News & Notes

*NEWSFLASH: Auburn fires offensive coordinator Tony Franklin!
Tommy Tuberville fired offensive coordinator Tony Franklin Wednesday, less than one full year after hiring him. Let's be honest though, Franklin's offense has been awful this season, and it didn't even look like it was heading in the right direction. I'm usually against teams firing coaches without giving them a reasonable amount of time to prove their worth, but in this case I also have to admit it immediately makes Auburn a better team. Hopefully this means we'll see more of Kodi Burns now because Chris Todd has had more than a fair shot at the job.

*The Arizona State/USC game Saturday might have a different look to it. Both quarterbacks, Rudy Carpenter and Mark Sanchez, are nursing injuries and may not play. Carpenter sprained his ankle against Cal a week ago and is still in a boot. If he can't play he'll be replaced by big armed, but inexperienced Danny Sullivan. Sanchez suffered a bone bruise in his left knee and is also considered "day-to-day". Interestingly, Mitch Mustain will start in his place after being elevated above Aaron Corp a week ago for his performance in practice. Could we have our first real Mitch Mustain sighting Saturday night? Tune in to find out.

*Wake Forest kicker/punter Sam Swank strained his right quadriceps in practice Monday and is questionable for the big Thursday night contest against Clemson. Swank is one of the better kickers in the nation, so he could be missed in what is expected to be a close game.

*Purdue head coach Joe Tiller has joined B.Pike on the anti-Curtis Painter bandwagon. Tiller benched Painter in the fourth quarter of the Boilermakers' 20-6 loss to Penn State, and had some harsh criticism for his senior quarterback. "We need to make throws and they need to be in an area where we can catch the football, not at the ankle level or behind or on a deep throw two yards over the top of his head," Tiller said. "Our accuracy perhaps is the thing that right now is hurting us the most." Ouch. Painter is still slated to start against Ohio State this Saturday, but he'll be on a much shorter leash than usual.

*Nick Stephens will get the start at quarterback for Tennessee against Georgia this week. The sophomore from Flower Mound, TX did just enough in the 13-9 win over Northern Illinois to stay a step ahead of Jonathan Crompton on the depth chart.

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