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  • Wake Forest suspends 2 football players for rules violations

    August 4, 2015

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

  • Cincinnati picked to win first AAC championship game

    August 4, 2015

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

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

    August 3, 2015

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

  • Police file assault charges against former Utah cornerback

    August 3, 2015

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

  • MTSU coach who delayed pay raise wanting more fan support

    August 3, 2015

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

  • Ex-broadcaster Craig James sues Fox Sports over firing

    August 3, 2015

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

  • Legal case involving Ole Miss' Tunsil, stepfather dismissed

    August 3, 2015

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

  • Vols entering preseason practice without full freshman class

    August 3, 2015

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

  • Tennessee to open training camp without full freshman class

    August 3, 2015

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

  • Former broadcaster James files lawsuit against Fox Sports

    August 3, 2015

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

  • UNC reinstates suspended CB Simmons for 1st practice

    August 3, 2015

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

  • SEC spares no expense in hiring 14 new coordinators

    August 3, 2015

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

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

    August 2, 2015

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

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

    August 1, 2015

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

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

    July 31, 2015

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

  • Washington St's Leach ready for another entertaining season

    July 31, 2015

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

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

    July 31, 2015

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

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

    July 31, 2015

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

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

    July 31, 2015

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

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

    July 31, 2015

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

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

    July 31, 2015

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

  • DA: No charges in case involving LSU football players

    July 31, 2015

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

  • Big Ten touts plan for tougher schedules as playoff push

    July 31, 2015

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

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

    July 31, 2015

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

  • Morgan State has MEAC's attention

    July 31, 2015

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

  • Indiana loses WR Harris to season-ending knee injury

    July 30, 2015

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

  • Former Wisconsin signee picks Nebraska

    July 30, 2015

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

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

    July 30, 2015

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

  • After down season, Stanford football renews team commitment

    July 30, 2015

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

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

    July 30, 2015

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

  • Beckman dodges question about mistreatment allegations

    July 30, 2015

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

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

    July 30, 2015

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

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

    July 30, 2015

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

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

    July 30, 2015

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

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

    July 30, 2015

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

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

    July 30, 2015

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

  • Michigan taxidermist recreates football rivalry

    July 30, 2015

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

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

    July 30, 2015

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

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

    July 30, 2015

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

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

    July 29, 2015

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

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

    July 29, 2015

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

  • CMU coach, fighting cancer, makes surprise appearance

    July 29, 2015

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

  • Toledo, Bowling Green are top division picks in MAC

    July 29, 2015

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

  • All-PFL standouts return to preseason team

    July 29, 2015

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

  • McNeese seeks to rebound in Southland race

    July 29, 2015

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

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

    July 28, 2015

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

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

    July 28, 2015

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

  • Harbaugh discusses football dreams, helmet stickers

    July 28, 2015

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

  • Huskies' Chris Petersen not looking forward to Boise return

    July 28, 2015

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

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

    July 28, 2015

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

  • Defenses in pursuit of top CAA QBs

    July 28, 2015

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

  • San Diego favored again in PFL

    July 28, 2015

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

  • Michigan ending legends program, retiring jersey numbers

    July 28, 2015

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

  • South Dakota starting QB to miss season with back injury

    July 28, 2015

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

  • Syracuse dismisses senior Ashton Broyld from football team

    July 28, 2015

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

  • Michigan St RB Williams returning after weapons incident

    July 27, 2015

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

  • After big season, Illinois State faces tougher challenge

    July 27, 2015

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

  • FCS - MISSOURI VALLEY PRESEASON POLL

    July 27, 2015

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

  • NDSU favored over Illinois St in Missouri Valley poll

    July 27, 2015

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

  • San Jose State dismisses Bassette-Hairston from program

    July 24, 2015

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

  • Freshman receiver Jocquez Bruce leaving Tennessee's program

    July 24, 2015

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

  • Pitt star receiver Boyd sentenced to probation for DUI

    July 25, 2015

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

  • Gamecocks moving on from last year's defensive problems

    July 24, 2015

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

  • Sun Devils, Rebels schedule futures series in football

    July 24, 2015

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

  • UNC DB Simmons suspended from team activities

    July 24, 2015

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

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

    July 24, 2015

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

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

    July 23, 2015

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

  • North Carolina man convicted in Clemson rock case damage

    July 23, 2015

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

  • Clemson QB Watson eager for big season

    July 23, 2015

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

  • North Carolina man has been convicted in Clemson case

    July 23, 2015

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

  • QB Jared Goff prepares for big season at Cal

    July 23, 2015

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

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

    July 23, 2015

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

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

    July 23, 2015

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

  • Potential SEC contenders relying on players back from injury

    July 23, 2015

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

  • Tennessee lineman Charles Mosley arrested on DUI charge

    July 23, 2015

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

  • Arizona dismisses Jordan Poland following arrest

    July 22, 2015

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

  • Vandy WR Cunningham transfers to North Carolina

    July 22, 2015

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

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

    July 22, 2015

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

  • Western Carolina looks to take next step in SoCon turnaround

    July 22, 2015

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

  • Chattanooga, QB Huesman voted tops in Southern Conference

    July 22, 2015

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

  • Navy to play Notre Dame in San Diego in 2018

    July 22, 2015

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

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

    July 22, 2015

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

  • UT rape suspects to be given separate trials

    July 22, 2015

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

  • Some Big 12 issues to ponder while waiting for season

    July 22, 2015

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

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

    July 21, 2015

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

  • Idaho State lands six on Big Sky preseason team

    July 21, 2015

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

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

    July 21, 2015

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

  • Oklahoma looks to pass forward to more Big 12 championships

    July 21, 2015

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

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

    July 21, 2015

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

  • UAB to resume playing football in 2017

    July 21, 2015

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

  • Stoops: RB Mixon deserves chance after arrest, suspension

    July 21, 2015

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

  • Fox moves Klatt from studio to booth on college football

    July 21, 2015

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

  • FSU coach Jimbo Fisher says Seminoles working on problems

    July 21, 2015

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

  • Clemson, QB Watson earn preseason ACC awards

    July 21, 2015

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

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

    July 21, 2015

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

  • ACC apologizes for expletives appearing in media guide

    July 20, 2015

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

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

    July 20, 2015

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

  • UAB signs first player since deciding to restore football

    July 20, 2015

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

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

    July 20, 2015

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

  • Jacksonville State preseason favorite to repeat as OVC champ

    July 20, 2015

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

  • Ohio Valley Football: An FCS conference with FBS talent

    July 20, 2015

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

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

    July 20, 2015

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

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

    July 20, 2015

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

  • ACC settles into period of strength, stability

    July 20, 2015

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

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

    July 21, 2015

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

  • FIU signs 7-year marketing deal with Van Wagner

    July 20, 2015

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

  • Army football player recovering from head injury after fight

    July 20, 2015

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

  • APNewsBreak: Documents detail Hawkins' payments in UNC case

    July 19, 2015

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

  • San Jose State dismisses incoming freshman after arrest

    July 18, 2015

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

  • Patterson says he's making tough decisions for Texas

    July 17, 2015

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

  • Pioneer League bans Jacksonville from 2015 postseason

    July 17, 2015

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

  • FCS - Alcorn, Grambling favored in SWAC

    July 17, 2015

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

  • Nebraska dismisses WR Kevin Gladney from team

    July 17, 2015

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

  • Jacksonville football gets 1-year postseason ban

    July 17, 2015

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

  • With charges dropped, Utah player could be reinstated

    July 17, 2015

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

  • Judge OKs million settlement in NCAA video game case

    July 17, 2015

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

  • Alcorn St, Grambling picked to win SWAC divisions

    July 17, 2015

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

  • Charges dismissed against ex-Utah player Dominique Hatfield

    July 16, 2015

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

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

    July 16, 2015

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

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

    July 16, 2015

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

  • SEC moves ahead alone on tougher transfer rules

    July 16, 2015

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

  • Mississippi, Freeze trying to continue improvement

    July 16, 2015

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

  • LSU's Miles expects quarterback play to be improve

    July 16, 2015

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

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

    July 16, 2015

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

  • Harbaugh Effect? Michigan reports increase in ticket sales

    July 16, 2015

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

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

    July 16, 2015

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

  • Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze supports changing state flag

    July 16, 2015

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

  • Throwbacks: Penn State ditching jersey names for tradition

    July 16, 2015

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

  • Man acquitted in football player slaying faces new charges

    July 16, 2015

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

  • Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson fully cleared

    July 15, 2015

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

  • Arkansas hopes 2014 season just the start of big things

    July 15, 2015

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

  • Law commission OKs changes to strengthen sports agent act

    July 15, 2015

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

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

    July 15, 2015

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

  • Arkansas hopes 2014 season just the start of better things

    July 15, 2015

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

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

    July 15, 2015

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

  • Missouri quietly becomes force in SEC East

    July 15, 2015

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

  • Clemson defensive coordinator Venables keeps same approach

    July 15, 2015

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

  • Auburn to pay Muschamp .1 million over 3 years

    July 15, 2015

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

  • Saban: NFL draft evaluations affected Alabama chemistry

    July 15, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban thinks something happened to his team's chemistry between the Southeastern Conference championship game and the national semifinals against Ohio State.Saban said Wednesday at SEC media days one factor was that six juniors received their evaluations for the NFL draft during that period. He wants that date pushed back until after the final game to prevent such potential distractions.

  • Montana, Northern Iowa to play home-and-home series

    July 15, 2015

    (STATS) - FCS national powers Montana and Northern Iowa announced a two-year home-and-home series on Wednesday.The two will meet on Sept. 10, 2016 inside the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. They will square off again on Sept. 1, 2018 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Montana.

  • Kentucky looks to earn bowl eligibility in Stoops' 3rd year

    July 15, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) One season after Kentucky fell just short of postseason eligibility, coach Mark Stoops believes the Wildcats are ready to become relevant in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division.Stoops said he's learned a lot of ''valuable lessons'' during his first two years leading the program. He feels the momentum gained last season - which saw a jump from two wins to five - will keep building.

  • Michigan's deal with Nike worth 9 million

    July 15, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) The University of Michigan's new apparel and equipment deal with Nike is worth 9 million, with a nearly even split between annual cash and apparel value.The deal, which begins in August 2016, was announced last week, and Michigan released financial details Wednesday. The agreement runs until 2027, and the school has an option to extend it to 2031. The full 15-year deal includes annual compensation totaling .8 million, plus million up front - as well as .2 million in apparel.

  • Saban: NFL draft evals impacted Alabama chemistry at end

    July 15, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban thinks something happened to the team's chemistry from the Southeastern Conference championship game to the Sugar Bowl against Ohio State.Saban said Wednesday at SEC media day one factor was that six juniors received their evaluations for the NFL draft during that period. He wants that date pushed back until after the final game to prevent possible distractions.

  • Defensive POY Watch List full of intimidators who can push the offense back

    July 15, 2015

    As offenses continue to get faster in college football, two of the best defensive equalizers are sacks and tackles for loss.Both can devastate an offensive drive.The ability to get into opponents' backfields is evident across the STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year Watch List, announced Wednesday. The 22-member group is not for the faint of heart - especially unsuspecting quarterbacks and running backs - as it features many of the nation's most aggressive pass rushers and disruptive players.

  • Jones: Tennessee on rise, not doing cartwheels over 7-6 mark

    July 14, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) Butch Jones promises nobody at Tennessee was doing cartwheels over a winning season, whatever Steve Spurrier says.The Volunteers coach opened Southeastern Conference media days Tuesday responding to Spurrier's earlier remark to reporters regarding how Tennessee and Arkansas were celebrating 7-6 seasons that exceeded most expectations.

  • Mississippi State lacks hype despite last year's success

    July 14, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) Mississippi State spent more than a month as the No. 1 team in the nation on the way to a 10-win season last year. The program is also returning one of the nation's top quarterbacks in senior Dak Prescott.Yet one of the biggest topics of the day when the Bulldogs took the stage Tuesday at Southeastern Conference media days?

  • Wake Forest AD expects programs to improve in 2015-16

    July 14, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Many construction projects are taking place at Wake Forest.The school is building a new football practice facility and a new home for its golf teams. It hopes to start work on its baseball facilities soon and is figuring out the long-term plan for its basketball arena.

  • Wake Forest AD hopes for 'significant step forward' in 15-16

    July 14, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Many construction projects are taking place at Wake Forest.The school is building a new football practice facility and a new home for its golf teams. It hopes to start work on its baseball facilities soon and is figuring out the long-term plan for its basketball arena.

  • Body found in Texas lake, believed to be ex NFL receiver

    July 14, 2015

    WYLIE, Texas (AP) A body recovered from a Dallas-area lake is believed to be an ex-Houston Texans receiver who fell from an inflatable tube being towed by a boat.The Collin County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that the body is believed to be 37-year-old JaJuan Dawson of Murphy.

  • Texas A&M's Sumlin happy to have Chavis on his side

    July 14, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin figured if he couldn't score against John Chavis, he should hire him.''That's exactly what I did,'' Sumlin said. ''There's really nothing more to the answer than that. That's true. We've studied the defense. We get it.

  • Gamecocks' Spurrier confident heading into 23rd SEC season

    July 14, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier spent his Tuesday morning at SEC Media Days poking fun at some league rivals, discussing his football program and - of course - fending off questions about his advancing age.The most quotable coach in the SEC turned 70 back in April, and he now enters his 11th season at South Carolina and 23rd in a league that's famous for churning through head coaches because of the immense pressure to win.

  • SEC to post medical observer in replay booth

    July 14, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) The Southeastern Conference will have an extra person monitoring games for possible head and neck trauma.SEC coordinator of officials Steve Shaw said Tuesday at league media days that an independent medical observer will be in the instant replay booth. The person will be a certified athletic trainer appointed by the league.

  • Papers: Jay Paterno asked Ohio State's Urban Meyer for job

    July 14, 2015

    BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) The son of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno sent a handwritten letter to Ohio State coach Urban Meyer in December, asking for a job.The letter from Jay Paterno, dated two days before Christmas, was publicized in court documents released Monday as part of a federal lawsuit Paterno and former Penn State offensive line coach Bill Kenney are pursuing against the NCAA.

  • Vanderbilt's Mason: "We're a much different football team"

    July 13, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) Derek Mason says Vanderbilt underwent an offseason transformation in everything from maturity to physiques.His coaching staff certainly has a new look.Mason approaches his second season with the Commodores with four new coaches after firing both coordinators. The former Stanford defensive coordinator is now running the defense.

  • Florida State president warns football team about misconduct

    July 13, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State's president has told the football team that members must start conducting themselves appropriately after two players were charged with punching women.President John Thrasher said in a statement that he met with the team Monday to reiterate that players' actions must reflect well upon the university. He said a few players' misconduct can damage its reputation.

  • Florida new coach McElwain ready to bring back wins, offense

    July 13, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) New Florida coach Jim McElwain drives by a statue of Steve Spurrier every day on his way to work.Gator fans are hoping that Spurrier's offensive success - both as a former Florida player and coach - rubs off on McElwain.The 53-year-old McElwain, who comes to Florida after three successful seasons at Colorado State, knows the Southeastern Conference. He was Alabama's offensive coordinator during four successful seasons from 2008 to 2011, including two national championships.

  • Search resumes for ex-NFL receiver missing on Texas lake

    July 13, 2015

    WYLIE, Texas (AP) Authorities are searching for a former Houston Texans receiver who fell out of a rented boat during a family outing at a Dallas-area lake.The Collin County Sheriff's Office says 37-year-old JaJuan Dawson wasn't wearing a lifejacket Sunday night when he fell into Lavon Lake, near Wylie.

  • Penn State ex-officials' case heads to appeals court hearing

    July 13, 2015

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) A long delayed criminal case against three former Penn State administrators accused of covering up complaints about Jerry Sandusky is heading to a Pennsylvania courtroom next month, but not for trial.Superior Court - a state appeals court - last week scheduled oral argument before a three-judge panel in Harrisburg for Aug. 11 to consider the claims by Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz regarding a county judge's decision earlier this year.

  • Penn State ex-officials' case headed to appeal court hearing

    July 13, 2015

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) The criminal case against three former Penn State administrators accused of covering up complaints about Jerry Sandusky is heading to a state appellate courtroom next month.Pennsylvania Superior Court has scheduled arguments in the case of Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz for Aug. 11 in Harrisburg.

  • New Auburn QB Johnson viewed as strength not question mark

    July 13, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) While Jeremy Johnson has never been more than a fill-in starter at the college level, few are regarding Auburn's new quarterback as much of a question mark.On the contrary, Johnson has been so solid as Nick Marshall's backup the past two seasons, he's widely regarded as a strength for a team projected to contend in the Southeastern Conference.

  • SEC commissioner: League leading the way on social issues

    July 13, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) Former Southeastern Conference Mike Slive was known to invoke the words of historical figures like Winston Churchill when talking about challenges facing the league.Greg Sankey quoted Bob Dylan.The new commissioner used his first state-of-the-league address to praise the SEC for leading the way in athletics as well as on social issues, using the lyrics of a Dylan song to make his point.

  • FCS Offensive POY Watch List kicks off with a group already highly decorated

    July 13, 2015

    Everywhere you look, there is an abundance of offensive talent spread across FCS college football.And it's usually found settling into an opponent's end zone.The 2015 season won't be easy on defensive coordinators as nine of the 13 FCS conferences return their offensive player of the year, and 12 players who were finalists for national player of the year honors last season are back. They were among 22 players nominated Monday to the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List, including one from each conference.

  • Utah State extends contract of coach Matt Wells

    July 10, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Matt Wells and Utah State have agreed on a contract extension to keep the coach at the university through the 2019 season.The school announced the deal Friday.Contract details were not immediately available, but the deal includes salary increases for assistants.

  • Central Michigan's Greer dismissed from football team

    July 10, 2015

    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) Central Michigan defensive back Brandon Greer has been dismissed from the team after being taken into custody on charges of assault and attempted abduction.The athletic department announced Greer's dismissal Friday. Mount Pleasant police say the 21-year-old Greer has been charged with assault, attempted unlawful imprisonment and assault with intent to commit sexual penetration.

  • Florida State rusher suspended, charged with punching woman

    July 10, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State indefinitely suspended leading running back Dalvin Cook after he was charged Friday with punching a woman outside a downtown bar - the second time in two weeks that an FSU player has been charged with punching a woman.

  • Florida State suspends leading rusher after he's charged with punching woman outside a bar

    July 10, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State suspends leading rusher after he's charged with punching woman outside a bar.

  • QB Braxton Miller returning for 5th season at Ohio State

    July 10, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Quarterback Braxton Miller is almost fully recovered from his latest shoulder injury and planning to win back his starting job at Ohio State.Miller hurt his throwing shoulder shortly before the start of last season. He sat out while Ohio State won the national championship, with J.T. Barrett then Cardale Jones leading the Buckeyes.

  • Duke TE Deaver working back after 2nd ACL tear in 3 years

    July 10, 2015

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) At least Braxton Deaver knew what to expect during rehab. That's the rare bit of good news in tearing another knee ligament.The 23-year-old, sixth-year tight end at Duke is working his way back from his second serious knee injury in a three-year span.

  • Utah cuts cornerback Dominique Hatfield after robbery charge

    July 10, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The University of Utah has dismissed cornerback Dominique Hatfield after he was charged last week with aggravated robbery and theft.Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham said in a statement early Friday that there were further concerns about Hatfield's off-field behavior after he was suspended from the program Monday.

  • Former Oakland Raiders QB Stabler dead at 69

    July 10, 2015

    A Snake wouldn't seem to offer much help on a football field.Unless that snake was named Stabler.Ken Stabler, who led the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl victory and was the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1974, has died as a result of complications from colon cancer. He was 69.

  • Athlete advocates: Fire Illinois athletic director, coaches

    July 9, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) An advocacy group for college athletes wants the University of Illinois to fire athletic director Mike Thomas, football coach Tim Beckman and others who have been the target of complaints and two lawsuits by former athletes alleging abusive treatment.

  • Alabama-Florida State to open 2017 season in Atlanta

    July 9, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Alabama and Florida State will meet in the 2017 season opener at Atlanta's new stadium.The matchup in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game was announced Thursday. The teams will meet on Sept. 2, 2017.It will be the first regular-season college game at the .4 billion stadium, which will be home to the NFL's Falcons and Major League Soccer's Atlanta United FC.

  • NDSU, Illinois St. lead wide-ranging STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team

    July 9, 2015

    It's not surprising to find some of the best FCS players on the rosters of last season's national finalists, four-time defending champion North Dakota State and runner-up Illinois State.But the top talent clearly runs up, down and far across the FCS nation.

  • Judge sets Nov. 30 retrial date for Vanderbilt rape case

    July 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Two former Vanderbilt football players who were previously convicted of raping an unconscious student were scheduled on Wednesday to be retried Nov. 30.The new date came after a Nashville prosecutor told a judge that he wants former players Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey to be retried as quickly as possible. They had been convicted on multiple charges of rape and were being held in jail awaiting sentencing when a judge set aside their guilty verdicts last month.

  • Prosecutor calls for quick retrial in Vanderbilt rape case

    July 8, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A Nashville prosecutor has told a judge that he wants two former Vanderbilt University football players who were previously convicted of rape to be retried as quickly as possible.Attorneys were in court Wednesday trying to agree on a new trial date for Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey. They were convicted on multiple counts and were being held in jail awaiting sentencing when a Nashville judge set aside their guilty verdict last month.

  • Duke LB Brown tears left ACL, ending his college career

    July 7, 2015

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke says linebacker Kelby Brown's college career is over after he tore a knee ligament.The school said Tuesday that Brown tore his left anterior cruciate ligament last week - the same injury that kept him out for the 2014 season. He is scheduled to have his fourth knee surgery since 2010.

  • FSU QB Johnson off team after video shows him punching woman

    July 6, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State has dismissed freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson from the team on the same day that prosecutors released video showing him punching a woman at a bar.In a statement Monday, coach Jimbo Fisher announced Johnson's immediate dismissal. The quarterback had been suspended after the June 24 assault.

  • Video shows Florida State quarterback punching woman in face

    July 6, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Prosecutors have released video showing Florida State freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson punching a woman at a bar.The video released by the State Attorney's Office on Monday was taken from a security camera at a bar near campus. It appears that the woman and Johnson were both trying to get a position at the bar, and Johnson jostled her.

  • Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield suspended indefinitely

    July 6, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The University of Utah is suspending cornerback Dominique Hatfield after he was charged last week with aggravated robbery and theft.Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham said in a statement Monday that because of the serious nature of the accusations, Hatfield will be suspended indefinitely while they wait to see how the case plays out in court.

  • Turner takes leading role on UNC's veteran offensive line

    July 3, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) The way coach Larry Fedora sees it, Landon Turner is the perfect leader for North Carolina's offensive line.He's a fifth-year senior wrapping up a tumultuous career marked by NCAA investigations, two coaching changes, an overhaul to a no-huddle offense, even a postseason ban that kept the Tar Heels out of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game in 2012. He also balances a relentless on-field drive with an easygoing demeanor that is just as interested in one day writing a novel as playing in the NFL.

  • Huskers' Riley on expectations, Osborne, 'nice guy' persona

    July 2, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Mike Riley is a month away from opening practice for his first season as the Nebraska head coach.Riley, who turns 62 on Monday, originally planned to retire at Oregon State. But when athletic director Shawn Eichorst called after he fired Bo Pelini, Riley couldn't pass up the opportunity to see what he could accomplish leading one of the winningest programs in college football history.

  • Lumberjacks' DeGroote dies at 22 while vacationing

    July 2, 2015

    DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE, Alaska (AP) Northern Arizona football player Michael DeGroote died after apparently shooting himself with a gun while vacationing with his family in Alaska.The 22-year-old DeGroote died Tuesday at a campground at Denali National Park and Preserve. Park spokeswoman Kathleen Kelly says an investigation is under way to try to determine if the shooting was accidental or deliberate, but adds the answer may never be known.

  • Utah CB Dominique Hatfield arrested in robbery

    July 1, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield has been arrested on suspicion of robbing a man who planned to buy an Xbox game console from him.Unified Police of Salt Lake County said the man met Hatfield at a car wash Tuesday after responding to an online classified ad for an Xbox when Hatfield pulled a knife and made off with 0.

  • Tennessee enters new era with beginning of Nike contract

    July 1, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee is opening its doors to the Nike swoosh while bidding farewell to the Lady Vols nickname and logo in all but one sport.Nike took over as Tennessee's main apparel provider Wednesday as part of an eight-year contract worth about million in money and gear. Tennessee had been an Adidas school since 1997.

  • Utah CB Dominique Hatfield arrested in alleged robbery

    July 1, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield has been arrested on suspicion of robbing a man who wanted to buy an Xbox from him.Unified Police of Salt Lake County say the man was meeting with Hatfield on Tuesday after seeing an online classified ad when Hatfield pulled out a knife and demanded money.

  • Third Utah State player released from hospital after crash

    June 30, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Another player has been released from the hospital following a car accident that hospitalized four Utah State football players and a former softball player.The university updated defensive lineman Edmund Faimalo's status Tuesday afternoon.

  • Florida State freshman De'Andre Johnson charged with battery

    June 30, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson has been charged with punching a woman in the face in a nightclub.Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman confirmed the misdemeanor battery charge in an email to The Associated Press. Cappleman declined further comment.

  • Duke's Tomlinson, UVa's Brian voted ACC athletes of year

    June 30, 2015

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Duke football player Laken Tomlinson and Virginia women's soccer player Morgan Brian are the Atlantic Coast Conference's male and female athletes of the year.The league announced its overall award winners Tuesday following a vote by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

  • Sentence postponed for gambler in Toledo sports probe

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Lawyers for a Detroit-area gambler caught in a sports bribery scandal at the University of Toledo say it would be ''unthinkable'' to send the ailing 82-year-old man to prison.Mitchell ''Ed'' Karam is the last of nine people to be sentenced. He was expected in Detroit federal court Tuesday, but the hearing was postponed. The ringleader, Ghazi Manni, recently was sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison.

  • Maryland football coach Randy Edsall gets 3-year extension

    June 30, 2015

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland football coach Randy Edsall has been rewarded with a three-year contract extension after guiding the Terrapins to consecutive winning seasons and back-to-back bowl bids.The extension begins in January 2017 and is worth up to .5 million, though only 0,000 is guaranteed. Edsall also receives an increase of ,000 in each of the final two seasons of his original contract.

  • Auburn-Oregon set for 2019 opener, 9 years after BCS meeting

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Auburn and Oregon will open the 2019 season at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, nine seasons after meeting in the BCS national championship game.The matchup on Aug. 31, 2019, was announced Tuesday. It is part of a series of Labor Day weekend season openers at the home of the NFL's Cowboys.

  • Florida State freshman QB Johnson charged with battery

    June 30, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson has been charged with misdemeanor battery.Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman confirmed the charge in email on Tuesday to The Associated Press in an email. Cappleman declined further comment.

  • Gambler will be last man sentenced in Toledo sports probe

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Lawyers for a Detroit-area gambler caught in a sports bribery scandal at the University of Toledo say it would be ''unthinkable'' to send the ailing 82-year-old man to prison.Mitchell ''Ed'' Karam will be the last of nine people to be sentenced when he appears on Tuesday in Detroit federal court. The ringleader, Ghazi Manni, recently was sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison.

  • University of Miami grad donates million to school

    June 30, 2015

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) A University of Miami graduate has donated million to the school, money that will perpetually fund a scholarship for a football player.Scott Mueller is the CEO and co-founder of Cleveland-based Dealer Tire. He attended Miami on an academic scholarship, graduating with honors in 1985. Mueller is a well-known philanthropist in the Cleveland area, particularly through his support of the arts.

  • Man convicted of rape wants to play football in college

    June 29, 2015

    NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) A former high school football player found delinquent in the rape of a 16-year-old girl wants to play at the community college level.A statement from Hocking College spokeswoman Michelle O'Brien confirmed that Trent Mays will be attending the college for the fall 2015 semester and will be on the football team, which is just starting up.

  • JoJo Natson dismissed from Utah State football team

    June 29, 2015

    LOGAN, Utah (AP) Utah State coach Matt Wells has dismissed JoJo Natson from the football team for a violation of team rules. The school announced the decision Sunday night, but did not specify which rules were broken.KSL.com (http://bit.ly/1ef5fXJ ) reported that Natson previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge related to diverting school funds that were intended for a teammate.

  • DT Lealaimatafao dismissed from LSU following arrest

    June 29, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU coach Les Miles says he has dismissed defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao from the team because of his recent arrest on allegations of hitting a woman outside a bar after she tried to stop him from robbing her unconscious boyfriend.

  • Fresno State schedules games with Alabama, UCLA, Minnesota

    June 29, 2015

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) Fresno State has scheduled future football games against Alabama, UCLA and Minnesota.Athletic director Jim Bartko said Monday that the Bulldogs will visit Alabama on Sept. 9, 2017, and UCLA on Sept. 18, 2021. Fresno State will also play a home-and-home series against Minnesota with a road game in 2018 and the Gophers coming to Fresno in 2019.

  • University of Akron football drew worst attendance in NCAA

    June 29, 2015

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) Among all 125 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision teams, the University of Akron had the worst home attendance this past season.The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1NubliI ) reports the Zips drew a total of 55,019 fans for six home games at the 30,000-seat InfoCision Stadium.

  • 2 Utah State athletes released from hospital after accident

    June 28, 2015

    LOGAN, Utah (AP) Two Utah State athletes injured when their SUV was struck by a semi have been released from the hospital, but three others remain hospitalized.Redshirt freshman Adewale Adeoye and senior John Taylor were discharged Sunday afternoon, three days after the accident.

  • Highway Patrol: Utah St athletes weren't wearing seatbelts

    June 27, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah State athletes injured in a crash apparently were not wearing seatbelts when their SUV was struck by a semi carrying 52,000 pounds of milk.Four football players, all defensive linemen, and a former softball player were hurt in Trenton on Friday when a tractor-trailer collided with their SUV. Trenton is 20 miles north of Logan, where the university is located.

  • 4 Utah State football players hurt in collision with semi

    June 27, 2015

    TRENTON, Utah (AP) Four Utah State football players and a former softball player were hurt when a tractor-trailer collided with their SUV on Friday.The Salt Lake Tribune (https://shar.es/1qvQdQ ) reported that witnesses said their Chevy Tahoe was eastbound on state Route 142 when it pulled in to the intersection with state Route 23 in Trenton and was T-boned by the southbound semi.

  • Report: Michigan, Pipkins in disagreement over health

    June 26, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan defensive lineman Ondre Pipkins tells ESPN.com he plans to transfer, and he says the Wolverines' staff asked him to sign a medical scholarship form that would have halted his career.Pipkins says doctors initially said he has arthritis in his knee but should not be disqualified from competition. Pipkins says he was later sent by Michigan back to his knee surgeon, who then recommended he rest for six months.

  • Iowa State expanding stadium to 61,000

    June 26, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) One of the many reasons cited for Iowa State's lack of success in football was a stadium experience that often fell flat.That shouldn't be much of an excuse much longer.The Cyclones are in the final stages of a major renovation to the stadium's south end zone, part of a million expansion of Jack Trice Stadium that is set to be completed in late August.

  • Salahuddin eyes healthy return at linebacker for Wolfpack

    June 26, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) M.J. Salahuddin was perfectly positioned to earn a leading role on North Carolina State's defense when a knee injury knocked him out for the season. He's ready to try again.When training camp starts, the 6-foot-2 redshirt junior will be nearly a year removed from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and damaged meniscus in his left knee. The challenge will be to beat out players who got more snaps in his absence, or at least prove he's healthy enough to make an impact expected a year earlier.

  • Florida State freshman quarterback suspended from team

    June 25, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson has been suspended indefinitely from the team.Coach Jimbo Fisher announced Johnson's suspension Thursday for a violation of athletic department policy. The school released no details on what led to the suspension.

  • Nebraska QB Stanton transferring after taking limited snaps

    June 25, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska reserve quarterback Johnny Stanton is transferring.Coach Mike Riley said Stanton told him about his decision Thursday.Stanton took limited snaps in two games as a redshirt freshman last season and was among five scholarship quarterbacks on the roster.

  • New Pitt AD Barnes focusing on football

    June 25, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Scott Barnes has been on the job less than two weeks, yet the new Pittsburgh athletic director already has a clear vision about what should be the top item of his ''to do'' list. It's the same as the second. And the third. And the fourth.

  • Ex-Detroit Lions coach Tommy Hudspeth dies at 83

    June 25, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Tommy Hudspeth, a Detroit Lions coach in the 1970s who also coached in college at BYU and UTEP, has died at 83.His death was announced Thursday by the Toronto Argonauts, for whom he once worked as coach and general manager. The CFL team said he died Tuesday of cancer.

  • Temple signs coach Rhule to 4-year contract extension

    June 25, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Temple has signed coach Matt Rhule to a four-year contract extension through the 2021 season.Rhule went 8-16 in his first two seasons with the Owls. Temple failed to make a bowl game last season with a 6-6 record.Rhule was hired at Temple in 2006 as an assistant under Al Golden and stayed for six seasons before leaving for a stint with the New York Giants. Rhule returned to the Owls after former coach Steve Addazio left for Boston College.

  • UNC AD: On-field success 'overshadowed' by academic case

    June 25, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina earned another high finish among Division I college sports programs after a season of strong tournament showings. The Tar Heels also dealt with another year of off-field issues, including an NCAA investigation into academics.

  • 1949 Rice All-America star end Froggy Williams dead at 87

    June 24, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) James ''Froggy'' Williams, a 1949 All-America end on Rice's 1949 Southwest Conference football championship squad, had died. He was 87.A family statement Wednesday says Williams died Tuesday at his Houston home surrounded by loved ones.

  • Healthy Taysom Hill at quarterback key to BYU success

    June 24, 2015

    PROVO, Utah (AP) Taysom Hill constantly envisions running out of the tunnel at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, to face the Cornhuskers in the season opener. The BYU senior quarterback knows the end of his collegiate career is on the horizon and he has spent much of it on the bench with injuries during his freshman and junior seasons.

  • Former Vanderbilt players in rape case released from jail

    June 24, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Two former Vanderbilt football players who were convicted in January of raping an unconscious fellow student have been released from jail on bond.Melinda McDowell, spokeswoman for the Metro Nashville Jail, said Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey were released Wednesday.

  • Ex-NFL coach Haslett hired as Penn State's 'sounding board'

    June 24, 2015

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) The coach who guided the New Orleans Saints through Hurricane Katrina has joined Penn State's football team as a consultant.Penn State says Jim Haslett will work with its offensive, defensive and specials teams coaches and serve as a ''sounding board'' for the staff.

  • Former Vanderbilt players in rape case could be released

    June 24, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Two former Vanderbilt football players who were convicted earlier this year of raping a student in a college dorm room could be out of jail as early as Wednesday afternoon.A Nashville judge on Wednesday reinstated bail for former players Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey. Both men would have to wear GPS monitoring devices if they are released.

  • Florida home of former coach Lou Holtz destroyed by fire

    June 24, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Former college football coach Lou Holtz and his wife Beth made it safely out of their .6 million Orlando home which officials say was destroyed by a fire likely caused by a lightning strike.The fire broke out early Sunday morning in the 11,000-square-foot home in the gated Lake Nona Gold and Country Club community, which is known for its multimillion-dollar homes.

  • Hundreds gather to pay tribute to A&M Heisman Trophy-winner

    June 23, 2015

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) It was as big a send-off as Texas A&M University can give.The opportunity to pay tribute to A&M's first Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow drew more than 500 family members, friends, fellow coaches and fans to the floor of Reed Arena.

  • Mistrial granted in Vanderbilt football players' rape case

    June 23, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A judge has granted a mistrial in the case of two former Vanderbilt football players convicted in the dorm-room rape of a student, saying ''bias has been clearly shown.''Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins on Tuesday ruled in favor of defense attorneys who said a juror intentionally withheld information that he was a rape victim during the jury selection process.

  • Music mogul Diddy's rep: He was defending himself

    June 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Sean ''Diddy'' Combs was defending himself in an incident at the University of California, Los Angeles, that led to his arrest, a representative the hip-hop mogul's company said Tuesday.''The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate,'' Nathalie Moar, a rep for Combs Enterprises, said in a statement to The Associated Press. ''What we can say now is that any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son.''

  • Music mogul Diddy's rep" He was defending himself

    June 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Sean ''Diddy'' Combs was defending himself in an incident at the University of California, Los Angeles, that led to his arrest, a representative the hip-hop mogul's company said Tuesday.''The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate,'' Nathalie Moar, a rep for Combs Enterprises, said in a statement to The Associated Press. ''What we can say now is that any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son.''

  • Music mogul Diddy's company: He was defending himself

    June 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Sean ''Diddy'' Combs' company says the hip-hop mogul was defending himself in an incident at the University of California, Los Angeles, that led to his arrest.Combs Enterprises says in a statement to The Associated Press on Tuesday that Combs was trying to protect himself and his son.

  • Derrick Nash, Central Michigan player with leukemia, dies

    June 23, 2015

    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) Central Michigan cornerback Derrick Nash, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2013 when he was still in high school, has died. He was 20.Nash died Monday at University of Michigan Health System, according to Paradise Funeral Chapel in Saginaw.

  • Music mogul Diddy accused of assault with workout equipment

    June 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Hip-hop music mogul Diddy was released from jail after being accused of assault with a weight-room kettlebell at the athletic facilities of the University of California, Los Angeles, where his son plays football, police said.Diddy, 45, whose real name is Sean Combs, was freed late Monday night after posting bail, several hours after his afternoon arrest, jail records showed.

  • Diddy released in arrest at UCLA, where son plays football

    June 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Hip-hop music mogul Diddy was released from jail late Monday night after an alleged assault with a weight-room kettlebell at the athletic facilities of UCLA, where his son is on the football team, police said.Diddy, 45, whose real name is Sean Combs, was freed after posting bail, several hours after his afternoon arrest, jail records showed.

  • Washington QB Cyler Miles retires from football

    June 22, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Washington quarterback Cyler Miles has decided to retire from college football due to a chronic hip injury.Washington announced the decision on Monday. The school said the hip injury has persisted through Miles' career and doctors have advised him not to keep playing.

  • Diddy arrested on campus of UCLA, where son plays football

    June 22, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Hip-hop music mogul Diddy was arrested Monday on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles, where his son is on the football team, police said.Diddy, 45, whose real name is Sean Combs, was arrested at UCLA's Acosta Athletic Training Complex on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon shortly after 12:30 p.m., according to a statement from campus police.

  • Purdue DE Robinson arrested for OWI, alcohol possession

    June 22, 2015

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue sophomore defensive end Gelen Robinson has been arrested for operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent or higher and illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage.The Lafayette Journal & Courier reports (http://on.jconline.com/1Nfzdal ) the 20-year-old Robinson was booked in the Tippecanoe Jail early Saturday and later released.

  • FAMU taps Alabama official to take over athletics department

    June 22, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida A&M University is turning to a University of Alabama official and former Oklahoma lineman to run its athletics department.FAMU President Elmira Mangum on Monday named Milton Overton as the new director of intercollegiate athletics. He takes over the position after the resignation of Kellen Winslow and the death of Nelson Townsend. Townsend was acting as interim director when he died in January.

  • Syracuse picks Boise State's Mark Coyle as athletic director

    June 22, 2015

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Mark Coyle called Syracuse ''a special place'' when he was introduced as the school's new athletic director.''It's a special place because of its history, its tradition,'' he said Monday at his introductory news conference after being handed a Syracuse jersey with his name and No. 1 emblazoned on the back. ''It's a special place, and it's going to go through transition.''

  • Missouri football player remains in serious condition

    June 22, 2015

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri defensive lineman Harold Brantley has improved to good condition after undergoing surgery on his left leg following a car accident on Sunday.Rex Sharp is the associate athletic director for sports medicine at Missouri. Sharp said in a news release Monday that Brantley will undergo knee surgery in three to four weeks to repair ligament damage. Brantley also suffered several rib fractures.

  • Pennsylvania brewery honoring Joe Paterno with special beer

    June 22, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) A Pennsylvania brewery is raising a glass to Joe Paterno.The Duquesne Brewing Company says Monday it's rolling out a brew honoring the late Penn State football coach.The Vienna-style lager available in mid-August will come in 12-oz. cans featuring Paterno's image and accomplishments.

  • 2 University of Missouri athletes hurt in Columbia crash

    June 22, 2015

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) A football player and a women's basketball player from the University of Missouri have been injured after their car flipped in Columbia.The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Harold Brantley, a defensive lineman, was seriously injured in the Sunday afternoon crash on U.S. 63. The patrol report says Madeleine Stock, a women's basketball player, sustained minor injuries.

  • Former NFL player, Spanish-language TV pioneer dies at 77

    August 3, 2015

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) Danny Villanueva, who was one of the NFL's first Latino kickers and a pioneer of Spanish-language television, has died. He was 77.Family members and officials at New Mexico State University, where Villanueva was a member of the athletic hall of fame, confirmed that he died Thursday after suffering a stroke earlier this week.

  • LSU suspends Jennings, 3 other players following arrests

    August 3, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU coach Les Miles has suspended quarterback Anthony Jennings and three other players indefinitely following their arrests on Thursday.LSU police have booked Jennings, defensive back Dwayne Thomas and defensive tackle Maquedius Bain with unauthorized entry of a residence.

  • UCF AD hired for same post at Oregon State

    August 3, 2015

    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Todd Stansbury, the athletic director at Central Florida for more than three years, was named athletic director at Oregon State on Thursday.Stansbury begins his new job in Corvallis, Oregon, on Aug. 1. He will be introduced at a news conference next week.

  • Texas A&M's John David Crow, 1957 Heisman winner, dies at 79

    August 3, 2015

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) John David Crow, the bruising running back who won the 1957 Heisman Trophy with Texas A&M before a Pro Bowl career in the NFL, has died. He was 79.The university said Crow died Wednesday night surrounded by his family. A cause of death was not disclosed.

  • Central Michigan football coach diagnosed with cancer

    August 3, 2015

    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) Central Michigan football coach John Bonamego said Thursday that he has cancer and plans to continue working during treatment.In a letter released by the school, Bonamego wrote that he has cancer in his left tonsil.''It was discovered early and is very treatable,'' he wrote.

  • Indiana boots top tackler off football team after arrest

    August 3, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana University kicked starting safety Antonio Allen off the football team Wednesday after his arrest on drug-dealing charges.Athletic department officials made the announcement in a one-sentence statement less than 24 hours after Indiana State Police charged the Indianapolis native with five counts of drug dealing.

  • Cheers! Texas approves alcohol sales at football games

    August 3, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The University of Texas will start selling beer and wine to fans at home football games beginning this fall.Beer and wine were already sold at other sporting events, but Royal-Memorial Stadium had remained alcohol-free. The school announced the change Wednesday.

  • Georgia adds UCLA to 2025-26 football schedules

    August 3, 2015

    Georgia has announced a two-game football series with UCLA beginning in 2025.Seeking to bolster their non-Southeastern Conference schedule, the Bulldogs will visit Pasadena, Calif., on Aug. 30, 2025, and will host the Bruins on Sept. 5, 2026.The schools haven't played since Georgia won the 1983 season opener at Sanford Stadium.

  • Iowa St dismisses RB Martinez Syria

    August 3, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State running back Martinez Syria has been kicked off the team.Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads says Syria has been dismissed for violating team policies.Syria gained 47 yards on 20 carries as a true freshman last season. His dismissal further erodes the depth on one of Iowa State's weakest positions.

  • Early signing proposal tabled by commissioners for 1 year

    August 3, 2015

    A decision to create an early signing period for college football has been put on hold until the entire recruiting process gets a comprehensive review.At a meeting Wednesday of the Collegiate Commissioners Association in Asheville, North Carolina, FBS leaders decided to table for one year a proposed a 72-hour signing period for high school prospects in mid-December that would line up with the dates junior college players can sign.

  • Gundy: NCAA investigation helps Oklahoma State

    August 3, 2015

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy ignored the Sports Illustrated articles that brought major allegations against his program two years ago.''I never read any of them,'' he told The Associated Press on Tuesday. ''My assistant read them, and she kind of told me what was going on, but I refused to read them because I knew they weren't true.''

  • Indiana suspends top tackler following drug-dealing arrest

    August 3, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana starting safety Antonio Allen was suspended indefinitely from all football activities Tuesday night after his arrest on drug-dealing charges.In a statement, the athletic department said it was aware of the arrest and will continue to gather the facts, but Allen's suspension takes effect immediately.

  • Playoff committee will wait for Army-Navy game if necessary

    August 3, 2015

    The College Football Playoff selection committee will wait until after the Army-Navy game is played to complete the New Year's Six bowl lineup if it determines the outcome of that game should be factored into the pairings.College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock told The Associated Press that only the bowl spots impacted by the Army-Navy game will be left open until after the game.

  • Paterno elected to Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame

    August 3, 2015

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Joe Paterno is finally a hall of famer in the state where his status as a coaching legend was marred by Penn State's child sex abuse scandal.The late football coach was elected Tuesday to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame along with 11 others, including former players Chuck Fusina and Matt Bahr.

  • Pitt star Tyler Boyd charged with DUI

    August 3, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh star wide receiver Tyler Boyd is facing a DUI charge and several traffic violations stemming from a traffic stop last week.Jefferson Hills police formally charged the 20-year-old Boyd on Tuesday. A police report says Boyd was pulled over around 2:30 a.m. Friday morning after trying to pass another car. Boyd told police he had ''two shots'' during the evening. He took a breath test and submitted to a blood test before being released to a family member. The results are pending.

  • Police plan to file DUI charge against Pitt's Tyler Boyd

    August 3, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Police planned to file driving under the influence and other charges against University of Pittsburgh star wide receiver Tyler Boyd stemming from a traffic stop Friday, a suburban police chief announced Monday.Jefferson Hills police Chief Eugene Roach said the 20-year-old player was pulled over about 2:30 a.m. Friday after passing another vehicle within an intersection.

  • Vanderbilt rape case defendants: Juror withheld information

    August 3, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Defense attorneys for two former Vanderbilt football players convicted in the dorm-room rape of a student are asking a judge to declare a mistrial, saying a juror intentionally withheld information that he was a rape victim during the jury selection process.

  • ASU recruit gets probation in domestic violence case

    August 3, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) A suspended Arizona State football recruit was sentenced Monday to two years of probation for his misdemeanor plea in a domestic violence case.Last month, 21-year-old Davon Durant pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct in an agreement that called for the dismissal of other charges, including an aggravated assault charge.

  • Pitt star Tyler Boyd being investigated on suspicion of DUI

    August 3, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh star wide receiver Tyler Boyd is under investigation for suspicion of driving under the influence following a traffic stop early Friday morning.Jefferson Hills police say the 20-year-old Boyd was pulled over around 2:30 a.m. Friday. He underwent breathalyzer and blood tests. Sergeant Kevin King says the results are pending and no charges have been filed.

  • Early signing period for football close to becoming reality

    August 3, 2015

    An early signing period for college football is close to becoming a reality after years of debate and discussion about giving prospects the opportunity to end their recruitment before February.The Collegiate Commissioners Association, which administers the national letter of intent recruits sign to make their verbal commitments to a school binding, will meet next week in Asheville, North Carolina, and are expected to vote Tuesday or Wednesday on a proposal to create a new three-day signing period in December.

  • Notre Dame DE Williams to transfer

    August 3, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Defensive end Jhonny Williams is transferring from Notre Dame after not playing as a freshman.Notre Dame spokesman Michael Bertsch said Thursday the 6-foot-4, 260-pound from Benton Harbor, Michigan, about 35 miles from South Bend, had informed the coaching staff he plans to transfer. Williams announced the move with a posting on Facebook thanking people for their support.

  • Georgia's quarterbacks competition down to 3 candidates

    August 3, 2015

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Jacob Park is transferring from Georgia following the expected arrival of former Virginia quarterback Greyson Lambert.Park, a redshirt freshman, worked mostly with the scout team last year and might have had a tough time beating out Lambert, Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta for the starting quarterback job.

  • Ex-Illinois football staffer sentenced for gun violation

    August 3, 2015

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) Former University of Illinois football staff member Matt Sinclair has been sentenced to 18 months of probation and 100 hours of community service for a weapons violation.The 32-year-old Sinclair was convicted in April of aggravated unlawful use of weapons for carrying a gun without having a concealed-carry license. Sinclair was arrested in November 2013 exiting Interstate 74 after pointing an unloaded gun out his truck window at a vehicle carrying several co-workers. Women riding in a car behind Sinclair saw the act and called police.

  • Purdue's former starting QB Etling looking to transfer

    August 3, 2015

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Quarterback Danny Etling will transfer from Purdue.Coach Darrell Hazell announced the move Thursday. The 6-foot-2, 216-pound sophomore started the final seven games of his freshman season after replacing Rob Henry. Five games into last season, Hazell named Austin Appleby the starter.

  • Huskers LB Santos won't return; 2 other players to transfer

    August 3, 2015

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Nebraska's depth issue at linebacker became more problematic Thursday with coach Mike Riley's announcement that David Santos would not be with the Cornhuskers this season.Riley also said safety LeRoy Alexander and receiver Jariah Tolbert would transfer.

  • Plaintiff in concussion lawsuit vs. NCAA opposes settlement

    August 3, 2015

    The lead plaintiff in a concussion lawsuit against the NCAA opposes a proposed settlement in the case.In a statement released Tuesday through the National College Players Association, former Eastern Illinois football player Adrian Arrington said the agreement is unacceptable and that he never approved the settlement proposal being considered by U.S. District Judge John Lee in Chicago.

  • Kelly: DE Williams still not cleared to play for Irish

    August 3, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly says defensive end Ishaq Williams still has some NCAA hurdles to clear before he is able to play for the Fighting Irish.Williams was dismissed from Notre Dame last fall after being investigated for possible academic dishonesty and still has NCAA hurdles to clear before officially rejoining the team.

  • Bowl projections for 2015-16 postseason

    August 3, 2015

    The Football Bowl Association released the schedule for the 2015-16 postseason, making it a perfect time to do the impossible and pick which teams will be playing in the record 40 bowl games set to take place between Dec. 19 and Jan. 2.Plenty of wishful thinking involved - Texas vs. Texas A&M! - and picks all are subject to change before the season starts.

  • Washington signs QB Rodriguez to financial aid agreement

    August 3, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Washington has signed junior college quarterback Tony Rodriguez to a financial aid agreement, giving the Huskies additional depth at the position going into the 2015 season.Washington announced Rodriguez's signing on Tuesday.Rodriguez was the offensive player of the year on the Region I all-California junior college team last fall playing for City College of San Francisco. Rodriguez passed for 2,382 yards, 18 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He also ran for three TDs.

  • Foster Farms Bowl to be played Dec 26

    August 3, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) This year's Foster Farms Bowl in the Bay Area will be played on Dec. 26.Bowl executive director Gary Cavalli announced the date Monday for the game between the fourth selection from the Pac-12 and an upper-echelon Big Ten team. The kickoff time is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. PST, and the game will aired on ESPN.

  • UMass, Mississippi State announce 3-game football series

    August 3, 2015

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State and Massachusetts have agreed to a three-game football series that begins in 2016 with a game at Gillette Stadium, which is the home of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.UMass will make return trips to Mississippi State in 2017 and 2020.

  • UConn coach says he doesn't need UCF's consent for rivalry

    August 3, 2015

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) UConn football coach Bob Diaco has created a trophy and countdown clock, saying Monday he doesn't need UCF's permission to manufacture a rivalry game with the Knights.Diaco's office last week posted a picture on Twitter (http://bit.ly/1F4kDfb ) of a trophy he had commissioned for the annual game between the American Athletic Conference schools, which he has dubbed ''The Civil Conflict.'' Above the trophy was a clock marking the amount of time until the Oct. 10 game in Orlando.

  • Pac-12 teams to use injury spotter during football games

    August 3, 2015

    The Pac-12 teams will use injury spotters during football games that will monitor teams with video technology and communicate with coaches and medical personnel.The Pac-12 university presidents and chancellors approved the spotter system at the conference's summer meetings this weekend.

  • Wildcats in good shape heading into summer workouts

    August 3, 2015

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona's players were not ready for their first offseason under Rich Rodriguez. Not even close.Out of shape and out of their element with the then-new coach's go-all-the-time style, the Wildcats were more concerned about catching their breath than trying to learn plays.

  • Facing 5 NCAA charges, UNC plans response in academic case

    August 3, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina and the NCAA appear to agree on at least one thing: The school has corrected problems that led to its long-running academic fraud scandal through numerous reforms and personnel changes.What the two sides don't agree on is what rule violations were committed.

  • Coach postpones raise to help MTSU with cost of attendance

    August 3, 2015

    Football coach Rick Stockstill heard plenty of questions from his players and recruits about how much Middle Tennessee might pay for the cost of attendance. So he decided to do something.He postponed his 0,000 annual pay raise for four years to help the university pay that tab.

  • Illinois adds Duke series to 2025, '26 football schedules

    August 3, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois and Duke have agreed to play a home-and-home series in the 2025 and 2026 football seasons.Illinois said Friday that the teams will play in Durham, North Carolina, on Sept. 6, 2025, and in Champaign on Sept. 12, 2026.The Illini and Blue Devils have only played each other twice and haven't met since 1965. The series is 1-1.

  • Tennessee adds Abernathy, Renfro as graduate transfers

    August 3, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee has added former Cincinnati running back/receiver Ralph David Abernathy IV and former Maryland punter Nate Renfro as graduate transfers.The school released an updated roster Thursday that included both players. As graduate transfers, Abernathy and Renfro are eligible to play this fall rather than sitting out a year.

  • Tennessee State says APR recount cancels postseason ban

    August 3, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee State officials say a one-year postseason ban in football has been avoided after a recalculation of the program's NCAA minimum Academic Progress Rate.School officials said they were told Thursday of the recalculation.

  • Former Arkansas, CFL linebacker Harris dies at 77

    August 3, 2015

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Wayne Harris, the former University of Arkansas and Calgary Stampeders linebacker known as ''Thumper'' for his hard hits, has died. He was 77.The Stampeders confirmed Harris's death Thursday.Harris played his entire CFL career with Calgary from 1961-72. The Hampton, Arkansas, native was the MVP in Calgary's 1971 Grey Cup victory over Toronto.

  • Correction: Florida State-Ramsey story

    August 3, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) In a story June 3 about Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey and his Olympic aspirations, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of Ramsey's long jump coach. It is Dennis Nobles, not Dennis Robles.A corrected version of the story is below:

  • NCAA hits UNC with 5 violations in wake of academic scandal

    August 3, 2015

    North Carolina's long-running academic fraud scandal now includes five NCAA charges, including a lack of institutional control for poor oversight of an academic department popular with athletes and the counselors who advised them.The school released a 59-page notice of allegations Thursday from the NCAA, which uses the document to specify violations uncovered during an investigation. The charges were more broad-based than focused on individual sports, with the NCAA regarding academic irregularities in the formerly named African and Afro-American (AFAM) Studies department as potential improper benefits by saying athletes received access to courses and other assistance generally unavailable to non-athletes.

  • Georgia Tech, Boston College to open 2016 season in Ireland

    August 3, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech and Boston College are heading to Ireland to open the 2016 college football season.The announcement was made Thursday by Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and other officials in Dublin.The Atlantic Coast Conference game will be played Sept. 3, 2016, at 51,700-seat Aviva Stadium, with Boston College serving as the home team.

  • Florida State star DB Ramsey dreams of Olympic gold

    August 3, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Get Florida State star Jalen Ramsey talking about his other sport, the one he squeezes in between football and does about as well as anybody in the country, and it's apparent that the long jump isn't just a way for the defensive back to stay in shape.

  • New Utah State AD sets sights on Mountain West championships

    August 3, 2015

    LOGAN, Utah (AP) Newly hired Utah State athletic director John Hartwell said the Aggies will win multiple Mountain West championships in multiple sports.Hartwell was introduced as the new head of athletics at the Wayne Estes Center on Wednesday and didn't hesitate to set high expectations for on-field performance and growth throughout the department. Utah State joined the reorganized Mountain West in 2013 and has yet to earn a league trophy in any sport. Hartwell promised that will change.

  • New U Texas president supports beer sales at football games

    August 3, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) New University of Texas President Greg Fenves says he is in favor of allowing beer sales at football games to enhance the fan experience.Texas began selling beer at other athletic events at the urging of athletic director Steve Patterson in 2014, but not at football games.

  • Former Virginia QB Greyson Lambert transferring to Georgia

    August 3, 2015

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Virginia graduate Greyson Lambert said Wednesday he's transferring to Georgia, where he will join a three-man race for the starting job.Lambert, a native of Jesup, Georgia, confirmed his decision by replying to a text message to The Associated Press. ''I'm going to Georgia,'' he said.

  • Ohio State's Meyer to release book on leadership

    August 3, 2015

    Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has a book on leadership and team building that will be out in October.Penguin Press announced Wednesday that ''Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Season'' by Meyer, with author Wayne Coffey, will be published Oct. 27.

  • UAB supporters showed president the money, got football back

    August 3, 2015

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) When Justin Craft and other UAB supporters met with university President Ray Watts last fall, they were told that donations to the athletic department were welcome but to hold off on pledging money to save the football program.

  • FBS newbies provide glimpse how UAB can rebuild its roster

    August 3, 2015

    Football is back at UAB. Now the Blazers need players.Among the many challenges UAB faces now that it has reinstated its football program - six months after dropping it - is reconstructing a roster that can compete in FBS, maybe as soon as 2016.The Blazers are not starting from scratch, but it is close enough that coach Bill Clark might want to look toward FBS newbies UTSA and Charlotte to help craft a blueprint for rebuilding his team.

  • Utah State hires John Hartwell as next athletic director

    August 3, 2015

    LOGAN, Utah (AP) John Hartwell has been hired as the next athletic director at Utah State, President Stan Albrecht announced Tuesday.The former Troy athletic director replaces Scott Barnes, who took the same position at Pittsburgh.Hartwell spent three years at Troy, where he guided major upgrades to several athletic facilities. Three of his hires were named Sun Belt Conference coach of the year in 2014-15 as the women's golf team and men's tennis team won conference titles. He also negotiated a new deal with Adidas to outfit the school's teams.

  • College Football Playoff semifinals to start at 4 p.m. ET

    August 3, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The first College Football Playoff semifinal will begin at 4 p.m. eastern on New Year's Eve.The CFP on Tuesday announced the start times for the semifinals and four other marquee bowl games to be played on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

  • Clemson enters season with revamped defensive line

    August 3, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Clemson led the country in defense last year, largely because of an experienced front line with a four-man group that started a combined 114 games the past four seasons.Now, they have all moved on, leaving the Tigers coaches to send in the next wave of players looking to maintain the team's status as the top-ranked defense in the nation.

  • Richt hopes for 'discretion' in new SEC transfer rule

    August 3, 2015

    MACON, Ga. (AP) Georgia coach Mark Richt hopes there is room for ''discretion'' in the SEC's new rule which blocks schools from accepting transfers who have had ''serious misconduct'' problems.The Southeastern Conference is the first league to prohibit accepting transfers of student-athletes who have a history of such offenses. The league defined serious misconduct as sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence.

  • Las Vegas Bowl to keep Saturday slot, game set for Dec. 19

    August 3, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The Las Vegas Bowl will stick with the Saturday-before-Christmas schedule established in 2012.ESPN Events announced Monday that the 24th Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl will be played at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 19 at Sam Boyd Stadium and will be televised on ABC.

  • Leinart among 1st-timers on College Hall of Fame ballot

    August 3, 2015

    Southern California Heisman Trophy Winner Matt Leinart and former New Mexico star Brian Urlacher are among the players making their first appearance on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot.The National Football Foundation released on Tuesday the players and coaches being considered for selection to the Hall of Fame this year. The new Hall of Fame class will be announced Jan. 8 in Arizona, where the College Football Playoff championship game will be held.

  • Now, UAB begins rebuilding process for football

    August 3, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) UAB's decision to revive the football program is just the beginning of a formidable task.University President Ray Watts announced his intentions Monday to bring back football, a day short of six months after dropping the programs. Now, coach Bill Clark must find enough players to field a team as early as 2016.

  • Tennessee has 'moved on' from Williams being part of team

    August 3, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Volunteers say they have ''moved on'' from Michael Williams being part of the football team. The cornerback was indicted on aggravated rape charges in February.Tennessee officials didn't say whether Williams had been permanently kicked off the team, but when athletic department spokesman Jason Yellin was asked if there were any circumstances under which Williams could return, Yellin reiterated that, ''We've moved on.''

  • UAB president: University bringing football back in 2016

    August 3, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) UAB President Ray Watts said Monday he is bringing the football program back as early as 2016, reversing a decision to shut it down because it was too expensive.Watts cited renewed financial commitment from supporters, students and the city as reasons for the change of heart.

  • UAB to restore dropped football program for 2016 season

    August 3, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) UAB President Ray Watts is bringing the football program back.Watts told The Associated Press that he decided on Monday morning to reverse the earlier decision after meetings with UAB supporters continued through the weekend. He says donors have pledged to make up the estimated .2 million deficit over the next five years if football is restored.

  • UAB president: University reverses decision to drop football, will bring program back in 2016

    August 3, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) UAB president: University reverses decision to drop football, will bring program back in 2016.

  • SEC's Slive steps down amid record revenue, new conduct rule

    August 3, 2015

    DESTIN, Fla. (AP) Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive unexpectedly stepped down Friday, just minutes after announcing record revenue and a groundbreaking rule.Slive had been scheduled to officially retire July 31, but decided to hand the reins of the powerful league to Greg Sankey beginning Monday.

  • SEC generates NCAA-record 5.8M in revenue for 2014-15

    August 3, 2015

    DESTIN, Fla. (AP) The powerful Southeastern Conference is now the NCAA's richest league.Thanks to the successful debut of the SEC Network, the conference generated an NCAA-record 5.8 million in revenue in 2014-15. The league's revenue was 9.6 million last year.

  • SEC generates NCAA-record 5M in revenue for 2014-15

    August 3, 2015

    DESTIN, Fla. (AP) The powerful Southeastern Conference is now the NCAA's richest league.Thanks to the successful debut of the SEC Network, the conference generated an NCAA-record 5 million in revenue in 2014-15. The league's revenue was 9.6 million last year.

  • Stanford, San Jose St. to host Super Bowl practices

    August 3, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The two Super Bowl teams will practice for next year's game in the Bay Area on the campuses of Stanford and San Jose State.Stanford said Friday that the NFC champion will practice on its campus, as well as using the field house, weight room and conference rooms to prepare for the game on Feb. 7, 2016, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

  • Indiana reconciles with 10 players who boycotted in '69

    August 3, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana says it has reconciled with and welcomed back 10 football players who boycotted the last three games in 1969 because the coaching staff would not adequately address their concerns about unequal treatment on the basis of race.

  • Team releases Rutgers football player charged in robbery

    August 3, 2015

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers University in New Jersey has dismissed a football player from the team who was arrested on a robbery charge last weekend in Florida.Coach Kyle Flood announced the dismissal of Darian Dailey in a news release Thursday.The defensive back and another man were arrested and charged with robbery after Florida's Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said Dailey and another suspect confronted a bicyclist with a gun early Sunday and demanded money.

  • Suspended Arizona State football recruit pleads guilty

    August 3, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) A suspended Arizona State football recruit accused of domestic violence has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.Maricopa County Superior Court officials say 21-year-old Davon Durant changed his plea to guilty on Thursday and that other charges against Durant will be dismissed when he is sentenced. The other charges include aggravated assault.

  • Ex-Notre Dame player Hardy makes it official: He's a Falcon

    August 3, 2015

    BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) Former Notre Dame safety Eilar Hardy will play his one remaining year of college eligibility at Bowling Green.Hardy, who played in 15 games the last two years for the Fighting Irish, had asked for and been granted his release from Notre Dame after last season. He had said he was transferring to Bowling Green, but the decision wasn't officially announced until Thursday.

  • Oklahoma QB Hansen to transfer

    August 3, 2015

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma backup quarterback Justice Hansen plans to transfer.The school announced the decision Wednesday night.Hansen, a redshirt freshman, completed all five of his passes for 70 yards in this year's spring game. He was competing with Trevor Knight, Baker Mayfield and Cody Thomas, who all have starting experience.

  • Big 12 schools could face big penalties for court storming

    August 3, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Big 12 Conference schools could now face fines, and even the loss of future home games, for failing to keep fans from storming courts or rushing fields after games.Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the measure passed Wednesday gives him a broad authority to deal with such violations.

  • SEC to allow satellite camps if NCAA doesn't ban them

    August 3, 2015

    DESTIN, Fla. (AP) The Southeastern Conference will either change the rules regarding recruiting camps or join in the chase.SEC athletic directors voted Wednesday to drop the league's restriction that prohibits coaches from attending satellite camps beginning in 2016 - but only if the football powerhouse can't get the NCAA to ban those camps altogether.

  • Inequality in cost of attendance has some worried in SEC

    August 3, 2015

    DESTIN, Fla. (AP) The cost of attendance boost to an athletic scholarship is about to become a reality and some coaches are uncomfortable with the new economic reality of college sports: Athletes will be able to get more at some schools than at others.

  • Miles plans to meet with suspended LSU lineman

    August 3, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette says coach Les Miles plans to meet with suspended reserve offensive lineman Jevonte Domond on Thursday to discuss his recent arrest in an alleged domestic dispute.An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's spokeswoman says bond has been set at ,000 for Domond, who was arrested Monday after his fiancee told authorities he picked her up by her neck, choked her nearly to the point of passing out, threw her onto a couch and bit her hip in the presence of their newborn.

  • New Orleans among 9 bidding to host playoff championship

    August 3, 2015

    DESTIN, Fla. (AP) New Orleans is among nine cities and regions bidding to host College Football Playoff championship games.Atlanta, Houston, San Antonio, Detroit, Minneapolis, South Florida, Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Bay Area in California also are vying to host the 2018, `19 and `20 title games. All those sites had been previously reported as intending to bid, though the deadline to submit a bid was Wednesday.

  • SEC to 'substantially' increase fines for rushing fields

    August 3, 2015

    DESTIN, Fla. (AP) The Southeastern Conference has been fining its schools for rushing fields and storming courts since 2004.Now, a decade later, those penalties are going up. Way up.The league plans to ''substantially'' increase fines for teams that violate its on-field policy. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive indicated that the new starting point would be around ,000 - 10 times more than the previous fine for first-time offenders.

  • SEC passes regulation to better identify concussions

    August 3, 2015

    DESTIN, Fla. (AP) The Southeastern Conference is taking steps to better identify concussions.The league passed a regulation Tuesday that requires an independent medical observer for conference and non-conference games beginning next season.Each trained observer - hired by the conference, not the schools - will be stationed in the television replay booth and monitor both sidelines as well as on-field action. At least two schools used the setup last season, and now ''we've broadened that to make it consistent across the league,'' incoming SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said.

  • SEC wants 'level playing field' regarding camps, transfers

    August 3, 2015

    DESTIN, Fla. (AP) The Southeastern Conference wants a level playing field.Yep, the league that boasts seven consecutive football national championships, resides in some of the country's most fertile recruiting grounds and has loads of history and fan support is complaining about being at a competitive disadvantage.

  • Quarterback competition, not controversy, at Florida State

    August 3, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher sees competition, not a budding quarterback controversy, with the addition of Everett Golson.The former two-year starter for Notre Dame is transferring to the Seminoles for his final season.Fisher insisted he was comfortable with the mostly inexperienced quarterbacks on Florida State's roster coming out of spring practice, but the opportunity to bring in a player who had performed on big stages and helped his team reach the national championship game was just too good to pass up.

  • Oregon adds Notre Dame transfer Hegarty to bolster OL

    August 3, 2015

    Former Notre Dame offensive lineman Matt Hegarty is transferring to Oregon, where he will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate student.Hegarty played in 34 games for the Fighting Irish, including 11 starts last season moving between guard and center. The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder could help fill the spot on Oregon's line left open by the departure of center Hroniss Grasu, who was drafted by the Chicago Bears.

  • Indiana WR Griffith arrested for driving while intoxicated

    August 3, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana wide receiver Isaac Griffith is out of jail after being arrested for driving while intoxicated.The 20-year-old sophomore from Fort Wayne was released from the Monroe County Jail after posting bond Saturday.Indiana University Police spokesman Lt. Craig Munroe says Griffith was arrested early Saturday on preliminary charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with endangerment, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol content above 0.08, and illegal consumption.

  • Beckham and University of Miami discuss stadium partnership

    August 3, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) David Beckham and the University of Miami are discussing a possible partnership for a new stadium for both Major League Soccer and college football.Beckham was in town for a meeting Friday, and outgoing University of Miami President Donna Shalala has been involved in discussions this week. Among the locations being considering is a site near the old Orange Bowl, which has been torn down, next to Marlins Park.

  • SEC agenda includes graduate transfers, satellite camps

    August 3, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) The Southeastern Conference agenda for spring meetings leans heavily toward ensuring other leagues don't have any competitive advantage, either from satellite camps or graduate transfers.Coaches have grumbled about outside competitors like Penn State's James Franklin and Michigan's Jim Harbaugh holding football camps as guest coaches in the SEC's fertile recruiting territory.

  • UNC receives NCAA notice of allegations in academic case

    August 3, 2015

    North Carolina has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA connected to the school's academic fraud scandal.In a statement Friday, Chancellor Carol Folt and athletic director Bubba Cunningham said UNC is reviewing the ''lengthy'' notice and will release it publicly ''as soon as possible'' after redactions to comply with privacy laws.

  • Siants sign 1st-round pick Andrus Peat

    August 3, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints signed first-round pick Andrus Peat on Thursday to a four-year contract.The 6-foot-7, 316-pound former Stanford offensive tackle was selected 13th overall. Peat was the last of the team's nine draft picks to sign.

  • Haskell Indian Nations University halting football for 2015

    August 3, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Haskell Indian Nations University is suspending its football program for 2015 because of a lack of funds.The Lawrence Journal-World (http://bit.ly/1JEi768 ) reports the Lawrence-based university made the announcement Thursday. The school's student newspaper reported university President Venida Chenault announced the cost-cutting move at a meeting of summer students, faculty and staff.

  • UConn and Syracuse agree to renew football rivalry

    August 3, 2015

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) Former Big East rivals UConn and Syracuse have announced an agreement to play a home-and-home football series.Under the agreement, the Huskies will host to the Orange on September 24, 2016 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford and UConn will travel to the Carrier Dome on September 29, 2018.

  • Longtime Ohio State spokesman Steve Snapp dead at 69

    August 3, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Steve Snapp, a longtime Ohio State athletics spokesman and sports information director, has died. He was 69.The university confirmed his death on Thursday. Snapp had been ill a long time, battling cancer and suffering a stroke several years ago.

  • Liberty Bowl set for Jan. 2 this season

    August 3, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Liberty Bowl is moving to January this season.Officials said Wednesday the game will be played Jan. 2. It is set to start at 3:20 p.m. EST and will be televised by ESPN.This marks the third time the Liberty Bowl has taken place on Jan. 2. The Liberty Bowl also had a Jan. 2 date for the 2008 and 2009 seasons, though it typically has been played in late December.

  • Franklin says satellite camp idea planted by other coaches

    August 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Penn State coach James Franklin wants to make something clear when it comes to the debate about so-called satellite camps: He stole the idea.Franklin sparked a controversy last year when he and his staff guest coached at a Georgia State camp in Atlanta. Southeastern Conference coaches bristled because SEC rules prohibit them from doing something similar.

  • Duke, Kentucky basketball teams earn top marks in classroom

    August 3, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kentucky's men's basketball team was nearly as perfect in the classroom in 2013-14 as it was on the basketball court last season.On Wednesday, the school often criticized for embracing one-and-done players was singled out by the NCAA for public recognition after finishing among the top 10 percent of men's basketball teams academically. The team's actual score will not be released until next week.

  • Brett Favre playing football again - for charity

    August 3, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Brett Favre will be playing football again in Wisconsin - just not at Lambeau Field.The former Green Bay Packers quarterback will be participating in a charity flag football game the University of Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium on July 19.

  • Nebraska DB Boaz Joseph fined 0 for marijuana possession

    August 3, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska reserve defensive back Boaz Joseph has been fined 0 for marijuana possession.Joseph had a charge for possession of drug paraphernalia dropped during his sentencing Tuesday in Lancaster County Court.University police last month found marijuana in a tobacco tin in Joseph's room at his Lincoln apartment. Officers were there to execute a search warrant in connection with an unrelated fraud investigation. Two other people were ticketed for having drugs and paraphernalia.

  • Rolle defends Winston, says Bowden wrong to criticize QB

    August 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Former Florida State star Myron Rolle says Bobby Bowden was wrong to say Seminoles supporters believe Jameis Winston was an embarrassment to the school.Rolle won a Rhodes Scholarship while playing for Bowden at Florida State and has known Winston since the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback was in high school.

  • Michigan State's Martinez cleared to play immediately

    August 3, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State linebacker Drake Martinez will be eligible to play in 2015 after receiving a waiver from the Big Ten.Martinez, a junior college transfer, will have three years of eligibility remaining. He started eight games in 2014 for Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California.

  • Ohio State's Smith praises playoff, warns about toll

    August 3, 2015

    ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith had high praise for college football's playoff system - and a warning to the NCAA about adding another round.More bandages will be needed.Smith said his Buckeyes were a banged-up bunch as they marched toward the championship and expanding the playoff field form four to eight teams will only add to the bumps and bruises.

  • Illinois adds ex QB Nathan Scheelhaase to football staff

    August 3, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois has hired former Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (SHEEL'-hows) as the assistant director of football operations.The school said Tuesday that Scheelhaase will take over the position vacated recently by fellow former quarterback Juice Williams, who took a job at Georgetown.

  • Syracuse football bringing No. 44 out of retirement

    August 3, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse is bringing back the football team's famed No. 44.The school made the announcement on Tuesday at a groundbreaking ceremony for Plaza 44, which will be constructed adjacent to the new Ensley Athletic Center. The plaza will honor the great trio of running backs who wore the number and helped make it one of the most recognizable numbers in college football - Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little.

  • Golson gets chance to replace Winston at Florida State

    August 3, 2015

    Everett Golson came oh-so close to beating Florida State with Notre Dame last year.Now, he has another chance for victory at Doak Campbell Stadium - only this time, he'll be playing for the home team.Golson is transferring to Florida State, where he will have the chance to replace Jameis Winston as the Seminoles' starting quarterback.

  • Fired Weis still highest paid Notre Dame coach on payroll

    August 3, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Charlie Weis remained the highest paid coach on Notre Dame's payroll despite being fired by the university following the 2009 season, earning nearly twice as much as Brian Kelly, the man who replaced him as football coach.The university paid Weis, who was fired as coach at Kansas last September, ,054,744, according to figures included in Notre Dame's most recent IRS documents for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014. That's the same amount Weis received the previous three years after receiving an initial payment of .6 million from Notre Dame after being fired. The university says in the documents the payments continue through December.

  • Ex-Notre Dame quarterback Golson chooses Florida State

    August 3, 2015

    Former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is transferring to Florida State, where he will have the chance to replace Jameis Winston.Golson said in a statement to Fox Sports on Tuesday he will spend his fifth year of eligibility with the Seminoles. Golson graduated from Notre Dame on Sunday and will be immediately eligible to play under NCAA graduate transfer rules.

  • Former Notre Dame QB Golson chooses Florida State

    August 3, 2015

    Former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson says he is transferring to Florida State, where he will have the chance to replace Jameis Winston.In a statement to Fox Sports, Golson said Tuesday after much consideration he will spend his fifth year of eligibility with the Seminoles.

  • Former Virginia starting QB Greyson Lambert to transfer

    August 3, 2015

    Former starting quarterback and co-captain Greyson Lambert is joining the run of prominent players transferring from Virginia.Lambert announced his intention in a post on Twitter on Saturday, the same day he received his degree.The redshirt junior becomes the third consecutive incumbent starting quarterback to leave the Cavaliers since 2012, and leaves Matt Johns as the only scholarship quarterback on the roster until June.

  • Florida adds Vanderbilt graduate transfer Josh Grady

    August 3, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Former Vanderbilt quarterback/receiver Josh Grady has landed at Florida.The Gators announced Friday that Grady has enrolled in classes and will be eligible to play this fall.Grady graduated from Vanderbilt last week, and the Southeastern Conference approved his transfer.

  • Some Illini players use Twitter to back coaches

    August 3, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Some current and former Illinois football players started their own Twitter campaign in support of Illinois coach Tim Beckman and his staff following allegations they mishandled a player's injuries.At least 20 past and current players posted messages Thursday using the hashtag (hash)proudillini. Some were players who've had their own injuries while playing.

  • Football Hall of Famer Bobby Bell gets degree at age of 74

    August 3, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Bobby Bell sat down in the chair, his black gown draped over his shoulders, the black cap tilted just perfectly and the white tassels hanging to his right.A representative from the University of Minnesota asked the 74-year-old Pro Football Hall of Famer if he wanted to wear the graduation attire while he was doing interviews with the media.

  • Fran Fisher, broadcaster for Penn St. football, dies at 91

    August 3, 2015

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Fran Fisher, who broadcast Penn State football games on the radio for many years, has died. He was 91.Fisher's son Jerry says his father was discovered in his State College town house Thursday morning but may have died late Wednesday.

  • Michigan's Minick suspended indefinitely after arrest

    August 3, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan associate athletic director for football Jim Minick was suspended indefinitely Wednesday, four days after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol in Pittsfield Township.''Jim Minick made a regrettable decision last week and was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated,'' Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh said in a statement. ''Jim makes no excuses, regrets this decision and understands the consequences for his actions. Due to the serious nature of this event, Jim Minick has been suspended indefinitely and we ask for your understanding while we address the situation.''

  • Accusations spoil spring for Illini coach Tim Beckman

    August 3, 2015

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) This is a week in which Tim Beckman would otherwise be preparing to watch some of his players graduate.Instead, the Illinois coach who is already on a hot seat as his team struggles in the Big Ten finds himself and his staff accused by a former player of mishandling injuries. The allegations prompted the school to announce an independent investigation at a time Beckman would surely rather be discussing a recruiting class that is his best since coming to Illinois in 2011.

  • As grad transfer is scrutinized, SEC might lock out Golson

    August 3, 2015

    Florida State? Interested. South Carolina? Not interested. Florida? Happy to be mentioned. Georgia? Well, the Bulldogs would rather not say.Everett Golson has become a popular man in the southeast since he announced last week he is transferring from Notre Dame.

  • Oklahoma RB Keith Ford to transfer after suspension

    August 3, 2015

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma running back Keith Ford is transferring.A school spokesman confirmed Ford's decision on Wednesday.Ford was suspended indefinitely in March for academic and team rules violations. He was Oklahoma's top rusher and one of the Sooners' top receivers last season before he broke his right leg in the third game against Tennessee and missed the next five games.

  • Coach: Jackson not enrolled at Florida following arrest

    August 3, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Talented and troubled cornerback J.C. Jackson is no longer enrolled at Florida following an arrest.Coach Jim McElwain says Wednesday that Jackson is not taking summer classes. Jackson is charged with three counts of armed robbery stemming from an April 18 incident in Gainesville.

  • Players' group wants independent U of Illinois investigation

    August 3, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - A national advocacy group for college football players says complaints about Illinois coach Tim Beckman's handling of a former player's injuries should be investigated by someone outside the university.National College Players Association Executive Director Ramogi Huma also said in a letter to Urbana-Champaign campus Chancellor Phyllis Wise that the findings of the investigation should be made public and that anyone found to have abused players be fired. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter.

  • McElwain: Jackson not enrolled at Florida following arrest

    August 3, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Talented and troubled cornerback J.C. Jackson is no longer enrolled at Florida following an arrest.Coach Jim McElwain says Wednesday that Jackson is not taking summer classes. Jackson is charged with three counts of armed robbery stemming from an April 18 incident in Gainesville.

  • Mornhinweg transfers, leaving Florida with 2 scholarship QBs

    August 3, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida is down to two scholarship quarterbacks with the departure of Skyler Mornhinweg to Columbia University.Coach Jim McElwain said Wednesday on a Southeastern Conference coaches' call that Mornhinweg had left the program.He's the fifth scholarship quarterback to leave Florida in the last 30 months, following Jacoby Brissett (North Carolina State), Max Staver (Tyler Junior College), Tyler Murphy (Boston College) and Jeff Driskel (Louisiana Tech).

  • Michigan State's Sims set to finish career elsewhere

    August 3, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State wide receiver Andre Sims has been released from his scholarship so he can complete his final year of eligibility elsewhere after graduating last week.Sims earned a degree in journalism.Coach Mark Dantonio says the Spartans wish him the best of luck entering his final season. Sims caught 13 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown in three seasons with the Spartans.

  • Michigan says Norfleet's status an 'internal matter'

    August 3, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan says wide receiver Dennis Norfleet's status is an ''internal matter'' after his high school coach said he was no longer a member of the Wolverines.Detroit King coach Dale Harvel told The Detroit News and MLive.com on Tuesday that Norfleet was dismissed from the team.

  • Fisher: Ex-Irish QB Golson, Florida State 'negotiating'

    August 3, 2015

    AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (AP) Everett Golson has met with Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher about the possibility of the former Notre Dame quarterback transferring to the Seminoles.Fisher said Tuesday at the Atlantic Coast Conference spring meetings that Golson visited Florida State's Tallahassee campus on Monday.

  • Fisher: Ex-Irish quarterback Golson visited Florida State

    August 3, 2015

    AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (AP) Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says he has met with Everett Golson about the possibility of the former Notre Dame quarterback transferring to the Seminoles.Fisher told reporters Tuesday at the Atlantic Coast Conference spring meetings in Amelia Island, Florida, that Golson visited Florida State's Tallahassee campus on Monday. The coach said he would not promise playing time to Golson and that it was up to the player if he wanted to join the Seminoles.

  • Player's group wants independent U of Illinois investigation

    August 3, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) A national advocacy group for college football players says complaints about Illinois coach Tim Beckman's handling of a former player's injuries should be investigated by someone outside the university.National College Players Association Executive Director Ramogi Huma also said in a letter to Urbana-Champaign campus Chancellor Phyllis Wise that the findings of the investigation should be made public and that anyone found to have abused players be fired. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter.

  • Gundy deposition: Assistant took lateral move to Texas

    August 3, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Testifying in a legal fight between two Big 12 rivals, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy says his assistant Joe Wickline made a lateral move to join Texas and that his new duties with the Longhorns sound identical to his old ones.Whether Wickline took a promotion with ''play-calling duties'' at Texas or just got a title with the same responsibilities he had in Stillwater is at the center of a nearly 0,000 dispute between Wickline and his former school.

  • Beckman: Disappointed by allegation, overwhelmed by support

    August 3, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois coach Tim Beckman says he is disappointed by the way former Illini football player Simon Cvijanovic (svee-YAHN'-oh-vich) has aired complaints about the handling of his injuries. But the coach says he appreciates support he has received.

  • APNewsBreak: Former player arrested in NC sports agent probe

    August 3, 2015

    HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) A former college football player arrested and charged with acting as an agent and violating North Carolina's law that bars illegally luring collegiate athletes into contracts made his initial court appearance Tuesday.Chris Hawkins appeared via videoconference from the Orange County Jail before District Court Judge Beverly Scarlett.

  • Pelini's job at Youngstown St. to save Nebraska .4 million

    August 3, 2015

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) The Nebraska athletic department will save about .4 million in contract buyout payments to Bo Pelini with the former football coach's hiring at Youngstown State, according to the revised payment schedule released Tuesday.Pelini will receive 8,009 a month from Nebraska through February 2019. That's ,991 less than the 0,000 a month he was owed before Youngstown hired him in December, shortly after his firing at Nebraska.

  • Michigan announces addition of Stanford DB as transfer

    August 3, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan announced Monday that cornerback Wayne Lyons is joining the team as a graduate transfer from Stanford.Lyons will be eligible to play this season. He is expected to graduate Stanford in June with a degree in architectural design.

  • Illini athletic director will review player claims vs coach

    August 3, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas is supporting coach Tim Beckman while planning a full review of allegations by former offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic that the program mishandled his injuries.Cvijanovic complained in a series of Twitter messages Sunday that he had been pressured by Beckman and some members of his staff to play through serious injuries last season and that the school hadn't informed him of the extent of an earlier knee surgery.

  • Illinois State back Coprich faces drug charge, suspension

    August 3, 2015

    NORMAL, Ill. (AP) Authorities say Illinois State University running back Marshaun Coprich is facing a drug charge and has been suspended from the team.McLean County authorities say Coprich has been preliminarily charged with felony distribution of 10 to 30 grams of marijuana. Court records indicate he hasn't yet been arraigned or entered a plea.

  • Oregon State AD Bob De Carolis to step down

    August 3, 2015

    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis has announced that he will step down on June 30.De Carolis released an open letter Monday announcing his decision.''There is never an optimal time for decisions like this, especially after 17 years of a journey,'' De Carolis said. ''However, I believe we are in the best possible position in Oregon State University's history to have success on and off the field.''

  • Illinois lineman says Beckman mishandled knee injury

    August 3, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Former University of Illinois offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic used a long series of Twitter messages Sunday to accuse coach Tim Beckman and some staff members of mishandling an injury.Over the course of dozens of messages Sunday afternoon and evening, the senior said Beckman had tried to convince him the injury wasn't a big deal. Cvijanovic had both knee and shoulder injuries at Illinois but in his messages Sunday talked about the knee.

  • Texas high court denies appeal in Mike Leach firing lawsuit

    August 3, 2015

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) The Texas Supreme Court has denied former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach's appeal in a lawsuit over his firing.Texas Tech dismissed Leach in 2009 amid accusations he mistreated a player suffering a concussion. That player was the son of Craig James, a former SMU star and ex-broadcaster with ESPN.

  • Cal introduces Michael Williams as new athletic director

    August 3, 2015

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) The moments that made Michael Williams want to be California's athletic director were the ones he never expected.There was the time defensive lineman Austin Clark gave him ''the biggest, sweatiest, bloodiest, nastiest hug.'' Or when he ''ended up almost drowning'' in the pool after the women's swimming and diving team won the national championship. And then there was swimmer Missy Franklin, dripping wet, running over to embrace Williams anyway.

  • Baylor's Briles takes on tough mix of family and football

    August 3, 2015

    WACO, Texas (AP) Working for dad can be tricky, no matter the profession. At Baylor, where the Briles' family business is scoring touchdowns and winning Big 12 titles, just how difficult that could become is about to be tested.Bears coach Art Briles is putting his son in charge of the most productive offense in the nation. Kendal Briles, 32, will be the one of youngest offensive coordinators in major college football. It is as if he is getting the keys to pop's car - and the car is a Maserati. If it wrecks, don't be surprised if Baylor fans are looking for the head coach to ground his kid.

  • Cal to announce hiring of Williams as AD

    August 3, 2015

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California has decided to give interim athletic director Mike Williams the full-time job.The school said Thursday that Chancellor Nicholas Dirks will introduce Williams at a news conference on campus Friday.Williams took over from the departed Sandy Barbour last summer and originally said he was not a candidate for the job. That changed once he was in the position and proved himself to be a viable candidate.

  • Washington WR/DB John Ross to miss season

    August 3, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Speedy Washington wide receiver/defensive back John Ross III will miss the season after suffering a leg injury during spring practice.Washington announced Ross' injury Thursday. Ross, a sophomore last fall, had minor knee surgery following the 2014 season but suffered a leg injury doing light work on the side during spring drills. The school did not specify the nature of Ross' injury.

  • Going, going, Golson: Where could QB transfer

    August 3, 2015

    For all of Everett Golson's maddening turnovers and befuddling inconsistency, he would be an upgrade at quarterback for dozens of FBS teams.There are plenty of prominent teams, especially in the Southeastern Conference, that are heading toward preseason practice with no clear starter, though the SEC is no lock to accommodate Golson. The league has a rule prohibiting schools from accepting graduate transfers who have been disciplined by their previous schools. Golson was suspended for academics by Notre Dame in 2013. An SEC school could apply for a waiver to have Golson's transfer accepted.

  • Georgia governor signs 'Todd Gurley bill' into law

    August 3, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law what's been dubbed the ''Todd Gurley bill'' - making it a crime punishable by up to a year in prison to entice student athletes to break NCAA rules for money.Deal's office said Thursday that he had signed House Bill 3, numbered to reflect the jersey number of the famous former University of Georgia running back who was suspended from the Bulldogs' football team for four games last fall for accepting money for autographs.

  • Ohio St.'s Jones tweets: Yay Cavs, boo to Noah, c'mon Tribe

    August 3, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Once burned on Twitter, Cardale Jones certainly isn't shy.The quarterback who came out of nowhere to lead Ohio State to the national championship in January has had a busy 24 hours posting tweets.First he cheered on his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the NBA playoffs Wednesday night. During a timeout, he and several Ohio State teammates were introduced at Quicken Loans Arena and Jones told the crowd that he wanted LeBron James and his teammates to bring ''another championship to Ohio.''

  • Obama presents Air Force Academy football team with trophy

    August 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama has congratulated the Air Force football team for again winning the annual Commander in Chief trophy.Obama says Air Force has now won the ''unreasonably large trophy'' a record 19 times.The president says that if anyone can figure out how to get the trophy where it needs to go, it's the Air Force.

  • Notre Dame QB Everett Golson transferring for final season

    August 3, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Everett Golson, once on track to be the winningest quarterback in Notre Dame history, is instead joining the long list of Fighting Irish quarterbacks who sought success elsewhere.Golson announced Thursday he will use his final season of eligibility at another school, ending an up-and-down career for the Irish that included a trip to the national championship game, a season lost to a suspension over academics and a competition this spring with Malik Zaire for the starter's job.

  • One true champion, and this time the Big 12 means it

    August 3, 2015

    The Big 12 will only need one championship trophy this season.Conference officials have agreed to break a tie for first-place in the standings with head-to-head results.Last season, Baylor and TCU both finished 8-1 in the Big 12 and were deemed co-champions, even though the Bears beat the Horned Frogs. After the conference had touted its full round-robin schedule and ''One True Champion'' slogan, the co-championship put the league and Commissioner Bob Bowlsby in an awkward spot. Both teams were also left out of the College Football Playoff.

  • Sandusky appeal seeks to have molestation case thrown out

    August 3, 2015

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky argued in a new appeal Wednesday that pretrial publicity, leaks and unprepared defense lawyers are among the reasons a judge should throw out his 45-count conviction for child sexual abuse.

  • Marshall RB charged in beating of 2 gay men, kicked off team

    August 3, 2015

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) Marshall running back Steward Butler was charged in the beating of two gay men Wednesday and dismissed from the team.Butler was arraigned before a Cabell County magistrate on two misdemeanor battery counts Wednesday and was released on ,000 bond.

  • Ohio State ex-band director says trustees decided on firing

    August 3, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Fired Ohio State marching band director Jonathan Waters alleged Wednesday that the university's board was directly involved in his dismissal and asked a judge to let him use other employment actions by the trustees in his lawsuit against the school.

  • Ohio State coach Urban Meyer undergoes appendectomy

    August 3, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has been sidelined with an appendectomy.Team spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed that Meyer, who led the Buckeyes to the national championship last season, could be held in the hospital overnight Wednesday.

  • Marshall RB Steward Butler charged in beating of 2 gay men

    August 3, 2015

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) Huntington police say Marshall backup running back Steward Butler has been charged in the beating of two gay men.Cabell County court records show Butler was arraigned before a magistrate Wednesday on two misdemeanor battery counts. He was released on ,000 bond.

  • Determination and peanut butter fuel Ohio State LB Lee

    August 3, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Fueled by a mix of confidence, determination, peanut butter and chocolate milk, Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee is right where he always knew he belonged - even if others weren't so sure.The former high school quarterback who refused to take no for an answer from Urban Meyer needed only two seasons and 35 pounds to develop into one of the best players on a national championship defense.

  • New bowls push FBS postseason to 42 games, needing 82 teams

    August 3, 2015

    The NCAA certified three new bowls to push the total number of postseason games in major college football to new high of 42.Debuting this season will be the Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida, and as yet unnamed games in Tucson, Arizona, and Austin, Texas.

  • Stanford, San Diego State announce home-and-home series

    August 3, 2015

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Stanford and San Diego State are set to play a future home-and-home series.The schools announced Tuesday that the Cardinal will play at San Diego State in September 2017, and the Aztecs will visit Stanford Stadium in September 2018.

  • Big 12's Bowlsby backs off title game talk after meetings

    August 3, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Big 12 has tapped the brakes on the conference championship game talk.Last week, Commissioner Bob Bowlsby strongly suggested the league would move toward bringing back its football championship to improve its chances of putting a team in the College Football Playoff.

  • UND releases list of nearly 1,200 potential new nicknames

    August 3, 2015

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) From ''Amber Waves'' to ''Zombies,'' the list of potential new nicknames for University of North Dakota athletic teams ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous.UND released a list of nearly 1,200 potential new nicknames Monday night, from which a committee will make a short list of finalists that will go to a public vote, likely sometime this year, school spokesman Peter Johnson said Tuesday.

  • Iowa DB Malik Rucker to leave program

    August 3, 2015

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa defensive back Malik Rucker is leaving the program.The Hawkeyes announced Tuesday that they have honored Rucker's request to be released from his scholarship so he can transfer to another school.Rucker, a Minneapolis native, played sparingly as a redshirt freshman last season. He made appearances in six games, recording five tackles.

  • Cactus Bowl to move back to Phoenix's Chase Field

    August 3, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Due to construction work at Arizona State's Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, the Cactus Bowl will be played for the next three years at Chase Field in Phoenix, home of baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks.The bowl game, which originated in Tucson, Arizona in 1989, moved to Chase Field in 2000 and was staged there until it moved to Sun Devil Stadium in 2006. When the new contract expired, the game could return to the renovated Sun Devil Stadium.

  • AP source: Cal to promote interim AD to full-time job

    August 3, 2015

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California will name interim athletic director Mike Williams to the full-time job.A person with knowledge of the plans said Monday that Chancellor Nicholas Dirks is expected to announce Williams' promotion later this week. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been finalized. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the news.

  • Clemson quarterback Watson on track for full recovery

    August 3, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson believes he won't miss a beat despite sitting out all spring after knee ligament surgery. And the Tigers most dynamic player insists he'll return at full speed once he's cleared to cut loose this summer.

  • Ole Miss coach gets firsthand taste of Talladega speed

    August 3, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Hugh Freeze knows a little something about speed and about NASCAR.The Mississippi football coach uses NASCAR terms to describe the various tempos of his no-huddle offense. The fastest: Talladega.Freeze drove the pace car for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, where pal Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was among the drivers. He said he's been a NASCAR fan since the early 1990s, pulling for Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Now, he roots hardest for Stenhouse and Danica Patrick, Stenhouse's girlfriend.

  • Auburn dismisses defensive end Elijah Daniel after arrest

    August 3, 2015

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has dismissed defensive end Elijah Daniel from the team, three days after the player's arrest.Malzahn announced the decision Saturday in a brief statement. Auburn police arrested Daniel and two other men on theft and burglary charges Wednesday night after an investigation into items missing from dormitory rooms following spring break.

  • Shutout: No Vols picked in NFL draft, a 1st since 1963

    August 3, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee has been shut out of the NFL draft for the first time since 1963.When the seventh and final round ended Saturday without any Volunteers getting chosen, it ended a string of 51 consecutive drafts in which at least one Tennessee player was selected.

  • Jeff Lockie stars in Oregon spring game

    August 3, 2015

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) The search for Marcus Mariota' replacement has been the No. 1 story for Oregon this spring as Ducks await the arrival of former Eastern Washington star Vernon Adams in June.On Saturday, Jeff Lockie showed he's ready to take on all challengers.

  • Ex-Nebraska aide Ron Brown leaves Youngstown St. for Liberty

    August 3, 2015

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) Ron Brown, the former Nebraska assistant who took a job under Bo Pelini at Youngstown State in January, is leaving the Penguins to become associate head coach and receivers coach at Liberty University.Brown, whose hiring was announced Friday, will work again with Flames coach Turner Gill. They served together for 13 years as assistants under Tom Osborne at Nebraska and were part of three national championships. Brown worked for Pelini at Nebraska from 2008-14.

  • K-State signs AD John Currie to extension through 2020

    August 3, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas State athletic director John Currie signed a restructured contract Friday that includes an extension through the 2020 academic year and increases his base salary to 5,000 annually.The deal removes athletically related bonuses from his contract and turns the compensation into guaranteed salary. His previous agreement allowed him to earn up to 55 percent of his 5,000 salary in incentives up to a maximum of 6,250.

  • Police drop charges against Alabama DB Cyrus Jones

    August 3, 2015

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Tuscaloosa police have dropped domestic violence charges against Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones.Police said in a statement Friday that probable cause existed for the charges filed against Jones, but they were dropped because he ''in fact attempted to deescalate the situation by contacting the Tuscaloosa Police Department.''

  • Nebraska wide receiver Tolbert cited for drug paraphernalia

    August 3, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) University of Nebraska campus police say redshirt freshman wide receiver Jariah Tolbert has been ticketed on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia.Police Sgt. Dave Dibelka said Friday that Tolbert, 19, of Belle Chasse, Louisiana, was cited early Thursday along with two 19-year-old women.

  • Ex-Huskers RB Scott Baldwin dies; '92 shooting paralyzed him

    August 3, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Scott Baldwin, whose promising career at Nebraska in the early 1990s ended because of injuries and his battles with mental illness, has died.Baldwin's family said through the Nebraska athletic department that he died of cardiac arrest Wednesday in New Jersey. He was 45.

  • Mack Rhoades off and running at Missouri

    August 3, 2015

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Asked how to raise attendance at sporting events, new Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades said simply, ''Win games.''''That's just human nature,'' Rhoades said. ''People want to be associated with a winning program. They want to be associated with the next great thing.''

  • Big 12 championship game would come with pros and cons

    August 3, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Big 12 has always been different from the other Power Five conferences.The product of a messy merger between the Big Eight and the Southwestern Conference in the mid-1990s, the Big 12 is by far the youngest of the wealthiest FBS leagues. Fifteen years after it was born, the Big 12 was nearly killed by conference realignment and picked apart by other power conferences.

  • Cal coach Sonny Dykes disappointed in former assistant

    August 3, 2015

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California coach Sonny Dykes says he was disappointed and surprised when assistant coach Pierre Ingram was arrested for solicitation.Ingram was arrested April 16 during a prostitution sting in Oakland. He was immediately placed on administrative leave before the school fired him last week.

  • Cal coach Dykes disappointed in former assistant

    August 3, 2015

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California coach Sonny Dykes says he was disappointed and surprised when assistant coach Pierre Ingram was arrested for solicitation.Ingram was arrested on April 16 during a prostitution sting in Oakland. He was immediately placed on administrative leave before the school fired him last week.

  • BYU reaches bowl agreements for 2015, 2019

    August 3, 2015

    PROVO, Utah (AP) BYU has agreed to play in either the Hawaii Bowl or the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at the end of the 2015 season.The school announced Thursday that the Cougars will play in one bowl at the end of the upcoming season and the other at the conclusion of 2019.

  • Syracuse begins recovery from dismal season with recruiting

    August 3, 2015

    Nothing much seemed to go right for Syracuse last season. If coach Scott Shafer isn't on cloud nine now, he's probably darn close.Five months removed from an injury-riddled 3-9 season that ended with five straight losses after a 2-0 start, there's a sparkling new indoor training center that's become an instant boon for the football team, most of the players are healthy again, and recruiting is purring.

  • Auburn DE Elijah Daniel arrested on burglary, theft charges

    August 3, 2015

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn defensive end Elijah Daniel has been suspended from the football team following his arrest with two other athletes on theft and burglary charges that police said Thursday resulted from an investigation into items missing from dormitory rooms after spring break.

  • Wednesday Sports In Brief

    August 3, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) BASEBALLBALTIMORE (AP) -Baseball in Baltimore was closed to the public for one day.The only shutout in the final score Wednesday at Camden Yards came in the attendance total: Orioles 8, White Sox 2, Fans 0.MLB decided to play the game behind closed doors because of looting and rioting around Camden Yards that broke out amid tensions between residents and police. The turmoil prompting a citywide curfew came hours after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who sustained a fatal spinal cord injury while in police custody.

  • Bowlsby says Big 12 will probably move toward champ game

    August 3, 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.