AROUND THE NATION;JU’s McGregor earns Pioneer Football League honor


University quarterback Josh McGregor

was named Pioneer

Football League’s Offensive Player

of the Week for his play against Drake as he had his third

consecutive 300-yard passing performance.

McGregor, a junior, completed 21-of-35 passes for 320 yards and

scored on a career-long 39-yard run in the Dolphins’ 39-34 win over

the Bulldogs.

McGregor has passed for at least 300 yards in five of JU’s six

games this season, including a career-best 405-yard effort against



North Carolina kicked star defensive tackle Marvin Austin off

the team and said the

NCAA declared receiver Greg Little

and defensive end Robert Quinn permanently ineligible.

The announcements came as part of the investigations into

whether players received improper benefits from agents.

Athletic director Dick Baddour called it “a sad day” because the

players “made serious mistakes in judgment in accepting extra



NCAA said Little and Quinn each

accepted roughly $5,000 worth of jewelry, travel accommodations and

other benefits.

Austin had been suspended since Sept. 1 for violating

unidentified team rules.

“I want to apologize to the

NCAA and the entire North Carolina

Tar Heel community including my teammates, coaches, students and

fans,” Austin said in a statement. “I have let you all down and I

am truly sorry.”


Alabama receiver Julio Jones broke his hand against South

Carolina and his status for the Crimson Tide’s game Saturday

against Ole Miss is uncertain.

Right tackle D.J. Fluker has a groin injury and will miss at

least a week.

Coach Nick Saban said Monday that Jones had surgery to have a

plate and screw inserted. The coach said whether Jones can return

for Saturday’s home game will be based on his pain tolerance.

Jones played after the injury and finished with eight catches

for 118 yards.


Mississippi State receiver Leon Berry will miss the rest of the

regular season because of a dislocated ankle suffered during

Saturday’s 47-24 victory over Houston.

Coach Dan Mullen said Berry, a junior, could possibly return if

the Bulldogs make a bowl game. Berry has caught eight passes for

188 yards and a touchdown. He was also the Bulldogs’ main kick

returner, averaging 26.8 yards per return.


Houston is asking the

NCAA for a waiver to allow injured

QB Case Keenum to play a sixth season. … Kickoff for Tennessee’s

Oct. 23 game with Alabama is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN.