Saturday, December 16, 2017
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NCAA clears USF basketball recruits

TAMPA — Two key members of USF basketball coach Stan Heath's recruiting class — freshman center John Egbunu and junior point guard Corey Allen — were cleared by the NCAA on Wednesday and will start fall classes next week.

Egbunu, a national top-100 recruit, could start at center, combining with sophomore Zach LeDay and freshman Chris Perry for an upgrade in the frontcourt. Allen is in position to be the top backup to junior Anthony Collins.

In all, Heath has a six-man recruiting class: Egbunu, Perry, Allen, Orlando forward Dre Clayton, Michigan guard Bo Zeigler and Heath's son Josh, a point guard from Tampa Prep.

Bulls schedule: The American Athletic Conference unveiled its first men's basketball schedule, and USF opens conference play hosting Memphis on Dec. 31 on ESPN2. The Bulls' 18-game conference schedule has defending national champion Louisville coming to the Sun Dome on Jan. 22. See the full conference schedule at tampabay.com/bulls.

More Basketball: Indiana director of basketball operations Calbert Cheaney, a former Hoosiers standout, is headed for St. Louis, where he will be a full-time assistant for Jim Crews.

Ex-Vandy players plea not guilty to rape

NASHVILLE — Four former Vanderbilt football players pleaded not guilty to raping an unconscious woman at a campus dorm.

Cory Batey, 19 of Nashville; Brandon Banks, 19, of Brandywine, Md.; Jaborian McKenzie, 19, of Woodville, Miss.; and Brandon Vandenburg, 20, of Indio, Calif., pleaded not guilty to five counts of rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg also is charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.

All waived their appearances so attorneys entered their pleas. A date for discussions has been set for Sept. 19.

Receiver Chris Boyd, a current player who was suspended from the team last week, also pleaded not guilty to being an accessory after the fact. Police say Boyd took part in an attempted coverup.

Vanderbilt dismissed Batey, Banks, McKenzie and Vandenburg on June 29.

Ohio State: The misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge against cornerback Bradley Roby was conditionally dropped, the Columbus Dispatch reported. He must avoid legal trouble until Aug. 16, 2014, to have the charge dismissed. Coach Urban Meyer suspended him for the opener.

Oklahoma: Cornerback Cortez Johnson (possession of marijuana) and defensive tackle Chuka Ndulue (DUI complaint) will be suspended for the opener because of arrests, Fox Sports Southwest reported.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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