Foster to Be Cut by 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers said Sunday they plan to release linebacker Reuben Foster after he was arrested at the team hotel in Tampa, Florida, on a domestic violence charge.
An arrest report from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office said Foster was booked into jail at 11:11 p.m. Saturday and released Sunday on $2,000 bail. Foster was arrested by Tampa police at 9:10 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt hotel where the team was staying before playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Foster will be placed on waivers officially on Monday. The other 31 teams will have an opportunity to claim him, although the NFL could place him on the commissioner’s exempt list if he is signed. Spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league is reviewing the matter.
Foster had 29 tackles in six games this season with no sacks, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries or interceptions. He also missed 10 tackles in six games, according to SportRadar, and has the second-highest rate of missed tackles among any linebacker with at least 200 snaps on defense.
USC sticking with Helton
Clay Helton will remain Southern California’s head coach after the Trojans’ first losing season since 2000.
USC athletic director Lynn Swann made the announcement Sunday, one day after the Trojans finished 5-7 with a narrow loss to Notre Dame.
Despite widespread dissatisfaction with Helton among USC’s boosters and fans, Swann elected to keep the embattled coach. Nine months ago, Swann gave a contract extension through 2023 to Helton, who is 32-17 in his first head coaching job.
Helton’s Trojans won the Rose Bowl two seasons ago to cap a nine-game winning streak, and they won the Pac-12 title last season. But USC lost five of its final six games this season, capped by back-to-back losses to archrivals UCLA and Notre Dame.
Kliff Kingsbury was fired by Texas Tech after the former record-setting Red Raiders quarterback had a losing overall record in his six seasons as their head coach. The move came a day after the Red Raiders finished their third consecutive losing season with a 35-24 loss to Baylor when they had a chance to get bowl eligible. That was their fifth straight loss after a 5-2 start this year. ... North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora is out after seven seasons. The news came less than a day after an overtime loss to rival North Carolina State that dropped the Tar Heels to 2-9 and concluded with a brawl between the teams in the end zone after the Wolfpack scored the winning touchdown.
Villanova edges Florida State
Villanova is making a case to get back into the Top-25.
Collin Gillespie had a game-high 17 points, including two key late free throws, and the Wildcats won the AdvoCare Invitational by beating No. 14 Florida State, 66-60.
Gillespie made it 64-60 by connecting on a pair of free throws with 11.2 seconds to play in what was a tight second half.
Eric Paschall had 15 points and Phil Booth chipped in 12 for the defending national champions (5-2). Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree had 11 points and eight rebounds.
Florida State guard Terance Mann, a Lowell native, scored nine points. He was 3-for-5 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.
Calgary coach Bill Peters needed eight stitches in his left jaw after being hit with a puck during the Flames’ 6-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Peters left for about 10 minutes of game time in the second period before returning.
He was hit with 16:23 left in the period and was helped to the locker room, holding a towel over his jaw. He returned without a bandage with 5:07 to play.