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  • 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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'

    July 4, 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'

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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

    July 4, 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.