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Auburn

AUBURN — Auburn signee Ryan Williams was cleared by the Southeastern Conference and reported to campus Wednesday night.

Williams, a cornerback from Mobile, had been waiting for the conference to approve him. He had been cleared by the university and the NCAA.

The Mobile Press-Register reported in May that 10 grades had been changed on Williams’ transcript, leading to a lengthy investigation.

“The whole time I was ready to get on campus, ready to prove myself to the world,” Williams said Wednesday. “As far as the grade changes, it really didn’t bother me because I knew the truth.”

Rivals.com rated Williams the 23rd-best cornerback prospect in the nation and the 10th-best recruit in Alabama. The 5-foot-11, 182-pounder, who arrived to campus Wednesday morning, committed to Auburn in August 2006. He had offers from Clemson, Ole Miss, South Carolina, West Virginia and Alabama.

“It was frustrating to the fact that I wasn’t here but as far as me getting on the field playing, I think I’m going to have a good chance of doing it,” Williams said.

Ross Dellenger,
Daily Sports Writer

Florida State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Bobby Bowden is pushing 80 and lost more games last year than he once typically lost in four. Rabid fans forced the departure of his offensive coordinator, who happened to be his son. And archrival Florida won the national championship.

Still, none of that has dampened the Florida State coach’s optimism. In an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press, Bowden said he plans to remain the head Seminole until he wins a third national championship or it becomes clear to him that will never happen.

“If I didn’t think we could, I would probably go on and get on out,” Bowden said. “But I still think we can. If I find out different, then it’d be time to go.”

He begins his 32nd season at Florida State with 366 career coaching victories, three more than Penn State’s Joe Paterno, and with a new offensive staff headed by former LSU coordinator Jimbo Fisher, who will be responsible for calling plays.

Despite last season’s 7-6 mark, the poorest since Bowden’s first year at Florida State in 1976, the Seminoles are favored by the media to win the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division.

And while he’s confident the coaching changes will result in improvement, Bowden still defends his decision to hire son Jeff Bowden as offensive coordinator six years ago.

The offense foundered, at least when compared to the Seminole juggernauts of the 1990s, and the younger Bowden resigned under pressure last November.

Northern Colorado

GREELEY, Colo. — A college football player attacked by a knife-wielding man broke down in sobs on the stand Wednesday after re-enacting the assault. Rafael Mendoza, a starting punter for Northern Colorado, was left with a 3- to 5-inch gash in his kicking leg in the attack last Sept. 11 but later returned to the team.

Police and prosecutors allege the then backup punter, Mitch Cozad, stabbed Mendoza in a bid to get the starter’s job. Cozad is on trial on charges of attempted first-degree murder and second-degree assault.

The Associated Press

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