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Two SJSU football players suspended for season

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Two SJSU football players suspended for season

Two players on the SJSU football team have been suspended for the rest of the season due to a violation of team policy, head coach Mike MacIntyre said Wednesday.Senior running back David Freeman and redshirt freshman wide receiver Chris Kearney will not see another snap this season after they were suspended on Friday before making the teams trip to New Mexico to take on New Mexico State.MacIntyre could not give further comment on the issue but said that the teams depth will make up for Freemans and Kearneys absence.The game of football, like every sport, but especially in football, there are injuries and different things that happen, MacIntyre said. Thats why when you come to practice, the second team is practicing just as much as the first team. We feel like we have more depth and the ability to overcome that. We hate missing those guys, wed like to have them here but it gives an opportunity to someone else.Thats why you need depth; thats why you need 85 scholarships; thats why you need a good walk-on program. Its not just two or three players that make a team.Freemans final numbers this season, closing out a college career he began at the University of Washington, are 73 total rushing yards on 21 carries, 2 catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns (one rushing). One of those catches, a 78-yard touchdown snag-and-run against the University of Texas-San Antonio, is the longest play from scrimmage for the Spartans this season.Freeman will not play another down in his collegiate career, capping his career numbers on the ground at 458 total yards on 107 carries and three touchdowns.Running back Jason Simpson will mostly likely take over Freemans role as the teams backup running back behind starter DeLeon Eskridge. Once sophomore Tyler Ervin returns from a right shoulder injury, he will assume the backup role and Simpson will be dropped to third-string.Kearney, a backup wide receiver without a single catch this season, has seen most of his field time this season on special teams. His most significant contribution to this season was a recovered fumble for a touchdown against UTSA.SJSU takes on Brigham-Young University this Saturday at Spartan Stadium. The game has been picked up by ESPN2 and will be televised. Kickoff has been moved to 7:30 p.m. PST to accommodate the change in broadcast.

Pac-12 basketball teams near Barcelona terrorist attack safe

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Pac-12 basketball teams near Barcelona terrorist attack safe

Men's basketball teams from Oregon State, Clemson and Arizona were staying at a hotel in Barcelona, Spain, near where a van drove into pedestrians on Thursday, but team officials said everyone was safe.

Spanish police have confirmed they are investigating the bloodshed in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district as a terror attack. The area is a popular summer tourist spot.

Tulane also was playing in Barcelona, but it was unclear if they were staying in the same hotel as the other teams.

Oregon State assistant coach Gregg Gottlieb posted to Facebook: "We are all luckily ok. Our hotel/restaurant is located right on Las Ramblas. This tragedy happened right in front of us as our team just sat down for pregame meal. Thoughts and prayers for all those that are were hurt."

The Beavers' game Thursday night was canceled. It was supposed to be the first of a five-game tour.

Clemson was scheduled to play Thursday night against a Spanish All-Star team.

"We've been in contact with our men's basketball program currently in Barcelona and the entire travel party is safe and secure. Their exhibition game for tonight has been cancelled and the team will return to Clemson as previously scheduled tomorrow morning. Our thoughts are with the people of Barcelona," the South Carolina school said in a statement.

Clemson coach Brad Brownell confirmed in a text to The Associated Press that the three teams were staying in the same hotel.

"We are fine. Thankful to be safe and together," Brownell wrote.

Tulane athletic director Troy Tannen confirmed via social media that the Green Wave players and staff were safe.

Replying to a Twitter inquiry from a Portland television about whether the team was OK, Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle responded: "Yes we are, happened directly in front of our hotel while we were having a team meal in the restaurant, so senseless and sad! All accounted4."

Oregon State said it has not yet determined the remaining schedule for the team, which was supposed to be on the exhibition tour until Aug. 25.

A spokesman for Arizona said the Wildcats have canceled their third and final exhibition of their tour and "are currently working on travel plans to return home."

The future of Cal athletics, or lack thereof

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The future of Cal athletics, or lack thereof

Your education dollars are always at work, so it is with pride and bewilderment that we report that the University of California’s incoming class (2021, for those few who can get out in four years) marched to Memorial Stadium and formed the world’s largest human letter.
 
It was . . . wait for it . . . a “C.” A 7,196-person-strong “C.”
 
But the school, as it occasionally does, missed a golden opportunity to seize a golden opportunity. All they needed to do was have a quick whip-round, get $55,586.44 from each and every one of the captives . . . er, students, and they could have wiped out their entire athletics deficit in one night.
 
You see, while forming gigantic letters is always fun (or as the kids used to say when double negatives didn’t mean voting, never not fun), Cal is staring at quite possibly the bleakest future a major athletic university ever has. The athletic department, whose chief officer, Mike Williams, has just announced his intention to quit, is over $400 million in debt between construction costs, ambition, shrinking allegiance and the absence of a Phil Knight-level sugar daddy to buy the pain away.
 
And before you blame Williams, he inherited this indigestible planetoid from his predecessor, Sandy Barbour, who grew it from her predecessor, Steve Gladstone, and hastened it from . . . well, you get the drift. 
 
Cal’s been blowing through money it hasn’t been taking in for years upon years, didn’t realize the deficit-cutting benefits of the Pac-12 Network (because they largely don’t exist), and the day of reckoning looms closer and closer, especially now that new chancellor Carol Christ (no apparent relation) described the deficit as “corrosive” and has insisted that the athletic department have a balanced budget by 2020.
 
In short, the school may only be able to afford a lower-case “C” before too long. Maybe in comic sans.