Boston College will be without Montel Harris, the ACC’s leading rusher, for its regular-season finale Saturday at Syracuse. Harris had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee yesterday at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center after tearing his lateral meniscus in last weekend’s win over Virginia.
The school gave no word on whether Harris would be available for postseason play. The Eagles are bowl-eligible at 6-5.
Harris, a junior, ranks 11th in the nation with an average of 113 yards per game. He’s 125 yards shy of tying Derrick Knight’s career rushing record at BC (3,725). After Harris was injured in the third quarter, freshman Andre Williams handled the carries and rushed for 108 yards.
URI leaving CAA in ’13 The University of Rhode Island is taking its football program out of the Colonial Athletic Association and moving to the Northeast Conference starting in 2013. Both leagues compete in the Championship Subdivision. The Rams will give the Northeast Conference 10 teams . . . Rhode Island’s Joe Trainer was named the CAA’s coach of the year after leading the Rams to three wins over nationally ranked teams. UMass junior linebacker Tyler Holmes was named the conference’s defensive player of the year. UMass seniors Anthony Nelson (wide receiver) and Greg Niland (offensive lineman) joined Nelson on the all-conference first team. New Hampshire had four players . . . Cam Newton of Auburn, Andrew Luck of Stanford, and Kellen Moore of Boise State are the finalists for the Maxwell Award, which goes to the nation’s best player, and the Davey O’Brien Award, which honors the top quarterback.