Press Box


December 10, 2009

Authorities charged nine Michigan State players with misdemeanor assault and conspiracy Wednesday following last month's dormitory brawl.

The players, all suspended by coach Mark Dantonio, face up to a one-year maximum sentence on the conspiracy charge, and up to 93 days on the other charges.

A Michigan State spokesman said the suspended players, which include starting DB Chris L. Rucker and receivers B.J. Cunningham and Mark Dell, are not allowed in the weight room, study areas or other parts of the football building and will not accompany the team to its Jan. 2 Alamo Bowl game against Texas Tech.

•Texas coach Mack Brown's contract was restructured to raise his annual salary from $3 million to $5 million through 2016. ... Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh won the Lombardi Award as the nation's top lineman. ... Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong signed a five-year contract at $1.6 million a year to coach Louisville. He becomes the 11th black head coach in the 120-team Football Bowl Subdivision. ... Incoming Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said four assistants won't be back: Dexter Carter (RBs), Chuck Amato (assistant head coach), Todd Stroud (strength) and Jody Allen (DEs). ... A House subcommittee passed legislation aimed at forcing a switch to a playoff system to determine a national champ. ... Oklahoma CB Dominique Franks will return for his senior year.

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