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CFB NOTEBOOK: Arrests made in Ball assault, hurricane cancels LSU practice

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Three 21-year-old males were arrested Tuesday by the Madison, Wis. Police Dept., and charged with assaulting Wisconsin running back Montee Ball.

The three local men -- Wendell J. Venerable, Deonte J. Wilson and Robert A. Wilks -- face battery charges, but have yet to be charged, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported, citing a police report.

On Aug. 1, the Heisman Trophy finalist suffered a concussion during an early-morning attack near campus. He was assaulted by five males at 2:15 a.m. He suffered a concussion and a bruised jaw and missed the first week of preseason camp.

Police have said the attack could be related to a fight at a house party that Ball attended a few days earlier, though detectives said they have no evidence suggesting Ball was involved at that time.

Ball scored 39 touchdowns last season to tie Barry Sanders' NCAA record. He finished the season with 1,923 yards rushing and 2,229 all-purpose yards, second in school history to Ron Dayne's 2,242 yards in 1996. He also rushed for 164 yards and a touchdown in the Badgers' 45-38 loss to Oregon in the Rose Bowl.

---The threat of Hurricane Isaac had prompted LSU to cancel practice ahead of Saturday's season opener against North Texas.

Les Miles told reporters that his team would "hunker down" in facilities around the campus.

"We recognize the fact that we are going to miss Wednesday's practice and have to try to do what we would normally do today on Thursday," Miles said.

Saturday's game remains scheduled to start at 6 p.m. ET. Miles said the storm would have to pass before a decision is made. Isaac was still approaching Baton Rouge.

The university had already postponed a Friday soccer match until Tuesday and a volleyball tournament scheduled for Friday and Saturday on campus was moved to Houston.

- -- Texas A&M and Arkansas will be calling Cowboys Stadium home a lot more in coming seasons. According to Sports Business Daily, the two schools announced Wednesday that they will hold their annual rivalry game at Cowboys Stadium from 2014 through 2024.

The two schools played three times at the Arlington, Texas facility from 2009 through 2011, generating big crowds, and was part of a 10-year contract. However, when Texas A&M joined the Southeast Conference, the game was moved back to contests at each campus for 2012 and 2013.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who built the palatial Cowboys Stadium, apparently played intermediary to make the deal happen, according to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
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