Auburn forward Chris Porter admitted taking $2,500 from a sports agent, a confession his coach hopes will lead the NCAA to quickly reinstate the star player.
“Chris has admitted to a mistake. He has been honest and forthcoming,” Coach Cliff Ellis said. “I’m now hoping honesty prevails and Chris will be allowed back on the court.”
Porter, a preseason All-America selection, was suspended Sunday before the No. 19 Tigers played No. 8 Florida.
Two sources said that Porter needed money to prevent his mother from being evicted from her rural south Alabama home.
Oregon senior A.D. Smith will miss the Ducks’ final three regular-season games because of surgery to repair his fractured left cheekbone. The 6-8 forward, injured against USC on Saturday, will be out at least two weeks but could return in time for the postseason. Oregon has three games left, all at home: against Arizona State on Thursday, No. 3 Arizona on Saturday and Oregon State on March 11. Smith, Oregon’s leading rebounder at 5.9 a game and second-leading scorer at 15.3, had started 58 games in a row. . . . Arizona finally received some good news when Richard Jefferson was medically cleared to play again this week. Jefferson, who fractured his right foot in the opening minutes of a Jan. 8 game against Stanford, is expected to play at Oregon State on Thursday night. Starting center Loren Woods is out for another two to four weeks because of a back injury.
Angie Lee, taking heat for mounting losses and dwindling attendance, resigned as the Iowa women’s coach.