EX-UCF KICKER STANDS FIRM

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FLA.» For­mer OR­LANDO,

UCF kicker Don­ald De La Haye said all he wanted to do was fol­low his pas­sion and make a lit­tle money with videos he posted on YouTube.

But since some of those videos in­cluded his ex­pe­ri­ences as a stu­dent-ath­lete, it wasn’t that sim­ple. UCF and the NCAA of­fered De La Haye an al­ter­na­tive that he felt was “very un­fair.”

“They wanted me to give up my money that I made, which is crazy,” De La Haye said in a video he posted Mon­day night. “I worked hard for it and you just want me to throw my money away and take down my videos, which again, I worked so hard for and wasn’t com­fort­able do­ing.

“So I told them no.” De La Haye said he was ruled in­el­i­gi­ble, had his schol­ar­ship taken away and now is out of school. In-state tu­ition at UCF is about $22,000, in­clud­ing room and board, books and fees.

The mar­ket­ing ma­jor would have been a ju­nior on the football team.

“Cousin Ness” com­ing.

YORK» In many ways, NEW the only thing chang­ing for Brad Nessler is the blazer he will wear in the tele­vi­sion booth.

Nessler is pre­par­ing for his first sea­son as the voice of the SEC on CBS, fill­ing the seat held for 17 years by friend Verne Lundquist and re­turn­ing to the net­work where he first went na­tional.

His “new” part­ner is Gary Daniel­son, whom Nessler worked with for seven years at ESPN and ABC. And Nessler has spent plenty of Satur­days in South­east­ern Con­fer­ence coun­try dur­ing a long ca­reer call­ing col­lege football games.

No doubt Nessler is com­fort­able with his new gig. He hopes view­ers will be as con­tent with him as they were with his pre­de­ces­sor.

“You know you can’t be Un­cle Verne, right?” Nessler said at the CBS of­fices in Man­hat­tan. “Maybe I’ll be Cousin Ness or some­thing?”

Nessler’s first game will be TCU at Arkansas on Sept. 9.

Beavers name starter.

Ore­gon State coach Gary An­der­sen named Jake Lu­ton the start­ing quar­ter­back. The 6-foot-7 Lu­ton will de­but for the Beavers on Aug. 26 at Colorado State.

Lu­ton started his col­lege ca­reer at Idaho be­fore trans­fer­ring to Ven­tura (Calif.) Col­lege. He threw for 40 touch­downs and 3,551 yards last sea­son in ju­nior col­lege com­pe­ti­tion.

Se­nior sus­pended.

Arkansas State said se­nior line­backer Khari Lain has been sus­pended for the sea­son.

The univer­sity would not elab­o­rate on the sus­pen­sion but said it was is­sued by the NCAA for not meet­ing a pol­icy dur­ing the team’s ap­pear­ance at last year’s Cure Bowl, where Arkansas State de­feated Cen­tral Florida.

2nd player sen­tenced.

MICH.» A sec­ond KALA­MA­ZOO, for­mer Western Michi­gan football player is head­ing to prison in an armed rob­bery of a woman near cam­pus.

A judge sen­tenced 19year-old Bryson White of Ma­son, Ohio, to three to 15 years in prison in the Au­gust 2016 rob­bery.

He ear­lier pleaded guilty to armed rob­bery.

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