UNC’s Price out six weeks with injury
Roundup: Big Ten says no to expansion; court wants Leach info
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina cornerback Jabari Price will miss six weeks after having surgery on his left hand.
The school said Price had the operation Friday at UNC Hospitals to repair a tendon in his hand. He injured it during a blocking drill in practice Tuesday. Team officials say they will update the sophomore's status in six weeks.
Price played in 13 games last season and started the last four. He finished with 20 tackles, four passes broken up and one interception.
Thomas says he was asleep in Harris' car
EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas says he was asleep in the car when a teammate was pulled over for driving 118 mph earlier this summer.
Thomas also denies he was smoking marijuana. A police dashboard camera revealed that the officer who pulled over cornerback Cliff Harris thought he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the car.
Harris was cited from speeding and driving on a suspended license following the traffic stop on June 12 on Interstate 5 near Albany, Ore. No other citations were issued.
Harris, who was driving a rented car he says was lent to him by a university employee, was suspended indefinitely after the incident. He will not play in Oregon's opener against LSU on Sept. 3 at Cowboys Stadium.
Miami trustee chair says school backs Shalala
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The chairman of Miami's board of trustees says university president Donna Shalala has taken "a strong position" about the investigation into the Hurricanes' football program.
Leonard Abess's letter to the university community was released late Friday night. It says it's "especially important that the alleged misconduct not overshadow our current leadership and institutional values."
The Hurricanes are under NCAA investigation because of claims brought by former booster and convicted Ponzi scheme architect Nevin Shapiro, who says he provided cash, cars, prostitutes and gifts to 72 players from 2002 through 2010.
In an interview that was posted online Friday by Miami's student newspaper, The Miami Hurricane, Shalala said she plans to remain at the school "for a long time."
Big Ten says no current plans to expand
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- The Big Ten Conference says it's not looking at another expansion -- for now.
The 12-team league said Friday that its Council of Presidents/Chancellors met recently and there is no plan to "actively" engage in expansion now "or at any time in the foreseeable future, barring a significant shift in the current intercollegiate athletic landscape."
The Big Ten added Nebraska from the Big 12 in July. The Big 12 also lost Colorado to the Pac-12 and another Big 12 team, Texas A&M, this week confirmed its interest in joining the Southeastern Conference.
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said there are no current plans to seek a new member.
Texas court wants more info in Leach case
LUBBOCK, Texas -- The Texas Supreme Court wants more information in Mike Leach's lawsuit against Texas Tech, a fresh sign of life for the fired coach's claims against the school.
The state's highest civil court on Friday asked Leach and Texas Tech to file briefs by Sept. 19.
In 2009, the university fired Leach two days after suspending him amid allegations of mistreating a player with a concussion. Leach later sued for wrongful termination.
A decision in January from the 7th Court of Appeals upheld Texas Tech's assertion of sovereign immunity from such lawsuits, derailing Leach's pursuit of monetary damages. Texas Tech is appealing the lower court's ruling that Leach could pursue a non-monetary finding that he was wrongfully fired.
Jayhawks to start Webb at quarterback in opener
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Sophomore quarterback Jordan Webb has been chosen to start Kansas' season opener against McNeese State on Sept. 3.
Jayhawks coach Turner Gill announced the decision Friday. Webb had been competing with senior Quinn Mecham.
Webb moved into the starting lineup the second game of his freshman season, and threw for 179 yards and three touchdowns while leading the Jayhawks to an upset of No. 15 Georgia Tech.
He started five more games before he was hurt against Texas A&M, and then came off the bench late in the season before starting the finale. Webb wound up throwing for 1,195 yards, the second-most by a freshman in school history, along with seven touchdowns.
Georgia's Crowell recovering from groin injury
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell participated in Friday's practice even though he still wore the green jersey reserved for injured players while he continues to recover from a strained groin.
Running backs coach Bryan McClendon says Crowell "did everything from A to Z" in the practice "and did well."
Crowell is expected to start in Georgia's Sept. 3 opener against Boise State. Another tailback, Richard Samuel, is recovering from a strained quadriceps.
McClendon says Crowell would "definitely" be ready if Georgia's opener was this week.
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo says another top freshman, Malcolm Mitchell, is making a push to be one of the team's top three receivers.
Nose tackle John Jenkins left the practice with a mild left hamstring injury.