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  • SEC passes regulation to better identify concussions

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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'

    May 26, 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'

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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

    May 26, 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.