The University of South Carolina was put on probation for a third year by the NCAA for improperly tutoring football players and other violations...

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The University of South Carolina was put on probation for a third year by the NCAA for improperly tutoring football players and other violations in the program.

The NCAA said in a statement that it also accepted sanctions the school placed on itself in July, which included the loss of two football scholarships for both the 2006-07 and 2007-08 school years.

The NCAA added a third year of probation onto the school’s recommended sanctions.

The infractions took place under former coach Lou Holtz, who retired at the end of last season and was replaced by Steve Spurrier, former University of Florida and Washington Redskins coach. The investigation didn’t link Holtz to the violations.

The violations included tutoring sessions given to two recruits who were enrolled in a two-year college to get enough credits to attend the university.

South Carolina also said an academically ineligible player participated in the 2002 season.

Florida State

trophies recovered

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State coach Bobby Bowden picked up another two national-championship trophies on Wednesday, but the unlikely in-season development probably won’t do much to encourage fans who fear the Seminoles have fallen from their 1990s glory days.

University police announced they recovered the two $30,000 Waterford crystal trophies that were stolen last summer from a locked case outside Bowden’s office. One suspect in Fort Walton Beach — not affiliated with FSU — is in custody.

The crystal footballs, commemorating the Seminoles’ 1993 and 1999 national titles, were stolen June 23, 2004, while the Moore Center athletic facilities at Doak Campbell Stadium were being renovated.

They weren’t insured, and the school promptly purchased imitation replacements.

Now Bowden will have four in his personal collection. And what will he do with the extras?

“I’ll order two more rings,” he said after wrapping up practice.

Three-way tie

atop MAC West

TOLEDO, Ohio — Garrett Wolfe rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns, and Northern Illinois defeated Toledo 35-17 to create a three-way tie atop the Mid-American Conference West Division.

The Huskies (6-4, 5-2 MAC) are tied with the Rockets (7-3, 5-2) and Western Michigan with one game to play. Northern Illinois hosts Western Michigan next Wednesday and Toledo travels Tuesday to Bowling Green, which needs to win to clinch the MAC East.

The division winners meet in the conference championship game Dec. 1 at Ford Field in Detroit.

Northern Illinois’ win was marred by an injury to Toledo wide receiver Nick Moore, who lay on the field for several minutes late in the fourth quarter after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from a defender on an incomplete pass.


• Kentucky DT Ricky Abren has been suspended for Saturday’s game at No. 14 Georgia because of a violation of team rules. The school released no other information.

Anthony Weatherspoon, a fullback who helped transform Colorado into a national power in the mid-1980s, died after a long struggle with leukemia. He was 39.

Weatherspoon, who died Tuesday in Houston, also suffered from a rare blood disorder. He needed a bone marrow transplant and had found a donor. But he was never healthy enough to have the surgery.