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December 15, 2006
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Auburn linebackers Tray Blackmon and Kevin Sears and tailback Brad Lester were suspended indefinitely Friday for violation of team rules. All three players will miss the 10th-ranked Tigers’ game against No. 22 Nebraska in the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day. Lester is the Tigers’ No. 2 rusher with 510 yards and scored a team-high nine touchdowns.

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Wisconsin reinstated defensive back Jack Ikegwuonu Friday pending further developments in his burglary case. Ikegwuonu, a sophomore cornerback and All-Big Ten Conference pick, was suspended from competition and practice Dec. 1. Police in Dekalb, Ill., had arrested Ikegwuonu and his brother, William, about a week before and accused them of breaking into an off-campus apartment and trying to steal an Xbox game console. The brothers face residential burglary and criminal trespass charges.

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Fisher DeBerry, 68, retired Friday after 23 years as Air Force’s football coach. DeBerry read a prepared statement at a news conference, then walked off without taking questions. “There comes a time in every man’s life when I think you have to look at the big picture and decide what’s the best thing for your family,” said DeBerry, who guided the Falcons to three conference championships and spent 27 years at the school, including four as an assistant coach.

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The University of Oklahoma asked an attorney for a Norman car dealership to provide a list of players who used vehicles from the dealership during an investigation that resulted in the dismissal of two players from the school’s football team.

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Three University of New Mexico football players were suspended Friday for taking a prospective player to a strip club where alcohol was sold, a situation that turned worse when they got into an argument and were shot at.

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Quarterback Mitch Mustain, staying; tight end Ben Cleveland, staying; receiver Damian Williams, leaving. Houston Nutt quickly summarized the status of three freshmen whose roles in Arkansas’ offense have made them the focus of drama at the tail end of the Razorbacks’ first winning season in three years. The Arkansas coach said Wednesday he would let Williams transfer amid concerns voiced by several parents about the direction of the Razorbacks’ offense.

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