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Tar Heel aids in agent investigation

RALEIGH, N.C. — Investigators from the North Carolina Secretary of State's office have met with Tar Heels defensive tackle Marvin Austin as they look into whether the state's sports agents laws have been broken.

Christopher Lyons, Austin's attorney, confirmed that the senior met with investigators for several hours Friday.

"Beyond that he appeared and that he's fully cooperating in the investigation, I'm not going to comment," Lyons said.

Liz Proctor, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, declined to comment on the meeting.

Marshall's office began its review shortly after the NCAA launched an investigation into the school's football program in July. That investigation initially focused on whether Austin and receiver Greg Little received improper benefits from agents, which led Marshall's office to subpoena Austin earlier this month.

Violating the state's agent laws, which require agents to register and prohibit them from offering gifts before a deal is signed, can lead to criminal or civil penalties.

The NCAA investigation in Chapel Hill has since expanded to include possible academic misconduct involving a tutor.

Austin and Little were among 13 players who sat out the Tar Heels' opening loss to LSU in Atlanta due to the NCAA inquiry. North Carolina had hoped to hear the status of several players during the off week, but only tailback Shaun Draughn had been cleared as of Friday to play today against Georgia Tech.

Southern Miss 31, Kansas 16: Austin Davis threw for 155 yards and ran for 61 yards and a touchdown as the host Golden Eagles (2-1) beat the Jayhawks (1-2). The Golden Eagles broke the game open late in the first half, when Tim Green blocked a punt and Deron Wilson scooped up the ball for a 7-yard touchdown return and a 21-3 lead. Southern Miss has won 10 straight home games dating to 2008, and they have beaten three straight foes from BCS conferences at Roberts Stadium, including Virginia in 2009 and N.C. State in 2006.

Georgia: The NCAA turned down the appeal of receiver A.J. Green, letting stand the four-game suspension he received for selling an Independence Bowl jersey for $1,000 to a person deemed to be an agent. Green, who will miss today's SEC game against Arkansas, will also sit against Mississippi State before he's eligible to return Oct. 2 at Colorado. He already agreed to repay the $1,000 to charity. Former college player Chris Hawkins acknowledged buying Green's jersey but claims he's a collector, not an agent.

Northern Illinois: Coach Jerry Kill is expected to attend today's game at Illinois after being released from a hospital, school officials said. Kill had been hospitalized since last weekend after becoming dehydrated during a win vs. North Dakota.

Ole Miss: Coach Houston Nutt says running back Enrique Davis won't miss any playing time because of a guilty plea to simple assault that took place in February. Nutt says the team handled the matter internally.

$88 M gift upgrades Penn State hockey

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State officials announced they were upgrading the men's and women's club teams to Division I status, starting in the 2012-13 season.

Terry and Kim Pegula donated $88 million, the largest private gift in school history, to fund a new multipurpose arena and help upgrade the men's program. The athletic department will fund, or seek other private donations, for the women's program.

The men's club team was started in 1971 and has won seven American Collegiate Hockey Association national titles.

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