NCAA gives Illinois tackle Lewis a sixth year
CHAMPAIGN (AP) — The NCAA has granted Illinois starting left tackle Corey Lewis a sixth year of eligibility after his return from a series of injuries.
A university news release said the NCAA had notified the school about the medical waiver on Friday.
He played in the last four Illinois games last fall after missing 34 straight games.
Lewis didn't play in 2010 or 2011 after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament three times. He had had five separate surgeries.
The Cresco, Pa., native earned his bachelor's degree in 2011 and is expected to graduate with a master's this December.
Auburn fans bid goodbye to beloved Toomer's oaks
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Rhonda and John Shelton made a six-hour round trip Friday so their kids could see the doomed oak trees at Toomer's Corner that have been part of so many Auburn celebrations.
The Trussville, Ala., residents weren't able to join the thousands of their fellow Tigers fans who will bid farewell with a final rolling Saturday of the two live oaks. The trees will be cut down Tuesday, more than two years after an Alabama fan poisoned them. One day they will be replaced as Auburn is in the planning stage of a seven-figure renovation.
But the Sheltons won't get a chance to make rolling the oaks a family tradition, like thousands of other Auburn fans.
Dylan, 11, only rolled them once and 8-year-old Josie says, with that exaggerated little-girl pout, "I never got to."
"They're supposed to be in school right now," said John Shelton, during a break from taking pictures of the kids next to the trees. "We just came down here to spend some time together and be part of history."
Auburn fans will one last time drape toilet paper over the two frail, poison-infested oaks after the football team's first spring game under Gus Malzahn, a perfect storm that has turned what's normally a nondescript scrimmage into a milestone moment. The makeover of Toomer's Corner is expected to begin after next season.