Virginia football coach George Welsh said Saturday's game with No. 8 Clemson is a "nice opportunity" for the Cavaliers, but only if his team is healthy. "If the {injured} players come back by Tuesday or Wednesday, I think that's enough practice time to play well," Welsh said.

Among the injured players are leading rusher Kevin Morgan and wide receiver John Ford, both of whom sat out Virginia's 30-0 romp over Virginia Military Saturday. Injured in the VMI game were Marcus Wilson, a freshman who gained 129 yards on 34 carries, starting cornerback Keith McMeans and wide receiver Tim Finkelston . . .

The Supreme Court refused to let Southern Methodist take part in a lawsuit to force the NCAA to reveal an investigation of the school's athletic recruiting.

SMU had attempted to join the suit brought by Belo Broadcasting Corp. and its reporter, Carole Kneeland, against the NCAA and the Southwest Conference. The suit seeks records of NCAA investigations since 1980 of football recruiting practices at SMU . . .

Suspended Southern California football player Aaron Emanuel, convicted of punching a woman track star unconscious, was sentenced to 15 days in county jail on weekends. Municipal Court Judge Judson Morris Jr. allowed Emanuel, 21, a sophomore tailback at USC last season, to remain free from custody until his sentence begins Nov. 6.