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NCAA BEGINS DISCUSSIONS ON A NEW LEADER

INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA has begun discussing how to replace Myles Brand amid questions of just what kind of leader that should be.

Brand, who died Wednesday at age 67 from pancreatic cancer, was the first university president to run the NCAA and was outspoken in calling for tougher eligibility standards for incoming freshmen and current students.

Does that mean the executive committee will look exclusively for a university president or former president?

"He led the way in a different manner than the association's ever been led before," Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi said. "My belief is the next head will also be a sitting or former president because he proved that it can work."

Those expected to be on the short list include Georgia president and executive committee chairman Michael Adams, University of Hartford president Walter Harrison and NCAA executive Bernard Franklin.

Adams worked closely over the years with Brand and was occasionally cited by Brand as one of the pre-eminent university presidents in the nation.

"I'd never talk publicly about two things, jobs or money. I love the University of Georgia. My plan is to be here until retirement," Adams said Thursday. "My plan is to help facilitate the NCAA getting a search started."

CLEMSON: Receiver Xavier Dye asked for his release then changed his mind after meeting with coach Dabo Swinney. After the first game, he was replaced as a starter by Brandon Clear.

Illinois: Starting linebacker Martez Wilson will miss the rest of the season because of a herniated disc in his neck.

Nebraska: Running back Collins Okafor returned a day after coach Bo Pelini announced the redshirt freshman had left the team on his own volition.

Southern Cal: Freshman backup cornerback Brian Baucham will miss Saturday's game at Washington after he was cut in a freeway car accident on the way to school. It's not clear how long he will be out.

Baseball

top recruits to UF: Florida's 2009 recruiting class, which includes 10 freshmen and one junior college transfer, is ranked No. 1 in the country by Collegiate Baseball. UCF was fourth, Miami ninth and Florida State 22nd.

Basketball

Arkansas: Coach John Pelphrey said he will suspend at least one player for two to three games after a rape investigation that did not result in charges. "Although the student-athletes involved have been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing, we expect Razorback student-athletes to adhere to a higher standard and code of conduct," said Pelphrey, who did not name any players and did not disclose specific punishments.

ucla: Coach Ben Howland expects to return to work Monday after having what the school referred to as a "standard appendectomy" on Wednesday.

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