Four former Northwestern players, including tailback Dennis Lundy, were indicted Thursday on charges of lying to federal grand juries investigating sports betting at the school.
Lundy, Christopher Gamble, Michael Senters and Gregory Gill were charged with perjury for lying about their relationship with student bookie Brian Ballarini.
"These four defendants fumbled their opportunity to participate in intercollegiate athletics and to maintain the integrity of athletic competition," U.S. Attorney Scott Lassar told a Chicago news conference.
"Then they fumbled again and again when they had the opportunity to come clean and testify truthfully before the grand jury," Lassar said.
Lundy, Gamble and Senters are accused of lying about bets they allegedly placed on Northwestern's 1994 game against Ohio State. Prosecutors did not specify which games Gill was accused of betting on.
Texas A&M quarterback Randy McCown has broken his left collarbone and will not play in Saturday's Big 12 championship game against No. 2 Kansas State. McCown suffered the injury last Friday during the No. 10 Aggies' 26-24 loss to rival Texas. He had been undergoing treatment, but he felt pain during practice Wednesday in his left, non-throwing shoulder, Coach R.C. Slocum said. Branndon Stewart, who lost the starting job earlier this season, will start against Kansas State. . . . As expected, John Robinson was named coach at Nevada Las Vegas, given a three-year contract at $350,000 per season to turn around the fortunes of the Rebels, who were winless this year and have lost their last 16 games. "We have to create a miracle or a sense of passion first off," Robinson said. "We've lost a lot of football games and we have to be willing to change.". . . Spencer Brinton, the starting quarterback for San Diego State until he was injured earlier this year, announced he is quitting football. Brinton, a sophomore, injured his thumb in San Diego State's second game of the season against USC and has not played since. . . . Toledo (7-4) and Marshall (10-1) meet for the second consecutive year in the Mid-American Conference championship game tonight at Huntington, W.Va. The winner faces Louisville (7-4) in the Motor City Bowl on Dec. 23 in Pontiac, Mich.