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USC's Kiffin allows player back after fight

LOS ANGELES — Southern California fullback Stanley Havili was allowed to return to practice Saturday after a one-day ban for a pre-training camp fight with teammate T.J. Bryant.

Just one day after telling Havili to stay away from Friday's team activities, coach Lane Kiffin acquiesced to the pleas of Bryant and other Trojans to allow the senior back into workouts.

"The biggest thing was T.J. explaining to me that this thing was done eight days ago, that Stanley came to him and he apologized," Kiffin said. "I think it speaks volumes for … who he is and what he's been about. He made a mistake, and one I know he's very remorseful for."

Havili and Bryant got into a fight last week during a conditioning drill. After an exchange of shoves, Havili struck Bryant in the face. Bryant needed surgery to fix his broken left cheekbone, which will keep him out for at least three weeks.

But the junior doesn't harbor a grudge toward Havili. "Emotions just got the best of us, and those things happen," Bryant said. "We made up that day, and everything has been okay since then."

Kiffin says he doesn't anticipate any further punishment for Havili.

Nebraska QB battle: Zac Lee showed up for preseason practice with a repaired right elbow but facing a threat to his job. The quarterback missed all of spring practice to recover from surgery, but while he was gone, fans and media became enamored with his backups. Now Lee finds himself in a battle with Cody Green and Taylor Martinez. All three are scheduled to get an equal number of snaps in the practices leading to the Sept. 4 opener vs. Western Kentucky, and coach Bo Pelini said it might be October before the position is settled.

Tennessee: Defensive tackle Marlon Walls injured his Achilles' tendon, the second such injury for a defensive lineman in the first week of fall camp. Coach Derek Dooley says he does not know the extent of Walls' injury or how long he will be unavailable. Senior defensive end Ben Martin also sustained an Achilles' tendon injury Thursday and is expected to miss a significant portion of the 2010 season.

Wake Forest: Receiver Chris Givens and defensive end Kevin Smith have been suspended for the first two games of the season for an unspecified violation of team rules, coach Jim Grobe said.

Ex-players backing UConn's Calhoun

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Connecticut's Jim Calhoun was in his element, watching dunks and no-look passes while hearing the roar of approval from the crowd.

After an offseason filled with allegations of NCAA violations and reports of low academic performance rankings, the Hall of Fame coach got a chance to showcase some of his program's greatest successes at his biennial charity basketball game.

"It's my 25th year at UConn, and I couldn't be prouder of the family that we've created," Calhoun said. "We've made mistakes, but it remains a program that shows that it's got family, it's got heart and it's got a lot of accomplishment, too."

About 30 former UConn players, including NBA stars such as Ray Allen, Caron Butler and Rudy Gay, showed up to support Calhoun and raise money for the Jim and Pat Calhoun Cardiology Center at UConn's medical center.

The alumni game comes about two weeks before UConn is due to respond to allegations that Calhoun's program committed major NCAA violations.

"Everything can go through down times," Allen said. "But the people who believe in the organization, the people who believe in Coach … will stick by his side and the university's side no matter what happens."

In May, the NCAA outlined eight major violations, from making numerous improper calls and texts, to giving improper benefits and improperly distributing free tickets to high school coaches. Calhoun is cited for failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance.

USC's Kiffin allows player back after fight 08/07/10 [Last modified: Sunday, August 8, 2010 1:17am]

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