KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Receiver Da'Rick Rogers, a first-team All-SEC pick last year for Tennessee, was suspended indefinitely Thursday for a violation of team rules and isn't likely to rejoin the Vols this season.
"When you get into the coaching profession, you quickly learn that probably the No. 1 professional hazard is the behavior of 18- to 22-year-olds," coach Derek Dooley said.
UT was counting on the combination of quarterback Tyler Bray and receivers Justin Hunter and Rogers to form one of the SEC's top passing attacks. Rogers led the SEC last season as a sophomore with 67 receptions for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns.
Cordarrelle Patterson, a 6-foot-3 newcomer from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, likely will start.
Father says Mathieu is out this season
Tyrann Mathieu's father said the former LSU star will not play this season as he focuses on working out personal problems with former NBA coach and player John Lucas at the Right Step recovery center in Houston.
Tyrone Mathieu told ESPN: "Tyrann is working on discipline, maturity and character. He's making life adjustments."
Mathieu, a defensive back and Heisman Trophy finalist last season as a sophomore, was kicked off the LSU team two weeks ago, reportedly for failed drug tests, and considered transferring.
AUBURN: Sophomore Kiehl Frazier will start at quarterback in the opener against Clemson. He beat out Clint Moseley.
Michigan: Cooper Barton, a 5-year-old boy who was told to turn his University of Michigan T-shirt inside out because of an Oklahoma City school district dress code, was invited by the Wolverines to their Sept. 15 game against Massachusetts. … Offensive lineman Chris Bryant (fractured leg) is out for the season, and linebacker Kaleb Ringer will redshirt after knee surgery.
Mississippi State: The university is working with the NCAA because of a "potential recruiting irregularity" in the football program. The school said the examination has lasted several months and is close to finished.
Notre dame: With quarterback Tommy Rees suspended for the opener against Navy in Ireland, sophomore Everett Golson was named the starter.
ohio state: Linebacker Storm Klein, kicked off the team when he was charged with domestic violence, was reinstated by coach Urban Meyer after pleading guilty to a lesser charge. Klein will miss the first two games, against Miami (Ohio) and UCF.
Jordan's son fined: Former UCF basketball player Marcus Jordan, the youngest of Michael Jordan's two sons, was fined $250 after pleading no contest to disturbing the peace during a disturbance outside an Omaha, Neb., hotel on July 1. Police said Jordan was intoxicated and uncooperative and argued with two women. Jordan, 21, later went to police headquarters to apologize for his behavior.