Stanford starting defensive tackle Terrence Stephens won't play Saturday at UCLA because of what the school called a personal matter.

Stephens is an important piece of one of the top run defenses in the country. His spot likely will be filled by sophomore David Parry.

USC: The NCAA was "malicious" in its investigation of a former USC assistant football coach who was linked in a report to a scandal surrounding Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Reggie Bush, a judge said Wednesday.

The NCAA's report on ethical breaches by Todd McNair was flawed, and the former coach has shown a probability he can win his defamation claims, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Frederick Shaller said.

McNair sued the NCAA in June 2011, claiming the association's investigation was one-sided and his future earnings were hurt by its report on the scandal, which led to sanctions against USC.

Florida: Coach Will Muschamp of No. 6 Florida said starting quarterback Jeff Driskel will return to the starting lineup for Saturday's game at No. 10 Florida State. Driskel sat out last weekend's 23-0 win over lower-division Jacksonville State with a sprained right ankle.

Auburn: Auburn coach Gene Chizik declined to comment on reports that the NCAA is investigating alleged improprieties involving the football program. "I'm not going to comment on speculation," Chizik said.

TV deal: The college football playoff system will be televised on ESPN for 12 years once it starts after the 2014 season, the network said. The title game will be played on a Monday, at least a week after the semifinals. The deal is worth about $470 million a year, a person with knowledge of the terms said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.