George Mason's men's basketball team, the defending Colonial Athletic Association champion, released its schedule yesterday. The Patriots play three teams that reached the NCAA tournament -- Delaware, Detroit and Maryland -- and two teams that reached the National Invitation Tournament -- Old Dominion and Toledo -- last season. George Mason opens its season on the road against Toledo on Nov. 19. The Patriots' home opener is Nov. 27 against Coppin State.
The complete schedule appears on Page D9.
LUX REDUX: Northern Illinois forward T.J. Lux, the leading active career rebounder in Division I, was granted another year of eligibility by the NCAA. Lux was granted a fifth year to play basketball at the Mid-American Conference school for "reasons of medical hardship." The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Lux was sidelined with severe shin splints after five games last season.
MINNESOTA CONTROVERSY: The official who coordinated sexual violence awareness training for University of Minnesota athletes twice was cited for soliciting prostitution, police records show.
Rufus Simmons's most recent arrest came in June. His first offense was in 1991. Athletic Director Mark Dienhart said Thursday he was not aware of either case until asked about them by the Star Tribune of Minneapolis.
CORNHUSKER ARREST: Nebraska football player Shevin Wiggins was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting two 14-year-old girls outside a foster home near Lincoln, Neb.
ARREST, SUSPENSION: Sophomore forward Eugene Land was arrested for shoplifting on Tuesday night, two days before the University of Cincinnati suspended him for unspecified reasons. Land, a 6-8 backup from Cincinnati, is scheduled to appear in Hamilton County Municipal Court on Aug. 31.