ESPN reported on its Web site Sunday that Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III will skip his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.
Griffin responded to a text from ESPN.com’s David Ubben on Sunday and said he has not decided, but Griffin’s father, Robert Griffin II, said Saturday night it’s a matter of when, not if.
GEORGIA: Coach Mark Richt said the Bulldogs could use as many as four tailbacks in today’s Outback Bowl.
Ken Malcome is expected to get the start after holding down the top spot during bowl practices at a position that has had its share of drama this season with suspensions, injuries and even Malcome quitting the team for a day.
Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year Isaiah Crowell, Richard Samuel and Carlton Thomas give Georgia other healthy options behind Malcome.
“We’ve gotten at least four or five guys a lot of reps,” Richt said. “You’d think if you play more backs that they’ll be more fresh individually and can give all they’ve got and know when they’re in there they need to perform well if they want to get more totes.”
PENN STATE: Tom Bradley wasn’t going to get all reflective and sentimental.
The man who has led Penn State through nearly two months of turmoil created by the alleged involvement of a former assistant coach in child sexual abuse, wants to keep things as normal as possible through today’s TicketCity Bowl game against Houston.
But with reports emerging Sunday that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien had emerged as a leading candidate, if not the top one, for the full-time head-coaching job at Penn State, the days for Bradley at Penn State appear to be numbered.
ESPN reported that O’Brien, 42, had been followed for the past month by the university committee charged with finding the next coach, and that the two sides would meet this week during the Patriots’ bye week in the NFL playoffs.
Meanwhile, USA Today said “only contract details need to be finalized” with the committee for O’Brien to assume the job.
MISSISSIPPI STATE: Junior wide receiver Chad Bumphis was arrested Sunday morning on charges of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Department.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that Bumphis, 22, was arrested at 1:31 a.m. by Tupelo police and booked at 2:25 a.m. He was released on his own recognizance and has a Jan. 12 hearing in Tupelo Municipal Court.
Sgt. Rodricus Hurst said Bumphis, a former Tupelo High School standout, was involved in a “big group fight” at a bar in downtown Tupelo and that several other people were arrested.
Hurst said Bumphis was struck in the neck by a glass bottle and suffered a cut, but that he didn’t injure anyone.
The university said it would “handle this the way we would any other incident, especially a situation where there are differing accounts.”
Bumphis made 25 catches for 339 yards this season, plus nine rushes for 28 yards. In Friday’s 23-17 win over Wake Forest in the Music City Bowl, he had one catch for minus-3 yards and two rushes for minus-4 yards.