UCLA coach Jim Mora said Tuesday that he “has his eye on a few” Penn State players and that a few have reached out to the Bruins to inquire about a possible transfer.
Speaking during Pac-12 media day, Mora told reporters that he had glanced through the roster after learning Penn State players would be allowed to transfer and play right away in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Mora did not speak about specific players, but said assistant coaches Adrian Klemm, Demetrice Martin and Angus McClure were looking into a few.
TEXAS CHRISTIAN: Three former Texas Christian University football players who were among more than a dozen students arrested during a drug sting have been sentenced to probation on marijuana delivery charges.
Melody McDonald, a spokeswoman for Tarrant County prosecutors, says 21-year-old D.J. Yendrey pleaded guilty last week and was sentenced to three years of probation. Yendrey, who is listed as David Yendry in court records, was fined $300 on each charge.
Tanner Brock and Tyler Horn, both 21, pleaded guilty to the same charges last month. Brock received four years’ probation and was fined $1,200. Horn was sentenced to three years’ probation and was fined $300.
MICHIGAN: Has suspended defensive end Frank Clark after authorities say he took a laptop from a campus dorm room.
A statement from coach Brady Hoke called it a “serious accusation.”
Word of the suspension came Monday, the same day the team said it suspended running back Fitzgerald Toussaint after he was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of drunken driving.
University police spokeswoman Diane Brown says Clark was arrested June 19 after the June 14 theft of the $1,800 laptop at Stockwell Hall, where he was living. He is charged with second-degree home invasion and was released on bond June 20.
A message was left Tuesday with a lawyer listed as representing Clark. He’s due before a judge again Aug. 2 in District Court in Ann Arbor.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: The Trojans are eligible to win championships again, and the Pac-12 media expect the Trojans to reclaim their spot atop the league.
USC has been picked to win the Pac-12 in the annual preseason poll, the league announced Tuesday.
The Trojans were picked to win the South Division on 117 of the 123 ballots, while Oregon was picked to win the North Division by the same overwhelming margin.
Still mired in scholarship restrictions and NCAA probation, USC has been picked to win the league championship game by 102 of the voters.
USC coach Lane Kiffin wasn’t about to get cocky or say anything incendiary at the first preseason gathering of the league’s coaches and top talent in the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Studios.
MICHIGAN STATE: The school says junior snapper Steve Moore will miss the 2012 season after fracturing his spinal vertebra during a freak accident Saturday.
Moore cracked his C4 vertebra after diving off the back of a boat and landing on a sandbar.