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Texas Tech dismisses top scorer Jackson (AP)

Tue, 31 Oct 2006 18:40:35 PST

Texas Tech dismissed leading scorer Jarrius Jackson from the basketball team on Tuesday because of academic reasons. Red Raiders coach Bob Knight said in a story in the online edition of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that Jackson, who led the Big 12 Conference in scoring last season with 20.5 points per game, was removed "for failure to fulfill academic requirements that we have for our men's...

Kentucky suspends F Thomas for 3 games (AP)

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 14:33:21 PST

Kentucky forward Sheray Thomas was suspended for the Wildcats' first two exhibition games and the season opener because of an undisclosed rules violation. The 6-foot-8 senior started 12 games last year and is expected to be a major contributor at power forward. Coach Tubby Smith said Thomas most likely would have started.

Huggins, Capel among new Big 12 coaches (AP)

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 09:38:37 PST

Any Big 12 school that's not making a dramatic conversion, or saying hello to an NBA-ready freshman, or at least nearing some historic milestone is just not keeping pace with the times. Like tectonic plates shifting continents around, change is transfiguring this league. From the Gulf of Mexico to the snow-covered caps of the Colorado Rockies, from the banks of the Mississippi to the plains of...

Bruins picked to defend Pac-10 title (AP)

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 16:19:55 PST

As expected, UCLA has been picked to successfully defend its Pac-10 championship in a poll of media members. Bruins coach Ben Howland isn't sure that's a good thing. "I don't put much stock into it," Howland said Thursday at the conference's annual media day. "I wish it meant we were going to finish first, that would be great.

Stabbed UNC P not shocked about charges (AP)

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 19:35:34 PST

The University of Northern Colorado punter who was knifed in the kicking leg says he's not surprised by the severity of charges against his backup, who police say attacked Rafael Mendoza to capture his starting job. "No, not at all. Everyone else is surprised. Not me," Mendoza told The Associated Press after practice on Thursday night.

Buckeyes hope to squeeze Illini's Juice (AP)

Tue, 31 Oct 2006 23:58:50 PST

When Jim Tressel was recruiting Isiah "Juice" Williams to come to Ohio State a couple of years ago, he knew the athletic quarterback had a lot of potential. Now, Tressel and his top-ranked Buckeyes will find out just how big of an upside the freshman has when he leads Illinois against Ohio State on Saturday.

Ohio State looks to extend November roll (AP)

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 12:34:28 PST

As the calendar turns to November, there are certain things that can be counted on in Ohio: a chill in the air, shorter days and the likelihood that Ohio State will win under coach Jim Tressel. "You do a lot of work prior to November, but the month of November really is the legacy that you leave," said Tressel, 15-3 in November as the Buckeyes' coach.

Bomar ruled ineligible for this season (AP)

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 15:42:41 PST

Former Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar was ruled ineligible Wednesday to play for Sam Houston State this season but will return in 2007 with two years of eligibility remaining. Bomar and offensive lineman J.D. Quinn were kicked off the Sooners' squad in August for accepting payment for more work than they performed at a car dealership, a violation of NCAA rules.

LSU eager for rematch with Tennessee (AP)

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 12:59:10 PST

LSU was ready to celebrate when football returned to Tiger Stadium after two devastating hurricanes swept through Louisiana last fall. Tennessee spoiled the Tigers' fun. No. 13 LSU (6-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) travels to eighth-ranked Tennessee (7-1, 3-1) Saturday, hoping to crash its party this year.

Tennessee's Fulmer vague on QB's status (AP)

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 16:32:14 PST

Injured Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge practiced more on Thursday, but coach Phillip Fulmer was vague about how much his starter would be able to play against No. 13 LSU on Saturday. Ainge sprained his right ankle in last week's game at South Carolina and has been limited in practice. His backup, Jonathan Crompton, a redshirt freshman, has played sparingly so far this season but has been preparing...

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