College football weekend news roundup: Texas fires DC, several QBs injured

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Manny Diaz is out at Texas, Braxton Miller gets carted off the field and other headlines from the college football world.

It was a busy weekend for college football fans. Here is a look at the biggest headlines from Saturday and Sunday.

First, a sad note. The UCLA Bruins lost a member of their football program early Sunday morning. Nick Pasquale, a walk-on wide receiver, was struck by a vehicle while walking home from a party and died shortly afterward. Nick was a well-respected member of UCLA's scout team. Please keep the Pasquale family in your thoughts.

Texas fires defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, hires Greg Robinson

After being torched for 550 rushing yards in a blowout 40-21 loss to the BYU Cougars, the Texas Longhorns parted ways with defensive coordinator Manny Diaz just a few hours later. The school has confirmed earlier reports of Diaz's firing. Texas wasted no time announcing his replacement, hiring Greg Robinson to the same position. Robinson, who served as Syracuse's head coach from 2005-2008 after running Texas' defense in 2004, is expected to take over immediately.

Quarterbacks everywhere go down with injuries

Heisman Trophy candidate Braxton Miller was carted off the field in the first quarter of Ohio State's game against San Diego State. Miller's helmet came off after being sandwiched between two defenders, though it was his MCL that took the most damage. The training staff placed his knee in a brace and he reportedly could've continued playing, though there was no reason to risk further injury with the game in-hand. Miller is expected to play next week.

Texas quarterback David Ash left Saturday's game against BYU after taking a hard shot to the head. Ash had been hit hard all night, carrying the ball 17 times before leaving. He was also sacked three times and was constantly under pressure. His availability for next week's game with Ole Miss is questionable.

TCU quarterback Casey Pachall underwent surgery on his left arm and is expected to miss multiple games, though there is no timeline set for his return. SB Nation's TCU blog, Frogs O War, was the first to report the story on Saturday. Look for Trevone Boykin, who was the Horned Frogs' starter for most of last season, to handle the quarterback duties once again.

Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux suffered a gruesome leg injury against Illinois and was carted off the field. He was taken to a local hospital to undergo further examination, and the senior has since been transferred back home to a Cincinnati-area hospital. The university is yet to release any further updates.

Oklahoma State could be facing money scandal, Miles denies report

Joe DeFrost, a former Oklahoma State assistant and the current special teams coordinator at West Virginia, is reportedly being named in a Sports Illustrated report for paying players for both on- and off-the-field jobs. DeFrost worked at OSU from 2001-2011 under coaches Les Miles and Mike Gundy.

Miles, who was at OSU until 2005, denied having any knowledge of DeFrost's alleged actions, saying, "I don't know of any improprieties while I was coaching there. We always did things right."

Oregon leaps Ohio State in Coaches Poll

The Coaches Poll was released on Sunday morning, and while Alabama remained at the top, the Oregon Ducks overtook Ohio State for the No. 2 spot. The Buckeyes dropped to No. 3, with Stanford and Clemson holding steady at four and five, respectively. South Carolina surprisingly dropped from sixth to 14th following their road loss to Georgia, while the Bulldogs rose to 10th. The full top-25 poll can be found here.

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