Stanford starting nose tackle Terrence Stephens is ineligible for the Rose Bowl because of a secondary violation of NCAA rules.

Stephens' transgression involved the rental of his off-campus housing, according to Stanford.

Stephens, a senior, did not play in either of Stanford's season-ending victories over UCLA. His absence was initially attributed to what the school termed a personal matter.

"He'll get his Stanford degree, and he'll take his shot at the NFL," Cardinal coach David Shaw said. "This is a minor bump."

David Parry started in place of Stephens against UCLA and is expected to fill that role in the Rose Bowl.

Stephens has 10 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble this season.

Cal: Coach Sonny Dykes announced that Barry Sacks will be the Bears defensive line coach. Sacks has spent the past 11 seasons on Nevada's coaching staff. Contract terms are to be determined.

"Barry has been one of the top defensive coaches in the country for a long time," Dykes said in a release.

Sacks worked under new Cal defensive coordinator Andy Buh when Buh held the same title at Nevada in 2010-11.

Dykes also announced that Randy Stewart has agreed to become his defensive backs coach. Stewart has 32 seasons of coaching experience at the collegiate level with previous stints at Boise State, Cal, Cal Poly, Eastern Michigan, Fresno State, Nevada and UNLV.


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Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl: Blake Bortles threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth to lead Central Florida to a 38-17 rout of Ball State in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Bortles threw first-half TD passes of 7 and 5 yards to Latavius Murray, who also scored on a 2-yard run to help the Knights (10-4) win their final game as a member of Conference USA. They'll be in the Big East next season.

Ball State (9-4) was held to a season-low point total.

USC: Quarterback Max Wittek remains on track to start against Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31, the Los Angeles Times reported. Coach Lane Kiffin continues to say senior Matt Barkley will practice after the Trojans arrive next week in El Paso, Texas, but he will almost certainly refrain from playing and risking further injury to his right shoulder.

Las Vegas Bowl: Boise State (10-2) is in the Las Vegas Bowl for the third straight year, hoping to come up a winner in the city once again.

The Broncos are five-point favorites against a Washington (7-5) team that had won four in a row before losing to Washington State in overtime in the regular-season finale.

New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4) of the Sun Belt Conference make its second straight appearance in the New Orleans Bowl, this time against East Carolina (8-4) of Conference USA.

East Carolina's Ruffin McNeill sees himself as a defensive-minded coach, but he concedes the game might turn into a high-scoring affair, with each team approaching its 2012 scoring average of more than 30 points.

The Associated Press and wire services contributed to this report.