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By The Associated Press Modified: September 11, 2009 at 4:43 am •  Published: September 11, 2009

Senior quarterback Joe Cox will start against South Carolina on Saturday, offensive coordinator Claude Felton said.

There were reports Thursday morning that Cox, who started in last week’s loss to Oklahoma State, had an "arm issue” that had limited his repetitions this week. According to the reports, sophomore Logan Gray had been designated to start against the Gamecocks.

But Felton said the reports were wrong and that Cox would start. He also said that Gray, who also is used as a punt returner, might see some action at quarterback.

Helmets and shoulder pads.

And hand sanitizer.

College football players are protecting themselves not just from injury this season but also from swine flu.

With outbreaks reported at the universities of Mississippi and Wisconsin, players are under orders to wash their hands and cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze, lest their teams join those who have been hit hard by the bug.

Coaches are fretting the possibility of having to play games short-handed.

"It scares us to death,” Texas coach Mack Brown said.

Swine flu hasn’t been a problem for the Longhorns so far, but the list of teams affected has been growing steadily.

Duke, Tulane, Mississippi, Wisconsin and Washington State have all had dozens of players come down with fever, coughing, body aches and sore throats — all H1N1 symptoms.

"We just hope that if we do get a case or two that it will be isolated,” said Kentucky coach Rich Brooks, "And at this point, we’re among the fortunate ones that haven’t gone through it — and hope that it doesn’t happen at the worst time with the wrong players.”

The Emerald Bowl has renewed its agreement with the Pac-10 conference but will no longer have an ACC team in the game in San Francisco starting next season.

The bowl announced that it signed a four-year deal with the Pac-10. The Emerald Bowl will have the sixth pick in the conference. The other team in the game will come from either the Western Athletic Conference, Army or Navy.

The WAC will provide one of its top three teams in 2010 and 2013. Army will get a bid in 2011 and Navy in 2012, provided they’re bowl eligible.