Friday, December 4, 2009

Win gives Oregon berth in Rose Bowl

No. 7 Oregon punched its ticket to the Rose Bowl last night, defeating No. 13 Oregon State, 37-33, in Eugene to wrap up the Pacific Ten championship.

Redshirt freshman LaMichael James ran for 166 yards and three touchdowns for the Ducks, who improved to 10-2 overall, 8-1 in the Pac-10. Oregon State fell to 8-4, 6-3.

The Ducks earned a date with Ohio State in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day in Pasadena, Calif.

Hofstra pulls plug. Hofstra shut down its football team. The decision came in a unanimous vote by the board of trustees Wednesday night, jolting the players and marking the end of a sport at the school that had been around since the university's founding in 1937.

Despite Hofstra's having sent several players to the NFL, the team does not attract enough national attention. The $4.5 million spent annually on the team will be used on scholarships and other priorities.

Hofstra was 5-6 overall and 3-5 in the Colonial Athletic Association this season.

Four former Hofstra players are in the NFL: Kyle Arrington of New England, Stephen Bowen of Dallas, Willie Colon of Pittsburgh, and Marques Colston of New Orleans.

One of the best-known Hofstra players to have played in the NFL was receiver Wayne Chrebet of the New York Jets.

UMass survives. Football is safe at the University of Massachusetts.

Athletic director John McCutcheon told the Republican newspaper of Springfield that the university has no plans to follow the lead of Colonial Athletic Association rivals Northeastern and Hofstra and drop the sport.

Jayhawks coach quits. Kansas' Mark Mangino resigned after the Jayhawks finished 5-7 in a season marked by an internal investigation into the coach's treatment of his players.
All-Americans. Georgia Tech's Derrick Morgan, a junior defensive end out of Coatesville High, was named to the American Football Coaches Association's all-American team.

Penn State's Jared Odrick also made the team. A senior defensive tackle, Odrick recorded six sacks and 10 tackles for losses for the Nittany Lions.