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Schools clear Clowney, Braxton Miller of autograph wrongoing


While the jury remains out as to whether Johnny Manziel will — or even should — face NCAA sanctions, a pair of high-profile players have been cleared by their respective institutions.

Both South Carolina and Ohio State acknowledged Wednesday that they have looked into the sale of memorabilia signed by Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller, respectively, and found no wrongdoing.  The mini-probes came in the wake of the Heisman-winning Texas A&M quarterback being linked to a handful of autograph brokers, some of whom alleged that Manziel received payment in exchange for his signature.

At least as far as USC is concerned, that’s not an issue on Clowney’s end.

“We have investigated things that have been on eBay with him and student-athletes before,” associate athletics director Chris Rogers told “In the situations I can say we looked into, there was no further for us to go, and we determined there was no violation.”

As far as Miller is concerned, OSU athletic director Gene Smith said there was “no issue… none whatsoever” regarding items signed by the star player.  Those items, Smith said, were by and large signed by Miller at the Big Ten’s kickoff luncheon last month and the quarterback was not paid for the appearance.

OSU officials began looking into autograph-related “issues” involving Miller Sunday night, shortly after the Manziel story broke nationwide.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.