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SEC upholds Florida Gators touchdown and puts Lane Kiffin on notice about complaining

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Tennessee's Lane Kiffin and Mississippi State's Dan Mullen were reprimanded Monday by the SEC for criticizing officials. The league also did not say there was anything wrong with the replay official's call on UF linebacker Dustin Doe's interception return for a touchdown against Mississippi State, which Mullen complained should have been overturned on replay.

It was the second time Kiffin was reprimanded. Commissioner Mike Slive said Kiffin "is on notice that for any further violations of SEC policies will subject him to additional penalties including suspension."

Kiffin, who this season wrongly accused Florida coach Urban Meyer of violating NCAA recruiting rules, and Mullen declined comment Monday.

Meanwhile, the Pac-10 suspended a game official for missing a facemask call in Saturday's USC-Oregon State game. A hit knocked an Oregon State player's helmet off. Commissioner Larry Scott said that the suspension was handed down because the hit was "blatant and dangerous."

UConn player buried

MIAMI — Hundreds of mourners, including dozens from the University of Miami, attended a funeral for Connecticut cornerback Jasper "Jazz" Howard, a 20-year-old former Miami Edison High standout who was stabbed in Storrs, Conn., on Oct. 18.

The UConn team arrived at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in North Miami in four large white buses, many players staying stone-faced throughout the day. They shuffled inside quietly, each picking up a white rose with a blue ribbon.

Howard's mother, Joangela Howard, father, Alex Moore, two younger sisters and pregnant girlfriend, Daneisha Freeman, sat near the dark blue coffin.

"It's unfortunate his daughter won't be able to know him," Huskies receiver Kashif Moore said. "But we'll have a lot of stories to tell. She'll have 105 uncles. I promise you that. We'll all miss Jazz."

It is unclear what caused the altercation that led to Howard's death, and no one has been charged with the murder. Police spent the weekend searching storm drains and a lake near where he was stabbed.

Iowa: Top running back Adam Robinson (right ankle) might miss Saturday's game against Indiana.

Michigan: President Mary Sue Coleman says the NCAA has given the school a notice of inquiry and will keep looking into allegations by anonymous players that the time they spent in the Rich Rodriguez-led program during the season and in the offseason exceeded NCAA limits. … Center David Molk is out for the season and will miss spring practice after tearing a ligament in his right knee against Penn State.

Mississippi: Running back Dexter McCluster, a former Largo High standout, was named SEC offensive player of the week. He was the first Rebel in the modern era to have 100 yards both rushing and receiving.

Oklahoma: Injured junior quarterback Sam Bradford said he decided to end his college career after getting unanimous advice to enter the NFL draft. "To make this decision and realize that I've probably played my last game at Oklahoma, it's really tough," he said. Bradford plans to have surgery on his right shoulder Wednesday, will delay hiring an agent so he can remain involved with the team and hopes to complete his degree in the spring. He said he doesn't know when he expects to get drafted.

Southern Illinois: Quarterback Chris Dieker is likely out for the season with a broken collarbone.

SEC upholds Florida Gators touchdown and puts Lane Kiffin on notice about complaining 10/26/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 26, 2009 10:21pm]
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