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CFB Roundup: Grambling cancels game at Jackson State

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Grambling State's game against Jackson State on Saturday was canceled after the team boycotted practice this week and failed to show up for the bus trip on Friday, the school announced.

The players were not present to board buses for their scheduled Friday afternoon departure to Jackson, Miss. As a result, Grambling will forfeit the game, which was scheduled to be Jackson State's homecoming, and might face a fine from the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

School spokesman Wesley Peterson announced the cancellation just after 6 p.m.

Trouble has been brewing since Tuesday when the players met with Grambling officials to voice their displeasure about the program, particularly interim coach George Ragsdale. He replaced Doug Williams in September after the team's 0-2 start. The school relieved Ragsdale of his duties on Thursday and promoted defensive coordinator Dennis "Dirt" Winston to take his place.

---Eastern Michigan wide receiver Demarius Reed was found shot to death in an Ypsilanti apartment building Friday morning, according to multiple reports.

Reed's body was found in an hallway by his roommate at 7:15 a.m., according to police. Authorities launched an off-campus homicide investigation.

Reed, a junior, played six games this season. He made 15 receptions for 181 yards with a touchdown. He had 18 catches for 171 yards with a touchdown in nine games last year. The Eagles (1-5, 0-2 MAC) host Ohio (4-2, 1-1) on Saturday.

---Miami wide receiver Phillip Dorsett suffered a partially torn medial collateral ligament in Thursday night's game against North Carolina and will miss four to six weeks, coach Al Golden said.

Dorsett, one of the team's top receivers, injured his knee late in the first quarter of Miami's victory and didn't return to the game. He has 13 receptions this season for the No. 10 Hurricanes and ranks second on the team in receiving yards (272) and third in receptions (13).

Safety Kacy Rodgers (ankle) and running back Duke Johnson (concussion) also were injured Thursday night but should not miss any games, Golden said.

---Alabama junior safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was reinstated by the NCAA after serving a two-game suspension, Alabama announced Friday.

Alabama coach Nick Saban suspended Clinton-Dix indefinitely from the team on Oct. 2 for violating team rules. According to The Tuscaloosa News, assistant strength and conditioning coach Corey Harris provided a "short-term loan" to Clinton-Dix for less than $500.
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