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NCAA reportedly set to clear Wolverines coach

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The NCAA has dropped a charge directed at Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

The school cannot comment on the case until the NCAA announces its decision, which is expected to be today.

The NCAA accused Michigan of five major rules violations related to exceeding practice and workout time in the wake of a Detroit Free Press report last year. The report led to investigations by the school and NCAA.

Michigan challenged one allegation — that Rodriguez failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance with NCAA rules. The school accepted responsibility for the other four.

Michigan announced in May that its self-imposed sanctions included probation for two years and reducing training time by 130 hours over two years, doubling the amount of time the Wolverines exceeded NCAA rules.

The school also reprimanded seven people, including Rodriguez.

More Michigan: Redshirt sophomore cornerback J.T. Floyd, who started every game this season and eight last season, is out for the season with an ankle injury. Details of the injury were not disclosed.

UCF, Houston deny talking to Big East

ORLANDO — Central Florida and Houston said there has been no contact between them and the Big East regarding the league's desire to increase its football members.

Tuesday, Big East presidents voted to expand the number of football-playing schools from eight to 10. Villanova, who plays basketball in the Big East, likely is in if it decides to move up from I-AA. UCF and Houston, from Conference USA, and TCU, from the Mountain West, also are reportedly targets.

Wednesday, UCF and Houston released separate statements that said they continue "to be a proud member of Conference USA."

Rutgers: The school said defensive tackle Eric LeGrand, paralyzed from the neck down after making a tackle on a kickoff return Oct. 16, has been transferred from a hospital to a New Jersey spinal cord rehabilitation center. No other details were disclosed. But LeGrand's mother, Karen, said her son "is in good spirits and anxious to take the next step in his rehabilitation process."

South Carolina: Bob Fulton, who called football, basketball and baseball games on the radio at the school for more than 40 years, died at his Lexington, Ky., home. Nicknamed "The Voice" by South Carolina fans, he starting calling football games in 1952 and signed off in 1995, after the school's first bowl win. "A virtual walking encyclopedia of Gamecocks athletics," athletic director Eric Hyman said.

Men's basketball

No. 9 Florida 88, Georgetown, (Ky). 62: Kenny Boynton scored 22 and Chandler Parsons had nine points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the host Gators in a preseason game they led 44-19 at halftime.

FSU 95, Rollins 74: The host Seminoles rolled in their first preseason game behind three members of their recruiting class. Junior college transfer forward Bernard James had 14 points (on 7-of-8 shooting) and nine rebounds. Freshman forward Okaro White scored 17, and freshman guard Ian Miller had 12 points and seven assists.

Georgia: Forward Trey Thompkins, an all-SEC pick last season, could miss up to a month with a severely sprained right ankle. The junior was hurt as he chased a loose ball during practice.

NCAA reportedly set to clear Wolverines coach 11/03/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:18pm]
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