'Beanie' now doubtful for Buckeyes at USC

Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel said Thursday it is doubtful that starting tailback Chris "Beanie" Wells will play Saturday night against No. 1 Southern California.

Tressel said there was lingering soreness for Wells in his right foot after he worked out on Wednesday night. Wells did not practice Thursday morning.

"We were hoping he'd wake up this morning and feel even better than yesterday," Tressel said shortly before boarding the team bus to the airport. "But it didn't happen. We'll see from here."

Wells injured his right foot in the fifth-ranked Buckeyes' opener against Youngstown State, did not play last week against Ohio and has not had contact in partial practices this week. Tressel did not rule out the possibility of the junior seeing action, but did not sound optimistic.

5 Gamecocks in fight

Five South Carolina players were involved in a lunchtime fight on campus Thursday.

A report from the university's police department listed the five players — linebacker Antonio Allen, safety Akeem Auguste, offensive linemen Terrence Campbell, linebacker Melvin Ingram and receiver C.C. Whitlock — as victims of a civil disturbance at the Russell House in the middle of campus.

South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier said he didn't know much about what happened. "I wasn't there," he said after practice. "But I'm sure our university police can handle it."

Spurrier said he'd let the police and the university determine what happened and if penalties were necessary.

■ Chris Smelley will start at quarterback when South Carolina faces Georgia, while Stephen Garcia is expected to play for the Gamecocks in the Southeastern Conference showdown, Spurrier said.

Hurricane preparation

■ Hurricane Ike has pushed back Saturday's scheduled Arkansas-Texas football game to Sept. 27. The hurricane is on a course for landfall in Texas this weekend.

■ The Washington State-Baylor football game has been moved up to Friday night to avoid complications with Hurricane Ike on the Texas coast this weekend.

The game was originally scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday to be broadcast on FSN. Kickoff is now scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday night.

■ McNeese State canceled Saturday's home football game against California Polytechnic.

■ Kentucky Wesleyan's college football game at Stephen F. Austin on Saturday has been postponed. Stephen F. Austin is located in Nacogdoches, Texas, in the far eastern part of the state. Both athletic directors plan to explore the possibility of rescheduling the game later this season.