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Auburn, W. Va., switch sites

AUBURN — Auburn will play West Virginia on the road at Morgantown in 2008 and host the Mountaineers in 2009, a switch from the official announcement of the sites two years ago.

Auburn senior associate athletics director Mark Richard said the sites actually were switched a few months after the official announcement, but the change was not publicized at the time.

The Press-Register, which reported the switch Tuesday, said it means West Virginia star quarterback Pat White, a native of Daphne who will be a senior in 2008, won’t get a chance to play in his home state.

By playing West Virginia on the road Sept. 6, 2008, and hosting the Mountaineers on Sept. 5, 2009, Auburn is making its road schedule for 2009 slightly less formidable.

In 2009, the Tigers are to play road
games against Arkansas, LSU, Georgia and Tennessee. In 2008, the road games are against Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Alabama and Vanderbilt.

Southern University

BATON ROUGE, La. — Nine Southern University football players — including several starters — will not be with the program this fall, coach Pete Richardson said.

Linebacker D.J. Brooks, defensive tackle Isaiah Thomas, offensive guard Adrian Banks, defensive end Jimmy Hollins and tight end Joshua Nixon are academically ineligible, Richardson said on Monday.

In addition, defensive tackle Alston Smith, a transfer from Temple, and defensive end Jowelle Bullock have left the program to go elsewhere, though Richardson said he was unsure where.

Last month, Richardson said running back Larry Nichols and cornerback Marcus Wilkerson were academically ineligible.


EL PASO, Texas — Five underage Texas-El Paso players and a linebacker recently kicked off the team were arrested after police responded to a weekend brawl outside a downtown bar.

The players are under investigation after their arrests Sunday morning, police spokesman Officer Chris Mears said in Tuesday’s editions of the El Paso Times.

Two 20-year-old sophomores — receiver Tufick Shadrawy and linebacker Brian Wilkins — were arrested on charges of assault on a
public servant and interference with public duties. Shadrawy also was accused of attempting to take a weapon from a law enforcement officer, and Wilkins was accused of resisting arrest.

Sophomore defensive back Damon Cromartie, 20, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Linebacker Isaiah Carter and defensive back Brandon Thigpen, both 17-year-old freshmen, were accused of public intoxication.

Emeri Spence, 22, was arrested on charges of interference with public duties and resisting arrest. He was recently kicked off the team, UTEP officials said.

All six have been released from jail. It wasn’t clear from jail records whether they had attorneys. Police officials didn’t immediately return a call Tuesday seeking comment.

UTEP coach Mike Price, who was fired before coaching one game for the Tide, said in a
statement Monday he was “monitoring the situation and will take disciplinary action if necessary.”


Hall of Fame tourney

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Connecticut will play Gonzaga and Providence will face Boston College in the second annual Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge in Boston’s TD Banknorth Garden on Dec. 1.

Gonzaga, the lone non-New England school in the doubleheader, was in last year’s inaugural event, beating Texas in Phoenix.

The Connecticut-Gonzaga game is the first of a neutral-court series between the schools. In December 2008, Connecticut will play Gonzaga in their “Battle in Seattle” at Key Arena.

The games will be televised on the ESPN networks.

Arizona beat Illinois in the other game in the inaugural event.


ST. LOUIS — Missouri basketball player Kalen Grimes was accused of striking a man in the face with the butt of a shotgun, police

The St. Louis County prosecutor’s office
said Tuesday that formal charges of second-degree assault were pending against Grimes, Missouri’s leading rebounder last season.

Tigers coach Mike Anderson suspended Grimes indefinitely Monday for violating team policy.

Grimes’ brother, Michael, was struck in the head with a lug wrench. Police said no one was seriously hurt.

Kalen Grimes admitted getting out of the car, pumping the shotgun twice, then striking the man, Karabas said. The victim suffered a cut to the forehead.

South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina forward Brandon Wallace signed a two-year contract with the Boston Celtics.

Wallace, 6-foot-9, was not picked in last month’s NBA draft.

Wallace averaged 6 points and 5 rebounds with the Celtics summer league team.

Wallace holds the South Carolina career records with 249 blocks and 135 games played. He finished last season averaging 9.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.9 blocks a game.

Wallace is heading back to campus to finish some classes so he can graduate in August. Then its on to Boston to get ready for camp.

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