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  • With 4 starters back, K-State to lean on offensive line

    August 28, 2015

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Offensive lineman Cody Whitehair looks back on the way Kansas State ran the ball last year, especially in critical games late in the season, and can't help but feel accountable.''We were kind of embarrassed with our run game,'' Whitehair said. ''We really took it to heart. Going back and looking at film, we have a lot of room to improve.''

  • Oklahoma LB's Evans, Shannon competing for starting spot

    August 28, 2015

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma's defensive coaches have an enviable situation at middle linebacker.Last season, while Frank Shannon was serving a suspension, Jordan Evans stepped in and finished second on the team with 93 tackles. Shannon, a dynamic player who started every game in 2013 and led the team with 92 tackles, is back.

  • Cal hires Andre Carter as student assistant coach

    August 28, 2015

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Former California and NFL star Andre Carter has returned to the Golden Bears' football program as a student assistant coach.Head coach Sonny Dykes said Thursday that Carter will assist with the team's defensive line.Carter enrolled as an undergraduate at Cal earlier this year to pursue his bachelor's degree in American studies.

  • Fresno State suspends Lazarus, Moliga for opener

    August 27, 2015

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) Fresno State has suspended linebacker Michael Lazarus and running back Chris Moliga for its Sept. 3 opener against Abilene Christian because of violations of athletic department policy.Athletic director Jim Bartko announced the suspensions Thursday. He didn't provide details of the infractions.

  • Chryst, Wisconsin starting to focus No. 3 Alabama

    August 27, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) First-year coach Paul Chryst and the Wisconsin Badgers are starting to focus on their opener against No. 3 Alabama on Sept. 5 in Arlington, Texas.''Yesterday the players had off. Today, tomorrow and Saturday we're going to simulate a normal practice work week,'' Chryst said Thursday. ''I liked their attention to details and told the team we want to work on two things the next three days. It's kind of getting used to a work week and also finishing up the details of their specific spots, assignments, technique, whatever that may be, and also starting introducing Alabama. That's the focus of the next couple days.''

  • Defense dominates in Missouri's final scrimmage

    August 27, 2015

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Defense dominated with three interceptions, seven sacks and 15 tackles for loss in No. 24 Missouri's final scrimmage Thursday night.Anthony Sherils returned an interception for a touchdown and the Tigers also got interceptions from Tavon Ross and Terez Hall. There were no turnovers in the first two scrimmages.

  • Colorado State, Florida set game as part of coach's buyout

    August 27, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Colorado State and Florida will play in 2018 as part of coach Jim McElwain's hefty buyout.The schools will play in Gainesville on Sept. 15, 2018, with the Rams getting million for the game.The game is part of the million buyout the Gators agreed to pay Colorado State when they hired McElwain in December. Additionally, McElwain is required to pay his former school million. Florida is paying Colorado State million through 2020 in annual installments of 0,000.

  • Georgia QB battle appears to be between Ramsey, Lambert

    August 27, 2015

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) The competition to be Georgia's starting quarterback appears to be down to Brice Ramsey and Greyson Lambert.Coach Mark Richt still isn't ready to name a starter.The No. 9 Bulldogs conducted their final scrimmage of the preseason Thursday at Sanford Stadium, working out for 90 minutes in full pads.

  • Programs run into pitfalls with fining college players

    August 27, 2015

    Take away game tickets for missing class. Hold back a bowl gift for being late. Maybe even dock a player his per diem for skipping study hall.For years, college football coaches have been coming up with creative ways within NCAA rules to punish players for relatively minor missteps - sometimes hitting them in the wallets.

  • NCAA rules Notre Dame DE Williams ineligible for season

    August 27, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly says defensive end Ishaq Williams has been ruled ineligible for the season by the NCAA, ending his college playing career.Williams was dismissed from Notre Dame last fall after being investigated for possible academic dishonesty. He had sought a waiver from the NCAA allowing him to play. Kelly says Williams remains on scholarship.

  • NCAA rules Notre Dame DE Williams ineligible for 2015

    August 27, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly says defensive end Ishaq Williams has been ruled ineligible for the season by the NCAA, ending his college playing career.Williams was dismissed from Notre Dame last fall after being investigated for possible academic dishonesty. He had sought a waiver from the NCAA allowing him to play. Kelly says Williams remains on scholarship.

  • Florida offensive tackle Martez Ivey out with leg injury

    August 27, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida offensive tackle Martez Ivey, the prized recruit of coach Jim McElwain's first class, is sidelined indefinitely with a leg injury.Coach Jim McElwain says Ivey will have arthroscopic surgery Friday to ''get that cleaned up.'' McElwain declined to reveal details about Ivey's injury.

  • FCS championship game tix to go on sale Saturday

    August 27, 2015

    (STATS) - Tickets for the NCAA Division I Football Championship Game on Jan. 9 in Frisco, Texas, will go on sale to the general public Saturday.Beginning at 11 a.m. ET, tickets can be purchased at NCAA.com/FCS or by phone at (866) 208-0048. Individuals ordering early can save off the regular ticket price of (sidelines and end zone); a premium midfield ticket and hospitality package also will be on sale for 5.

  • Duke's Pierre adjusting to switch from QB to RB

    August 27, 2015

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Nico Pierre might be Duke's quarterback of the future. Right now he's the Blue Devils' backup running back of the present.Pierre was moved to running back during preseason practice after three of the team's top rushers were injured.

  • Oklahoma State optimistic after strong finish last season

    August 27, 2015

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State is optimistic after a strong finish last season.''We're back at it, excited to get to what would be game week for us now,'' coach Mike Gundy said Thursday. ''Practices have been really good, coaches and players are ready to play in a game. Everybody's anticipating college football. We're in a really good situation right now.''

  • Florida Gators to play 2 quarterbacks in season opener

    August 27, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida's quarterback competition will stretch into the season.New Gators coach Jim McElwain said Thursday that sophomore Treon Harris and redshirt freshman Will Grier will both play in the team's Sept. 5 season opener against New Mexico State.

  • Arkansas RB Williams most likely headed to NFL after season

    August 27, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Jonathan Williams has consistently earned the praise of teammates and coaches over the years for his selfless nature.The Arkansas running back put on his best display of that trait on Thursday while speaking publicly for the first time since suffering a left foot injury that's expected to keep him out for the entire season - and lead to his likely departure for the NFL.

  • Arkansas' Williams most likely headed to NFL after season

    August 27, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Injured Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams says he'll ''most likely'' leave for the NFL following this season.Williams is expected to miss this season after injuring his left foot during a scrimmage two weeks ago and later having surgery.

  • Bowl Eligible? South Carolina looking to host 1st bowl game

    August 27, 2015

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Organizers of the annual college all-star game held in South Carolina are confident the contest known as The Medal of Honor Bowl will become the state's first traditional bowl game now that the Confederate flag no longer flies on Statehouse grounds.

  • Harbaugh discusses recent phone conversation with Jordan

    August 27, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Jim Harbaugh is quite a celebrity these days, but even he was taken aback when he received a phone call recently from Michael Jordan.Michigan signed a deal with Nike that begins in August 2016, and that includes a partnership with the ''Jumpman'' brand. On Thursday, Harbaugh described his surprise when Jordan actually called him.

  • NC State RB Shadrach Thornton suspended for 1st 2 games

    August 27, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State suspended rushing leader Shadrach Thornton for two games Thursday for a violation of athletic department rules.Team spokeswoman Annabelle Myers said the unspecified violation occurred during the spring semester. The senior running back will miss the Sept. 5 opener against Troy and the Sept. 12 home game against Eastern Kentucky.

  • A week before opener, Harbaugh still quiet on QB competition

    August 27, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Don't expect any announcement on Michigan's starting quarterback before next week.Iowa transfer Jake Rudock and junior Shane Morris are the presumptive favorites, but coach Jim Harbaugh isn't tipping his hand yet. He was asked about the competition Thursday, a week before Michigan opens at Utah.

  • Penn State hopes Hamilton's success at wideout trickles down

    August 27, 2015

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) When DaeSean Hamilton made his college football debut last season, he looked like a man trying to make up for lost time.Team doctors discovered a broken bone in Hamilton's left wrist during his physical in 2013 and shut him down before training camp. By the start of 2014, Hamilton hadn't put in much work with quarterback Christian Hackenberg and instead spent nearly all of his redshirt year healing and recuperating. But he still caught 82 passes for 899 yards and two touchdowns, setting a handful of rookie records for the school.

  • No. 25 Vols lose McNeil to injury, suspend Howard for 1 game

    August 27, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee safety LaDarrell McNeil is out indefinitely and wide receiver Alton ''Pig'' Howard has been suspended for the season opener, continuing a series of preseason hits to the Volunteers' depth.Vols coach Butch Jones said Thursday that McNeil was undergoing evaluation for ''neck instability'' and would miss ''an extended period of time.'' Jones said Howard was suspended from the Sept. 5 game with Bowling Green for a violation of team rules.

  • FCS power North Dakota St to provide athlete stipends

    August 27, 2015

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) Football Championship Subdivision powerhouse North Dakota State said Thursday it will provide thousands of dollars in stipends to scholarship athletes in all 16 sports beginning next year, a move that could persuade other mid-majors to follow suit.

  • NDSU to add cost-of-attendance dollars to sports scholarships next season

    August 27, 2015

    (STATS) - North Dakota State, whose football program has won a record four straight FCS national titles, announced Thursday the decision to provide full cost of attendance to scholarship student-athletes in its 16 sports beginning with the 2016-17 season.

  • Free-spirited Tretola leads Arkansas' offensive line

    August 27, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Sebastian Tretola slowly stands at the mere mention of his possible obsessive compulsive disorder, and for a moment you aren't sure if this dreadlocked, 325-pound behemoth means you harm.Right away, his gleaming ear-to-ear smile and bellowing laugh - as he looks up while opening his locker's bottom drawer and displaying the perfectly organized shoes, gloves and clothes - lets you know everything is not as its seems when it comes to the most unique personality on the Arkansas football team.

  • Pick 6: Teams coming off bad season that will go bowling

    August 27, 2015

    Yes, there are actually college football teams that do not play in bowl games. There will be more postseason games than ever this season, 43 in including the College Football Playoff championship game, but still more than 40 FBS teams will not go bowling.

  • Looking to future, more NCAA athletes seek own trademarks

    August 27, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Like their counterparts in the pros, more college football stars are starting to snatch up trademark rights to their names, nicknames and fan slogans.The NCAA generally forbids its players from cashing in on their athletic success, but by gaining legal ownership of phrases tied to their personal brands, players can pave the way for lucrative licensing deals in the future and can prevent others from exploiting their names.

  • Indiana administration expects athletes to behave better

    August 26, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana University President Michael McRobbie sent a tough message to the athletic department this week: It's time for Hoosiers athletes to shape up or they may be on their way out.On Wednesday, athletic director Fred Glass' annual football kickoff luncheon was upended by growing consternation over an 18-month series of legal issues involving football and men's basketball players. The most recent chapter occurred over the weekend when two basketball players were arrested for illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage, raising the ire of fans, administrators and McRobbie.

  • Ohio State loses WR Brown for season to left leg injury

    August 26, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State wide receiver Noah Brown injured his left leg during practice Wednesday and will miss the season.Ohio State released a statement saying Brown would have surgery Thursday and is expected to make a full recovery.The 6-foot-2, 222-pound Brown saw limited playing time in 13 games as a freshman last season and had one catch for 9 yards. But he was vying for a starting spot for the defending national champions and having a strong preseason. Coach Urban Meyer said last week Brown was one of the most improved players in training camp.

  • Virginia Tech AD squashes coach's idea of fining players

    August 26, 2015

    Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock quickly responded to defensive coordinator Bud Foster's suggestion that coaches might fine players from their cost of attendance stipends by saying no such thing will happen.New NCAA rules allow schools to pay a stipend of several thousand dollars to athletes that cover school expenses beyond tuition, fees and room and board. Virginia Tech is among the many schools paying the stipend.

  • Mora: Freshman Josh Rosen will start at QB for No. 13 UCLA

    August 26, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Freshman Josh Rosen will be No. 13 UCLA's starting quarterback in the season opener against Virginia.Bruins coach Jim Mora made the announcement Wednesday ahead of the Sept. 5 opener for the Bruins.Rosen was the consensus top quarterback recruit in the 2015 recruiting cycle, and he enrolled at UCLA last winter. Nearly three weeks into training camp, he formally won the job over redshirt juniors Jerry Neuheisel and Mike Fafaul.

  • Middle Tennessee's 3-game deal with Missouri starts in 2016

    August 26, 2015

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) Middle Tennessee has agreed to a three-game deal with Missouri with the series starting in 2016 and featuring a trip by the Southeastern Conference team to Tennessee in 2022.Athletic director Chris Massaro announced the contract Wednesday.

  • Florida State looks for more stops from revamped defense

    August 26, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State `s bid to repeat as national champions last season was doomed in part by a defense that ranked among one of its worst in the school's 68-year football history.Without a reliable pass rush, opponents averaged four touchdowns and nearly 400 yards a game and the Seminoles gave up 30 points or more five times.

  • Bowlsby: Big 12 transfer policy will require more diligence

    August 26, 2015

    With Baylor facing scrutiny for allowing a football player with a troubled past to transfer to the school, the Big 12 is crafting a new policy that will require more diligence when looking into athletes' past disciplinary issues.Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby told The Associated Press on Wednesday he expects the new rule to be structured like the one implemented by the Southeastern Conference. The SEC prevents schools from accepting transfers who have been dismissed from another team for ''serious misconduct,'' defined as sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence.

  • Fresno State names Zack Greenlee starting QB

    August 26, 2015

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) Sophomore Zack Greenlee will be the starting quarterback for Fresno State this season.Coach Tim DeRuyter said Wednesday that Greenlee will start for the Bulldogs in their season opener Sept. 3 against Abilene Christian. Greenlee won a competition with junior Ford Childress, redshirt freshman Kilton Anderson and freshman Chason Virgil.

  • Auburn secondary counting on transfers Countess, Matthews

    August 26, 2015

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Hard-hitting safety Tray Matthews expects to add some ''boom'' to Auburn's defense. Cornerback Blake Countess, meanwhile, brings versatility and the experience that comes with starting 30 games for Michigan.The transfers both are expected to make big impacts on a secondary that has been regarded as a weakness for the sixth-ranked Tigers in recent seasons.

  • Rutgers coach: Didn't know of investigation when contacted

    August 26, 2015

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said Wednesday that when he was contacted by university officials about communicating with a faculty member regarding the academic status of a player, he didn't know he was being investigated for possibly violating school or NCAA rules.

  • Duke cornerback Bryon Fields out for season with torn ACL

    August 26, 2015

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke cornerback Bryon Fields will miss the season with a torn knee ligament.Coach David Cutcliffe said Wednesday that Fields tore his right anterior cruciate ligament Tuesday during practice.Cutcliffe says he has ''all the confidence in the world in Bryon's dedication and perserverance'' to come back.

  • Tackling goes high-tech at Dartmouth with new dummies

    August 26, 2015

    HANOVER, N.H. (AP) On the Ivy League campus of Dartmouth College, even the football tackling dummies are smart.The team introduced a new MVP as the first practice of the season got underway Wednesday. Not a most valuable player, but a ''Mobile Virtual Player'' - a padded, remote-controlled figure designed to allow players to make full contact while minimizing head and neck injuries.

  • East Carolina: Starting QB suffers season-ending knee injury

    August 26, 2015

    GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) East Carolina says quarterback Kurt Benkert will miss the season with a knee injury that comes a week after the sophomore was named the starter.The school says Benkert felt discomfort in his right knee after Tuesday's practice, leading to further evaluation Wednesday morning. The school didn't specify the exact nature of the injury.

  • Fargodome decides against booze at North Dakota St games

    August 26, 2015

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) The board that oversees the Fargodome has changed its mind about allowing alcohol inside the facility during North Dakota State football games.The Fargodome Authority decided in July to allow alcohol in suites and in a controlled beer garden during the 2015 season. The group reversed its decision Tuesday night, saying it wasn't workable and that more research was needed.

  • Judge dismisses lawsuit by Texas A&M's Chavis against LSU

    August 26, 2015

    BRYAN, Texas (AP) A Texas judge has dismissed a contract dispute lawsuit filed by Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis against his former employer, LSU.A judge in Bryan ruled the coach's lawsuit does not belong in Texas. Lawyers for LSU had raised jurisdiction issues.

  • Tackling goes high-tech at Dartmouth

    August 26, 2015

    HANOVER, N.H. (AP) On the Ivy League campus of Dartmouth College, even the football tackling dummies are smart.Football players in Hanover, New Hampshire, got their first shot Wednesday at two remote-controlled dummies designed to allow for full contact while minimizing head and neck injuries.

  • Bowlsby: Big 12 transfer policy will 'mandate due diligence'

    August 26, 2015

    Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says he expects the conference to mandate due diligence and include more than just violent acts in a new rule that will prohibit schools from accepting transfer athletes with past disciplinary issues.Bowlsby told The Associated Press the structure of the policy being crafted will be similar to one implemented by the Southeastern Conference. The SEC prevents schools from accepting transfers who have been dismissed from another team for ''serious misconduct,'' defined as sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence.

  • Ivy Preview: Dartmouth sets sights on Harvard in title race

    August 26, 2015

    (STATS) - Dartmouth, which was fitted for its 17th Ivy League football crown in 1996, has owned the most conference titles for so long that it's always seemed like another program catching up was too far off from actually happening.But the Big Green haven't won a championship since, while Penn and Harvard have captured nine and eight, respectively, over the past 18 years to close within one of the all-time lead. Yale, which sat second in Ivy titles in '96, has won two more since to get to 14, yet it's fallen to fourth on the list.

  • Tennessee experiments with high-tech sleep monitors

    August 26, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) About an hour before a Tennessee football player's scheduled bedtime, he gets a reminder via an app on his phone or a text message. That's when he puts on orange glasses that block out the glow of smartphones or computer screens, making it easier to fall asleep.

  • Boise State: No assault allegations against Ukwuachu

    August 25, 2015

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) Boise State says allegations by Sam Ukwuachu's girlfriend that he assaulted her when they were students there were never reported to school officials and accusations of physical violence against women were not a reason for his dismissal.

  • Injuries leave offensive line unsettled at No. 20 Wisconsin

    August 25, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Injuries have made it difficult for Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst to settle on a starting offensive line.The 20th-ranked Badgers return two starters, senior left tackle Tyler Marz and junior center Dan Voltz.But positions on the rest of the line appear to up for grabs less than two weeks away from Wisconsin's challenging opener against Alabama in Arlington, Texas on Sept. 5. It's possible there could be three first-year starters for a program known for imposing front fives.

  • Oklahoma return man Ross among nation's best

    August 25, 2015

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Alex Ross is hard to figure out off the field, and easy to understand on it.Oklahoma's star return man is known for joking around in his sometimes strange interviews. In one session, he took reporters on a roller coaster ride in which he claimed he'd win the kicking job, had 95-yard field-goal capability and spent half his time practicing at quarterback. He's also known for his unique clothing style. He says his look is similar in ways to Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook.

  • Appleby to start at QB for Purdue

    August 25, 2015

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Junior quarterback Austin Appleby has won the starting job at Purdue.Third-year coach Darrell Hazell made the announcement after practice on Tuesday, selecting Appleby over redshirt freshman David Blough. Appleby started the Boilermakers' final seven games last season, but was challenged by Blough during spring practice and fall camp.

  • Colonels assistant gets Tasered in morale-building stunt

    August 25, 2015

    Jeff Collett wasn't being figurative as he tried to inject some electricity into Centre College's two-a-day football practices.The Colonels' defensive line coach was being literal, taking a high-voltage dose of juice for the team from a Taser last week in a morale-boosting stunt that has gone viral.

  • Reasons for Bo Graham's decision to leave ASU still unclear

    August 25, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State coach Todd Graham said his son is pursuing an ''exciting opportunity'' but did not offer any other details on why Bo Graham left the program less than two weeks before the Sun Devils' first game.Bo Graham, Arizona State's running backs coach for three seasons, resigned on Monday due to personal reasons. Todd Graham thanked his son Tuesday for the time they worked together and wished him the best in his new job, though he would not say what the job was.

  • Notre Dame announces it will add video board to stadium

    August 25, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Fans will be able to watch instant replays on an end zone video board at Notre Dame Stadium in a couple of seasons.More than a year after announcing a 0 million construction project known as Campus Crossroads to add buildings around the outside of the historic stadium as well as thousands of premium seats, the school released plans Tuesday to include a video board atop the south end zone.

  • Oregon receiver Devon Allen's rehab takes the cautious route

    August 25, 2015

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Oregon's Devon Allen is not working toward just a football comeback, he's aiming for Rio, too.The speedy receiver tore his ACL in the Rose Bowl and the No. 7 Ducks are taking the cautious route in his rehab, because after the football season he'll return to the track where he excels at the 110-meter hurdles.

  • Villanova names USC's Mark Jackson athletic director

    August 25, 2015

    VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Villanova has hired USC's Mark Jackson to succeed Vince Nicastro as the program's athletic director.Jackson was senior associate AD and chief innovation officer at USC. Nicastro left after 15 years to become the associate director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at the Villanova's law school.

  • Big 12 supports prohibiting transfers for violence issues

    August 25, 2015

    Big 12 Conference athletic directors are unanimously backing a proposal that would prohibit schools from accepting transfers who were disciplined for violent acts at their previous schools.In a text to The Associated Press, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Tuesday that conference ADs meeting in New Orleans ''supported a policy draft similar to that of the (Southeastern Conference).'' Bowlsby said the draft would still need to be refined and submitted to a joint council of faculty athletic representatives and athletic directors for approval.

  • Chris Petersen declines to elaborate on Ukwuachu situation

    August 25, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Washington coach Chris Petersen has declined to expand on his statement from last week regarding the transfer of Sam Ukwuachu from Boise State to Baylor when Petersen was the Broncos' head coach.Petersen spoke with reporters Tuesday for the first time since Ukwuachu was found guilty on sexual assault charges. The 22-year-old Ukwuachu was sentenced to six months in jail and put on 10 years of probation Friday in Texas for sexually assaulting a former Baylor women's soccer player last year.

  • South Carolina to start sophomore QB Connor Mitch in opener

    August 25, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Connor Mitch finally won the quarterback job at South Carolina, and Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said Tuesday the sophomore has a chance to keep it well beyond next week's season opener with North Carolina.Spurrier picked Mitch from a four-way quarterback competition that began during spring practice. Spurrier said Mitch played his way past junior Perry Orth, redshirt freshman Michael Scarnnechia and true freshman Lorenzo Nunez.

  • San Diego fronts tight Pioneer League race with Jacksonville out of the picture

    August 25, 2015

    (STATS) - The final Saturday of the Pioneer Football League season has the makings of a thrilling end to a championship race.The two PFL programs to appear in the FCS playoffs the last two years will square off when Butler visits San Diego; rivals Dayton and Drake, who always seems to be a part of the title picture, will clash at Drake Stadium; and Campbell, which at midseason a year ago thought it would be playing for the conference title, will host arguably the league's most talented team in Jacksonville.

  • Former Virginia Tech football coach Charlie Coffey dies

    August 25, 2015

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Charlie Coffey, who brought a potent passing attack to Virginia Tech during three seasons as the Hokies' coach in the early 1970s, has died at age 81.Coffey died at home Monday night in Shelbyville, Tennessee, the school said. He died after a long battle with cancer, according to the University of Tennessee, where Coffey was a three-year letterman and later an assistant coach.

  • Rutgers investigating communication between Flood, faculty

    August 25, 2015

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers is investigating whether football coach Kyle Flood violated school or NCAA rules by contacting a faculty member about the academic status of a player.NJ.com first reported Tuesday that Rutgers University's office of general counsel is investigating the severity of the alleged violation. The university confirmed its office of ethics had the matter brought to its attention about a week ago and that it has initiated an investigation.

  • Clemson tackle DJ Reader leaving team for personal reasons

    August 25, 2015

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson defensive tackle D.J. Reader is leaving the team because of personal matters.Coach Dabo Swinney said Tuesday it's not clear how long Reader will be away. The coach says in a statement that Reader has ''personal issues he has to deal with at this time.'' Swinney adds that Reader has the support of his coaches and teammates.

  • Alabama, LSU lead way on coaches' preseason All-SEC teams

    August 25, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Alabama and LSU each placed 10 players on the coaches' preseason All-Southeastern Conference teams.The Crimson Tide had five first-team selections on the teams released Tuesday.South Carolina's Pharoh Cooper was a first-teamer as a receiver, all-purpose athlete and return specialist. Every team had at least two representatives on either the first, second or third team.

  • Rutgers suspends Carroo, Laviano, 3 others for half a game

    August 25, 2015

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers has suspended star receiver Leonte Carroo and quarterback Chris Laviano, along with three other players, for the first half of its season opener against Norfolk State for a curfew violation. Coach Kyle Flood said Laviano, who was competing to be the starting quarterback, tried using a fake ID.

  • Injuries already causing problems for plenty of Top 25 teams

    August 25, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee has no time to celebrate its first Top 25 appearance in three years.The 25th-ranked Volunteers are too busy adjusting their depth chart after three of their players suffered likely season-ending injuries in training camp.

  • Former Vandy football player in rape case to play at Lane

    August 25, 2015

    JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) A former Vanderbilt football player accused of raping an unconscious student has been admitted to Lane College, and the coach there said he will play football.Lane President Logan Hampton told The Jackson Sun on Monday night that 21-year-old Brandon Banks had been admitted, and head football coach Derrick Burroughs confirmed Banks is on campus and will sign with the team.

  • Frisco working to keep FCS title game past 2015 season

    August 25, 2015

    (STATS) - North Dakota State will usher in the college football season Saturday, making a trip to fellow national power Montana for the FCS Kickoff.While the school's opening matchup always changes, everybody knows where NDSU has been on the final day of the season the last four years - in Frisco, Texas, where the Bison have captured a record number of consecutive national titles.

  • USC's Sarkisian apologizes for drunken speech at team rally

    August 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian publicly apologized Tuesday for his drunken appearance at a team rally last weekend, attributing his slurred, profane speech to a combination of alcohol and medication.Sarkisian plans to seek unspecified treatment, but the second-year Trojans coach doesn't believe he has a drinking problem.

  • FSU running back returning to field after not guilty verdict

    August 25, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State running back Dalvin Cook plans to head back to the field after a jury found him not guilty of punching a woman in the face outside a bar in June following a shouting match. The college immediately lifted his suspension after the verdict.

  • Pick 6: Most intriguing games of the season

    August 25, 2015

    Every game counts. Some games count more than others.These six games could shape the race for the College Football Playoff. Make time to see them and maybe consider seeing them in person. Here's why you should be interested and how much it'll cost you to get in the stadium.

  • Iowa turns to sophomore Myers to replace Scherff

    August 25, 2015

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The public debut for Boone Myers as Iowa's starting left tackle was largely disappointing.Fortunately for the Hawkeyes, it appears to have been just a rare bad day for the youngster set to replace Outland Trophy winner Brandon Scherff.

  • The Latest: FSU player not guilty; suspension lifted

    August 24, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) The latest in the trial of Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, accused of punching a woman in the face outside a bar (all times local):10:07 p.m.Florida State has lifted the suspension of running back Dalvin Cook after a jury found him not guilty of punching a woman in the face outside a bar.

  • FSU running back not guilty of punching woman outside of bar

    August 24, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State running back Dalvin Cook was found not guilty on Monday of punching a woman in the face outside a bar in June after she engaged in a shouting match with him and his teammates. The college immediately lifted his suspension following the verdict.

  • Stoops: NCAA rules Love, Hart ineligible for this season

    August 24, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach Mark Stoops says the NCAA has denied hardship waiver requests by linebacker Courtney Love and tight end Greg Hart to play this season for the Wildcats after transferring from Nebraska.Stoops said after Monday's practice that the school is appealing the NCAA's decision on Love, who arrived in Lexington in January. Love and Hart had hoped to become eligible this fall, but appear likely to sit out per transfer rules unless the ruling is reversed.

  • Army's Jeff Monken readies for season No. 2 at West Point

    August 24, 2015

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) Army-West Point coach Jeff Monken had to sort through a lot of new players while preparing for the upcoming season.Monken welcomed more than 70 freshmen, and 53 players on the imposing preseason roster shared a number with a teammate.

  • The Latest: Battery case against FSU player goes to jury

    August 24, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) The latest in the trial of Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, accused of punching a woman in the face outside a bar (all times local):7:44 p.m.Florida State running back Dalvin Cook has been found not guilty of punching a woman in the face outside a downtown bar.

  • Florida State running back Dalvin Cook found not guilty of punching a woman outside of bar

    August 24, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State running back Dalvin Cook found not guilty of punching a woman outside of bar .

  • Cozart wins competition to start at quarterback for Kansas

    August 24, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Montell Cozart will be under center for new Kansas coach David Beaty when the Jayhawks begin their season Sept. 5 against South Dakota State.Beaty announced Monday that the junior had won the competition for starting quarterback.

  • The Sanchize connecting UNLV football to Las Vegas

    August 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Tony Sanchez carved out a corner of celebrity in a town full of high rollers and high-wire acts as a high school football coach.Think about that for a second. A man coaching a high school football team squeezed his name onto the marquee with some of the biggest names in the entertainment world.

  • Too many yellow flags have Florida's Jim McElwain seeing red

    August 24, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Jim McElwain has no patience for pointless penalties.McElwain threw a defensive lineman out of practice last week after he drew an unsportsmanlike conduct flag during a scrimmage. McElwain declined to identify the offender, but he made it clear he plans to provide similar quick hooks for anyone committing ''selfish acts'' during games this season.

  • Todd Graham's son resigns less than 2 weeks before opener

    August 24, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State assistant coach Bo Graham has resigned from his father's staff due to personal reasons, less than two weeks before the Sun Devils' first game.Graham was entering his third season as running backs coach and fourth overall under Todd Graham. Bo Graham spent his first season in Tempe as the on-campus recruiting coordinator.

  • Navy joins AAC, adding another goal to go with beating Army

    August 24, 2015

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds would rather talk about team goals than individual accomplishments as he prepares to close out a record-setting career.Reynolds has been asked repeatedly during preseason about his continued assault on the NCAA and Naval Academy record books. The standout senior has been consistent with his response, saying he is more interested in helping the Midshipmen reclaim the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy and capture a conference championship.

  • Enos making smooth transition as coordinator at Arkansas

    August 24, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Just because Dan Enos isn't a head coach anymore doesn't mean has hasn't brought big-picture thinking to his new job as Arkansas' offensive coordinator.It's an approach, one focused on attention to detail, that Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema has appreciated during Enos' early tenure in Fayetteville.

  • The Latest: Teammates say FSU player never punched woman

    August 24, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) The latest in the trial of Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, accused of punching a woman in the face outside a bar (all times local):4:30 p.m.Three teammates of Florida State running back Dalvin Cook said the player never punched a woman outside a downtown bar.

  • Missouri Valley Preview: MVC is more than NDSU as league looks to continue dominance

    August 24, 2015

    (STATS) - Coming off a season for the ages, the Missouri Valley Conference will look to keep its dominant momentum going. And whether you're an FCS opponent or come from an FBS league, you better be prepared for a battle.The leading FCS conference acquitted itself quite nicely last season, putting both teams in the national championship game - four-time reigning champ North Dakota State and Illinois State.

  • K-State back to running roots with personnel turnover

    August 24, 2015

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) The approach taken by Kansas State's offense a couple of years ago was simple: The Wildcats were going to run it right at their opponents, daring them to make a stop.That all changed last season.With an accurate quarterback in Jake Waters and a dynamic wide receiver in Tyler Lockett, now with the Seattle Seahawks, the Wildcats all but bailed out on their run game. The result was a leading rusher who barely broke 500 yards, and an offense that was woefully unbalanced - at least by Kansas State coach Bill Snyder's standards.

  • Baker Mayfield named Oklahoma's starting quarterback

    August 24, 2015

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Baker Mayfield's route to becoming Oklahoma's starting quarterback was unconventional.But then, so is Mayfield - the Austin, Texas native grew up a Sooners fan in the center of Texas Longhorns country. Now, after starting his college career at Texas Tech, then transferring and sitting out a year, he's won the job for No. 19 Oklahoma over last year's starter, Trevor Knight, and Cody Thomas, last season's backup.

  • Woman testifies FSU running back punched her outside bar

    August 24, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State running back Dalvin Cook was found not guilty on Monday of punching a woman who testified that he had also said he would be able to buy her in a couple of years once he went pro.The seven-member jury delivered its verdict after a one-day trial Monday that included the testimony of the alleged victim, one of her friends and several of Cook's teammates. Cook had been charged with misdemeanor battery.

  • Texas A&M picks sophomore Kyle Allen to start at quarterback

    August 24, 2015

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Kyle Allen has been picked to start at quarterback for Texas A&M in its opening game against No. 15 Arizona State.The sophomore Allen was competing against heralded freshman Kyler Murray for the starting job.Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin announced Allen would get the nod when A&M opens the season Sept. 5 against the Sun Devils in Houston.

  • Highly touted Alabama receivers aim to fill big void

    August 24, 2015

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama's receiving corps doesn't have an Amari Cooper this season, just a bunch of guys who were at least as highly touted out of high school as the Heisman Trophy finalist.From ArDarius Stewart to Robert Foster and Chris Black, the preseason third-ranked Crimson Tide is counting on a number of former blue-chip prospects to translate that talent into production.

  • SEC to honor Slive with Prostate Cancer Awareness Games

    August 24, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Southeastern Conference teams will hold Prostate Cancer Awareness Games throughout September on all 14 member campuses to honor former Commissioner Mike Slive.Slive, 75, retired earlier this year after 13 years leading the SEC. He battled prostate cancer through his career.

  • The Latest: Woman says she's sure FSU player punched her

    August 24, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) The latest in the trial of Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, accused of punching a woman in the face outside a bar (all times local):1:15 p.m.The woman who is accusing Florida State running back Dalvin Cook of punching her in the face outside a bar has finished her testimony as the first witness in Cook's trial on misdemeanor battery charges.

  • The Latest: Woman describes punch during FSU player trial

    August 24, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) The latest in the trial of Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, accused of punching a woman in the face outside a bar (all times local):---11:20 a.mA woman says Florida State running back Dalvin Cook boasted that he would be able to buy her when he signs a professional football contract just before he punched her in the face outside a bar.

  • Trial for FSU running back begins, accused of punching woman

    August 24, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) The trial for suspended Florida State running back Dalvin Cook on charges that he punched a woman in the face outside a downtown bar has begun.The incident happened in June, and Cook's lawyer requested a speedy trial. It began Monday morning and is expected to last a day.

  • Preseason AP Top 25 capsules

    August 23, 2015

    No. 1 OHIO STATEConference: Big Ten2014 Record: 14-12014 Poll Finish: No. 1Games to Watch: (at) Virginia Tech, Sept. 7; Penn State, Oct. 17; Michigan State, Nov. 21; (at) Michigan, Nov. 28.Repeating is difficult, but few teams in recent memory have been better positioned to win back-to-back national titles than Urban Meyer's Buckeyes. No matter who plays quarterback, J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones, Ohio State's offense has plenty of playmakers and one of the best lines in the country. All-American DE Joey Bosa leads a defense that returns seven starters, though Bosa will miss the opener at Virginia Tech because of a suspension. The Buckeyes haven't lost a game since their 35-21 upset loss to the Hokies at home in the second week of last season. They're looking extend to their 13-game winning streak by exacting revenge in the Labor Day night game in Blacksburg, Va.

  • No. 23 Boise State names Ryan Finley starting QB

    August 23, 2015

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) Sophomore Ryan Finley has been named the starting quarterback for No. 23 Boise State for its season opener against Washington.Boise State coach Bryan Harsin made the announcement on Sunday. Finley was in a four-way race for the job with Tommy Stuart, Alex Ogle and freshman Brett Rypien. Finley finished spring practice as the clear leader in the competition, but an April misdemeanor arrest clouded his status. Harsin has previously said Finley is eligible and won't face further discipline for his arrest.

  • USC coach Sarkisian apologizes for behavior at team event

    August 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian apologized Sunday for his behavior and profane language at a team event the night before.Sarkisian issued a written apology on the school's official website the morning after the Salute to Troy, a reception held before each season for the football team, alumni and athletic program donors.

  • Unanimous choice: Ohio State is No. 1 in AP preseason Top 25

    August 23, 2015

    Ohio State is the first unanimous preseason No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll.The defending national champion Buckeyes received all 61 first-place votes from the media panel in the rankings released Sunday.TCU is No. 2, followed by Alabama, Baylor and Michigan State.

  • Patriot Preview: Colgate, Lehigh crave return to glory

    August 24, 2015

    BETHLEHEM, Pa. (STATS) - Neither Colgate nor Lehigh finished first or second in the Patriot League last season. It hadn't happened since 1992.Most of the players in the league last season weren't even born at that point.During that stretch, Lehigh captured 10 league titles and Colgate seven.

  • Flood getting close to picking Scarlet Knights quarterback

    August 23, 2015

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers coach Kyle Flood is taking longer than expected to choose his starting quarterback.Flood wanted to pick a starter no later than 10 days into training camp, but sophomores Hayden Rettig and Chris Laviano are make the decision a tough one.

  • TCU returning Cameron Echols-Luper has left the team

    August 22, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) TCU receiver and kick returner Cameron Echols-Luper has left the school.Echols-Luper announced the decision on his Twitter account. TCU officials confirmed Saturday that the junior, whose father is the Horned Frogs running backs coach, is no longer in the program.

  • Tennessee DB Gaulden out for season with broken foot

    August 22, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee defensive back Rashaan Gaulden has a broken foot and will miss the entire season.Volunteers coach Butch Jones announced Gaulden's injury on Saturday, saying the sophomore got ''tripped up'' during a punt return drill. Gaulden joins starting guard Marcus Jackson and reserve guard Austin Sanders as Vols likely lost for the season because of training-camp injuries.

  • Still no front-runner in battle for Georgia's starting QB

    August 22, 2015

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia coach Mark Richt is eager to pick a starting quarterback. He just hasn't seen enough from the three contenders to make a decision.After the Bulldogs held their second scrimmage of preseason camp on Saturday, Richt said there is still no front-runner in the battle between third-year sophomore Brice Ramsey, junior Greyson Lambert and junior Faton Bauta.

  • Tennessee DB Gaulden out for season with fractured foot

    August 22, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee defensive back Rashaan Gaulden has a broken foot and will miss the season.Volunteers coach Butch Jones announced the severity of Gaulden's injury on Saturday, saying the sophomore got ''tripped up'' during a punt return drill. Gaulden joins guards Marcus Jackson and Austin Sanders likely lost for the season because of training camp injuries.

  • No QB choice yet for Spurrier, Gamecocks

    August 22, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Steve Spurrier said South Carolina's offense improved on Saturday, just not enough to show a clear frontrunner among the four players competing for starting quarterback.The Gamecocks coach said he was happier with the offensive showing in the second stadium scrimmage of fall camp. However, he said Connor Mitch, Perry Orth, Michael Scarnecchia and Lorenzo Nunez didn't separate themselves in the race.

  • MEAC Preview: League looks to 'celebrate' another competitive race

    August 22, 2015

    (STATS) - The five-way tie for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title last season was so unique that everyone is still astounded by it.And perhaps thinking, if this just went differently or that went differently …"It means that our league is evening out. I think it's a good thing," said South Carolina State coach Buddy Pough, whose team was in the middle of it.

  • Legal showdown looms over the NCAA's ban on paying athletes

    August 22, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Fresh off a ruling that Northwestern University football players can't form a union, the NCAA is about to face a more direct challenge to its longstanding policy of not letting schools pay athletes like they're professionals.A federal judge who issued a landmark decision against the NCAA last year is considering whether to grant class-action status to lawsuits by current and former college athletes seeking to abolish the NCAA's prohibition against competitively paying players. Taken together, the cases carry billion-dollar implications and hinge, essentially, on whether the concepts of amateur athleticism and economic competition can co-exist.

  • BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

    August 22, 2015

    Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturdya. A full Sports Digest will be sent by 3 p.m. All times EDT:- GREENSBORO, N.C. - Tiger Woods has share of lead entering third round at Wyndham Championship. Woods is chasing his first win in two years - one that would send him into FedEx Cup playoffs. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7:30 p.m.

  • Young Wake Forest football team must grow up in a hurry

    August 22, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest is going to have to grow up in a hurry.The Demon Deacons have one of the youngest rosters in the country, with only five players in their fifth season at the school.That makes for quite a challenge at a self-described developmental program that rarely gets the blue-chip recruits but is at its best when it's patient with its best players and allows them to grow into productive redshirt seniors.

  • UCLA suspends OL coach Klemm for 2 games after investigation

    August 21, 2015

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) UCLA has suspended offensive line coach Adrian Klemm for its first two games and imposed additional recruiting restrictions on its football coaching staff after an investigation into Klemm's recruiting practices.The Bruins announced the self-imposed sanctions Friday night after a five-month investigation.

  • Baylor says it will investigate handling of Ukwuachu case

    August 21, 2015

    Baylor University will conduct an investigation into the school's handling of sexual assault allegations against a football player who was allowed to transfer into coach Art Briles' program despite a history of disciplinary problems at Boise State.Following the conviction of defensive end Sam Ukwuachu on sexual assault charges, Baylor President Ken Starr on Friday called for a ''comprehensive internal inquiry into the circumstances associated with the case and the conduct of the offices involved.''

  • Baylor player sentenced to 6 months of jail for sex assault

    August 21, 2015

    Baylor football player Sam Ukwuachu was sentenced to 180 days in jail and given 10 years of probation Friday for sexually assaulting a female soccer player at the Texas university.The 22-year-old Ukwuachu was also was ordered to perform 400 hours of community service as another condition of probation. He had faced up to 20 years in prison.

  • Oklahoma St. sophomore QB Rudolph growing as leader

    August 21, 2015

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Mason Rudolph has done things the right way since being named Oklahoma State's starting quarterback.Rudolph closed his freshman season with three strong performances, and coach Mike Gundy named him the starter before spring practice. Rudolph's coaches said the 6-foot-4 pro-style passer has since gained respect from his teammates by demonstrating toughness and becoming a better student of the game.

  • Ex-OSU football player Tyreek Hill pleads guilty to assault

    August 21, 2015

    Former Oklahoma State football player Tyreek Hill pleaded guilty Friday to domestic assault and battery by strangulation in an incident involving his then-pregnant girlfriend last year.Hill, an All-Big 12 all-purpose player last season, entered the guilty plea in a Payne County courtroom. He will be on probation until August 2018 and won't have additional penalties unless he violates conditions of his probation, including completion of an anger management course, a yearlong program for batterers and payment of a 0 fine. If he avoids trouble, the case will be dismissed and there will be no felony on his record.

  • Notre Dame defense seeks answers against up-tempo opponents

    August 21, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame is hoping to pick up the pace on defense this season.The Fighting Irish got off to a quick start last season in defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder's first season at Notre Dame, keeping opponents off balance by switching personnel. The Irish gave up 12 points per game through five games, third best in the country - although three of those opponents ranked in the bottom 20 in the nation in total offense at season's end.

  • Florida suspends 3 players for opener vs New Mexico State

    August 21, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida has suspended three players for its Sept. 5 season opener against New Mexico State.The Gators announced Friday that safety Marcus Maye, defensive end Alex McCalister and receiver Latroy Pittman won't play because of an undisclosed violation of program policy.

  • Arkansas adds transfer quarterback Ricky Town

    August 21, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas has landed quarterback Ricky Town, who left Southern California after just one week of fall practices.Arkansas coach Bret Bielema announced the move Friday.USC coach Steve Sarkisian announced Town's departure Sunday night. Town was a touted recruit from Ventura County who graduated from high school early to participate in spring practice with the Trojans. He was a centerpiece in their most recent recruiting class, widely considered the nation's best.

  • FCS power NDSU to visit Oregon in 2020

    August 21, 2015

    (STATS) - The FCS' most dominant program has a date with one of the FBS' biggest powerhouses.North Dakota State and Oregon announced Friday they will meet at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon, on Sept. 5, 2020.The Bison, ranked No. 1 in the STATS FCS preseason poll, have won four straight national titles, while Oregon has won two Rose Bowls and reached two national championship games in the last five years. The Ducks are No. 5 in the FBS preseason coaches' poll.

  • Tennessee AD Dave Hart setting ambitious long-term goal

    August 21, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Now that Tennessee has started making progress in its rebuilding process, athletic director Dave Hart believes a much bigger jump is around the corner.''We want all of our teams in the Top 25,'' Hart said Friday in an interview with The Associated Press. ''Now some may be upper-echelon, maybe in the top five. Some may be somewhere in the middle. Some may be at that cut line. But in the next three to five years, based on our commitments and based on our investments, I'd like to see us achieve that goal.''

  • Ex-coach Barnett returning to CU as football radio analyst

    August 21, 2015

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Gary Barnett is returning to the University of Colorado as a football radio analyst.The school and KOA announced Friday that Barnett will join the broadcast team for two games this fall and he will replace Larry Zimmer as full-time analyst in 2016.

  • CMU coach Bonamego completes radiation treatment for cancer

    August 21, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Central Michigan football coach John Bonamego has had his final scheduled radiation treatment for cancer.The school confirms that Bonamego completed his treatment Friday at University of Michigan Cancer Center. Bonamego announced in June that he had cancer in his left tonsil, but that it was discovered early and was treatable.

  • Petersen says he informed Baylor's Briles about player

    August 21, 2015

    Washington coach Chris Petersen says he ''thoroughly apprised'' Baylor coach Art Briles about the circumstances of Sam Ukwuachu's dismissal from Boise State, long before the player's sexual assault conviction this week.A jury in Texas district court found the 22-year-old Ukwuachu guilty of one count of sexual assault for an incident in Waco, Texas, involving a female Baylor soccer player. Ukwuachu's former girlfriend testified during the trial that he had struck and choked her when he attended Boise State, where Petersen was the coach.

  • Indiana, Louisville agree to series for football, basketball

    August 21, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana and Louisville will play three future games in football and men's basketball.Hoosiers athletic director Fred Glass had been looking for a replacement to border-state rivalry with Kentucky since the basketball contract expired after the 2011-12 season.

  • Meyer's new mantra: Embrace the grind, but enjoy the success

    August 21, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Victory meal is a tradition for Urban Meyer's teams and pretty much a weekly occurrence during football season since the coach got to Ohio State in 2012 - just as it was when he was at Florida.There was a time back in 2009, as Tim Tebow and the Gators tried to win a second straight national title, when Meyer was no longer savoring success.

  • Florida's secondary boasts talent, experience, confidence

    August 21, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Vernon Hargreaves III provided a little confusion last week, and not just for Florida's quarterbacks.When asked about Hargreaves returning an interception for a touchdown in practice, several teammates offered the same response:

  • Auburn trying to reach heights of Muschamp's past defenses

    August 21, 2015

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Montravius Adams knows who was Auburn's defensive coordinator the last time the Tigers had a truly elite defense. It's the same guy who's running the show now.Will Muschamp has raised expectations for the Tigers' defense by his mere presence, though having some talented players on the field doesn't hurt either.

  • RB Devon Johnson looks for another great year at Marshall

    August 21, 2015

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) Marshall running back Devon Johnson believes blocking is still his best attribute.He may want to rethink that if he has another solid year carrying the ball for the Thundering Herd.Nicknamed Rockhead for his bruising style, the 244-pound Johnson's move to the backfield a year ago from backup tight end was intended to provide protection for quarterback Rakeem Cato. But Johnson showed he could do some special things, too.

  • Western Kentucky faces lofty expectations as C-USA favorite

    August 21, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Western Kentucky showed poise with a season-ending five-game winning streak that earned a bowl berth and the program's first FBS postseason victory.Coach Jeff Brohm hopes his Hilltoppers sustain the momentum with a strong start.

  • Big South Preview: Coastal, Liberty due to battle it out again

    August 21, 2015

    ATLANTA (STATS) - If you want a scouting report on Big South power Coastal Carolina, ask somebody from Liberty."High-powered offense. Consistent talent level," quarterback Josh Woodrum said. "They show that year in and year out that they can win 10, 11, 12 football games. They're always going to be a threat in our league. "

  • After 3-year run, season of change arrives for East Carolina

    August 21, 2015

    GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) East Carolina has beaten power-conference teams, put up big offensive numbers and even popped into the national rankings during an impressive three-year run. Now the Pirates must prove they have some staying power.After 26 wins over three seasons, East Carolina enters its second year in the American Athletic Conference with a new offensive coordinator leading a unit that lost a pair of record-setting performers, while both the offense and defense lost about half their returning starters.

  • Baylor football player convicted of sexual assault in Waco

    August 21, 2015

    WACO, Texas (AP) A one-time All-American who transferred to play football at Baylor University has been convicted of sexually assaulting a fellow student athlete in 2013.A jury in Texas district court found 22-year-old Sam Ukwuachu guilty Thursday of one count of sexual assault.

  • Clemson's Swinney suspends kicker Lakip 3 games

    August 20, 2015

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson kicker Ammon Lakip will sit out the first three games of the season because of an offseason drug arrest.Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said Lakip, who was indefinitely suspended since June, will miss games against Wofford on Sept. 5, Appalachian State on Sept. 12 and Louisville on Sept. 17. Swinney said Lakip could return when Notre Dame comes to Clemson on Oct. 3.

  • Inexperienced QB trio battles for Beavers' starting role

    August 20, 2015

    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Oregon State freshman Seth Collins is focusing on himself, not on the outside noise about the Beavers' quarterback competition.It's all speculation, anyway. About the only thing certain is that the ultimate starter for the Beavers will be someone who has never before played in a college game.

  • Long road lands Butler-Byrd in Utah defensive backfield

    August 20, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Cory Butler-Byrd was penciled in as a starter nearly from the day he stepped on the Utah campus. Unofficially, of course, considering the coaching staff hasn't finalized the depth chart.The prized transfer from Los Angeles Harbor College, however, was listed as the starter at the slot position on offense after one week of camp. Days later, he was listed as a starting cornerback.

  • UConn expecting to be better in Diaco's second year

    August 20, 2015

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn coach Bob Diaco has different expectations for the upcoming season than those who picked his Huskies to finish at the bottom of the American Athletic Conference in the league's annual media poll.''We're going to win every game,'' Diaco said at the conference's media day earlier this month. ''We're going to play as one of the four teams in the playoffs and win the national championship.''

  • Young Eagles look to continue success under Addazio

    August 20, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Boston College coach Steve Addazio enters his third season knowing it's his recruiting classes that make up the bulk of the team.There's just one big problem: They're still very, very young.''Can we have two years?'' Addazio joked during preseason camp.

  • U of Illinois hires former Big 12 commissioner to consult

    August 20, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) The University of Illinois has hired a consulting firm led by former Big 12 Conference Commissioner Dan Beebe as it deals with allegations of mistreatment by former athletes.The contract says the Dan Beebe Group was hired this month to help the school ''prevent, identify and appropriately respond to misconduct.'' The cost will be ,000 for a year.

  • Syracuse coach Scott Shafer enters season on hot seat

    August 20, 2015

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Scott Shafer enters his third season at Syracuse somewhat under the gun. He's not fazed.''College football is about pressure every single year,'' Shafer said. ''They're just going to look at the bottom line, year in and year out. I understand that.''

  • Nebraska won't rush Pierson-El back from injury

    August 20, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) It might take longer than originally expected for Nebraska return specialist De'Mornay Pierson-El to return from his broken right foot, coach Mike Riley said Thursday.Pierson-El broke the foot while making a cut during practice this week, and Riley announced Wednesday he would be out six to eight weeks. That would have set up a possible return for the Big Ten opener at Illinois or the key Oct. 10 home game against Wisconsin.

  • Kelly joins elite group entering 6th season at Notre Dame

    August 20, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Brian Kelly is entering his sixth season as Notre Dame coach, just the seventh in the program's long and storied history to make it that far.That doesn't mean the 53-year-old coach is feeling anywhere near settled, not with a 45-20 record at Notre Dame and the Fighting Irish not yet back among college football's elite - their 2012 run to the national title game notwithstanding. He is confident the Irish have more talent this year than that squad three years ago, but he isn't quite comfortable.

  • Talented Broncos have chance at something special in 2015

    August 20, 2015

    Bryan Harsin closed out the 2014 season by hoisting the Fiesta Bowl trophy for the third time during Boise State's remarkable rise.That was far from the most important moment of Harsin's first season in charge of the Broncos. For the head coach, the apex came nearly three months earlier after his team was handed an embarrassing beating by Air Force and the Broncos bounced back.

  • Vanderbilt left tackle Jelks suffers season-ending injury

    August 20, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason says left tackle Andrew Jelks will miss the season after hurting a knee at practice.Mason announced the injury Thursday.Jelks hurt his knee during a team drill at practice Wednesday when the Commodores worked indoors. The redshirt junior started 12 games last season at left tackle and 22 games over the past two seasons on the offensive line.

  • Taysom Hill, BYU offense lead way into brutal early schedule

    August 20, 2015

    PROVO, Utah (AP) There is no lack of confidence in BYU quarterback Taysom Hill. And there's a sense of urgency mixed in for the senior who watched two of his three college seasons end in serious injury.Those things combined could give defensive coordinators nightmares this season as the Cougars hope to put together the most prolific offense in school history.

  • Harbaugh's return brings hope, pride back to Ann Arbor

    August 20, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) A few blocks from the Big House, Jim Harbaugh's barber works in a small shop that doubles as a shrine to Michigan football. Iconic jerseys of Wolverines past - such as Anthony Carter's No. 1, Desmond Howard's No. 21, and yes, Harbaugh's No. 4 - are displayed high on the wall inside.

  • USC plans a big group effort to replace Leonard Williams

    August 20, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Replacing Leonard Williams is the glaring challenge for Southern California's defense.Williams was the last and perhaps greatest find of former assistant coach Ed Orgeron's decade-long association with the Trojans. The star defensive lineman was a relentless force, tallying 218 tackles, 36 1-2 tackles for loss and 21 sacks in three seasons before being selected No. 6 overall by the New York Jets last spring.

  • Louisville enters second ACC season with several new faces

    August 20, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Almost overlooked in the attention over Louisville coach Bobby Petrino's choice of three quarterback options are the several new faces the Cardinals will start on both sides of the ball.Ten Louisville players were in last spring's NFL draft, including leading receiver DeVante Parker, All-American safety Gerod Holliman and pass rusher Lorenzo Mauldin. Overall, the Cardinals lost more than two dozen upperclassmen from a 9-4 squad that lost 37-14 to Georgia in the Belk Bowl.

  • Southland Preview: SE Louisiana not planning to step aside to Sam Houston

    August 20, 2015

    (STATS) - Sam Houston State is one of the leading candidates to win the FCS national championship this season.Stephen F. Austin brings back a star quarterback from a playoff squad.Central Arkansas is senior-laden. McNeese State always wins. Abilene Christian is sensing a breakout.

  • Expectations still very high for Florida State

    August 20, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Jameis Winston, gone. Rashad Greene, gone. Nick O'Leary, gone.Expectations at Florida State, still there.An offseason of roster turnover was expected because of graduation and NFL defections. An offseason of tumult - most notably with one player dismissed after video showed him striking a woman and now another standout is awaiting his fate after similar allegations - was not. And the Seminoles are no longer the consensus pick to end the season reigning over the Atlantic Coast Conference, having ceded that role to Atlantic Division rival Clemson.

  • Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson says he's 'ready to go'

    August 20, 2015

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson fans don't seem concerned about the massive losses on last year's top-ranked ranked defense, the muddled picture at running back or the departure of high-powered offensive leader Chad Morris to SMU.No, there's only one issue anyone wants to chat about when it comes to the Tigers: Can quarterback Deshaun Watson stay healthy.

  • NC State aims for another leap forward after 5-win jump

    August 20, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Dave Doeren measures his North Carolina State team's progress over two seasons in small steps he describes as closing gaps.The Wolfpack closed several last season in a five-win improvement from his first year. More growth could have his Wolfpack in position to at least be a factor in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Atlantic Division.

  • Packers' Jordy Nelson pledges gift to Kansas State

    August 20, 2015

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson has pledged an undisclosed gift to Kansas State to help with the next phase of renovations to Bill Snyder Family Stadium.The gift from the former walk-on combined with other contributions pushes to million the total raised for the next round of work. The million phase will connect the east concourse to the recently renovated Vanier Football Complex, fully enclosing the stadium.

  • Arkansas counting on receiver improvement this season

    August 20, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Even Dan Enos had concerns about Arkansas' wide receivers during the spring.After an offseason of work, the Razorbacks' first-year offensive coordinator now believes the much-maligned group is ready to serve as playmakers for an offense desperately in need of just that - especially following the likely season-ending injury to running back Jonathan Williams.

  • Behind the scenes at an Arizona State football practice

    August 20, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The players are in their seats at 7 a.m., light chatter filling the theater inside Arizona State's Carson Student-Athlete Center. Sun Devils coach Todd Graham walks through a side door, down a ramp to the front of the room, coffee cup in hand.

  • Notre Dame DB Crawford sustains season-ending knee injury

    August 19, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame defensive back Shaun Crawford will miss the season after injuring a knee in practice.Coach Brian Kelly released a statement Wednesday night saying the 5-foot-8, 180-pound freshman from Lakewood, Ohio, tore his anterior cruciate ligament during practice earlier in the day. Kelly had said Saturday that Crawford was competing for time at nickel back, saying he had shown speed, physicality and a knack for the game. He said Crawford already knew the calls and was helping safeties on some plays.

  • Texas freshman says NCAA has instructed him to re-take ACT

    August 19, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas freshman tight end Devonaire Clarington said Wednesday on Twitter that the NCAA has instructed him to re-take the ACT so it can determine if he's eligible to play this season.The ACT is a standardized test used to help determine freshman eligibility.

  • Former Indiana safety transferring to Indiana State

    August 19, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Coach Mike Sanford did his homework on Antonio Allen and decided to take a risk on the former Indiana safety.On Wednesday, Indiana State announced Allen would transfer to the Sycamores even though he's facing drug-dealing charges.The Indianapolis native was the Hoosiers' top tackler last season but was kicked off the team one day after his June arrest. The 20-year-old Indianapolis native was charged with two counts each of dealing methamphetamine and dealing heroin and one count of dealing cocaine.

  • Gophers have bigger goals: Beating Wisconsin, winning West

    August 19, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) There's a significant new addition at Minnesota this season.New hire? No. Most of coach Jerry Kill's staff has been together for decades. There's a fresh wave of talented recruits, too, but that's not the answer, either. This rookie has arrived in the form of heightened expectations, from both outside and inside the program.

  • Oregon's Royce Freeman looks to add "leader" to his resume

    August 19, 2015

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Just a sophomore, Oregon running back Royce Freeman is already assuming a leadership role on the Ducks' offense.That's only natural considering he's the top returning rusher on a team known for its dynamic running backs - a legacy that includes such stars as Jonathan Stewart and LaMichael James. Freeman will likely carry the load on the ground while Oregon adjusts this season to a new quarterback - whoever that may be.

  • Healthy Marshall gives Georgia 'full package' at tailback

    August 19, 2015

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Keith Marshall is healthy again, so Nick Chubb doesn't have to be a one-man tailback corps for Georgia this season.After being limited by injuries to a combined eight games the last two years, Marshall is trying to return to the form he showed in 2012, when he and Todd Gurley were the star freshmen tailbacks from North Carolina.

  • For Hurricanes, it's all about the Coastal Division

    August 19, 2015

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Brad Kaaya had an award-winning season as a freshman in 2014, and that meant the Miami quarterback earned a trip to the league's championship weekend in North Carolina to pick up some trophies.His goal is to go back this year, but not for individual honors.

  • Illinois backup running back Corbin lost for season

    August 19, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois freshman running back Reggie Corbin will miss the season after suffering a shoulder injury.Sport information director Kent Brown said Wednesday that Corbin dislocated a shoulder in practice Tuesday and coach Tim Beckman has indicated it could require surgery. Brown wasn't sure which shoulder Corbin injured.

  • Late start to season cutting down on number of bye weeks

    August 19, 2015

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona won last season's Pac-12 South title by reeling off five wins in six games following a bye week.If the Wildcats are going to repeat this season, they'll have to do it without the benefit of a midseason break.Starting with its opener against UTSA on Sept. 3, Arizona will play 12 straight games before finally getting a break. That would give the Wildcats a week off before the Pac-12 title game, but they'll have to survive the nonstop grind to get there.

  • CAA Preview: 'Nova, UNH the favorites in a stacked league

    August 19, 2015

    BALTIMORE (STATS) - In an FCS conference as good and deep as CAA Football, there's no sugar-coating the steps to success.Towson coach Rob Ambrose watched his team go from reaching the 2013 FCS championship game to winning a mere four games last season - and just two in the CAA.

  • Northwestern looking to rediscover winning formula

    August 19, 2015

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Just last month, members of Northwestern's 1995 Rose Bowl team gathered to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of an epic ride that propelled a long losing program into the national spotlight.It was a chance for players and coaches to reminisce, to reflect on an incredible run.

  • Riley knows 9 wins, bad losses not good enough at Nebraska

    August 19, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Mike Riley would appear to have a tough act to follow at Nebraska, replacing a coach who never won fewer than nine games.A deeper look at the numbers indicate there's plenty of room for improvement in a program that once prided itself on being in the annual national championship conversation but now has gone 15 years without a conference title.

  • Corey's got next: Clement poised to carry load at Wisconsin

    August 19, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Expecting to carry a bigger load this year at Wisconsin, running back Corey Clement focused on bulking up during the offseason in order to deliver more of a punch.The added muscle hasn't slowed him down judging by the way that Clement keeps sprinting into the end zone at Badgers training camp.

  • Talk turns to football at Illinois after tough off season

    August 19, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) No one is more ready to put the offseason behind him than Illinois coach Tim Beckman.The kickoff Sept. 4 against Kent State should at least temporarily slow the questions about the accusations by a handful of former players of mistreatment by Beckman and some of his staff. Not to mention the annual speculation about how much longer the fourth-year head coach will keep his job as the Illini remain mired near the bottom of the Big Ten.

  • Nebraska loses Pierson-El for 6-8 weeks with a foot injury

    August 19, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska wide receiver and return specialist De'Mornay Pierson-El will be sidelined six to eight weeks after injuring a foot in practice.Coach Mike Riley announced Wednesday that the sophomore was hurt during Tuesday's practice. Pierson-El was second nationally in punt-return average last season, and he tied for the national lead with three returns for touchdowns. He also caught 23 passes for 321 yards and four TDs.

  • With Boykin and experience, TCU offense could be even better

    August 19, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Gary Patterson is like everyone else who is wondering what more can be expected from TCU's offense after a record-setting debut.The Horned Frogs coach is also curious about how things will be for senior quarterback Trevone Boykin, who among 10 returning starters on offense with a season of experience in the system installed by co-coordinators Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie.

  • Baylor loaded with experience, confidence after playoff snub

    August 19, 2015

    WACO, Texas (AP) Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman is a big man who certainly demands attention. He is making the season's goal for the Bears crystal clear.''We have to be No. 1,'' said Oakman, who surprised many by returning for his senior season instead of early entry in the NFL draft. ''We have to make it to the playoffs, and we have to make it to the national championship.''

  • Texas needs better QB play to improve in 2015

    August 19, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Charlie Strong long ago promised that what happened last season at Texas won't happen again.Considering the Longhorns went 6-7 and collapsed with two of their worst games at the end, what choice did he have?''It's partially my fault,'' Strong said. ''A lot of times when you walk into a program and there's been tradition established, there's passion in the program, and everything. You think about facilities, you think about resources, everything is here.

  • Virginia has sense of urgency, looks to finish stronger

    August 19, 2015

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) The word that might have been spoken most during Virginia's offseason and training camp workouts: Finish.The Cavaliers were tied or leading three times in the fourth quarter last season in games they wound up losing, turning what could have been a winning season that ended in a bowl game into a 5-7 finish. It was their third consecutive losing season and there is a sense of urgency to turn the program around.

  • Virginia Tech opens vs. Ohio State with high expectations

    August 19, 2015

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) High expectations have returned at Virginia Tech.The Hokies, coming off their third consecutive mediocre season by program standards, will start the season with what coach Shane Beamer calls the biggest game in Lane Stadium history. Virginia Tech hosts defending national champion Ohio State on Labor Day night, and the challenge has added another dimension to the Hokies' preparation.

  • Former Indiana safety transferring to Indiana St.

    August 19, 2015

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) Former Indiana safety Antonio Allen is transferring to Indiana State.Allen was the Hoosiers' top tackler last season but was kicked off the team in June after an arrest led to five charges for drug dealing.Indiana State coach Mike Sanford said Wednesday that the Sycamores are looking forward to Allen's success on the field and in the classroom.

  • Duke looks to keep winning - and finally win a bowl game

    August 19, 2015

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) There's tangible evidence of the transformation of Duke's football program: Only a few players on the roster know what it feels like to miss a bowl.Gone is that 17-year gap between bowls. The four winless seasons during that stretch. The status as a perennial last-place pick in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

  • QB Howard ready to take over at West Virginia

    August 19, 2015

    Skyler Howard sees his promotion to starting quarterback at West Virginia as more than an opportunity to take over the offense. He wants to look like he knows what he's doing, and it starts with staying focused.Howard follows the likes of record-setting quarterbacks Clint Trickett, Geno Smith and Pat White over the past decade in Morgantown. While the bar may not be set too high for West Virginia, which is predicted to finish toward the bottom of the Big 12 standings, Howard is ready to let loose after starting two games at the end of last season when Trickett got hurt.

  • Coastal-Liberty game moved up for national TV

    August 19, 2015

    (STATS) - The anticipated biggest game in the Big South now has a primetime spotlight.The Coastal Carolina at Liberty showdown, which matches Big South co-champions from each of the past three seasons, has been moved up two days to Thursday, Nov. 19, when it will be televised by ESPNEWS at 7 p.m. Eastern.

  • Tar Heels hoping offseason revamp means big step forward

    August 19, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina has spent the months since the end of a frustrating season trying to repair a fractured locker room as well as a broken defense. Fourth-year coach Larry Fedora is waiting to find out if the Tar Heels have done both.

  • QB Thomas, Georgia Tech looking to build on 11-win season

    August 19, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Even with 11 wins in 2014, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson kept thinking his team was living on the edge.He points to a 49-34 Orange Bowl win over Mississippi State as evidence.''We won the Orange Bowl by two touchdowns and we set an Orange Bowl record for passing yards against us, so you can't live like that forever,'' Johnson said.

  • Panthers starting over (again) with Pat Narduzzi

    August 19, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) James Conner had his doubts about Pat Narduzzi. They were unavoidable.New coach. New system. New way of doing things. The reigning ACC Player of the Year had grown pretty comfortable in former coach Paul Chryst's run-heavy system. And now here was a newcomer, in charge for the first time in his career, ready to revamp a program that seemed revamped out.

  • Arrested S Allen transfers to Indiana State, sits out 2015

    August 19, 2015

    (STATS) - Former Indiana safety Antonio Allen will transfer to Indiana State and sit out the 2015 season while he deals with his June arrest on drug charges.Indiana State coach Mike Sanford announced the transfer Wednesday, although the university's release did not mention the reason for the redshirt season. Players dropping from the FBS to the FCS level in the offseason are usually eligible the next season.

  • Minnesota president: Additional complaints against Teague

    August 19, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler says the school has received ''a small number'' of additional complaints of sexual harassment by Norwood Teague since the athletic director resigned.Kaler tells Minnesota Public Radio News that any complaints are being turned over to an outside law firm looking into the Teague matter. Kaler said the number of complaints is fewer than five.

  • Oklahoma St. optimistic after strong finish

    August 19, 2015

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State's youngsters have grown up.The Cowboys took a team loaded with freshmen and sophomores into last year's opener against Florida State and pushed the defending national champions before losing 37-31.The Cowboys won their next five games before injuries helped knock them into a tailspin. They lost five straight, all by at least 21 points. But they finished the season by beating Oklahoma on the road in overtime and Washington in the Cactus Bowl.

  • Iowa hoping to shake 'Ferentz fatigue' in 2015

    August 19, 2015

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Most Iowa fans used to hope that Kirk Ferentz would be their coach until he retired.Many of them are now worried that such a scenario might actually come to fruition.The buzz that typically surrounds the Hawkeyes has been largely replaced with a bit of ''Ferentz fatigue.'' The former national coach of the year, now in his 17th season, has gone just 34-30 over the past five seasons, a stretch capped by an embarrassing 45-28 bowl loss to Tennessee in January.

  • Iowa State eager to rebound after disappointing season

    August 19, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State has spent millions in recent years to bring its football facilities up to par with the rest of the Big 12.The next step for the Cyclones is to start winning. If Paul Rhoads can't make that happen this year, his seventh season in Ames might be his last.

  • Beaty understands magnitude of rebuilding job at Kansas

    August 19, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) There is no easy way to describe the magnitude of the task facing David Beaty, who was hired last year to rebuild a Kansas football program fallen on hard times.There are numbers, though.Start with 64, the number of players he had on scholarship coming out of the summer. Poor planning by former coach Charlie Weis, coupled with a couple lean years recruiting, left the Jayhawks with a perilous lack of depth at just about every position.

  • Wildcats once again flying under radar heading into season

    August 19, 2015

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Kansas State has to replace one of the most prolific quarterbacks in school history, not to mention a wide receiver now playing in the NFL and a handful of other starters.No surprise that few people outside the Vanier Football Complex expect much of the Wildcats.

  • Pick 6: Contenders hand offenses to 35-and-under assistants

    August 19, 2015

    Offensive coordinators wanted. Only limited experience required.Power programs in recent years have been more willing to entrust their offenses to assistant coaches who were born during the Reagan administration, such as new Notre Dame offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford.

  • Texas Tech looks to reduce turnovers, penalties and add wins

    August 19, 2015

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury calls his options at quarterback this season a luxury.Sophomore Patrick Mahomes and junior Davis Webb will vie for the starting spot, and Kingsbury says the competition will make each better.Webb, coming off a season-ending ankle injury and shoulder surgery on his non-throwing arm, started eight games last season, while Mahomes started four.

  • Boilermakers doing more than just talking heading into 2015

    August 19, 2015

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Darrell Hazell sees a difference around Purdue this season. He hears it, too.For the first time under their third-year coach, the Boilermakers are walking and talking like a team ready to make a move in the Big Ten West.''I think our guys are starting to talk the way they're supposed to talk, supporting each other, and making sure that they're a very confident, quiet, confident team,'' Hazell said. ''It's a great feeling to have after 2 1/2 years to finally have the locker room where you want it to be.''

  • Oklahoma looks to bounce back from 8-5 season

    August 19, 2015

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Very little was said about championships at Oklahoma's media day.That's unusual for a Bob Stoops-coached team.A year ago, the Sooners were riding high off a Sugar Bowl win over Alabama, and they felt they had finally found the answer at quarterback after Trevor Knight's MVP performance against the Crimson Tide. Oklahoma entered last season ranked No. 4 and was a favorite to land in the College Football Playoff.

  • Mora: UCLA freshman Rosen still hasn't won starting QB job

    August 18, 2015

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) Josh Rosen's UCLA teammates have taken to calling the touted freshman ''J. Chosen,'' a play on both his name and his status as the top quarterback in the 2015 recruiting class.But UCLA coach Jim Mora isn't ready to choose Rosen or anyone else as the successor to three-year starter Brett Hundley.

  • Sanford, 33, brings new ideas, energy to Notre Dame offense

    August 18, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Mike Sanford will drop into a lineman's three-point stance, split out wide like a receiver and even break into a backpedal like a defensive back during quarterback drills at Notre Dame.The new Fighting Irish offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach brings a different kind of energy to coach Brian Kelly's staff, along with new ideas.

  • UCLA has everything it needs except a starting quarterback

    August 18, 2015

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) UCLA has experience, depth and balance across its talent-laden roster. The Bruins are built to make a run at the Pac-12 title and beyond.As soon as they decide on a starting quarterback, that is.Coach Jim Mora's fourth team at UCLA is loaded with returning starters at almost every position, except for a gaping hole at the middle - for now, at least. Brett Hundley jumped to the NFL after three seasons as the Bruins' starter, and he's currently trying to hang on to a third-string job in Green Bay instead of leading UCLA's offense again.

  • Moore, Blair among injured WRs at Missouri

    August 18, 2015

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri is banged up at wide receiver heading into the second scrimmage set for Thursday.Sophomore J'Mon Moore had five catches for 105 yards in the first scrimmage but sprained his left shoulder Monday in practice and was not in pads on Tuesday.

  • UNC: Linebacker Tomlin academically ineligible to play

    August 18, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina says linebacker Tyrell Tomlin is no longer enrolled at the university.School officials announced Tuesday that the sophomore is academically ineligible.Tomlin is a native of Marietta, Georgia, who had four tackles last season as a freshman. He was listed as the co-backup to starter Shakeel Rashad at strongside linebacker on the depth chart printed in the media guide.

  • Florida hopes McElwain era includes passing improvements

    August 18, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coaches have been trying to improve the program's paltry passing game for years.Urban Meyer started the trend in 2010. Will Muschamp made little, if any, progress during his four-year tenure.Now, Jim McElwain is taking a shot.

  • Wildcats not bothered by being overlooked again

    August 18, 2015

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona returns its starting quarterback for the first time in four years. Dynamic running back Nick Wilson is back, so is all-everything linebacker Scooby Wright and the receiving corps should be one of the nation's best.Yet when the Pac-12 preseason poll came out, the Wildcats were picked to finish fourth in the South Division.

  • SEC 2015: Missouri gets even more reasons to be motivated

    August 18, 2015

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) During the summer, Missouri linebacker Kentrell Brothers was shocked to see on Twitter that he'd been kicked off the team.Turned out it was just a rumor, and the latest indignity suffered by the two-time defending champions in the SEC East.

  • ASU ready to take next step in fourth season under Graham

    August 18, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State coach Todd Graham is eternally positive, whether it's praising his team to the media, boosting the morale of a player or praising an assistant coach.Sometimes there's a little hyperbole that comes with it, but that's part of Graham's charm, what makes him such a good salesman of his players and his program.

  • Rutgers needs quarterback for second Big Ten season

    August 18, 2015

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers is entering its second season in the Big Ten Conference in very much the same position.Experts aren't expecting much from the Scarlet Knights even though they might have been one of the biggest surprises in the conference last season.

  • Hoosiers hoping to solve bowl puzzle with all right pieces

    August 18, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana coach Kevin Wilson has been watching the steady progress for four long seasons.He sees a team that is bigger and stronger up front, that is deeper overall and improving defensively. Inside the locker room, hopes are rising, too.

  • BYU tight end Steven Richards out for year with knee injury

    August 18, 2015

    PROVO, Utah (AP) BYU tight end Steven Richards is out for the season after going down with a knee injury Monday.Coach Bronco Mendenhall made the announcement after practice Tuesday.The 6-foot-3, 230-pound redshirt freshman was running a route when he dropped to the turf untouched. He's scheduled to have surgery on his right knee.

  • Kiel settles in for Cincinnati team picked to win AAC

    August 18, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The second-string offense was running a play during camp, and quarterback Gunner Kiel was pacing behind the group, helmet in hand, yelling advice as everyone lined up. A year ago, he would have been the one getting instructions.The second-year starter is taking a bigger role in a deep and diverse offense that's the main reason Cincinnati is picked to win the American Athletic Conference title.

  • Dantonio, Michigan State in national title discussion again

    August 18, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) After everything Michigan State has accomplished over the past few seasons, there is always some reminder of unfinished business.Last season, the Spartans went 11-2, finished in a tie at No. 5 in the final AP poll and trounced rival Michigan for the sixth time in seven years. Yet their two defeats stood out, since they were against Ohio State and Oregon - the teams that ended up playing for the national championship.

  • USC eager to test its bountiful talent in upcoming season

    August 18, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Since the first time Cody Kessler pulled on a Southern California jersey, the quarterback has known all about the impossible expectations that come with it.Kessler and his fellow Trojans don't run from it. They're here because they welcome it.

  • Utah defense has visions of domination, again

    August 18, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah defense has a goal every practice - force four turnovers and take one back for a score. The theory is simple, if turnover margin is one of the greatest predictors of success, then the Utes want to be masters of the takeaway.

  • Even after 2-10 year, Buffaloes thinking bowl this season

    August 18, 2015

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Ever so gradually, the Colorado Buffaloes are becoming a first-rate program - in terms of facilities, anyway.On the field, there's still plenty of work left to do.Coming off a 2-10 season, the Buffaloes have been picked to finish last in the Pac-12 South by just about everyone, including the league's media poll.

  • Big expectations at Michigan with Jim Harbaugh at the helm

    August 18, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Jim Harbaugh greeted the start of fall camp with his usual zest.''You're so excited,'' he said. ''It's like the start of the new year. It's like your birthday. It's like the first day of school. It's all those things rolled up into one. It's like being reborn into football.''

  • Familiarity cause for hope for Penn State this season

    August 18, 2015

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Nyeem Wartman-White and Bob Shoop are so familiar with one another that they're finishing each other's sentences.This synergy between young linebacker and new coach wasn't possible for Penn State early last season, Shoop's first as Nittany Lions defensive coordinator. But the Yale graduate's patience, scholarly coaching and aggressive schemes paid off. His defense allowed just 18.6 points per game and routinely kept a sputtering offense in games.

  • Kentucky seeks 1st winning season, bowl bid since 2010

    August 18, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach Mark Stoops wants his third season to culminate in the winning record he promised when hired.The Wildcats seemed headed that way last season at 5-1 before a tough second-half schedule ended in a six-game losing streak and no bowl bid for the fourth straight year. This season is just as challenging, but upsetting Southeastern Conference East foes such as South Carolina and taking Florida to three overtimes last fall are reason for optimism.

  • Elliott, O-line hope to lead another Ohio State title run

    August 18, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ezekiel Elliott and the Ohio State offensive line could make most quarterbacks look good.For all the headlines generated by the Buckeyes' ability to replace a star quarterback with another star quarterback last season, the development of the running game was every bit as important to Ohio State's national championship season.

  • SoCon Preview: Hatch Attack is back, hopes to challenge Chattanooga

    August 18, 2015

    (STATS) - The Hatch Attack is back in the Southern Conference.That doesn't only mean a fast-paced offense at Samford, it also means a passionate approach under new head coach Chris Hatcher."I want us to play hard, that's the No. 1 thing I preach to our guys," Hatcher said. "I want them to love playing the game and to play with a lot of emotion. That is the No. 1 thing that is going to be key to our success this season."

  • Spurrier concentrating on football instead of enemies

    August 18, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Steve Spurrier is ready to put aside the outside ''enemies'' and concentrate on South Carolina's opponents on the field.The Gamecocks 11th-year coach spent time this summer decrying those who believe his team is in decline after several seasons near the top of the Southeastern Conference.

  • Commodores eager to prove 3-9 aberration, not same old Vandy

    August 18, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Vanderbilt Commodores are irritated. After three straight bowl berths and back-to-back nine-win seasons, they felt they had proven Vanderbilt was a successful program on the rise.They've heard all the talk about being the ''Same old Vandy'' since going 3-9 and failing to win even one game in the Southeastern Conference in coach Derek Mason's debut season in 2014. And they simply don't like it.

  • Georgia pins SEC championship hopes on tailback Nick Chubb

    August 18, 2015

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) It has been 10 years since Georgia's last Southeastern Conference championship in 2005.For impatient fans, it's not enough that the Bulldogs have played in two SEC championship games in the last four years. Just making the trip to Atlanta isn't enough.

  • Vols say they won't be distracted by heightened expectations

    August 18, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The timing may be right for Tennessee to reclaim its status as a Southeastern Conference contender.Tennessee has restocked its talent base and has ended a string of four straight losing seasons just as many of its SEC East Division rivals have entered a state of transition. That combination has led to questions about whether the Volunteers can challenge for their first division title since 2007. A preseason poll of SEC media has Tennessee finishing second in the East, behind Georgia.

  • Maryland seeking successful run in 2nd Big Ten season

    August 18, 2015

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) The Maryland Terrapins know exactly what must happen if they are to pull off an encore to their successful debut in the Big Ten.''We have to be able to stop the run better and we have to be able to run the ball better,'' coach Randy Edsall said. ''Those are things that we have been working on since January.''

  • School: Ex-Minnesota athletic director didn't disclose issue

    August 18, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Former University of Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague failed to disclose that he was facing a gender discrimination complaint at the time he was recruited and hired, according to the school.Teague resigned this month after he was accused of sexually harassing two administrators during a senior leadership retreat July 15. Teague read an apology the day of his resignation in which he blamed alcohol for his behavior at the event and vowed to seek treatment.

  • After troubles, Texas' Daje Johnson wants to make his mark

    August 18, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) For three years, Daje Johnson has been the great hope and the great disappointment for Texas.The playmaker with the blazing speed and shifty moves has spent most of his career teasing fans with a few touchdowns in between long stints on the bench or under suspension.

  • Monday's Sports In Brief

    August 18, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The National Labor Relations Board on Monday overturned a historic ruling that gave Northwestern University football players the go-head to form the nation's first college athletes' union, saying the prospect of union and non-union teams could throw off the competitive balance in college football.

  • Failed union bid won't stop reforms in college athletics

    August 18, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) With or without a union, more rights and benefits are coming for college athletes.Whether the NCAA schools that compete in big-time athletics can provide enough to keep other more ominous threats to collegiate sports at bay remains to be seen. Even the failed attempt to unionize the Northwestern football could be viewed as progress for those still pushing for reform.

  • Few options for activists after college labor union blocked

    August 18, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Labor activists vowed not to abandon their fight to organize college sports teams after the National Labor Relations Board blocked a historic bid by Northwestern University football players to become the first in the nation to unionize.

  • Labor board blocks effort to unionize college athletes

    August 17, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The National Labor Relations Board on Monday blocked a historic bid by Northwestern University football players to form the nation's first college athletes' union, dealing a blow to a labor movement that could have transformed amateur sports.

  • Bobo names Nick Stevens as Rams' starting QB

    August 17, 2015

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Colorado State football coach Mike Bobo has selected redshirt sophomore Nick Stevens as his starting quarterback.Stevens succeeds Garrett Grayson, who was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round.Stevens of Murrieta, California, backed up Grayson last season. In mop-up duty, he completed 15 of 25 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown, a 36-yard pass to Rashard Higgins against Tulsa.

  • Nebraska's new offense won't put brakes on quarterback runs

    August 17, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Quarterback runs were supposed to be de-emphasized in Nebraska's new offense. At least that was Tommy Armstrong Jr.'s recollection of his first conversation with offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf.That was last winter, though. After practices in the spring and through two weeks of the preseason, Armstrong appears to have the green light to take off if he sees an opening.

  • Is the effort to unionize college athletes dead?

    August 17, 2015

    The National Labor Relations Board halted the effort to unionize Northwestern's football team without answering the biggest question of all: Are the players effectively university employees?The five-member board instead tossed out the unionization effort Monday because ''it would not promote stability in labor relations'' to allow one school the ability to unionize while others - including public schools the NLRB doesn't govern - could not.

  • Kentucky dismisses transfer Jones for rules violation

    August 17, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has announced that former Ohio State offensive lineman Marcelys Jones has been dismissed from the program for violating unspecified team rules.Stoops announced Jones' dismissal on Monday, saying, ''He will no longer be with us.''

  • Key dates in the effort to create college athletes' union

    August 17, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Some key dates in the push by Northwestern University football players to create the first-of-its-kind college athletes' union:---- Jan. 29, 2014: Then-Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter and the United Steelworkers announce plans to create the first union for college athletes at the school north of Chicago. Colter calls the NCAA a ''dictatorship.''

  • Column: Athletes are winners even on day they lost

    August 17, 2015

    The idea that a union shop leader would be able to schedule practice breaks or negotiate travel upgrades for Northwestern football players always seemed a bit preposterous.Football teams may be collective units but they are run by dictators, as anyone who ever watched Nick Saban in action would surely agree. So it wasn't terribly surprising Monday when the National Labor Relations Board punted on the idea of union representation for Northwestern's players, saying it would disrupt the competitive balance in college football.

  • Oklahoma RB Mixon making an impression

    August 17, 2015

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon seems to be enjoying being on the football field more than his teammates.Perhaps it's because his poor judgment kept him sidelined for a year.As a high school senior, he was listed as the nation's top running back by both Rivals.com and 247sports.com, and he scored a touchdown in the Army All-American game. Fans who watched his highlights hailed him as the next Adrian Peterson, the last back with similar hype who chose to become a Sooner. But last July, he punched a woman in the face at a restaurant and was suspended for the season.

  • Experienced Allen leads Arkansas' return to prominence

    August 17, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Brandon Allen joined an Arkansas program that was in the mix atop the Southeastern Conference.After several tumultuous seasons following the Bobby Petrino scandal, the senior quarterback hopes to leave the school in exactly the same shape as when he joined it.

  • Aggies have 2 talented quarterbacks in Allen and Murray

    August 17, 2015

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Kyle Allen showed enough promise as a freshman last year to enter camp with a leg up on Texas A&M's quarterback competition.But that doesn't mean this year's job will simply be handed to him. Especially with a talented freshman suiting up for the Aggies in Kyler Murray.

  • New coach, new look: Oregon State starts over with Andersen

    August 17, 2015

    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) And so begins the Gary Andersen era at Oregon State. Or the post-Mike Riley era.However history looks back on this season, it is certainly a time of change for the Beavers. A new coach, a new system, and, if Andersen has his way, a new culture of winning.

  • Adams or Lockie? It will have to play out for Oregon

    August 17, 2015

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Oregon's quest to replace quarterback Marcus Mariota has already seen its share of drama.Talented transfer Vernon Adams finally arrived on campus after a cliffhanger finish to his Eastern Washington career, while Mariota's backup, Jeff Lockie, worked hard to differentiate himself from the newcomer.

  • Saban: Alabama QB Jake Coker out with minor foot injury

    August 17, 2015

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama quarterback Jake Coker could miss a few days of practice with a foot injury.Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said in a statement Monday that Coker's injury is minor and doctors believe he will make a full recovery. Saban says the senior quarterback is expected to miss ''several days'' of practice. Saban didn't say when or how Coker was hurt.

  • Coach Stoops names Towles as Kentucky's starting quarterback

    August 17, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has announced that junior Patrick Towles has beat out redshirt freshman Drew Barker in a tight competition for the Wildcats' starting quarterback position.Stoops said Monday that Towles is playing at a ''high level'' as Kentucky prepares for its Sept. 5 opener against Louisiana-Lafayette. Towles started all 12 games last season and passed for 2,718 yards and 14 touchdowns in helping Kentucky start 5-1 before it closed the year on a six-game losing streak.

  • Defense is key to Washington State improvement

    August 17, 2015

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Washington State coach Mike Leach doesn't have much trouble getting his teams to score in the Air Raid offense.The problem has been stopping the other guys.Leach decided to make a change after last year's 3-9 team gave up an average of 38.6 points per game. He dumped defensive coordinator Mike Breske and brought in Alex Grinch from Missouri to replace him.

  • NEC Preview: Parity reigns again, Bryant leads tight pack

    August 17, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (STATS) - Duquesne football coach Jerry Schmidt was still contemplating the team identity he wanted the Dukes to take on as they headed toward preseason camp earlier this month.His All-America wide receiver Chris King was willing to suggest an idea.

  • Washington offensive lineman Dexter Charles retires

    August 17, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Washington offensive lineman Dexter Charles has retired due to a lingering knee injury, a significant blow to an already thin offensive line.Washington made the announcement on Monday. Charles was a fifth-year senior and was expected to be the Huskies' starting left guard heading into the season.

  • LSU's prospects uncertain as Miles enters 11th campaign

    August 17, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Les Miles heads into his second decade as LSU's coach under more pressure than usual.The Tigers weren't close to contending for a Southeastern Conference title last season, going 4-4 in the league. Then they were upset by Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl, marking LSU's second loss in a non-BCS bowl in three seasons.

  • Bumpy road expected in Petersen's 2nd year at Washington

    August 17, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) When Chris Petersen took the job at Washington, it was clear changing the culture, style and approach was going to be a multi-year process.Despite a winning record and bowl game appearance in his first season, don't be surprised if the Huskies take a step back in Year 2.

  • Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams to miss regular season

    August 17, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams will miss the regular season with a foot injury.Williams hurt his left foot during a scrimmage on Saturday. Coach Bret Bielema said Monday that surgery is needed to insert a screw in the foot and Williams will have a slight chance of returning for a bowl game if the Razorbacks make it to one.

  • Stanford looks to get back to the ground in 2015

    August 17, 2015

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Stanford built one of the most successful programs in the country over the past few years with a fairly simple formula: The Cardinal dominated the trenches with physical lines and a powerful running game so well that they made it to four straight BCS games.

  • Ruling to allow college athletes to unionize is thrown out

    August 17, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The National Labor Relations Board on Monday blocked a historic bid by Northwestern University football players to form the nation's first college athletes' union, dealing a blow to a labor movement that could have transformed amateur sports.

  • Mississippi State has QB Prescott, many other question marks

    August 17, 2015

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State has one of the country's best returning quarterbacks in senior Dak Prescott.The rest of the roster is much more of an unknown.The Bulldogs have just eight starters returning - four each on offense and defense - from last year's team that won 10 games and spent five weeks as the No. 1 ranked team in the country.

  • California hopes defensive improvement sparks turnaround

    August 17, 2015

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) A potential first-round draft pick at quarterback, a deep receiving group and a potent running game will only carry California so far this season.If the Golden Bears are going to get back to their winning ways and a bowl game in coach Sonny Dykes' third season at the helm, the defense will have to show some major improvement.

  • Mississippi has lofty goals but must find a quarterback

    August 17, 2015

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze regularly talks about how his team should compete for a Southeastern Conference title.Some of the Rebels' players even take it a step further during conversations, dreaming about games in November that have national playoff implications.

  • Auburn's offseason changes only heighten expectations

    August 17, 2015

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) The Auburn Tigers' offseason changes have not diminished the enthusiasm on the Plains in the least. The new twists have actually heighten expectations.The Tigers are looking for big things from new starting quarterback Jeremy Johnson. Ditto for new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, charged with upgrading a defense that faded badly last season.

  • Alabama fans getting restless after 2 straight bowl losses

    August 17, 2015

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Two years without a national title, or even a bowl win, have Alabama fans getting restless.And it's not just an unabashedly greedy fan base that basked in Nick Saban's dynastic run to three national championships in four seasons. Players and coaches are getting a little antsy, too.

  • Excerpts from NLRB decision on college unions

    August 17, 2015

    Excerpts from Monday's decision by the National Labor Relations Board tossing out a petition by Northwestern University football players seeking the ability to form a union:''The board has never asserted jurisdiction, or even been asked to assert jurisdiction, in a case involving scholarship football players or similarly situated individuals and ... we decline to do so in this case. Processing a petition for the scholarship players at this single institution under the circumstances presented here would not promote stability in labor relations. Moreover, recent changes, as well as calls for additional reforms, suggest that the situation of scholarship players may well change in the near future.''

  • Board dismisses ruling to allow college athletes to unionize

    August 17, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The National Labor Relations Board on Monday overturned a historic ruling that gave Northwestern University football players the go-ahead to form the nation's first college athletes' union, saying the prospect of union and non-union teams could throw off the competitive balance in college football.

  • Football's future? QBs training with virtual reality

    August 17, 2015

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi quarterback Ryan Buchanan straps on a headset that covers his eyes, and instantly, he sees a scene that looks like a video game, all set from his perspective.In about a minute, he runs through a handful of plays, checking his receivers, deciphering defensive coverages and making split-second decisions about where to throw the football.

  • USC frosh QB Ricky Town will transfer after 1 week of camp

    August 17, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California freshman quarterback Ricky Town says he is transferring just one week into his first fall camp.USC coach Steve Sarkisian announced Town's decision Sunday night.Town was a touted recruit from Ventura County who graduated from high school early to participate in spring practice with the Trojans. He was a centerpiece in their most recent recruiting class, widely considered the nation's best.

  • Arkansas running back Williams injures foot, surgery planned

    August 16, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas' Jonathan Williams wasted little time last season in deciding to return for his senior season.The standout running back will have to wait longer than expected to begin his final year following the announcement by Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema on Sunday that Williams will miss ''an extended period of time'' with a left foot injury.

  • Top 2 LSU QBs getting good reviews from Cameron

    August 16, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was in a good mood Sunday night.Less than 24 hours earlier, the Tigers conducted their first full-scale scrimmage of camp, and Cameron sounded rather pleased by what he observed of the two most talked about Tigers players lately - quarterbacks Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings.

  • Ohio State's Miller feeling it in legs as he switches to WR

    August 16, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) As Braxton Miler makes the switch from quarterback to receiver for Ohio State, he is feeling it in his legs.The two-time Big Ten player of the year at quarterback said he's been monitored running four miles during a practice.''Oh my God,'' he said Sunday during Ohio State media day. ''I can barely run a mile playing quarterback.''

  • Another year, another new offensive coordinator for Rutgers

    August 16, 2015

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) For the sixth time in six years, Rutgers' offense is under the guidance of a new coordinator.A year after coming out of retirement to serve as the offensive coordinator, Ralph Friedgen stepped down and will serve as a special assistant to coach Kyle Flood. His replacement is 35-year-old Ben McDaniels, who joined the Rutgers staff last year as the wide receivers coach.

  • All eyes on QBs at Ohio State as competition heats up

    August 16, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The most-talked-about quarterback competition in college football even has the other Ohio State Buckeyes paying more attention than usual to preseason practices.''It is very interesting,'' chatty safety Tyvis Powell said Sunday during Buckeyes' media day. ''You know what it does, when you're not in, you sit back and you watch. You're like, `He's having a bad day, but he's having a really good day.' And then it flips, `You know he's having a bad day, but he's having a really good day.'

  • Jacksonville St. on a mission to advance through FCS playoffs

    August 16, 2015

    (STATS) - There were so many positives about Jacksonville State's 2014 season, including a perfect record in the Ohio Valley Conference, record-setting numbers and numerous individual accolades.But the Gamecocks have spent the offseason - a long one, at that - trying to get rid of the bad taste left in their mouths.

  • Tennessee's practice gets announced attendance of 40,000

    August 15, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Butch Jones believes holding one open practice each year helps prepare his team for the Neyland Stadium environment.Of course, it helps when that workout draws the type of crowd that many programs can't attract during the regular season.

  • Quarterbacks struggle in Gamecocks scrimmage

    August 15, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) If Steve Spurrier expected to hone in on a starting quarterback Saturday, South Carolina's scrimmage barely helped.None of the team's four passers vying for the starting job stood out in a poor overall performance. Spurrier said quarterbacks Connor Mitch, Perry Orth, Michael Scarnecchia and Lorenzo Nunez were slow and hesitant to fire balls into receivers.

  • Iowa turns to Daniels at running back

    August 15, 2015

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa will finally have a running back starting at running back this fall.After three years leaning on converted fullback Mark Weisman, the Hawkeyes intend to make junior LeShun Daniels Jr. their starter.Iowa, which has typically tried to build its offensive philosophy around a strong running game, is hopeful that Daniels can be its first player to rush for over 1,000 yards since Marcus Coker in 2011.

  • Redshirt freshman Michael Dieter to start on Badgers O-line

    August 15, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) A redshirt freshman has claimed a starting job on Wisconsin's offensive line.Coach Paul Chryst said that Michael Dieter has emerged as the starter at right guard following the first week of training camp.''Dieter as a young guy understands it quicker. He knows what he is preparing for. His standard is pretty high,'' Chryst said Saturday after practice about the 6-foot-6 lineman.

  • Moore, Leftwich step up at wide receiver for Missouri

    August 15, 2015

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) J'Mon Moore caught five passes for a team-best 105 yards, including a 65-yard reception from backup quarterback Eddie Printz, in Missouri's first scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday.The Tigers, two-time defending champions in the SEC East, are trying to identify reliable wide receivers. The three top targets last year, Jimmie Hunt, Bud Sasser and Darius White, combined for 147 catches but all three have exhausted eligibility.

  • Notre Dame DL Jones out for season with knee injury

    August 15, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame defensive tackle Jarron Jones is out for the season with a right knee injury.Coach Brian Kelly says the 6-foot-5, 315-pound senior has a torn medial collateral ligament and will undergo surgery in the next few days. Kelly calls it a freak injury, saying Jones was standing and another player fell and rolled up on him during an 11-on-11 drill in practice Friday.

  • New coach Jenkins, Alabama St. undeterred by SWAC poll

    August 15, 2015

    (STATS) - Considering all of Brian Jenkins' success coaching Bethune-Cookman football the last five seasons, the Southwestern Athletic Conference's preseason poll might have seemed odd.Alabama State was picked to finish only fourth of five teams in the East Division, even with Jenkins coming on board as the team's new coach. Jenkins compiled a 46-14 mark in five seasons at Bethune-Cookman, winning four Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and reaching the FCS playoffs three times.

  • New coach Jenkins, Alavbama St. undeterred by SWAC poll

    August 15, 2015

    (STATS) - Considering all of Brian Jenkins' success coaching Bethune-Cookman football the last five seasons, the Southwestern Athletic Conference's preseason poll might have seemed odd.Alabama State was picked to finish only fourth of five teams in the East Division, even with Jenkins coming on board as the team's new coach. Jenkins compiled a 46-14 mark in five seasons at Bethune-Cookman, winning four Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and reaching the FCS playoffs three times.

  • New coach Jenkins, Bethune-Cookman not deterred by SWAC poll

    August 15, 2015

    (STATS) - Considering all of Brian Jenkins' success coaching Bethune-Cookman football the last five seasons, the Southwestern Athletic Conference's preseason poll might have seemed odd.Alabama State was picked to finish only fourth of five teams in the East Division, even with Jenkins coming on board as the team's new coach. Jenkins compiled a 46-14 mark in five seasons at Bethune-Cookman, winning four Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and reaching the FCS playoffs three times.

  • Eastern Kentucky adds former Florida RB Lane

    August 15, 2015

    (STATS) - Former University of Florida running back Adam Lane has transferred to Eastern Kentucky University and will be eligible to play immediately for the FCS program.Lane, the MVP of the 2015 Birmingham Bowl, is a redshirt sophomore with three seasons of eligibility remaining.

  • Auburn's Lance Thompson happy with move from rival Alabama

    August 15, 2015

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn linebackers coach Lance Thompson is still chummy with some of his former colleagues at rival Alabama. He also speaks highly of his old boss, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban, he just hasn't spoken to him.Not since he switched sides in one of college football's most sharply divided rivalries in January.

  • Fitzgerald looking for turnaround at Northwestern

    August 15, 2015

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) On the outside, it is the same frenetic Pat Fitzgerald. On a typically warm August afternoon, he is barking out orders at practice, even throwing his hat on the field to call a holding penalty.There is no retreat for the former Northwestern linebacker and current coach of the Wildcats, looking for a rebound in his 10th year in charge of his alma mater. But it is a different Fitzgerald, coming off consecutive losing seasons for the first time since he took over in Evanston.

  • Guerre, 1940s Michigan State football star, dies at 91

    August 14, 2015

    BATH, Mich. (AP) George Guerre, the 1940s Michigan State running back who spent a year at Michigan, has died. He was 91.Michigan State said Friday that Guerre died of congestive heart failure Thursday at his home in Bath.The 5-foot-5, 157-pound Guerre led the Spartans in rushing, total offense, all-purpose yards and punting for three straight seasons from 1946-48.

  • Baylor says 61-58 in team photo just a weird coincidence

    August 14, 2015

    WACO, Texas (AP) Baylor officials insist it is a fluke that Nos. 61 and 58 are side-by-side in the Bears' new football team photo.TCU fans likely won't believe that since the Frogs lost 61-58 at Baylor last season.In the front row of the Baylor photo taken this week are two senior offensive linemen, No. 61 Jarell Broxton and No. 58 Spencer Drango. They are in that order with coach Art Briles close behind them.

  • Talent infusion should boost Tennessee's big-play ability

    August 14, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee finally has the collection of playmakers Butch Jones has sought since taking over the program.The key to challenging for a Southeastern Conference East Division title is whether the Volunteers can stay healthy enough to utilize all that talent.

  • Richt finds 'no separation' in Georgia's QB competition

    August 14, 2015

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia coach Mark Richt says ''there's no separation'' in the quarterback race following the first scrimmage of the preseason.Brice Ramsey, who was the backup to 2014 senior Hutson Mason, may be the favorite in the race that also includes Faton Bauta and Virginia transfer Greyson Lambert. Georgia says no statistics were kept in the scrimmage, which was closed to reporters.

  • Bielema turning fun into a marketing tool at Arkansas

    August 14, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Bret Bielema's degree is in marketing, likely the least surprising tidbit of information about the Arkansas coach for those who have come to know him in his few years in Fayetteville.It's an educational background Bielema has put to good use since leaving Wisconsin for the Southeastern Conference, where his outgoing personality has developed even more of a spotlight-worthy reputation.

  • After being cleared off rape charges, Temple DE finds peace

    August 14, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The headlines that blare when a famous athlete is accused of a heinous crime make Praise Martin-Oguike cautiously recoil.The soft-spoken defensive end from Temple lost two years of his college football career after being charged in May 2012 with raping a female student. Not until 18 months had passed, after he had been kicked off the team and out of school, did prosecutors find evidence supporting Martin-Oguike's claims of innocence. With jury selection for his trial in progress, the charges were dropped.

  • Penn State offensive line deeper, more experienced in 2015

    August 14, 2015

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Christian Hackenberg stood off to the side with his helmet off, eyes wide as Penn State's offensive line opened holes for running backs at practice.Penn State's junior quarterback didn't get to see much of this last season as his team's front - cobbled together with two defensive line converts and a handful of first-year players with few backup options available - was often besieged.

  • Nebraska DE Jack Gangwish goes from walk-on to team captain

    August 14, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Jack Gangwish never got into a game his first three years at Nebraska, and it wasn't unusual for friends and acquaintances to ask him if he was still on the team.''People don't ask me that anymore,'' he said.Ol' No. 95 is about as well-known as any of the Cornhuskers players now, and not just because of his emergence at defensive end last season. He represents the quintessential Nebraska walk-on, the kid who grows up in the state dreaming of playing for the Big Red and making the folks back home proud.

  • U of M president backs off comments about Teague resignation

    August 15, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler retreated Friday from comments he made right after athletic director Norwood Teague's surprise resignation over sexual harassment allegations late last week, when he suggested it all happened because Teague had been served too much alcohol.

  • Big Sky looks to fight back into national limelight with depth

    August 14, 2015

    (STATS) - All the talk about the best conference in the FCS has moved farther away from the Big Sky.With good reason, though.CAA Football had its big run of seasons and the Missouri Valley is riding on the shoulders of North Dakota State to the top perch nationally.

  • UNC uncovers potentially more violations in academic scandal

    August 14, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina continues to be plagued by its long-running academic scandal, uncovering what possibly could be additional violations in women's basketball and men's soccer while preparing a response to the notice of allegations received in May.

  • Snoop's son quits football at UCLA to concentrate on film

    August 14, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA wide receiver Cordell Broadus, the son of rapper Snoop Dogg, is giving up football to concentrate on pursuing a career in film production.Broadus is an incoming freshman who signed with the Bruins in February after playing for Las Vegas high school powerhouse Bishop Gorman. He did not report to preseason camp with the football team.

  • Minnesota, Kill reach 1-year contract extension through 2019

    August 14, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has agreed to a one-year contract extension, through the 2019 season.The deal was announced Friday by the university. Kill gets a 0,000 raise and now will make .5 million per season.Kill starts his fifth year on the job with a 25-26 record that includes losses in three bowl games. They've finished 8-5 the last two seasons, though. Highlights of 2014 included their second win over Michigan since 1986, a second straight victory over Nebraska and a 5-3 Big Ten record that was their best since 2003.

  • TE Bryce Dixon returns to USC, but not to football team

    August 14, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Former Southern California tight end Bryce Dixon isn't rejoining the football program despite his reinstatement as a student.USC announced its decision Thursday night on Dixon, who was expelled in May after the school investigated two allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Dixon was cleared of misconduct around one of the two allegations.

  • Riley isn't naming 5 Nebraska players suspended for opener

    August 13, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Five Nebraska players have been suspended for the Sept. 5 opener against BYU for violating team rules.Coach Mike Riley announced the suspensions after practice Thursday night. He said he wouldn't name the suspended players at this time but might by the week of the opener. He said ''it will become obvious as the kickoff occurs.''

  • Vernon Adams passes final class to join Oregon

    August 13, 2015

    Quarterback Vernon Adams passed the math he needed to graduate from Eastern Washington and join the Oregon Ducks.Adams took the final test Thursday. After hours of speculation over his status, he posted to Twitter: ''Thank God.'' He accompanied the post with a photo of himself in his cap and gown holding his son.

  • BYU's Takitaki charged with 2 counts of misdemeanor theft

    August 13, 2015

    PROVO, Utah (AP) A campus police report shows BYU sophomore linebacker Sione Takitaki has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor theft.KSL.com (http://bit.ly/1L9Ikf4 ) reports Takitaki has been given citations for two Class B misdemeanors for thefts of athletic wear from the women's soccer and track and field portions of Smith Fieldhouse.

  • Auburn receiver D'haquille Williams returns to practice

    August 13, 2015

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has reinstated wide receiver D'haquille Williams from suspension.Williams returned to practice Thursday after missing nearly a week for an undisclosed disciplinary issue.Malzahn says the preseason All-Southeastern Conference pick started at the bottom of the depth chart and will have to work his way back up.

  • Utah quarterback competition continues with mixed results

    August 13, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Every Pac-12 coach knows Devontae Booker is the most talented option on the Utah offense. Utes coach Kyle Whittingham plainly said Thursday that Booker will get as many touches as he wants until he gets tired.The first-team, all-Pac-12 running back has one request that has nothing to do with carries - competent quarterback play.

  • Virginia receiver T.J. Thorpe breaks clavicle, out 10 weeks

    August 13, 2015

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Virginia wide receiver T.J. Thorpe will miss about 10 weeks after breaking a bone in his right shoulder.Virginia coach Mike London said Thorpe underwent surgery Thursday, a day after sustaining the injury to his right clavicle during a team scrimmage.

  • Chubb already established as Georgia's next star tailback

    August 13, 2015

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Mark Richt knows he has it good at Georgia when he can replace the first running back selected in the NFL draft with another back regarded as perhaps the best in the nation.Todd Gurley was a rare talent. Nick Chubb may be even better.

  • 2 women harassed by Minnesota AD Teague come forward

    August 13, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Two women who were sexually harassed by the University of Minnesota's former athletic director Norwood Teague came forward Thursday, blaming Teague for details about their identities starting to spill out and calling his behavior toward them ''frightening and wrong.''

  • Despite QB battle, Rutgers O-line in competitive spot

    August 13, 2015

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) With all eyes on the quarterback competition between Hayden Rettig and Chris Laviano, one of Rutgers' most important battles in training camp is between the guys that protect the signal caller.Three offensive linemen graduated - center Betim Bujari, left guard Kaleb Johnson and right tackle Taj Alexander - meaning Rutgers is rebuilding the offensive line. The most experienced player left sees a positive difference from last summer.

  • Folston has competition in Notre Dame backfield from Prosise

    August 13, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) C.J. Prosise, a wide receiver last season, is challenging leading rusher Tarean Folston for a starting spot in Notre Dame's backfield.''You get a good practice on you and if you've worked hard, your taking first-team reps,'' coach Brian Kelly said Thursday. ''You have a sub-par practice based on the standards that we set, you're not taking first team reps. So it's a very competitive situation, very fluid.''

  • Defenders Zettel and Johnson form colorful duo at Penn State

    August 13, 2015

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Penn State defensive tackle Anthony Zettel is amassing quite a collection of viral videos.There's the one of him recreating Michael Jackson's ''Thriller'' dance in his dorm room as a freshman, another where he uproots a tree with a tackle and a spot of him doing his best dinosaur and pig-in-a-slaughterhouse impressions.

  • 2 women harassed by Teague come forward, ask now for privacy

    August 13, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Two women who were sexually harassed by the University of Minnesota's former athletics director have come forward.The university identified the women in a joint statement Thursday as Erin Dady (DAY'-dee) and Ann Aronson. Both are high-level administrators at the school.

  • Oklahoma St. looks to replace playmaker Tyreek Hill

    August 13, 2015

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Tyreek Hill's dismissal from the Oklahoma State program left the Cowboys without their best playmaker. Thanks to newcomers Chris Carson and Jeff Carr, there might not be a drop off.Carson is just what Oklahoma State needed after Hill was kicked off the team following a domestic violence incident last December.

  • Florida tight end McGee eager for 6th and final season

    August 13, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida tight end Jake McGee is getting ready for yet another collegiate season opener.His sixth, to be exact - with four head coaches, four offenses and two schools.This one is his most anticipated yet. And there's little doubt it will be better than the last.

  • Toledo ready for another shot at Northern Illinois in MAC

    August 13, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Toledo Rockets have had five consecutive winning seasons and went to a bowl four times in that span.There's really only one breakthrough that's eluded them.For all of Toledo's success recently, the Rockets haven't won the Mid-American Conference since 2004. Instead, division rival Northern Illinois always seems a step ahead. The Huskies have played in five consecutive MAC championship games, winning three.

  • UCLA: Mora makes major donation to football training center

    August 13, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA coach Jim Mora has made a big financial donation to his program's new football training complex, the school says.UCLA publicized what it says is a ''major personal financial commitment'' by Mora on Thursday, though the school didn't give an amount.

  • WKU, Louisiana Tech picked as favorites in Conference USA

    August 13, 2015

    Conference USA has reason to tout its strength after going 4-1 in bowl games last season including a win over Big Ten member Illinois.The league went 20-5 against independents and mid-major teams not in Power 5 conferences. That says something about the quality of competition that figures to be another battle this season.

  • Georgia Southern, Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt favorites

    August 14, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The old-school approaches of Georgia Southern and Appalachian State have brought a new look to the Sun Belt Conference.Relying on their ability to run the ball and play defense, the newest teams in the league quickly rose to the top of the standings last year, their first as full Division I Football Bowl Subdivision members.

  • Oregon waits as QB Adams takes final class for eligibility

    August 13, 2015

    Oregon awaited word Thursday over whether expected transfer Vernon Adams had passed his final class required to join the Ducks.The star quarterback, who intends to play at Oregon for his final season of eligibility, needed to complete his coursework - specifically, a final math class - to transfer from Eastern Washington. NCAA rules allow players who have graduated to transfer to another school without having to sit out a season.

  • AAC adds Navy, conference championship game in 2015

    August 13, 2015

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville isn't fond of the divide that has the American Athletic Conference on the outside of what are now considered the five power conferences in college football.Tuberville, whose Bearcats (9-4 in 2014) are favored to win the AAC this season ahead of Memphis, said there are really only a few teams in the nation that have the ability to compete for a title every year, no matter what league they come from.

  • Florida State LB Thomas ruled ineligible for season

    August 13, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State linebacker Matthew Thomas has been ruled ineligible by the school and will miss the season.Thomas is a former five-star recruit from Miami, but injuries and suspensions have cost him most of his first two college seasons. The sophomore was still recovering from a spring shoulder injury and was already expected to miss about half this season.

  • Michigan State loses LB Davis to season-ending injury

    August 12, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State linebacker Ed Davis is out for the season after injuring his knee in practice Wednesday.The school says Davis will need surgery.Davis, a fifth-year senior, has 11 sacks in 40 career games for the Spartans. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection last season.

  • Wisconsin has new-look offensive line

    August 12, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) When Joel Stave takes his first snap of the season against No. 3 Alabama, a new-look offensive line will be trying to protect the Wisconsin senior quarterback.Barring injury, the only two returning starters are redshirt senior Tyler Marz at left tackle and redshirt junior Dan Voltz at center.

  • Cougars turn to committee to replace star RB Williams

    August 12, 2015

    PROVO, Utah (AP) BYU had plans to lean on running back Jamaal Williams a bit more this season with hopes of keeping star quarterback Taysom Hill upright. The team has lost Hill to season-ending injuries twice in three years and the coaches would like to get a full 12 games from the senior.

  • Iowa State loaded at wide receiver

    August 12, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) For Iowa State to have any shot at a turnaround his fall, it must fix an offense that ranked among the worst in the country last season.The Cyclones certainly have plenty of guys to throw the ball to.The return of Quenton Bundrage following a knee injury that cost him all nearly all of 2014 should give Iowa State one of the best receiving corps in school history.

  • Level-headed Goetz takes over reeling Minnesota program

    August 12, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Beth Goetz was quiet as usual while her parents, Les and Ann, drove their daughter to a band concert in seventh grade. And it wasn't until Beth started her flute solo in the middle of the show that they realized their little girl was a featured part of the show.

  • BYU tight end Jorgensen out for season with neck fracture

    August 12, 2015

    PROVO, Utah (AP) BYU tight end Colby Jorgensen is recovering from surgery Wednesday, a day after he fractured and dislocated his neck in practice.The sophomore will miss the rest of the season. He was playing outside linebacker on defense at the time and went down on a tackle.

  • Florida State loses motion to dismiss Kinsman lawsuit

    August 12, 2015

    A district judge has denied Florida State's motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by former student Erica Kinsman in a ruling on Wednesday.Kinsman has said former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston sexually assaulted her in 2012. Her lawsuit against the university's board of trustees states the school failed to properly investigate or respond to her allegation, which denied her educational benefits. She is seeking monetary damages.

  • Oregon WR Addison watches QB drama as he makes comeback

    August 12, 2015

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) After injury kept him out of Oregon's march to the national championship game last season, wide receiver Bralon Addison is closely watching the Ducks' quarterback position as he prepares for his comeback.He's become friends with Vernon Adams, the Eastern Washington star who needs to pass one more class to join the Ducks. He also has chemistry with Jeff Lockie, who was the backup to Heisman winner Marcus Mariota last season.

  • Williams aims for even bigger numbers leading UNC's offense

    August 12, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Marquise Williams did just about everything coach Larry Fedora could have asked in leading North Carolina's offense last season.And yet, the senior quarterback sounds like he believes there's a lot more to accomplish.''I still have that mindset of going out and competing,'' Williams said Wednesday during the team's preseason media day. ''And you can never be satisfied ... so I come out every day hungry like I was two years ago and last year.''

  • Bielema, Arkansas thrive in role as power-run outliers

    August 12, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Bret Bielema doesn't come across as counter-culture, despite his affinity for flip-flops and desire to occasionally needle college football's established powers.Yet, that's exactly where the Arkansas coach finds himself these days - a seeming minority in the era of the spread offense.

  • Huskers' Rose-Ivey out to be 'better than ever' after injury

    August 12, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Michael Rose-Ivey was his usual boisterous self while Nebraska practiced in full pads for the first time, and defensive end Jack Gangwish loved hearing that familiar booming voice again.''When he's back there and he's being loud and talking,'' Gangwish said, ''that motivates me.''

  • Vandy WR Duncan likely out for season with lower leg injury

    August 12, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vanderbilt wide receiver C.J. Duncan is expected to miss the entire season with a lower leg injury.Duncan hurt his leg during special-teams drills near the end of Tuesday afternoon's practice. Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason announced Wednesday that the injury likely will knock Duncan out for the whole season.

  • Swinney returns to Clemson practice after father's funeral

    August 12, 2015

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was back at practice Wednesday for the first time since his father's death this past weekend.Swinney returned to his home state for funeral services for Ervil Swinney, who died Saturday of cancer in Pelham, Alabama, according to the family.

  • Northwestern's McEvilly retires because of health issues

    August 12, 2015

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Northwestern defensive lineman Sean McEvilly has retired from football because of health issues.The school says McEvilly, a sixth-year senior, decided to stop playing because of ''chronic orthopedic issues.'' He sat out last season after playing in 19 games and making 13 starts from 2011-13.

  • Mountain West on upswing behind heavyweight Boise State

    August 12, 2015

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) When Jim McElwain bolted for Florida, longtime Georgia assistant Mike Bobo knew Colorado State was the perfect place to try his hand as a head coach.The Rams are coming off their first 10-win season since 2002, feature a star-studded roster led by super receiver Rashard Higgins and will be moving into a new on-campus stadium in a couple of years.

  • Alabama defenders trying to measure up to own standard

    August 12, 2015

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama's defense is trying to once again measure up to those ridiculously high standards set - by the Crimson Tide, of course - during a giddy run of defensive dominance.The Tide fell short at times last season. Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart made sure his players knew that, informing them when preseason camp opened that they did a worse job of meeting the team goals than their last seven predecessors.

  • LSU players: New defensive coaches have made transition easy

    August 12, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The LSU Tigers don't expect to have any problems grasping their new defensive assignments as they get ready for the first game under coordinator Kevin Steele and line coach Ed Orgeron.Whether that makes LSU's defense an elite one again remains to be seen, but it appears the Tigers have comfortably moved past the departures of former coordinator John ''Chief'' Chavis and former line coach Brick Haley.

  • Michigan sports Facebook pages off-topic after possible hack

    August 12, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) The University of Michigan says its Facebook pages for football and basketball have been hacked, with risque photos appearing in a series of morning posts.Posts from the official accounts were made Wednesday promoting links to photos of celebrities and other subjects. Then, a couple hours after school officials worked with Facebook administrators to resolve the problem, more off-color posts appeared.

  • TCU, Baylor know how Big 12 can avoid another playoff snub

    August 12, 2015

    TCU coach Gary Patterson and Baylor's Art Briles know a way for their teams and the Big 12 Conference to avoid being left out of the College Football Playoff again - go 12-0.''Our key is to control our own destiny, and the best way to do that is to try to win them all,'' Patterson said. ''That's what we're going to try to get done. Then we'll see how everything else falls.''

  • Miami RB Joe Yearby determined to be a player and a dad

    August 12, 2015

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) There are moments when Miami running back Joseph Yearby feels like his world is falling apart.His father is in jail, awaiting trial that records suggest may send him back to state prison. He has two kids of his own, a 3-year-old son and a daughter born earlier this year. The pressure to provide for his family is constant. So is the lure of street life.

  • Montgomery brings new offensive philosophy to Tulsa

    August 11, 2015

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) First-year coach Philip Montgomery has brought his offensive philosophy from Baylor to Tulsa, and already, changes are evident for the Golden Hurricane.Montgomery hopes these changes will equate to a change in fortune for a program with just five victories in the past two seasons.

  • Amid questions over AD, Minnesota launches investigation

    August 11, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The University of Minnesota will launch an outside investigation of its athletic department and its former director who resigned because of sexual harassment complaints, a school official said Tuesday.Former Athletic Director Norwood Teague resigned last week, triggering reports that he groped two female employees, made inappropriate comments and sent lewd text messages. A third woman, a reporter at the Minneapolis Star Tribune who covers Gophers basketball, later came forward with her personal story about Teague's sexual harassment in separate incidents in 2013.

  • Florida's O-line has nearly as many concerns as starts

    August 11, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida's offensive line is a hodge-podge unit with nearly as many concerns as career starts.It's also an integral piece of new coach Jim McElwain's plan to turn around one what has become one of the Southeastern Conference's most inept offenses.

  • Russell happy to be back at Notre Dame, eager to lead

    August 11, 2015

    CULVER, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame cornerback KeiVarae Russell is more worried about learning to trust his instincts again than knocking off rust as he returns to the football field after a season-long banishment.''It's like, `OK, I've got to drive. Stop hesitating. Start doing what you do, you've been playing this game,''' Russell said.

  • Group calls for NCAA to meet with former Illinois players

    August 11, 2015

    An advocacy group for college athletes wants NCAA President Mark Emmert to meet with former Illinois student-athletes who have alleged they were mistreated by coaches.Ramogi Huma, the executive director of the National College Players Association, sent a letter to the NCAA on Tuesday. Huma called on the NCAA to waive transfer rules requiring athletes to sit out a season and restore lost eligibility for current and former Illinois athletes who have played for coaching staffs accused of mistreatment.

  • Ivy League's top ref pokes fun at Brady, Deflategate

    August 11, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Even the Ivy Leaguers are making fun of Deflategate.The conference's head of referees said on a media conference call on Tuesday that he isn't worried about any teams tampering with the inflation of footballs. Ivy coordinator of football officials Jim Maconaghy joked with reporters: ''We've hired Tom Brady as our consultant.''

  • Oklahoma State QB Walsh adjusts to backup role

    August 11, 2015

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) J.W. Walsh was at an all-time high 11 months ago. After winning a three-way quarterback race last year, Oklahoma State's leader nearly engineered an upset of No. 1 Florida State in the season opener.Things were going as planned the next week against Missouri State when Walsh suffered a season-ending right foot injury.

  • Columbia, Penn linked with new coaches, new beginnings

    August 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (STATS) - Columbia has a new head football coach and everybody is talking about him, barely mentioning the previous coach.Penn has a new head football coach and no one is talking about him, always mentioning the previous coach.The situations at the Ivy League's two urban schools couldn't be so different - and yet so similar - at the same time.

  • Ole Miss needs Robert Nkemdiche to go from good to great

    August 11, 2015

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Robert Nkemdiche has had two very good seasons in the middle of Mississippi's defensive line.But considering he was the former consensus No. 1 recruit in the country, very good seems a little disappointing.It may not necessarily be fair, but that's the narrative surrounding the 6-foot-4, 296-pound Nkemdiche heading into his junior season. The Loganville, Georgia, native isn't shying away from the criticism, despite the fact that he was a second-team All-American in 2014.

  • ACC looks to showcase depth beyond Florida State

    August 11, 2015

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference recently has produced a Heisman Trophy winner, a No. 1 overall draft pick, a BCS champion and a playoff team.OK, that wasn't the whole league, but just one school - Florida State.This is shaping up as a pivotal year for a conference that wants to prove it's more than just the Seminoles and then everybody else.

  • Vols' Jackson to undergo surgery, could miss entire season

    August 11, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee guard Marcus Jackson will undergo potential season-ending surgery, leaving the Volunteers without the most experienced member of an offensive line that allowed the most sacks in the Southeastern Conference last year.Volunteers coach Butch Jones didn't disclose the nature of Jackson's injury and said there's no set timetable for his recovery but added that ''it could be the season, it could be eight months, it could be nine months.''

  • Receiver Victor Bolden ready for Oregon State's changes

    August 11, 2015

    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Ask Oregon State receiver Victor Bolden what he did this summer, and he'll reel off the rote football-related answers about putting in time at the gym and conditioning. But then a smile spreads across his face.''My summer GPA was a 4.0,'' he said. ''I'm most proud of that.''

  • Notre Dame football to appear on all-access Showtime series

    August 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Notre Dame football will be the subject of an all-access series on Showtime.The premium cable channel said Tuesday that ''A Season With Notre Dame Football'' will air weekly starting Sept. 8. The 30-minute episodes will be broadcast at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays.

  • Oklahoma LB Shannon returns after 1-year suspension

    August 11, 2015

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma linebacker Frank Shannon said he planned to return to the Sooners after a one-year suspension following a Title IX sexual misconduct investigation, although he wondered at times if it would happen.Oklahoma media relations personnel indicated Tuesday that Shannon would only answer ''football questions.'' Shannon said he owed it to his teammates and linebackers coach Tim Kush to return.

  • Judges eye legality of grand jury process in Penn State case

    August 11, 2015

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Lawyers for three former Penn State administrators asked an appeals court Tuesday to throw out some or all of the charges against them, arguing their right to legal representation was violated during secret grand jury proceedings.

  • Harvard favorite in Ivy League preseason football poll

    August 11, 2015

    PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) Harvard has once again been chosen as the preseason favorite to win the Ivy League football title.In a vote by media members announced on Tuesday, Harvard (10-0, 7-0 Ivy League in 2014) got 11 of the 17 first-place votes and 130 points. It marked the fifth time in eight seasons it has been the preseason favorite.

  • Ohio St., Wisconsin in position to play for B10 title again

    August 11, 2015

    The Big Ten East's a beast. Ohio State is loaded with returning talent and is the popular pick to return to the College Football Playoff to defend its national title.Michigan State has won 24 games the past two seasons and four straight bowls. Jim Harbaugh's arrival in Ann Arbor shows Michigan is serious about making a quick resurgence, and Penn State looks to be on the rise under James Franklin.

  • Center Evan Boehm leads Missouri's experienced line

    August 11, 2015

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Evan Boehm is not about to forget the first day of his final fall camp at Missouri.Minutes before the team took the field, the senior center was told he'd been elected one of four captains. It's a fitting honor for Boehm, who has started every game his first three seasons.

  • UCLA Bruins get to work away from home in San Bernardino

    August 10, 2015

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) Jordan Payton realizes the Inland Empire's summer weather can be a bit of a shock to UCLA's newer players.With 18 returning starters, the Bruins' top receiver is confident his team can handle the heat on and off the field during another training camp in San Bernardino.

  • Utah CB Hatfield "allowed" back at school, but not with team

    August 10, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said Monday suspended cornerback Dominique Hatfield is ''going to be allowed to stay in school,'' but has not yet been cleared to return to the team.School spokesperson Liz Abel, however, said Hatfield was never kicked out of school in the first place and remains on scholarship.

  • University of Minnesota responds to 3rd harassment report

    August 10, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The University of Minnesota responded Monday to a third woman's claims that she was sexually harassed by former athletic director Norwood Teague by asking that anyone else with similar allegations come forward.President Eric Kaler said in a statement the university takes such allegations seriously and wants to know if there are further complaints.

  • Bobo fitting in just fine in 1st year at Colorado State

    August 10, 2015

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Sometimes, Mike Bobo is so passionate that he sheds tears when he talks to his team about the importance of family.And sometimes, the Colorado State coach utters such funny phrases through his Southern accent as he screams that his players have to turn away to stifle a smirk.

  • Michigan State defense moves on without Narduzzi

    August 10, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) It's a moment Michigan State figured was coming at some point - the first season for the Spartans after losing defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.After building one of the nation's most consistently stingy defenses, Narduzzi finally left for a head coaching job when he was hired by Pittsburgh in December. Michigan State took the news largely in stride, promoting secondary coach Harlon Barnett and linebackers/special teams coach Mike Tressel to become co-defensive coordinators.

  • Vernon Adams still not a Duck, so Jeff Lockie looks to lead

    August 10, 2015

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Oregon opened fall camp with ongoing uncertainty about who will replace Marcus Mariota as starting quarterback.Jeff Lockie was the backup last season, but saw little playing time as Mariota led Oregon to the championship game of college football's first playoffs. Now, Lockie is the top player in camp to succeed Mariota - at least until the anticipated arrival of former Eastern Washington star Vernon Adams.

  • Utah CB Hatfield cleared to return to school, but not team

    August 10, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Former Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield is cleared to return to school, but not the team.Coach Kyle Whittingham updated the situation of his former starter Monday.Hatfield was dismissed from the team last month after he was charged with aggravated robbery and theft. Prosecutors recently dropped charges, but Salt Lake District Attorney chief deputy Blake Nakamura said Monday the investigation is ongoing.

  • Pac-12 loaded with talent and on the rise in national esteem

    August 10, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) When Gary Andersen left Big Ten powerhouse Wisconsin for Oregon State and the Pac-12 last December, the veteran coach made a move that would have been unthinkable - or at least a bit illogical - just a few seasons ago.Andersen knew exactly where he was going and what he was doing.

  • Coach Paul Chryst is pumped up for new start with Badgers

    August 10, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Paul Chryst couldn't wait for the beginning of his first training camp as Wisconsin's coach. He enjoyed himself so much he even participated in a drill with the running backs.''I love being around these guys. For any coach, they give you energy,'' Chryst said at Camp Randall Stadium on Monday.

  • Pitt's Boyd, Blair sorry about DUIs that cost them opener

    August 10, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh wide receiver Tyler Boyd says a DUI that's costing him an appearance in the season opener was a ''real dumb mistake.''The two-time 1,000-yard receiver with potential of being picked in the top 10 in the NFL draft says Monday as training camp opened that he doesn't want to find himself in the same situation again.

  • Coach Edsall has trio of options in Maryland QB competition

    August 10, 2015

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) The No. 1 priority for coach Randy Edsall in Maryland's second season in the Big Ten is to decide who will be his starting quarterback.He has a trio of options.Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman and returning backups Caleb Rowe and Perry Hills are vying to start the Sept. 5 opener against Richmond.

  • RB Thomas Tyner out of fall camp, expected to miss season

    August 10, 2015

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Oregon running back Thomas Tyner is out for fall camp and is expected to miss the season after shoulder surgery.Coach Mark Helfrich confirmed that Tyner would not take part in fall camp, which opened on Monday. Oregon does not announce injuries as a policy.

  • Oklahoma receiver Sterling Shepard ready for comeback

    August 10, 2015

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Sterling Shepard had one of the best seasons for an Oklahoma receiver. Also, one of the most disappointing.The speedster was among the nation's leaders with more than 900 yards in his first seven games, including a career-high 215 yards receiving against TCU and a school-record 15 receptions against Kansas State. He posted two of the top five receiving yardage games in school history in a three-game span.

  • Oklahoma offensive lineman Kenyon Frison suspended

    August 10, 2015

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma offensive tackle Kenyon Frison has been suspended indefinitely from the team for an unspecified rules violation.Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Monday the redshirt freshman has not been with the team the last several weeks and will not participate in August camp.

  • RB Thomas Tyner out of fall camp; could be out for season

    August 10, 2015

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Oregon running back Thomas Tyner is out for fall camp and he could miss the season after shoulder surgery.Coach Mark Helfrich confirmed that Tyner would not take part in fall camp, which opened on Monday. Oregon does not announce injuries as a policy.

  • After frustrating year, Hackenberg ready to lead Penn State

    August 10, 2015

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) With all Christian Hackenberg's physical gifts, and few college quarterbacks have more, he was still at a loss to fix Penn State's issues last season.New coaches. New offense. Inexperienced teammates. Hackenberg was not at his best and the players around him did not provide much help. The kid with the arm that screams future franchise quarterback often had Nittany Lions fans screaming something very different.

  • Auburn receiver D'haquille Williams remains suspended

    August 10, 2015

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn receiver D'haquille Williams remains suspended for an undisclosed disciplinary issue.Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said Monday that Williams was out for the third consecutive day of practice. He also missed Auburn's Fan Day on Sunday.

  • SEC trying to reclaim football supremacy after title drought

    August 10, 2015

    The Southeastern Conference is the unquestioned king of college football leagues.Maybe in some circles.That mindset has become practically a mantra for SEC coaches, fans and media over the last decade, but other leagues have won the national crown the last two seasons.

  • North Dakota State overwhelming No. 1 in STATS preseason poll

    August 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (STATS) - It may seem like nothing is changing in the FCS, but there's no shortage of potential for shake-ups.The top of the STATS FCS Top 25 preseason poll, released Monday, was the same as it was at the end of last season: North Dakota State at No. 1, followed by second-ranked Illinois State - the two Missouri Valley Football Conference rivals who played in last January's NCAA Division I FCS title game.

  • Charlotte line coach Ratliff dies 6 days after cardiac event

    August 9, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte offensive line coach Phil Ratliff died Sunday, six days after suffering a cardiac event. He was 44.The school's associate athletic director Tom Whitestone says he was informed of Ratliff's death on Sunday by the coach's wife, Jenni.

  • Run, run, run: NC State aims to keep ground game churning

    August 9, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren wants a team that runs the ball with toughness, both to wear down defenses and maintain the workman-style identity of his program.The formula provided one of the best rushing seasons in the program's recent history last year, as well as the starting point for this year's offense to continue the Wolfpack's upward climb.

  • Arkansas' confidence soaring during preseason camp

    August 9, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Bret Bielema's shoe choice didn't start a Twitter trend, his usual bravado was kept in check and the Arkansas coach spoke for 30 minutes without igniting message boards across the Southeastern Conference.No, this wasn't a less-quotable or personable Bielema at the Razorbacks' media day Sunday.

  • New Wisconsin coach Chryst brings stability at quarterback

    August 9, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Paul Chryst instituted at least one noticeable change in the offseason that could pay off in his first training camp as Wisconsin's head coach.There is no quarterback controversy this time around in Madison. Joel Stave is the unquestioned starter.

  • QB Quandary: Spurrier sorting out 4-way race at position

    August 9, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has had a mostly smooth stretch of succession at his favorite position the past six years with Stephen Garcia from 2009-11, Connor Shaw in 2012-13 and Dylan Thompson last summer the unquestioned starters heading into camp.

  • Alabama offensive coordinator Kiffin returning for 2nd year

    August 9, 2015

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Lane Kiffin is back for Year 2 as Alabama's offensive coordinator, despite being up for at least one NFL job.Kiffin faces a much different challenge this year with another search for a starting quarterback and no Amari Cooper, but for the Crimson Tide just having him back is good news.

  • Appleby eager to bring stability to Purdue QB position

    August 9, 2015

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Austin Appleby hopes to give Purdue stability at quarterback.Appleby, a junior who started the Boilermakers' final seven games last season, hopes to become the first Purdue quarterback to lead the team in passing for two consecutive seasons since Curtis Painter - who has played in the NFL with Indianapolis, Baltimore and the New York Giants - in 2007 and 2008.

  • Rutgers reports for practice again seeking respect

    August 9, 2015

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers offensive lineman Chris Muller called his team ''the Rodney Dangerfield of the Big Ten.''''We don't get any respect,'' Muller said, referencing the late comedian's famous line. ''But once again we're just going to have to prove everyone else wrong.''

  • S. Carolina's Pharoh Cooper to miss practice with injuries

    August 9, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier expects dynamic playmaker Pharoh Cooper to miss a few more days of practice because of hand and knee injuries.Spurrier said Sunday the Gamecocks' 1,000-yard receiver had sprained his hand and gotten a knee bruise in practice, but is not seriously injured. Cooper did not take part when South Carolina held a short scrimmage session on Saturday.

  • Kiffin sticks around for new challenges in Year 2 at Alabama

    August 9, 2015

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Lane Kiffin is back for Year 2 as Alabama's offensive coordinator, despite being up for at least one NFL job.Kiffin faces a much different challenge this year with another search for a starting quarterback and no Amari Cooper. But for the Crimson Tide just having him back is good news.

  • Transfer Golson hopes to win Florida State quarterback job

    August 9, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Everett Golson hopes to prove at Florida State that a difficult finish to his Notre Dame career was an anomaly. But first he has to beat out junior Sean Maguire, who has spent the last two seasons as Jameis Winston's backup.The two leading candidates for the job replacing the departed 2013 Heisman Trophy winner were ushered in separately Sunday to discuss their quarterback competition.

  • Florida RB Adam Lane leaves program, plans to transfer

    August 9, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida running back Adam Lane is transferring seven months after earning most valuable player honors at the Birmingham Bowl.Coach Jim McElwain made the announcement Sunday, saying the sophomore from Winter Haven is dealing with family issues and wants to be closer to home.

  • Plenty of new faces as USC opens fall camp free of sanctions

    August 9, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California opened fall camp with familiar expectations and plenty of new faces.The Trojans were able to sign a full 25-man recruiting class in February after three years of NCAA sanctions. Add in four blueshirts - non-recruited walk-ons who can receive scholarships on the second day of fall camp - and even second-year coach Steve Sarkisian struggled to keep track of everyone.

  • Utah State suspends 3 players for first 2 games

    August 8, 2015

    LOGAN, Utah (AP) Utah State has suspended senior wide receiver Hunter Sharp, sophomore offensive lineman Tyshon Mosley and senior cornerback Bryant Hayes for the first two games of the season for a violation of team rules.Aggies coach Matt Wells announced the suspensions Saturday. The players will miss the opener at home against Southern Utah on Sept. 3 and a game at Utah on Sept. 11.

  • Oklahoma State hopes to carry over momentum

    August 8, 2015

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) It took a miraculous comeback in the final regular-season game for Oklahoma State to become bowl eligible last season, and a win in the Cactus Bowl to post a winning record at 7-6.The Cowboys hope that momentum carries over.It was Oklahoma State's school-record ninth straight year in a bowl game, and squad that started practicing this past week, hopes to extend it even further.

  • K-State QB battle still up for grabs into fall camp

    August 8, 2015

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Those waiting for answers surrounding Kansas State's quarterback battle will have to wait a little while longer.Wildcats coach Bill Snyder confirmed Saturday that nothing has changed since April's Purple/White Spring Game when Joe Hubener, Jesse Ertz and Alex Delton struggled to create separation.

  • Coming off a bad year, Syracuse's Shafer still upbeat

    August 8, 2015

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse has a new athletic director and his program is coming off a dismal season, but Orange coach Scott Shafer insists he isn't feeling an undue amount of pressure.''None at all,'' Shafer said Saturday at media day of his relationship with former Boise State athletic director Mark Coyle, who's been in Syracuse since June. ''We've talked a lot. We've spent a lot of time here, and we're both excited for the season and, as he put it, `It's not a dash, it's a marathon.'

  • Oklahoma star Samaje Perine uncomfortable with spotlight

    August 8, 2015

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Samaje Perine's monster freshman season has brought up some Heisman Trophy talk.Oklahoma's star running back prefers to let everyone else talk about it.And there's plenty to discuss. The 237-pound bruiser set the major college record with 427 yards rushing against Kansas last season. In some ways, his freshman season was better than Adrian Peterson's epic 2004 freshman campaign at Oklahoma - Perine ran for six more touchdowns and averaged nearly a yard more per carry. His season yardage total of 1,713 was the sixth-highest ever by a FBS freshman.

  • Archer leaves Denmark, becomes American football star

    August 8, 2015

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) His teammates call him Thor and UConn is counting on junior Andreas Knappe to be a hammer on the offensive line this season.The 6-foot-8, 310-pound tackle, who sports a bushy reddish-blonde beard and flowing hair, is actually from Silkeborg, Demark.

  • Vols seeking middle linebacker to help lead talented defense

    August 8, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The biggest question facing Tennessee's defense is whether it can solve its riddle in the middle.The Volunteers must find a middle linebacker to replace A.J. Johnson, who ranked as the second-leading tackler in school history before his college career ended abruptly last November amid a rape investigation. Defensive coordinator John Jancek has described the competition as ''wide open,'' and head coach Butch Jones listed six candidates for the job at the start of training camp.

  • Iowa turns to CJ Beathard at quarterback

    August 8, 2015

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) In two seasons as Iowa's backup quarterback, C.J. Beathard was one of the most popular players on the roster.Now it's up to Beathard to live up to outsized expectations.Beathard, a redshirt junior nicknamed ''Sunshine'' by his teammates, was promoted to the starting role following a brutal loss to Tennessee in January's TaxSlayer Bowl.

  • Colorado looks to regroup in 3rd season under MacIntyre

    August 8, 2015

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) The possibility of a bowl game stares the Colorado Buffaloes in the face each day at practice.Those waving flags are hard to ignore.Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre has taken to flying the logos from bowls with tie-ins to the Pac-12 Conference at the team's training complex, including that big one - the Rose Bowl.

  • Pitt's Narduzzi embracing challenge in 1st head coaching job

    August 8, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The halls of the Pitt football offices are thick with the smell of new carpet and fresh paint. The offseason renovation project, the one that coincides with the latest iteration of a program seemingly stuck in neutral, is nearly complete.

  • Georgia LB Bing-Dukes to transfer in search for playing time

    August 8, 2015

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia coach Mark Richt says redshirt freshman linebacker Detric Bing-Dukes has decided to transfer to another school.Richt said Bing-Dukes hopes to find more playing time elsewhere. He entered preseason practice fourth on the depth chart at middle linebacker.

  • Georgia Tech's Snoddy making return from devastating injury

    August 8, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Broderick Snoddy is Georgia Tech's only current running back who ran for more than 18 yards last season.That doesn't mean Snoddy's status as a starter was a certainty entering preseason practice.Snoddy's 2014 season ended when he broke the fibula and tibia in his left leg in a Nov. 15 victory over Clemson. Snoddy missed spring practice while recovering from the horrific injury, which left his leg bent between his knee and ankle. He was carted off the field after being surrounded by the entire Georgia Tech team.

  • A lean Kansas football team is starting over with a new look

    August 8, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) A whole different look for Kansas football this season.This is a team clearly are thin in spots. The Jayhawks lost a senior class of 20, and more than half the starters and backups from the November roster are no longer around for assorted reasons. During the offseason, Kansas was down to 60 scholarship players. That's five fewer than Penn State had when it was disciplined.

  • Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio optimistic

    August 8, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Mark Dantonio likes what he sees now and loves where his ninth Michigan State football team could finish.After 24 wins in the past two seasons, including comeback victories in the Rose and Cotton bowls, Dantonio knows that the Spartans can ''Reach Higher,'' this year's mantra, and wind up better than third and fifth in the country.

  • Troy hoping for rebound under new coach Neal Brown

    August 8, 2015

    TROY, Ala. (AP) Troy coach Neal Brown's youthful look hasn't kept the Trojans from heeding his instruction.The fresh-faced 35-year-old is gearing up for his first season leading a program that fell on hard times after a run of five straight Sun Belt Conference championships. That streak started when Brown was a 20-something assistant on his way to becoming the youngest offensive coordinator in FBS.

  • Allen seeks another big year running the ball for WKU

    August 8, 2015

    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Western Kentucky senior Leon Allen is the latest ball carrier to emerge from what quarterback Brandon Doughty calls that the Hilltoppers' ''stable of backs.''Allen enters his second season as WKU's featured back after leading Conference USA with 2,018 yards from scrimmage - a total that ranked seventh nationally. He had 1,542 yards rushing to complement Doughty's 4,830 yards passing, making the Hilltoppers the first FBS team with a 4,500-yard passer and 1,500-yard runner.

  • East Carolina's offense opens training camp in transition

    August 8, 2015

    GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) For the past two seasons, East Carolina coach Ruffin McNeill had the comfort of knowing Shane Carden was at quarterback, Justin Hardy was at receiver and Lincoln Riley was calling the offense.Things are going to be a bit different this fall.

  • Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld is back and ready to go

    August 8, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) His teammates say he looks better than ever, and his coaches claim he has a bigger sense of urgency than ever before.As for Indiana University senior quarterback Nate Sudfeld, he said he is just happy to be back playing football again after a shoulder injury cost him the second half of the 2014 season.

  • Louisville looks to rebuild solid defense

    August 8, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville returns just four starters from the nation's sixth-ranked defense last season but the Cardinals might not miss a beat this year with those key players and a mix of regulars among their front seven.Coach Bobby Petrino called the group the core of his team during Saturday's media day activities.

  • LB Kelly dismissed from Penn State football team

    August 8, 2015

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Freshman linebacker Daiquan Kelly has been dismissed from the Penn State football team because of a violation of team rules.The school made the announcement on Saturday.Kelly, of Newark, New Jersey, played high school football at Union City.

  • Texas police fatally shoot unarmed college football player

    August 7, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) A police officer in suburban Dallas shot and killed a college football player during a struggle after the unarmed 19-year-old crashed a car through the front window of a car dealership, authorities said Friday.The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office identified the dead man as Christian Taylor, of Arlington. Taylor was a sophomore at Angelo State University in San Angelo.

  • New-look Beavers prep for fall practice at Oregon State

    August 7, 2015

    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) A freshman starting quarterback, less than a dozen returning seniors on scholarship, and Michigan at the Big House in Game 2.Gary Andersen is looking at a daunting start to his first year as Oregon State's coach.It all gets underway on Saturday, when the Beavers open fall practice.

  • Police fatally shoot unarmed burglary suspect in Texas

    August 7, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) An unarmed burglary suspect is dead after he was shot in a struggle with a police officer in the showroom of a North Texas car dealership.The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office identified the dead man as 19-year-old Christian Taylor of Arlington. Taylor played football at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.

  • Michigan Stadium reduces capacity to 107,601

    August 7, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) The Big House is getting a bit smaller - at least in terms of capacity.Michigan Stadium will officially hold only 107,601 after seating adjustments announced Friday. That's down from 109,901 but still leaves the 88-year-old venue as college football's largest.

  • Kentucky seeks defensive leaders in quest to earn a bowl bid

    August 7, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky seeks a leader on defense and is fortunate to have several candidates not only ready to take charge, but willing to share the spotlight if it means ending a four-year slide.Middle linebacker Josh Forrest, safety A.J. Stamps and cornerback Fred Tiller are the most likely choices for the Wildcats, who aim to rebound from a season-ending six-game losing streak and 5-7 finish. That senior trio was among the Wildcats' top eight tacklers last season and combined for eight interceptions.

  • Zaire not taking status as Irish's starting QB for granted

    August 7, 2015

    CULVER, Ind. (AP) Malik Zaire laughed when he heard coach Brian Kelly talk about how the quarterback sometimes needs to be reined in because he's so emotional.''I wake up with a lot of energy,'' Zaire said. ''I just love being out here, I love being at practice and I love being around these guys and doing the things necessary. Coach Kelly will tell me if I'm doing a little too much, a little too much energy, and I need to calm it down a little bit.''

  • Washington State opens fall camp looking for new quarterback

    August 7, 2015

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Washington State goes into preseason practice looking for a new leader of coach Mike Leach's ''Air Raid'' offense.The record-setting Connor Halliday is gone after throwing for 32 touchdowns and a nation-leading 430 yards a game last season, meaning Leach is left to decide between sophomore Luke Falk and redshirt freshman Peyton Bender for the starter's job.

  • North Carolina suspends DB Malik Simmons for 2 games

    August 7, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina has suspended defensive back Malik Simmons for two games.Coach Larry Fedora announced the decision Friday, one day after misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and marijuana possession against Simmons were deferred.

  • Mullen: Mississippi State more experienced than it appears

    August 7, 2015

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen has a complicated relationship with numbers.He'll often use them to make a point during a conversation about his team. For instance, he's quick to say that the Bulldogs have been to five straight bowl games - a school record. He's also a big believer in some statistics like turnover margin, which he often says is a huge indicator for winning.

  • Odom rides Memphis success back to alma mater

    August 7, 2015

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Barry Odom has returned to familiar surroundings, and he's happy to be back.Glancing at Odom's recent track record, Missouri football fans may have cause to be happy, too.After a three-year stint as defensive coordinator at Memphis, Odom is filling the same position for his alma mater in place of Dave Steckel, who took the head coaching position at Missouri State.

  • Petersen starts 2nd year at Washington with question at QB

    August 7, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Chris Petersen can only describe it as a feeling. There isn't anything tangible Petersen can point to yet, just the sense of progress from where he was at this time last year when he took over at Washington.''I think we're making good progress in terms of just the guys understanding how we do things and everybody just being more on the same page,'' Petersen said Friday. ''It's hard to describe other than a feeling. We have a ways to go - we do for sure - but it does feel different. And I think that's exciting.''

  • Tennessee announces it has reinstated WR Von Pearson

    August 7, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee has reinstated wide receiver Von Pearson to the team, two days after prosecutors declined to file criminal charges against him in connection with a rape investigation.Tennessee announced on the football team's official Twitter account Friday that Pearson had been reinstated. Volunteers coach Butch Jones said that Pearson is expected to be back on the practice field Saturday.

  • Winston-Salem St adds ex-Wake DB to coaching staff

    August 7, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Winston-Salem State has added former Wake Forest defensive back Chip Vaughn to its coaching staff.The school announced the addition of Vaughn on Friday through the NFL Players' Association's coaching internship program. He will coach safeties and help with special teams.

  • Kentucky seeks defensive leaders to quest to earn a bowl bid

    August 7, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky seeks a leader on defense and is fortunate to have several candidates not only ready to take charge, but willing to share the spotlight if it means ending a four-year slide.Middle linebacker Josh Forrest, safety A.J. Stamps and cornerback Fred Tiller are the most likely choices for the Wildcats, who aim to rebound from a season-ending six-game losing streak and 5-7 finish. That senior trio was among the Wildcats' top eight tacklers last season and combined for eight interceptions.

  • Minnesota AD resigns after colleagues say he groped them

    August 7, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The University of Minnesota's athletic director resigned on Friday after being accused by two female co-workers of drunkenly groping them and sending them lewd and graphic text messages during a recent gathering.The university released redacted transcripts of the sexual harassment complaints against Norwood Teague, which included texts to one woman in which he asked her to skinny dip and to let him perform oral sex on her.

  • Low external expectations not a bother for the Hurricanes

    August 7, 2015

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Braxton Berrios' story could serve as the ultimate example of what Miami is trying to accomplish this year.He told people for years that his dream was to play for the Hurricanes. More often than not, they wouldn't believe. In fairness, he doesn't exactly fit the mold of the prototype Miami wide receiver - he stands only at 5-foot-9 and he's not a South Florida native like many great Hurricanes at that position in the past, hailing instead from Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • Co-worker says resigning Minnesota AD drunkenly groped her

    August 7, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The University of Minnesota has released redacted accounts of alleged sexual harassment that led to the resignation of the school's athletic director.One of the two female co-workers who accused Norwood Teague of harassment during a recent event says what started out as friendly texting with Teague about setting him up with her friend devolved into Teague pinching her butt and asking her to perform oral sex on him.

  • Minnesota athletic director resigns over inappropriate texts

    August 7, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The University of Minnesota's athletic director resigned on Friday, admitting he drank too much at a recent event and sent ''inappropriate texts'' to colleagues that were reported as sexual harassment.Norwood Teague, who held the job for three years, issued a statement through television station KARE 11 in which he said he drank too much on the night in question and is seeking treatment for his alcohol problems.

  • Minnesota athletics head resigns over inappropriate texts

    August 7, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The University of Minnesota's athletics director, Norwood Teague, resigned on Friday, admitting he sent ''inappropriate texts'' after drinking too much at a recent university event.Teague, who got the athletics director job three years ago, said in a video statement that he intends to seek help for a drinking problem.

  • University of Minnesota athletics director resigns

    August 7, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The University of Minnesota's athletics director is resigning.The school announced Friday that Norwood Teague submitted his resignation after three years on the job. President Eric Kaler accepted Teague's resignation effective immediately.

  • BC-FBC--College Football Previews,ADVISORY

    August 12, 2015

    Editors:To help you with your planning, the stories are planned ahead of the college football season. All times are eastern. Please call 212-621-1630 with any questions. This advisory updates the slot dates for some enterprise. Further updates are expected.

  • Clemson, QB Watson go through smooth start

    August 5, 2015

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Deshaun Watson took the shotgun snap, backpedaled a few steps and launched a perfect pass to receiver Mike Williams. Moments later, Watson faked the handoff and burst through the line.All in all, it's been a strong start for Watson and his surgically repaired left knee.

  • Mississippi opens camp with three-man QB race as focus

    August 5, 2015

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi won 24 games and advanced to a bowl game each season during coach Hugh Freeze's first three years.Quarterback Bo Wallace - whose 9,534 career passing yards rank second in school history - started every single game during that span.

  • Texas assistant coach seeks dismissal of Oklahoma State suit

    August 5, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas assistant football coach Joe Wickline is asking a judge to dismiss Oklahoma State's efforts to force him to pay nearly 0,000 for his move to the Longhorns.In a court motion filed this week in Oklahoma, Wickline says sworn statements from Texas coach Charlie Strong, offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and Wickline prove that he has some play-calling duties.

  • Florida, McElwain enter camp trying to find starting QB

    August 5, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Jim McElwain, hired to fix the team's five-year stretch of lackluster offense, heads into training camp without a starting quarterback.At least he has options. But it's unclear whether any of them can be the kind of difference-maker the Gators have lacked since former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow left campus in 2010.

  • Mason excited about running defense as Vanderbilt reports

    August 5, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason knows one thing is crucial for his Commodores: They have to be better in 2015 because they sure weren't last year.The coach also is doing his best to make sure Vanderbilt improves by taking control of the defense.

  • Barnett to be inducted into Northwestern Athletic Hall

    August 5, 2015

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Former Northwestern football coach Gary Barnett will be inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.Barnett arrived at Northwestern in 1992 and built a program that won back-to-back Big Ten championships. The 1995 team, with current coach Pat Fitzgerald then a star linebacker, went 10-2 and earned a trip to the Rose Bowl.

  • Nebraska has new coach in Riley, and same championship goals

    August 5, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) If all goes according to Nebraska offensive lineman Alex Lewis' plan, he'll be fitted for a championship ring at the end of the season.Asked what a satisfying outcome to the first season under coach Mike Riley would be, Lewis didn't hesitate Wednesday.

  • Louisville's quarterback corps crowded as camp opens

    August 5, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Bobby Petrino expected Reggie Bonnafon and Kyle Bolin to compete for the starting quarterback job before announcing that incumbent Will Gardner had recovered well enough from knee surgery to make it a three-man race.

  • Kyler Brown presses on at Duke after injury to big brother

    August 5, 2015

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) This was supposed to be one last season of fun for the Brown brothers to play together on Duke's defense.Now it won't happen.Another knee injury to big brother Kelby Brown has left Kyler as the last Brown playing for the Blue Devils.

  • Tennessee receiver Von Pearson won't face criminal charges

    August 5, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee wide receiver Von Pearson won't face criminal charges in connection with the rape investigation in which police had named him as a suspect.Knox County district attorney general Charme Allen issued a statement Wednesday in which she said that ''after a thorough review of the investigation, I have decided there is insufficient evidence to sustain a criminal prosecution against Von Pearson.''

  • Backup South Carolina OG Brock Stadnik to miss season

    August 5, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina backup offensive lineman Brock Stadnik won't play this season because of problems after shoulder surgery.Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said Wednesday that Stadnik, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound junior from Greensboro, North Carolina, hadn't recovered as well as hoped after surgery on his right shoulder.

  • Grand Valley St AD to retire next spring after 20 years

    August 5, 2015

    ALLENDALE, Mich. (AP) Grand Valley State athletic director Tim Selgo will retire next spring after 20 years at the helm.The school made the announcement on Wednesday. Under Selgo's guidance, Grand Valley State has become one of the nation's top Division II athletic programs. The Lakers won national titles in football in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006.

  • Florida paying assistant coaches .3M in salary in 2015

    August 5, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida will pay its assistant coaches a combined .325 million in base salary in 2015, slightly up from what the school doled out under former coach Will Muschamp.The coaching contracts were released Wednesday, hours before the team's annual media day.

  • AP NewsBreak: Miami lineman speaks of his heatstroke ordeal

    August 5, 2015

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Hunter Knighton once went a week without sleeping, afraid to close his eyes because the nightmares were inevitable. Panic attacks were common. Memories were hazy. Breathing was a struggle.The dark, scary moments are still in the recesses of his mind.

  • Tennessee opens training camp facing higher expectations

    August 4, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee ended a string of four straight losing seasons last year and enters training camp trying to live up to expectations that it can compete for a Southeastern Conference East Division title.The Volunteers return the nucleus of a team that won four of its final five games and have one of the SEC's top returning quarterbacks in Joshua Dobbs. SEC media have picked Tennessee to finish second in the East, behind only Georgia.

  • Clemson QB Watson will wear brace on repaired knee

    August 4, 2015

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson will play this season with a brace on his surgically repaired left knee.Watson is the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason player of the year. He tore his ACL last November, had surgery the next month and has been recuperating since. He is full-go for the Tigers summer workouts and expected to be ready for the season.

  • Kelly says RB Bryant won't play for Notre Dame in 2015

    August 4, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame will be without Greg Bryant, its second-leading rusher in 2014, for the upcoming season because of disciplinary reasons, coach Brian Kelly announced Tuesday.''There are certain expectations within our program that must be met on a daily basis,'' Kelly said in a statement released by the university. ''Quite simply, Greg did not meet those expectations.''

  • Auburn's Malzahn: '8-5 is enough to motivate our guys'

    August 4, 2015

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Coach Gus Malzahn doesn't think the Auburn Tigers need mottos or reminders of last season posted around the football complex.Auburn opened preseason camp Tuesday trying to rebound after a promising 2014 season ended with four losses in the last five games and significant defensive struggles.

  • Program to help family travel in college football playoffs

    August 4, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) The College Football Playoff is expanding its program to help pay travel expenses for parents and guardians of players to also include the national semifinal games.For the first national championship game in the new playoff last January, CPF distributed 0,000 - up to ,500 for each player from Ohio State and Oregon - to assist families with travel, food and hotel costs associated with attending the game in North Texas.

  • Despite major losses, Fordham still tabbed Patriot favorite

    August 4, 2015

    BETHLEHEM, Pa. (STATS) - Fordham may no longer have the experience, but it still has the talent.At least that's what the Patriot League coaches and sports information directors think.The Rams have to replace 32 seniors, including 25 who were on scholarships, when their season begins in a month. Yet the defending Patriot champs are so respected that they gained the favorite's role and boasted the two preseason players of the year at the league's football media day on Tuesday.

  • Austin Peay selects Ryan Ivey as its athletic director

    August 4, 2015

    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Austin Peay has hired Ryan Ivey as its athletic director.Ivey had been athletic director at Division II program Texas A&M-Commerce since January 2013. He replaces Derek van der Merwe, who announced in March he was stepping down to become Austin Peay's vice president for advancement, communication and strategic initiatives.

  • Virginia transfer Lambert did homework for Georgia QB race

    August 4, 2015

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Greyson Lambert's focus was on Georgia even before he left Virginia.Eager to master Georgia's playbook as quickly as possible, Lambert said he bought a small whiteboard which he used to study the Bulldogs' plays. He said he would hide it in his notebook during history class at Virginia this summer.

  • AAC striving to turn Power 5 into Power 6

    August 4, 2015

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) The American Athletic Conference is not one of the nation's power conferences.Its commissioner wants to change that.Mike Aresco said Tuesday his league will not accept the status quo in which the Big 12, Big Ten, Atlantic Coast Conference, Southeastern Conference and Pac-12 are perceived to be on a different level from the AAC.

  • NC State begins preseason camp with eye on contending in ACC

    August 4, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Don't call North Carolina State a dark horse ACC contender around Mike Rose.''Being a dark horse kind of sounds like, `We'd be surprised if they won some games - but it could happen,''' Rose said Tuesday. ''I feel like we can compete just like anybody else.''

  • South Carolina newcomers look to boost defense

    August 4, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) New defensive tackle Ulric Jones can't wait to make an impact at South Carolina. And he's not the only one as the Gamecocks open practice Tuesday.Jones, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman, is among several new faces seeking a spot this fall to fix one of the team's weaknesses a year ago. The Gamecocks were among one of the fiercest defensive lines in the Southeastern Conference from 2011-13, featuring high NFL draft picks Melvin Ingram, Kelcy Quarles and Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall selection in 2014.

  • Wake suspends 2 football players, adds Wisconsin transfer

    August 4, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest has suspended two football players from the team and added a graduate transfer.Coach Dave Clawson on Tuesday said defensive back Thomas Brown will be suspended for one game and offensive lineman Ryan Anderson will miss five games. Both players violated undisclosed team rules, and Clawson says both players will practice during their suspensions.

  • AAC striving to turn Power Five into Power Six

    August 4, 2015

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) The American Athletic Conference is not one of the nation's power conferences. Its commissioner says it should be.Mike Aresco says his league will not accept the status quo in which the Power Five are perceived to be on a different level from the AAC.

  • Wake Forest suspends 2 football players for rules violations

    August 4, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest has suspended two football players from the team for violating undisclosed team rules.Coach Dave Clawson on Tuesday said defensive back Thomas Brown will be suspended for one game and offensive lineman Ryan Anderson will miss five games.

  • Cincinnati picked to win first AAC championship game

    August 4, 2015

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) Cincinnati has been picked as the favorite to win the American Athletic Conference's inaugural football championship game.The Bearcats return 15 seniors from a team that won a share of the conference title last year. They received 22 of 30 votes in the annual preseason media poll released Tuesday during the conference's annual media day in Newport, Rhode Island. Memphis came in second in the balloting with five votes.

  • WR Tyler Boyd, DE Rori Blair are suspended for Pitts opener

    August 3, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi has announced wide receiver Tyler Boyd and defensive end Rori Blair are suspended for the Sept. 5 opener against Youngstown State.Boyd, a 1,000-yard receiver in each of his first two seasons at Pitt, was charged with DUI in June. The All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection was pulled over in June south of Pittsburgh. Boyd told police he had two shots of alcohol.

  • Police file assault charges against former Utah cornerback

    August 3, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield has been charged with misdemeanor assault in a fight during a party last month, his second recent run-in with police.Salt Lake City detective Cody Lougy says neither a summons to appear nor a warrant has been issued but the investigation is ongoing.

  • MTSU coach who delayed pay raise wanting more fan support

    August 3, 2015

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) Rick Stockstill once again is urging Middle Tennessee students and Murfreesboro residents to turn out and support his Blue Raiders.Having already put his money where his mouth is by delaying his annual raise gives his words a bit more heft.

  • Ex-broadcaster Craig James sues Fox Sports over firing

    August 3, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Former college football television analyst Craig James on Monday filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against Fox Sports that contends he was fired because he had expressed opposition to gay marriage during a failed run for the U.S. Senate.

  • Legal case involving Ole Miss' Tunsil, stepfather dismissed

    August 3, 2015

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) A legal case involving Mississippi offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil and his stepfather has been dismissed.Both men had filed misdemeanor domestic violence charges against each other following an alleged fight in June. Lafayette County Justice Court records showed the charges were dismissed on Monday.

  • Vols entering preseason practice without full freshman class

    August 3, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee will start preseason practice Tuesday without some members of its highly touted freshman class.Volunteers coach Butch Jones said Monday that wide receiver Preston Williams and offensive lineman Zach Stewart wouldn't be available. Jones said Williams was awaiting word from the NCAA on his eligibility and that Stewart was delaying his enrollment. Stewart's mother died in May.

  • Tennessee to open training camp without full freshman class

    August 3, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee will start preseason practice Tuesday without some members of its highly touted freshman class.Volunteers coach Butch Jones said Monday that freshman wide receiver Preston Williams and offensive lineman Zach Stewart wouldn't be available. Jones said Williams is awaiting NCAA certification and that Stewart is delaying his enrollment. Stewart's mother died in May.

  • Former broadcaster James files lawsuit against Fox Sports

    August 3, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Former college football broadcaster Craig James has filed a lawsuit against Fox Sports saying he was fired because he had expressed opposition to gay marriage.The former running back for Southern Methodist University and the New England Patriots filed a lawsuit Monday in Dallas County that seeks at least 0,000 in damages. Fox hired him in August 2013 only to fire him days later.

  • UNC reinstates suspended CB Simmons for 1st practice

    August 3, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina started preseason practice with suspended cornerback Malik Simmons back on the team.Coach Larry Fedora said Monday he reinstated Simmons, who had been held out of all football-related activities since July 24, after he was arrested that week in Chapel Hill on a resisting arrest charge. He also was arrested May 16 on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession.

  • SEC spares no expense in hiring 14 new coordinators

    August 3, 2015

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban and his staff always devote some offseason time to studying new offensive and defensive coordinators, just perhaps not quite this much.There are 14 new coordinators - seven on each side of the ball - in the Southeastern Conference. That includes Vanderbilt coach/defensive coordinator Derek Mason, and the number creates extra homework for staffs around the league leading up to the season.

  • Duke's Sirk hopes short-yardage experience helps as starter

    August 2, 2015

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke breaks in new starting quarterbacks by a year before giving them the job by inserting them into short-yardage situations.It worked before, and Thomas Sirk hopes it works again.When preseason camp starts later this week, the redshirt junior will be the one taking the first-team snaps and replacing Anthony Boone - the winningest quarterback in Duke history.

  • Pac-12 South champ Arizona doesn't mind 4th-place forecast

    August 1, 2015

    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) Arizona's 2014 season was the physical manifestation of the Twitter hashtag Pac12AfterDark: wildly unpredictable and wildly entertaining.The Wildcats needed a Hail Mary to beat California, clock mismanagement to beat Washington and a fourth-down stop to beat rival Arizona State. They would have come up with another seemingly improbable win if a last-second field goal against USC had not gone wide right.

  • USC not worried by another year of sky-high preseason hopes

    July 31, 2015

    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) Even before coach Pete Carroll's dynasty had died, Southern California began a yearly cycle of sky-high preseason hopes and comparatively disappointing results.After Carroll left and the Trojans became hamstrung by NCAA sanctions for the past half-decade, their modest winter successes never matched their enormous summer expectations.

  • Washington St's Leach ready for another entertaining season

    July 31, 2015

    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) Looking for a date in the greater Spokane area? Washington State coach Mike Leach has a few ideas.In Leach's world, there's never a shortage of wild ideas.When he was asked for dating advance during his Pac-12 football media day session at Warner Bros. Studios, Leach suggested a few outside-the-box activities.

  • Oregon's Helfrich keeping quiet about new QB as Ducks return

    July 31, 2015

    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) If former Eastern Washington star Vernon Adams is the next starting quarterback at Oregon, Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich isn't saying.Helfrich wouldn't address Adams' status with the program, his prospects to replace Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota - or even refer to the FCS first-team All-American by name at Pac-12 media days on Friday.

  • Zettel will keep taking down ball carriers, but not trees

    July 31, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Penn State defensive tackle Anthony Zettel can drive a golf ball more than 300 yards, throw a football about 60 yards and is one of the best basketball players on the football team.Zettel's all-around athleticism makes him one of the best defensive tackles not just in the Big Ten, but in the country.

  • Mixing Riley's system with QB's skills challenges Nebraska

    July 31, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Nebraska's offense will look different under new coach Mike Riley.In his first year with the Huskers, Riley inherits a quarterback in Tommy Armstrong with a skill set that does not match what the coach so often had to work with at Oregon State.

  • Column: Harbaugh is... 'The Most Interesting Man in Big Ten'

    July 31, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Compared to the rest of Jim Harbaugh's year, this was tame stuff.In his first Big Ten media day appearance as Michigan's head coach, Harbaugh ditched the ball cap and khakis and put on a suit. He kept his shirt on. There were no shout-outs to Judge Judy or rappers Big Sean and Lil Wayne. There were no car crashes on the drive over, nor victims to assist.

  • Chizik returns to coaching to fix Tar Heels' woeful defense

    July 31, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Gene Chizik built one of the nation's top defenses as an Auburn assistant, worked as defensive coordinator during Texas' national-championship run then returned to the Tigers to win another title as head coach.That history explains why North Carolina is counting on Chizik to fix its woeful defense.

  • DA: No charges in case involving LSU football players

    July 31, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) No formal charges will be filed against three LSU football players, including quarterback Anthony Jennings, for allegedly going into a house without permission in June.East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore said Friday that the decision is based upon the request of the victim and because of inconsistent and contradictory statements provided to police.

  • Big Ten touts plan for tougher schedules as playoff push

    July 31, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The College Football Playoff has turned strength of schedule into a constant talking point, with each conference claiming its road to the postseason is most daunting.Hoping to set themselves apart when playoff selection time comes around, Big Ten teams plan to play at least one nonconference game against a Power Five opponent and eliminate FCS schools from their schedules starting in 2016 when the league goes to a nine-game conference slate.

  • Morgan State has MEAC's attention after last year's stunning title run

    July 31, 2015

    (STATS) - Few, if any, foresaw Morgan State capturing a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title and its first-ever FCS playoff bid at the start of last season.The Bears were getting acclimated to a first-year head coach, hadn't won the league title in 35 years and were picked ninth in the conference's preseason poll.

  • Morgan State has MEAC's attention

    July 31, 2015

    (STATS) - Few, if any, foresaw Morgan State capturing a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title and its first-ever FCS playoff bid at the start of last season.The Bears were getting acclimated to a first-year head coach, hadn't won the conference title in 35 years and were picked ninth in the conference's preseason poll.

  • Indiana loses WR Harris to season-ending knee injury

    July 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Indiana wide receiver J-Shun Harris II will miss the season with a torn knee ligament.Harris was the Hoosiers' leading returning receiver with 18 catches for 168 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman. Indiana coach Kevin Wilson also said Thursday during Big Ten media days that junior college transfer Camion Patrick has not yet been declared eligible to play.

  • Former Wisconsin signee picks Nebraska

    July 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) One of the top players in Wisconsin's recruiting class is heading to Big Ten West rival Nebraska.Running back Jordan Stevenson from Dallas signed with the Badgers in February, but was denied admission to Wisconsin last week because of academic eligibility requirements.

  • With Big Ten West in flux, Wisconsin embraces its identity

    July 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) While the Big Ten East gets all the attention, with the defending national champions at Ohio State and Jim Harbaugh-mania at Michigan, the conference's western division is mostly in flux.Perennial powers Wisconsin and Nebraska have new coaches. Longtime coaches at Northwestern and Iowa are trying to rediscover their mojo. Illinois is rebuilding while dealing with off-the-field issues. Purdue is practically starting from scratch and Minnesota is trying to show it can maintain its status as a division contender under coach Jerry Kill.

  • After down season, Stanford football renews team commitment

    July 30, 2015

    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) It was a Sunday, one day after Stanford lost to Utah in double overtime to fall to 5-5 last November, when Cardinal players finally decided to clear the air.The locker room had become so divided that linebacker Blake Martinez described the tense atmosphere as if the defense was ''our own team,'' openly talking about needing to hold teams under 10 points and return takeaways for touchdowns to win in spite of their sputtering offense.

  • No matter the question, Urban Meyer always has the answer

    July 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Urban Meyer has always had an answer for everything the coaching profession has thrown at him. Nothing in his straight-ahead glare this morning suggested that had changed.Barely two hours earlier, what had been a months-long victory lap for Meyer and his defending champion Ohio State Buckeyes hit its first speed bump, with the announcement that top-ranked defensive end Joey Bosa and three teammates had been suspended for the opener against Virginia Tech.

  • Beckman dodges question about mistreatment allegations

    July 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Illinois coach Tim Beckman brushed off questions about alleged mistreatment of players in his first appearance with reporters since May.''We focused right now on the 2015 football team,'' Beckman said Thursday at the Big Ten's football media days. ''We've been focused since January on becoming a better football program.''

  • Pac-12 commish: No expansion plans, but bright future ahead

    July 30, 2015

    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott envisions fierce competition, Heisman Trophy challengers and national championship bids for his loaded football conference in the next few years.Scott doesn't expect any new members, however.''I do not see us expanding in the foreseeable future,'' Scott said Thursday while opening the Pac-12's media days. ''We are delighted with 12 schools. It's worked exceedingly well for us.''

  • Pioneer League parity goes one step further with Jacksonville out of title race

    July 30, 2015

    (STATS) - The season hasn't even started yet, and the Jacksonville Dolphins are simply playing for pride.Again.At least this time, they know what they're in for well before a title chase heats up.A year ago, the Dolphins finished with a 9-2 overall record and 7-1 Pioneer Football League mark, but had to disqualify themselves from playoff contention with one game to go due to violations against the conference's need-based financial aid guidelines.

  • RB Barrs-Woods to play big role for Oregon State this fall

    July 30, 2015

    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) Oregon State running back Storm Barrs-Woods is going to be busy this fall.The Beavers are one of the youngest teams in college football, returning only 11 seniors on scholarship, and will start a freshman at quarterback. That means plenty of touches for Barrs-Woods, as new Oregon State coach Gary Andersen plans to feature the redshirt senior in hopes of taking pressure off his inexperienced passer.

  • UCLA's Mora: Diddy's son still on football team after dustup

    July 30, 2015

    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) After a tumultuous offseason at UCLA, coach Jim Mora and the Bruins are eager to get back to football.The Bruins were in the news for all the wrong reasons in recent months, from the suspension and reinstatement of offensive line coach Adrian Klemm to the arrest of incoming freshman Soso Jamabo in Texas.

  • Charleston Southern motivated to knock off the Big South big boys

    July 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (STATS) - There's an edge to Charleston Southern's football program this season that third-year head coach Jamey Chadwell has felt before.Chadwell was the receivers coach a decade ago when the Buccaneers earned a share of their only Big South Conference championship.

  • Michigan taxidermist recreates football rivalry

    July 30, 2015

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) A Lansing-based taxidermist used the longtime rivalry between Michigan State University and the University of Michigan as inspiration for his latest creation.Nick Saade, a full-time taxidermist for 18 years, recently made a football display with 22 stuffed chipmunks wearing little Spartan and Wolverine helmets. The chipmunks are mounted to a small-scale football field in passing, throwing, catching and tackling positions.

  • Ohio State suspends Bosa, Marshall, 2 others for opener

    July 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Ohio State will face one of its toughest tests of the season without its best defensive player and three talented receivers.The Buckeyes suspended All-America defensive end Joey Bosa, receiver Corey Smith and H-backs Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson for their opening game at Virginia Tech because of unspecified violation of athletic department policies.

  • USC picked to win Pac-12, beating out Oregon in media poll

    July 30, 2015

    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) Southern California was picked to win its first Pac-12 football title since 2008 in a preseason media poll Thursday.The Trojans received 21 of 45 votes for the title, edging defending champion Oregon. The Ducks got 17 votes for the top spot and were picked to win the North division, while USC is favored to win the South.

  • Prosecutor: LSU student doesn't want Tiger players charged

    July 29, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The student in an on-campus apartment break-in involving LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings and two teammates has asked prosecutors not to press charges, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore said Wednesday.Jennings, LSU safety Dwayne Thomas and defensive lineman Maqeudius Bain were arrested by LSU police in June and booked with unauthorized entry of inhabited dwelling. The players have said they sought to retrieve items that had been stolen from Jennings. Thomas also was booked with simple burglary.

  • Spurrier more confident in this year's South Carolina squad

    July 29, 2015

    BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. (AP) Steve Spurrier is significantly more confident about South Carolina's direction than he was at times last season.Spurrier acknowledged it was hard to believe in the Gamecocks, particularly with a failing defense that squandered three double-digit leads in the fourth quarter in a disappointing 7-6 season that followed three straight years of 11-2 records.

  • CMU coach, fighting cancer, makes surprise appearance

    July 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Central Michigan coach Jon Bonamego made a surprise appearance Wednesday at the Mid-American Conference's media day, showing up a few hours after receiving a chemotherapy treatment.Bonamego, who has cancer in his left tonsil, had been scheduled to be represented by his offensive and defensive coordinators, but showed up at Ford Field anyway.

  • Toledo, Bowling Green are top division picks in MAC

    July 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) For the last five years, the West Division of the Mid-American Conference has belonged to the Huskies of Northern Illinois.A sixth straight title isn't going to be easy.The conference released its preseason poll at Wednesday's media day at Ford Field, and Northern Illinois is picked to finish third, behind Toledo and Western Michigan.

  • All-PFL standouts return to preseason team

    July 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (STATS) - The Pioneer Football League's 2015 preseason team released Wednesday suggests it could be a banner season for talent across the non-scholarship FCS league.All 29 members of the team received 2014 postseason honors from the league - 16 first-teamers, 12 second-teamers and one honorable mention selection. Each player was automatically placed on the preseason team.

  • McNeese seeks to rebound in Southland race

    July 29, 2015

    (STATS) - McNeese State football coach Matt Viator might be ready to spend five seconds on last season.If that. He's moved on.One year ago, McNeese finished with a winning record under Viator yet again. That's happened in all nine of his seasons.But it probably didn't feel that way. The Cowboys fell out of Southland Conference title contention by losing their final three games, finishing 6-5 overall and without a winning conference mark (4-4) for the first time under their veteran coach.

  • Ohio State coach Meyer, mascot celebrated in butter at fair

    July 28, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Winning another national championship has made Urban Meyer a butter man.The Ohio State University football coach and Buckeyes mascot Brutus are being honored with butter sculptures at this year's Ohio State Fair, which opens Wednesday in Columbus.

  • Ohio coach Urban Meyer, mascot celebrated in butter at fair

    July 28, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Winning another national championship has made Urban Meyer a butter man.The Ohio State University football coach and Buckeyes mascot Brutus are being honored with butter sculptures at this year's Ohio State Fair, which opens Wednesday in Columbus.

  • Harbaugh discusses football dreams, helmet stickers

    July 28, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Jim Harbaugh can usually sense when the start of the season is close.''For me, I know when I get my first football dream, then it's my body clock telling me it's time to compete,'' Harbaugh said. ''It's like the bell in a boxing match.''

  • Huskies' Chris Petersen not looking forward to Boise return

    July 28, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) These are the questions Chris Petersen would rather not face.No, not the ones about his first season at Washington and the debate that came with an 8-6 record and a flop in the Cactus Bowl against Oklahoma State. Or the questions about how much of a step the Huskies will likely take backward in his second season with the amount of talent that has departed.

  • At media days, star quarterbacks can be hard to find

    July 28, 2015

    The quarterback is usually the face of a football team. During conference media days, those faces are often difficult to find.No Christian Hackenberg for Penn State. No Deshaun Watson for Clemson. No Anu Solomon for Arizona. Neither Cardale Jones nor J.T. Barrett for Ohio State.

  • Defenses in pursuit of top CAA QBs

    July 28, 2015

    BALTIMORE (STATS) - Everybody seemed to be pointing around the room.Toward John Robertson. Toward Vad Lee. Toward Sean Goldrich.The three senior quarterbacks regarded as the conference's best not surprisingly were from the teams at the top of the CAA Football preseason poll announced on Tuesday: No. 1 Villanova behind Robertson, No. 2 James Madison behind Lee, and No. 3 and defending champion New Hampshire behind Goldrich.

  • San Diego favored again in PFL

    July 28, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (STATS) - Defending champion San Diego was picked first in the Pioneer Football League's preseason coaches poll for the fourth straight season, though the top three teams in the FCS non-scholarship league were tightly bunched Tuesday.San Diego received seven of the 10 first-place votes and 89 of a maximum 100 points. Dayton got three first-place votes and 87 points, while Drake gained one first-place vote and collected 86 points.

  • Michigan ending legends program, retiring jersey numbers

    July 28, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan will retire six jersey numbers in a ceremony at the Ohio State game Nov. 28, ending the school's ''legends program'' in which players were given the same numbers as some of the team's all-time greats.Michigan says it will retire Gerald Ford's No. 48, Tom Harmon's No. 98, Desmond Howard's No. 21, Ron Kramer's No. 87, Bennie Oosterbaan's No. 47 and the Wistert brothers' No. 11.

  • South Dakota starting QB to miss season with back injury

    July 28, 2015

    VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) South Dakota coach Joe Glenn says two-year starting quarterback Kevin Earl will miss what would have been his senior season because of a lingering back injury.The Coyotes are turning the offense over to junior backup Ryan Saeger. The 6-foot-4 native of Heartland, Wisconsin, started four games last season after Earl suffered a broken thumb.

  • Syracuse dismisses senior Ashton Broyld from football team

    July 28, 2015

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse has dismissed Ashton Broyld from the football team for violating team policy.Coach Scott Shafer announced the move Tuesday but did not say what Broyld did.Broyld is a 6-foot-4 senior whose time at Syracuse has been slowed by injury. He never found his niche, having played quarterback, running back, outside wide receiver and slot receiver. He was moved to hybrid back this spring and was listed as the third-team hybrid back after spring ball.

  • Michigan St RB Williams returning after weapons incident

    July 27, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State says running back Delton Williams is returning to the Spartans this fall as a non-scholarship athlete.Williams was suspended from the team in March, shortly after being arraigned on a charge of brandishing a firearm in public. He later pleaded guilty to a reduced weapons charge, according to court records.

  • After big season, Illinois State faces tougher challenge

    July 27, 2015

    (STATS) - It wouldn't have mattered if Illinois State had graduated its entire roster, because the Missouri Valley Conference squad was going to face something different this season: A schedule full of opponents that have extra motivation.The Redbirds lifted their program to a higher level last season, coming within two minutes of winning the FCS national championship, and they know this season they have added attention from everyone else, including the North Dakota State program it nearly dethroned in Frisco, Texas.

  • FCS - MISSOURI VALLEY PRESEASON POLL

    July 27, 2015

    (STATS) - It wouldn't have mattered if Illinois State had graduated its entire roster, because the Missouri Valley Conference squad was going to face something different this season: A schedule full of opponents that have extra motivation.The Redbirds lifted their program to a higher level last season, coming within two minutes of winning the FCS national championship, and they know this season they have added attention from everyone else, including the North Dakota State program it nearly dethroned in Frisco, Texas.

  • NDSU favored over Illinois St in Missouri Valley poll

    July 27, 2015

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) The two teams that gave the Football Championship Subdivision a thrilling finish last season were tabbed Monday by Missouri Valley Football Conference followers to once again decide the league title - and maybe more.A poll of league coaches, media and sports information directors gives four-time defending FCS champ North Dakota State a slight edge over the Illinois State Redbirds, who took the Bison down to the final seconds of January's title game before falling 29-27. The two teams had tied for the conference crown.

  • San Jose State dismisses Bassette-Hairston from program

    July 24, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) San Jose State has dismissed incoming freshman defensive back Bomani Bassette-Hairston from the program following an undisclosed on-campus incident.Coach Ron Caragher said Friday that after a thorough review he decided it was best that Bassette-Hairston leave the program.

  • Freshman receiver Jocquez Bruce leaving Tennessee's program

    July 24, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Freshman wide receiver Jocquez Bruce is leaving Tennessee's program.Tennessee coach Butch Jones confirmed via text message Friday that Bruce was leaving the team and said that ''we are helping him find a school.''Volquest first reported Bruce's departure.

  • Pitt star receiver Boyd sentenced to probation for DUI

    July 25, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh wide receiver Tyler Boyd entered a first-time offenders program Friday following his arrest for driving under the influence last month.Allegheny County Common Pleas judge Robert Gallo also ordered Boyd's driver's license suspended for 90 days and required Boyd to complete a safe driving program. Boyd can ask Gallo to expunge the DUI charge against him if Boyd successfully completes the programs and pays court costs.

  • Gamecocks moving on from last year's defensive problems

    July 24, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina linebacker T.J. Holloman likes having short-term memory, particularly when it comes to the Gamecocks dismal showing on defense last season.Holloman said Friday that South Carolina defenders have put their problems in the past and approach the start of practice in less than two weeks with renewed energy and a strong commitment to improve.

  • Sun Devils, Rebels schedule futures series in football

    July 24, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State and UNLV have scheduled a home-and-home football series for 2020 and 2021.The Rebels will host Arizona State on Sept. 12, 2020, and the Sun Devils will host UNLV on Sept. 11, 2021.The teams have met once, a 23-20 win by the Rebels in Tempe in 2008.

  • UNC DB Simmons suspended from team activities

    July 24, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina senior cornerback Malik Simmons has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities.Team spokesman Kevin Best announced the suspension Friday.Chapel Hill police records indicate Simmons was arrested early Wednesday morning on Franklin Street and charged with resisting arrest.

  • With rise of personal coaches, can anyone still be the QB?

    July 24, 2015

    Jackson Burkhalter and Sheldon Layman are slinging a football around a grassy field on a muggy fall evening in Mobile, Alabama, under the watchful eye of David Morris, who spent most of his college football career as Eli Manning's backup and is now tutoring aspiring QBs.

  • Report: Ohio State's Miller shifting from QB to receiver

    July 23, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Braxton Miller is shifting from quarterback to receiver, whittling Ohio State's QB competition to two star passers.Miller told SI.com on Thursday night that he plans to start the season in the H-back position and also hopes to return punts. He had surgery to repair of torn labrum in his throwing shoulder before the start of last season and sat out while J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones led the Buckeyes to their first national title since 2002.

  • North Carolina man convicted in Clemson rock case damage

    July 23, 2015

    PICKENS, S.C. (AP) A North Carolina man has been convicted of malicious damage under ,000 of the case that surrounds Clemson football's Howard's Rock.Micah Rogers was found not guilty of the more serious charge of grand larceny. He was sentenced on Thursday to a fine of ,000 and 30 days in jail. The judge suspended that sentence if Rogers completes 25 days of community service and pays a ,700 fine.

  • Clemson QB Watson eager for big season

    July 23, 2015

    MAULDIN, S.C. (AP) Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson isn't focused on the praise and honors coming his way, no matter how high they pile up this offseason.The 19-year-old sophomore was voted the preseason Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year this week, picked to lead his Tigers to the league championship. He was named the ACC's first-team quarterback and to the Manning Award watch list, an honor that goes each year to the best quarterback in college football.

  • North Carolina man has been convicted in Clemson case

    July 23, 2015

    PICKENS, S.C. (AP) A North Carolina has been convicted of malicious damage under ,000 in the case of Clemson football's Howard's Rock.Micah Rogers was found not guilty of the more serious charge of grand larceny. He was sentenced on Thursday to a fine of ,000 and 30 days in jail. The judge suspended that sentence if Rogers completes 25 days of community service and pays a ,700 fine.

  • QB Jared Goff prepares for big season at Cal

    July 23, 2015

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Jared Goff stands high above California's Memorial Stadium and can see his hometown across San Francisco Bay. He can look down the other way and point to the spot he sat for his 9th birthday party and where his family had season tickets.

  • NEC's (social) media day sees Bryant tabbed as favorite

    July 23, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (STATS) - How Bryant University learned Thursday morning that it's the favorite in the Northeast Conference football race was a sign that the times, they are a changin'.The NEC's preseason poll was unveiled in real time.Maybe somebody informed coach Marty Fine with a tweet.

  • Frank Mordica, tied for SEC's best rushing game, dies at 57

    July 23, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Frank Mordica, the Vanderbilt running back who shares the single-best rushing performance in Southeastern Conference history, has died. He was 57.His nephew told Vanderbilt officials he died Saturday of a heart attack while exercising in his hometown Tallahassee, Florida.

  • Potential SEC contenders relying on players back from injury

    July 23, 2015

    The fortunes of several potential Southeastern Conference contenders could hinge largely on players returning from serious injuries.Two of Mississippi's - and the SEC's - top players, left tackle Laremy Tunsil and receiver Laquon Treadwell, are returning from broken legs. Alabama is getting back versatile tailback Kenyan Drake, who also had a broken leg, and Auburn has defensive end Carl Lawson and guard Alex Kozan in the lineup again after they missed all of the 2014 season.

  • Tennessee lineman Charles Mosley arrested on DUI charge

    July 23, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee redshirt freshman lineman Charles Mosley has been arrested on a charge of driving under the influence.The 18-year-old Mosley was driving on Interstate 40 on Wednesday at 1:51 a.m. when he was stopped for driving 79 mph in a 55-mph zone, according to the arrest warrant. The warrant also states Mosley ''performed poorly'' in a field sobriety test and that a search of his vehicle revealed marijuana residue.

  • Arizona dismisses Jordan Poland following arrest

    July 22, 2015

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona offensive lineman Jordan Poland has been dismissed from the team after being arrested on suspicion of trafficking stolen property.The 20-year-old Poland was booked Wednesday after being accused of pawning a microphone that had been stolen in a burglary, according to Tucson police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Bay.

  • Vandy WR Cunningham transfers to North Carolina

    July 22, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina is adding Vanderbilt transfer Jordan Cunningham.UNC officials said Wednesday night that the wide receiver will sit out this season and will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016.Cunningham caught 19 passes for 150 yards in two seasons with Vanderbilt. He took a leave of absence from the Commodores last September for personal reasons, and in May said on Twitter that he was transferring to Cincinnati.

  • Spurrier: Not too old to coach, will be around 'a long time'

    July 22, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Steve Spurrier has a message for all those ''enemies'' out there, saying he will remain South Carolina's coach for a long time.Spurrier said Wednesday that he's not too old at 70 to coach and is not leaving the school where he has coached the past 10 years and is the team's career victory leader.

  • Western Carolina looks to take next step in SoCon turnaround

    July 22, 2015

    (STATS) - It was the November game that Western Carolina football hadn't seen in a long time - a virtual Southern Conference championship game for a program on the rise.But if there is one score that stood out the most in the SoCon title race last year, it was the one in Cullowee, North Carolina, when the door was slammed rather rudely on Western.

  • Chattanooga, QB Huesman voted tops in Southern Conference

    July 22, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) The Huesmans have Chattanooga on a roll Southern Conference coaches don't anticipate slowing down this season.The Mocs, led by coach Russ Huesman, were picked to win a third straight Southern Conference title while his son - Chattanooga quarterback Jacob Huesman - was predicted to win offensive player of the year for a third consecutive season.

  • Navy to play Notre Dame in San Diego in 2018

    July 22, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Navy and Notre Dame will play their annual rivalry game at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego in 2018, the first meeting between the longtime rivals west of the Mississippi.The Fighting Irish and Midshipmen have played 88 times and earlier this month agreed to play in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2016.

  • Miami, UNC, Virginia Tech look to get rolling again

    July 22, 2015

    PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) Some of the Atlantic Coast Conference's sleeping giants hope this is the year they return to prominence.Neither Miami nor North Carolina has ever been to the ACC championship game. And lately, once-frequent division winner Virginia Tech has been no better than mediocre.

  • UT rape suspects to be given separate trials

    July 22, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A former University of Tennessee football player charged with rape will be tried separately from his suspended ex-teammate.Stephen Ross Johnson, an attorney for former linebacker A.J. Johnson, told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1OwFXBj) on Tuesday that his client will have a separate trial from Michael Williams later this year.

  • Some Big 12 issues to ponder while waiting for season

    July 22, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) TCU has gone from Big 12 newcomer to preseason favorite after only three seasons, eight-time champion Oklahoma has an unprecedented title drought for coach Bob Stoops and West Virginia finally feels experienced in the conference.Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury still has to settle on a starting quarterback, the position he played for the Red Raiders, former Oklahoma State quarterback Mike Gundy had an early unveiling of his new starter and 24th-year Kansas State coach Bill Snyder has seven quarterbacks on his roster.

  • Iowa State DL Meyers finishing chemo for Hodgkin's lymphoma

    July 21, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Iowa State defensive lineman Mitchell Meyers is close to wrapping up chemotherapy for Hodgkin's lymphoma, a process during which he didn't miss any summer workouts with his teammates.Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads said Tuesday that Meyers has his last scheduled chemo appointment Friday in Iowa.

  • Idaho State lands six on Big Sky preseason team

    July 21, 2015

    PARK CITY, Utah (STATS) - Idaho State may no longer have Justin Arias behind center, but that doesn't mean the Bengals still don't have the talent to make some noise in the Big Sky Conference. Regardless, it's definitely a two-horse race for the league title, and it could be more than that.

  • Playoff boss: Big 12 smart to hold off on adding title game

    July 21, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock says the Big 12 is ''smart to sit back and wait'' over adding a conference championship game.Hancock said Tuesday at Big 12 media days that there was ''no question'' Ohio State benefited by winning the Big Ten championship over Wisconsin in a blowout that vaulted the Buckeyes into the inaugural four-team playoff. Ohio State beat Oregon for the national title.

  • Oklahoma looks to pass forward to more Big 12 championships

    July 21, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Bob Stoops is bringing back the kind of pass-happy offense to Oklahoma that he introduced to the Big 12.The Sooners hope that will help them win some more conference championships after a two-year drought that is the longest in Stoops' 16 seasons.

  • UNC's Fedora doesn't sound worried by NCAA academic case

    July 21, 2015

    PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) North Carolina coach Larry Fedora doesn't sound worried about the prospect of NCAA penalties against the football program tied to the school's academic fraud scandal.Speaking Tuesday at the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason media days, Fedora says he's ''pretty positive that it's going to turn out good for us.''

  • UAB to resume playing football in 2017

    July 21, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) UAB football will take the field again in 2017 and remain an FBS program.Athletic director Mark Ingram said Tuesday that rifle will return in the upcoming season, while bowling will compete in 2016-17 and football in two years.

  • Stoops: RB Mixon deserves chance after arrest, suspension

    July 21, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday that reinstated running back Joe Mixon deserves a chance to redeem himself after being charged with punching a woman in the face.Asked at Big 12 media days why he hasn't distanced himself from Mixon, Stoops quickly said violence toward women should never be tolerated. But he said the redshirt freshman, after serving a season-long suspension last year, has other standards to meet as well.

  • Fox moves Klatt from studio to booth on college football

    July 21, 2015

    Former Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt will become Fox Sports' lead game analyst for college football, moving from the studio to the booth.Klatt has been working for the Fox family of networks since 2007. He will join play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson to become Fox's top college football broadcast team. Klatt replaces Charles Davis, who moves to the NFL on Fox.

  • FSU coach Jimbo Fisher says Seminoles working on problems

    July 21, 2015

    PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) With off-field issues overshadowing his program once again, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Tuesday the Seminoles are ''stepping up'' their process of educating players about domestic violence and other issues.Speaking during the Atlantic Coast Conference's preseason media days, Fisher said the program has started a four-step program to address problems and build on character-building exercises that have been part of FSU culture for years.

  • Clemson, QB Watson earn preseason ACC awards

    July 21, 2015

    PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) Clemson coach Dabo Swinney hopes Deshaun Watson takes another step forward this season.The voters think the other Tigers will, too.For the second time in three years, Clemson is the favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Tigers' quarterback is the league's preseason player of the year.

  • Big 12 gets tougher than NCAA on full-contact practice limit

    July 21, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) TCU defensive end James McFarland says defensive-minded coach Gary Patterson doesn't need players hammering each other in pads every day to keep up the intensity in practice.''Matter of fact, he's had more of his intense moments when people had nothing but shorts and helmets on because he feels like since we're not hitting, you should do everything right,'' said the senior returning sacks leader for the Horned Frogs. ''He doesn't have a different way of doing things if we have pads on or we don't have pads on.''

  • ACC apologizes for expletives appearing in media guide

    July 20, 2015

    PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference has apologized for a sentence with two expletives that appeared on a page in its football media guide.Spokeswoman Amy Yakola says the league ''appropriately updated'' online versions to remove the all-caps sentence. The league pulled printed copies not already distributed at the ACC Kickoff media days.

  • Sun Belt commissioner: Cut back on 'money' games vs. Power 5

    July 20, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Sun Belt Conference commissioner Karl Benson wants the league's football programs to work on shedding their ''addiction'' to big-money, non-conference matchups with heavily favored, Power Five programs.More non-league games with ''peer conferences'' would improve the chances of a Sun Belt team going unbeaten and getting a bid to one of six prestigious New Year's Day bowl games, the commissioner said at the conference's media day Monday.

  • UAB signs first player since deciding to restore football

    July 20, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) UAB has signed its first football player since announcing plans to restart the program.Former Memphis offensive lineman Tyler Jones has signed a financial aid agreement to attend UAB. The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder from Albertville, Alabama, redshirted as a freshman last season with the Tigers.

  • TCU now trying to prove people right as Big 12 favorite

    July 20, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) TCU coach Gary Patterson has a completely opposite approach for the Horned Frogs going into their fourth Big 12 Conference season.Expectations others have for them certainly have changed as well.''A year ago, you had to prove people wrong. This year, you have to prove people right,'' Patterson said Monday when he was the first coach to take the podium at the league's football media days. ''As a football team, that's really, from my approach on down, how we've tried to handle it.''

  • Jacksonville State preseason favorite to repeat as OVC champ

    July 20, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Jacksonville State coach John Grass takes being picked to repeat as Ohio Valley Conference champ as a compliment for how the Gamecocks ran through the league undefeated a year ago.The only pressure his Gamecocks feel is making up for how they ended last year.

  • Ohio Valley Football: An FCS conference with FBS talent

    July 20, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (STATS) - A former FBS running back drops to the FCS level and goes on to win his conference's offensive player of the year award.Easy stuff from the start, right?Not necessarily.Eastern Kentucky running back Dy'Shawn Mobley, who transferred in from the University of Kentucky, remembers trying to get both his confidence and legs going throughout the preseason and early in the regular season last year.

  • Swofford: ACC to have team medical observers for each game

    July 20, 2015

    PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference will have team medical observers in the booth during games this fall to improve player safety, Commissioner John Swofford said Monday.Speaking during the ACC Kickoff preseason media day, Swofford said observers will travel to all games with a team, including on the road.

  • Sun Belt commissioner: Cut back on 'money' games vs. Power-5

    July 20, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Sun Belt Conference commissioner Karl Benson wants the league's football programs to work on shedding their ''addiction'' to big-money, non-conference matchups with heavily favored, Power Five programs.More non-league games with ''peer conferences'' would improve the chances of a Sun Belt team going unbeaten and getting a bid to one of six New Year's Day bowl games, the commissioner said at the conference's media day Monday.

  • ACC settles into period of strength, stability

    July 20, 2015

    PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference has entered a period of strength and stability. Nobody's coming in anytime soon, and nobody's leaving.The league has won three straight Orange Bowls. It placed its champion into the inaugural College Football Playoff.

  • Bowlsby doesn't believe Big 12 disadvantaged with 10 teams

    July 21, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby believes the conference has to be constantly improving after getting left out of the first College Football Playoff.That doesn't necessarily mean making the 10-team league bigger through expansion.''We have to recruit better. We have to develop better. We have to play better,'' Bowlsby said Monday in his annual address to open football media days. ''We have to win the big games when we have a chance to win the big games.''

  • FIU signs 7-year marketing deal with Van Wagner

    July 20, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Florida International is the first college to sign a multimedia rights contract with Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment.The seven-year contract was announced Monday, with cash guarantees of about million for FIU and a total value estimated at .2 million.

  • Army football player recovering from head injury after fight

    July 20, 2015

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) Army football player Josh Jenkins is recovering from a head injury stemming from a fight with another cadet during the Fourth of July weekend.The academy says Jenkins was injured near his barracks room after returning from an off-campus restaurant. Jenkins was later taken to Westchester Medical Center for evaluation after classmates observed him acting out of character.

  • APNewsBreak: Documents detail Hawkins' payments in UNC case

    July 19, 2015

    HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) Newly unsealed documents in the case of a former college football player charged with violating North Carolina's sports agent law suggest he funneled money to multiple Tar Heels players and set up meetings with agents and financial advisers trying to sign them to contracts.

  • San Jose State dismisses incoming freshman after arrest

    July 18, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) San Jose State has dismissed incoming freshman wide receiver Kanya Bell Jr. from the football team after his on-campus arrest for domestic battery involving a female.Coach Ron Caragher announced the decision Saturday, a day after Ball was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County jail.

  • Patterson says he's making tough decisions for Texas

    July 17, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas athletic director Steve Patterson made no apology on Friday for making ''tough decisions'' that have angered some fans in his first year and a half on the job, and insisted his goal is to make the Longhorns' program the best in the country.

  • Pioneer League bans Jacksonville from 2015 postseason

    July 17, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (STATS) - Jacksonville University's football program will not be eligible for the 2015 postseason following violations in the way it used financial aid.The school removed itself from contention for the Pioneer Football League championship last November and later retroactively removed its wins from 2010 - when the Dolphins won a league title - through last season.

  • FCS - Alcorn, Grambling favored in SWAC

    July 17, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (STATS) - It was fitting at Southwestern Athletic Conference football media day on Friday that Bryan Brower's placecard at the Alabama A&M table elicited confusion.It referred to Brower as one of the Aggies' running backs.That, though, is his twin brother, Byran Brower - note the similar spellings of their first names. Bryan Brower is a star linebacker at A&M.

  • Nebraska dismisses WR Kevin Gladney from team

    July 17, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska has dismissed sophomore wide receiver Kevin Gladney.The school announced the move Friday without disclosing a reason or other details.Gladney, of Akron, Ohio, was redshirted in his first season in 2013 and played seven games in 2014. He was one of 21 Huskers who earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2014.

  • Jacksonville football gets 1-year postseason ban

    July 17, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville University's football team has been banned from postseason play for one year for financial aid infractions.The decision was announced Friday by the Pioneer Football League, an 11-member, football-only league that plays in the Football Championship Subdivision.

  • With charges dropped, Utah player could be reinstated

    July 17, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah coach Kyle Whittingham has raised the possibility of Dominique Hatfield returning to the football team now that charges against the cornerback have been dropped.The junior was dismissed after he was charged last week with aggravated robbery and theft. Prosecutors dropped criminal charges Thursday but say they could refile altered charges.

  • Judge OKs million settlement in NCAA video game case

    July 17, 2015

    A federal judge approved a million settlement for college athletes in a class-action lawsuit filed against the NCAA and video-game maker Electronics Arts.Steve Berman, a Seattle-based attorney for the plaintiffs confirmed Friday that U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken had approved the settlement during a hearing Thursday. Wilken also ruled against the NCAA in the O'Bannon case, which challenges the NCAA's use of the names, images and likenesses of college athletes. That ruling is being appealed by the NCAA.

  • Alcorn St, Grambling picked to win SWAC divisions

    July 17, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Alcorn State, the defending Southwestern Athletic Conference champion, is the preseason favorite to win the league's Eastern Division while Grambling has been picked to win the West.Alcorn State quarterback John Gibbs Jr. is the preseason offensive player of the year. Gibbs threw for 2,482 yards and 21 touchdowns last season while also running for 1,006 yards and 12 touchdowns.

  • Charges dismissed against ex-Utah player Dominique Hatfield

    July 16, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Prosecutors dismissed criminal charges Thursday against a University of Utah football player recently kicked off the team, but they are leaving open the possibility of refiling altered charges.New evidence suggests Dominique Hatfield was not the person who robbed a man at knifepoint who planned to buy an Xbox game console, said Salt Lake District Attorney chief deputy Blake Nakamura. But Nakamura said they still suspect Hatfield may have been aware of or involved in the scheme. Surveillance footage shows him in the area of the robbery, he said.

  • Banowsky stepping down was C-USA commissioner after 13 years

    July 16, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky is stepping down after nearly 13 years in charge of the league to join the College Football Playoff's charitable foundation.The 55-year-old Banowsky will become executive director of the College Football Playoff Foundation.

  • LSU's Miles expects QB play to be "legitimately better"

    July 16, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) LSU coach Les Miles said he expects the team's quarterback play to be ''legitimately better'' as it competes for a title in the difficult Southeastern Conference Western Division.Miles said Thursday that four suspended players - including quarterback Anthony Jennings - are still ''going through a legal process'' after offseason arrests. Jennings, who was charged with unauthorized entry of a residence, and Brandon Harris are the two main candidates for the starting quarterback job.

  • SEC moves ahead alone on tougher transfer rules

    July 16, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) The Southeastern Conference has taken the high road when it comes to domestic violence, aiming to keep alleged abusers off their rosters even if it means they land in a rival league.It's a rare move that could put the SEC, which won seven straight national titles from 2006-2012, at a competitive disadvantage in some cases. So far, no other conference has put a similar rule into effect.

  • Mississippi, Freeze trying to continue improvement

    July 16, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) Mississippi has slowly improved for three straight seasons, becoming a legitimate factor in the Southeastern Conference Western Division last season.The Rebels hope a little more experience - and a talented junior class - can push them to the top.

  • LSU's Miles expects quarterback play to be improve

    July 16, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) LSU coach Les Miles said he expects the team's quarterback play to be ''legitimately better'' as it competes for a title in the difficult Southeastern Conference Western Division.Miles said Thursday that four suspended players - including quarterback Anthony Jennings - are still ''going through a legal process'' after offseason arrests. Jennings, who was charged with unauthorized entry of a residence, and Brandon Harris are the two main candidates for the starting quarterback job.

  • Auburn picked to win SEC, but Bama favored to win West

    July 16, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) Reporters predicting the Southeastern Conference were torn in the Western Division.Auburn was declared the favorite to win the overall title Thursday, but rival Alabama got the edge in the West. It's the first time that's happened.

  • Harbaugh Effect? Michigan reports increase in ticket sales

    July 16, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) It looks like Jim Harbaugh is already helping Michigan at the box office.The school is reporting football season-ticket sales of nearly 90,000, an immediate boost following the hiring of Harbaugh as coach. The 89,975 season-ticket sales are the school's most since 2012, and the 72,076 non-student season tickets are the most since 2009.

  • Richt: 'No idea' who will be Georgia's quarterback

    July 16, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) The Georgia Bulldogs are in search of a starting quarterback and a drought-ending Southeastern Conference title.First things first, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt says he has ''no idea'' who will win the quarterback job. His only prediction at SEC media days Thursday was that it will be ''a tremendous competition'' between Virginia graduate transfer Greyson Lambert, Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta.

  • Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze supports changing state flag

    July 16, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze says he supports removing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag.''While I'm not a political figure, I strongly believe it's time we move in a different direction and change the flag,'' Freeze said Thursday before appearing at Southeastern Conference Media Days.

  • Throwbacks: Penn State ditching jersey names for tradition

    July 16, 2015

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Penn State's football jerseys will have a throwback look this season: no names.The university said Thursday it's returning to the style it sported for 125 years before player names were added the last three seasons.Coach James Franklin says there's only one name that matters: Penn State.

  • Man acquitted in football player slaying faces new charges

    July 16, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) A man who was acquitted of murder and other charges in the 2013 robbery and killing of Eastern Michigan University wide receiver Demarius Reed is facing charges in a Detroit shooting.The Ann Arbor News reports (http://bit.ly/1gDwcFX ) 22-year-old Ed Thomas is accused of shooting at two men May 20 after he believed they were following him. Wayne County prosecutor's office spokeswoman Maria Miller says Thomas is accused of getting out of his car and firing multiple shots.

  • Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson fully cleared

    July 15, 2015

    SUNSET, S.C. (AP) Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said injured quarterback Deshaun Watson was fully cleared by the school's medical staff to take part in football activities.Watson played with a torn ligament in the Tigers' 35-17 victory over South Carolina in November and had surgery on his right knee in December. Swinney has said Watson has had above average rehabilitation and has looked strong the past several weeks.

  • Arkansas hopes 2014 season just the start of big things

    July 15, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) Bret Bielema doesn't want anyone at Arkansas getting satisfied with seven wins, even though getting to that point last season and picking up a couple of late Southeastern Conference shutouts marked quite a turnaround.The Arkansas coach said Wednesday at the conference's media days that while he's enjoying the positive attention, 7-6 doesn't go all that far in the loaded SEC West.

  • Law commission OKs changes to strengthen sports agent act

    July 15, 2015

    An organization that works to standardize state laws is strengthening an act that bars sports agents from illegally luring college athletes into contracts.The Uniform Law Commission approved changes to the Uniform Athlete Agents Act during its annual meeting Wednesday in Williamsburg, Virginia. Revisions include a broader definition of who qualifies as an agent and a higher recommended financial penalty for violations.

  • SEC West is home to huge salaries - but everyone can't win

    July 15, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) The Southeastern Conference Western Division is college football's land of plenty, with all seven schools throwing huge piles of money at their respective coaching staffs to try and gain an upper hand.The theory: More cash invested equals more victories.

  • Arkansas hopes 2014 season just the start of better things

    July 15, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) Bret Bielema doesn't want anyone at Arkansas getting satisfied with seven wins.Getting to that point last season and even picking up a couple of late Southeastern Conference shutouts marked quite a turnaround for last season's team.

  • Air Force, Colorado to resume series after 46-year drought

    July 15, 2015

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Air Force and Colorado will face off on the football field in 2020, ending a 46-year drought in the series.The Falcons will visit Boulder on Sept. 12, 2020, and the Buffaloes will visit the Academy on Sept. 10, 2022.The last game between the schools was at Air Force on Oct. 5, 1974, with Colorado winning 28-27.

  • Missouri quietly becomes force in SEC East

    July 15, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) Missouri has been one of the Southeastern Conference's best teams over the past two seasons, winning back-to-back Eastern Division titles and 23 total games.But somehow, the Tigers often remain an afterthought in the conference they've called home for three years.

  • Clemson defensive coordinator Venables keeps same approach

    July 15, 2015

    SUNSET, S.C. (AP) Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables won't change his approach - or intensity - no matter who's now paying attention.Venables joined the Tigers three years ago. He's gradually rebuilt a defense embarrassed by its 70-33 Orange Bowl debacle against West Virginia after the 2011 season into the No. 1 unit in college football last fall with 260 yards allowed per game.

  • Auburn to pay Muschamp .1 million over 3 years

    July 15, 2015

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp will make at least .1 million over three years.The university released the contract Wednesday. The former Florida head coach will make .6 million in the 2015 season and receive 0,000 raises in each of the next two years plus unspecified bonuses.

  • Saban: NFL draft evaluations affected Alabama chemistry

    July 15, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban thinks something happened to his team's chemistry between the Southeastern Conference championship game and the national semifinals against Ohio State.Saban said Wednesday at SEC media days one factor was that six juniors received their evaluations for the NFL draft during that period. He wants that date pushed back until after the final game to prevent such potential distractions.

  • Montana, Northern Iowa to play home-and-home series

    July 15, 2015

    (STATS) - FCS national powers Montana and Northern Iowa announced a two-year home-and-home series on Wednesday.The two will meet on Sept. 10, 2016 inside the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. They will square off again on Sept. 1, 2018 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Montana.

  • Kentucky looks to earn bowl eligibility in Stoops' 3rd year

    July 15, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) One season after Kentucky fell just short of postseason eligibility, coach Mark Stoops believes the Wildcats are ready to become relevant in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division.Stoops said he's learned a lot of ''valuable lessons'' during his first two years leading the program. He feels the momentum gained last season - which saw a jump from two wins to five - will keep building.

  • Michigan's deal with Nike worth 9 million

    July 15, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) The University of Michigan's new apparel and equipment deal with Nike is worth 9 million, with a nearly even split between annual cash and apparel value.The deal, which begins in August 2016, was announced last week, and Michigan released financial details Wednesday. The agreement runs until 2027, and the school has an option to extend it to 2031. The full 15-year deal includes annual compensation totaling .8 million, plus million up front - as well as .2 million in apparel.

  • Saban: NFL draft evals impacted Alabama chemistry at end

    July 15, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban thinks something happened to the team's chemistry from the Southeastern Conference championship game to the Sugar Bowl against Ohio State.Saban said Wednesday at SEC media day one factor was that six juniors received their evaluations for the NFL draft during that period. He wants that date pushed back until after the final game to prevent possible distractions.

  • Defensive POY Watch List full of intimidators who can push the offense back

    July 15, 2015

    As offenses continue to get faster in college football, two of the best defensive equalizers are sacks and tackles for loss.Both can devastate an offensive drive.The ability to get into opponents' backfields is evident across the STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year Watch List, announced Wednesday. The 22-member group is not for the faint of heart - especially unsuspecting quarterbacks and running backs - as it features many of the nation's most aggressive pass rushers and disruptive players.

  • Jones: Tennessee on rise, not doing cartwheels over 7-6 mark

    July 14, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) Butch Jones promises nobody at Tennessee was doing cartwheels over a winning season, whatever Steve Spurrier says.The Volunteers coach opened Southeastern Conference media days Tuesday responding to Spurrier's earlier remark to reporters regarding how Tennessee and Arkansas were celebrating 7-6 seasons that exceeded most expectations.

  • Mississippi State lacks hype despite last year's success

    July 14, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) Mississippi State spent more than a month as the No. 1 team in the nation on the way to a 10-win season last year. The program is also returning one of the nation's top quarterbacks in senior Dak Prescott.Yet one of the biggest topics of the day when the Bulldogs took the stage Tuesday at Southeastern Conference media days?

  • Wake Forest AD expects programs to improve in 2015-16

    July 14, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Many construction projects are taking place at Wake Forest.The school is building a new football practice facility and a new home for its golf teams. It hopes to start work on its baseball facilities soon and is figuring out the long-term plan for its basketball arena.

  • Wake Forest AD hopes for 'significant step forward' in 15-16

    July 14, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Many construction projects are taking place at Wake Forest.The school is building a new football practice facility and a new home for its golf teams. It hopes to start work on its baseball facilities soon and is figuring out the long-term plan for its basketball arena.

  • Body found in Texas lake, believed to be ex NFL receiver

    July 14, 2015

    WYLIE, Texas (AP) A body recovered from a Dallas-area lake is believed to be an ex-Houston Texans receiver who fell from an inflatable tube being towed by a boat.The Collin County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that the body is believed to be 37-year-old JaJuan Dawson of Murphy.

  • Texas A&M's Sumlin happy to have Chavis on his side

    July 14, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin figured if he couldn't score against John Chavis, he should hire him.''That's exactly what I did,'' Sumlin said. ''There's really nothing more to the answer than that. That's true. We've studied the defense. We get it.

  • Gamecocks' Spurrier confident heading into 23rd SEC season

    July 14, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier spent his Tuesday morning at SEC Media Days poking fun at some league rivals, discussing his football program and - of course - fending off questions about his advancing age.The most quotable coach in the SEC turned 70 back in April, and he now enters his 11th season at South Carolina and 23rd in a league that's famous for churning through head coaches because of the immense pressure to win.

  • SEC to post medical observer in replay booth

    July 14, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) The Southeastern Conference will have an extra person monitoring games for possible head and neck trauma.SEC coordinator of officials Steve Shaw said Tuesday at league media days that an independent medical observer will be in the instant replay booth. The person will be a certified athletic trainer appointed by the league.

  • Papers: Jay Paterno asked Ohio State's Urban Meyer for job

    July 14, 2015

    BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) The son of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno sent a handwritten letter to Ohio State coach Urban Meyer in December, asking for a job.The letter from Jay Paterno, dated two days before Christmas, was publicized in court documents released Monday as part of a federal lawsuit Paterno and former Penn State offensive line coach Bill Kenney are pursuing against the NCAA.

  • Vanderbilt's Mason: "We're a much different football team"

    July 13, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) Derek Mason says Vanderbilt underwent an offseason transformation in everything from maturity to physiques.His coaching staff certainly has a new look.Mason approaches his second season with the Commodores with four new coaches after firing both coordinators. The former Stanford defensive coordinator is now running the defense.

  • Florida State president warns football team about misconduct

    July 13, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State's president has told the football team that members must start conducting themselves appropriately after two players were charged with punching women.President John Thrasher said in a statement that he met with the team Monday to reiterate that players' actions must reflect well upon the university. He said a few players' misconduct can damage its reputation.

  • Florida new coach McElwain ready to bring back wins, offense

    July 13, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) New Florida coach Jim McElwain drives by a statue of Steve Spurrier every day on his way to work.Gator fans are hoping that Spurrier's offensive success - both as a former Florida player and coach - rubs off on McElwain.The 53-year-old McElwain, who comes to Florida after three successful seasons at Colorado State, knows the Southeastern Conference. He was Alabama's offensive coordinator during four successful seasons from 2008 to 2011, including two national championships.

  • Search resumes for ex-NFL receiver missing on Texas lake

    July 13, 2015

    WYLIE, Texas (AP) Authorities are searching for a former Houston Texans receiver who fell out of a rented boat during a family outing at a Dallas-area lake.The Collin County Sheriff's Office says 37-year-old JaJuan Dawson wasn't wearing a lifejacket Sunday night when he fell into Lavon Lake, near Wylie.

  • Penn State ex-officials' case heads to appeals court hearing

    August 11, 2015

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) The criminal case against three former high-ranking Penn State administrators is headed to a Pennsylvania appellate courtroom, nearly four years after two of them were first charged. A decision against them could clear the way for trial.

  • Penn State ex-officials' case headed to appeal court hearing

    July 13, 2015

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) The criminal case against three former Penn State administrators accused of covering up complaints about Jerry Sandusky is heading to a state appellate courtroom next month.Pennsylvania Superior Court has scheduled arguments in the case of Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz for Aug. 11 in Harrisburg.

  • New Auburn QB Johnson viewed as strength not question mark

    July 13, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) While Jeremy Johnson has never been more than a fill-in starter at the college level, few are regarding Auburn's new quarterback as much of a question mark.On the contrary, Johnson has been so solid as Nick Marshall's backup the past two seasons, he's widely regarded as a strength for a team projected to contend in the Southeastern Conference.

  • SEC commissioner: League leading the way on social issues

    July 13, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) Former Southeastern Conference Mike Slive was known to invoke the words of historical figures like Winston Churchill when talking about challenges facing the league.Greg Sankey quoted Bob Dylan.The new commissioner used his first state-of-the-league address to praise the SEC for leading the way in athletics as well as on social issues, using the lyrics of a Dylan song to make his point.

  • FCS Offensive POY Watch List kicks off with a group already highly decorated

    July 13, 2015

    Everywhere you look, there is an abundance of offensive talent spread across FCS college football.And it's usually found settling into an opponent's end zone.The 2015 season won't be easy on defensive coordinators as nine of the 13 FCS conferences return their offensive player of the year, and 12 players who were finalists for national player of the year honors last season are back. They were among 22 players nominated Monday to the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List, including one from each conference.

  • Utah State extends contract of coach Matt Wells

    July 10, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Matt Wells and Utah State have agreed on a contract extension to keep the coach at the university through the 2019 season.The school announced the deal Friday.Contract details were not immediately available, but the deal includes salary increases for assistants.

  • Central Michigan's Greer dismissed from football team

    July 10, 2015

    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) Central Michigan defensive back Brandon Greer has been dismissed from the team after being taken into custody on charges of assault and attempted abduction.The athletic department announced Greer's dismissal Friday. Mount Pleasant police say the 21-year-old Greer has been charged with assault, attempted unlawful imprisonment and assault with intent to commit sexual penetration.

  • Florida State rusher suspended, charged with punching woman

    July 10, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State indefinitely suspended leading running back Dalvin Cook after he was charged Friday with punching a woman outside a downtown bar - the second time in two weeks that an FSU player has been charged with punching a woman.

  • Florida State suspends leading rusher after he's charged with punching woman outside a bar

    July 10, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State suspends leading rusher after he's charged with punching woman outside a bar.

  • QB Braxton Miller returning for 5th season at Ohio State

    July 10, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Quarterback Braxton Miller is almost fully recovered from his latest shoulder injury and planning to win back his starting job at Ohio State.Miller hurt his throwing shoulder shortly before the start of last season. He sat out while Ohio State won the national championship, with J.T. Barrett then Cardale Jones leading the Buckeyes.

  • Duke TE Deaver working back after 2nd ACL tear in 3 years

    July 10, 2015

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) At least Braxton Deaver knew what to expect during rehab. That's the rare bit of good news in tearing another knee ligament.The 23-year-old, sixth-year tight end at Duke is working his way back from his second serious knee injury in a three-year span.

  • Utah cuts cornerback Dominique Hatfield after robbery charge

    July 10, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The University of Utah has dismissed cornerback Dominique Hatfield after he was charged last week with aggravated robbery and theft.Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham said in a statement early Friday that there were further concerns about Hatfield's off-field behavior after he was suspended from the program Monday.

  • Former Oakland Raiders QB Stabler dead at 69

    July 10, 2015

    A Snake wouldn't seem to offer much help on a football field.Unless that snake was named Stabler.Ken Stabler, who led the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl victory and was the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1974, has died as a result of complications from colon cancer. He was 69.

  • Athlete advocates: Fire Illinois athletic director, coaches

    July 9, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) An advocacy group for college athletes wants the University of Illinois to fire athletic director Mike Thomas, football coach Tim Beckman and others who have been the target of complaints and two lawsuits by former athletes alleging abusive treatment.

  • Alabama-Florida State to open 2017 season in Atlanta

    July 9, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Alabama and Florida State will meet in the 2017 season opener at Atlanta's new stadium.The matchup in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game was announced Thursday. The teams will meet on Sept. 2, 2017.It will be the first regular-season college game at the .4 billion stadium, which will be home to the NFL's Falcons and Major League Soccer's Atlanta United FC.

  • NDSU, Illinois St. lead wide-ranging STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team

    July 9, 2015

    It's not surprising to find some of the best FCS players on the rosters of last season's national finalists, four-time defending champion North Dakota State and runner-up Illinois State.But the top talent clearly runs up, down and far across the FCS nation.

  • Judge sets Nov. 30 retrial date for Vanderbilt rape case

    July 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Two former Vanderbilt football players who were previously convicted of raping an unconscious student were scheduled on Wednesday to be retried Nov. 30.The new date came after a Nashville prosecutor told a judge that he wants former players Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey to be retried as quickly as possible. They had been convicted on multiple charges of rape and were being held in jail awaiting sentencing when a judge set aside their guilty verdicts last month.

  • Prosecutor calls for quick retrial in Vanderbilt rape case

    July 8, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A Nashville prosecutor has told a judge that he wants two former Vanderbilt University football players who were previously convicted of rape to be retried as quickly as possible.Attorneys were in court Wednesday trying to agree on a new trial date for Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey. They were convicted on multiple counts and were being held in jail awaiting sentencing when a Nashville judge set aside their guilty verdict last month.

  • Duke LB Brown tears left ACL, ending his college career

    July 7, 2015

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke says linebacker Kelby Brown's college career is over after he tore a knee ligament.The school said Tuesday that Brown tore his left anterior cruciate ligament last week - the same injury that kept him out for the 2014 season. He is scheduled to have his fourth knee surgery since 2010.

  • FSU QB Johnson off team after video shows him punching woman

    July 6, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State has dismissed freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson from the team on the same day that prosecutors released video showing him punching a woman at a bar.In a statement Monday, coach Jimbo Fisher announced Johnson's immediate dismissal. The quarterback had been suspended after the June 24 assault.

  • Video shows Florida State quarterback punching woman in face

    July 6, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Prosecutors have released video showing Florida State freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson punching a woman at a bar.The video released by the State Attorney's Office on Monday was taken from a security camera at a bar near campus. It appears that the woman and Johnson were both trying to get a position at the bar, and Johnson jostled her.

  • Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield suspended indefinitely

    July 6, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The University of Utah is suspending cornerback Dominique Hatfield after he was charged last week with aggravated robbery and theft.Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham said in a statement Monday that because of the serious nature of the accusations, Hatfield will be suspended indefinitely while they wait to see how the case plays out in court.

  • Turner takes leading role on UNC's veteran offensive line

    July 3, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) The way coach Larry Fedora sees it, Landon Turner is the perfect leader for North Carolina's offensive line.He's a fifth-year senior wrapping up a tumultuous career marked by NCAA investigations, two coaching changes, an overhaul to a no-huddle offense, even a postseason ban that kept the Tar Heels out of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game in 2012. He also balances a relentless on-field drive with an easygoing demeanor that is just as interested in one day writing a novel as playing in the NFL.

  • Huskers' Riley on expectations, Osborne, 'nice guy' persona

    July 2, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Mike Riley is a month away from opening practice for his first season as the Nebraska head coach.Riley, who turns 62 on Monday, originally planned to retire at Oregon State. But when athletic director Shawn Eichorst called after he fired Bo Pelini, Riley couldn't pass up the opportunity to see what he could accomplish leading one of the winningest programs in college football history.

  • Lumberjacks' DeGroote dies at 22 while vacationing

    July 2, 2015

    DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE, Alaska (AP) Northern Arizona football player Michael DeGroote died after apparently shooting himself with a gun while vacationing with his family in Alaska.The 22-year-old DeGroote died Tuesday at a campground at Denali National Park and Preserve. Park spokeswoman Kathleen Kelly says an investigation is under way to try to determine if the shooting was accidental or deliberate, but adds the answer may never be known.

  • Utah CB Dominique Hatfield arrested in robbery

    July 1, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield has been arrested on suspicion of robbing a man who planned to buy an Xbox game console from him.Unified Police of Salt Lake County said the man met Hatfield at a car wash Tuesday after responding to an online classified ad for an Xbox when Hatfield pulled a knife and made off with 0.

  • Tennessee enters new era with beginning of Nike contract

    July 1, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee is opening its doors to the Nike swoosh while bidding farewell to the Lady Vols nickname and logo in all but one sport.Nike took over as Tennessee's main apparel provider Wednesday as part of an eight-year contract worth about million in money and gear. Tennessee had been an Adidas school since 1997.

  • Utah CB Dominique Hatfield arrested in alleged robbery

    July 1, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield has been arrested on suspicion of robbing a man who wanted to buy an Xbox from him.Unified Police of Salt Lake County say the man was meeting with Hatfield on Tuesday after seeing an online classified ad when Hatfield pulled out a knife and demanded money.

  • Third Utah State player released from hospital after crash

    June 30, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Another player has been released from the hospital following a car accident that hospitalized four Utah State football players and a former softball player.The university updated defensive lineman Edmund Faimalo's status Tuesday afternoon.

  • Florida State freshman De'Andre Johnson charged with battery

    June 30, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson has been charged with punching a woman in the face in a nightclub.Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman confirmed the misdemeanor battery charge in an email to The Associated Press. Cappleman declined further comment.

  • Duke's Tomlinson, UVa's Brian voted ACC athletes of year

    June 30, 2015

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Duke football player Laken Tomlinson and Virginia women's soccer player Morgan Brian are the Atlantic Coast Conference's male and female athletes of the year.The league announced its overall award winners Tuesday following a vote by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

  • Sentence postponed for gambler in Toledo sports probe

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Lawyers for a Detroit-area gambler caught in a sports bribery scandal at the University of Toledo say it would be ''unthinkable'' to send the ailing 82-year-old man to prison.Mitchell ''Ed'' Karam is the last of nine people to be sentenced. He was expected in Detroit federal court Tuesday, but the hearing was postponed. The ringleader, Ghazi Manni, recently was sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison.

  • Maryland football coach Randy Edsall gets 3-year extension

    June 30, 2015

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland football coach Randy Edsall has been rewarded with a three-year contract extension after guiding the Terrapins to consecutive winning seasons and back-to-back bowl bids.The extension begins in January 2017 and is worth up to .5 million, though only 0,000 is guaranteed. Edsall also receives an increase of ,000 in each of the final two seasons of his original contract.

  • Auburn-Oregon set for 2019 opener, 9 years after BCS meeting

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Auburn and Oregon will open the 2019 season at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, nine seasons after meeting in the BCS national championship game.The matchup on Aug. 31, 2019, was announced Tuesday. It is part of a series of Labor Day weekend season openers at the home of the NFL's Cowboys.

  • Florida State freshman QB Johnson charged with battery

    June 30, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson has been charged with misdemeanor battery.Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman confirmed the charge in email on Tuesday to The Associated Press in an email. Cappleman declined further comment.

  • Gambler will be last man sentenced in Toledo sports probe

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Lawyers for a Detroit-area gambler caught in a sports bribery scandal at the University of Toledo say it would be ''unthinkable'' to send the ailing 82-year-old man to prison.Mitchell ''Ed'' Karam will be the last of nine people to be sentenced when he appears on Tuesday in Detroit federal court. The ringleader, Ghazi Manni, recently was sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison.

  • University of Miami grad donates million to school

    June 30, 2015

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) A University of Miami graduate has donated million to the school, money that will perpetually fund a scholarship for a football player.Scott Mueller is the CEO and co-founder of Cleveland-based Dealer Tire. He attended Miami on an academic scholarship, graduating with honors in 1985. Mueller is a well-known philanthropist in the Cleveland area, particularly through his support of the arts.

  • Man convicted of rape wants to play football in college

    June 29, 2015

    NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) A former high school football player found delinquent in the rape of a 16-year-old girl wants to play at the community college level.A statement from Hocking College spokeswoman Michelle O'Brien confirmed that Trent Mays will be attending the college for the fall 2015 semester and will be on the football team, which is just starting up.

  • JoJo Natson dismissed from Utah State football team

    June 29, 2015

    LOGAN, Utah (AP) Utah State coach Matt Wells has dismissed JoJo Natson from the football team for a violation of team rules. The school announced the decision Sunday night, but did not specify which rules were broken.KSL.com (http://bit.ly/1ef5fXJ ) reported that Natson previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge related to diverting school funds that were intended for a teammate.

  • DT Lealaimatafao dismissed from LSU following arrest

    June 29, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU coach Les Miles says he has dismissed defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao from the team because of his recent arrest on allegations of hitting a woman outside a bar after she tried to stop him from robbing her unconscious boyfriend.

  • Fresno State schedules games with Alabama, UCLA, Minnesota

    June 29, 2015

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) Fresno State has scheduled future football games against Alabama, UCLA and Minnesota.Athletic director Jim Bartko said Monday that the Bulldogs will visit Alabama on Sept. 9, 2017, and UCLA on Sept. 18, 2021. Fresno State will also play a home-and-home series against Minnesota with a road game in 2018 and the Gophers coming to Fresno in 2019.

  • University of Akron football drew worst attendance in NCAA

    June 29, 2015

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) Among all 125 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision teams, the University of Akron had the worst home attendance this past season.The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1NubliI ) reports the Zips drew a total of 55,019 fans for six home games at the 30,000-seat InfoCision Stadium.

  • 2 Utah State athletes released from hospital after accident

    June 28, 2015

    LOGAN, Utah (AP) Two Utah State athletes injured when their SUV was struck by a semi have been released from the hospital, but three others remain hospitalized.Redshirt freshman Adewale Adeoye and senior John Taylor were discharged Sunday afternoon, three days after the accident.

  • Highway Patrol: Utah St athletes weren't wearing seatbelts

    June 27, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah State athletes injured in a crash apparently were not wearing seatbelts when their SUV was struck by a semi carrying 52,000 pounds of milk.Four football players, all defensive linemen, and a former softball player were hurt in Trenton on Friday when a tractor-trailer collided with their SUV. Trenton is 20 miles north of Logan, where the university is located.

  • 4 Utah State football players hurt in collision with semi

    June 27, 2015

    TRENTON, Utah (AP) Four Utah State football players and a former softball player were hurt when a tractor-trailer collided with their SUV on Friday.The Salt Lake Tribune (https://shar.es/1qvQdQ ) reported that witnesses said their Chevy Tahoe was eastbound on state Route 142 when it pulled in to the intersection with state Route 23 in Trenton and was T-boned by the southbound semi.

  • Report: Michigan, Pipkins in disagreement over health

    June 26, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan defensive lineman Ondre Pipkins tells ESPN.com he plans to transfer, and he says the Wolverines' staff asked him to sign a medical scholarship form that would have halted his career.Pipkins says doctors initially said he has arthritis in his knee but should not be disqualified from competition. Pipkins says he was later sent by Michigan back to his knee surgeon, who then recommended he rest for six months.

  • Iowa State expanding stadium to 61,000

    June 26, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) One of the many reasons cited for Iowa State's lack of success in football was a stadium experience that often fell flat.That shouldn't be much of an excuse much longer.The Cyclones are in the final stages of a major renovation to the stadium's south end zone, part of a million expansion of Jack Trice Stadium that is set to be completed in late August.

  • Salahuddin eyes healthy return at linebacker for Wolfpack

    June 26, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) M.J. Salahuddin was perfectly positioned to earn a leading role on North Carolina State's defense when a knee injury knocked him out for the season. He's ready to try again.When training camp starts, the 6-foot-2 redshirt junior will be nearly a year removed from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and damaged meniscus in his left knee. The challenge will be to beat out players who got more snaps in his absence, or at least prove he's healthy enough to make an impact expected a year earlier.

  • Florida State freshman quarterback suspended from team

    June 25, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson has been suspended indefinitely from the team.Coach Jimbo Fisher announced Johnson's suspension Thursday for a violation of athletic department policy. The school released no details on what led to the suspension.

  • Nebraska QB Stanton transferring after taking limited snaps

    June 25, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska reserve quarterback Johnny Stanton is transferring.Coach Mike Riley said Stanton told him about his decision Thursday.Stanton took limited snaps in two games as a redshirt freshman last season and was among five scholarship quarterbacks on the roster.

  • New Pitt AD Barnes focusing on football

    June 25, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Scott Barnes has been on the job less than two weeks, yet the new Pittsburgh athletic director already has a clear vision about what should be the top item of his ''to do'' list. It's the same as the second. And the third. And the fourth.

  • Ex-Detroit Lions coach Tommy Hudspeth dies at 83

    June 25, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Tommy Hudspeth, a Detroit Lions coach in the 1970s who also coached in college at BYU and UTEP, has died at 83.His death was announced Thursday by the Toronto Argonauts, for whom he once worked as coach and general manager. The CFL team said he died Tuesday of cancer.

  • Temple signs coach Rhule to 4-year contract extension

    June 25, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Temple has signed coach Matt Rhule to a four-year contract extension through the 2021 season.Rhule went 8-16 in his first two seasons with the Owls. Temple failed to make a bowl game last season with a 6-6 record.Rhule was hired at Temple in 2006 as an assistant under Al Golden and stayed for six seasons before leaving for a stint with the New York Giants. Rhule returned to the Owls after former coach Steve Addazio left for Boston College.

  • UNC AD: On-field success 'overshadowed' by academic case

    June 25, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina earned another high finish among Division I college sports programs after a season of strong tournament showings. The Tar Heels also dealt with another year of off-field issues, including an NCAA investigation into academics.

  • 1949 Rice All-America star end Froggy Williams dead at 87

    June 24, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) James ''Froggy'' Williams, a 1949 All-America end on Rice's 1949 Southwest Conference football championship squad, had died. He was 87.A family statement Wednesday says Williams died Tuesday at his Houston home surrounded by loved ones.

  • Healthy Taysom Hill at quarterback key to BYU success

    June 24, 2015

    PROVO, Utah (AP) Taysom Hill constantly envisions running out of the tunnel at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, to face the Cornhuskers in the season opener. The BYU senior quarterback knows the end of his collegiate career is on the horizon and he has spent much of it on the bench with injuries during his freshman and junior seasons.

  • Former Vanderbilt players in rape case released from jail

    June 24, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Two former Vanderbilt football players who were convicted in January of raping an unconscious fellow student have been released from jail on bond.Melinda McDowell, spokeswoman for the Metro Nashville Jail, said Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey were released Wednesday.

  • Ex-NFL coach Haslett hired as Penn State's 'sounding board'

    June 24, 2015

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) The coach who guided the New Orleans Saints through Hurricane Katrina has joined Penn State's football team as a consultant.Penn State says Jim Haslett will work with its offensive, defensive and specials teams coaches and serve as a ''sounding board'' for the staff.

  • Former Vanderbilt players in rape case could be released

    June 24, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Two former Vanderbilt football players who were convicted earlier this year of raping a student in a college dorm room could be out of jail as early as Wednesday afternoon.A Nashville judge on Wednesday reinstated bail for former players Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey. Both men would have to wear GPS monitoring devices if they are released.

  • Florida home of former coach Lou Holtz destroyed by fire

    June 24, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Former college football coach Lou Holtz and his wife Beth made it safely out of their .6 million Orlando home which officials say was destroyed by a fire likely caused by a lightning strike.The fire broke out early Sunday morning in the 11,000-square-foot home in the gated Lake Nona Gold and Country Club community, which is known for its multimillion-dollar homes.

  • Hundreds gather to pay tribute to A&M Heisman Trophy-winner

    June 23, 2015

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) It was as big a send-off as Texas A&M University can give.The opportunity to pay tribute to A&M's first Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow drew more than 500 family members, friends, fellow coaches and fans to the floor of Reed Arena.

  • Mistrial granted in Vanderbilt football players' rape case

    June 23, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A judge has granted a mistrial in the case of two former Vanderbilt football players convicted in the dorm-room rape of a student, saying ''bias has been clearly shown.''Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins on Tuesday ruled in favor of defense attorneys who said a juror intentionally withheld information that he was a rape victim during the jury selection process.

  • Music mogul Diddy's rep: He was defending himself

    June 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Sean ''Diddy'' Combs was defending himself in an incident at the University of California, Los Angeles, that led to his arrest, a representative the hip-hop mogul's company said Tuesday.''The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate,'' Nathalie Moar, a rep for Combs Enterprises, said in a statement to The Associated Press. ''What we can say now is that any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son.''

  • Music mogul Diddy's rep" He was defending himself

    June 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Sean ''Diddy'' Combs was defending himself in an incident at the University of California, Los Angeles, that led to his arrest, a representative the hip-hop mogul's company said Tuesday.''The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate,'' Nathalie Moar, a rep for Combs Enterprises, said in a statement to The Associated Press. ''What we can say now is that any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son.''

  • Music mogul Diddy's company: He was defending himself

    June 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Sean ''Diddy'' Combs' company says the hip-hop mogul was defending himself in an incident at the University of California, Los Angeles, that led to his arrest.Combs Enterprises says in a statement to The Associated Press on Tuesday that Combs was trying to protect himself and his son.

  • Derrick Nash, Central Michigan player with leukemia, dies

    June 23, 2015

    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) Central Michigan cornerback Derrick Nash, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2013 when he was still in high school, has died. He was 20.Nash died Monday at University of Michigan Health System, according to Paradise Funeral Chapel in Saginaw.

  • Music mogul Diddy accused of assault with workout equipment

    June 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Hip-hop music mogul Diddy was released from jail after being accused of assault with a weight-room kettlebell at the athletic facilities of the University of California, Los Angeles, where his son plays football, police said.Diddy, 45, whose real name is Sean Combs, was freed late Monday night after posting bail, several hours after his afternoon arrest, jail records showed.

  • Diddy released in arrest at UCLA, where son plays football

    June 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Hip-hop music mogul Diddy was released from jail late Monday night after an alleged assault with a weight-room kettlebell at the athletic facilities of UCLA, where his son is on the football team, police said.Diddy, 45, whose real name is Sean Combs, was freed after posting bail, several hours after his afternoon arrest, jail records showed.

  • Washington QB Cyler Miles retires from football

    June 22, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Washington quarterback Cyler Miles has decided to retire from college football due to a chronic hip injury.Washington announced the decision on Monday. The school said the hip injury has persisted through Miles' career and doctors have advised him not to keep playing.

  • Diddy arrested on campus of UCLA, where son plays football

    June 22, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Hip-hop music mogul Diddy was arrested Monday on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles, where his son is on the football team, police said.Diddy, 45, whose real name is Sean Combs, was arrested at UCLA's Acosta Athletic Training Complex on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon shortly after 12:30 p.m., according to a statement from campus police.

  • Purdue DE Robinson arrested for OWI, alcohol possession

    June 22, 2015

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue sophomore defensive end Gelen Robinson has been arrested for operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent or higher and illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage.The Lafayette Journal & Courier reports (http://on.jconline.com/1Nfzdal ) the 20-year-old Robinson was booked in the Tippecanoe Jail early Saturday and later released.

  • FAMU taps Alabama official to take over athletics department

    June 22, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida A&M University is turning to a University of Alabama official and former Oklahoma lineman to run its athletics department.FAMU President Elmira Mangum on Monday named Milton Overton as the new director of intercollegiate athletics. He takes over the position after the resignation of Kellen Winslow and the death of Nelson Townsend. Townsend was acting as interim director when he died in January.

  • Syracuse picks Boise State's Mark Coyle as athletic director

    June 22, 2015

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Mark Coyle called Syracuse ''a special place'' when he was introduced as the school's new athletic director.''It's a special place because of its history, its tradition,'' he said Monday at his introductory news conference after being handed a Syracuse jersey with his name and No. 1 emblazoned on the back. ''It's a special place, and it's going to go through transition.''

  • Missouri football player remains in serious condition

    June 22, 2015

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri defensive lineman Harold Brantley has improved to good condition after undergoing surgery on his left leg following a car accident on Sunday.Rex Sharp is the associate athletic director for sports medicine at Missouri. Sharp said in a news release Monday that Brantley will undergo knee surgery in three to four weeks to repair ligament damage. Brantley also suffered several rib fractures.

  • Pennsylvania brewery honoring Joe Paterno with special beer

    June 22, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) A Pennsylvania brewery is raising a glass to Joe Paterno.The Duquesne Brewing Company says Monday it's rolling out a brew honoring the late Penn State football coach.The Vienna-style lager available in mid-August will come in 12-oz. cans featuring Paterno's image and accomplishments.

  • 2 University of Missouri athletes hurt in Columbia crash

    June 22, 2015

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) A football player and a women's basketball player from the University of Missouri have been injured after their car flipped in Columbia.The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Harold Brantley, a defensive lineman, was seriously injured in the Sunday afternoon crash on U.S. 63. The patrol report says Madeleine Stock, a women's basketball player, sustained minor injuries.

  • Former NFL player, Spanish-language TV pioneer dies at 77

    August 27, 2015

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) Danny Villanueva, who was one of the NFL's first Latino kickers and a pioneer of Spanish-language television, has died. He was 77.Family members and officials at New Mexico State University, where Villanueva was a member of the athletic hall of fame, confirmed that he died Thursday after suffering a stroke earlier this week.

  • LSU suspends Jennings, 3 other players following arrests

    August 27, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU coach Les Miles has suspended quarterback Anthony Jennings and three other players indefinitely following their arrests on Thursday.LSU police have booked Jennings, defensive back Dwayne Thomas and defensive tackle Maquedius Bain with unauthorized entry of a residence.

  • UCF AD hired for same post at Oregon State

    August 27, 2015

    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Todd Stansbury, the athletic director at Central Florida for more than three years, was named athletic director at Oregon State on Thursday.Stansbury begins his new job in Corvallis, Oregon, on Aug. 1. He will be introduced at a news conference next week.

  • Texas A&M's John David Crow, 1957 Heisman winner, dies at 79

    August 27, 2015

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) John David Crow, the bruising running back who won the 1957 Heisman Trophy with Texas A&M before a Pro Bowl career in the NFL, has died. He was 79.The university said Crow died Wednesday night surrounded by his family. A cause of death was not disclosed.

  • Central Michigan football coach diagnosed with cancer

    August 27, 2015

    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) Central Michigan football coach John Bonamego said Thursday that he has cancer and plans to continue working during treatment.In a letter released by the school, Bonamego wrote that he has cancer in his left tonsil.''It was discovered early and is very treatable,'' he wrote.

  • Indiana boots top tackler off football team after arrest

    August 27, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana University kicked starting safety Antonio Allen off the football team Wednesday after his arrest on drug-dealing charges.Athletic department officials made the announcement in a one-sentence statement less than 24 hours after Indiana State Police charged the Indianapolis native with five counts of drug dealing.

  • Cheers! Texas approves alcohol sales at football games

    August 27, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The University of Texas will start selling beer and wine to fans at home football games beginning this fall.Beer and wine were already sold at other sporting events, but Royal-Memorial Stadium had remained alcohol-free. The school announced the change Wednesday.

  • Georgia adds UCLA to 2025-26 football schedules

    August 27, 2015

    Georgia has announced a two-game football series with UCLA beginning in 2025.Seeking to bolster their non-Southeastern Conference schedule, the Bulldogs will visit Pasadena, Calif., on Aug. 30, 2025, and will host the Bruins on Sept. 5, 2026.The schools haven't played since Georgia won the 1983 season opener at Sanford Stadium.

  • Iowa St dismisses RB Martinez Syria

    August 27, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State running back Martinez Syria has been kicked off the team.Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads says Syria has been dismissed for violating team policies.Syria gained 47 yards on 20 carries as a true freshman last season. His dismissal further erodes the depth on one of Iowa State's weakest positions.

  • Early signing proposal tabled by commissioners for 1 year

    August 27, 2015

    A decision to create an early signing period for college football has been put on hold until the entire recruiting process gets a comprehensive review.At a meeting Wednesday of the Collegiate Commissioners Association in Asheville, North Carolina, FBS leaders decided to table for one year a proposed a 72-hour signing period for high school prospects in mid-December that would line up with the dates junior college players can sign.

  • Gundy: NCAA investigation helps Oklahoma State

    August 27, 2015

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy ignored the Sports Illustrated articles that brought major allegations against his program two years ago.''I never read any of them,'' he told The Associated Press on Tuesday. ''My assistant read them, and she kind of told me what was going on, but I refused to read them because I knew they weren't true.''

  • Indiana suspends top tackler following drug-dealing arrest

    August 27, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana starting safety Antonio Allen was suspended indefinitely from all football activities Tuesday night after his arrest on drug-dealing charges.In a statement, the athletic department said it was aware of the arrest and will continue to gather the facts, but Allen's suspension takes effect immediately.

  • Playoff committee will wait for Army-Navy game if necessary

    August 27, 2015

    The College Football Playoff selection committee will wait until after the Army-Navy game is played to complete the New Year's Six bowl lineup if it determines the outcome of that game should be factored into the pairings.College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock told The Associated Press that only the bowl spots impacted by the Army-Navy game will be left open until after the game.

  • Paterno elected to Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame

    August 27, 2015

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Joe Paterno is finally a hall of famer in the state where his status as a coaching legend was marred by Penn State's child sex abuse scandal.The late football coach was elected Tuesday to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame along with 11 others, including former players Chuck Fusina and Matt Bahr.

  • Pitt star Tyler Boyd charged with DUI

    August 27, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh star wide receiver Tyler Boyd is facing a DUI charge and several traffic violations stemming from a traffic stop last week.Jefferson Hills police formally charged the 20-year-old Boyd on Tuesday. A police report says Boyd was pulled over around 2:30 a.m. Friday morning after trying to pass another car. Boyd told police he had ''two shots'' during the evening. He took a breath test and submitted to a blood test before being released to a family member. The results are pending.

  • Police plan to file DUI charge against Pitt's Tyler Boyd

    August 27, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Police planned to file driving under the influence and other charges against University of Pittsburgh star wide receiver Tyler Boyd stemming from a traffic stop Friday, a suburban police chief announced Monday.Jefferson Hills police Chief Eugene Roach said the 20-year-old player was pulled over about 2:30 a.m. Friday after passing another vehicle within an intersection.

  • Vanderbilt rape case defendants: Juror withheld information

    August 27, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Defense attorneys for two former Vanderbilt football players convicted in the dorm-room rape of a student are asking a judge to declare a mistrial, saying a juror intentionally withheld information that he was a rape victim during the jury selection process.

  • ASU recruit gets probation in domestic violence case

    August 27, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) A suspended Arizona State football recruit was sentenced Monday to two years of probation for his misdemeanor plea in a domestic violence case.Last month, 21-year-old Davon Durant pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct in an agreement that called for the dismissal of other charges, including an aggravated assault charge.

  • Pitt star Tyler Boyd being investigated on suspicion of DUI

    August 27, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh star wide receiver Tyler Boyd is under investigation for suspicion of driving under the influence following a traffic stop early Friday morning.Jefferson Hills police say the 20-year-old Boyd was pulled over around 2:30 a.m. Friday. He underwent breathalyzer and blood tests. Sergeant Kevin King says the results are pending and no charges have been filed.

  • Early signing period for football close to becoming reality

    August 27, 2015

    An early signing period for college football is close to becoming a reality after years of debate and discussion about giving prospects the opportunity to end their recruitment before February.The Collegiate Commissioners Association, which administers the national letter of intent recruits sign to make their verbal commitments to a school binding, will meet next week in Asheville, North Carolina, and are expected to vote Tuesday or Wednesday on a proposal to create a new three-day signing period in December.

  • Notre Dame DE Williams to transfer

    August 27, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Defensive end Jhonny Williams is transferring from Notre Dame after not playing as a freshman.Notre Dame spokesman Michael Bertsch said Thursday the 6-foot-4, 260-pound from Benton Harbor, Michigan, about 35 miles from South Bend, had informed the coaching staff he plans to transfer. Williams announced the move with a posting on Facebook thanking people for their support.

  • Georgia's quarterbacks competition down to 3 candidates

    August 27, 2015

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Jacob Park is transferring from Georgia following the expected arrival of former Virginia quarterback Greyson Lambert.Park, a redshirt freshman, worked mostly with the scout team last year and might have had a tough time beating out Lambert, Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta for the starting quarterback job.

  • Ex-Illinois football staffer sentenced for gun violation

    August 27, 2015

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) Former University of Illinois football staff member Matt Sinclair has been sentenced to 18 months of probation and 100 hours of community service for a weapons violation.The 32-year-old Sinclair was convicted in April of aggravated unlawful use of weapons for carrying a gun without having a concealed-carry license. Sinclair was arrested in November 2013 exiting Interstate 74 after pointing an unloaded gun out his truck window at a vehicle carrying several co-workers. Women riding in a car behind Sinclair saw the act and called police.

  • Purdue's former starting QB Etling looking to transfer

    August 27, 2015

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Quarterback Danny Etling will transfer from Purdue.Coach Darrell Hazell announced the move Thursday. The 6-foot-2, 216-pound sophomore started the final seven games of his freshman season after replacing Rob Henry. Five games into last season, Hazell named Austin Appleby the starter.

  • Huskers LB Santos won't return; 2 other players to transfer

    August 27, 2015

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Nebraska's depth issue at linebacker became more problematic Thursday with coach Mike Riley's announcement that David Santos would not be with the Cornhuskers this season.Riley also said safety LeRoy Alexander and receiver Jariah Tolbert would transfer.

  • Plaintiff in concussion lawsuit vs. NCAA opposes settlement

    August 27, 2015

    The lead plaintiff in a concussion lawsuit against the NCAA opposes a proposed settlement in the case.In a statement released Tuesday through the National College Players Association, former Eastern Illinois football player Adrian Arrington said the agreement is unacceptable and that he never approved the settlement proposal being considered by U.S. District Judge John Lee in Chicago.

  • Kelly: DE Williams still not cleared to play for Irish

    August 27, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly says defensive end Ishaq Williams still has some NCAA hurdles to clear before he is able to play for the Fighting Irish.Williams was dismissed from Notre Dame last fall after being investigated for possible academic dishonesty and still has NCAA hurdles to clear before officially rejoining the team.

  • Bowl projections for 2015-16 postseason

    August 27, 2015

    The Football Bowl Association released the schedule for the 2015-16 postseason, making it a perfect time to do the impossible and pick which teams will be playing in the record 40 bowl games set to take place between Dec. 19 and Jan. 2.Plenty of wishful thinking involved - Texas vs. Texas A&M! - and picks all are subject to change before the season starts.

  • Washington signs QB Rodriguez to financial aid agreement

    August 27, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Washington has signed junior college quarterback Tony Rodriguez to a financial aid agreement, giving the Huskies additional depth at the position going into the 2015 season.Washington announced Rodriguez's signing on Tuesday.Rodriguez was the offensive player of the year on the Region I all-California junior college team last fall playing for City College of San Francisco. Rodriguez passed for 2,382 yards, 18 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He also ran for three TDs.

  • Foster Farms Bowl to be played Dec 26

    August 27, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) This year's Foster Farms Bowl in the Bay Area will be played on Dec. 26.Bowl executive director Gary Cavalli announced the date Monday for the game between the fourth selection from the Pac-12 and an upper-echelon Big Ten team. The kickoff time is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. PST, and the game will aired on ESPN.

  • UMass, Mississippi State announce 3-game football series

    August 27, 2015

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State and Massachusetts have agreed to a three-game football series that begins in 2016 with a game at Gillette Stadium, which is the home of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.UMass will make return trips to Mississippi State in 2017 and 2020.

  • UConn coach says he doesn't need UCF's consent for rivalry

    August 27, 2015

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) UConn football coach Bob Diaco has created a trophy and countdown clock, saying Monday he doesn't need UCF's permission to manufacture a rivalry game with the Knights.Diaco's office last week posted a picture on Twitter (http://bit.ly/1F4kDfb ) of a trophy he had commissioned for the annual game between the American Athletic Conference schools, which he has dubbed ''The Civil Conflict.'' Above the trophy was a clock marking the amount of time until the Oct. 10 game in Orlando.

  • Pac-12 teams to use injury spotter during football games

    August 27, 2015

    The Pac-12 teams will use injury spotters during football games that will monitor teams with video technology and communicate with coaches and medical personnel.The Pac-12 university presidents and chancellors approved the spotter system at the conference's summer meetings this weekend.

  • Wildcats in good shape heading into summer workouts

    August 27, 2015

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona's players were not ready for their first offseason under Rich Rodriguez. Not even close.Out of shape and out of their element with the then-new coach's go-all-the-time style, the Wildcats were more concerned about catching their breath than trying to learn plays.

  • Facing 5 NCAA charges, UNC plans response in academic case

    August 27, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina and the NCAA appear to agree on at least one thing: The school has corrected problems that led to its long-running academic fraud scandal through numerous reforms and personnel changes.What the two sides don't agree on is what rule violations were committed.

  • Coach postpones raise to help MTSU with cost of attendance

    August 27, 2015

    Football coach Rick Stockstill heard plenty of questions from his players and recruits about how much Middle Tennessee might pay for the cost of attendance. So he decided to do something.He postponed his 0,000 annual pay raise for four years to help the university pay that tab.

  • Illinois adds Duke series to 2025, '26 football schedules

    August 27, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois and Duke have agreed to play a home-and-home series in the 2025 and 2026 football seasons.Illinois said Friday that the teams will play in Durham, North Carolina, on Sept. 6, 2025, and in Champaign on Sept. 12, 2026.The Illini and Blue Devils have only played each other twice and haven't met since 1965. The series is 1-1.

  • Tennessee adds Abernathy, Renfro as graduate transfers

    August 27, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee has added former Cincinnati running back/receiver Ralph David Abernathy IV and former Maryland punter Nate Renfro as graduate transfers.The school released an updated roster Thursday that included both players. As graduate transfers, Abernathy and Renfro are eligible to play this fall rather than sitting out a year.

  • Tennessee State says APR recount cancels postseason ban

    August 27, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee State officials say a one-year postseason ban in football has been avoided after a recalculation of the program's NCAA minimum Academic Progress Rate.School officials said they were told Thursday of the recalculation.

  • Former Arkansas, CFL linebacker Harris dies at 77

    August 27, 2015

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Wayne Harris, the former University of Arkansas and Calgary Stampeders linebacker known as ''Thumper'' for his hard hits, has died. He was 77.The Stampeders confirmed Harris's death Thursday.Harris played his entire CFL career with Calgary from 1961-72. The Hampton, Arkansas, native was the MVP in Calgary's 1971 Grey Cup victory over Toronto.

  • Correction: Florida State-Ramsey story

    August 27, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) In a story June 3 about Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey and his Olympic aspirations, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of Ramsey's long jump coach. It is Dennis Nobles, not Dennis Robles.A corrected version of the story is below:

  • NCAA hits UNC with 5 violations in wake of academic scandal

    August 27, 2015

    North Carolina's long-running academic fraud scandal now includes five NCAA charges, including a lack of institutional control for poor oversight of an academic department popular with athletes and the counselors who advised them.The school released a 59-page notice of allegations Thursday from the NCAA, which uses the document to specify violations uncovered during an investigation. The charges were more broad-based than focused on individual sports, with the NCAA regarding academic irregularities in the formerly named African and Afro-American (AFAM) Studies department as potential improper benefits by saying athletes received access to courses and other assistance generally unavailable to non-athletes.

  • Georgia Tech, Boston College to open 2016 season in Ireland

    August 27, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech and Boston College are heading to Ireland to open the 2016 college football season.The announcement was made Thursday by Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and other officials in Dublin.The Atlantic Coast Conference game will be played Sept. 3, 2016, at 51,700-seat Aviva Stadium, with Boston College serving as the home team.

  • Florida State star DB Ramsey dreams of Olympic gold

    August 27, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Get Florida State star Jalen Ramsey talking about his other sport, the one he squeezes in between football and does about as well as anybody in the country, and it's apparent that the long jump isn't just a way for the defensive back to stay in shape.

  • New Utah State AD sets sights on Mountain West championships

    August 27, 2015

    LOGAN, Utah (AP) Newly hired Utah State athletic director John Hartwell said the Aggies will win multiple Mountain West championships in multiple sports.Hartwell was introduced as the new head of athletics at the Wayne Estes Center on Wednesday and didn't hesitate to set high expectations for on-field performance and growth throughout the department. Utah State joined the reorganized Mountain West in 2013 and has yet to earn a league trophy in any sport. Hartwell promised that will change.

  • New U Texas president supports beer sales at football games

    August 27, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) New University of Texas President Greg Fenves says he is in favor of allowing beer sales at football games to enhance the fan experience.Texas began selling beer at other athletic events at the urging of athletic director Steve Patterson in 2014, but not at football games.

  • Former Virginia QB Greyson Lambert transferring to Georgia

    August 27, 2015

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Virginia graduate Greyson Lambert said Wednesday he's transferring to Georgia, where he will join a three-man race for the starting job.Lambert, a native of Jesup, Georgia, confirmed his decision by replying to a text message to The Associated Press. ''I'm going to Georgia,'' he said.

  • Ohio State's Meyer to release book on leadership

    August 27, 2015

    Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has a book on leadership and team building that will be out in October.Penguin Press announced Wednesday that ''Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Season'' by Meyer, with author Wayne Coffey, will be published Oct. 27.

  • UAB supporters showed president the money, got football back

    August 27, 2015

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) When Justin Craft and other UAB supporters met with university President Ray Watts last fall, they were told that donations to the athletic department were welcome but to hold off on pledging money to save the football program.

  • FBS newbies provide glimpse how UAB can rebuild its roster

    August 27, 2015

    Football is back at UAB. Now the Blazers need players.Among the many challenges UAB faces now that it has reinstated its football program - six months after dropping it - is reconstructing a roster that can compete in FBS, maybe as soon as 2016.The Blazers are not starting from scratch, but it is close enough that coach Bill Clark might want to look toward FBS newbies UTSA and Charlotte to help craft a blueprint for rebuilding his team.

  • Utah State hires John Hartwell as next athletic director

    August 27, 2015

    LOGAN, Utah (AP) John Hartwell has been hired as the next athletic director at Utah State, President Stan Albrecht announced Tuesday.The former Troy athletic director replaces Scott Barnes, who took the same position at Pittsburgh.Hartwell spent three years at Troy, where he guided major upgrades to several athletic facilities. Three of his hires were named Sun Belt Conference coach of the year in 2014-15 as the women's golf team and men's tennis team won conference titles. He also negotiated a new deal with Adidas to outfit the school's teams.

  • College Football Playoff semifinals to start at 4 p.m. ET

    August 27, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The first College Football Playoff semifinal will begin at 4 p.m. eastern on New Year's Eve.The CFP on Tuesday announced the start times for the semifinals and four other marquee bowl games to be played on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

  • Clemson enters season with revamped defensive line

    August 27, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Clemson led the country in defense last year, largely because of an experienced front line with a four-man group that started a combined 114 games the past four seasons.Now, they have all moved on, leaving the Tigers coaches to send in the next wave of players looking to maintain the team's status as the top-ranked defense in the nation.

  • Richt hopes for 'discretion' in new SEC transfer rule

    August 27, 2015

    MACON, Ga. (AP) Georgia coach Mark Richt hopes there is room for ''discretion'' in the SEC's new rule which blocks schools from accepting transfers who have had ''serious misconduct'' problems.The Southeastern Conference is the first league to prohibit accepting transfers of student-athletes who have a history of such offenses. The league defined serious misconduct as sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence.

  • Las Vegas Bowl to keep Saturday slot, game set for Dec. 19

    August 27, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The Las Vegas Bowl will stick with the Saturday-before-Christmas schedule established in 2012.ESPN Events announced Monday that the 24th Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl will be played at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 19 at Sam Boyd Stadium and will be televised on ABC.

  • Leinart among 1st-timers on College Hall of Fame ballot

    August 27, 2015

    Southern California Heisman Trophy Winner Matt Leinart and former New Mexico star Brian Urlacher are among the players making their first appearance on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot.The National Football Foundation released on Tuesday the players and coaches being considered for selection to the Hall of Fame this year. The new Hall of Fame class will be announced Jan. 8 in Arizona, where the College Football Playoff championship game will be held.

  • Now, UAB begins rebuilding process for football

    August 27, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) UAB's decision to revive the football program is just the beginning of a formidable task.University President Ray Watts announced his intentions Monday to bring back football, a day short of six months after dropping the programs. Now, coach Bill Clark must find enough players to field a team as early as 2016.

  • Tennessee has 'moved on' from Williams being part of team

    August 27, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Volunteers say they have ''moved on'' from Michael Williams being part of the football team. The cornerback was indicted on aggravated rape charges in February.Tennessee officials didn't say whether Williams had been permanently kicked off the team, but when athletic department spokesman Jason Yellin was asked if there were any circumstances under which Williams could return, Yellin reiterated that, ''We've moved on.''

  • UAB president: University bringing football back in 2016

    August 27, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) UAB President Ray Watts said Monday he is bringing the football program back as early as 2016, reversing a decision to shut it down because it was too expensive.Watts cited renewed financial commitment from supporters, students and the city as reasons for the change of heart.

  • UAB to restore dropped football program for 2016 season

    August 27, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) UAB President Ray Watts is bringing the football program back.Watts told The Associated Press that he decided on Monday morning to reverse the earlier decision after meetings with UAB supporters continued through the weekend. He says donors have pledged to make up the estimated .2 million deficit over the next five years if football is restored.

  • UAB president: University reverses decision to drop football, will bring program back in 2016

    August 27, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) UAB president: University reverses decision to drop football, will bring program back in 2016.

  • SEC's Slive steps down amid record revenue, new conduct rule

    August 27, 2015

    DESTIN, Fla. (AP) Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive unexpectedly stepped down Friday, just minutes after announcing record revenue and a groundbreaking rule.Slive had been scheduled to officially retire July 31, but decided to hand the reins of the powerful league to Greg Sankey beginning Monday.

  • SEC generates NCAA-record 5.8M in revenue for 2014-15

    August 27, 2015

    DESTIN, Fla. (AP) The powerful Southeastern Conference is now the NCAA's richest league.Thanks to the successful debut of the SEC Network, the conference generated an NCAA-record 5.8 million in revenue in 2014-15. The league's revenue was 9.6 million last year.

  • SEC generates NCAA-record 5M in revenue for 2014-15

    August 27, 2015

    DESTIN, Fla. (AP) The powerful Southeastern Conference is now the NCAA's richest league.Thanks to the successful debut of the SEC Network, the conference generated an NCAA-record 5 million in revenue in 2014-15. The league's revenue was 9.6 million last year.

  • Stanford, San Jose St. to host Super Bowl practices

    August 27, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The two Super Bowl teams will practice for next year's game in the Bay Area on the campuses of Stanford and San Jose State.Stanford said Friday that the NFC champion will practice on its campus, as well as using the field house, weight room and conference rooms to prepare for the game on Feb. 7, 2016, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

  • Indiana reconciles with 10 players who boycotted in '69

    August 27, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana says it has reconciled with and welcomed back 10 football players who boycotted the last three games in 1969 because the coaching staff would not adequately address their concerns about unequal treatment on the basis of race.

  • Team releases Rutgers football player charged in robbery

    August 27, 2015

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers University in New Jersey has dismissed a football player from the team who was arrested on a robbery charge last weekend in Florida.Coach Kyle Flood announced the dismissal of Darian Dailey in a news release Thursday.The defensive back and another man were arrested and charged with robbery after Florida's Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said Dailey and another suspect confronted a bicyclist with a gun early Sunday and demanded money.

  • Suspended Arizona State football recruit pleads guilty

    August 27, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) A suspended Arizona State football recruit accused of domestic violence has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.Maricopa County Superior Court officials say 21-year-old Davon Durant changed his plea to guilty on Thursday and that other charges against Durant will be dismissed when he is sentenced. The other charges include aggravated assault.

  • Ex-Notre Dame player Hardy makes it official: He's a Falcon

    August 27, 2015

    BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) Former Notre Dame safety Eilar Hardy will play his one remaining year of college eligibility at Bowling Green.Hardy, who played in 15 games the last two years for the Fighting Irish, had asked for and been granted his release from Notre Dame after last season. He had said he was transferring to Bowling Green, but the decision wasn't officially announced until Thursday.

  • Oklahoma QB Hansen to transfer

    August 27, 2015

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma backup quarterback Justice Hansen plans to transfer.The school announced the decision Wednesday night.Hansen, a redshirt freshman, completed all five of his passes for 70 yards in this year's spring game. He was competing with Trevor Knight, Baker Mayfield and Cody Thomas, who all have starting experience.

  • Big 12 schools could face big penalties for court storming

    August 27, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Big 12 Conference schools could now face fines, and even the loss of future home games, for failing to keep fans from storming courts or rushing fields after games.Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the measure passed Wednesday gives him a broad authority to deal with such violations.

  • SEC to allow satellite camps if NCAA doesn't ban them

    August 27, 2015

    DESTIN, Fla. (AP) The Southeastern Conference will either change the rules regarding recruiting camps or join in the chase.SEC athletic directors voted Wednesday to drop the league's restriction that prohibits coaches from attending satellite camps beginning in 2016 - but only if the football powerhouse can't get the NCAA to ban those camps altogether.

  • Inequality in cost of attendance has some worried in SEC

    August 27, 2015

    DESTIN, Fla. (AP) The cost of attendance boost to an athletic scholarship is about to become a reality and some coaches are uncomfortable with the new economic reality of college sports: Athletes will be able to get more at some schools than at others.

  • Miles plans to meet with suspended LSU lineman

    August 27, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette says coach Les Miles plans to meet with suspended reserve offensive lineman Jevonte Domond on Thursday to discuss his recent arrest in an alleged domestic dispute.An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's spokeswoman says bond has been set at ,000 for Domond, who was arrested Monday after his fiancee told authorities he picked her up by her neck, choked her nearly to the point of passing out, threw her onto a couch and bit her hip in the presence of their newborn.

  • New Orleans among 9 bidding to host playoff championship

    August 27, 2015

    DESTIN, Fla. (AP) New Orleans is among nine cities and regions bidding to host College Football Playoff championship games.Atlanta, Houston, San Antonio, Detroit, Minneapolis, South Florida, Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Bay Area in California also are vying to host the 2018, `19 and `20 title games. All those sites had been previously reported as intending to bid, though the deadline to submit a bid was Wednesday.

  • SEC to 'substantially' increase fines for rushing fields

    August 27, 2015

    DESTIN, Fla. (AP) The Southeastern Conference has been fining its schools for rushing fields and storming courts since 2004.Now, a decade later, those penalties are going up. Way up.The league plans to ''substantially'' increase fines for teams that violate its on-field policy. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive indicated that the new starting point would be around ,000 - 10 times more than the previous fine for first-time offenders.

  • SEC passes regulation to better identify concussions

    August 27, 2015

    DESTIN, Fla. (AP) The Southeastern Conference is taking steps to better identify concussions.The league passed a regulation Tuesday that requires an independent medical observer for conference and non-conference games beginning next season.Each trained observer - hired by the conference, not the schools - will be stationed in the television replay booth and monitor both sidelines as well as on-field action. At least two schools used the setup last season, and now ''we've broadened that to make it consistent across the league,'' incoming SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said.

  • SEC wants 'level playing field' regarding camps, transfers

    August 27, 2015

    DESTIN, Fla. (AP) The Southeastern Conference wants a level playing field.Yep, the league that boasts seven consecutive football national championships, resides in some of the country's most fertile recruiting grounds and has loads of history and fan support is complaining about being at a competitive disadvantage.

  • Quarterback competition, not controversy, at Florida State

    August 27, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher sees competition, not a budding quarterback controversy, with the addition of Everett Golson.The former two-year starter for Notre Dame is transferring to the Seminoles for his final season.Fisher insisted he was comfortable with the mostly inexperienced quarterbacks on Florida State's roster coming out of spring practice, but the opportunity to bring in a player who had performed on big stages and helped his team reach the national championship game was just too good to pass up.

  • Oregon adds Notre Dame transfer Hegarty to bolster OL

    August 27, 2015

    Former Notre Dame offensive lineman Matt Hegarty is transferring to Oregon, where he will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate student.Hegarty played in 34 games for the Fighting Irish, including 11 starts last season moving between guard and center. The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder could help fill the spot on Oregon's line left open by the departure of center Hroniss Grasu, who was drafted by the Chicago Bears.

  • Indiana WR Griffith arrested for driving while intoxicated

    August 27, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana wide receiver Isaac Griffith is out of jail after being arrested for driving while intoxicated.The 20-year-old sophomore from Fort Wayne was released from the Monroe County Jail after posting bond Saturday.Indiana University Police spokesman Lt. Craig Munroe says Griffith was arrested early Saturday on preliminary charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with endangerment, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol content above 0.08, and illegal consumption.

  • Beckham and University of Miami discuss stadium partnership

    August 27, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) David Beckham and the University of Miami are discussing a possible partnership for a new stadium for both Major League Soccer and college football.Beckham was in town for a meeting Friday, and outgoing University of Miami President Donna Shalala has been involved in discussions this week. Among the locations being considering is a site near the old Orange Bowl, which has been torn down, next to Marlins Park.

  • SEC agenda includes graduate transfers, satellite camps

    August 27, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) The Southeastern Conference agenda for spring meetings leans heavily toward ensuring other leagues don't have any competitive advantage, either from satellite camps or graduate transfers.Coaches have grumbled about outside competitors like Penn State's James Franklin and Michigan's Jim Harbaugh holding football camps as guest coaches in the SEC's fertile recruiting territory.

  • UNC receives NCAA notice of allegations in academic case

    August 27, 2015

    North Carolina has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA connected to the school's academic fraud scandal.In a statement Friday, Chancellor Carol Folt and athletic director Bubba Cunningham said UNC is reviewing the ''lengthy'' notice and will release it publicly ''as soon as possible'' after redactions to comply with privacy laws.

  • Siants sign 1st-round pick Andrus Peat

    August 27, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints signed first-round pick Andrus Peat on Thursday to a four-year contract.The 6-foot-7, 316-pound former Stanford offensive tackle was selected 13th overall. Peat was the last of the team's nine draft picks to sign.

  • Haskell Indian Nations University halting football for 2015

    August 27, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Haskell Indian Nations University is suspending its football program for 2015 because of a lack of funds.The Lawrence Journal-World (http://bit.ly/1JEi768 ) reports the Lawrence-based university made the announcement Thursday. The school's student newspaper reported university President Venida Chenault announced the cost-cutting move at a meeting of summer students, faculty and staff.

  • UConn and Syracuse agree to renew football rivalry

    August 27, 2015

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) Former Big East rivals UConn and Syracuse have announced an agreement to play a home-and-home football series.Under the agreement, the Huskies will host to the Orange on September 24, 2016 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford and UConn will travel to the Carrier Dome on September 29, 2018.

  • Longtime Ohio State spokesman Steve Snapp dead at 69

    August 27, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Steve Snapp, a longtime Ohio State athletics spokesman and sports information director, has died. He was 69.The university confirmed his death on Thursday. Snapp had been ill a long time, battling cancer and suffering a stroke several years ago.

  • Liberty Bowl set for Jan. 2 this season

    August 27, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Liberty Bowl is moving to January this season.Officials said Wednesday the game will be played Jan. 2. It is set to start at 3:20 p.m. EST and will be televised by ESPN.This marks the third time the Liberty Bowl has taken place on Jan. 2. The Liberty Bowl also had a Jan. 2 date for the 2008 and 2009 seasons, though it typically has been played in late December.

  • Franklin says satellite camp idea planted by other coaches

    August 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Penn State coach James Franklin wants to make something clear when it comes to the debate about so-called satellite camps: He stole the idea.Franklin sparked a controversy last year when he and his staff guest coached at a Georgia State camp in Atlanta. Southeastern Conference coaches bristled because SEC rules prohibit them from doing something similar.

  • Duke, Kentucky basketball teams earn top marks in classroom

    August 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kentucky's men's basketball team was nearly as perfect in the classroom in 2013-14 as it was on the basketball court last season.On Wednesday, the school often criticized for embracing one-and-done players was singled out by the NCAA for public recognition after finishing among the top 10 percent of men's basketball teams academically. The team's actual score will not be released until next week.

  • Brett Favre playing football again - for charity

    August 27, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Brett Favre will be playing football again in Wisconsin - just not at Lambeau Field.The former Green Bay Packers quarterback will be participating in a charity flag football game the University of Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium on July 19.

  • Nebraska DB Boaz Joseph fined 0 for marijuana possession

    August 27, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska reserve defensive back Boaz Joseph has been fined 0 for marijuana possession.Joseph had a charge for possession of drug paraphernalia dropped during his sentencing Tuesday in Lancaster County Court.University police last month found marijuana in a tobacco tin in Joseph's room at his Lincoln apartment. Officers were there to execute a search warrant in connection with an unrelated fraud investigation. Two other people were ticketed for having drugs and paraphernalia.

  • Rolle defends Winston, says Bowden wrong to criticize QB

    August 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Former Florida State star Myron Rolle says Bobby Bowden was wrong to say Seminoles supporters believe Jameis Winston was an embarrassment to the school.Rolle won a Rhodes Scholarship while playing for Bowden at Florida State and has known Winston since the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback was in high school.

  • Michigan State's Martinez cleared to play immediately

    August 27, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State linebacker Drake Martinez will be eligible to play in 2015 after receiving a waiver from the Big Ten.Martinez, a junior college transfer, will have three years of eligibility remaining. He started eight games in 2014 for Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California.

  • Ohio State's Smith praises playoff, warns about toll

    August 27, 2015

    ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith had high praise for college football's playoff system - and a warning to the NCAA about adding another round.More bandages will be needed.Smith said his Buckeyes were a banged-up bunch as they marched toward the championship and expanding the playoff field form four to eight teams will only add to the bumps and bruises.

  • Illinois adds ex QB Nathan Scheelhaase to football staff

    August 27, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois has hired former Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (SHEEL'-hows) as the assistant director of football operations.The school said Tuesday that Scheelhaase will take over the position vacated recently by fellow former quarterback Juice Williams, who took a job at Georgetown.

  • Syracuse football bringing No. 44 out of retirement

    August 27, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse is bringing back the football team's famed No. 44.The school made the announcement on Tuesday at a groundbreaking ceremony for Plaza 44, which will be constructed adjacent to the new Ensley Athletic Center. The plaza will honor the great trio of running backs who wore the number and helped make it one of the most recognizable numbers in college football - Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little.

  • Golson gets chance to replace Winston at Florida State

    August 27, 2015

    Everett Golson came oh-so close to beating Florida State with Notre Dame last year.Now, he has another chance for victory at Doak Campbell Stadium - only this time, he'll be playing for the home team.Golson is transferring to Florida State, where he will have the chance to replace Jameis Winston as the Seminoles' starting quarterback.

  • Fired Weis still highest paid Notre Dame coach on payroll

    August 27, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Charlie Weis remained the highest paid coach on Notre Dame's payroll despite being fired by the university following the 2009 season, earning nearly twice as much as Brian Kelly, the man who replaced him as football coach.The university paid Weis, who was fired as coach at Kansas last September, ,054,744, according to figures included in Notre Dame's most recent IRS documents for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014. That's the same amount Weis received the previous three years after receiving an initial payment of .6 million from Notre Dame after being fired. The university says in the documents the payments continue through December.

  • Ex-Notre Dame quarterback Golson chooses Florida State

    August 27, 2015

    Former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is transferring to Florida State, where he will have the chance to replace Jameis Winston.Golson said in a statement to Fox Sports on Tuesday he will spend his fifth year of eligibility with the Seminoles. Golson graduated from Notre Dame on Sunday and will be immediately eligible to play under NCAA graduate transfer rules.

  • Former Notre Dame QB Golson chooses Florida State

    August 27, 2015

    Former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson says he is transferring to Florida State, where he will have the chance to replace Jameis Winston.In a statement to Fox Sports, Golson said Tuesday after much consideration he will spend his fifth year of eligibility with the Seminoles.

  • Former Virginia starting QB Greyson Lambert to transfer

    August 27, 2015

    Former starting quarterback and co-captain Greyson Lambert is joining the run of prominent players transferring from Virginia.Lambert announced his intention in a post on Twitter on Saturday, the same day he received his degree.The redshirt junior becomes the third consecutive incumbent starting quarterback to leave the Cavaliers since 2012, and leaves Matt Johns as the only scholarship quarterback on the roster until June.

  • Florida adds Vanderbilt graduate transfer Josh Grady

    August 27, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Former Vanderbilt quarterback/receiver Josh Grady has landed at Florida.The Gators announced Friday that Grady has enrolled in classes and will be eligible to play this fall.Grady graduated from Vanderbilt last week, and the Southeastern Conference approved his transfer.

  • Some Illini players use Twitter to back coaches

    August 27, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Some current and former Illinois football players started their own Twitter campaign in support of Illinois coach Tim Beckman and his staff following allegations they mishandled a player's injuries.At least 20 past and current players posted messages Thursday using the hashtag (hash)proudillini. Some were players who've had their own injuries while playing.

  • Football Hall of Famer Bobby Bell gets degree at age of 74

    August 27, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Bobby Bell sat down in the chair, his black gown draped over his shoulders, the black cap tilted just perfectly and the white tassels hanging to his right.A representative from the University of Minnesota asked the 74-year-old Pro Football Hall of Famer if he wanted to wear the graduation attire while he was doing interviews with the media.

  • Fran Fisher, broadcaster for Penn St. football, dies at 91

    August 27, 2015

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Fran Fisher, who broadcast Penn State football games on the radio for many years, has died. He was 91.Fisher's son Jerry says his father was discovered in his State College town house Thursday morning but may have died late Wednesday.

  • Michigan's Minick suspended indefinitely after arrest

    August 27, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan associate athletic director for football Jim Minick was suspended indefinitely Wednesday, four days after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol in Pittsfield Township.''Jim Minick made a regrettable decision last week and was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated,'' Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh said in a statement. ''Jim makes no excuses, regrets this decision and understands the consequences for his actions. Due to the serious nature of this event, Jim Minick has been suspended indefinitely and we ask for your understanding while we address the situation.''

  • Accusations spoil spring for Illini coach Tim Beckman

    August 27, 2015

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) This is a week in which Tim Beckman would otherwise be preparing to watch some of his players graduate.Instead, the Illinois coach who is already on a hot seat as his team struggles in the Big Ten finds himself and his staff accused by a former player of mishandling injuries. The allegations prompted the school to announce an independent investigation at a time Beckman would surely rather be discussing a recruiting class that is his best since coming to Illinois in 2011.

  • As grad transfer is scrutinized, SEC might lock out Golson

    August 27, 2015

    Florida State? Interested. South Carolina? Not interested. Florida? Happy to be mentioned. Georgia? Well, the Bulldogs would rather not say.Everett Golson has become a popular man in the southeast since he announced last week he is transferring from Notre Dame.

  • Oklahoma RB Keith Ford to transfer after suspension

    August 27, 2015

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma running back Keith Ford is transferring.A school spokesman confirmed Ford's decision on Wednesday.Ford was suspended indefinitely in March for academic and team rules violations. He was Oklahoma's top rusher and one of the Sooners' top receivers last season before he broke his right leg in the third game against Tennessee and missed the next five games.

  • Coach: Jackson not enrolled at Florida following arrest

    August 27, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Talented and troubled cornerback J.C. Jackson is no longer enrolled at Florida following an arrest.Coach Jim McElwain says Wednesday that Jackson is not taking summer classes. Jackson is charged with three counts of armed robbery stemming from an April 18 incident in Gainesville.

  • Players' group wants independent U of Illinois investigation

    August 27, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - A national advocacy group for college football players says complaints about Illinois coach Tim Beckman's handling of a former player's injuries should be investigated by someone outside the university.National College Players Association Executive Director Ramogi Huma also said in a letter to Urbana-Champaign campus Chancellor Phyllis Wise that the findings of the investigation should be made public and that anyone found to have abused players be fired. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter.

  • McElwain: Jackson not enrolled at Florida following arrest

    August 27, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Talented and troubled cornerback J.C. Jackson is no longer enrolled at Florida following an arrest.Coach Jim McElwain says Wednesday that Jackson is not taking summer classes. Jackson is charged with three counts of armed robbery stemming from an April 18 incident in Gainesville.

  • Mornhinweg transfers, leaving Florida with 2 scholarship QBs

    August 27, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida is down to two scholarship quarterbacks with the departure of Skyler Mornhinweg to Columbia University.Coach Jim McElwain said Wednesday on a Southeastern Conference coaches' call that Mornhinweg had left the program.He's the fifth scholarship quarterback to leave Florida in the last 30 months, following Jacoby Brissett (North Carolina State), Max Staver (Tyler Junior College), Tyler Murphy (Boston College) and Jeff Driskel (Louisiana Tech).

  • Michigan State's Sims set to finish career elsewhere

    August 27, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State wide receiver Andre Sims has been released from his scholarship so he can complete his final year of eligibility elsewhere after graduating last week.Sims earned a degree in journalism.Coach Mark Dantonio says the Spartans wish him the best of luck entering his final season. Sims caught 13 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown in three seasons with the Spartans.

  • Michigan says Norfleet's status an 'internal matter'

    August 27, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan says wide receiver Dennis Norfleet's status is an ''internal matter'' after his high school coach said he was no longer a member of the Wolverines.Detroit King coach Dale Harvel told The Detroit News and MLive.com on Tuesday that Norfleet was dismissed from the team.

  • Fisher: Ex-Irish QB Golson, Florida State 'negotiating'

    August 27, 2015

    AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (AP) Everett Golson has met with Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher about the possibility of the former Notre Dame quarterback transferring to the Seminoles.Fisher said Tuesday at the Atlantic Coast Conference spring meetings that Golson visited Florida State's Tallahassee campus on Monday.

  • Fisher: Ex-Irish quarterback Golson visited Florida State

    August 27, 2015

    AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (AP) Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says he has met with Everett Golson about the possibility of the former Notre Dame quarterback transferring to the Seminoles.Fisher told reporters Tuesday at the Atlantic Coast Conference spring meetings in Amelia Island, Florida, that Golson visited Florida State's Tallahassee campus on Monday. The coach said he would not promise playing time to Golson and that it was up to the player if he wanted to join the Seminoles.

  • Player's group wants independent U of Illinois investigation

    August 27, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) A national advocacy group for college football players says complaints about Illinois coach Tim Beckman's handling of a former player's injuries should be investigated by someone outside the university.National College Players Association Executive Director Ramogi Huma also said in a letter to Urbana-Champaign campus Chancellor Phyllis Wise that the findings of the investigation should be made public and that anyone found to have abused players be fired. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter.

  • Gundy deposition: Assistant took lateral move to Texas

    August 27, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Testifying in a legal fight between two Big 12 rivals, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy says his assistant Joe Wickline made a lateral move to join Texas and that his new duties with the Longhorns sound identical to his old ones.Whether Wickline took a promotion with ''play-calling duties'' at Texas or just got a title with the same responsibilities he had in Stillwater is at the center of a nearly 0,000 dispute between Wickline and his former school.

  • Beckman: Disappointed by allegation, overwhelmed by support

    August 27, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois coach Tim Beckman says he is disappointed by the way former Illini football player Simon Cvijanovic (svee-YAHN'-oh-vich) has aired complaints about the handling of his injuries. But the coach says he appreciates support he has received.

  • APNewsBreak: Former player arrested in NC sports agent probe

    August 27, 2015

    HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) A former college football player arrested and charged with acting as an agent and violating North Carolina's law that bars illegally luring collegiate athletes into contracts made his initial court appearance Tuesday.Chris Hawkins appeared via videoconference from the Orange County Jail before District Court Judge Beverly Scarlett.

  • Pelini's job at Youngstown St. to save Nebraska .4 million

    August 27, 2015

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) The Nebraska athletic department will save about .4 million in contract buyout payments to Bo Pelini with the former football coach's hiring at Youngstown State, according to the revised payment schedule released Tuesday.Pelini will receive 8,009 a month from Nebraska through February 2019. That's ,991 less than the 0,000 a month he was owed before Youngstown hired him in December, shortly after his firing at Nebraska.

  • Michigan announces addition of Stanford DB as transfer

    August 27, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan announced Monday that cornerback Wayne Lyons is joining the team as a graduate transfer from Stanford.Lyons will be eligible to play this season. He is expected to graduate Stanford in June with a degree in architectural design.

  • Illini athletic director will review player claims vs coach

    August 27, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas is supporting coach Tim Beckman while planning a full review of allegations by former offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic that the program mishandled his injuries.Cvijanovic complained in a series of Twitter messages Sunday that he had been pressured by Beckman and some members of his staff to play through serious injuries last season and that the school hadn't informed him of the extent of an earlier knee surgery.

  • Illinois State back Coprich faces drug charge, suspension

    August 27, 2015

    NORMAL, Ill. (AP) Authorities say Illinois State University running back Marshaun Coprich is facing a drug charge and has been suspended from the team.McLean County authorities say Coprich has been preliminarily charged with felony distribution of 10 to 30 grams of marijuana. Court records indicate he hasn't yet been arraigned or entered a plea.

  • Oregon State AD Bob De Carolis to step down

    August 27, 2015

    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis has announced that he will step down on June 30.De Carolis released an open letter Monday announcing his decision.''There is never an optimal time for decisions like this, especially after 17 years of a journey,'' De Carolis said. ''However, I believe we are in the best possible position in Oregon State University's history to have success on and off the field.''

  • Illinois lineman says Beckman mishandled knee injury

    August 27, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Former University of Illinois offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic used a long series of Twitter messages Sunday to accuse coach Tim Beckman and some staff members of mishandling an injury.Over the course of dozens of messages Sunday afternoon and evening, the senior said Beckman had tried to convince him the injury wasn't a big deal. Cvijanovic had both knee and shoulder injuries at Illinois but in his messages Sunday talked about the knee.

  • Texas high court denies appeal in Mike Leach firing lawsuit

    August 27, 2015

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) The Texas Supreme Court has denied former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach's appeal in a lawsuit over his firing.Texas Tech dismissed Leach in 2009 amid accusations he mistreated a player suffering a concussion. That player was the son of Craig James, a former SMU star and ex-broadcaster with ESPN.

  • Cal introduces Michael Williams as new athletic director

    August 27, 2015

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) The moments that made Michael Williams want to be California's athletic director were the ones he never expected.There was the time defensive lineman Austin Clark gave him ''the biggest, sweatiest, bloodiest, nastiest hug.'' Or when he ''ended up almost drowning'' in the pool after the women's swimming and diving team won the national championship. And then there was swimmer Missy Franklin, dripping wet, running over to embrace Williams anyway.

  • Baylor's Briles takes on tough mix of family and football

    August 27, 2015

    WACO, Texas (AP) Working for dad can be tricky, no matter the profession. At Baylor, where the Briles' family business is scoring touchdowns and winning Big 12 titles, just how difficult that could become is about to be tested.Bears coach Art Briles is putting his son in charge of the most productive offense in the nation. Kendal Briles, 32, will be the one of youngest offensive coordinators in major college football. It is as if he is getting the keys to pop's car - and the car is a Maserati. If it wrecks, don't be surprised if Baylor fans are looking for the head coach to ground his kid.

  • Cal to announce hiring of Williams as AD

    August 27, 2015

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California has decided to give interim athletic director Mike Williams the full-time job.The school said Thursday that Chancellor Nicholas Dirks will introduce Williams at a news conference on campus Friday.Williams took over from the departed Sandy Barbour last summer and originally said he was not a candidate for the job. That changed once he was in the position and proved himself to be a viable candidate.

  • Washington WR/DB John Ross to miss season

    August 27, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Speedy Washington wide receiver/defensive back John Ross III will miss the season after suffering a leg injury during spring practice.Washington announced Ross' injury Thursday. Ross, a sophomore last fall, had minor knee surgery following the 2014 season but suffered a leg injury doing light work on the side during spring drills. The school did not specify the nature of Ross' injury.

  • Going, going, Golson: Where could QB transfer

    August 27, 2015

    For all of Everett Golson's maddening turnovers and befuddling inconsistency, he would be an upgrade at quarterback for dozens of FBS teams.There are plenty of prominent teams, especially in the Southeastern Conference, that are heading toward preseason practice with no clear starter, though the SEC is no lock to accommodate Golson. The league has a rule prohibiting schools from accepting graduate transfers who have been disciplined by their previous schools. Golson was suspended for academics by Notre Dame in 2013. An SEC school could apply for a waiver to have Golson's transfer accepted.

  • Georgia governor signs 'Todd Gurley bill' into law

    August 27, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law what's been dubbed the ''Todd Gurley bill'' - making it a crime punishable by up to a year in prison to entice student athletes to break NCAA rules for money.Deal's office said Thursday that he had signed House Bill 3, numbered to reflect the jersey number of the famous former University of Georgia running back who was suspended from the Bulldogs' football team for four games last fall for accepting money for autographs.

  • Ohio St.'s Jones tweets: Yay Cavs, boo to Noah, c'mon Tribe

    August 27, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Once burned on Twitter, Cardale Jones certainly isn't shy.The quarterback who came out of nowhere to lead Ohio State to the national championship in January has had a busy 24 hours posting tweets.First he cheered on his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the NBA playoffs Wednesday night. During a timeout, he and several Ohio State teammates were introduced at Quicken Loans Arena and Jones told the crowd that he wanted LeBron James and his teammates to bring ''another championship to Ohio.''

  • Obama presents Air Force Academy football team with trophy

    August 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama has congratulated the Air Force football team for again winning the annual Commander in Chief trophy.Obama says Air Force has now won the ''unreasonably large trophy'' a record 19 times.The president says that if anyone can figure out how to get the trophy where it needs to go, it's the Air Force.

  • Notre Dame QB Everett Golson transferring for final season

    August 27, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Everett Golson, once on track to be the winningest quarterback in Notre Dame history, is instead joining the long list of Fighting Irish quarterbacks who sought success elsewhere.Golson announced Thursday he will use his final season of eligibility at another school, ending an up-and-down career for the Irish that included a trip to the national championship game, a season lost to a suspension over academics and a competition this spring with Malik Zaire for the starter's job.

  • One true champion, and this time the Big 12 means it

    August 27, 2015

    The Big 12 will only need one championship trophy this season.Conference officials have agreed to break a tie for first-place in the standings with head-to-head results.Last season, Baylor and TCU both finished 8-1 in the Big 12 and were deemed co-champions, even though the Bears beat the Horned Frogs. After the conference had touted its full round-robin schedule and ''One True Champion'' slogan, the co-championship put the league and Commissioner Bob Bowlsby in an awkward spot. Both teams were also left out of the College Football Playoff.

  • Sandusky appeal seeks to have molestation case thrown out

    August 27, 2015

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky argued in a new appeal Wednesday that pretrial publicity, leaks and unprepared defense lawyers are among the reasons a judge should throw out his 45-count conviction for child sexual abuse.

  • Marshall RB charged in beating of 2 gay men, kicked off team

    August 27, 2015

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) Marshall running back Steward Butler was charged in the beating of two gay men Wednesday and dismissed from the team.Butler was arraigned before a Cabell County magistrate on two misdemeanor battery counts Wednesday and was released on ,000 bond.

  • Ohio State ex-band director says trustees decided on firing

    August 27, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Fired Ohio State marching band director Jonathan Waters alleged Wednesday that the university's board was directly involved in his dismissal and asked a judge to let him use other employment actions by the trustees in his lawsuit against the school.

  • Ohio State coach Urban Meyer undergoes appendectomy

    August 27, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has been sidelined with an appendectomy.Team spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed that Meyer, who led the Buckeyes to the national championship last season, could be held in the hospital overnight Wednesday.

  • Marshall RB Steward Butler charged in beating of 2 gay men

    August 27, 2015

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) Huntington police say Marshall backup running back Steward Butler has been charged in the beating of two gay men.Cabell County court records show Butler was arraigned before a magistrate Wednesday on two misdemeanor battery counts. He was released on ,000 bond.

  • Determination and peanut butter fuel Ohio State LB Lee

    August 27, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Fueled by a mix of confidence, determination, peanut butter and chocolate milk, Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee is right where he always knew he belonged - even if others weren't so sure.The former high school quarterback who refused to take no for an answer from Urban Meyer needed only two seasons and 35 pounds to develop into one of the best players on a national championship defense.

  • New bowls push FBS postseason to 42 games, needing 82 teams

    August 27, 2015

    The NCAA certified three new bowls to push the total number of postseason games in major college football to new high of 42.Debuting this season will be the Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida, and as yet unnamed games in Tucson, Arizona, and Austin, Texas.

  • Stanford, San Diego State announce home-and-home series

    August 27, 2015

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Stanford and San Diego State are set to play a future home-and-home series.The schools announced Tuesday that the Cardinal will play at San Diego State in September 2017, and the Aztecs will visit Stanford Stadium in September 2018.

  • Big 12's Bowlsby backs off title game talk after meetings

    August 27, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Big 12 has tapped the brakes on the conference championship game talk.Last week, Commissioner Bob Bowlsby strongly suggested the league would move toward bringing back its football championship to improve its chances of putting a team in the College Football Playoff.

  • UND releases list of nearly 1,200 potential new nicknames

    August 27, 2015

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) From ''Amber Waves'' to ''Zombies,'' the list of potential new nicknames for University of North Dakota athletic teams ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous.UND released a list of nearly 1,200 potential new nicknames Monday night, from which a committee will make a short list of finalists that will go to a public vote, likely sometime this year, school spokesman Peter Johnson said Tuesday.

  • Iowa DB Malik Rucker to leave program

    August 27, 2015

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa defensive back Malik Rucker is leaving the program.The Hawkeyes announced Tuesday that they have honored Rucker's request to be released from his scholarship so he can transfer to another school.Rucker, a Minneapolis native, played sparingly as a redshirt freshman last season. He made appearances in six games, recording five tackles.

  • Cactus Bowl to move back to Phoenix's Chase Field

    August 27, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Due to construction work at Arizona State's Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, the Cactus Bowl will be played for the next three years at Chase Field in Phoenix, home of baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks.The bowl game, which originated in Tucson, Arizona in 1989, moved to Chase Field in 2000 and was staged there until it moved to Sun Devil Stadium in 2006. When the new contract expired, the game could return to the renovated Sun Devil Stadium.

  • AP source: Cal to promote interim AD to full-time job

    August 27, 2015

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California will name interim athletic director Mike Williams to the full-time job.A person with knowledge of the plans said Monday that Chancellor Nicholas Dirks is expected to announce Williams' promotion later this week. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been finalized. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the news.

  • Clemson quarterback Watson on track for full recovery

    August 27, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson believes he won't miss a beat despite sitting out all spring after knee ligament surgery. And the Tigers most dynamic player insists he'll return at full speed once he's cleared to cut loose this summer.

  • Ole Miss coach gets firsthand taste of Talladega speed

    August 27, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Hugh Freeze knows a little something about speed and about NASCAR.The Mississippi football coach uses NASCAR terms to describe the various tempos of his no-huddle offense. The fastest: Talladega.Freeze drove the pace car for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, where pal Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was among the drivers. He said he's been a NASCAR fan since the early 1990s, pulling for Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Now, he roots hardest for Stenhouse and Danica Patrick, Stenhouse's girlfriend.

  • Auburn dismisses defensive end Elijah Daniel after arrest

    August 27, 2015

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has dismissed defensive end Elijah Daniel from the team, three days after the player's arrest.Malzahn announced the decision Saturday in a brief statement. Auburn police arrested Daniel and two other men on theft and burglary charges Wednesday night after an investigation into items missing from dormitory rooms following spring break.

  • Shutout: No Vols picked in NFL draft, a 1st since 1963

    August 27, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee has been shut out of the NFL draft for the first time since 1963.When the seventh and final round ended Saturday without any Volunteers getting chosen, it ended a string of 51 consecutive drafts in which at least one Tennessee player was selected.

  • Jeff Lockie stars in Oregon spring game

    August 27, 2015

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) The search for Marcus Mariota' replacement has been the No. 1 story for Oregon this spring as Ducks await the arrival of former Eastern Washington star Vernon Adams in June.On Saturday, Jeff Lockie showed he's ready to take on all challengers.

  • Ex-Nebraska aide Ron Brown leaves Youngstown St. for Liberty

    August 27, 2015

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) Ron Brown, the former Nebraska assistant who took a job under Bo Pelini at Youngstown State in January, is leaving the Penguins to become associate head coach and receivers coach at Liberty University.Brown, whose hiring was announced Friday, will work again with Flames coach Turner Gill. They served together for 13 years as assistants under Tom Osborne at Nebraska and were part of three national championships. Brown worked for Pelini at Nebraska from 2008-14.

  • K-State signs AD John Currie to extension through 2020

    August 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas State athletic director John Currie signed a restructured contract Friday that includes an extension through the 2020 academic year and increases his base salary to 5,000 annually.The deal removes athletically related bonuses from his contract and turns the compensation into guaranteed salary. His previous agreement allowed him to earn up to 55 percent of his 5,000 salary in incentives up to a maximum of 6,250.

  • Police drop charges against Alabama DB Cyrus Jones

    August 27, 2015

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Tuscaloosa police have dropped domestic violence charges against Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones.Police said in a statement Friday that probable cause existed for the charges filed against Jones, but they were dropped because he ''in fact attempted to deescalate the situation by contacting the Tuscaloosa Police Department.''

  • Nebraska wide receiver Tolbert cited for drug paraphernalia

    August 27, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) University of Nebraska campus police say redshirt freshman wide receiver Jariah Tolbert has been ticketed on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia.Police Sgt. Dave Dibelka said Friday that Tolbert, 19, of Belle Chasse, Louisiana, was cited early Thursday along with two 19-year-old women.

  • Ex-Huskers RB Scott Baldwin dies; '92 shooting paralyzed him

    August 27, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Scott Baldwin, whose promising career at Nebraska in the early 1990s ended because of injuries and his battles with mental illness, has died.Baldwin's family said through the Nebraska athletic department that he died of cardiac arrest Wednesday in New Jersey. He was 45.

  • Mack Rhoades off and running at Missouri

    August 27, 2015

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Asked how to raise attendance at sporting events, new Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades said simply, ''Win games.''''That's just human nature,'' Rhoades said. ''People want to be associated with a winning program. They want to be associated with the next great thing.''

  • Big 12 championship game would come with pros and cons

    August 27, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Big 12 has always been different from the other Power Five conferences.The product of a messy merger between the Big Eight and the Southwestern Conference in the mid-1990s, the Big 12 is by far the youngest of the wealthiest FBS leagues. Fifteen years after it was born, the Big 12 was nearly killed by conference realignment and picked apart by other power conferences.

  • Cal coach Sonny Dykes disappointed in former assistant

    August 27, 2015

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California coach Sonny Dykes says he was disappointed and surprised when assistant coach Pierre Ingram was arrested for solicitation.Ingram was arrested April 16 during a prostitution sting in Oakland. He was immediately placed on administrative leave before the school fired him last week.

  • Cal coach Dykes disappointed in former assistant

    August 27, 2015

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California coach Sonny Dykes says he was disappointed and surprised when assistant coach Pierre Ingram was arrested for solicitation.Ingram was arrested on April 16 during a prostitution sting in Oakland. He was immediately placed on administrative leave before the school fired him last week.

  • BYU reaches bowl agreements for 2015, 2019

    August 27, 2015

    PROVO, Utah (AP) BYU has agreed to play in either the Hawaii Bowl or the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at the end of the 2015 season.The school announced Thursday that the Cougars will play in one bowl at the end of the upcoming season and the other at the conclusion of 2019.

  • Syracuse begins recovery from dismal season with recruiting

    August 27, 2015

    Nothing much seemed to go right for Syracuse last season. If coach Scott Shafer isn't on cloud nine now, he's probably darn close.Five months removed from an injury-riddled 3-9 season that ended with five straight losses after a 2-0 start, there's a sparkling new indoor training center that's become an instant boon for the football team, most of the players are healthy again, and recruiting is purring.

  • Auburn DE Elijah Daniel arrested on burglary, theft charges

    August 27, 2015

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn defensive end Elijah Daniel has been suspended from the football team following his arrest with two other athletes on theft and burglary charges that police said Thursday resulted from an investigation into items missing from dormitory rooms after spring break.

  • Wednesday Sports In Brief

    August 27, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) BASEBALLBALTIMORE (AP) -Baseball in Baltimore was closed to the public for one day.The only shutout in the final score Wednesday at Camden Yards came in the attendance total: Orioles 8, White Sox 2, Fans 0.MLB decided to play the game behind closed doors because of looting and rioting around Camden Yards that broke out amid tensions between residents and police. The turmoil prompting a citywide curfew came hours after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who sustained a fatal spinal cord injury while in police custody.

  • Bowlsby says Big 12 will probably move toward champ game

    August 27, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) There is a good chance the Big 12 championship game will be making a comeback as soon as 2016.Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he believes the conference will move toward having a championship football game again because not having one puts the league at a disadvantage when it comes placing teams in the College Football Playoff.

  • Arizona's Scooby Wright wins Lombardi Award

    December 10, 2014

    HOUSTON (AP) - Arizona sophomore linebacker Scooby Wright won the Lombardi Award on Wednesday night as the nation's best lineman.Wright edged Clemson senior defensive end Vic Beasley, Washington senior linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha and Ohio State sophomore defensive end Joey Bosa for the award presented by the Rotary Club of Houston.

  • Heisman finalists headline college awards show

    December 10, 2014

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Alabama and Oregon are the top two seeds in the inaugural College Football Playoff. But first, their star players are up for several major awards.Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota and Crimson Tide wide receiver Amari Cooper are finalists for three of the 10 prizes that will be handed out during Thursday night's College Football Awards Show at Disney.

  • Army-Navy: All about respect, bigger than a game

    December 10, 2014

    BALTIMORE (AP) - Not many players have to wake up before dawn, fulfill military obligations, attend classes and then grind through football practice.For the athletes at Army and Navy, it's all in a day's work.That is why respect is the operative word in this longtime rivalry.

  • Wisconsin's Gordon makes it official, enters draft

    December 10, 2014

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin running back and Heisman Trophy finalist Melvin Gordon made it official Wednesday, skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.Unlike the departure of coach Gary Andersen for Oregon State, this move was expected in Madison.

  • Delaney suggests committee could tweak rankings

    December 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) - Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney says the College Football Playoff selection committee could be better served grouping teams in tiers rather than ranking them early in the season.''It seemed to me there are some rankings that are fairly clear,'' Delaney said Wednesday at the Intercollegiate Athletics Forum, sponsored IMG and Sports Business Journal in Manhattan. ''But more often than not you have insufficient data points.''

  • Mississippi St, Ga Tech a pair of Orange Bowl vets

    December 10, 2014

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - Mississippi State and Georgia Tech are no strangers to the Orange Bowl, and neither are the teams' coaches.The teams have combined to play in eight Orange Bowls, though this will be Mississippi State's first appearance since 1941 when the eighth-ranked Bulldogs (10-2) square off against the No. 10 Yellow Jackets (10-3) at Sun Life Stadium on New Year's Eve.

  • Alvarez hopes to have new Wisconsin coach by bowl

    December 10, 2014

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez hopes to move quickly to find a new head coach after Gary Andersen's stunning departure to Oregon State.Alvarez hoped to have a replacement by the 17th-ranked Badgers' bowl game Jan. 1. Alvarez said that the Wisconsin seniors asked him to coach in the Outback Bowl against Auburn, and that he would soon make that decision.

  • Huskers players are happy to be back at practice

    December 10, 2014

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The start of bowl practice brought a sense of normalcy to a Nebraska team that has experienced a range of emotions in the days since the firing of Bo Pelini and hiring of Mike Riley.Interim coach Barney Cotton said after Wednesday's one-hour workout that he was proud of the effort the players showed under the circumstances.

  • Oregon State hires Wisconsin's Gary Andersen

    December 10, 2014

    Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen unexpectedly stepped down Wednesday to become head coach at Oregon State.Andersen, the Badgers' coach for the past two seasons, informed the team of his decision Wednesday afternoon, the school said. Wisconsin finished 10-3 this season under Andersen and will play in the Outback Bowl against Auburn on Jan. 1.

  • Cal to play home-and-home against San Jose St.

    December 10, 2014

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - California will play a home-and-home series against San Jose State, reviving a rivalry that hasn't been played since 1996.The schools announced Wednesday that San Jose State will play at Cal on Sept. 14, 2019. The return game will be in San Jose on Sept. 16, 2023. That will mark just the second time the Spartans will host the Golden Bears.

  • Despite 'up and down' season, Georgia aims for top 10 finish

    December 10, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Although Georgia fell short of its goal of reaching the College Football Playoff, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt says there is still a chance to end an ''up and down season'' on a high note.''We have a chance to finish in the top 10 in the country, which is where I think a lot of people would like to be,'' said Richt, now in his 14th season at Georgia.

  • 2014 coaches' all-ACC football, award winners

    December 10, 2014

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the all-ACC football team and individual award winners Wednesday following a vote by the league's 14 coaches.---ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR VOTINGOVERALLJames Conner, rb, Pittsburgh (6)Jameis Winston, qb, Florida State (2)

  • Judge says no to mediation in Penn State lawsuit

    December 10, 2014

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A judge overseeing a lawsuit over the $60 million fine imposed on Penn State by the NCAA as part of a consent decree after the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal said Wednesday the case will not go through a court-run mediation program.

  • Duke says no one at Michigan contacted Cutcliffe

    December 10, 2014

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A Duke spokesman says football coach David Cutcliffe has not been contacted by anyone at Michigan about the Wolverines' coaching vacancy.Following a report that Cutcliffe may have turned down an offer, Duke spokesman Art Chase said Wednesday that nobody at Michigan had contacted Cutcliffe or Blue Devils athletic director Kevin White.

  • Ohio State QB Barrett, ex-girlfriend allege abuse

    December 10, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Injured Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett and his ex-girlfriend made 911 calls on Tuesday alleging each attacked the other.Barrett and Alexandria Barrett-Clark were referred to prosecutors, according to a police report. It indicated there were no obvious signs of injury and both declined to file charges.

  • Extension for Vols' Jones includes buyout increase

    December 10, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee coach Butch Jones' contract extension increases the buyout he would have to pay if he chooses to leave before the end of the next two seasons.Under terms of the contract addendum released Wednesday, Jones would owe the university $4 million if he chose to leave before March 2016.

  • Virginia DE Eli Harold declaring for NFL draft

    December 10, 2014

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia defensive end Eli Harold says he is making himself available for the NFL draft and forgoing his final year of college eligibility.The junior from Virginia Beach, Virginia made the announcement on his Twitter account.

  • Clemson quarterback Watson to have surgery Friday

    December 10, 2014

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson will have surgery Friday and miss the Tigers' upcoming bowl game.Watson played with a torn knee ligament in Clemson's 35-17 victory over rival South Carolina on Nov. 29. Swimney said then Watson would be available for the postseason.

  • Delany: 5 conferences comfortable with 4 CFP slots

    December 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) - Five power conferences. Four spots in the College Football Playoff.The leagues knew that when they helped create the new postseason system. Now administrators, coaches, players and fans are living it for the first time.Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany experienced the anxiety of wondering whether his conference would be shut out when the inaugural playoff field was announced Sunday. Ohio State wound up getting in, with the Big 12 stuck on the outside.

  • Pitt's Conner named ACC player of year by coaches

    December 10, 2014

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Atlantic Coast Conference coaches have selected Pittsburgh running back James Conner as their league player of the year and Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson as coach of the year.The coaches released their all-conference teams and individual award winners Wednesday. The list included: Clemson's Vic Beasley as defensive player of the year; Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya as league and offensive rookie of the year; and Virginia safety Quin Blanding as defensive rookie of the year.