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FCS Leading Rusher Suspended for Selling Drugs to Undercover Cop

JupiterImages/ -- Marshaun Coprich, the leading rusher in FCS last season, has been suspended indefinitely after selling drugs to an undercover cop.

According to Illinois State Police, Coprich attempted to sell 30 grams of marijuana to a police officer attached to the Illinois State Police Task Force Six on April 16.

After the arrest, Redbirds head coach Brock Spack announced the suspension.

“Though we are disappointed that he is in this situation, we will let the process continue before a final decision is made,” the coach said in a statement.

Coprich will return to court on May 22 after being released on a bond of $2,025.

Coprich rushed for 2,274 yards and 27 touchdowns last season.

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Michigan Athletic Director Resigns Amid Controversy

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(ANN ARBOR, Mi.) -- Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon stepped down from his position Friday, after an unrelenting wave of controversy.

Among the issues at hand are rising student ticket prices, the poor performance of the football team and the handling of quarterback Shane Morris after he suffered what was later diagnosed with a concussion.  Morris was allowed to re-enter a game against Minnesota after visually showing signs of injury.

"Dave feels that it would be in the best interest of our student-athletes, the athletic department and the university community if he moved on to other challenges and allowed the important work of the department and the university to continue without daily distractions," said Mark Schlissel, the university's president.

Schlissel named former Michigan football player Jim Hackett as interim athletic director. Hackett is a member of the board of advisors for two athletic programs at Michigan.

Students and fans had begun to protest around campus demanding the removal of Brandon from office. After the incident with Morris and the response from Brandon in the days after the intensity of the protests only increased.

Brandon had been the school's athletic director since 2010.  He was previously the CEO of Domino's Pizza.


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SEC West Dominates New AP Poll

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the latest Associated Press college football poll, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) reached a new level of dominance. Four of the top five teams in the country all reside in the SEC, the first time a single conference can boast such a feat.

Mississippi State (6-0) remained the number one team in the land while Ole Miss (7-0) remains third. Alabama (6-1) jumped up to fourth in the poll, thanks to a 59-0 rout over then 21st-ranked Texas A&M, with Auburn (5-1) rounding out the top-five.

The lone team not from the SEC in the top-five is Florida State (7-0) of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The Seminoles held off Notre Dame on Saturday, which dropped to seventh with the loss.

The Oregon Ducks (6-1) sit at sixth in the nation while the Irish (6-1) dropped two spots to seventh. Michigan State (6-1), Georgia (6-1), and TCU (6-1) finish out the top-10 teams.

Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and Stanford all fell from the AP Top-25 Poll after week seven.

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West Virginia Upsets No. 4 Baylor

istockphoto(MORGANTOWN, WV) -- The Baylor Bears' college football playoff chances took a major blow today after losing to the West Virginia Mountaineers 41-27.

Mountaineers quarterback Clint Tricket led the West Virginia aerial attack, completing 23 of 35 passes for 322 yards and 3 touchdowns. His top target on the day was receiver Kevin White who caught 2 of those touchdown passes and racked up 132 yards on 8 catches.

Baylor put forth a mistake filled effort.  With 18 penalties for 215 yards the Bears broke a Big 12 record for most penalty yards in a single game.

The West Virginia defense also put forth a marvelous effort.  Baylor came into the game as the country's number 3 ranked offense, averaging 623 yards per game.  Today the Bears were held to 318 yards of total offense. The Mountaineers also sacked Bear's quarterback Bryce Petty four times and held the prolific passer to 223 yards through the air.

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Mississippi State Hammers Auburn 38-23

iStockphoto(STARKSVILLE, MI) -- The Mississippi State Bulldogs continue to lead thier charge towards the college football playoffs after defeating Auburn with a convincing 38-23 victory.

Quarterback Dak Prescott continued to carry the Bulldogs on his shoulders, rushing for 121 yards and two touchdowns while throwing for 246 yards and one touchdown pass. 

Auburn quickly fell behind, commiting several turnovers early on. After the first quarter the Tigers were trailing by 21 points. They would mount a rally, pulling withing eight points in the third quarter, but Mississippi State continued to pound away and eventually sealed the victory.

After the victory Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen was beaming.  While holding his daughter, Breelyn, he stated "Every time we needed to make a play, a guy stepped up and made a play. We always wondered how to take the next step in this league ... that's it." 


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Mississippi State Hosts Auburn in Top 5 Clash

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(STARKSVILLE, MS) -- No. 2 Auburn travels to face No. 3 Mississippi State in the latest SEC match up that will shape the impending inaugural college football playoff.

Last season Auburn won 24-20, with a last second touchdown pass from quarterback Nick Marshall to C.J. Uzomah. Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn believes Marshall has displayed significant improvements since last seasons win.

"He was still learning the offense when we played them last year," Malzahn said. "Nick, personally, is light years ahead of where he was at."

Under center for Mississippi State is an early Heisman favorite in Dak Prescott. Malzahn knows his team is in for a test to stop him.

"He is very impressive when you break him down," Malzahn added.

Equally impressed by Prescott is his own head coach Dan Mullen.  Mullen knew he had to have Prescott on his team not only because of his talent, but because of his intangibles. 

"He has an unbelievable work ethic, a desire to be great at whatever he was doing," Mullen said. "You just saw that when you were around him and you talk with his high school coaches, that's what they say."

Both teams know the stakes are high.  The loser of the match up may be left out of college football playoffs. In what is shaping up as a highly competitive  season, the new 13 person selection committee will choose four teams to play for the college football championship. A loss, no matter the opponent, certainly won't improve the odds of being chosen.

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Ole Miss and Mississippi State Storm into Top 5 

istockphoto(NEW YORK) --  The state of Mississippi has two teams in the top 3 in the latest college football AP Coaches poll. 

In a week that saw 11 ranked teams lose, Ole Miss and Mississippi State are tied at number 3 after each team defeated a fellow SEC program.

While the value of the coaches poll has been significantly diminished with the inaugural college football playoff system that will choose four participants via a 13 person panel, the accomplishment is still a unique feat for the Magnolia State.

Other teams to make significant moves this week include TCU jumping from 25 to No. 9 after a victory over then-No. 4 Oklahoma, and Arizona moving from an unranked spot to No. 10 after a stunning upset against then-No. 2 Oregon.


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No. 2 Oregon Upset by Unranked Arizona

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(EUGENE, Ore.) -- No. 2 Oregon was handed their first loss of the season Thursday as the unranked Arizona Wildcats defeated the Ducks 31-24.

This is the second straight season the Wildcats have beat the Ducks. 

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota gave credit to Arizona and the strength of PAC 12 teams after the defeat. 

"They're undefeated," he said. "It's obviously a testament to our conference. If you're not prepared each week, if you're not ready to play, you'll lose."

The loss is a blow to Mariota's chances at winning the Heisman and Oregon's hopes of being invited to college football's first four-team postseason playoff. 

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Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin Ready for Mississippi State

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(STARKSVILLE, Miss.) -- No. 6 Texas A&M will take on No. 12 Mississippi State in a SEC West matchup on Saturday.

Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin knows his team will face a challenge as the Bulldogs will be prepared coming off a bye week.

"They've had a bye week. We'll see some new stuff," Sumlin said. "Rested up, they'll be ready to go"

In Sumlin's opinion, the bye week isn't the only factor: Mississippi State is coming into the game red hot.

"This is a team that is red hot right now," Sumlin said. "Seven straight wins. Five hundred yards a game this year."

However, Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen knows that Texas A&M will present challenges for his team as well.

"There’s a reason they’re ranked No. 6 in the country. They’re all-around a really good football team that knows how to win and knows how to find a way to win. We’re going to have to come out and play an excellent game in every phase of the game," he said.

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Longhorns Dismiss Four More Football Players

Brian Bahr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- There's a new sheriff in Austin and Charlie Strong is making his presence known. The first year head coach has already kicked at least six players off his team since taking over the Longhorns, adding four more to the list on Friday.

Safety Josh Turner, running back Jalen Overstreet, defensive back Chevoski Collins and senior running back Joe Bergeron have all been dismissed from the team according to multiple sources. Turner, Overstreet, and Collins were all dismissed for violating team rules while the reason for Bergeron's dismissal is not yet known. The University has not made mention of any suspensions or dismissals.

A projected starter, Turner has played 37 games with five starts in his Longhorns career. Overstreet ran for 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2013 as a freshman after switching to running back from the quarterback position. Collins was a redshirt player last season and listed as a backup safety while Bergeron had faced academic issues in the spring. 

Fullback Chet Moss and defensive back Leroy Scott were also kicked off the team back in the spring for a violation of team rules. A source close to the Longhorns said has many as five more players could face disciplinary action for similar infractions. Strong has also suspended receivers Kendall Sanders and Montreal Meander after the two were arrested on sexual assault charges Thursday night.

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