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LSU fires Miles as football coach

LSU fired Les Miles as its head football coach Sunday, the school confirmed to the Baton Rouge Advocate.

Cam Cameron also was fired as the Tigers’ offensive coordinator. Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron will be introduced as interim coach on Monday, the school said.

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LSU, ranked No. 5 in the preseason Top 25, fell to 2-2 on Saturday night after an 18-13 loss at Auburn. It was the worst start for LSU since Miles took over as coach in 2005.

 “Decisions like this are never easy ones to make,” LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said in a statement. “Coach Miles has done a tremendous job here and he’s been a great ambassador for our University, which makes this even more difficult.”

Miles, who turns 63 in November, went 114-34 in 11 seasons at LSU and led the Tigers to the BCS national championship in 2007.

LSU (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) opened the season with a 16-14 loss to Wisconsin, the Tigers’ first defeat in a season opener since 2002. The Tigers beat Jacksonville State and Mississippi State before Saturday's loss at Auburn (2-2, 1-1). LSU hosts Missouri at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium. 

Orgeron was head coach at Mississippi from 2005 to 2007. He also served as interim head coach in 2013 at Southern California after Lane Kiffin was fired during that season, going 6-2.

Writer criticizes women’s choice of clothes at ’Bama-USC game

A Texas-based freelance writer admonished young women attending the Alabama-USC college football game earlier this month, writing that they should “cover it up.”

In a story published in the Huffington Post, Rebecca Walden wrote that she was surprised to see some of the clothes worn by women at the game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 3. Top-ranked Alabama won 52-6 in the season opener for both teams.

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According to AL.com, Walden, a Birmingham native, wrote that she recalled shopping for her own gameday outfits as a student at the University of Alabama 20 years ago.

"What we didn't want, and what we never did, was to show up for a college football game looking like we belonged in a Victoria's Secret fashion show," Walden wrote.

The Huffington Post later removed the column from its site. Part of the column was captured in a screenshot that was posted online.

WATCH: Central Michigan upsets No. 22 Oklahoma State on officials' error, Hail Mary

Central Michigan scored a stunning upset against No. 22 Oklahoma State on Saturday, with the Chippewas using a Hail Mary and a lateral to steal the win with no time on the clock.

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Steal is indeed the key word there, as MAC officials ruled that the play Central Michigan scored on should have never happened.

The reason the play shouldn’t have happened is because of what happened on the previous play. Oklahoma State had the ball on 4th-and-13, where they were called for an intentional grounding penalty as time expired. Usually, penalties allow for an extra play to take place, but since intentional grounding results in a loss of down, an extra play shouldn’t have been allowed by NCAA rule.

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As the Big 12 mentioned in their statement, the game is over and the ruling cannot be reversed. Instead, Central Michigan gets its first victory over a ranked opponent since 1991, and Oklahoma State takes a big loss for the Big 12.

Notre Dame dismisses starting safety, suspends cornerback after weekend arrests

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced Sunday that he had dismissed starting safety Max Redfield and suspended cornerback Devin Butler indefinitely after both were arrested in separate incidents in Indiana over the weekend.

Redfield was a two-year starter who was fourth on the team in tackles last season. He also faces an additional charge for possession of a handgun without a license.

Four other four players arrested with Redfield on misdemeanor possession of marijuana will be disciplined internally, Kelly announced. University officials could impose more penalties on top of what the athletic department decides.

In a separate incident, Butler was arrested during a bar fight between two women. According to police, Butler was asked to move back and the player “shouted profanities at the officers and starting swinging his fist.” One officer was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries, including a sore wrist.

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Kelly issued a strongly worded statement on Sunday.

“There are times when a player’s conduct fails to meet the standards I have set for our football team that it is appropriate to take action independent of any decision that might be made by the Office of Community Standards,” Kelly said. “This is such an instance.”

From a football perspective, Kelly’s decision will hurt the Irish secondary. With Redfield now gone, freshman Devin Studstill is projected to start. His backup is also a freshman. Butler was still rehabilitating a broken foot injury suffered in June. He was not expected to play until October.

No. 10 Notre Dame opens the season against Texas on Sept. 4.

Former college football star, wife killed by son, police say

Former Texas A&M star Antonio Armstrong and his wife, Dawn, are dead after a shooting Friday morning in their home in Houston.

KTRK reported Saturday that the couple’s 16-year-old son has been charged with capital murder. The son is believed to have called 911 after the shooting. He is not being named due to his age.

The wife died at the scene, while Armstrong was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where he later died.

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According to KTRK, the couple was shot in their bedroom.

Armstrong was a fitness instructor, motivational speaker and associate pastor in Houston. The couple ran a gym in Bellaire and Armstrong maintained a YouTube channel called Strong Talk.

According to KTRK, no motive has been revealed. There was no signs of a struggle, according to police. Police and family members described the Armstrong family as "all-American."

The couple's daughter was home at the time of the shooting, but was unharmed.

Armstrong was an All-American in 1994. He played one season in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins.

The son is expected to make his first court appearance Monday.

Ohio State gets quarterback verbal commit via drone video

Ohio State may be used to elite quarterbacks committing to their program, but not in this fashion. 

Just remember Emory Jones as the one who committed via drone video. 

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The Heard County four-star prospect from Franklin, Georgia, is the No. 3 quarterback prospect in the nation for 2018, according to 247Sports.

For more on Jones’ commitment, check out Landof10.com’s story.

Unsealed court records claim Joe Paterno knew of Jerry Sandusky allegations in 1976

More claims are coming to light that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno knew about allegations that Jerry Sandusky sexually abused boys on the Penn State campus.

Court documents from 2014 unsealed Tuesday, show that a victim, called John Doe 150 said Sandusky inappropriately touched him when he was 14 years old in 1976, The Washington Post reported.

The man, who is now an adult, was attending a football camp at Penn State University when he said Sandusky touched him as he took a shower.

The victim said he spoke to Paterno about what happened and told him that Sandusky had sexually assaulted him. Doe said Paterno ignored it, court records showed.

>>Related: Over 200 Penn State football players demand return of Paterno statue

"Is it accurate that Coach Paterno quickly said to you, 'I don't want to hear about any of that kind of stuff, I have a football season to worry about'?" the attorney asked the victim during a 2014 hearing, The Washington Post reported.

The man replied: "Specifically. Yes ... I was shocked, disappointed, offended. I was insulted ... I said, 'Is that all you're going to do? You're not going to do anything else?'"

Doe 150 said that Paterno then walked away.

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The court records contain allegations from multiple victims who said they were assaulted over the 22 years before someone reported abuse concerns to law enforcement in 1998, The Washington Post reported.

The latest documents are being released because of a lawsuit between Penn State and its insurance company. The existence of the testimony was made public in May, but the details weren't released until Tuesday.

Penn State is trying to get reimbursed by the insurance company for the $93 million that it paid out in settlements to Sandusky's victims, The Washington Post reported.

Other allegations include, according to the Washington Post:

  • John Doe 75 testified that Sandusky had his hand down the boy's shorts in 1987 and it was witnessed by another assistant coach who did nothing.
  • John Doe 101 testified that Sandusky's questionable behavior around young boys who were not his children was well-known in the university's football program. John Doe 101 said a weight room assistant saw him lying on a couch in his underwear in 1988 and Sandusky seated on the floor nearby, rubbing the boy's back. 

>>Related: Insurance company: Joe Paterno was told of Sandusky abuse allegations in 1976

The family of Paterno, who died in 2012, fired back on Twitter, saying that the claims are only claims and there is no documentation supporting the allegations.

The family denied in a statement to the Post that there had been a cover-up.

Sandusky was convicted in 2012 and was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison, The Washington Post reported. He was found guilty on 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys.

Read The Washington Post's story here.

Over 200 Penn State football players demand return of Paterno statue

Over 200 former Penn State football players are demanding a statue of former head coach Joe Paterno be returned to its place outside the stadium and that the school apologize to his widow.

The statue was taken down in 2012 due to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Sandusky, Paterno's defensive coordinator for years, was convicted on dozens of counts of child sex abuse. 

Some of Paterno's players say the two-time national championship coach has been treated unfairly. Dozens of Penn State lettermen signed a letter to the school that said Paterno had been subject to "an underserved media frenzy."

Former Nittany Lions player Brian Masella told ESPN, "Joe Paterno has been cast in a negative light and we're trying to correct that narrative. The university has ignored us over and over again."

But several reports indicated Paterno knew what was going on. After the scandal broke, Penn State commissioned an investigation into how the school had dealt with the sexual abuse allegations. 

It found that Paterno and other administrators "repeatedly concealed critical facts, relating to Sandusky's child abuse, from the authorities, the board of trustees, Penn State community, and the public at large."

And a court filing from the school’s insurance company said Paterno was informed of abuse allegations in 1976. Sandusky's trial revealed many of the assaults occurred at Penn State facilities and continued until at least 2009.

The university issued a statement thanking players for the letter but didn't say it has any plans to restore the statue.

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Insurance company: Joe Paterno was told of Sandusky abuse allegations in 1976

What did Joe Paterno know,and when did he know it? New allegations have come to light that Penn State University's legendary football coach was told about sex abuse allegations against his former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, in 1976.

Sandusky was part of Paterno's coaching staff from 1969 to 1999. 

The claims were made public when a Philadelphia court order was released Thursday.

The order said that Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association Insurance said that "in 1976, a child allegedly reported to PSU's Head Coach Joseph Paterno that he (the child) was sexually molested by Sandusky," NBC News reported.

There were two other claims that in 1987 and in 1988 other assistant coaches saw Sandusky and children in "inappropriate" or "sexual" conduct. 

Another allegation, also in 1988, was taken to Penn State's athletic director.

The court order is part of a case currently being decided in which Penn State University hopes to get back the more than $60 million it has paid to settle almost 30 civil claims surrounding the Sandusky abuse case.

The court said that the university cannot claim insurance coverage for settlements on cases that stem from 1992 to 1999 because of "provisions in policies written in those years excluding claims of sexual abuse," The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania reported.

Sandusky was convicted in 2012 for the sexual abuse of 10 boys between 1994 and 2008 and was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison. He is petitioning for a new trial. 

Paterno died in January 2012. 

His family said in reference to the new claims they want "a full public review of the facts," NBC News reported.

Read more on the case here.

Nick Saban ranks among 'World's Greatest Leaders'

Nick Saban's influence now stretches beyond the gridirons of the Southeastern Conference and college football.

Alabama's head football coach has been named to Fortune’s list of "2016 World’s Greatest Leaders."

Fortune says those who made list are "men and women transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same." 

The list includes the likes of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, German leader Angela Merkel and Pope Francis. 

OK. Makes sense.

Saban crashes the list at No. 11.

His credentials? He brought Alabama football back to prominence.  

Saban has won four national championship in the last seven years at Alabama and five in his career. He boasts a 100-18 record in nine years at the Capstone with four SEC Championships.

From what we know of Saban, we presume this will be his reaction to making the list:

Many believe SEC football to be in a class of its own, but Saban as No. 11 WORLD leader? 

Beats being the "Trump of football."

Interestingly, the website Worth ranked what it considered the "60 Most Powerful People in Sports" and Saban's name is awkwardly absent. The list is encompassed largely of league chiefs and media CEOs. 

Being college football's highest paid coach must wield no power.

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