NO MORE BEER BARREL: Less than one year after a fatal alcohol-related truck crash involving two Kentucky football players, Tennessee and Kentucky have discontinued using a beer barrel as the trophy for their football rivalry.
Kentucky Athletic Director C.M. Newton said Friday that he and Tennessee AD Doug Dickey made the decision to stop the 74-year-old tradition.
The blue, white and orange-painted keg has traditionally gone to the winner of each year's game. But last November, the annual postgame display was canceled out of respect for the victims of a crash one week earlier that killed Kentucky transfer player Arthur Steinmetz and Eastern Kentucky student Scott Brockeve, the best friend of then-Kentucky star quarterback Tim Couch.
NOTRE DAME: Notre Dame officials anticipate a ruling from the NCAA that the school's football program has committed a major violation of the organization's rules, according to a published report. Mike Enright, a spokesman for the university's sports department, said the school will not respond until the NCAA releases its findings.
ASU LOSES TWO: Arizona State wide receivers Justin Taplin and Joey Graves were suspended for the entire season for breaking team rules, Coach Bruce Snyder announced. Snyder declined to specify the rules or violations that led to the suspensions on the eve of training camp.
"It wasn't a legal issue. It wasn't an academic issue," Snyder said. "I hated to do it. But it was something I felt like I had to do."