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Alabama's Josh Chapman (99) and Courtney Upshaw (41) tackle LSU's Kenny Hilliard (27) during the second half of the BCS National Championship college football game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Alabama's Josh Chapman (99) and Courtney Upshaw (41) tackle LSU's Kenny Hilliard (27) during the second half of the BCS National Championship college football game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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  • Alabama's Josh Chapman (99) and Courtney Upshaw (41) tackle LSU's Kenny Hilliard (27) during the second half of the BCS National Championship college football game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is taken from the Centre County Courthouse after being sentenced in Bellefonte, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison, effectively a life sentence, in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
  • FILE - This Aug. 24, 2009 file photo shows Lance Armstrong during the opening session of the Livestrong Global Cancer Summit in Dublin, Ireland. Armstrong said Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, he is stepping down as chairman of his Livestrong cancer-fighting charity so the group can focus on its mission instead of its founder's problems. The move came a week after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a massive report detailing allegations of widespread doping by Armstrong and his teams when he won the Tour de France seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)
  • Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino speaks during a news conference at a Fayetteville, Ark., on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, after being released from a hospital after he was injured in a motorcycle accident on Sunday, April 1. The 51-year-old says he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, which occurred on Arkansas Highway 16 in Madison County _ about 20 miles southeast of Fayetteville. State law does not require an adult rider wear a helmet. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)
  • R.A. Dickey, the New York Mets' knuckleball specailist, pitches to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a baseball game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Friday, June 29, 2012. Dickey allowed three hits over eight innings to become the major leagues' first 12-game winner, Daniel Murphy drove in five runs and the New York Mets sent the Los Angeles Dodgers to their season-worst sixth straight loss with an 9-0 victory Saturday night.(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
  • FILE - This Aug. 10, 2011 file photo shows Louisville football coach Charlie Strong gesturing as he speaks at a news conference in Louisville, Ky. A person familiar with the situation says that the Atlantic Coast Conference's presidents and chancellors have voted unanimously to add Louisville as the replacement for Maryland.  The person says ACC leaders also considered Connecticut and Cincinnati over the past week before choosing to add the Cardinals from the Big East.  The person spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday morning, Nov. 28, 2012 on condition of anonymity because the ACC has not publicly discussed future expansion plans. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File)
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Georgia running back Keith Marshall gets past Tennessee defensive back LaDarrell McNeil as he runs for a touchdown during a game on Sept. 29 in Athens, Ga. Georgia won 51-44.
  • In this photo supplied by the Heisman Trust, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M holds the Heisman Trophy after becoming the first freshman to win the award, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Heisman Trust, Kelly Kline) NO SALES  FOR USE ONLY THROUGH DEC. 22
  • Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) reacts after throwing a touchdown pass against the Cleveland Browns in the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Denver. Denver won 34-12. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
  • Georgetown forward Mikael Hopkins (3) and Greg Whittington, left, battle for the ball against Tennessee forward Kenny Hall (20) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Washington. Georgetown won 37-36. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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