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State players given top honors

USF's Matt Grothe has been named Big East offensive freshman of the year by the Sporting News, and he joins teammates George Selvie and Chris Robinson on the publication's Big East all-freshman team.

Grothe has shattered the USF freshman quarterback records with 2,495 passing yards and 607 rushing yards. He is the top freshman in the country in total offense with 3,102 yards.

Florida State safety Myron Rolle earned the ACC defensive freshman of the year award. Rolle has 68 tackles this season, as well as a sack and five broken-up passes.

Rolle is joined by four other Seminoles on the all-freshman team: tight end Brandon Warren, defensive end Everette Brown, linebacker Dekoda Watson and cornerback Jamie Robinson.

Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin has been named the SEC offensive freshman of the year. Harvin has caught 20 passes for 305 yards and a touchdown, in addition to 308 rushing yards.

Quarterback Tim Tebow and offensive lineman Ronnie Wilson join Harvin on the all-freshman team.

BOWL: Barring unexpected developments this weekend, Georgia will play Virginia Tech in the Dec. 30 Chick-fil-A Bowl in the Georgia Dome, although no invitations will be made before Sunday.

MICHIGAN: Wide receiver Adrian Arrington has been cleared of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.

NORTH CAROLINA: New coach Butch Davis has fired three assistant coaches, including offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, the school announced. Assistant head coach and tight ends coach John Gutekunst and offensive line coach Mark Weber were also dismissed, the News & Observer of Raleigh reported.

RUTGERS: Greg Schiano, the architect of the Scarlet Knights' rise to national prominence, will be named coach of the year by Home Depot Inc. next week, the school announced.

SAMFORD: Pat Sullivan, the 1971 Heisman Trophy winner for Auburn, has signed a five-year deal to coach the Division I-AA school.

SOUTH CAROLINA: The executive committee of the Board of Trustees will meet today at the Colonial Center amid talk of a reworked contract to keep Steve Spurrier with the Gamecocks. All the university said was the committee would discuss a contractual matter connected to the athletic department. Spokesman Russ McKinney would not confirm if the meeting was about Spurrier or if it involved the football program.

TEXAS: Backup quarterback Jevan Snead will transfer, school officials announced, leaving the Longhorns with no experienced quarterback behind the injured Colt McCoy for their bowl game. McCoy, who severely pinched a nerve in a 12-7 loss to Texas A&M, has not yet been cleared by team doctors for whichever bowl selects Texas.

TEXAS A&M: Coach Dennis Franchione apologized this week to Texas coach Mack Brown and quarterback Colt McCoy for a late hit by freshman defensive lineman Kellen Heard in the Aggies' 12-7 victory.

WASHINGTON: A tumor removed from quarterback Johnny DuRocher's brain this week was benign and he's expected to make a complete recovery, said Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, the neurosurgeon who did the surgery.

WISCONSIN: Sophomore defensive back Jack Ikegwuonu, who is facing burglary and trespassing charges along with his twin brother, has been suspended.

Times staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report.

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