Injury to Purdue's leading receiver appears to be season-ending


While there’s been no official word yet from the school — other than a decidedly pessimistic prognosis — it appears Purdue will lose wide receiver Keith Smith for the remainder of the 2010 season.

Speaking to the West Lafayette Journal & Courier, Smith’s high school coach indicated that, from his conversations with the receiver, his former player suffered very significant damage to his knee over the weekend, damage that all but ends the fifth-year senior’s season.

He told me it was the ACL and MCL,” Kenneth Gray, head coach at Shoemaker High School in Fort Hood, Texas, told the Journal & Courier. “He tried to stiff arm one guy and his foot was planted and somebody hit him.”

Smith, who suffered the knee injury in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s win over Western Illinois, also told his former coach that, on Tuesday, he would begin rehab on the knee before undergoing surgery to repair the ligaments.

Smith’s 18 receptions in less than two games tops the Boilermakers, and he’s currently tied for fourth in the nation in receptions per game.

Arizona State hires Beau Baldwin as offensive coordinator

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State has hired former Cal Poly head coach Beau Baldwin as its next offensive coordinator.

The school announced Baldwin’s hiring of new coach Kenny Dillingham‘s staff a week after he resigned at Cal Poly.

The 50-year-old Baldwin spent three seasons as the Mustangs’ head coach, going 4-21.

Baldwin previously served as California’s offensive coordinator for three years after a nine-year stint as Eastern Washington’s head coach. He went 85-32 at Eastern Washington and won the 2010 national championship with three trips to the FCS semifinals.

Baldwin also served as Central Washington’s head coach in 2007.

Stanford QB Tanner McKee declares for NFL draft

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STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee is leaving school to enter the NFL draft.

McKee announced his decision on Thursday after a disappointing junior season on an overmatched Stanford team.

McKee completed 62% of his passes for 2,947 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season as Stanford went 3-9 for a second straight year.

Stanford will undergoing an overhaul with coach David Shaw stepping down after 12 seasons and several players expected to transfer.