College Football Notebook

UNC's Tabb suspended for first half of game vs. Miami

News ServicesOctober 8, 2013 

— North Carolina tight end and linebacker Jack Tabb will be suspended for the first half of the Oct. 17 game against Miami.

Tabb was ejected late in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 27-17 loss at Virginia Tech. He was called for a personal foul and Larry Fedora, UNC’s second-year coach, said he had been told Tabb threw a punch.

The ACC reviewed the play and decided on Tabb’s one-half suspension. Tabb served a two-game suspension this season for violation of team rules and sat out the losses against Georgia Tech and East Carolina.

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Elsewhere

Louisville: Eighth-ranked Louisville hasn’t been challenged, using its first five opponents to prepare for stiffer competition.

It’s time to see if that strategy pays off.

On Thursday, the Cardinals (5-0, 1-0 American Athletic) will square off against high-scoring Rutgers (4-1, 1-0).

After allowing 34 total points, Louisville must stop a Scarlet Knights offense averaging 40 per game and coming off a 55-52, triple-overtime victory at Southern Methodist. While the Cardinals’ offense has shown it can score in bunches, keeping up with Rutgers in a shootout could be tough if leading receiver DeVante Parker can’t play because of a right shoulder injury.

Rutgers has been a tough out for Louisville. The past six meetings have been decided by three points or less, including Louisville’s 20-17 win last season.

Nebraska: The young boy with cancer whose touchdown run at the Nebraska spring football game was viewed by millions on the Internet is in remission, his father said.

Jack Hoffman, now 8, captured the hearts of Nebraska football fans when, with the players’ help, he ran 69 yards to score during April’s intrasquad game. His scamper was viewed nearly 8.4 million times on YouTube and replayed on national television. The video also won an ESPY award as the “Best Moment.”

Jack’s father, Andy Hoffman, said the good news about the brain tumor came after an MRI.

“Doctors came in and said this tumor is rock-solid stable,” Hoffman said, noting doctors compared Wednesday’s MRI to a baseline MRI done in June and saw the malignancy had stopped growing.

The encouraging news was tempered by warnings from the doctors: More than half of all kids in Jack’s situation have relapses.

“We pray like crazy and hope Jack isn’t in that segment,” Hoffman said. But it’s a long journey, he continued, “and the doctors have done a good job of preparing us.”

Jack’s tumor grew back after two surgeries in 2011, and it occupies a spot near his brain stem. The location is considered inoperable now, Hoffman said, but that could change.

The boy’s future is filled with MRI scans: one every three months for the next year, every six months for the year following, and then once a year.

Jack is a second-grader at a school near the family’s home in Atkinson, a city of about 1,240 people in north-central Nebraska.

Service academies: The service academy football teams are preparing to play this weekend’s scheduled games while still facing some uncertainty because of the partial government shutdown.

Navy athletics director Chet Gladchuk said he and Naval Academy officials were providing more information to the Defense Department that shows the academy will not use government funds to play Saturday at Duke.

Monday “I know that the Department of Defense is again reviewing addition information as it pertains to expenses and travel and no government spending. Hopefully we’re gaining even more confidence in the fact that we’re financially independent.”

Gladchuk added, “No one has told us we can’t play.”

Air Force will play a home game against Mountain West rival San Diego State on Thursday night. Army will be at home against Eastern Michigan. Spokesmen for both academies said the teams are preparing to play.

Virginia: One week after Virginia’s defense was dominant and its offense inept, the Cavaliers did a role reversal in a loss to Ball State: The offense put up a season-high 27 points, but the defense fell apart.

Coach Mike London said the reasons are clear. The Cavaliers (2-3, 0-1 ACC) were called for 13 penalties and had four turnovers against Ball State, and they hope to be more careful Saturday at Maryland (4-1, 0-1).

London said, “They took what they had and they played it to the best of their ability and our ability wasn’t good enough to stop them.” He said attention and focus to detail could also be among the issues.

The Terps are trying to bounce back from a 63-0 loss to No. 6 Florida State. News Services

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