Tennessee dismisses DB Jackson
Roundup: Purdue QB Henry tears ACL; CMU suspends two
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee junior defensive back Janzen Jackson has been dismissed from the team.
The player from Lake Charles, La., withdrew from school in February, citing personal problems. When he re-enrolled last month, Jackson declined to discuss the issues he was dealing with.
Jackson's dismissal was announced Wednesday by coach Derek Dooley, who said in a statement he was disappointed to have to dismiss Jackson, but that his actions "preclude him from the privilege of playing" for the Volunteers.
Dooley said: "Our program has devoted a tremendous amount of energy, resources, support, and care in an effort to help Janzen manage his personal challenges. I will always be there to help him as a person."
Jackson started 22 games the past two seasons. He had six interceptions and 106 tackles.
Classes start at Miami, where scandal cloud hovers
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Classes began Wednesday at Miami, where students are wondering what will happen to the Hurricanes' scandal-ridden football program.
Team officials have not yet released the team's depth chart for the Sept. 5 opener at Maryland. When that list comes out, it'll provide some new hints on the state of the investigation into allegations that at least a dozen current players accepted cash or other benefits from convicted Ponzi scheme architect Nevin Shapiro.
Some students wore orange clothing to class Wednesday in a show of support. Running back Lamar Miller walked around campus in a bright orange T-shirt.
The team resumes practice Thursday, when coach Al Golden is expected to say something about the state of the depth chart. Until then, everybody waits.
Purdue QB Henry tears ACL in right knee
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue's top quarterback, Rob Henry, has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
School officials will not say how much time Henry could miss until he undergoes more tests.
The Boilermakers issued a statement Wednesday saying the injury occurred during Tuesday's practice.
Losing Henry could open the door for Robert Marve, the transfer from Miami who lost his starting job after tearing the ACL in his left knee last season. Henry has been listed No. 1 on Purdue's depth chart since practice opened earlier this month.
Suspended USC RB Marc Tyler returns to practice
LOS ANGELES -- Suspended USC tailback Marc Tyler has returned to practice with the Trojans.
Tyler participated in his first practice of the season on Wednesday morning, working with the Trojans' scout team.
Coach Lane Kiffin suspended the senior from all team activities and the Trojans' first game last month after Tyler implied that USC pays its players during an interview with TMZ outside a nightclub. Tyler also appeared before a student discipline committee after two complaints were made against him.
Kiffin says Tyler is still suspended from the Trojans' season opener against Minnesota, and he hasn't decided when the suspension will end.
Tyler was the Trojans' leading ball-carrier last season, rushing for 913 yards and nine touchdowns. He is the son of longtime NFL running back Wendell Tyler.
Central Michigan suspends two players
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Central Michigan has suspended two players for unspecified violations of athletics department policy.
The school said Wednesday that junior defensive back Lorenzo White will sit out the season opener against South Carolina State on Sept. 1. Senior defensive end Kashawn Fraser, who was suspended during spring practice, will complete his punishment by missing the opener and the Sept. 10 game at Kentucky.
The school said it would not comment on the reasons for the suspensions.
Corn, Iowa football still cozy despite trophy flap
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The corn-themed trophy for the annual Iowa-Iowa State football game is history.
But fans will still see and hear more farming advertising than ever under agreements between two agricultural groups and the two schools.
The Iowa Corn Growers Association will run ads during all 12 radio broadcasts of Iowa games this fall and it is sponsoring Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz's weekly television show. It will advertise in game-day programs, and get similar publicity through Iowa State.
The Iowa Farm Bureau has signed a five-year agreement with Iowa and plans to sell Iowa-grown food products at Iowa State games this fall.
Some fans are questioning the agreements after the corn growers group helped design the trophy that was scrapped Tuesday after critics said it didn't have enough to do with football.