Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty progressing after concussion; Ohio State official praises Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner _lowres

Associated Press photo by TIM SHARP -- Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty

WACO, Texas — Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty is making progress in his recovery from a concussion.

Petty was a full participant in practice Thursday, but Baylor officials said he is still progressing through the concussion protocol. His status for Saturday night’s game is still undetermined.

The fifth-ranked Bears play ninth-ranked Kansas State, with the winner guaranteed at least a share of the Big 12 title. Baylor, the defending Big 12 champion, is angling for a berth in the College Football Playoff. The Bears are No. 6 in the CFP rankings.

Petty sustained what was the team called a “mild concussion” when he took a high hit midway through the third quarter in Saturday’s 48-46 win over Texas Tech. He came out and didn’t return to that game.

Petty was still having headaches early this week but has said he expects to play against the Wildcats.


OHIO STATE OFFICIAL SAYS QB SHOWED ‘HUMANITY’: An Ohio State University official thanked Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner for showing “class” and “humanity” by coming to console the Buckeyes’ injured quarterback as he lay on the field.

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett broke his ankle during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 42-28 victory over visiting Michigan. Gardner knelt by Barrett’s side and gave him words of encouragement.

Ohio State development and community relations director Dave Claborn sent Gardner a letter thanking him for being an “inspiration” and calling him “an extraordinary young man.” Claborn told Gardner he demonstrated “true humanity to thousands of young (and older) people.”

Gardner said in a post on Twitter that he really appreciates the “kind letter.”

Big Ten

ONE ELIGIBLE TEAM COULD MISS BOWL: The Big Ten has informed its schools that one of its bowl-eligible teams could be left out of the postseason.

Illinois sports information director Kent Brown said the school received a memo from the league office notifying it of the potential bowl shortage. The league has 10 eligible teams.

ESPN first reported Thursday an email was sent from a Big Ten official to conference members Wednesday.

Illinois (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten), which became bowl eligible Saturday by beating Northwestern, is one of the teams most likely to get left out. Penn State is also 6-6 and bowl eligible for the first time in three years after NCAA sanctions. Conference newcomers Rutgers and Maryland each finished 7-5.


FOUR SIGNEES TO ENROLL NEXT MONTH: Four Auburn newcomers will enroll in January and be available for spring practice.

Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said Thursday that offensive linemen Tyler Carr and Bailey Sharp, quarterback Tyler Queen and H-back Chandler Cox have completed paperwork to enroll on Jan. 14.

Queen played for North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Georgia. He set a Cobb County record with 89 career passing touchdowns and was rated the No. 12 pro-style quarterback prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings.

Sharp is a four-star prospect who has been invited to the Under Armour All-America Game. Carr is rated as a three-star prospect and the No. 8 guard, according to the composite rankings.

Cox had 21 touchdowns rushing and 15 passing the past two seasons at Apopka High School in Florida.


GAME SETS ESPN VIEWERSHIP RECORD: Alabama’s win over rival Auburn was the most-viewed regular-season college football game on ESPN on record.

The Crimson Tide’s 55-44 comeback victory in the Iron Bowl on Saturday to avenge last year’s stunning loss averaged more than 13.5 million viewers.

The previous high was nearly 10.6 million viewers for a 2009 game between USC and Ohio State.

Records go back to 1990.


HIGH SCHOOL STAFFER BILLED FOR PELINI MEETING: A high school staffer who let fired Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini use the Lincoln school’s auditorium to meet with his former players will be billed $262.50.

The unnamed staffer is acquainted with Pelini and let him and the players gather Tuesday night at Lincoln North Star High School. Pelini was fired Sunday, and several of his players have since declared their support for the fiery coach and their disappointment at the decision to dismiss him.

School district spokeswoman Mary Kay Roth says the staffer didn’t go through the appropriate channels and didn’t inform his principal.

The bill for the four hours of use covers custodial and utilities cost of keeping the room open.