Georgia suspends Josh Harvey-Clemons for Gator Bowl

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons’ second suspension of the season will prevent him from playing for the No. 23 Bulldogs in the Gator Bowl against Nebraska.

Harvey-Clemons also was suspended for Georgia’s opening game against Clemson.

Harvey-Clemons and backup cornerback Sheldon Dawson were suspended by coach Mark Richt for the Jan. 1 game Monday for undisclosed violations of team rules. The suspensions were announced in a one-sentence statement.

Harvey-Clemons has 66 tackles, third on the team, with an interception and a team-leading three fumble recoveries. Dawson has 13 tackles.

Florida

SOURCE: DUKE OC ROPER INTERVIEWS: Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper is interviewing for the same position at Florida, a person familiar with the situation said.

The person said Roper was in Florida interviewing with the Gators on Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Florida isn’t commenting publicly on its search.

Roper followed coach David Cutcliffe to Duke in 2008 from Tennessee and helped rebuild the Blue Devils from one of the nation’s worst power-conference programs to the champions of the ACC’s Coastal Division.

Roper was a finalist this year for the Broyles Award, given to the nation’s top assistant coach. He helped the No. 22 Blue Devils (10-3) set a school record for wins and earn a spot in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against No. 20 Texas A&M on Dec. 31.

Before coming to Durham, he coached at three Southeastern Conference schools — Tennessee (2006-07), Kentucky (2005) and Ole Miss with Cutcliffe (1999-2004).

Southeastern Louisiana

HUBERT LANDS ALL-AMERICA HONORS: Southeastern senior linebacker Cqulin Hubert was named to the American Football Coaches Association FCS All-America team.

Hubert finished with a team-high 90 tackles and two blocked kicks. In his second season with the Lions after transferring from Texas Tech, he also had 11 tackles for loss, four sacks and an interception.

Boise State

SOUTHWICK SPEAKS OUT: Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick said he was unfairly dismissed from the Hawaii Bowl, arguing he was falsely accused of urinating from a hotel balcony.

Southwick, a senior who was sent home Friday by interim coach Bob Gregory shortly after the team arrived in Hawaii, took a polygraph test after arriving in Boise in his bid to prove his innocence, TV station KTVB reported.

Initially, Southwick and backup quarterback Nick Patti were suspended for violating team rules, with BSU not providing details of what happened. Eventually, Patti was reinstated, but Southwick was taken to the airport where he said he waited nine hours before his flight.

The incident — and Southwick’s denial of involvement — represents a challenge for a program that was already in transition: Former coach Chris Petersen quit and took the job at Washington earlier this month following an 8-4 season, his worst since taking over as coach in 2006.

“It’s really important for myself and my family to get this cleared up,” Southwick said. “There was no process to properly adjudicate what happened. It’s really disappointing that it had to come to this.”

Akron

ASSISTANT COACH KILLED IN CAR WRECK: Alan Arrington, an assistant coach at Akron, was killed in a car accident in his native Mississippi. He was 44.

Arrington was an assistant head coach on Terry Bowden’s staff and also worked with the offensive line. He coached at North Alabama and Ole Miss earlier in his career.

Arrington was in his second season at Akron. He graduated from Ole Miss in 1994.

Around the nation

Michigan coach Brady Hoke said quarterback Devin Gardner is still battling a turf toe injury that could keep him out of Saturday’s Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against Kansas State. ... Colorado State defensive line coach Greg Lupfer was suspended without pay for two weeks after using a gay slur when yelling at Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday in the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday. ... SMU coach June Jones agreed to a three-year contract extension that will keep him at the school through 2017. The Mustangs were 5-7 this year, ending a streak of four straight bowl appearances.