Michigan suspends 3 players for Outback Bowl against South Carolina

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan coach Brady Hoke has suspended cornerback J.T. Floyd, punter Will Hagerup and linebacker Brandin Hawthorne for a violation of team rules.


Hoke says in an announcement Sunday that the three players will not travel with the 19th-ranked Wolverines for the Outback Bowl against No. 11 South Carolina because each of them used poor judgment. He didn’t specify which team rules were broken.

Floyd is a starting cornerback and Hagerup is the team’s top punter. Hawthorne is a backup linebacker.


NORTH ALABAMA: A walk-on football player is off the team after sending a racist tweet about President Obama.

The university said coaches made the move after lineman Bradley Patterson described Obama with a racial slur while complaining that the president’s speech about the Connecticut school massacre pre-empted an NFL game Sunday night.

Patterson couldn’t be reached by The Associated Press for comment Monday.


NOTRE DAME: Nose guard Louis Nix III and offensive tackle Zack Martin will return to school next year and skip the NFL draft.

Coach Brian Kelly started a news conference Monday by announcing that two of his top players would be back. Kelly also says running back Cierre Wood will wait until he receives an evaluation of his draft stock from an NFL advisory committee before deciding if he will return for another season.



WESTERN MICHIGAN: A person familiar with the decision says Western Michigan has hired 32-year-old Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant P.J. Fleck as its head coach.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the school was not yet ready to make an announcement.

Fleck will be the youngest head coach in the Bowl Subdivision. Fleck was receivers coach at Tampa Bay.


SOUTH CAROLINA: Longtime former college football coach and ESPN broadcaster Lou Holtz received an honorary doctorate of education as the featured speaker at the University of South Carolina’s commencement Monday.

Holtz coached the Gamecocks for six seasons from 1999-2004.

He had the only winless season of his career while at South Carolina, going 0-11 in 1999 before the team rebounded with a 17-7 record and consecutive Outback Bowl wins the next two years.


NEBRASKA: The Cornhuskers announced a three-game football series with Northern Illinois, including a game at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

Nebraska associate athletic director for football Jeff Jamrog said Monday that the first of the three games will take place at Soldier Field on Sept. 24, 2016. Northern Illinois has played neutral-site games the past two years at Soldier Field against Wisconsin and Iowa.



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