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Witness: QB kicked man in face

LSU receiver Jarvis Landry, left, and quarterback Jordan Jefferson depart after meeting with police about a bar fight.

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LSU receiver Jarvis Landry, left, and quarterback Jordan Jefferson depart after meeting with police about a bar fight.

BATON ROUGE, La. — An eyewitness says she saw LSU starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson kick someone in the face during a bar fight that injured four people last week, police said.

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The account from Victoria Long, 19, was included in a police report released Thursday, a day after police seized 49 pairs of athletic shoes from Jefferson's apartment. Baton Rouge police Sgt. Don Stone wouldn't explain why police took the shoes.

Jefferson, offensive lineman Chris Davenport, linebacker Josh Johns and receiver Jarvis Landry were interviewed by police this week about the fight that occurred in a bar parking lot where police say numerous LSU players were gathered. Long told police she also saw Johns attacking the man kicked by Jefferson.

Two employees of the bar said one of the victims "threw the first punch."

Shady's Bar general manager John Peak and door manager Jordan Neldare told versions of the fight that differ from a police report.

The report includes a statement from Andrew Lowery, who says he was punched and kicked repeatedly by LSU players after coming to the aid of a man pulled from a pickup.

The bar employees say Lowery threw the first punch, "that's one thing we do know."

No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.

In other LSU news, starting receiver Russell Shepard was suspended for at least the season opener against Oregon. The university said he violated NCAA rules by discussing an NCAA inquiry with a teammate who was scheduled to be interviewed about the same matter.

The inquiry involves the NCAA's probe of LSU's relationship with scouting service owner Willie Lyles.

Aggies inform Big 12 of possible move

In a move that seems to start the process of Texas A&M leaving for the SEC, president R. Bowen Loftin sent a letter to the Big 12 announcing the Aggies are "exploring our options" in terms of conference movement.

The letter states that it is not a notice of withdrawal but a request to give the university a way of "outlining for us the process to be followed."

If A&M leaves, the Big 12's wish list for a replacement is Notre Dame, Arkansas or BYU, the New York Times reported. SMU would like to join, saying it has had informal talks with Big 12 officials for some time.

arkansas: Junior Tyler Wilson was named starting quarterback for the opener.

clemson: Receiver Joe Craig will miss the first three games, against Troy, Wofford and Auburn, as punishment for a fight with track athlete Marlena Wesh in June. Police said Wesh cut Craig's arm with a small blade. Craig then hit Wesh with a towel rod, cutting her forehead. No charges were filed.

michigan: Tight end Chris Barnett, a key part of Brady Hoke's first recruiting class this year, left the team. Also, the Wolverines will open the 2014 season against Division I-AA Appalachian State, known for a 34-32 upset at Michigan in 2007.

longhorn network debut: The Longhorn Network, a Texas partnership with ESPN, launches today without a major cable or satellite provider to carry its focus on Texas sports. The biggest carrier so far is Verizon, which will carry the network on its FiOS TV sports package with a potential for about 4 million subscribers. "We have confidence someone will see us (today)," said Stephanie Druley, vice president of programming. He also said the network had no plans for high school coverage. The NCAA has ruled that networks affiliated with schools and conferences can't carry programming and highlights involving potential recruits.

Toledo point shaving: Quinton Broussard became the fourth former Rocket to plead guilty in a point-shaving probe that included football and basketball roughly from 2004 through 2006.

basketball: ESPN's 24-hour Tip-Off Marathon will include Florida-Ohio State, Duke-Michigan State, Kentucky-Kansas and two women's games, one with Pat Summitt and Tennessee vs. Miami. The around-the-clock coverage starts at midnight Nov. 15. UF's game at Ohio State is at 8 that night on ESPN2 … Former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl said the NCAA made an example out of him with a severe penalty, but he doesn't plan to appeal a three-year sanction for lying to the enforcement staff during its investigation into recruiting violations. … Top Alabama signee Trevor Lacey, a shooting guard, was declared eligible for this season.

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