- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 17, 2009

From combined dispatches

Two of three freshmen football players charged last week in an attempted armed robbery have been dismissed from the team.

“Clearly, their actions have no place in our program,” coach Lane Kiffin said Monday.

Kiffin said wide receiver Nu’Keese Richardson, 18, and defensive back Mike Edwards, 18, were permanently dismissed from the team, while former starting safety Janzen Jackson, 18, will continue to be barred from team activities while Kiffin awaits more information in his case.

Richardson was the player whose recruitment first got Kiffin in trouble with the Southeastern Conference. Kiffin joked in February that Florida coach Urban Meyer cheated in trying to keep Richardson with the Gators, earning Kiffin a reprimand from the SEC.

VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies have secured yet another game in the D.C. suburbs, agreeing to play Cincinnati at the Washington Redskins stadium in 2012.

The game will mark the Hokies’ third trip to FedEx Field, following a meeting with Southern California in 2004 and a matchup with Boise State next year.

MICHIGAN: College football’s winningest program just took another hit off the field.

The University of Michigan released embarrassing details of an internal audit that discovered Rich Rodriguez’s team failed to file forms tracking how much time players spent on football during the 2008 season - his first - and the offseason last spring.

Perhaps coincidentally, the NCAA and the school are investigating the program about similar issues. The NCAA sent the school’s president a notice of inquiry last month, saying it plans to complete its investigation by Dec. 31.

MARYLAND: The men’s soccer team will host Loyola (Md.) in a first-round game of the NCAA tournament on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Terps (12-5-2) are defending national champions but failed to earn an overall top-16 seed after falling to Virginia in the first round of last week’s ACC tournament.

The Cavaliers (14-3-3), winners of the ACC title, received the No. 2 overall seed and a first-round bye. They will host the Bucknell-Princeton winner on Sunday in Charlottesville.

CALIFORNIA: Star tailback Jahvid Best will not play against Stanford this week as he recovers from a concussion.

Coach Jeff Tedford said there is “no chance” Best would play Saturday against No. 14 Stanford. Best sustained his second concussion in an eight-day period when he fell on his back and head from about eight feet in the air Nov. 7 against Oregon State.

UNLV: The school fired football coach Mike Sanford after five losing seasons, a 15-43 record and no bowl appearances.

Sanford’s firing comes after a 45-17 loss to Air Force on Saturday made the Rebels ineligible for a bowl game.

BOISE STATE: Tight end Richie Brockel is expected to miss the rest of the season with a foot injury.


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