Edwards suspended after tweet about U-M players

• The war of words between Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and former Wolverines receiver Braylon Edwards is heating up.

Harbaugh, upset Edwards posted a negative tweet about two U-M players during Saturday’s 24-17 loss at Notre Dame, fired back at Monday’s news conference.

Edwards, a former Browns wide receiver and now a college football analyst, was suspended indefinitely Monday by the Big Ten Network for “a violation of the network’s social media guidelines.”

“I was disappointed that a member of the Big Ten Network would choose to attack the character of two of our players,” said Harbaugh.

Edwards’ tweet Saturday night, which was later deleted, was directed at center Cesar Ruiz and transfer quarterback Shea Patterson.

• Illinois wide receiver Mike Dudek will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury sustained against Kent State on Saturday, the third major knee injury of the senior’s career. Coach Lovie Smith did not specify which knee Dudek injured, saying it was a “freak accident” late in the Illini’s 31-24 victory against Kent State.

• West Virginia linebacker Charlie Benton will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Coach Dana Holgorsen said during a Big 12 coaches conference call that Benton will have season-ending surgery. The junior college transfer injured his left knee in the Mountaineers’ 40-14 win Saturday over Tennessee.

• Nick Saban made it official: Tua Tagovailoa will be No. 1 Alabama’s starting quarterback against Arkansas State on Saturday. Saban didn’t wait for the question to be asked before saying what he figures “everybody knows.” He said two-year starter Jalen Hurts will still play a role.

• The NCAA will be back in court Tuesday in California, defending its amateurism rules against plaintiffs who say capping compensation at the value of a scholarship violates federal antitrust law. The claim against the NCAA and the 11 conferences that have participated at the highest level of college football was originally brought by former West Virginia football player Shawne Alston and later merged with similar lawsuits, including a notable case brought by former Clemson football player Martin Jenkins.


Court clears Madisyn Cox for swimming competition

• World champion swimmer Madisyn Cox has been cleared to compete again after her two-year doping ban was cut to six months. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it approved a settlement between Cox and FINA because tests eventually showed a vitamin supplement was contaminated. The 23-year-old American’s six-month ban expired Sunday.

• British teenager Lando Norris will drive for Formula One team McLaren next year in place of Stoffel Vandoorne. McLaren says it has signed the 18-year-old Norris to a “multi-year” deal. Norris has been the team’s reserve driver.

— ABJ/ wires