Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

College Football Notebook

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

College Football Notebook

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WSU, ASU will move spying controversy on to the field

Washington State coach Mike Leach told the Pac-12 to look at whether Arizona State stole signs last season, joining a chorus of teams accusing the Sun Devils.

Leach has taken it too far this season, according to the Pac-12.

The conference fined Leach $10,000 and officially reprimanded him on Thursday, adding a layer of intrigue before the Cougars travel to the desert to face the Sun Devils on Saturday.

"Conference rules prohibit Pac-12 member institutions from disparaging each other and discrediting other institutions," Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in statement. "Information or accusations relative to rule violations must be handled by institutions filing those concerns with the Conference office through a formal process, and institutions must refrain from discussing those concerns publicly."

Leach is not the only person to accuse the Sun Devils of stealing signs.

Utah's players said Arizona State stole signs during a game last year and both Oregon and Washington took the extra step of putting up sheets to block the Sun Devils' view from the other sideline.

The Sun Devils maintain they have done nothing wrong. Pac-12 rules do not prohibit sign stealing unless audio and video equipment were used to decipher the signs.

"Make this perfectly clear: We do everything exactly by the rules. Period," Arizona State coach Todd Graham said. "Obviously, we take a great deal of pride in the integrity that our program has. I'll just leave it at that. I'm not going to get involved in things like that that are ridiculous. We're very open and honest about how we do things."

Maryland loses returner * Maryland standout kick returner and defensive back Will Likely is out for the season with a torn knee ligament.

Likely tore his ACL while returning a punt in the second quarter Saturday in a 31-10 loss to Minnesota.

The senior leads the Terrapins (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) with three pass breakups and ranks third on the team with 32 tackles. He also leads Maryland with 27.4 yards per kickoff return, including a 64-yarder in a 30-24 victory at Central Florida. …

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