COWBOYS LOOK FOR IM­PROVED PLAY AT CEN­TER

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

LARAMIE» Gavin Rush and Pa­trick Arnold faced one an­other in high school. As a se­nior at Au­rora High School and a ju­nior at Gretna High School, re­spec­tively, the Ne­braska of­fen­sive line­men met in the high school play­offs.

Rush’s team won that bat­tle to move onto the state semi­fi­nals. But now the sopho­more finds him­self in an­other com­pe­ti­tion against Arnold, a true fresh­man, as the two fight for Wy­oming’s start­ing spot at cen­ter.

In the first week of fall camp, the two split time play­ing cen­ter with the first-team of­fen­sive line. To start the sec­ond week, Rush played with the first team, and Arnold played with the sec­ond team to give each player more rep­e­ti­tions — though Arnold said that was a tem­po­rary change.

So far, nei­ther has ce­mented the spot.

Said Wy­oming coach Craig Bohl: “(It’s) a lit­tle bit of a mixed bag. Prob­a­bly haven’t made as much progress there as we’d like.”

Ole Miss, NCAA in­frac­tions com­mit­tee to meet.

Mis­sis­sippi will ap­pear in front of the NCAA’s Com­mit­tee on In­frac­tions on Sept. 11 in Cov­ing­ton, Ky.

Ole Miss re­leased doc­u­ments de­tail­ing the hear­ing on its web­site. The NCAA says the panel has set aside “two-three full days for this hear­ing.”

Ole Miss has been un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the NCAA for nearly five years. The foot­ball pro­gram is fac­ing 21 rules vi­o­la­tions, in­clud­ing 15 clas­si­fied as Level I, which the gov­ern­ing body con­sid­ers the most se­ri­ous. The sprawl­ing case in­volves al­leged aca­demic, booster and re­cruit­ing mis­con­duct.

• For­mer Mis­sis­sippi coach Hous­ton Nutt’s civil law­suit against the school and its ath­let­ics foun­da­tion has been dis­missed by a fed­eral judge.

The one-page fil­ing said the fed­eral court “lacks ju­ris­dic­tion un­der the plead­ings as pre­sented” and the suit was dis­missed by U.S. District Judge Neal Big­gers. The suit was dis­missed with­out prej­u­dice, mean­ing it can be re­filed.

Nutt filed the law­suit against Ole Miss on July 12, al­leg­ing a breach of his sev­er­ance agree­ment be­cause of false state­ments he said school of­fi­cials made dur­ing an on­go­ing NCAA in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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