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CFB Roundup: Conference penalizes Grambling for forfeited game

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The Southwestern Athletic Conference imposed penalties on Grambling State for its forfeit of an Oct. 19 game against Jackson State, the league announced Wednesday.

Grambling was fined an unspecified amount for missing the game and also must play at Jackson State during the next three years. Grambling spokesman Will Sutton said earlier that the fine is $20,000.

Jackson State was forced to cancel its homecoming game when Grambling players staged a boycott and failed to show up for the bus trip on the Friday before the road game. The players protested the conditions of equipment and facilities, decisions to hire and fire coaches and long bus trips.

Grambling players returned to practice the following week and vowed to complete the 2013 season.

Jackson State officials said the school's financial losses could be in the millions from revenue the game would have generated.

---Ten quarterbacks are among 15 semifinalists announced for the Walter Camp Award.

Included on the list: freshman sensation quarterback Jameis Winston of unbeaten Florida State and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M.

Three defensive players -- UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam -- made the cut.

The award, voted on by FBS coaches and sports information directors, goes to the nation's top player. Last year's winner was Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o.

Others on this year's list are Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey, Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller and Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty.

The SEC has five semifinalists, followed by the Pac-12 with three.

---Florida could be headed for its first losing season since 1979, but coach Will Muschamp apparently is not going to lose his job if that happens.

Athletic director Jeremy Foley said on the school's official website that he totally supports Muschamp.

"As athletic director, I'm a thousand percent convinced that Will Muschamp is the guy to lead this football program," Foley said. "Nothing has changed in what we feel about Will Muschamp from the day we hired him."

Florida president Bernie Machen also expressed his support for Muschamp.

The Gators fell to 4-5 after a 34-17 loss at home to Vanderbilt last Saturday. They travel to No. 12 South Carolina on Saturday.

"We will get better under Will Muschamp's leadership," Foley said. "This is not the quote-unquote dreaded 'vote of confidence.' This is just how we all feel around here. We have a strong faith and a strong belief in his capabilities, in his leadership skills, in his ability to evaluate what needs to be fixed."

Muschamp, 42, is 22-13 since replacing Urban Meyer after the 2010 season.

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