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UF without Cooper's hands again
Florida sophomore receiver Riley Cooper is not expected to play in the Capital One Bowl, after suffering a setback with the finger he broke late in the regular season.
By ANTONYA ENGLISH
Published December 21, 2007
GAINESVILLE - Florida sophomore receiver Riley Cooper is not expected to play in the Capital One Bowl, after suffering a setback with the finger he broke late in the regular season.
"It's a broken knuckle and it moved on him," coach Urban Meyer said Thursday.
Cooper, a former Clearwater Central Catholic standout, has been hampered by injuries for the past two seasons.
Freshman defensive tackle Michael Pouncey (shoulder) and offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey (back spasms) were limited in practice, but both are expected to play against Michigan. Offensive lineman Jim Tarrt has been battling mononucleosis and will have an ultrasound.
Meyer said everyone is academically eligible and there are no discipline issues..
USF: Full strength
TAMPA - Coach Jim Leavitt said he didn't expect to have a single player suspended from the Dec. 31 Sun Bowl game against Oregon in El Paso, Texas. "Nobody's going to miss, unless I decide not to bring them. They all made grades," he said.
Michigan Housecleaning: Coach Rich Rodriguez, who will replace Lloyd Carr after the Capital One Bowl, fired all the assistants on his second day on the job. The coaches had deals that will pay them through Feb. 28, 2009.
players attacked: Three people have been charged with robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping of three North Carolina football players. Chapel Hill police said the players were attacked early Sunday at their off-campus apartment, and at least two were fondled against their will by at least one of the women. Police said they were bound with tape before they were assaulted, and one of those charged threatened the players with a knife. The players did not require medical attention. The university would not release their names, citing federal privacy laws.
Tennessee: Receivers coach Trooper Taylor, who was hired as co-offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State on Wednesday, said he never thought he was a serious candidate for the same job with the Vols. He will stay on through the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl in Tampa against Wisconsin.
Wisconsin: Travis Beckum, a finalist for the John Mackey Award given to the nation's best tight end, plans to return for his senior season with the Badgers.
Big Ten: The conference said it will conduct annual background checks for its football and basketball officials after a Yahoo report showed football referee Stephen Pamon's bankruptcy filing listed an Indiana casino as a creditor. The previous policy only called for periodic checks.
Ohio State: Freshman cornerback Eugene Clifford was suspended for the BCS title game against LSU for violating undisclosed team rules.
UCLA: Norm Chow, offensive coordinator of the NFL's Titans, pulled his name from consideration for the head coaching job. Chow had interviewed for the spot last week in Kansas City.