Nebraska’s Frost took step to stop migration to Ore. St.
First-year Nebraska coach Scott Frost said Thursday the transfers of three of his former players to Oregon State raised his suspicions, though he stopped short of leveling a tampering charge against the Beavers.
Linebacker Avery Roberts, quarterback Tristan Gebbia and receiver Tyjon Lindsey all transferred from Nebraska to Oregon State in the last two months. It was part of the reason Frost listed Oregon State as one of the schools Greg Bell couldn’t transfer to as a condition of granting the running back’s scholarship release last week.
Bell played at Arizona Western College from 2016-17.
The Cornhuskers’ previous staff has deep ties to Oregon State, and former Huskers assistant Trent Bray returned there to coach linebackers this season. Former director of football operations Dan Van De Riet has gone back to Oregon State in the same role. Mike Riley, the coach Frost replaced, was a longtime Oregon State head coach who now is a consultant for the Beavers.
“There’s no doubt in my mind those kids were probably in touch with some people they formerly knew that were here,” Frost said Thursday.
It’s against NCAA rules for representatives of a school to contact a player from another school about transferring. Frost’s decision on Bell was made 10 days before NCAA transfer rules change. Starting Oct. 15, athletes will no longer have to ask for permission to transfer from their current schools and schools cannot block transfers.
Nevada regulator suspends Khabib, McGregor for brawl
LAS VEGAS — UFC fighters Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor are being suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for a brawl that erupted inside and outside the octagon after their lightweight title fight last weekend in Las Vegas, an official said.
Letters were sent Wednesday informing both mixed martial arts fighters that they will be suspended for at least 10 days effective Oct. 15, commission executive Bob Bennett said Thursday.
A commission investigation is pending and the panel can extend the temporary suspension when it meets Oct. 24, Bennett said. Nurmagomedov and McGregor could also appeal Bennett’s executive action at that time.
Nurmagomedov, who was praised by Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting Wednesday in Moscow, responded with an angry Instagram post saying he was being unfairly punished.
The fighter complained that discipline didn’t follow an incident last April in Brooklyn, New York, when McGregor shattered windows of Nurmagomedov’s bus with a hand truck after Nurmagomedov confronted one of McGregor’s teammates days earlier.
The sophomores on Arizona Western’s men’s soccer team were able to make the most of their final regular-season home game Thursday with a commanding win over Scottsdale.
The Matadors won 2-0, and it marked the first time that any of the players on the team have beaten the Fighting Artichokes.
Prior to this game the sophomore class had two draws and a loss, including a disappointing draw earlier this season at Scottsdale (5-8-3).
“It’s important. Everyone is chasing us and we’re chasing other teams,” AWC coach Kenny Dale said. “I love our league. Every team is good from top to bottom and on any given day a team can rise up.”
After an up-and-down performance last week against Phoenix, the Mats started Thursday’s game fast.
Scottsdale was content to pack the game back in its own end and look to counter. That turned out to be fine for the AWC midfielders, who were happy to methodically pick apart their defense.
Two minutes into the game midfielder Steven Mendoza nearly scored off of a loose ball because of a bad pass by the Artichokes.
The Mats were able to come up with chances every couple of minutes throughout the first half, but they turned up the pressure in the final 10 minutes of the half. Forward Jorge Cayo Zelada was able to crash into the box from his
ARIZONA WESTERN’S YERRY MENDEZ (10) against Scottsdale at AWC. dribbles through traffic during Thursday’s game