Pressure builds on Georgia’s Richt
Roundup: RB Miller to leave Sooners; QB Wood joins Buffs
ATHENS, Ga. -- After only one loss, Mark Richt and his Georgia players are feeling the heat.
The Bulldogs have fallen out of the Top 25, raising the stakes heading into this week's Southeastern Conference game against No. 12 South Carolina.
Georgia finished 6-7 last year and opened this season with a 35-21 loss to then-No. 5 Boise State on Saturday night.
Richt bristled Tuesday when he was asked about the importance of the game for his program and his future.
"I view it as a very important game," he said. A few minutes later came the follow-up: Is the home game against South Carolina a must-win game? "Didn't I just say it's a really important game?" asked Richt.
But do you think it's a must-win? "I think it's a really important game," he said. "You want to ask me again? Because you can and I'll give you the same answer."
Georgia won SEC championships under Richt in 2002 and 2005 and also played in the 2003 SEC Championship Game. Georgia won 10 or more games in six of Richt's first eight seasons before finishing 8-5 in 2009 and capping the disappointing 2010 season with a 10-6 loss to Central Florida in the Liberty Bowl.
Overall, Richt is 96-35 in 11 seasons.
Reserve RB Miller to transfer from No. 1 Oklahoma
NORMAN, Okla. -- Reserve running back Jonathan Miller plans to leave No. 1 Oklahoma and transfer.
Coach Bob Stoops said after practice Tuesday that Miller had informed him that he was leaving for "family reasons and the opportunity to have a chance to maybe play a little more."
Stoops said Miller is "a good young man and I'm sure he's going to do really well."
Miller took an injury redshirt last season after playing in seven games as a freshman in 2009, gaining 130 yards on 18 carries with one touchdown.
He had seven carries for 20 yards as Oklahoma's fourth-string running back in Saturday's season-opening 47-14 win over Tulsa.
Oklahoma State's Thomas ruled ineligible
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma State senior safety Johnny Thomas has been ruled ineligible for the remainder of the season.
Thomas, who started 11 games last season, was ruled ineligible by the school on Tuesday.
Thomas, who had three interceptions and was fourth on the team last season with 63 tackles, missed the ninth-ranked Cowboys' 63-14 season-opening win against Louisiana-Lafayette last weekend because of an eligibility issue.
Wood enrolls at Colorado, joins Buffs' scout team
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Quarterback Connor Wood joined the University of Colorado Buffaloes on Tuesday after transferring from Texas.
"It was awesome, you just got to love this mountain air, it's a lot different than Austin," Wood said after his first practice on the scout team.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound redshirt freshman can practice with the Buffaloes this fall but must sit out this season. He has three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2012, after starter Tyler Hansen has graduated.
Coach Jon Embree said Wood is a walk-on "and then we'll get him going in the spring with some aid."
"I worked with the scout team today and that was fun, just working against the No. 1s," Wood said. "So, it's good to get that practice and stay sharp. I think that's a big deal instead of standing on the sideline on the offensive side, watching. You're actually in there playing against some good teammates."
Wood left Texas' fall camp after finding himself tied for third on the depth chart with freshman David Ash and behind junior Garrett Gilbert and sophomore Case McCoy.
Wood was highly recruited out of Second Baptist High School in Houston, where he was a three-time all-state selection and threw for 8,417 yards and 73 touchdowns and ran for 1,482 yards and 37 TDs in four years as a starter.
Two Hawaii players rejoin team after suspension
HONOLULU -- Two Hawaii starters who were suspended for the season opener after being arrested on charges of misdemeanor assault will play Saturday at Washington.
Warriors coach Greg McMackin says outside linebacker Aaron Brown and receiver Darius Bright are back on the team.
The players were arrested Aug. 28 following a fight at a Waikiki nightclub. They both sat out Hawaii's season opener against Colorado, which Hawaii won 34-17.
McMackin on Monday said Brown will start and Bright will rotate in because of a turf toe injury.
Brown, a senior from Puyallup, Wash., led the Warriors with five sacks and ranked third with 83 tackles last season. He also had three interceptions.
Bright, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound junior redshirted last year after playing two seasons for City College of San Francisco.
Wisconsin dismisses Irwin from team after arrest
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin has dismissed defensive lineman Jake Irwin from the team after he was arrested in connection with an incident outside a campus gym last week.
UW Madison police say Irwin was arrested for two counts of disorderly conduct and two counts of battery for his role in an altercation that took place in the early morning hours of Sept. 1. Police say Irwin was struck in the head with a rock and needed treatment for his injuries. Another man also was arrested.
The redshirt freshman was not involved in the fall practices. Coach Bret Bielema says Irwin had been serving a suspension, then was dismissed after "an incident that occurred late last week."
Wisconsin announced that tight end Brock DeCicco has transferred from Pittsburgh. He can't play this season and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Board of Regents prefers KU, K-State stay together
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The Kansas Board of Regents would prefer that Kansas and Kansas State remain in the same conference, even if the Big 12 eventually falls apart.
Board chairman Ed McKechnie told The Associated Press in a phone interview Tuesday that "our first hope is they stay together in the Big 12, and until something happens, I'm just not going to speculate on what else there could be."
The Big 12 has already lost Nebraska to the Big Ten and Colorado to the Pac-12, and Texas A&M has decided to leave for the Southeastern Conference. Oklahoma and Texas have been linked to the Pac-12, too, and their departure would likely signal the Big 12's demise.
Oklahoma president David Boren acknowledged last week the Sooners have been contacted by other conferences and that he expects to decide soon whether they will remain in the Big 12.
Kansas chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said last week that Kansas and Kansas State are not necessarily connected should the Big 12 dissolve, but McKechnie said the Board would prefer that the two schools stick together. He also said the biggest problem facing the conference is that its future is tied too much to football, which has become the biggest moneymaker in college athletics.
If the league should fall apart, Kansas and Kansas State may not be left in the dark. The New York Post reported Monday the Big East has studied the feasibility of adding three more schools -- possibly the Jayhawks, Wildcats and Missouri -- to create a super conference with 12 football-playing members and 20 schools that participate in basketball. That would allow the Big East to hold a lucrative football championship game and create even divisions in basketball.
The 12-team Big Ten could also continue expanding as other conferences grow.