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  • Fan Day set for Razorback football fans

    Yesterday

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas has announced plans for its annual Fan Day for Razorback football fans. The event will be Sunday, Aug. 17, starting at 2 p.m. with admission free for all fans. Fans will be limited to one autographed item per person and no photographs with student-athletes. Also on hand will be head coach Bret Bielema, the Razorback spirit squads and the mascot, Tusk IV. Following Fan Day, the Arkansas volleyball team will hold its Red and White Game at Barnhill Arena. Admission to the volleyball game is also free.

  • Mack Brown to serve as ABC studio analyst

    Yesterday

    BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Former Texas coach Mack Brown will serve as a studio analyst for college football games on ABC. Brown stepped down in December after 16 years with the Longhorns, winning the national title after the 2005 season. Brown will appear on "College Football Countdown" and offer pregame, halftime and postgame commentary for the games on ABC, including "Saturday Night Football." He will work with host John Saunders and former Florida State quarterback Danny Kanell. ESPN also said Thursday that former Miami and North Carolina coach Butch Davis will serve as an analyst for ESPN2's studio coverage on Saturdays. Davis was fired by the Tar Heels in 2011 during an NCAA investigation.

  • UMaine players cited for alcohol in national park

    Yesterday

    ORONO, Maine (AP) — Four University of Maine football players including projected starting quarterback Daniel Collins are facing alcohol violations — and anticipated discipline by the university. Acadia National Park rangers charged three players with underage drinking at Sand Beach over the weekend. A fourth, who's 21, was cited for drinking in area where alcohol is prohibited. Coach Jack Cosgrove said the players face discipline for violating the student-athlete code of conduct. Cited on Saturday were redshirt sophomore quarterback Daniel Collins, along with redshirt freshman linebacker Benjamin Davis and sophomore tight end Sean Reuss, all 20, along with senior defensive lineman Matthew Wilson, who's 21.

  • Auburn's Marshall pays citations in Georgia

    Yesterday

    REYNOLDS, Ga. (AP) — Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has paid the fines for possession of a small amount of marijuana and a window tint violation. Reynolds, Georgia police chief Lonnie Holder said Thursday that Marshall's mother, Shalina Cliett, paid the $1,100 in fines. That means Marshall won't have to appear at a September court hearing. Holder and another officer found less than an ounce of marijuana in Marshall's car during a July 11 traffic stop for the window tinting. The fines were $1,000 for the marijuana and $100 for the window tint violation. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn didn't let Marshall attend Southeastern Conference media days. Malzahn said Monday on ESPN's "Numbers Never Lie" that he would decide Marshal

  • Utah State's Keeton getting Heisman hype

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton got his junior season off to a superb start, only to have it derailed by a knee injury in Game 6. Back healthy as a senior, he's generating plenty of hype as the Mountain West's preseason offensive player of the year and, potentially, a dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate. The Utah State sports information department has gotten an early start on a potential Heisman campaign, distributing reporter's notebooks with his picture on the front with the slogan: "Chuckie 4 Heisman." The top of his individual pages in the team media guide also have 2014 Heisman Trophy candidate is across the top. Not that any of that concerns Keeton.

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops talks Crimson Tide, Texas A&M's schedule and more

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    While rolling through the ESPN ‘car wash’ on Wednesday, the OU coach wasn’t afraid to speak his mind.

  • Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert signs his rookie contract with the Cleveland Browns

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Browns first-round pick Justin Gilbert won't miss a beat in trying beat out veteran Buster Skrine for the starting cornerback job opposite Pro Bowler Joe Haden. Gilbert, the No. 8 overall pick out of Oklahoma State, signed his four-year deal Wednesday, rookie reporting day, and avoided losing any ground in the competition. The deal, which includes an option for a fifth year, is worth $12,833,502, according to spotrac.com. It includes a $7,653,456 signing bonus and $12,833,502 in total guarantees. The deal averages $3,208,376.

  • Oregon is Pac-12 favorite after Mariota's return

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Marcus Mariota knew he would be under a spotlight when he stepped onto the famed Paramount Studios lot Wednesday, the Oregon quarterback is getting quite comfortable in his starring role. "I've had to get used to it and come out of my shell a little bit, but I'm trying to enjoy it," Mariota said at the Pac-12's media day. "I take it as an honor and a privilege, and hopefully an opportunity to provide a good influence." Coach Mark Helfrich and Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott both used the league's first session of its two-day Hollywood kickoff event to praise Mariota for staying in school.

  • High school notebook: Douglass' Dameko Doddles commits to Wyoming

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Douglass’ Dameko Doddles verbally committed to Wyoming on Wednesday, Trojans coach Willis Alexander told The Oklahoman. Doddles is ranked No. 24 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30, and his lone scholarship offer came from the Cowboys. It is unclear whether Doddles will play receiver or safety at Wyoming after excelling during his junior season at both positions for Douglass. He caught five touchdown passes and also rushed for one, while totaling 49 tackles and two interceptions to lead the Trojans to the Class 4A semifinals. Doddles becomes the latest Oklahoma standout to commit to a Division I university after Broken Arrow’s Markale Moses verbally committed to Army earlier this week. Verbal commitments are

  • Oklahoma St preparing early for Winston

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer has spent considerable time this summer trying to find flaws in Jameis Winston's game. He's still searching. Oklahoma State opens the season against last year's Heisman Trophy winner and defending national champion Florida State on Aug. 30 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Though practice doesn't start until Aug. 1, Spencer already is stressed about dealing with Winston. "That's no fun when you look at a ton of film all summer and you're not getting any answers," Spencer said Wednesday. As a freshman last season, Winston passed for 4,057 yards and 40 touchdowns, with just 10 interceptions.

  • NCAA infractions chair responds to 'cheating pays'

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — The chairman of the NCAA's infractions committee says a number of factors could be the cause for the lack of activity by the group that prompted Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby to call the enforcement program "broken." Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky, chair of the Committee on Infractions, on Wednesday listed reforms and restructuring in the enforcement system and expansion of the committee as possible reasons. He also noted the NCAA enforcement director changed in the aftermath of two investigators and two key leaders leaving in less than a year after an internal investigation uncovered problems with the NCAA's investigation of the University of Miami.

  • Bowling Green picked to win MAC

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — Defending champion Bowling Green is the favorite to win this season's Mid-American Conference title. A poll of media that cover the conference on Wednesday picked the Falcons to finish ahead of Akron in the conference's East division and defeat projected West champ Toledo in the MAC title game here in December. Bowling Green went 10-4 last season and defeated Northern Illinois in the championship game before losing to Pittsburgh in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. The Falcons will seek to defend their title with new coach Dino Babers, who comes from FBC Eastern Illinois to replace Dave Clawson, who was hired by Wake Forest during the offseason. Sixteen starters, including eight on offense, are back this f

  • C-USA commish sees bright future in changing times

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky knows at least one thing won't change with autonomy for the five power conferences to make their own bylaws. "There's been a differentiator whether you call them BCS, non-BCS," Banowsky said Wednesday. "I'm not naive to think that there won't be some continued differentiation." Asked then what he'd like C-USA and similar NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision leagues to be called moving forward, Banowsky said, "Call us the second five, and note there's 32 (conferences)." Regardless of whatever labels and differences there are, Banowsky expects that "second five" leagues to be able to co-exist in major football like they always have with the big-money conference

  • Super 30: Jenks defensive tackle Marquise Overton ready to become the latest Trojan-turned-Sooner

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Jenks four-star defensive tackle Marquise Overton is ranked No. 4 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the state’s top college football prospects. With Overton’s Jan. 3 commitment, Oklahoma is set to sign a Jenks player for the fourth straight season and the fifth time in seven years.

  • Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy makes the right call

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    OSU coach chooses to watch his son play baseball rather than go through the ESPN ‘car wash.’ And that’s where he should be.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners get commitment from defensive end Kenneth Mann

    Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma’s recruiting momentum continued Wednesday when defensive end Kenneth Mann committed to the Sooners. OU has now received two defensive line commitments in three days and picked up five overall commitments in the past two months. Mann (6-foot-4, 240 pounds) is rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and had offers that included Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Iowa, Wake Forest and Cal among others. The commitment was first reported by TheFootballBrainiacs.com. The Burleson, Texas, product received an offer from the Sooners last week and committed during a visit to Norman. Mann is the Sooners’ ninth commitment overall, the third on the defensive line and the sixth from Texas.

  • Georgia dismisses reserve DE Jonathan Taylor

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia has announced that sophomore defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor has been dismissed from the team following his arrest on aggravated assault and family violence charges. The school announced Taylor's dismissal on Wednesday. A University of Georgia police department report stated that Taylor allegedly used his hands to choke and hit his girlfriend, whose name was not released. Taylor was arrested at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday and released from Athens-Clarke County Jail on a $5,000 bond Wednesday. The defensive end, listed third on the depth chart entering summer camp, played in 10 games as a redshirt freshman last season. He was one of four Georgia football players arrested in March for rece

  • SoCon commissioner happy with league stability

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — It's been a restless few years for Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino. These days, the longtime league leader can finally get some sleep. The SoCon has lost five members over the last two years as a result of conference realignment, including Football Championship Subdivision titlists Appalachian State and Georgia Southern. But with the additions of East Tennessee, Mercer and VMI for this academic year, Iamarino believes the era of rampant change is done. Iamarino said Wednesday the stability will allow the league to concentrate "on some progressive things as opposed to kind of trying to defend the flank and react to comments and rumors that are out there.

  • Beckman believes Brattan a good fit for line

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois football coach Tim Beckman says the push to find a new offensive line coach with preseason practices starting Aug. 4 was "kind of crazy." But Beckman said Wednesday that he found the right guy in Tom Brattan. Brattan is taking over for A.J. Ricker who left earlier this month to coach the offensive line at Missouri. Beckman says he talked to four potential replacements but wanted to avoid hiring someone from another coaching staff given that the season is so close. Brattan says he's been able to work quickly to get to know his players. The line has four starters back. Brattan says one key area to work on is communication and the terminology his line uses. Illinois opens Aug.

  • Oregon picked to win Pac-12 in preseason poll

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oregon has been picked to win the Pac-12 football title in a preseason media poll for the fourth time in the past five years. UCLA also is favored to reach the league championship game in the poll released Wednesday. The Ducks are the media's favorite for the third straight season, getting 37 of 39 first-place votes in the North Division balloting. Oregon also received 24 votes to win the league title game in Santa Clara, Calif., on Dec. 5. The Bruins also received 37 of 39 first-place votes to win the South Division, along with 13 votes for a title-game victory. Stanford, last season's league champion, finished second behind Oregon in the North Division balloting.