Shaw honored by SEC; Meyer hired at Ohio State
South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery and lineman Terrence Campbell both broke bones in the Gamecocks' 34-13 win over rival Clemson, but the injuries are not expected to hold them out of USC's bowl game.
The school announced Monday that Jeffery broke a bone in his hand, while Campbell fractured his fibula. Both players returned to the game after suffering their injuries.
Jeffery had surgery Monday on the hand, the school said, and will begin rehabilitation immediately. Jeffery will be reevaluated in the next few weeks.
Both players are listed as probable for the bowl game, whenever and wherever it will be played. USC should be invited to a traditional New Year's Day bowl, and given that the holiday falls on a Sunday in 2012, the earliest the Gamecocks could play again is Jan. 2.
Campbell, a sixth-year senior, will play in his final game at Carolina. Jeffery, a junior, is expected to declare for the NFL Draft after the bowl game.
Shaw honored by SEC: USC quarterback Connor Shaw was named SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week after racking up 317 yards of total offense and being responsible for four touchdowns against Clemson.
"I feel like my confidence is boosting the more I play game-by-game," said Shaw, a true sophomore with only eight career starts, after Saturday's game. "I think I have a better feel for the game, and I'm starting to see the bigger picture."
Shaw, who became the first USC quarterback since Corey Jenkins in 2002 to rush for 100 yards in a game, shared the honor with Alabama tailback and Heisman Trophy candidate Trent Richardson, who rushed for more than 200 yards in No. 2 Alabama's 42-14 win over Auburn.
Meyer named coach at Ohio State: Former Florida coach Urban Meyer, who led the Gators to national championships in 2006 and 2008 before resigning after last season due to health concerns, was formally announced as the next head coach at Ohio State on Monday.
"I've been checked out, and I'm ready to go," Meyer told reporters, adding he likely would not have coached this upcoming season if the Ohio State job hadn't opened. Meyer is a native of Ashtabula, Ohio, and started his coaching career at Ohio State as an assistant.
Pac-12 firings: UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel and Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson were both fired Monday after leading their teams to disappointing 6-6 seasons.
Erickson will be allowed to coach the Sun Devils in their bowl game, the school said. As for Neuheisel, he will be allowed to coach the Bruins in the Pac-12 title game against Oregon in Eugene, Ore., on Friday. However, Neuheisel will not be able to coach in the bowl game if UCLA is invited to one.
If the Bruins shock the Ducks — UCLA is a 30 point underdog — they will win the Pac-12 title and advance to the Rose Bowl with a 7-6 record. If the Bruins lose and fall to 6-7, the school said it would petition the NCAA for a waiver to be bowl eligible despite a losing record — a request it believes will be granted.