Penn State LB LaVar Arrington will announce this week that he is leaving school a year early to enter the NFL draft, his mother told a newspaper.

Carolyn Arrington told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that her son would announce his decision at North Hills High School in Pittsburgh, his alma mater.

But after notching 14 tackles in the Nittany Lions' 24-0 victory over Texas A&M Tuesday in the Alamo Bowl, Arrington said his decision is not final.

"I've got to have one last sit-down with my family before I really make my decision yet," he said.

BAD NEWS FOR STANFORD: All-American WR Troy Walters dislocated his right wrist in practice and will not play for Stanford in the Rose Bowl.

The team said he was injured Tuesday, leaving Stanford without one of its key players for Saturday's game against Wisconsin.

Walters set Pac-10 and Stanford records for career receptions and receiving yards this season.

He won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top wide receiver and finished second in the country with 132.4 receiving yards per game. . . .

Nebraska TE Tracey Wistrom, trying to return from a Nov. 29 knee injury, is looking doubtful for Sunday's Fiesta Bowl against Tennessee.

The Cornhuskers' third-leading receiver fell while running his first route Monday and couldn't finish practice on Tuesday.

Nebraska QB Eric Crouch also is ailing. He had a limited amount of practice on Tuesday because of flu-like symptoms and left with ice wrapped around an ankle. . . .

Tennessee QB Tee Martin is recovering from the viral infection but says he'll be ready for the Fiesta Bowl.

DuBOSE SIGNS: Alabama football coach Mike DuBose signed a two-year contract extension that promises a $25,000 bonus if he wins the Paul W. Bryant coach of the year award, to be given Jan. 6 by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.

SUSPENSION REDUCED: The NCAA reduced the suspension of Missouri F Kareem Rush from 50 percent of the basketball team's remaining games to 33 percent, making him eligible to return Jan. 29. Rush, a 6-foot-6 freshman, has admitted receiving payment from an AAU coach prior to enrolling at Missouri. Rush also will have to repay $1,800 to charity on a payment plan. . . .

UCLA F Billy Knight told Bruins Coach Steve Lavin that he intends to transfer.