Florida State president T.K. Wetherell and the NCAA traded critical statements Wednesday, two days after Wetherell lambasted the NCAA for saying FSU must vacate wins over the academic fraud scandal. In an interview with ESPN before FSU's football opener against Miami on Monday, Wetherell accused the NCAA of perpetrating a "bait-and-switch" and said, in effect, the NCAA disregarded an agreement it formed in 2007 with the university when it ruled FSU must vacate wins in 10 sports. The NCAA said his remarks were "not true." Wetherell then reiterated Wednesday that FSU and the NCAA had an "across-the-board agreement" regarding the eligibility of athletes implicated in the scandal. But the NCAA said there never was an agreement regarding the potential sanctions on FSU. The NCAA will hear FSU's appeal Nov.15.
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Emmitt takes shots at Cowboys
The NFL's all-time rushing leader has called out the Cowboys. Well, at least two of them. Emmitt Smith, a three-time Super Bowl champ with Dallas, said QBTony Romo and coach Wade Phillips must do better jobs as leaders of the Cowboys, who face the Bucs on Sunday. Smithquestioned Romo's vow to be a more "active" leader: "So when ... you say things are going to change, and you've never been that dominant personality or in that leadership position then, as a player, you lose me. ... I'm sitting there saying, 'Okay, now you're going to become a leader?'" As for Phillips, the Cowboys great said he should "instill discipline from day one."
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For kissing Nadal, man faces charges
Stadium security was stepped up at the U.S. Open a day after a New York City man was arrested for running onto the court to kiss Rafael Nadal. Noam U. Aorta dashed out of the stands at Arthur Ashe Stadium after Nadal's fourth-round win, then hugged and kissed the Spanish star, prosecutors said. Aorta, 23, will be charged with third-degree criminal trespass and interfering with a professional sporting event. Nadal laughed off the episode: "For me, it wasn't a problem. The guy was really nice. He said, 'I love you,' and he kissed me."
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Out of bounds
Some advice to go with suspension
Brought together by Oregon coach Chip Kelly and school officials, suspended RBLeGarrette Blount spoke with former NBA forward Kermit Washington, who punched Rudy Tomjanovich in an oncourt brawl in 1977. Blount was suspended for the season last week for punching Boise State defensive end Byron Hout after the opener between the two teams. Washington's advice? He told Blount not to make any excuses for his actions.