News of the day: Blount’s apology, Juice benched and another Sooner injury
Chad Forde does a great job picking apart suspended Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount’s apology, pointing out what nobody else seems to want to – that it appears to have been ghostwritten and this is clearly more of a publicity stunt than genuine contrition. It would have been nice to see this after the game, rather than seeing Blount make up tales about fans “brandishing a chair” at him.
Forde goes on to ghostwrite a few other well-deserved apologies, as well as break down what coaches are on the hot seat and what coaches have found a little shade for a while.
Speaking of coaches on the hot seat, Ron Zook of Illinois has announced that he will be benching senior QB Juice Williams in favor of junior Eddie McGee. Williams, who is the all-time leader in Illinois offense and led the Illini to the 2008 Rose Bowl, has had a rough go since the game against Indiana in the middle of last season. This season, in three starts, Williams is 0-3 with a 101 QB rating, just one TD and four INTs, and is averaging 2.1 yards per carry.
McGee was 13-of-17 for 164 yards with one TD and one INT as he captained Illinois to their only win of the season against Illinois State. He also rushed 18 times for 55 yards and two more TDs.
And, as if the injury bug hadn’t already bitten Oklahoma enough this season, they got more bad news yesterday morning. Their leading wide receiver, Ryan Broyles, is out 2-4 weeks with a broken shoulder blade. That means, at best, Broyles will miss games against Baylor and Texas. He could also miss games against Kansas and Kansas State.