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Troy Smith signs with Steelers

 

Troy Smith with Baltimore Ravens in 2008 (photo by Saquan Simpson via wikipedia commons)

Former Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith, a 2006 Heisman Trophy winner, has been signed to a reserve/futures contract by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Smith spent three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens from 2007-2009, beating the Steelers as a rookie starter in 2007.

Smith spent 2010 with the San Francisco 49ers.

Smith won the 2006 Heisman Memorial Trophy on December 9, 2006. He beat out sophomore RB Darren McFadden (2nd) from Arkansas and senior QB Brady Quinn (3rd), from Notre Dame.

In winning the 2006 Heisman, Smith took 86.7% of the first place votes, a record that has not been broken. His tally of 2,540 votes was the third largest behind that of the then-2005 Heisman Trophy winner, Reggie Bush of the USC (2,541 votes) and 1968 Heisman winner O. J. Simpson who also played for USC (2,853 votes). His margin of victory (1,662 votes) was also the second largest in the history of the award, eclipsed only by O.J. Simpson who won by 1,750 votes.

Troy Smith joined Les Horvath (1944), Vic Janowicz (1950), Howard “Hopalong” Cassady (1955), Archie Griffin (1974 and 1975) and Eddie George (1995) as Ohio State Heisman winners.

Smith was signed by the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League on September 2, 2011. An injury to fellow Heisman Trophy-winner Eric Crouch in the season opener, opened the door for Smith to become the starter, though the Nighthawks decided to go with Jeremiah Masoli who had been with the team longer.

Smith’s first UFL start came in Omaha’s final game of the season, a 25-19 loss to the Mountain Lions of Sacramento in the consolation round of the postseason. In the game, Smith completed 17-of-33 passes for 191 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, including a 81-yard touchdown pass to Chad Lucas.

 

Info compiled from staff, Radio, TV, Ohio State, United Football League & Wikipedia news

RB Brown transfers from Wisconsin to Pittsburgh

 

Zach Brown (courtesy of Wisconsin athletics)

Talented running back Zach Brown has decided to transfer from Wisconsin to Pittsburgh and will immediately become eligible to play.

There is no sitting out period for Brown, because he has already earned his bachelor’s degree and he only played three seasons for the Badgers. He took advantage of the same NCAA rule that QB Jeremiah Masoli used to leave Oregon and transfer to Ole Miss last season.

The rule allows student-athletes who have graduated with one year of eligibiltiy left can transfer to a school with a graduate program that the student-athletes previous school didn’t have.

Brown rushed for 1,152 yards on 240 carries scoring 11 touchdowns for the Badgers.

A North and South runner, Brown saw himself fourth on the depth charts in the Wisconsin backfield after Spring Football.

 

Info courtesy of Wisconsin athletics & the NCAA

 

Oregon Ducks send Jeremiah Masoli packing for good

compiled from Oregon Ducks news and wire reports

The University of Oregon kicked suspended quarterback Jeremiah Masoli off the team Wednesday, just two days after a police officer cited him for driving infractions and Marijuana possession.

Jeremiah Masoli (courtesy of Oregon Athletics)

In a statement, the university said Masoli was dropped because he did not “adhere to obligations” outlined by coach Chip Kelly.

Jeremiah Masoli (courtesy of Oregon Athletics)

A Springfield police officer cited Masoli late Monday on charges of possessing less than one ounce of marijuana, driving with a suspended license and failure to stop when entering a roadway, said Springfield Police Sgt. Tom Borchers.

Chip Kelly suspended Masoli in March for the entire 2010 season after the quarterback pleaded guilty to burglary for his role in the theft of laptops and a guitat from a fraternity. Masoli remained on scholarship and practiced with the team during this past spring football camp in hopes of coming back in 2011.

Masoli threw for 2,147 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2009. He also rushed for 668 yards and 13 touchdowns in a season that ended with a Rose Bowl loss to Ohio State, which Masoli and the Ducks have never gotten over.

Masoli, a native of San Francisco, finished his Oregon career with 1,386 rushing yards, the most ever by a Ducks quarterback.

If he chooses to continue his college career, he’ll have one season of eligibility remaining.

Bellotti leaves Oregon Athletic Director’s position for ESPN

compiled from Oregon Athletics information and staff and wire reports

Mike Bellotti has been Oregon’s athletic director less than a year, but is leaving the school he loves to become a part of ESPN as a college football analyst. He was head football coach at Oregon for 14 seasons before taking over as AD last July. His resignation is effective April 5.

The 59-year old Bellotti took over as the successor to Pat Kilkenny and then Chip Kelly was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach. Last season under Kelly, the Ducks went 10-3, winning their first Pac-10 title since 2001 and earned their first trip to the Rose Bowl since 1995, but lost to Ohio State.

Mike Bellotti as coach of the Ducks (U of Oregon)

Bellotti’s resignation came as a complete surprise Friday at a hastily called news conference. He says it’s time for a career change.

His short tenure as athletic director has been one of controversy and full of problems galore. Earlier in the week, he fired men’s basketball coach Ernie Kent due to losing and declining attendance.

The football program is in a dissaray with quarterback Jeremiah Masoli being suspended for the 2010 season after pleading guilty to a second-degree burglary charge.

Running back LaMichael James, pleaded guilty to an unrelated harassment charge and was suspended by coach Chip Kelly last week for the season opener September 4.

During the 2009 season, running back LaGarrrette Blount punched a Boise State player after the opening game and was suspended for the season, but returned late in the season after meeting certain academic and behavorial requirements.

Mike Bellotti was quite successful as Oregon’s football coach. He went 116-55 with the Ducks and took the team to 12 bowls games. In 2001, Oregon won 11 games, including a 38-16