Oklahoma State suspends star before league opener

All-America wide receiver Dez Bryant has been ruled ineligible by Oklahoma State, four days before the 15th-ranked Cowboys' first Big 12 game, at Texas A&M.


The university announced Wednesday that Bryant "failed to openly disclose to the NCAA the full details of his interaction with a former NFL player not affiliated with OSU."

GEORGIA : Tavarres King , the team's third-leading receiver, is "very unlikely" to travel to Tennessee on Saturday because of a concussion sustained against LSU.

That leaves Georgia with five scholarship receivers -- A.J. Green, Michael Moore, Rantavious Wooten, Israel Troupe and Marlon Brown .

"Every scholarship receiver, all hands will be on deck," coach Mark Richt said.

King has 10 catches for 170 yards and a touchdown. Troupe and Brown haven't caught a pass.

Brown is a Memphis native and Parade All-American who picked Georgia over Tennessee. He has played only in the South Carolina game.

"He's one step closer than he was before Tavarres got hurt," Richt said.

Tailback Caleb King also has a concussion to go along with a broken jaw and "more than likely" won't travel to Knoxville, Richt said.

GEORGIA TECH : After committing four turnovers in its first two games, No. 22 Georgia Tech has only one giveaway in its last three games heading into Saturday's game at Florida State.

Quarterback Josh Nesbitt has not thrown an interception since the second game against Clemson. He has passed for two touchdowns and rushed for two touchdowns in the last three games.

Nesbitt was 11 for 14 passing for 266 yards in last week's 42-31 win at Mississippi State.

"I think Josh has played well two weeks in a row," said coach Paul Johnson . "He's got a better understanding of what we're trying to do and he can just kind of relax and play with it. I'm happy for him."

SOUTH CAROLINA: Spencer Lanning has been about everything the Gamecocks could've hoped for this season in replacing all-Southeastern Conference kicker Ryan Succop , now starting for the Kansas City Chiefs.

He is tied for the SEC lead with 10 field goals, stands fourth among league punters with a 41.9-yard average and even earned a game ball for his last-ditch, TD-saving tackle of Ole Miss' Marshay Green .

FLORIDA: Tim Tebow 's status against No. 4 Louisiana State University appears as if it will be a game-day decision.

Florida coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that his medical staff told him to prepare as if there is a chance the injured Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback will play Saturday night in Baton Rouge.

"We're game-planning as if there's a chance Tim could play," Meyer said. "There's a chance he won't play. That's going to be pretty much the response until the foot hits the ball down there."

Tebow practiced Tuesday for the first time since suffering the first concussion of his career Sept. 26 against Kentucky.

FLORIDA STATE: University president T.K. Wetherell says coach Bobby Bowden 's job is safe for now.

In a release Wednesday from the university, Wetherell said the football coaching situation will be re-evaluated at the end of the season.

Wetherell reiterated that offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher will be the next head coach when Bowden leaves and that the university will begin work with Fisher on an agreement to that end.

"FSU does not make coaching changes in the middle of the season," Wetherell said. "What message would it send to anyone -- friend or foe -- to do that at this time?"

Although many boosters and fans have become disgruntled with the slide of the program, Wetherell made it clear he is sticking by the 79-year-old Bowden. The Seminoles (2-3, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) are off to their slowest start since Bowden's first year at the helm in 1976.

KENTUCKY: Superfan Jim Brown 's streak is over.

The 90-year-old Brown missed his first home game since 1944 on Saturday when an illness kept him from attending Kentucky's 38-20 loss to No. 3 Alabama.

Brown had attended Kentucky's last 412 home games. Take out the 1944 season -- when he was serving in the armed forces in World War II -- he hadn't missed a game since his freshman year at Kentucky in 1938.

Brown expects to start a new streak when the Wildcats return home on Oct. 24 to take on Louisiana-Monroe.

The streak has spanned 12 coaches and more than seven decades and seven bowl appearances.


Kickoff for unranked Georgia's Nov. 7 home game against Tennesee Tech will be at 1 p.m.

The game with the Ohio Valley Conference foe will be televised on a pay-per-view basis.

Fans should contact their local cable or satellite system provider for more information.

-- From staff reports



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