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Ohio State: 3 suspended players took money

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Records released by Ohio State say three football players suspended for the opening game against Akron violated NCAA rules by taking $200 at a Cleveland charity event this year.

The records released Thursday night indicate the students gave varying accounts for why they received the money and who they received it from.

Two of the athletes said they believed the money was for working at the event while a third said he believed he was receiving money from a teammate.

The source of the money is unclear.

Running back Jordan Hall, defensive back Corey Brown and defensive back Travis Howard were identified as having improperly received the money during a joint Ohio State-NCAA investigation on Aug. 31.

On Thursday, Ohio State interim coach Luke Fickell said he and his staff had not yet decided what to do with the players. But he spoke as if the suspended players would have to earn playing time and would not step right back in as starters.

Cowboys win big: Brandon Weeden connected with Justin Blackmon on two short touchdown tosses, Joseph Randle ran for two scores and No. 9 Oklahoma State used an early burst of offense to beat visiting Arizona 37-14.

The Cowboys (2-0) scored on their first three drives to open a 21-0 lead in the first 16½ minutes.

Randle had 121 yards rushing and nine catches for 99 yards, and Blackmon had 128 yards on 12 receptions to extend his NCAA record streak to 14 straight games with at least 100 yards receiving.

Weeden had 397 yards passing, one less than Arizona's Nick Foles in a duel between the nation's top two passers from the first week of the season.

The Wildcats (1-1) played without Juron Criner, who was the Pac-10's top receiver last season. He had an appendectomy Monday, and it's unclear whether he'll return for home games the next two weeks against No. 6 Stanford and No. 12 Oregon.

Hampton 23, Florida A&M 17: The Rattlers dropped to 1-1, falling to the host Pirates (2-0).

Longhorn network: The Longhorn Network, which is struggling to pick up national distribution on cable, will broadcast five games for the new University of Texas-San Antonio football program that is led by former Miami coach Larry Coker.

Arkansas: To mark the 10th anniversary of terrorist attacks on the United States, War Memorial Stadium has painted a patriotic pig on its turf for Saturday's game against New Mexico. The Razorback logo is typically red, white and black, but Saturday will feature a red, white and blue razorback.

LSU: Suspended receiver Russell Shepard will be eligible to return for the fourth game, at West Virginia. The starter was suspended indefinitely before the opener for breaking an NCAA rule that bars discussing ongoing investigations with teammates.

Penn State: Coach Joe Paterno, 84, hopes to avoid the press box and be on the sideline for Saturday's game against Alabama. But he is still not fully recovered from getting run into by a player at practice last month, and doctors advised him to stay in the press box, where he coached last week's opener.

unlv: Coach Bobby Hauck got a two-year extension that keeps him at the school through 2014 at his current annual salary of $350,000. Hauck is in his second year with the Rebels, who went 2-11 last year and lost their opener last week at Wisconsin, 51-17.

Basketball: Gators reinstate forward Murphy

GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Billy Donovan reinstated junior forward Erik Murphy following his arrest and subsequent plea agreement after he was charged with burglary in April.

"Erik Murphy has served his punishment,'' Donovan said in a statement. "We're all disappointed with what transpired, but there's no question Erik has learned a great deal through the whole process and understands what a great opportunity and privilege it is to play college basketball."

Murphy and forward Cody Larson were suspended on April 12 after each was arrested on felony burglary charges. Police said the two tried to break into a car in St. Augustine. The charges were reduced to misdemeanor criminal trespass, and Murphy agreed to a plea deal in July.

He paid $440 in restitution, performed 50 hours of community service and was ordered to complete a substance abuse evaluation program.

Larson remains suspended. He has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor trespass charges, and his case is pending.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.

Saturday's football games on TV/Radio
Iowa at Iowa State noon FSN
Florida Atlantic at Michigan State noon ESPN2
Oregon State at Wisconsin noon ESPN
Central Michigan at Kentucky noon ESPNU
Mississippi State at Auburn noon Ch. 38; 1010-AM
Toledo at Ohio State noon BTN1
San Diego State at Illinois noon BTN2
San Diego State at Army noon CBSSN
Rutgers at North Carolina 12:30 p.m. Ch. 44
Alabama at Penn State 3:30 p.m. Ch. 28
North Carolina State at Wake Forest 3:30 p.m. Sun Sports
Virginia Tech at East Carolina 3:30 p.m. FSN
Stanford at Duke 3:30 p.m. ESPNU
Cincinnati at Tennessee 3:30 p.m. ESPN2
TCU at Air Force 3:30 p.m. Versus
Purdue at Rice 3:30 p.m. CBSSN
Nevada at Oregon 3:30 p.m. FX
Eastern Illinois at Northwestern 3:30 p.m. BTN1
New Mexico State at Minnesota 3:30 p.m. BTN2
South Carolina at Georgia 4:30 p.m. ESPN
Charleston Southern at Florida State 6 p.m. 1040-AM
Ball State at USF 7 p.m. BHSN; 970-AM
Alabama-Birmingham at Florida 7 p.m. FSN; 1250-AM
BYU at Texas 7 p.m. ESPN2
New Mexico at Arkansas 7 p.m. ESPNU
Fresno State at Nebraska 7 p.m. BTN1
Virginia at Indiana 7 p.m. BTN2
Utah at Southern Cal 7:30 p.m. Versus
Notre Dame at Michigan 8 p.m. ESPN; 1010-AM
Boston College at UCF 8 p.m. CBSSN
South Carolina State at Bethune-Cookman (taped) 10:30 p.m. ESPNU
Connecticut at Vanderbilt (taped) 11:30 p.m. BHSN
TV: BHSN: Bright House Sports Network; CBSSN: CBS Sports Network; ESPND: ESPN Deportes; FSC: Fox Soccer Channel; FSN: Fox Sports Net; Gala: TeleF: Telefutura; TeleM: Telemundo

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