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Despite a season that has many people pegging him as the Heisman frontrunner, Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton doesn’t want to think about the NFL quite yet. The nation’s fourth-leading rusher and third-highest rated quarterback said Monday that he will ponder his football future after the season is over. Newton said he can’t be thinking about those types of “selfish thoughts” with his team in the midst of the Southeastern Conference title hunt. Not to mention a possible push toward the national championship. As for right now, Newton wouldn’t be able to give “a definite decision on how I’m feeling right now.” Miami is already down to its fourth-string quarterback for Saturday’s game against a surprising Maryland team. Now the Hurricanes will be without their top running back as well. Senior tailback Damien Berry, who had amassed 690 yards rushing and four touchdowns, is a “little sore, banged up,” his head coach Randy Shannon said. Shannon said Berry has been dealing with this injury for a little over two weeks, although he wouldn’t identify what it was specifically. So without Berry, the life of true-freshman replacement quarterback Stephen Morris is much more difficult. The Hurricanes have dropped all the way to third in ACC’s Coastal Division after a disappointing loss to Virginia last week. The campus of Mississippi State is mourning the loss of defensive end Nick Bell, who died Tuesday after a fight with cancer. The sophomore Alabama native was diagnosed near the end of September. On Oct. 1, he had surgery to remove a mass from his brain, but emergency surgery was necessary Monday when the cancer was found to be spreading throughout his body. The No. 21 Bulldogs have a bye this week before returning to the field on Nov. 13 against Alabama. Through the first four games of this season, Bell had seven total tackles, two of which were for a loss. After the Big East schools unanimously agreed Tuesday to expand the number of football participants in the conference from eight to 10, the speculation game began. Which two schools would be invited to fill those final two spots? Many believe the conference will target Conference USA members Central Florida and Houston. But Wednesday, both schools spoke out saying they had not been contacted by the Big East. For the time being, each school continues to be a “proud member of Conference USA.” A third potential target is the Mountain West’s TCU, according to various reports. Just one week after their teammate was shot and killed by police, four Pace University football players pleaded not guilty Thursday at their arraignment at Mount Pleasant Town Court in Valhalla, N.Y. Three of the players are charged with disorderly conduct, and the fourth is charged with criminal mischief in connection to an incident that left teammate Danroy Henry dead at a suburban shopping center. Authorities allege that Daniel Parker, Joseph Garcia and Yves Delpeche interfered with getting medical help for Henry. The fourth player, Joseph Romanick, allegedly broke a store window. All four were arrested in the aftermath of the Oct. 17 shooting, which took place just a few hours after the team’s Homecoming game.


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November 5, 2010  

November 5, 2010