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  • ESPN reaches deal with Comcast for SEC Network

    Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Comcast Cable has reached a deal with ESPN to carry the SEC Network. The network, which launches on Aug. 14, was already set to be carried on cable and satellite providers like DISH Network, Cox Communications and AT&T U-Verse. The addition of the nation's largest cable provider announced Friday means the SEC Network will be available in a total of 46 million households nationally, with other negotiations continuing. The SEC Network will carry at least 45 football games this season.

  • Oklahoma State football: Kyle Fredrickson joining Oklahoman's coverage team as OSU writer

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Four years ago this fall, Kyle Fredrickson loaded nearly everything he owned into a beat-up pickup truck and drove 700 miles from Colorado to Oklahoma to pursue a career in sports journalism. Now he has joined The Oklahoman sports department to cover Oklahoma State football. Fredrickson spent the past seven months at the newspaper as a general assignment and breaking news reporter. He was previously the sports intern at The Dallas Morning News and The Tulsa World. Fredrickson was also was a features intern at The Oklahoman. Fredrickson graduated from OSU in 2012 with a degree in university studies. He served as editor-in-chief, sports editor and senior sports reporter for the student newspaper, The Daily O’Collegian.

  • Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy to skip ESPN's 'car wash'

    By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer, cstavenhagen@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Only one of the 64 coaches from college football’s five power conferences will skip next week’s ESPN “car wash,” a series of interviews on various TV and radio shows on the ESPN campus in Bristol, Conn. That coach is Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy, who is instead attending his son’s baseball tournament. Gundy also missed a media appearance at Scott Verplank’s invitational tournament at Edmond’s Oak Tree National on June 23. He was attending another of his son’s tournaments. Wednesday’s car wash will feature West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen, Iowa State’s Paul Rhoads, Kansas State’s Bill Snyder, Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops and Texas’ Charlie Strong.

  • Michigan regents reject football game fireworks

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan regents have rejected the athletic department's proposal to light up the football field this fall with the help of fireworks displays. Thursday's meeting in Ann Arbor was the first for new university President Mark Schlissel. The athletic department proposed using fireworks during home games against Miami University on Sept. 13 and Penn State on Oct. 11. Thursday's votes were 4-3 against fireworks at the Miami game and 5-2 against them at the Penn State game. The fireworks would have been set off from the Michigan Stadium field and from the stadium's east and west towers. Regent Laurence Deitch says the shows would have been unnecessary risky and incoinsid

  • Trial date moved in ex-Lady Vols officials' suit

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The trial date for a lawsuit filed by former Tennessee associate director of sports medicine Jenny Moshak and two ex-Lady Vols strength coaches against the university has been moved to June 23, 2015. U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves granted Tennessee's motion to continue a trial originally set for April 21, 2015. Former Lady Vols media director Debby Jennings has a lawsuit against the university with an April 27 trial date. The school's motion said having two trials so close together would create "an undue burden on the university and its counsel.

  • From little league to the Big 12, Jerod Phillips has come a long way in officiating

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    On Aug. 31, Phillips will trot onto another field. It will be hot. It could be raining. But it won’t be in Jay and it won’t be little leaguers. Phillips will make his Big 12 officiating debut with the nationally televised Baylor-SMU game, which inaugurates McLane Stadium hard by the Brazos River.

  • Tulsa, Louisiana-Lafayette agree to football games

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The University of Tulsa and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette have agreed to a two-game football series. TU athletic director Derrick Gragg said Thursday that the two will play in 2017 and in 2019. The first game is scheduled for Sept. 9, 2017, in Tulsa with the Golden Hurricane to travel to Lafayette, Louisiana to play on Sept. 28, 2019. This is the first meeting between the two since 1992.

  • Ex-Washington football coach has Aug. 4 court date

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    MONROE, Wash. (AP) — Former Washington football coach Jim Lambright faces a court appearance next month on an assault charge. The 72-year-old was arrested June 18 and has been charged with fourth-degree assault on his 23-year-old granddaughter. His arraignment is set for Aug. 4 in Evergreen District Court in Monroe. Lambright's granddaughter told sheriff's deputies he tried to drag her out of the house by her ankle. According to court documents, Lambright told authorities he didn't want to hurt her but he was sick of her attitude and didn't understand why his grandchildren had to visit all the time. Lambright's wife told authorities he suffers from dementia.

  • Bama players motivated by sour ending to season

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Alabama receiver Amari Cooper has been through the offseasons filled with talk of repeat national championships, and now he's endured one that began with sour memories not celebratory confetti showers. Cooper has no doubt which is more motivating. "The losses," he said Thursday. "It humbles you and it makes you hungry and aware of how losing feels, and you don't want to feel that way again." The Crimson Tide was once again declared the Southeastern Conference favorite in media voting at the league's media days, and is regarded as one of the likely national contenders. That's nothing new. Nevertheless, the mood has been as different as the memories.

  • Beer to be sold at North Texas football games

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    DENTON, Texas (AP) — North Texas will begin selling beer on the public concourse level at football games this fall. UNT officials announced Thursday that beer will be sold in controlled areas of Apogee Stadium, away from a family fun area under the north end zone stands. The beer sales will be managed by the same catering group that already handles alcohol sales in the stadium's private club and suite levels. The university has had a license to sell alcoholic beverages in all areas of the stadium since it opened for the 2011 season. Athletic director Rick Villarreal expects public beer sales to be a revenue generator, including additional ticket sales and an increase in food and merchandise sales.

  • SEC players mostly leave lobbying to others

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference players have mostly been content to let league administrators and coaches take up the drumbeat for NCAA reform. Not that they're complaining. Players at SEC Media Days this week were mostly pleased about the trend toward a few more perks — including scholarships that would offer full cost of attendance. They also admit they've already got it pretty good. SEC commissioner Mike Slive has even said the Big Five conferences could break away from the NCAA if players aren't compensated more properly. The life of major college football players and coaches could change drastically once the NCAA and Big Five conferences are done revamping the current system.

  • Illini add former Maryland assistant Brattan

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has hired former Maryland offensive line coach Tom Brattan to fill the same role for the Illini. Brattan replaces A.J. Ricker who left earlier this month to coach the offensive line at Missouri. Illinois head coach Tim Beckman said in a news release Thursday that he was happy to find Brattan in light of the late date of Ricker's departure. Beckman called Brattan a respected coach and recruiter with ties to the Chicago area. Brattan has coached in college for 31 years and worked at Maryland the past 13 seasons. He has also coached at Sanford and Northwestern. He played college football at Delaware and was part of the 1971 Division II national championship team.

  • Kentucky tries to turn talent into victories

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Mark Stoops has established that Kentucky can bring in highly-rated recruits. Now the Wildcats' second-year coach is trying to turn that added talent into a few more victories. Stoops is still looking for his first victory in the Southeastern Conference following a 2-10 season in 2013, including an 0-8 mark in conference. Stoops said on Thursday at the Southeastern Conference's media days that the Wildcats are "physically better" and that "hopefully that will translate to more wins." Kentucky returns 15 starters from last season, including seven on offense and eight on defense. But there is still some uncertainty at quarterback with Patrick Towles, Maxwell Smith, Reese Phillips and Drew Barke

  • C-USA reaches broadcast deal for more TV games

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — Conference USA has reached an agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group and its new American Sports Network initiative to produce and distribute 100 league events each of the next two years. The deal announced Thursday includes 30 C-USA football games this season. There will also be basketball, soccer and other sports televised. Sinclair owns and operates, programs and provides sales service to 162 television stations in 78 markets. They reach almost 40 percent of U.S. television households, including the 10 states where the 14 member schools are located. C-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky says the "alliance provides new and differentiated exposure" that benefits the league.

  • Louisville's Dyer switching to Bridgewater's No. 5

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville running back Michael Dyer is switching to Teddy Bridgewater's old uniform number. New coach Bobby Petrino joked Thursday that "he's certainly not going to throw the ball in" the No. 5 jersey. Petrino said Dyer is changing from No. 26 because "it's a number he likes" and he's worn it before. Bridgewater played in No. 5 the past three seasons and led Louisville to a 23-3 record and a pair of bowl wins in the last two. He was a first-round selection by the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL draft in May. Dyer rushed for over 2,000 yards in two seasons at Auburn and helped the Tigers win the BCS championship.

  • Clemson's Morris not worried about leaving

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Chad Morris says he's exactly where he wants to be in his fourth season as Clemson's offensive coordinator. Morris figured to be the next offensive star leaving campus after receiver Sammy Watkins and quarterback Tajh Boyd when the coordinator's name was linked to several high-profile head-coaching vacancies for a second-straight year. Instead, Morris said he passed on those opportunities because of his satisfaction since joining the Tigers after the 2010 season. Morris' group has certainly excelled on the field, surpassing 40 points and 500 yards a game for the second straight year. This time, Morris is prepping a new set of playmakers to keep Clemson rolling. Morris remains one of the game

  • A list of preseason All-SEC teams, poll

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — A list of the preseason All-Southeastern Conference teams and predicted finishes selected by media covering the league with total points out of 293 voters: FIRST TEAM OFFENSE QB_Nick Marshall, Auburn (241 points) RB_T.J. Yeldon, Alabama (281) RB —Todd Gurley, Georgia (280) WR_Amari Cooper, Alabama (282) WR_Sammie Coates, Auburn (207) TE —O.J. Howard, Alabama (188) OL_La'el Collins, LSU (231) OL_Arie Kouandjio, Alabama (188) OL_Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss (183) OL_Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M (174) C_Reese Dismukes, Auburn (226) DEFENSE DL_Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (239) DL_Dante Fowler, Jr.

  • AD wants more titles at Vandy, football included

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Baseball coach Tim Corbin and his Commodores have set a new bar at Vanderbilt by winning the school's second national title last month at the College World Series. Now athletic director David Williams wants to know who's next. Williams says winning the baseball championship sent a message to Vanderbilt's other coaches that titles are possible. He told The Associated Press that the Commodores are pleased and proud but ready to go after the next one. And Williams includes the football team, even with a first-year head coach, trying to build on its already unprecedented success. "It can be done," Williams said. "We're kind of like really, really happy, really proud. But we're ready to go after the

  • Slighted QB Wallace ready to lead Mississippi

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Bo Wallace's career passing numbers are drastically higher than any other returning quarterback in the Southeastern Conference. Yet on Thursday, Mississippi's senior learned the media had selected him for the All-SEC preseason third team, putting Auburn's Nick Marshall on the first team and Mississippi State's Dak Prescott on the second team. He wasn't happy about it. Wallace said the perceived slight "adds another chip on my shoulder that I play with anyway." Mississippi has 15 starters returning, including nine on defense, from a team that finished 8-5 last season. Now third-year coach Hugh Freeze said he expects the Rebels to be "very relevant in the SEC West.

  • Arkansas State's Gordon on Walker Award watch list

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State running back Michael Gordon has been named to the watch list for the 2014 Doak Walker Award. The award is named after three-time All-America running back Doak Walker of SMU and is presented each year to the nation's top college running back. Gordon is a junior who was a second-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection last season after rushing for 754 yards and nine touchdowns. Semifinalists for the award will be announced Nov. 18 and the finalists will be named on Nov. 24. The winner will be announced on Dec. 11.