Wednesday, November 08, 2006

College Football News

Miami defensive lineman Bryan Pata was shot and killed Tuesday night at his apartment complex, school officials said.

The shooting occurred about two hours after the Hurricanes ended their afternoon practice.

Pata, a 22-year-old senior who grew up in Miami, was pronounced dead in the parking lot outside his apartment, and his death was ruled a homicide, Miami-Dade police spokesman Roy Rutland said.

Rutland said police were called at 7:30 p.m. to the scene and found Pata's body. He lived about four miles from campus.

The circumstances around Pata's death were not immediately clear, and Miami-Dade police did not say who made the 911 call after the shooting.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound lineman played 41 games, making 23 starts, and was expected to be selected in next spring's NFL draft.

Three Tennessee players were suspended Monday after their arrests on charges of disorderly conduct and underage drinking at a nightclub after the Volunteers' loss to Louisiana State.

Starting tailback Arian Foster, safety Antonio Wardlow and fullback David Holbert, each 20 years old, were charged with disorderly conduct and underage consumption of alcohol. Wardlow also was charged with public intoxication.

Authorities said Holbert and Wardlow were fighting each other outside Good Fellas nightclub in Knoxville when they were confronted by the police.

Fulmer suspended Foster for the first half of Saturday's matchup against Arkansas, and Holbert for the game. Wardlow will not play against the 11th-ranked Razorbacks and also is suspended for Tennessee's game against Vanderbilt on Nov. 18.

Joe Paterno wants to coach this weekend, but don't look for him to pace the sidelines in his blue Penn State jacket and rolled-up khakis.

The 79-year-old coach was listed in good condition Monday at Mt. Nittany Medical Center after an 80-minute operation a day earlier on his broken shin bone and two torn knee ligaments. The injuries stemmed from a sideline hit during last week's loss to Wisconsin.

He was expected to be remain in the hospital through today, assistant athletic director Jeff Nelson said.

Paterno plans to coach Saturday against Temple, though it's unclear if that means from the Beaver Stadium sidelines or a coach's box.

Navy has accepted an invitation to play in the Meineke Car Care Bowl at Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 30 and will match up against an opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference, bowl executive director Will Webb said.

The Midshipmen (6-3) will play in a bowl game for the school-record fourth straight year.

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