Kurt Busch has been suspended from this weekend's activities at Pocono Raceway by NASCAR because of his behavior in the Nationwide Series event at Dover International Speedway this past Saturday. Busch was already on probation because of a run-in with Ryan Newman's crew following the May 12 Sprint Cup event at Darlington Raceway. After his fourth-place finish in Saturday's Nationwide race, Busch was asked about racing while on probation and proceeded to verbally berate the reporter who posed the question. "It refrains me from not beating the s--- out of you right now because you ask me stupid questions," Busch said in a video posted by Speed Channel. "But since I'm on probation, I suppose that's improper to say as well." According to NASCAR, Busch violated Section 12-1 of the rulebook, specifically actions detrimental to stock car racing and verbal abuse of a media member. Busch's probation was scheduled to end July 25, but has now been extended though the end of the season. COLLEGE FOOTBALL ---Big Ten leaders acknowledged Monday that they prefer the current Bowl Championship Series but realize a playoff is inevitable and a plus-one model with a championship game following the bowls would be their preference. "We don't find as much fault with the system as some others do, but any system that receives that much criticism and that little support suffers from that," Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said. "My hope is whatever we do, we understand it's not perfect and we do whatever is in the best interest of college football." Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman said during a conference call after a weekend meeting of conference presidents and chancellors in Chicago that they're in favor of the "status quo." ---The Ohio State athletic department acknowledged Monday that coach Urban Meyer had suspended starting tight end Jake Stoneburner and offensive tackle Jack Mewhort after an incident early Saturday morning led to their arrests. "Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer confirmed today that student-athletes Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort have been suspended from all football team activities," the statement read. "There will be no further comment on the issue at this time." Stoneburner responded Monday afternoon on Twitter. "Thanks for all the support from family, friends, and especially my teammates. Love you all! Unfortunate situation, but we will overcome it." The two players allegedly urinated outside a restaurant near where the Memorial Tournament was being played north of Columbus The two were arrested by Shawnee Hills police on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business.
- Kurt Busch