Let’s take a look at some of the biggest stories and highlights from around the college football world.
Les Miles Hired at Kansas
Les Miles has agreed to become the next head football coach at the University of Kansas, according to sources. The University is scheduled to make an official announcement soon. Miles will replace David Beaty after it was revealed last month that he would not return to Kansas next season. Beaty has gone just 6-31 with the Jayhawks, including a 3-8 record this season. The 65-year-old Miles has not coached since being fired by LSU in September of 2016. He has a career 141-55 record over 15 plus seasons spent between LSU and Oklahoma State. Miles was still owed $6.5 million from LSU, but the school announced that they paid Miles a $1.5 million one-time lump sum payment and that a settlement was reached. Miles will look to guide the Jayhawks to their first winning season since 2008 when Kansas was led by Mark Mangino. Kansas athletic director Jeff Long and Les Miles have a long relationship dating back to their time together at Michigan.
Ehlinger Set For MRI
The Texas Longhorns got a big 24-10 victory over Iowa State on Saturday night, but they lost their quarterback in the process. Sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger was forced to leave the game with a shoulder injury and did not return. The injury occurred when Ehlinger was diving for a first down late in the second quarter. Texas head coach Tom Herman announced that Ehlinger has an AC contusion in the right shoulder and that an MRI was scheduled for Sunday. X-Rays revealed that there was no fracture, but the MRI will determine the severity of the injury and the expected timetable to return. Ehlinger suffered an AC sprain in his right throwing shoulder earlier this season but was not forced to miss any games.
Hunter Renfrow Injured in Clemson Win
Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow was forced to leave the Clemson victory over Duke in the second quarter with an apparent head injury. Renfrow landed hard on his head while trying to dive for a catch, and the Clemson medical staff wanted to take all of the proper precautions with their star receiver. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney told the media after the game that Renfrow could have returned to the game, and will be ready to go next week. Renfrow caught a pass in the victory for the 39th consecutive game, breaking the school record for most consecutive games with a reception. Number two ranked Clemson honored 33 seniors before the game, including Renfrow.
Michigan Loses Two Stars To Injury
The Michigan Wolverines saw two of their senior stars injured in their 31-20 victory over Indiana on Saturday. Chase Winovich and Berkley Edwards were both forced to leave the game, and both players went to the hospital for further evaluation. Winovich, one of the top defensive lineman in the country, suffered an upper-body injury and his status for next weekend’s matchup with Ohio State is in question. Coach Jim Harbaugh did not give any specific details about the injury but did reveal that an X-Ray and CT scan did reveal good news. Edwards suffered a concussion while taking a blindside hit during a punt play in the fourth quarter of the game. Medical personnel attended to Edwards for nearly 15 minutes before placing him on a backboard and cart and transporting him out of the stadium.
Buckeyes Survive, Set Up Showdown
The Ohio State Buckeyes won an exciting 52-51 game over Maryland on Saturday to set up a showdown with Michigan for the Big Ten East title. Ohio State was able to survive a poor defensive effort that saw them give up 535 total yards to a struggling Terrapins squad. The victory improved Ohio State’s record to 10-1 on the season, and keep the Buckeyes hopes of a Big Ten title alive. The Buckeyes will host rival Michigan on Saturday, with the winner likely earning a spot in the College Football Playoffs. Urban Meyer is 6-0 in his career against Michigan, and the Wolverines have not won at Ohio Stadium since 2000. ESPN’s College Gameday will be at Ohio Stadium for this matchup of top-10 teams.