David Shaw

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Two years after the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal broke, Penn State University has reached a settlement with 26 of the victims.

The university announced Monday that it will pay $59.7 million to the 26 men over claims of child sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky. 23 of the deals have been signed while the other three have been agreed to in principle. Penn State still faces six claims, any number of which could result in further settlements.

The settlement process has been ongoing since mid-August. The university has also spent over $50 million on other costs related to the scandal, including lawyer fees and the costs associated with adopting new policies related to children and sexual abuse complaints.


Stanford DE Gardner out for season

For the second consecutive week, one of the country’s top five teams has lost its defensive leader. Last week it was Alabama, this week it’s Stanford.

Cardinal fifth-year senior defensive end Ben Gardner underwent season-ending surgery after leaving last Saturday’s game against Oregon State with a left pectoral injury. He had struggled with an upper body injury for several weeks prior to that game.

As one of Stanford’s defensive captains, Gardner had recorded 19 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss so far this year. It is unknown when Gardner will be able to play again, but head coach David Shaw did say he expects the injury to carry through the bowl season.


South Carolina’s Shaw remains questionable

After sitting out the start of last Saturday’s game due to a virus and a sprained knee, Gamecocks starting quarterback Connor Shaw is still suffering from the virus and did not practice Monday or Tuesday.

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier did not see his quarterback at all early in the week, as he was resting to help cure the virus, and has said that Shaw is still questionable for this Saturday’s contest against Mississippi State.

Despite the sickness and a bad knee, Shaw entered last week’s game in the second half and led the Gamecocks to a come-from-behind, double-overtime victory over Missouri.


FAU head coach resigns mid-season

Florida Atlantic head coach Carl Pelini, the brother of Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, stepped down Wednesday. He was in his second season with the Owls, having posted a 2-6 record so far this year and an overall record of 5-15 during his tenure.

FAU defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis also resigned. The resignations come after a recent news story revealed that the coaches were at a social event where marijuana was present.

The Owls were blown out, 45-10, by Auburn last week and will host Conference USA’s top team, Tulane, this Saturday.

Former Michigan coach handed keys to Arizona team

Arizona announced on Twitter on Tuesday that they hired former Michigan head coach, Rich Rodriguez, as the school’s new head coach. He signed a five-year, $9.55 million contract to take over the Wildcats.

His biggest vow? Take the Wildcats to a place they’ve never been: The Rose Bowl.

“I do think I know what it takes to go to BCS bowls and be in the top 10,” Rodriguez said told reporters after the official announcement. “The competition is obviously going to keep getting stronger because of the way the Pac-12 is committed to their programs, but we can get there because look at other schools in our league that have had great success. What do they have that we don’t? I think we have some advantages over them.”

Rodriguez, 48, coached at West Virginia and then at Michigan before landing Tucson. He led the Mountaineers to 60 wins and 26 losses, and was expected to take the Wolverines to big bowl games. He ended his stint in Ann Arbor with a 15-22 record and a controversy involving practice rigors and over working players.

“This is my final coaching stop,” Rodriguez said. “I hope to be able to do this another 12 or 15 years.”

Meyer would consider offer if Ohio State were to ask

Though there haven’t been official offers, many in the college football world speculate former Florida head coach Urban Meyer is ready to jump back into his work, and Ohio State is a place he’d consider.

“I’m in a good place right now mentally and physically. So if something happens with Ohio State, I’ll have a decision to make. But there has been no interview. There has been no offer to make a decision about,” he told the Gainesville Sun. “I love football. It’s what I am. I miss it,” he added.

If Meyer were to consider the hypothetical offer, he’d bring a culture of winning to a program trying desperately to redefine itself after the scandals that rocked the Jim Tressel era. Meyer won two national championships at Florida and 104 games over 10 years with the Gators, Utah and Bowling Green.

Stanford coach speaks out against ‘flawed’ BCS system

The normally mild-mannered Stanford head coach David Shaw had a few words to say to the BCS.

“Bottom line is, the BCS is flawed,” Shaw said. “They themselves know it, which is why they proposed a lot of changes going forward. All I’ve heard all year is the computers don’t like Stanford. Well, the computers haven’t programmed themselves.”

“To have a one-loss Pac-12 team behind a one-loss ACC team (Virginia Tech) means that the computer values the ACC more than it values the Pac-12. Which I don’t believe is the case. I don’t think that’s accurate.”

Part of Shaw’s vocal nature as of late, is likely because of the fact that one-loss Stanford is ranked below the ACC’s Virginia Tech.

Shaw noted that Virginia Tech beat common opponent Duke by only four points, but Stanford pummeled them by 30.

Shaw said he doesn’t know what the best solution to the post-season system is, and that it doesn’t matter what he thinks.

“It doesn’t matter what I’d like, he said. “That’s not where we are right now ... I think those are off-season discussions. We are where we are right now. We have to play good football and see where that puts us.”