CINCINNATI — Bearcats coach Butch Jones has spent the week doing heavy-duty recruiting.
No, not for players. For fans.
Cincinnati (7-2, 3-1 Big East) wants to pack its 35,000-seat stadium for a change, providing a home-field advantage for what amounts to an elimination game for the Bearcats. They need a win over No. 22 Rutgers (8-1, 4-0) to stay in contention for the league title.
A victory by the Scarlet Knights would keep them in control heading into final games at Pittsburgh and at home against No. 20 Louisville, which has lost one game in the Big East. Rutgers would get the title by winning out.
PASADENA, Calif. — Los Angeles' annual crosstown rivalry game hasn't been much of a rivalry or much of a game in recent years.
Take last year, when Southern California obliterated UCLA 50-0 for the Trojans' 12th win over the Bruins in 13 years.
Yet that loss changed everything at UCLA when Jim Mora took over and returned the program to respectability.
Much more than Los Angeles bragging rights is on the line when No. 21 USC (7-3, 5-3 Pac-12) crosses town to face No. 17 UCLA (8-2, 5-2) today.
There's a prize much more interesting than the Victory Bell: The winner represents the Pac-12 South in the league championship game in two weeks.
MADISON, Wis. — Its spot in the Big Ten title game already assured, Wisconsin now gets a chance to prove it deserves it.
Knocking off No. 6 Ohio State (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) today would go a long way toward erasing that asterisk hanging over the Badgers these days. Wisconsin actually trails the Buckeyes by two games in the Leaders Division, but it's the Badgers (7-3, 4-2) who are on their way to Indianapolis for a second straight year because Ohio State is ineligible for the postseason.
A win today would give the Buckeyes the outright title in the division.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The NCAA has extended Tennessee's probation for two years as part of penalties handed down Friday following the ruling that former football assistant coach Willie Mack Garza provided impermissible travel and lodging to a prospect.
Penalties include a reduction in official visits, evaluation days and complimentary tickets for recruits. Tennessee's probation runs through Aug. 23, 2015.
Garza, who worked on former coach Lane Kiffin's staff, received a three-year show-cause order. Any school hiring him must prove to the NCAA that it is rules compliant.
The NCAA ruled Garza reimbursed talent scout Will Lyles for plane tickets and hotel expenses associated with an unofficial visit Lache Seastrunk made in 2009. The visit occurred outside the permissible time period for expense-paid visits.
Seastrunk eventually signed with Oregon and now plays for Baylor.
-- The Associated Press