LSU linebacker Tahj Jones was among four Tigers who have been declared academically ineligible for the 2012 football season, according to a Times-Picayune report. Senior tight end Tyler Edwards, sophomore linebacker D.J. Welter and sophomore offensive lineman Evan Washington are also out for the season. Jones was the only starter. Junior Luke Muncie replaced him for the first two games. The loss of the players is another blow to the team's depth. Tyrann Mathieu has been dismissed, and junior offensive tackle Chris Faulk and freshman wide receiver Travin Dural are done for the season with injuries. ---A football coach in Nashville says he personally saw a Mississippi State booster give money to freshman defensive back Will Redmond. Byron De'Vinner told the Head to Head radio show in Mississippi Tuesday that he saw a "handshake" between the booster and Redmond, and that former Bulldogs receivers coach Angelo Mirando knew of the benefits. De'Vinner has been interviewed by NCAA investigators, and Mirando quit Aug. 19, citing "unforeseen personal issues." ---Penn State starting wide receiver Shawney Kersey has left the team for "personal reasons," the school announced on Twitter. Kersey, the Nittany Lions' most experienced player at the position, had six receptions for 44 yards. He becomes the third player to leave the team since preseason camp started. Backup left tackle Luke Graham and reserve tight end Dakota Royer both left in August, but remain at the university. Team spokesman Jeff Nelson said Kersey also remains enrolled.
- Tyrann Mathieu