Eight Miami football players must sit out games.

Miami coach Al Golden will be without eight players, including QB Jacory Harris, in the opener.

The NCAA ruled Tuesday that eight Miami players must sit out games and repay benefits in order to play for the Hurricanes again.


Starting quarterback Jacory Harris and four other players must sit out one game and make repayment.

Olivier Vernon will miss six games and repay $1,200. Ray Ray Armstrong and Dyron Dye will sit out four games. Marcus Forston, Sean Spence, Adewale Ojomo and Travis Benjamin will sit out one game.


SOUTH CAROLINA: Coach Steve Spurrier still isn’t ready to name a starting quarterback for Saturday’s season opener against East Carolina.

Spurrier says both senior Stephen Garcia and sophomore Connor Shaw will play a few possessions in the first half before he decides if he will stick with just one QB or a rotation. Garcia has started 30 games in his career.

“I don’t know how you can say one guy is the quarterback for the year when you’ve got two that are pretty close and one of them is struggling,” said Spurrier, referring to the five interceptions Garcia threw in the final two games of 2010. “I don’t know how you tell the other guy he’s not going to have a chance.”


CONNECTICUT: The university has postponed its season opening game against Fordham, scheduled for Thursday, because the stadium is being used as distribution center for relief supplies for victims of Tropical Storm Irene.

BIG 12: The conference’s board of directors formed a committee to look at possible replacements for Texas A&M if the Aggies leave the league as expected.

Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton, who serves as the board chairman, said Tuesday that the committee could also address the possibility of expanding the conference even if Texas A&M stays put.


OKLAHOMA STATE: Starting free safety Johnny Thomas and receiver Michael Harrison have been ruled ineligible for the Cowboys’ season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette.

RUTGERS: Eric LeGrand, who suffered a spinal cord injury last season, will work on the Rutgers Radio Network as an analyst.



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