NASHVILLE — The SEC says miscommunication led to Vanderbilt wearing jerseys that violated NCAA uniform regulations and that the Commodores have agreed not to wear the "Anchor Down" slogan again.
The SEC issued a statement Friday after Vanderbilt wore the slogan in place of players' names on their jerseys in Thursday's 37-7 loss to Temple.
Vanderbilt asked the NCAA for approval and ordered the jerseys after getting approval of the submitted design.
NCAA rules say a jersey can only include a player's name, school name and other approved logos, though military schools can replace names with other words. This month USF was denied a plan to use "The Team'' on jerseys instead of player names.
NO. 8 MICHigan STate 45, JACKSONVILLE STATE 7: Connor Cook passed for three touchdowns in the first quarter — and withstood a hit to his leg that left him momentarily hobbled — for the host Spartans. Cook threw on the run to Tony Lippett for a 64-yard TD to open the scoring, but he was hit on the left knee by a diving Folo Johnson. Cook was helped off but returned for the next drive. He was 12-of-13 for 285 yards, sitting out the second half.
fiu-newspaper tiff: The Miami Herald will not cover tonight's Florida International home game against Bethune-Cookman after the school, without explanation, denied access to beat writer David J. Neal. The school granted credentials to other writers at the Herald, which has decided not to cover the game. "The team does not get to choose who covers the program," executive editor Aminda Marques Gonzalez said. Sandra Gonzalez-Levy, FIU's senior vice president for external relations, said: "We regret that this is the Herald's choice."
Pelini talks pot: Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, asked about the difficulties facing college coaches regarding players and their backgrounds, cited "out of control'' marijuana use. "These kids do it on a daily basis and a yearly basis. Fortunately for us it is not (an issue) in our program. But I can tell you around college football and college athletics … serious in college. I guarantee, you walk into dorms nowadays and it is a horrible problem."
Cheerleader drug tests: Louisville's spirit teams will be subject to the same drug testing as other athletes after the overdose death of cheerleader Danielle Cogswell.
maryland: Levern Jacobs, the leading receiver from last season, and backup free safety A.J. Hendy were suspended for the season for violating the school's student code of conduct. Jacobs has been charged with second-degree assault in connection with a July 19 incident.
USC: Los Angeles police said they were investigating whether suspended cornerback Josh Shaw and his girlfriend were involved in a domestic-violence incident last weekend. Capt. John McMahon, head of Central Division patrol, said that Shaw, citing his attorney's advice, has refused to be interviewed. McMahon said Shaw's girlfriend spoke to police and did not indicate she was a victim of domestic violence. Shaw's attorney said Shaw has spoken to the LAPD twice. Shaw was suspended indefinitely on Wednesday after he admitted to school officials that he lied about how he sustained injuries to his ankles. He initially told officials he was injured jumping off a second-story balcony to save a young nephew from drowning.
texas tech: Coach Kliff Kingsbury's contract was extended for three seasons through 2020.