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Oklahoma receiver is suspended because of Twitter remark

Jaz Reynolds posted a message telling people in Austin, Texas, to "kill yourself" a day after a gunman committed suicide on the University of Texas campus. Oklahoma and Texas resume their rivalry Saturday.

September 29, 2010

Oklahoma receiver Jaz Reynolds took trash talking ahead of the Red River Rivalry with Texas too far for Coach Bob Stoops.

Stoops suspended Reynolds indefinitely on Wednesday after the receiver referenced on Twitter the gunman who committed suicide on the University of Texas campus.

The message posted Tuesday, the day after the incident, read, "Hey everyone in Austin, tx…….kill yourself."

Reynolds didn't help matters with a follow-up: "Everyone in austin, tx disregard that last tweet… y'all will mess around n do it lmao."

The account was no longer active on Wednesday.

"Our rivalry with Texas will not come at the expense of dignity and respect," Stoops said in a statement.  "We have great concern for what happened in Austin and I am incredibly disappointed that someone connected with our team would react so callously.

"We have taken immediate action and I hope by doing so we have illustrated how seriously we view this matter."

Reynolds has no catches this season and will miss at least Saturday's game between the eighth-ranked Sooners and No. 21 Texas in Dallas.

Boise State's Venable suspended for half a game

The Western Athletic Conference has suspended Boise State's Winston Venable for the first half of the third-ranked Broncos' game against New Mexico State this week.

Venable was suspended for a helmet-to-helmet hit on receiver James Rodgers during last week's victory over Oregon State.

Rodgers was blocking for quarterback Ryan Katz on a third-quarter scramble play when he collided with Venable. Rodgers appeared to have been knocked unconscious and had the leave the game with a concussion.

No flag was thrown on the play, which WAC Commissioner Karl Benson called a "flagrant foul" and said should have resulted in Venable's ejection.

Benson originally suspended the senior linebacker/safety for a game, but after an appeal, the conference sportsmanship committee reduced it to a half.

Michigan QB Robinson 'good to go'

Michigan Coach Rich Rodriguez said quarterback Denard Robinson is "good to go" for Saturday's Big Ten opener at Indiana.

"He did everything in practice [Tuesday]," Rodriguez said during Wednesday's weekly conference call. "Everything is good to go. There will be no restrictions whatsoever."

Robinson missed most of last weekend's victory over Bowling Green after bruising his knee in the first quarter.

However, the 19th-ranked Wolverines likely will be without injured running backs Michael Shaw and Fitzgerald Toussaint and safety Michael Williams, whom Rodriguez said was meeting with doctors because of multiple concussions.

"Certainly it's a concern," Rodriguez said of Williams. "I know it's a concern for everybody involved, and Mike is having those discussions with the doctors and we'll see where that takes it."

Florida's Demps could face No. 1 Alabama

Florida running back Jeff Demps is probable for Saturday's game at No. 1 Alabama despite a sprained left foot. Coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that Demps is no longer in a boot and would have "very limited" practice on Wednesday.

Meyer added that Demps would practice Thursday and, if necessary, on Friday to get ready for the game.

Demps injured his foot two weeks ago at Tennessee. He missed part of the game against Kentucky on Saturday. X-rays were negative.

True freshman to start for Boston College

Freshman quarterback Chase Rettig will make his collegiate debut for Boston College against Notre Dame on Saturday, according to the Boston Globe.

Coach Frank Spaziani made the switch to the highly-touted true freshman following a 19-0 loss to Virginia Tech, the Eagles' first shutout loss in 12 years.

Spaziani had hoped to redshirt Rettig this season, but when quarterbacks Dave Shinskie and Mike Marscovetra struggled, he made the switch. 

The 6-foot-4-inch, 205-pound Rettig chose Boston College over Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Arizona, and Arizona State, and has been heralded as the best Eagles quarterback since Matt Ryan.

North Carolina to appeal two suspensions

North Carolina will appeal the suspension of two players for accepting improper benefits from an agent in hopes they will be ruled eligible to play Saturday against East Carolina, Athletic Director Dick Baddour said Wednesday. 

The NCAA last week suspended cornerback Kendric Burney for six games and safety Duenta Williams for four after it was determined they received money for several trips. Both players have already sat three games, which will be applied to their punishment.

North Carolina will argue in a Friday conference call that the suspensions were too harsh, Baddour said.

"I don't want to get into specifics," Baddour told the crowd at the Raleigh Sports Club luncheon. "I don't think that's fair to them or the process, but things are moving on both sides so it's a possibility [they'll be allowed to play]."

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