Alabama running back Tyren Jones has been arrested on a marijuana charge, the third arrest of a Crimson Tide football player in four days. Jones was charged Tuesday with possession of marijuana 2nd degree and released on $1,000 bond, Tuscaloosa police said in a news release. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban had suspended Jones indefinitely on Feb. 10 ''for conduct not to the standard of the Alabama football program.'' Safety Geno Smith and since-dismissed defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor were arrested on Saturday.
Southern California athletic director Pat Haden will not attend the College Football Playoff selection committee meeting in Indianapolis this week because of a new Indiana religious-freedom law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. In his honor, I will not be attending the CFP committee meeting in Indy this week. Haden is one of five current athletic directors on the 13-member selection committee that picks the four teams to participate in the College Football Playoff and compete for the national championship. ''I certainly understand and respect Pat's position,'' College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said.