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Isaac postpones two openers

RUSTON, La. — Texas A&M and Louisiana Tech postponed Thursday night's season opener in Shreveport because of Hurricane Isaac's forecast path through Louisiana.

The game was rescheduled for Oct. 13, which had been an open date for both.

Louisiana Tech athletic director Bruce Van de Velde said university officials, who announced the postponement on Tuesday, are concerned about the safety of athletes and fans.

Tech now opens Sept. 8 at Houston; A&M opens that day at home against No. 23 Florida.

Also, South Alabama's home game against Texas-San Antonio, a matchup of two teams making their debut in Division I-A, was pushed back from Thursday to Saturday.

BILLBOARD FLAP: A billboard near UCLA's campus that featured USC quarterback Matt Barkley was covered over one day after the Los Angeles Times reported on it. The billboard features the Heisman Trophy favorite alongside the words, "We play to finish" with the LA in "play" highlighted. Tim Tessalone, USC's athletic department spokesman, said: "We did not agree with or were we involved in the decision to take the billboard down," he said. UCLA officials also denied involvement.

CALIFORNIA: Coach Jeff Tedford said linebacker Cecil Whiteside is academically ineligible for the season.

MICHIGAN: Running back Fitzgerald Toussaint pleaded guilty to drunken driving; his availability for Saturday night's showdown with No. 2 Alabama was unknown. Toussaint pled guilty to operating a vehicle while visibly impaired after being charged with the more serious operating while intoxicated. His sentencing is Oct. 23.

MISSISSIPPI STATE: The school disassociated from a booster because of "impermissible contact" with a prospective student-athlete. The booster's name was redacted from documents provided to The Associated Press after a Freedom of Information Act request. The school said it is cooperating with the NCAA because of a "potential recruiting irregularity."

PURDUE: Linebacker Dwayne Beckford was suspended from the team indefinitely.

TENNESSEE: Da'Rick Rogers, who was booted off the team and transferred to I-AA Tennessee Tech, confirmed that failed drug tests caused his recent departure from the Vols.

BASKETBALL: A grand jury rejected criminal charges against former Xavier player Dez Wells, a week after the school expelled him. Prosecutors presented allegations of sexual assault against Wells.

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