Wednesday's roundup: Eastern Kentucky game site changes
Louisville, Ky. — Eastern Kentucky canceled classes and shifted a home football game to another campus because of an escalating threat after the discovery of graffiti that threatened to "kill all" this week, school officials said Wednesday.
School leaders called off classes for the rest of the week, effective mid-morning Wednesday, as police tried to track down the source of threats that unsettled the campus in Richmond, Ky.
School officials later said the football game against Tennessee Tech, scheduled for Thursday on the Eastern Kentucky campus, will instead be played at Georgetown College in central Kentucky.
Officials from Eastern Kentucky's public safety office said there was no evidence of imminent danger on campus but reported "an escalation in the threat, originating from social media."
Police presence around the campus has increased, according to safety officials.
School officials did not immediately identify the nature of the social media threat. University spokeswoman Kristi Middleton declined additional comment, citing the ongoing police investigation.
The campus threats surfaced in recent days. On Monday, campus police issued a public safety alert after menacing graffiti was found in a student center bathroom on campus. The graffiti said: "Kill All By 10/8/15."
University president Michael Benson said Wednesday classes were canceled to enable law enforcement to thoroughly investigate the continuing threat. He said the goal was to limit safety risks while assessing the threats.
"While we are confident the responding team of law enforcement agencies has kept a watchful eye over our community and is diligently investigating the threat, it has become clear this incident continues to be unsettling to a number of our students, faculty and staff," Benson said in a campus message.
Classes also were canceled on Eastern Kentucky's satellite campuses in the region. The school has about 16,900 students.
The action comes less than a week after a shooting at an Oregon college. The shooter killed nine people and himself.
A women's soccer game between Eastern Kentucky and Southeast Missouri that was set for today at Eastern Kentucky has been moved to Transylvania University's Pat Deacon Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky, officials said. The game is set for 1 p.m.
Tennessee wide receiver Alton "Pig" Howard has been dismissed for a violation of unspecified team rules.
Howard had 54 catches for 618 yards last season, but he had only one reception for eight yards this year while playing in just two games.
... West Virginia safety Karl Joseph will miss the remainder of the season after sustaining a right knee injury during practice, coach Dana Holgorsen said.
... Texas officials say longhorn steer mascot Bevo XIV has a "life-threatening condition" and won't travel to Dallas for the team's rivalry game Saturday against No. 10 Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl.
Officials from the Silver Spurs organization that takes care of the mascot did not detail Bevo's illness and said his condition was still being explored by veterinarians.
Bevo XIV has been the school mascot since 2004.