December 30, 2010
Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan admitted to lobbying Ohio State officials to keep their players eligible for Tuesday's bowl game against Arkansas. The NCAA suspended five Buckeyes, including quarterback Terrelle Pryor , last week for receiving improper benefits in 2009. The players were penalized for selling awards, gifts and university apparel. But the group remained eligible for the Sugar Bowl and will miss the Buckeyes' first five games in 2011. Meanwhile, the NCAA defended its recent rulings in violations cases involving Ohio State and Auburn, saying it does not play favorites or make decisions based on financial considerations.
December 29, 2010
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor and four Ohio State teammates suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season apologized Tuesday for selling championship rings and memorabilia and taking discounts from a local tattoo parlor. The NCAA will permit all five to play in the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas on Jan. 4. Pryor, backup defensive lineman Solomon Thomas and starting tailback Dan Herron , wide receiver DeVier Posey and offensive tackle Mike Adams said they regretted their actions, which go back as far as two years.
December 9, 2010
This is it — the final regular-season poll. Half the preseason top 10 survived: Oregon (9), TCU (5), Boise State (1), Ohio State (2) and Virginia Tech (7). Auburn opened the season 18th, Stanford 19th, Wisconsin 13th and Arkansas 17th. Nevada, like a pistol shot, rose all the way from unranked. Alabama (4) disappointed slightly and Texas (8) disappointed greatly, while Florida (6) flopped by its standards. Every team in the poll has a bowl game left to impress a one-man judge and jury.
July 20, 2010
Florida and the NCAA are investigating an allegation that former Gators offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey received $100,000 from a representative of a sports agent before last season ended, ESPN.com reported Monday. The allegation stated Pouncey received the money between Florida's loss to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference title game and its Sugar Bowl win over Cincinnati, according to the report. The alleged representative was not named. "We were made aware of some information in early June that we reported to law enforcement and we then shared with the NCAA and the SEC," Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said in a statement.
January 2, 2010
SUGAR BOWL: No. 5 Florida 51, No. 4 Cincinnati 24 CAPITAL ONE BOWL: No. 11 Penn St. 19, No. 13 LSU 17 PG 4 GATOR BOWL: Florida State 33, No. 18 West Virginia 21 PG 4 OUTBACK BOWL: Auburn 38, Northwestern 35, OT PG 4
January 1, 2010
TODAY'S TELEVISION HIGHLIGHTS M. bask West Virginia@Purdue ESPN 2:30 Dayton@New Mexico CBSCS 9 NBA New York@Atlanta NBA 7:30 New York@Atlanta (T) NBA 10:30 C. foot Texas Bowl: Missouri vs. Navy (T) ESPNU 10 a.m. Outback Bowl: Auburn vs. Northwestern ESPN 11 a.m. Capital One Bowl: LSU vs. Penn State 2, 7 1 Gator Bowl: Fla. State vs. West Virginia 13, 9 1 Rose Bowl: Ohio State vs. Oregon 2, 7 5 Sugar Bowl: Cincinnati vs. Florida 45, 5 8:30 Outback Bowl: Auburn vs. Northwestern ESPN 3 a.m. Texas Bowl: Missouri vs. Navy (T)