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Father of Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhase arrested during Illini's loss to Michigan State

Nate Creer, the father of Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhase, was arrested following a fight that occurred in the stands during Illini’s 42-3 loss to Michigan State on Saturday.

Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhase (Photo: Andrew Nelles, AP)Illinois campus police police captain Roy Acree told the Chicago Tribune that around 10 people were involved in a fight that began when one fan accidentally bumped into another fan. According to reports, Creer and the other fans appeared to be intoxicated.

After the fight was broken up, officers took Creer under the bleachers to speak to him about the incident. An officer then grabbed Creer by the arm and he pulled away, prompting the arrest.

He was charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest.

“If he would’ve just gone along with the program, gave us the information that we needed and cooperated with the officers we would’ve probably just removed him from the stadium,” Acree told the Tribune. “But it didn’t work out that way.”

Creer was transported to Champaign County jail and later released after posting $150 bond. He was serving probation after he was arrested for criminal trespassing of an ex-girlfriend’s property in January.

Scheelhaase finished the game 13-of-21 for 103 yards and an interception. With the loss, the Illini fell to 3-4 and 0-3 in the Big Ten.

Photo credit: Andrew Nelles, AP

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Washington wide receiver out indefinitely after injuring foot vs. Cal

Washington got a much-needed win over Cal on Saturday, but the Huskies lost on of their top offensive producers in the process.

Washington wide receiver Kasen WilliamsWide receiver Kasen Williams landed awkwardly on his left foot trying to catch a Keith Price second quarter pass. He left the stadium with his foot in an air cast and was taken to nearby Harborview Medical Center.

Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian fears Williams’ season may be over.

“We know there’s a break and a dislocation in his foot,” Sarkisian said. “So he’s going to be out quite some time. Obviously our thoughts and prayers are with Kasen.

“He’s a great kid. He’s already home. I know the guys are all headed over there to see him.”

Williams, a Sammamish, Wash. native, is currently third on the team with 29 catches for 241 yards.

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Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year to return from injury vs. Georgia State

Less than a month after suffering what was thought to be a season-ending injury, ULM quarterback Kolton Browning will return to the Warhawks’ starting lineup.

Kolton Browning (Photo credit: Sue Ogrocki, AP)Browning suffered a torn quad on Sept. 28 against Tulane and was feared to be lost for the year. After a much faster-than-expect recovery, Browning received medical clearance Friday and will start today against Georgia State.

“Kolton Browning has made dramatic progress, and with the practice work that he had this week and the physician’s report this morning, I am comfortable with him being the starter in tomorrow’s game,” ULM coach Todd Berry said in a release.

Browning, the reigning Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year, battled issues with his quad all season before the tear in loss to Tulane. At the time, Berry said that it was “doubtful” Browning would return, and sophomore Brayle Brown was inserted into the lineup.

Brown went 1-1 as starter, with ULM losing to Western Kentucky before beating Texas State on the road last week.

The Warhawks are currently 3-4 with road games against Troy, South Alabama and rival Louisiana-Lafayette and a home game against Arkansas State remaining.

Photo credit: Sue Ogrocki AP

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Report: Clint Chelf to start at QB for Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State senior QB Clint Chelf

Oklahoma State senior QB Clint Chelf

Though it probably won’t be official until just before kickoff, it looks Clint Chelf will get the starting nod at quarterback for Oklahoma State today against Iowa State.

Head coach Mike Gundy did not publicly name a starter this week, but ESPN’s Joe Schad reports that Chelf is expected to start over J.W. Walsh.

Chelf, who started the season opener but was pulled after just two series, entered the game against TCU last weekend and helped lead the Cowboys to a 24-10 win.

He has completed 54.5 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and one interception in five appearances this season.

Walsh, the Cowboys’ starter the last five games, has been sporadic at best. The sophomore is currently 68th nationally and fifth among Big 12 quarterbacks in passing efficiency, but does lead the team with 284 rushing yards.

No. 19 Oklahoma State is 5-1 overall, 2-1 in the Big 12.

Photo credit: Sue Ogrocki, AP

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South Carolina Freshman OL leaves program

JP Vonashek (Photo: Melissa Harmon / GoGamecocks.com)South Carolina freshman offensive lineman J.P. Vonashek has left the program.

Vonashek, a 2013 signee, started the season as the Gamecocks’ No. 2 right tackle, but was not listed on the most recent two-deep depth chart.

A school spokesperson confirmed the departure to GoGamecocks.com, but no reason was given for the departure.

A 3-star recruit out of Camden County High School in Brunswick, Ga., the 6-foot-7, 275-pound Vonashek originally chose South Carolina over offers from Georgia, Auburn, Florida State and Miami, among others.

There was no word on if or where he intends to transfer.

Photo credit: Melissa Harmon, GoGamecocks.com

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Taylor Martinez expected to return Saturday but Nebraska QB situation still murky

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini expects quarterback Taylor Martinez to play in Saturday’s game against Minnesota, but he wouldn’t go so far as to say he’ll start.

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and quarterback Taylor MartinezMartinez, a senior four-year starter, has been sidelined with a turf toe injury left foot suffered before or during NU’s 41-21 loss to UCLA.

“It’ll be a game-time decision of what we’re going to do, but I would anticipate he’s going to play,” Pelini told the media on Thursday. “How much, we’ll see. We’re playing it by ear a little bit as to how he feels and how he wakes up tomorrow and how he responds from the week of work he had.”

Martinez missed five weeks of practice and donned a boot on his foot to protect the toe. He finally returned on Sunday and participated in practice all week, including two full-pad sessions.

If Martinez starts, Pelini said Tommy Armstrong will be the backup. However, Pelini did not rule out the possibility of playing Martinez, Armstrong or fifth-year senior Ron Kellogg.

“I believe we have three quarterbacks who can win for us,” he said. “That’s a good situation to be in. I would anticipate, at some point, you’re going to see all three.”

Photo credit: Nati Harnik, AP

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Miami-Ohio hopes to have new coach hired by season's end

Miami-Ohio didn’t wait until after the season to fire Don Treadwell in hopes of getting a leg up on hiring his replacement.

Don Treadwell was fired after an 0-5 start this season.

Don Treadwell was fired after an 0-5 start this season.

Athletic director David Sayler told Cincinnati.com earlier this week that he would like to have Treadwell’s replacement in place by the end of the season.

Treadwell was fired after an 0-5 start. He posted an 8-21 record in 2½ seasons. The RedHawks are now 0-7, and end their season Nov. 29 at Ball State.

“What I want to avoid is the thing you run into when you make the change at the end of the year, which is that you’re trying to make this hire in a really compressed week, two-week time frame,” Sayler said. “I want to try to get more out in front, and have this time allow us to do it quicker than that. I’d like to have it done by the end of the season.”

The school is working with the the search firm Collegiate Sports Associates to identify candidates.

Saylor described interest in the job as “overwhelmingly positive” and expects formal interviews to begin soon, an admittedly complicated process during in season.

“That’s going to come down to the candidates’ comfort level with where they are and their relationship to their boss,” he said. “We’re going to do all we can to make it happen that quickly.

“If a candidate is not able to (interview immediately) because of their boss, then that’s a decision we’ll have to make, whether we just move on or wait for that person. That depends on where they are on that list.”

Photo credit: Al Behrman, AP

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