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College football roundup: LSU suspends fullback Dominique Allen indefinitely

South Carolina offensive lineman Quintin Richardson to have shoulder surgery again


BATON ROUGE, La. — Fullback Dominique Allen, who played in one game last year as a freshman, has been suspended indefinitely from the LSU football team.

Coach Les Miles announced Thursday that Allen was suspended for “violating team rules.” Miles says there are things players can and can’t do and the integrity of the program will not be comprised.

Allen is a sophomore from Paris, Tenn.

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Starting OL will have shoulder surgery again

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina starting offensive lineman Quintin Richardson will have shoulder surgery for the second time in seven months.

The school announced Richardson’s injury to his left shoulder on Thursday. Officials did not say how he injured the shoulder or how severe it might be.

Richardson’s status for the 2010 season will be determined after the operation.

Richardson started the first four games of 2009 at right tackle before being moved to backup. Richardson then started at left tackle in South Carolina’s 34-17 victory over Clemson last November.

Richardson did not play in the Bowl because of surgery on his right shoulder. The Gamecocks first fall practice is scheduled for Aug. 3.


NCAA investigating

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina athletic director Dick Baddour said Thursday the NCAA is investigating a sports program at the school regarding possible rules violations.

Baddour declined to say which sport, but a person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press the NCAA is looking at Butch Davis’ football program.

“I was told that I could limit my comments to the fact that they had been here and they wanted me to say that we had indeed been cooperative,” said Baddour, adding that the inquiry “has our full attention.”

The investigation began with a phone call from the NCAA, Baddour said, though he didn’t say when the call came or when investigators had visited the Chapel Hill campus.

Davis is preparing for his fourth season in Chapel Hill and has guided the program to consecutive eight-win seasons, which includes the program’s first back-to-back bowl seasons since the late 1990s, when Mack Brown left for Texas.

Davis has a 20-18 record with the Tar Heels, including 11-13 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He inherited the program from John Bunting, and the Tar Heels had gone to only two bowl games in six seasons, during which they were 27-45.

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Packers ask league about title game at Lambeau

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers are interested in hosting a potential Big Ten conference championship game at Lambeau Field.

A team spokesman said the Packers have made preliminary contact with Big Ten officials to request information on hosting a new conference championship game, which will become possible after Nebraska leaves the Big 12 for the Big Ten in 2011.

Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy indicated the team’s interest in hosting the Big Ten title game in an interview with on Thursday.