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Paralyzed player responsive, aware

Associated Press / October 20, 2010

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Paralyzed Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand is responsive and aware of the difficult road ahead, says coach Greg Schiano, who described the junior defensive tackle as being in “good spirits.’’

Schiano did not update LeGrand’s medical condition in a news conference yesterday, but said he’s seen him every day since LeGrand was paralyzed from the neck down after making a special teams tackle against Army on Saturday.

“He goes through different periods,’’ Schiano said. “There are medications that have to be administered. He has been very responsive at times, and very aware. He knows.

“I have tried to keep him informed what is going on here,’’ he said. “I see him each day and let him know what is happening with the guys. He understands.’’

Pitt players and staff will display a large banner supporting LeGrand during Saturday’s game against the Scarlet Knights.

Bosworth met agent
Brian Bosworth and another former Oklahoma player told Yahoo! Sports that former North Carolina assistant coach John Blake introduced them to agent Gary Wichard. Blake’s relationship with Wichard is part of the focus of investigations by the University of North Carolina, the NCAA, the NFL Players Association, and the North Carolina Secretary of State’s office.

The NCAA probe of improper benefits to players from agents has led to several North Carolina players, including NFL prospects Marvin Austin, Greg Little, and Robert Quinn, being suspended.

Blake resigned from North Carolina’s staff Sept. 5 and has denied steering players to Wichard. Blake was an assistant coach at Oklahoma in the mid-1980s, when Bosworth was an All-American linebacker.

“You have to understand, John was the eyes inside the locker room,’’ Bosworth told the website. “He was the fisherman and Gary was the cook. You’ve got to have somebody out there who is going to get the bounty, and Gary’s the one who then goes and sells the bounty. I don’t understand why they would be trying to skirt the truth on that. That is what it was. It was so blatant. And I know I wasn’t the only player who saw it.’’

Irish receivers hurting
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said that speedy slot receiver Theo Riddick will miss Saturday’s game with Navy because of a severely sprained right ankle. Leading receiver Michael Floyd, who had three TD catches Saturday against Western Michigan while playing with a sore hamstring, will likely not practice this week. His status will be a game-time decision . . . Kentucky wide receiver Randall Cobb apologized for using Twitter to lash out at fans following an upset of South Carolina. Cobb sent out a series of tweets following the game in which he chastised fans for coming late, leaving early, and being more concerned about the school’s basketball team . . . Connecticut guard Erik Kuraczea, who worked his way back into the starting lineup after serving a monthlong suspension, has withdrawn from school . . . Vizio Inc. will be the new presenting sponsor of the Rose Bowl from 2011-14, when the game celebrates its 100th anniversary. The four-year deal includes sponsorship of the BCS national championship game in 2014.