COLLEGE FOOTBALL / DAILY REPORT : ACROSS THE NATION : Two More Seminoles Ruled Ineligible
Florida State officials ruled two more players ineligible for Saturday’s season opener against Virginia.
Investigators said offensive lineman Marcus Long would have been permanently banned if he hadn’t acknowledged his presence at a dinner paid for by a prospective agent.
Long, a 320-pound sophomore guard, was declared ineligible for the first two games of the season while offensive tackle Forrest Conoly was indefinitely suspended.
The defending national champions will open the season without five players who took gifts from prospective agents in November of 1993.
Fifth-ranked Michigan, already reeling from the loss of tailback Tyrone Wheatley, also will start the season without wide receiver Walter Smith.
Smith, one of the Wolverines’ co-captains, will probably sit out the team’s first three games because of a knee injury suffered in practice Friday. Michigan Coach Gary Moeller said Smith will undergo arthroscopic surgery this week with the hope he could return in time for the start of the Big Ten schedule Oct. 1 at Iowa.
Wheatley suffered a shoulder injury last week and will sit out the Wolverines’ opener against Boston College on Saturday.
A judge ruled Oklahoma could not prevent linebacker Tremayne Green from playing, even if doing so might endanger him physically. The linebacker sat out last season’s final seven games because of a pinched nerve in his neck that contributed to a loss of strength in his left arm. B.J. Rutledge, an Oklahoma City neurosurgeon, had recommended Green give up football or risk greater injury.
Attorneys hired by the University of Texas are investigating whether star receiver Lovell Pinkney took a trip to Los Angeles in May to meet with a sports agent, athletic director DeLoss Dodds said. . . . Alcorn Coach Cardell Jones was placed on a one-year probation and the school will lose one football scholarship next year for holding a conditioning session in June, the Southwestern Athletic Conference announced.