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Alabama bans coach involved in Ha Ha Clinton-Dix case

Alabama placed assistant strength and conditioning coach Corey Harris on administrative leave for lending money to suspended defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, The Tuscaloosa News reported Thursday.

Clinton-Dix was suspended indefinitely by coach Nick Saban on Wednesday for violating unspecified team rules, but no other details were released.

Alabama expects him to miss 1-3 games for the CrimsonTide, a source with knowledge of the situation told CBSSports.com.

The Tuscaloosa News said that while the Alabama compliance office was looking into the loan of less than $500 that Harris made to Clinton-Dix it found that Harris also had a connection to a sports agent. The loan could violate NCAA rules about student-athletes receiving extra benefits.

Clinton-Dix is second on the team with 24 tackles and is a projected first-round NFL draft pick.

Texas rallies by Iowa State

Case McCoy scored on a 1-yard plunge with 51 seconds left and Texas rallied to beat host Iowa State, 31-30, Thursday night.

McCoy threw for 244 yards for the Longhorns, (3-2, 2-0), who will head into next week’s game against Oklahoma with at least a share of first place in the Big 12.

The Cyclones (1-3, 0-1) dropped their 11th straight Big 12 opener.

In Monroe, La., Antonio Andrews ran for 155 yards on 27 carries and had two TDs to lead Western Kentucky to a 31-10 victory over Louisiana-Monroe.

Brandon Doughty was 24 of 36 for 370 yards, an FBS school record for Western Kentucky (4-2, 1-1 Sun Belt).

The nation’s leading rusher with 882 yards, Andrews also leads the nation with nine rushing touchdowns.

Quarterback Brett Hundley threw for a touchdown, caught a TD pass, and ran for another score to lead No. 12 UCLA to a 34-27 victory over Utah in Salt Lake City that lifted the Bruins to 4-0 for the first time since 2005.

Committee shaping up

Southern California athletic director Pat Haden, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long, and Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich are expected to be members of the committee that will chose the four teams that will play for the national championship when the College Football Playoff starts in 2014.

A person with knowledge of the process told The Associated Press that the three ADs were expected to be part of the 12- to 18-member panel being put together by conference commissioners.

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CBSSports.com has reported that Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez and West Virginia AD Oliver Luck also are expected to be on the committee.

Clowney expected to play

South Carolina All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney did not practice Thursday because of bruised ribs, but is expected to play against Kentucky Saturday night . . . Tommy Armstrong Jr. will start again in place of injured quarterback Taylor Martinez (turf toe) when Nebraska hosts Illinois in its Big Ten opener Saturday . . . West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett will make his second straight start one week after hurting his throwing arm, coach Dana Holgorsen said.

UConn suspends Bullock

The University of Connecticut suspended offensive lineman Tyler Bullock following his arrest on a charge of driving under the influence. UConn police said Bullock, a 23-year-old senior, was stopped just before 1 a.m. Thursday and failed a field sobriety test. Bullock, a starter at center last season, has seen playing time this year at both center and guard . . . A former UNC tutor who worked with Tar Heels players was charged with violating the state’s sports agent laws. An unsealed indictment states that a grand jury indicted Jennifer Wiley Thompson with four counts of providing benefits to former UNC player and current Cleveland Browns receiver Greg Little to help Georgia-based agent Terry Watson sign Little. Thompson was arrested Thursday and released on a $15,000 secured bond.

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