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    (STATS) -- The FCS Championship Game is marred with player suspensions on both finalists, James Madison and Youngstown State. Johnny Bench Jersey.Youngstown State won its semifinal Saturday without five suspended players. On Tuesday, the Harrisonburg (Va.) Daily News-Record reported James Madison has suspended seven players while the Dukes prepare for the championship game January 7 in Frisco, Texas.Two of the seven -- junior linebacker Brandon Hereford, who led the team in tackles during the regular season, and junior wide receiver Terrence Alls, the teams second-leading receiver -- were suspended prior to the fourth-seeded Dukes 27-17 win at No. 1 seed North Dakota State in Fridays semifinal.First-year coach Mike Houston released a statement through the athletics department: We have very high expectations in terms of standards of conduct for our student-athletes and our football program and how they represent James Madison University. Unfortunately, we have a few student-athletes who have not met those standards and we will hold them accountable. They did not compete against North Dakota State and have been suspended indefinitely.Houston said at the schools fan and press luncheon he did not anticipate any suspended players would be back for the final.An athletics department spokesman said there would be no further comment.The suspensions within the CAA Football program add to the cloud hovering over the championship game.Youngstown State was shorthanded while defeating second-seeded Eastern Washington 40-38 in its semifinal. The Penguins played without second-leading rusher Martin Ruiz, who was arrested on fourth-degree gun charges two weeks ago; wide receiver Darien Townsend, who leads the team in receiving yards; and safeties Jameel Smith and LeRoy Alexander, their Nos. 2 and 3 tacklers, respectively. Also suspended was wide receiver Robert Byrd, who has three receptions this season.Although coach Bo Pelini and the Missouri Valley Football Conference program have not identified a reason for the suspensions, reports in Youngstown said the players were suspended after NCAA substance tests were administered following a second-round win over Jacksonville State on Dec. 3.The NCAA tests for steroids and masking agents year-round as well as for stimulants and recreational drugs during the postseason.If suspended for banned substances, the Youngstown State players would not be eligible to return for the championship game.Youngstown State (12-3) is seeking to add to it four previous FCS championships, all during the 1990s. James Madison (13-1) won the national title in 2004. Michael Lorenzen Jersey.Y. - Jerome Samson scored once in regulation and again in the shootout as the St. Adam Duvall Jersey. Carey Price didnt, but he still came out on top against one of his rivals for the No. 1 job at the Sochi Games. The Anahim Lake, B.C., native was stellar in making 39 saves in his home province and Lars Eller got credit for a bizarre short-handed winner as the Canadiens defeated the Canucks 4-1. World champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia won the gold medal with 237.71 points, Moore-Towers and Moscovitch followed at 208.45 and Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia were third at 187. Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy was part of South Floridas pitch to the Big 12 and former major league first baseman Tino Martinez also went to bat for the Bulls.The Big 12 concluded a week of meetings Friday in North Texas with the 11 schools vying to join the conference. USF, Cincinnati and Rice made the final presentations, according to three people with knowledge of the meetings who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the conference was keeping its meetings confidential.According to a person familiar with USFs pitch, Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik was part of the five-person team, led by university president Judy Genshaft, the school sent to Texas.USFs presentation included a video with Dungy, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts coach, and Martinez, a Tampa native, endorsing the Bulls, the person said.I think the Big 12 would be surprised to know how many people in the Tampa area are really behind the USF Bulls, Dungy said, according to an excerpt provided to the AP. Chris Sabo Jersey. There are so many sports fans here that just love the university and love to see college athletics.Dungys son, Eric, played football for USF in 2014.USF is definitely ready, said Martinez, who played 16 seasons in the majors with Seattle, the New York Yankees, St. Louis and Tampa Bay.USF plays its home games in Raymond James Stadium, home of the Buccaneers and the site of this seasons College Football Playoff championship game.The Big 12 is also considering Air Force, BYU, Central Florida, Colorado State, Connecticut, Houston, SMU and Tulane. The conference has not committed to expansion, but Commissioner Bob Bowlsby has said it is exploring the possibility of adding two or four new members to the 10-team league.There has been no timetable set for the Big 12 to make a decision, but the conferences university presidents are scheduled for a regular meeting Oct. 19.--Follow Ralph Russo at Wholesale Jerseys 2019Cheap NFL Jerseys ChinaWholesale Jerseys 2018NFL Jerseys ChinaChina Jerseys CheapCheap JerseysCheap Jerseys Online' ' '