COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia says he'll be ready for whatever role comes his way with the 12th-ranked Gamecocks, the same way he has done the past five seasons.
Garcia is back as starter a week after sitting the first quarter of South Carolina's 56-37 victory over East Carolina. The Gamecocks trailed 17-0 with Garcia on the sidelines and sophomore Connor Shaw running the offense. Garcia rallied South Carolina as he rushed for two touchdowns and threw for a third.
Garcia had a streak of 28 straight starts ended last week.
LSU's Shepard to return against WVU
BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU officials say suspended receiver Russell Shepard will be eligible to return for the Tigers' fourth game of the season at West Virginia.
Shepard, a starter, was suspended before LSU's season opener against Oregon for breaking an NCAA rule that bars discussing ongoing investigations with teammates.
Beer sales buoy WVU
MORGANTOWN, W.VA. — Beer sales at West Virginia University football games are a hit with fans.
Media outlets report that WVU netted more than $75,000 from the first round of beer sales during the Mountaineers' season opener against Marshall on Sunday.
The university says fans bought 21,811 bottles of beer, 18,803 bottles of water, 2,906 bottles of soda and 8,908 cups of frozen lemonade from vendors.
Ohio State: 3 players took $200 at charity event
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Records released by Ohio State University say three football players suspended for the opening game against Akron violated NCAA rules by taking $200 at a Cleveland charity event earlier this year.
The records released Thursday indicate the students gave varying accounts for why they received the money and who they received it from.
Two of the athletes said they believed the money was for working at the event while a third said he believed he was receiving money from a teammate.
The records say the source of the money is unclear.
The players were running back Jordan Hall, defensive back Corey Brown and defensive back Travis Howard.
Rees ready to roll
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No wonder Tommy Rees has no fear about starting Saturday's game against Michigan. It's just another big-time venue for the sophomore quarterback with a cool demeanor.
Notre Dame Stadium, Yankee Stadium, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Add in the Sun Bowl Stadium and Rees has won games in all four of those notable locales as a starter for the Irish.
Now it's off to Ann Arbor for the first night game ever at the Big Housen.
Florida's Floyd must sit out another game
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd must sit out another game and pay about $2,700 to charity before he is eligible to compete again.
The NCAA's student-athlete reinstatement staff handed down its decision Thursday. Floyd sat out Florida's season opener last week and will do the same Saturday night against UAB.
"I'm angered, disgusted and extremely disappointed that Sharrif will have to miss two games," Gators Coach Will Muschamp said.
Tickets await military
AUBURN, Ala. — Military personnel now have an avenue to some of the toughest tickets in college sports.
Gameday for Heroes in Columbus, Ga., collects donated tickets to fill requests from active duty or wounded veterans.