Two players leave Nittany Lions
The Penn State football team has lost a pair of backup players who plan to transfer.
Running back Andre Robinson and kicker Alex Barbir are no longer with the program and have been granted a release from their scholarships, according to published reports Tuesday.
Robinson was a redshirt sophomore this season but saw little playing time, getting only nine carries for 55 yards and one TD. He was a three-star recruit out of Bishop McDevitt High School.
Barbir, a redshirt freshman, was a three-star recruit from Georgia. He served as the backup to Tyler Davis on kickoffs this season and made six kicks.
Taggert to FSU
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Willie Taggart has agreed to become Florida State’s next football coach.
Florida State has called a news conference for Wednesday morning to introduce Taggart, who informed his Oregon players on Tuesday he is heading to Tallahassee to replace Jimbo Fisher.
The 41-year old Bradenton native coached at South Florida for four seasons before going to Oregon. Fisher resigned Friday to accept the opening at Texas A&M.
Taggart has a 47-50 career record, including 7-5 this season, but is known as a rebuilder. Florida State is 6-6 this season and will face Southern Mississippi in the Dec. 27 Independence Bowl.
UCF picks Heupel
ORLANDO, Fla. — UCF didn’t take long to hire someone to lead its rejuvenated football program.
The university announced Tuesday that Josh Heupel will be the Knights’ next football coach. The move comes about 72 hours after Scott Frost announced Saturday he was leaving UCF to become the coach at Nebraska.
“Coach Frost did an outstanding job,” Heupel said Tuesday at his introductory news conference. “My job to continue to develop those relationships and continuity. I look forward to that. We need to play smart football but we also have to be physical.”
Anderson denies assault
OKLAHOMA CITY — A woman who filed a petition for a protective order against Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson is accusing him of sexually assaulting her in her apartment and says she fears for her safety.
The petition filed against Anderson on Monday alleges the Sooners’ rushing leader forced himself on the woman on Nov. 16 and that she remembers “feeling like (she) couldn’t get away.”
Anderson’s attorney said in a statement Tuesday that the allegations are “patently false” and that Anderson is “shocked and disturbed” by them.
“Mr. Anderson did not, nor would he ever, force himself on any woman,” according to the statement released by attorney Derek Chance of Oklahoma City. A hearing on the protective order is scheduled for Dec. 18.
The petition says Anderson, 21, walked the woman home after meeting her for the first time at a bar and drinking. The woman said she was planning on taking Uber but that Anderson’s friends insisted he take her home. She said she initially remembered kissing Anderson and vomiting. But while talking with a friend last weekend, the woman said she “started recalling images and feelings” of him digitally penetrating her and biting her, then “trying to get away from him to put clothes on.”
Pac-12 honors players
SAN FRANCISCO — Stanford running back Bryce Love has been named the Pac-12 offensive player of the year and Washington lineman Vita Vea the defensive player of the year.
Stanford’s David Shaw was the coach of the year and Arizona linebacker Colin Schooler was the defensive freshman of the year in awards announced Tuesday. Arizona running back J.J. Taylor and Stanford lineman Walker Little shared offensive freshmen of the year.
Love, a junior, ran for 1,973 yards and 17 touchdowns, finishing second nationally with 164.4 yards rushing per game.