Top offensive line prospect Jonathan Colon apparently was so torn between Florida and Miami that he signed with both.
Colon, a 6-foot-7, 300-pound tackle from Miami Central, announced Wednesday that he signed a national letter of intent with Florida. But Colon also signed with Miami hours earlier, Hurricanes coach Butch Davis said.
Because the Hurricanes were first, Davis said, the Gators are out of luck. "It makes their letter void," he said.
But the Gators consider Colon committed to play for them, said Jamie McCloskey, the school's NCAA compliance officer. "There's no real case to deal with, as far as we're concerned," until we hear otherwise," he said.
The issue likely will be decided by the Collegiate Commissioner's Association. Carl Hicks, assistant commissioner for the SEC, confirmed that in such cases the first national letter of intent signed is binding, but he said all he knew about Colon's case was "innuendo and rumor."
Florida announced the signing of Colon on Wednesday. The Hurricanes did not, Davis said, because they were aware he had signed with both schools and wanted to consult with the NCAA before revealing the situation.
Miami signed its 20th recruit Thursday, defensive end Cornelius Green of Kilgore (Texas) Junior College.
MISSISSIPPI: Freshman quarterback Eli Manning was jailed briefly after his arrest last weekend for public drunkenness. Manning, 19, is the son of former Ole Miss and New Orleans Saints star Archie Manning and the brother of Peyton Manning, quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. Also charged was Justin Wade, a redshirt freshman linebacker from Jackson, according to justice court records. The charges were filed after campus police were called to a fraternity party late Saturday.
SOUTHERN MISS: Chris Klenakis, formerly the offensive coordinator at Nevada, was hired to fill the same position. Klenakis replaced Larry Kueck, fired days before the Golden Eagles' Liberty Bowl victory over Colorado State on New Year's Eve.
VIRGINIA TECH: Andre Kendrick, expected to succeed Shyrone Stith as the team's primary tailback, isn't enrolled in school this semester and won't take part in spring workouts. Kendrick failed to maintain a 2.0 grade-point average required by the school to enroll, the Roanoke Times reported. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that Kendrick's absence did not stem from disciplinary problems.
VERMONT: The school failed to properly investigate allegations the men's team hazed freshmen players by forcing them to drink alcohol and perform degrading acts, Attorney General William Sorrell said.
Virtually all the allegations leveled against the team by former goalie Corey Latulippe were true, Sorrell said.
"UVM's investigation of the alleged hazing was insufficiently thorough to ascertain the truth and, as designed or conducted, served primarily to buttress the university's position in the event of the filing of a civil lawsuit," Sorrell said.
Team captain Kevin Karlander, 23, is facing misdemeanor criminal charges of providing alcohol to a minor, and more alcohol-related charges are possible, Sorrell said. The attorney general and the Chittenden County State's Attorney's Office have agreed not to pursue more serious sex charges against those responsible for the Oct. 2 initiation party in Burlington. Hazing charges are not possible because the state has no laws prohibiting hazing, he said.
USF: Coach John Hackworth said the team signed midfielder Brandon Streicher of Odessa; forward Constandivine Harris of Gulf Breeze; defender Aaron Ortega of Fort Lauderdale and goalkeeper Troy Perkins of Worthington, Ohio.