Leading rusher Demps recommits to UF football

GAINESVILLE — Florida running back Jeff Demps, a potential track star, is sticking with football.

Demps met with first-year coach Will Muschamp on Tuesday then released a statement saying he is looking forward to "having a great senior season."

Demps, who has been part of six national titles in track, skipped spring practice to focus on his sprinting career. The Gators finished third at the NCAA outdoor championships in June. Last month, Demps ran the 100-meter dash at an international meet in Lignano, Italy, and finished fifth.

The 5-foot-8 speedster has started 22 games in three seasons. He has 1,901 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns. He was slowed by a sprained left foot last season, but had a team-high 551 rushing yards.

Review underway at Oregon: Coach Chip Kelly is refusing to talk about the Ducks' use of outside recruiting services until the school and the NCAA finish an extensive review of its dealings with Willie Lyles.

Athletic director Rob Mullens acknowledged the review before Pac-12 media day in Los Angeles, and Kelly provided little new information.

"I would love to talk about it, and when we have a chance after the report comes out, I will be able to clear up any questions that anyone has about the whole situation," he said.

The Ducks have retained a law firm to assess the program's payment of $25,000 to Lyles, a Houston-based recruiter, for an apparently outdated scouting report last year. The NCAA is investigating whether he steered running back Lache Seastrunk to Oregon.

Panel proposes change to 'agent': An NCAA panel has proposed broadening the definition of agents in a move aimed at closing the loophole that allowed Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton to keep playing despite his father's pay-for-play scheme.

The Division I Amateurism Cabinet is sponsoring legislation that would include family members and other third parties who shop an athlete's services to schools for financial gain.

The NCAA determined Cecil Newton, Cam's father, sought money from Mississippi State when Cam Newton was being recruited out of junior college. The quarterback signed with Auburn and was deemed eligible after a one-day suspension when the NCAA's reinstatement staff found he didn't know about the pay-for-play scheme.

Newcomer Boise State favored in MWC: Boise State was picked to win the Mountain West title in its first year with the conference. The Broncos finished last season ranked No. 10 in the nation while playing in the Western Athletic Conference. TCU, which went undefeated last year, was picked to finish second.

Leading rusher Demps recommits to UF football 07/26/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 11:17pm]

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