Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott apologized for the critical comments he made about playcalling after the Michigan State game and says it was the wrong time to make it known he would not be returning to school in 2016.
Elliott posted a long apology on Twitter on Monday, saying, "My intentions were not to point fingers at anyone for OUR failures. I was caught up in emotions. I hope everyone can understand how strongly I love this team and this university and how much I wanted to win that game but I do not regret anything I said."
Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said Elliott will not be disciplined and agreed the star junior should have carried the ball more in Saturday's 17-14 loss. Meyer said he wished the comments had been made in private instead of during a postgame interview, but that Elliott came to him and apologized.
"Zeke has always been a very emotional competitor," Meyer said. "… That kid you're talking about, he's one of my favorite of all times. He's good to go."
Elliott had 12 carries for 33 yards Saturday. He said he lobbied Meyer for more touches and he did not believe coaches gave players the best chance to be successful.
Still not a catch
Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst still believes Jazz Peavy's touchdown catch in the final minute vs. Northwestern should have been upheld by the replay official. The Big Ten office, however, believes the decision to overturn the call on the field was correct.
Bill Carollo, the Big Ten's coordinator of football officials, referenced the "Dez Bryant rule" in a conversation with Chryst about Peavy's catch, in which he caught a 1-yard pass from Joel Stave, took three steps after catch and was pushed to the ground by a defender. His right knee hit the ground before he rolled out of bounds with 24 seconds left.
The replay official ruled that because the ball moved slightly while Peavy was rolling over out of bounds, he did not complete the process of the making the catch.
• In a letter to season-ticket holders, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said it is never acceptable to throw items from the stands at Camp Randall Stadium. Fans threw snowballs at cheerleaders in the first quarter and at officials after the game.
Glenn to retire
South Dakota coach Joe Glenn said he is retiring after four seasons, saying he felt the timing is right. Glenn, 66, is 200-134-1 in 28 seasons, including 12-34 at USD, his alma mater.
The Coyotes are 5-6 this year, were in the FCS playoff hunt going into the season finale and earned their first victory at North Dakota State since 1978.
• The NCAA football oversight committee will provide guidelines for matching bowls with sub.-500 teams if there are not enough bowl-eligible squads to fill the record 80 postseason spots available this year. Bowl officials are hoping the committee, led by Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, can provide some order to a potentially disorganized situation, as there are 40 bowls, not including the championship game, but only 71 teams that have the bowl-eligibility requirement of six victories.
• Oklahoma confirmed quarterback Baker Mayfield suffered a concussion vs. TCU and the Sooners are optimistic he will be able to play against Oklahoma State on Saturday. Mayfield took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Ty Summers in the second quarter.
• Washington State quarterback Luke Falk was doing well and might be able to play Friday against Washington, Cougars athletic director Bill Moos said. Falk, the leading passer in the Pac-12, was carried off the field vs. Colorado on Saturday.
• Syracuse became the latest school to join in the search for a new coach when Scott Shafer was fired two days after the team's eighth loss in a row. Shafer, who will finish out his third season Saturday, went 2-13 in the ACC the past two years.