonte Berry scooped it up and went 25 yards for the score. Shepherd added a late TD but missed the two-point attempt and had the ball one more time, but the Cavs got the stop they needed to hold on for the win.
Tanner Bernard was 15-of-24 for 138 yards and one touchdown for UVa-Wise. Alonzo Brown had 61 yards receiving and a touchdown. Buster Henderson led the charge defensively for the Cavs with 11 tackles (one for a loss) and an interception, while Dylan Giovine was in on eight tackles with two for a loss.
Tyson Bagent completed 28-of-46 for 245 yards with a touchdown but was picked twice and sacked five times. Ryan Feiss hauled in 14 catches for 114 yards. Chrys Lane had seven tackles, including two for a loss.


Charleston 28, Glenville State 6

Charleston shutout Glenville State in the first half on its way to a 28-6 win on Saturday afternoon at Morris Stadium.
The Golden Eagles got on the board in the second quarter after a 27-yard field goal from Kevin Weiman and Mike Strachan’s six-yard touchdown pass.  Trailing 10-0 at the start of the third quarter, Glenville State’s Jaylen McNair connected with Javon Butler on an 84-yard touchdown pass to end the scoring drought for the Pioneers.
A PAT touchdown return, one-yard touchdown run by Mason Olszewski and a safety left Glenville State (5-6, 5-4) trailing 21-6 heading into the fourth quarter and Jimmy Wheeler added a five-yard touchdown run for the final margin.
The Golden Eagles held the Pioneers to 69 yards rushing over the course of the contest.  Olszewski threw for 203 yards on 19-of-24 passing with one touchdown.  He also ran for 49 yards with a score.  D’Andre Brooks had eight receptions for 51 yards with Stachan notching five for 55 yards.
McNair completed eight of 22 pass attempts for 144 yards and one touchdown.  Butler had four receptions for 99 yards and one touchdown.  Justin Watts and Mario Pender each ran for 29 yards in the setback.
Dom Cizauskas had a game-high 19 tackles (15 solo, four assisted) along with a forced fumble.  Quin Twine added 10 stops for the Pioneers (seven solo, three assisted).
Kenny Randall notched 10 tackles (eight solo, two assisted) for Charleston (6-5, 6-4) with six for loss (23 yards).


Urbana 31, Concord 24

Isaiah Young’s 10-yard touchdown run with less than five minutes left lifted Urbana to a 31-24 win in the season finale for both teams at Callaghan Stadium.

The Blue Knights built a 24-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but a field goal from Luke Walls and 13-yard touchdown run that capped a 98-yard drive knotted things up at 24-24. Urbana took its next possession 80 yards on five plays to set up the game-winning run from Young.

Urbana had 445 yards of total offense including 125 on the ground from Young. Cee Jay Hale was 14-of-24 passing for 295 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Chad Swanson and Shemar Hooks each went over 100 yards receiving with touchdown receptions. L.A. Kelly led the defensive effort with 15 tackles to go with a sack and forced fumble. Duray Hall and Tobias Hailey each had interceptions.

CU’s Kyle Akin was 13-of-26 for 169 yards with a touchdown and two picks. Josh Maxwell rushed 23 times for 176 yards and found the end zone twice. Justin Noble was in on eight stops (seven solo) for the Mountain Lions.


West Virginia State 45, West Virginia Wesleyan 25

West Virginia State pulled away from West Virginia Wesleyan in the second half to come away with a 45-25 win over the Bobcats on Saturday afternoon at Lakin Field.

An Aaron Ball 26-yard field goal before halftime pushed WVSU’s advantage to 24-18 at the break, and Faustino Saucedo added a three-yard TD run to go ahead 31-18. Sterling Dewdney caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Matt Vinson to get the Bobcats to within a score, but a pair of Yellow Jackets touchdowns secured the win for WVSU.

WVSU piled up 330 yards rushing and 617 yards of total offense in the win. Carl Garmon had 202 on the ground while Dant’e Jones added 102 more and two touchdowns. Saucedo was 18-of-30 for 287 yards with two passing TDs and the other on the ground. AJ Barrette had 127 yards receiving. Joe Stoneman led the way defensively with 10 tackles, including two for a loss with one sack.

Vinson had 249 yards passing and three touchdowns to lead West Virginia Wesleyan. Shaq Freeman-Parks added 80 yards rushing.


#12 Notre Dame 41, Seton Hill 7

Notre Dame completed a perfect season with a 41-7 win over Seton Hill on Saturday afternoon at Offutt Field.

The Falcons led just 14-0 at the break, but pulled away in the second half to cruise to the victory. NDC had 484 yards of total offense, including 251 on the ground. Jaleel McLaughlin led the way with 120 yards and three touchdowns, and Vasean Davis added 77 more on the ground and one score. Chris Brimm was 19-of-29 for 233 yards passing and two touchdowns.

Sha’haun Williams had seven tackles on the day, including two for a loss as Notre Dame held Seton Hill to just 52 yards rushing. Williams also forced and recovered a fumble for the Falcons. Guam Lee was in on six tackles.

MEC Week 11 Football Preview - 2018

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Week 11 in the Mountain East Conference starts on Thursday night with Fairmont State on the road at West Liberty. The Fighting Falcons, currently 10th in the Super Region 1 rankings, need to a win and help for a shot at the NCAA Playoffs.

On Saturday, Charleston and Glenville State get things started with a noon kickoff, along with UVa-Wise at Shepherd and Urbana at Concord. West Virginia Wesleyan will take on Concord at 1 p.m., and 11th-ranked Notre Dame will try and complete an unbeaten regular season in a non-conference game at Seton Hill.


Notebook

• Marvelle Ross (NDC), Sha’haun Williams (NDC) and Brooks Parsons (WVSU) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors for their play in the 10th week of the season. (Full release)

• Scoring 30 points could be the key figure in MEC play in 2018. Teams are 34-12 this year when reaching the 30-point mark in a game. West Virginia Wesleyan has lost five times when scoring 30 points.

• Three MEC running backs have already gone over 1,000 yards with one week left to play in the season in Notre Dame’s Jaleel McLaughlin (1,736), Fairmont State’s Khalik Hamlin (1,167) and Mario Pender (1,036). Jimmy Wheeler (942) and Calil Wilkins (902) each need less than 100 yards this week to go over 1,000 for the year. The most 1,000-yard rushers in a season in MEC history was six in 2015.

• Week 10 saw five of the six games decided by 10 points or less in the league. For the year, though, 58 games this season in the MEC, 24 have been decided by 10 points or less (41 percent).

• Jaleel McLaughlin broke the MEC single-season rushing record last week eclipsing the mark set by Calivinaugh Jones in 2014. McLaughlin has 1,763 yards in just 10 games this year, while Jones needed 14 games to reach 1,732 yards.

• Three players in the MEC are ranked in the top 10 in the country in combined kick and punt returns in Lyrics Klugh (1st, 958), Jujuan Linzy (4th, 795) and Chaudlier Shepherd (9th, 704). Also, Marvelle Ross leads the country with three punt returns for a touchdown.


Matchups/Previews/Coverage


THURSDAY, November 08


Fairmont State (8-2, 7-2) at West Liberty (3-7, 3-6) 7 p.m. West Liberty, WV (West Family Stadium)

Series: The teams have split their last 10 meetings, but Fairmont State has won the last three ... all three of those have been by six points or less.

Notes: Fairmont State’s Colin Harvath’s 48 consecutive PATs this season are a school record ... FSU has established a new school record for points this year with 372 ... Takwan Crews-Naylor is just the sixth QB to throw for over 2,000 yards at Fairmont State ... WLU is 40-7 when holding opponents to under 21 points under Roger Waialae ... in his last two games, Zach Phillips has completed 53-of-88 passes for 659 yards and six touchdowns and has two more rushing TDs ... Osman Kargbo’s 1,553 career kick return yards are a new school record.


SATURDAY, November 10


UVa-Wise (3-6, 3-6) at Shepherd (7-2, 7-2) Noon Shepherdstown, WV (Ram Stadium)

Notes: Ryan Feiss needs 39 receiving yards to reach 3,000 for his career .. he needs 164 receiving yards to reach 1,000 for the season and needs one touchdown to reach 20 for his career ... Tyson Bagent needs 216 passing yards to reach 3,00 for the season ... No notes submitted by UVa-Wise.


Charleston (5-5, 5-4) at Glenville State (5-5, 5-4) Noon Glenville, WV (IL & Sue Morris Stadium)

Series: Charleston has won two of the last three, but Glenville State has won each of the last two meetings at home.

Notes: Mike Strachan is now the single season receiving yards record holder at UC with 952 yards ... CJ Bagwell tallied a career high 14 tackles against Shepherd and tallied his second career interception ... UC has three of the school’s top five sack leaders playing in Khazin Daniels (1st), John Cominsky (4th) and Jalen Nelson (5th) ... GSC LB Dominic Cizauskas’ 115 tackles are third-most in a single season for the Pioneers ... Mario Pender went over the 1,000-yard mark rushing last week.


Urbana (4-6, 3-6) at Concord (2-8, 2-7) Noon Athens, WV (Callaghan Stadium)

Series: Urbana has won three of the last five, including a 36-15 win last year.

Notes: A win Saturday would snap a five-game losing streak and match last year’s record… UU produced its second-highest point total this season in last week’s setback… RB Isaiah Young needs 134 more rushing yards to move up to fifth on the UU single-season rushing leaders chart ... Kyle Akin has thrown a touchdown pass in eight consecutive games, the longest streak for any CU quarterback since the 2014 season ... by rushing for 111 yards at Fairmont State, Josh Maxwell joined Isaiah Bowman and Kris Copeland as other Concord running backs with 100 yards in a game this season ... only NDC and WVSU have three different backs go over 100 yards in a game this season.


WV Wesleyan (1-9, 1-8) at WV State (5-5, 4-5) 1 p.m. Institute, WV (Lakin Stadium)

Series: West Virginia Wesleyan has the edge, 3-2, in the last five meetings ... however, the Yellow Jackets won 45-28 last year.

Notes: The Yellow Jackets are going for back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2007 and 2008 ... Aaron Ball’s 26 field goals are the most in a career at WVSU ... Calil WIlkins is trying to become the first WVSU player to run for 1,000 yards in a season since Vince Powell ran for 1,066 in 1988 ... Wilkins has 902 to date on the season ... no notes submitted by WVWC.


#12 Notre Dame (10-0) at Seton Hill (1-9) 1 p.m. Greensburg, Pa. (Offutt Field)

Series: First meeting.

Notes: Notre Dame will try to put the wraps on an unbeaten regular season on the road at Seton Hill ... Mike Jacobs is 1-1 in non-conference games ... the Falcons have not allowed a score on a team’s opening drive of the game this season ... three of Seton Hill’s losses came by less than a touchdown, including one OT loss.

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