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College football roundup: Two BYU players suspended

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Brigham Young has suspended senior safety Joe Sampson and sophomore linebacker Zac Stout for violating unspecified team rules.

Coach Bronco Mendenhall announced Thursday night the suspensions that apparently resulted from an altercation on Halloween. School officials said both players withdrew from school and won't return to the team this season.

Sampson had 33 tackles in eight starts this this. Stout played as a freshman in 2011 but was sitting out the 2012 season because of an injury.

The Daily Herald confirmed with Provo Police that the players were involved in an incident but that charges are unlikely to be filed after witnesses and the parties involved are contacted.

---Injured Virginia Tech safety Michael Cole, who was taken off the field on a stretcher during the third quarter of the Hokies' loss to Florida State, was released from a hospital late Thursday night after sustaining a cervical neck sprain.

Cole was face down on the field for several minutes after making a tackle on Florida Stae running back Lonnie Pryor. The redshirt freshman was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for precautionary tests, Hokies athletic trainer Mike Goforth said.

"He was conscious on the field, able to move all extremities, but had neck pain and numbness in the upper extremities," Goforth said. "His CT scan is negative for any fracture."

Cole is expected to make a full recovery.

---Arizona quarterback Matt Scott is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game against Colorado because of a concussion.

Junior college transfer B.J. Denker would get the start if Scott cannot play.

--The BCS commissioners are expected to recommend that the annual rotation for the sites of the national semifinal games be limited to six bowls when the four-team playoff format begins during the 2014 season, ESPN..com reported.

---Purdue announced Friday that offensive coordinator Gary Nord will not coach in Saturday's game against Iowa because he has been hospitalized since Wednesday with a back injury.

Play-calling for the Boilermakers against Iowa will be shared by head coach Danny Hope and wide receivers coach Patrick Higgins.
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