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Offensive lineman Andree Tyree was suspended by Ohio State for violating team rules and will not play in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2.

No other details about the suspension were revealed Thursday.

Senior Tyree has played in 12 games in his career at Ohio State, including five this season.

The Buckeyes (9-2) play Notre Dame (9-2) in the Fiesta Bowl at Tempe, Ariz.

Georgia receiver Bailey hurt

Georgia wide receiver Sean Bailey will miss the Sugar Bowl after injuring his right knee during practice.

Bailey injured the knee Tuesday night and was evaluated by the school's sports medicine staff Wednesday, the school reported. An MRI confirmed a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Reconstructive surgery is scheduled for January, said Ron Courson, Georgia's director of sports medicine.

Bailey, who caught two touchdown passes in Georgia's SEC championship game victory over LSU, had 16 catches for 364 yards and four touchdown receptions this season.

No. 8 Georgia meets No. 11 West Virginia in the Sugar Bowl in Atlanta on Jan. 2.

Trials set for ex-CMU players

A judge in Mount Pleasant, Mich., has ordered three separate trials for five former Central Michigan University football players and a sixth man charged with murder in the fatal beating of a man outside a bar.

The ex-players are Michael L. Thomas, 23, of Fort Myers, Fla.; James King, 23, of Oak Park; Demond Petty, 21, of Detroit; Jerry Seymour, 20, of Miramar, Fla.; and Spencer Lewis, 23, of Lathrup Village. The sixth defendant is Jimmy Donald, 23, of Saginaw.

They are charged with second-degree murder in the attack on DeMarcus Graham, 26, of Flint, who died 19 days after being beaten outside a Mount Pleasant bar on June 25, 2004. Three others, including two former Chippewas players, are charged with perjury.

On Thursday, Isabella County Trial Judge William Ervin ordered that Seymour and Lewis be tried together. He ordered that a second trial cover Thomas, Petty and Donald and that King be tried alone.

Trial dates will be announced next week, Court Administrator Lance Dexter told Central Michigan Life, the university's student newspaper.

Reid new coach at VMI

Jim Reid was hired as the new coach at Virginia Military Institute on Thursday, taking over a program coming off a 3-8 season.

Reid signed a five-year contract to coach the Keydets. Financial terms were not released.

Reid was the head coach at Richmond for nine seasons before leaving in 2003 to serve as defensive line coach at Syracuse. He spent last season as an assistant at Bucknell.

The 55-year-old Reid succeeds Cal McCombs, who was let go Dec. 5 after going 19-60 over seven seasons.

Rutgers' Schiano gets extension

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano agreed to a seven-year contract extension on Thursday, just days before the Scarlet Knights play in their first bowl game in 27 years.

The deal will keep the 39-year-old Schiano at Rutgers through the 2012 season.

The former Miami assistant who is in his fifth year at Rutgers led the Scarlet Knights to a 7-4 record, their first winning record since 1992. Rutgers finished third in the Big East and will play in the Insight Bowl on Dec. 27.

"This contract reflects our appreciation for the outstanding work Greg Schiano has done with our football program," athletic director Robert Mulcahy said.

Schiano earned $191,000 in salary this year. Under the new deal, he will earn $250,000 in salary next year, increasing to $350,000 by 2012. The contract also increases his guaranteed income from private sources from $325,000 this year to $625,000 next year and $750,000 by 2012.

Miss. assistant join Temple

Mississippi assistant George DeLeone resigned Thursday to become offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Temple.

DeLeone becomes the third assistant to leave coach Ed Orgeron's staff since the end of the season.

At Ole Miss, DeLeone was the offensive line coach and the coordinator of a running game which ranked 116th in the nation with an average of 73 yards.

"It is with mixed emotions that I am leaving Ole Miss to accept the offensive coordinator job at Temple University," DeLeone said in a statement. "It is quite obvious that coach Orgeron is on the verge of building a championship program at Ole Miss, and it would be exciting to continue to be a part of that process.

"Coach (Al) Golden has offered me a tremendous opportunity at the same time to rebuild a championship program at Temple," DeLeone added. "I am both excited and grateful for the opportunity at Temple."


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