Ohio State is investigating allegations that several football players traded autographs for tattoos, according to the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch and WBNS-TV in Columbus.
Both, citing unidentified sources, reported on their websites Wednesday night that the school was looking into the possible NCAA violations just two weeks before the Buckeyes face Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4.
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor, not mentioned in either report, responded on Twitter: "I paid for my tattoos. GoBucks."
Text and e-mail messages sent to coach Jim Tressel, athletic director Gene Smith, and other university officials were not answered. Asked by the AP to respond to the allegations, Ohio State associate athletic director Dan Wallenberg said in an e-mail: "No information to share."
Newton nabs AP award. Auburn quarterback Cam Newton added AP player of the year to his collection, which already included the Heisman Trophy and Davey O'Brien and Maxwell Awards.
Newton received 51 votes from the 60-member AP football poll panel. Boise State QB Kellen Moore received three, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck got two, and four ballots went unreturned.
Poinsettia Bowl still a go. The Poinsettia Bowl's executive director said the game between Navy and San Diego State would go on as scheduled Thursday night even though part of the field at Qualcomm Stadium was under water 24 hours before kickoff.
Boise State 26, Utah 3 -
Doug Martin shook Boise State out of its brief postseason funk with an 84-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, and the 10th-ranked Broncos dominated the rest of the way to beat No. 20 Utah in Las Vegas.
Boise State had turned the ball over three times and was trailing, 3-0, when Martin went up the middle and outran Utah defenders down the left side to give the Broncos a much-needed spark. From there, Boise State's defense shut out the Utes and Moore threw two touchdown passes.
Boise State missed out on a possible Rose Bowl appearance with an upset loss against Nevada last month.