Penn State receiver Justin Brown has decided to transfer to Oklahoma.
Penn State receiver Brown
to transfer to Oklahoma
The chaotic offseason for Penn State football continued Sunday when the Nittany Lions lost wide receiver Justin Brown, who plans to transfer to Oklahoma.
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Brown, who was the leading returning receiver from last season, is the ninth player lost by Penn State since the NCAA’s imposition of sanctions against the program resulting from former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s conviction of sexually abusing boys.
Under rules revised by the NCAA to accommodate Penn State players, all nine are eligible to compete this season.
Running back Silas Redd, who rushed for 1,241 yards as a Penn State sophomore last season, announced Tuesday he was transferring to USC.
TCU quarterback Pachall
won’t face team discipline
Texas Christian coach Gary Patterson said starting quarterback Casey Pachall will not face team discipline after the junior admitted to police in February he used marijuana and failed a drug test.
Patterson said Pachall has completed drug and alcohol counseling mandated by the university and no suspension will be handed down.
“One thing I’ve liked is that he’s been honest,” Patterson said. “His dad is a retired highway patrolman.”
As players were reporting for the start of fall practice, Pachall gave a statement at the start of a news conference and apologized for his actions.
“With the expectations I have when I step on the field, I need to have those same expectations off the field as well,” said Pachall, who passed for a school-record 2,921 yards last season as a sophomore.
Former USC lineman dies
Fred Matua, who started at guard on USC’s 2003 and 2004 national-championship teams, died Sunday of a heart-related issue, school officials said. He was 28.
Columbus player Urso dies
Midfielder Kirk Urso of the Major League Soccer Columbus Crew died at a hospital and no cause of death has been determined, a county coroner said.
Urso, 22, was pronounced dead at 1:50 a.m. EDT Sunday at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak said. An autopsy is scheduled Monday.
Police were called to a bar in the city at about 12:50 a.m. and Urso was taken from there to the hospital, The Columbus Dispatch reported.
Team officials withheld detailed comment and hospital officials said privacy laws ruled out any comment. Urso, who played college soccer at North Carolina, was in his first season with the Crew.
Timbers get a draw at home
Jack Jewsbury scored on a volley in the 79th minute to lift the Timbers into a 1-1 MLS draw with visiting FC Dallas that snapped Portland’s five-game losing streak.
Scott Sealy scored for FC Dallas in the 51st minute.
Calhoun has surgery
Connecticut men’s coach Jim Calhoun had surgery to repair a left-hip fracture from a Saturday bicycle accident near his summer home in Madison. University officials said Calhoun, 70, was resting comfortably at a hospital and is expected to be released in the next few days.
Calhoun broke several ribs in an accident during a charity bicycle ride in 2009.
Lin visits Taiwan
On the first trip to his parents’ native Taiwan since emerging from relative obscurity to become an NBA star, Jeremy Lin pledged to remain true to himself and not be overwhelmed by the fame that accompanies the phenomenon that is “Linsanity.”
Lin said he hopes to inspire other people to play basketball, just as former Chinese NBA star Yao Ming inspired him.
Lin, 23, recently left the New York Knicks to sign with Yao’s former team, the Houston Rockets.
Lin, a Harvard graduate, was born and raised in the United States. His parents are from Taiwan and his maternal grandmother is from China.
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