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  • College athletics: Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione to head NCAA Men's Basketball Committee in 2015-16

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    On Friday, Joe Castiglione added one of the most important, high-pressure gigs in college athletics to his future agenda. The OU athletic director was named as the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee chair for the 2015-16 season. He’ll serve as vice-chair during the upcoming year.

  • Southern, Alabama State favorites in SWAC

    Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama State is once again the popular preseason pick to win the Southwestern Athletic Conference's East Division. Now, the Hornets hope to actually come away with the title. Alabama State was picked for the third straight year to win the East by coaches, sports information directors and media members Friday at SWAC media day. Defending league champion Southern is favored to repeat in the West. "This is the third year in a row they've picked us. Obviously it says the coaches and SIDs don't know what they're talking about," Alabama State coach Reggie Barlow quipped. "I think it's also a blessing to know that coaches and SIDs, media, they see what you've done.

  • Arkansas State's Lee named to Camp Award list

    Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State linebacker Qushaun Lee has been named to the 2014 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award watch list. Lee is among 50 players named to the list Friday by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. The award is presented to the player selected as college football's player of the year. Lee was named to the All-Sun Belt Conference first team as a junior last season and was an honorable mention All-America selection by Sports Illustrated. The list will be cut to 10 semifinalists in mid-November and the winner will be announced Dec. 11.

  • Targeting rule worked in Big 12 Conference last year

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Either Big 12 football was remarkably clean, or the league’s defenders were scared straight. Big 12 crews called just eight targeting penalties last season, and four of those were wiped out by replay review.

  • Returning Gamecocks confident they'll keep winning

    Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina linebacker Kiawan Lewis believes the Gamecocks' success won't stop now that stars such as Jadeveon Clowney and Connor Shaw are gone. "I still love all my great former teammates that I've had, but it's a new team. New faces that are here looking to make an impact," he said Friday. "It's going to be another big season, as big as we can make it." That's a high bar to clear. Clowney, Shaw, defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles and receiver Bruce Ellington were some of the catalysts for an unprecedented run of South Carolina success: the Gamecocks finished 11-2 each of the past three seasons and last January were No. 4 in the national rankings for the team's highest finish ever.

  • Tennessee's freshman class features familiar names

    Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is counting on family connections to help the program return to prominence. Five players from Butch Jones' highly touted freshman class have family members who also played football for the Volunteers. A sixth freshman - wide receiver Vic Wharton - is the nephew of former Tennessee basketball player Brandon Wharton. These newcomers want to help Tennessee end a string of four straight losing seasons and regain the stature this program enjoyed when their relatives were here. "Especially since all of us are legacy guys, Tennessee's always been close to our hearts," said defensive back Elliott Berry, the younger brother of 2009 Jim Thorpe Award winner Eric Berry and the son of former Tenne

  • Former Clemson QB Williams to join radio team

    Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson has hired former quarterback Rodney Williams as a color analyst on the school's football broadcasts. The move was announced Friday by the school and Learfield Sports' Clemson Tigers Sports Properties. Williams will be teamed with first-year football play-by-play announcer Don Munson. Williams will take over for longtime radio analyst Will Merritt, who was offered the chance to return to the booth but declined. Williams played for the Tigers from 1985 through 1988 and finished with a career record of 32-10-2. He threw for 4,647 yards, which was then a Clemson career record, and was named most valuable player of the Gator Bowl in 1986 and the Citrus Bowl in 1988.

  • Media pick Jacksonville State to win Ohio Valley

    Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) — Jacksonville State is picked to win the Ohio Valley Conference championship by media covering the league. The Gamecocks received 118 total points and nine of a possible 14 first-place votes in the league's preseason media poll, which was released Friday. Tennessee State earned four first-place votes and was second in the poll. Two-time defending champion Eastern Illinois received the other first-place vote and was picked third. They were followed in order by Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee Martin, Murray State, Tennessee Tech, Southeast Missouri State and Austin Peay. Jacksonville State running back DeMarcus James was named preseason offensive player of the year. The preseason defensive player of the yea

  • 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.