Miles managed to survive rampant unemployment rumors last November, but he couldn't avoid the boot this time around. The Tigers have been almost completely listless on offense this season, having surpassed 25 points scored in just one of four games. "Decisions like this are never easy ones to make. Coach Miles has done a tremendous job here and he’s been a great ambassador for our University," said AD Joe Avella in a statement, "which makes this even more difficult." In addition to Miles' termination, OC Cam Cameron has also been shown the door. DL coach Ed Orgeron will take over as interim head coach moving forward, while TE coach Steve Ensminger is expected to step in for Cameron.
Notre Dame fired DC Brian VanGorder.
After last weekend's loss to Michigan State, HC Brian Kelly said that the notion of firing VanGorder was "not even part of the conversation." How things change in the course of seven days. Duke defeated Notre Dame 38-35 on Saturday, winning as a three-touchdown underdog. That was the final straw. Through four games with VanGorder vaguely guiding the ship, Notre Dame had surrendered 134 points. "I have the utmost respect for Brian as both a person and football coach," said Kelly, "but our defense simply isn't where it should be and I believe this change is necessary for the best interest of our program and our student-athletes." Defensive analyst Greg Hudson will take over as defensive coordinator moving forward.
Texas A&M redshirt junior WR Ricky Seals-Jones exited Saturday's game against Arkansas in the first half with an injured left leg.
Seals-Jones spent the second half in street clothes. Aggies HC Kevin Sumlin declined to address Seals-Jones' status afterwards, so we'll have to wait a few days to update you on his prognosis. Expected to be favored in the next two weeks, the Aggies could be 6-0 when they take on top-ranked Alabama on Oct. 22.
An NFC scout was surprised with Ole Miss redshirt senior QB Chad Kelly's underthrows against Alabama.
"This was my first time seeing Chad Kelly in person. For supposedly having such a strong arm, he sure did have his share of underthrows," the scout said. This was Lance Zierlein's take on that: "Kelly has the ability to put plenty of zip on most of his short to intermediate throws, but was plagued by some deep-ball shots that came up a little short against Alabama. While there are different ways to view and evaluate arm strength, my guess is that this scout will see enough arm when he gets in-depth with tape study of Kelly."
Memphis redshirt junior QB Riley Ferguson completed 20-for-27 passes for 359 yards and six touchdowns in Saturday's win over Bowling Green.
Ferguson added a rushing score. Ferguson has picked up where Paxton Lynch left off over the first three games, albeit against a weak slate. He has 843 passing yards and an 11/2 TD/INT rate. The degree of difficulty is about to get tougher with revenge-seeking Ole Miss on deck.
Charlotte senior RB Kalif Phillips (hamstring) had 16 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's loss to Temple.
In his return from a hamstring injury, Phillips also caught a 12-yard pass. The 49ers' offensive focal point was held out of out of last Saturday's loss to Eastern Michigan with the injury. He ran for 961 yards and five scores last year.
Michigan freshman RB Kareem Walker was on the sidelines in street clothes for Saturday's game against Penn State.
Walker has still not played this season. HC Jim Harbaugh says he's focusing on academics. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound prospect was a top-50 overall recruit in the past cycle. "He's working through some things academically," Harbaugh has said. "Less football for him. We're giving him the opportunity the concentrate on academics right now." The Wolverines employ a deep platoon of backs consisting right now of De'Veon Smith, Ty Isaac, Chris Evans and Karan Higdon.
An NFC scout believes Alabama senior ILB Reuben Foster will get drafted earlier than expected.
"I think Reuben Foster is going to get drafted way earlier than people expect," the scout said. "(Luke) Kuechly got drafted early and I think Foster has the same (expletive) to him." Kuechly, the best middle linebacker in the NFL, was drafted ninth overall in the 2012 draft. "What this scout means is that Foster plays with the same nastiness as Kuechly, which is a high compliment to pay the Alabama linebacker," Lance Zierlein wrote. "Foster is known as an angry hitter with bad intentions. What doesn't get enough attention is his speed to go sideline to sideline in order to chase down plays." The analyst believes Foster's game fits any scheme.