Georgia wide receiver Michael Bennett is expected to return “at some point this season,” after he underwent surgery Tuesday in Athens, Ga., for a torn meniscus, the university said.
Justin Scott-Wesley, another wideout, also underwent surgery to repair meniscus damage in his right knee. He will have ACL reconstruction later and is out for the season as is tailback Keith Marshall, who will have ACL surgery sometime in the next three weeks.
Meanwhile, Georgia won’t have star sophomore Todd Gurley in its backfield Saturday against Missouri unless he shows dramatic improvement from his sprained left ankle.
Coach Mark Richt called the tailback’s status as “doubtful,” but didn’t quite rule him out.
STANFORD: Coach David Shaw fired back at Steve Sarkisian on Tuesday after the Washington coach accused the Cardinal of faking injuries.
Shaw opened his portion of the Pac-12 coaches’ teleconference with a carefully crafted statement, saying “we don’t fake injuries, never have and never will. I don’t teach it, don’t condone it, don’t allow it.”
After fifth-ranked Stanford (5-0, 3-0) beat then-No. 15 Washington 31-28 on Saturday night, Sarksian said in a postgame radio interview that Cardinal players were faking injuries to try to slow down the Huskies’ up-tempo offense on the final drive.
HOUSTON: Quarterback David Piland has decided to end his playing career because of multiple concussions.
Piland’s most recent concussion came on Sept. 7 against Temple.
MINNESOTA: Without a game this week, coach Jerry Kill has been at home following a seizure that kept him from traveling with the team for Saturday’s loss at Michigan.
It was the fifth game-day episode Kill endured in three seasons with the Gophers and the fourth that caused him to miss at least a portion of a game. But on Tuesday, university president Eric Kaler reaffirmed his support for Kill and the coach’s ability to handle the high-profile, high-pressure job while dealing with epilepsy.
Kaler, in a phone interview with The Associated Press, said he and athletic director Norwood Teague have not been considering another coach in light of Kill’s latest absence.
Southern Cal: Apparently even people who don’t work for the university are trying to hire the Trojans’ next football coach.
Athletic director Pat Haden said that two people pretending to be representatives of his school have contacted two coaches and attempted to discuss the Trojans’ coaching vacancy with them.
USC has identified the imposters and is taking “appropriate action,” the school said in a blog post on its website.
The Trojans (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) fired Lane Kiffin on Sept. 29 and installed Ed Orgeron as their interim coach while Haden looks for a new leader for one of the nation’s highest-profile programs.