Munchie Legaux returns to Cincinnati

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux, a former Edna Karr standout, has been transferred to a local hospital after a gruesome knee injury landed him in the hospital in Illinois.

Legaux was injured in the fourth quarter of the Bearcats’ 45-17 loss to Illinois on Saturday. He was hit low while trying to pass and his left leg bent awkwardly.

He was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Ill. The school said in a news release that he was transported to UC Medical Center in Cincinnati on Sunday.

The senior started Cincinnati’s first two games, though Brendon Kay had received playing time at quarterback against the Illini.

The Bearcats play Northwestern State at home on Saturday.

UCLA

PLAYER HIT BY CAR, KILLED: In Los Angles, UCLA receiver Nick Pasquale was hit by a car and killed while walking in San Clemente early Sunday morning. He was 20.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department said Pasquale was struck about 1:30 a.m.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Pasquale was trying to cross a street. Sheriff’s Lt. Gary Strachan said the car’s driver stopped, called authorities and stayed with Pasquale until they arrived.

The accident is under investigation. Strachan said no one was arrested.

Pasquale, a redshirt freshman, walked on at UCLA last fall after playing at San Clemente High School, where he was a three-year starter. The 5-foot-7 receiver earned the nickname “Pacman” from his teammates while participating on the scout team in practices last season and again this summer.

Texas

defensive coordinator FIRED after rout: In Austin, Texas, Texas fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz on Sunday, less than 24 hours after one of the worst defensive performances in the history of the program.

Longhorns coach Mack Brown announced that former Longhorns defensive coordinator and Syracuse coach Greg Robinson will take over the job.

“Our performance on defense last night was unacceptable, and we need to change that,” Brown said.

BYU ran for 550 yards, the most ever allowed by Texas, in a 40-21 victory against the Longhorns on Saturday night, putting a potential breakthrough season on the brink of another big disappointment if the Longhorns can’t fix their defensive problems. Texas (1-1) plays No. 25 Ole Miss (2-0) at home on Saturday.

Brown hired Diaz after Texas finished 5-7 in 2010 and defensive coordinator Will Muschamp left to be the head coach at Florida.

The hire was a surprise considering Diaz had been defensive coordinator just one season at Mississippi State, but Brown called him a rising star in coaching who brought energy and new ideas to his struggling program.

Brown refused to say in his postgame news conference if he planned to keep Diaz on the job, and by Sunday afternoon announced that he will be reassigned within the athletic department. Diaz makes more than $600,000 a year.

Duke

QB out indefinitely with broken collarbone: In Durham, N.C., Duke quarterback Anthony Boone is out indefinitely with a broken collarbone.

Brandon Connette will be the starter this week in the Blue Devils’ Atlantic Coast Conference opener against Georgia Tech.