>>Bama Won't Have DePriest In Opener
(Tuscaloosa, AL) -- Alabama's defense will be shorthanded in their season opener Saturday against West Virginia at the Georgia Dome. Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban told the media on Wednesday starting inside linebacker Trey DePriest won't play because of an undisclosed NCAA infraction. DePriest is a senior, who has started 26 games over the last two seasons. He is expected to play in Week Two when 'Bama hosts Florida Atlantic.
>>Penn State Ban Could Be Removed Next Season
(State College, PA) -- The Sporting News cited two sources with NCAA ties and is reporting that Penn State could see their 2015 season become bowl eligible. The University will have to continue to "reach and go beyond" the benchmarks set by the NCAA after the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The NCAA has already returned lost scholarships to the school. George Mitchell was assigned to check up and report on the progress of the school and will release his second annual report on the state of the athletic programs next week.
>>Virginia Tech Extends Beamer
(Blacksburg, VA) -- Virginia Tech extended the contract of head football coach Frank Beamer for two years through 2018. The winningest active coach in FBS with 266 victories, Beamer has 21 straight bowl appearances, four ACC titles and six BCS games on his resume. He also has a trip to the national championship game. The Hokies open their 2014 season Saturday at home against William and Mary.
>>North Carolina Football Suspends Four Players
(Chapel Hill, NC) -- The University of North Carolina football program is suspending four players for its season opener. The Tar Heels' Des Lawrence, Donnie Miles, M.J. Stewart and Brian Walker won't suit up for what is being called a violation of team rules. Yahoo! Sports reported the school was investigating allegations of hazing. Redshirt freshman walk-on receiver Jackson Boyer was left with a concussion following "an alleged physical altercation with multiple teammates" in a Chapel Hill hotel during training camp.
>>USC Football Player Admits Faking Story About Saving Nephew
(Los Angeles, CA) -- USC cornerback Josh Shaw now finds himself off the field for telling a whale of a tale about saving his nephew. School officials say Shaw admitted to the athletics department Wednesday that he lied about how he suffered ankle injuries last weekend. Shaw initially told his coaches he had jumped from a second-story building to save his nephew who was struggling in a pool. Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian at first called Shaw's actions "heroic," but says now Shaw "let us all down."
The senior cornerback has been suspended indefinitely from the team for fabricating the story. USC officials say he has retained legal counsel. Sarkisian says he hopes Shaw learns from his mistakes.
NCAA Top-25 Football ("USA Today" Rankings)
6:00 p.m. - #9 South Carolina Gamecocks host #20 Texas A&M Aggies
10:30 p.m. - #18 Arizona State Sun Devils host Weber State Wildcats
8:00 p.m. - #19 Ole Miss Rebels host Boise State Broncos