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CFB Roundup: Ohio State, S. Carolina cleared; Florida's Debose out with ACL

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Ohio State and South Carolina determined that NCAA violations were not committed by quarterback Braxton Miller and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney after the schools were made aware of signed memorabilia from the star players appearing for sale online.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said Wednesday that Miller, a junior, had no knowledge of the items being sold. Smith added that the university discussed the matter with Miller after learning about it on Sunday.

South Carolina associate athletics director Chris Rogers said the school also found no wrongdoing on Clowney's part.

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has closed South Carolina's practices in part to keep autograph seekers away.

The autograph issue has received heightened attention in the past week after ESPN's report that the NCAA is investigating the possibility that Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M received money for signing autographs in January. An East Coast autograph broker told ESPN on Tuesday that the quarterback was paid $7,500.

---Florida wide receiver Andre Debose is out for the season after suffering a torn ACL, the school confirmed. The non-contact injury occurred during practice on Tuesday night. Coach Will Muschamp said Debose will undergo surgery when swelling in the knee goes down.

A redshirt senior, Debose will have the option to apply for a sixth year of eligibility through a medical waiver if he decides to return for the 2014 season.

A former five-star recruit who missed his freshman season because of injury, Debose has played in 31 games and started eight the past three years for the Gators. His greatest value is as a kick returner, having taken a school- and Southeastern Conference record-tying four kickoffs back for touchdowns during his career.
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