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UCF files appeal of football penalty

ORLANDO — Central Florida officially filed its appeal of a one-year NCAA postseason ban in football, following sanctions levied against it for major recruiting violations.

School officials announced the submission Monday, a month after telling the NCAA of its intent. A 2011 investigation found the programs were involved with runners for sports agents and paying cash to recruits.

UCF was hit with one-year postseason bans for football and men's basketball plus a $50,000 fine, adding two years to UCF's previously proposed three years' probation, reduction of basketball scholarships, the vacating of basketball victories and limits of football recruiting visit days.

The school, headed to the Big East in 2013, accepted all other penalties except the football postseason ban.

ORANGE BOWL: ESPN.com reported that the Miami postseason game was near a deal to include Notre Dame, the ACC and either the Big Ten or SEC. The bowl now matches the ACC champ against an at-large BCS team.

LSU: The team had to cancel practice after the campus was cleared for the day following a bomb threat which had been called in. No bomb was found and nobody was hurt.

MISSOURI: Quarterback James Franklin says there's a 90 percent chance he'll start this week at South Carolina. Franklin sat out last week's victory over Arizona State with inflammation in his right shoulder.

NEBRASKA: Coach Bo Pelini says he has a clean bill of health and that he left Saturday's game against Arkansas State because he and team doctors were concerned a case of heartburn and his sense of feeling disoriented might be signs of a serious medical problem. Pelini said a series of tests were negative. Also, running back Rex Burkhead, who has missed two games with a sprained ligament in his left knee, is expected to play Saturday against Idaho State.

SOUTH CAROLINA: The SEC suspended free safety D.J. Swearinger one game for Saturday's hit on a defenseless UAB receiver. A personal foul was called.

TENNESSEE: Sophomore free safety Brian Randolph, the Vols' leading tackler, tore his ACL during Saturday's loss to Florida and is out for the season, coach Derek Dooley said.

UTAH: Strong safety Brian Blechen is expected to start in Saturday's Pac-12 opener at Arizona State after serving a three-game suspension for violating undisclosed team rules.

WISCONSIN: Three students were charged in an attack on Badgers' running back Montee Ball. Wendell Venerable, Robert Wilks and Deonte Wilson, all 21, appeared in Dane County Circuit Court where a judge continued their signature bonds. Ball was attacked Aug. 1 in Madison.

BASKETBALL: Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie said doctors have ordered him to avoid any stress for 30 days in an effort to bring his blood pressure down. In a text to AP, Gillispie confirmed he'd been treated for kidney problems and abnormal headaches last week at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. … Michigan State freshman forward Kenny Kaminski will miss four to six months after right shoulder surgery.

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