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  • Oklahoma State football: Why the reduced practice time is a concern but not a catastrophe

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    It’s a shakeup that won’t crush the program, but is still a cause for concern, especially for the defense. Gundy said his linebacker corps is the youngest he’s had in his 10 years as head coach.

  • Briles unfazed by Fisher talk of title games

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    DALLAS (AP) — Baylor coach Art Briles says Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher needs to worry about the ACC — and not how the Big 12 determines its champion. Fisher, whose Seminoles are defending national champs, said Monday at ACC Media Days in Greensboro, North Carolina, that he believes every conference should have a championship game. When told of the comments at Big 12 Media Days, Briles responded that he's only concerned about his defending Big 12 champion Bears and not what Florida State and the ACC are doing. Baylor won its first Big 12 title last season, going 8-1 in the 10-team league while playing every conference opponent. The Seminoles went 8-0 in the 14-team ACC last season before beating Duke in th

  • Jury selection starts in football player slaying

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jury selection has started in the trial of a man in the fatal shooting of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed. The process began Monday in Washtenaw County Trial Court. Judge Donald Shelton says 21-year-old Ed Thomas of Detroit rejected an offer of a plea deal. On Friday, 20-year-old Kristopher Pratt of Detroit pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. He's agreed to testify against Thomas. Pratt says he and Thomas followed Reed into an apartment building last fall with the intention of robbing the 20-year-old wide receiver from Chicago. Pratt says he shot Reed twice. The Ann Arbor News reports that public defender Lorne Brown says Thomas extensively reviewed the plea

  • Big 12 assigns 1st female football official

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    DALLAS (AP) — The Big 12 Conference has assigned a female official to work one of its games for the first time in league history. Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday that Catherine "Cat" Conti will be on the crew for Kansas' season opener at home Sept. 6 against Southeast Missouri State. While calling this a good opportunity for Conti and the league, Bowlsby says Big 12 officiating supervisor Walt Anderson assigned Conti "because she is just a darned good official." Bowlsby says Conti, a Southland Conference official, has paid her dues. Kansas coach Charlie Weis jokingly said he'll try not to use as many curse words during the game.

  • Petrino returns to Louisville for 1st ACC season

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Bobby Petrino turned Louisville into a top-10 team nearly a decade ago. Now, more than two years after a scandal derailed his career, Petrino is back with the Cardinals as they enter the Atlantic Coast Conference. The 53-year-old coach is out to show he is worthy of a second chance with the school he left for the NFL. "I need to prove to myself and everybody else on a daily basis that this is the right decision," he said Monday during the second of the ACC's two-day preseason event. Petrino was a first-time head coach when he arrived at Louisville in 2003, guiding the Cardinals to a 41-9 record over four seasons that included winning the Orange Bowl after the 2006 season.

  • Baylor has different take defending Big 12 title

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    DALLAS (AP) — Coach Art Briles and Baylor arrived at Big 12 football media days as defending champions for the first time. Briles has a slightly different take on the Bears' newfound standing. "How can you defend and protect something that nobody can take? 2013 is gone forever. That title is ours," Briles said Monday. "We're attacking 2014 just like everybody else. That's our mindset with our players, and that's the way they've been approaching everything." The first of five coaches on the podium for the first day, Briles used a baseball analogy in that leadoff role. "The thing that's a little different is, I don't know what the commissioner expected, but we're not going to try to bunt or get a single. I promise

  • DL Stansbury leaves Aggies; DB Davis arrested

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M defensive lineman Gavin Stansbury has left the team to focus on what coach Kevin Sumlin calls "personal issues." Stansbury had been a starter on last season's Aggies' defensive front, playing in 10 games and recording 47 total tackles and three sacks. Sumlin did not elaborate the personal matters Stansbury was addressing. In April, Stansbury was arrested and charged in Harris County with misdemeanor assault after a Rice University student accused him of pouring beer on the student's head and punching him in the face. Stansbury's attorney has said the charge is a case of mistaken identity.

  • Media notes: ESPNU ranks Bedlam as 10th best college football game last season

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Network to reair OU’s 33-24 victory at 6 p.m. July 30.

  • Gophers All-American McNamara dies at 82

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bob McNamara, an All-American football player for Minnesota in the 1950s and later a major fundraiser for the university, has died. He was 82. McNamara died after a long illness on Sunday night, the school announced on Monday. "Anyone who knew Bob knew that there was no greater supporter of the university," former athletic director Joel Maturi said. "He took great pride coming from Hastings, Minnesota, and playing for the Gophers and then took even greater pride in following and supporting the Gophers. Nobody was better at fundraising or cared more about Minnesota than Bob. He will be deeply missed." McNamara played for the Gophers from 1951-54.

  • FSU, Miami picked to win ACC divisions

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Florida State was an obvious choice as a favorite in one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's divisions. In the other one, the pecking order was nowhere near that clear. Miami was the pick to win the ACC's cluttered Coastal Division despite receiving fewer first-place votes than two other teams. "I think it's wide open. I think that's why everybody got votes," North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said. "Anybody could win it." The league announced its predicted order of finish following a vote of 112 media members at its preseason media days. The Seminoles were picked as the overall league champions by 104 media members and received 109 first-place votes in their division to put them far

  • Big 12 football: Could the lack of a championship game hurt the league in future playoff discussions?

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    The Big 12 spent the first of two conference media days politicking to distinguish itself from other leagues. But how much might the lack of a conference championship game hurt the Big 12’s chances of landing a team in future College Football Playoffs?

  • Jacksonville State preseason favorite to win OVC

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jacksonville State may be the happiest that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo now is in the NFL. The Gamecocks, who lost the outright league title to Garoppolo and Eastern Illinois last year, are this preseason's favorite in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Gamecocks, with their third head coach in as many seasons, received 118 points and 10 first-place ballots in voting by coaches and sports information directors Monday at OVC media day. Two-time defending champion Eastern Illinois (110 points) and Tennessee State (107) each picked up four first-place votes. Those three teams reached the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs in 2013 — most ever for the OVC — and won four games. Jacksonville State

  • Prosecutor: hearing in UNC agents case on hold

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — This week's scheduled hearing for five people charged with violating North Carolina's sports agent law by providing benefits to former Tar Heels football players has been postponed. Orange County district attorney Jim Woodall said Monday that the hearing originally set for Wednesday is on hold until a later date that hasn't yet been set. Prosecutors have provided tens of thousands of investigative records to defense attorneys for review. It's unclear when the case could reach a trial. A grand jury indicted the defendants in September for violating the state's Uniform Athlete Agent Act by providing benefits to former players Marvin Austin, Greg Little and Robert Quinn in 2010.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury talks about blocking Baker Mayfield's transfer to OU

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    As a true freshman and walk-on, Mayfield started seven games for the Red Raiders last season. He threw for 2,315 yards and 12 touchdowns and was named the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year.

  • 2014 Ohio Valley Conference preseason team

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The 2014 Ohio Valley Conference preseason team as voted on by coaches and sports information directors and released Monday: OFFENSE QB Michael German, Tennessee St. QB Eli Jenkins, Jacksonville St. RB DaMarcus James, Jacksonville St. RB Shepard Little, E. Illinois WR Adam Drake, E. Illinois WR Josh Barge, Jacksonville St. WR Paul McRoberts, SE Missouri TE Jeff LePak, E. Illinois C Max Holcombe, Jacksonville St. OG Collin Seibert, E. Illinois OG Blake Burks, Jacksonville St. OT Charles Sweeton, UT Martin OT Robert Myers, Tennessee St. DEFENSE DL Anthony Bass, Tennessee St. DL Dino Fanti, Eastern Illinois DL

  • Big 12 football: Q&A with Baylor coach Art Briles

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    The Bears are coming off their first Big 12 title and an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl. Briles had plenty to say during his time at the podium and in smaller interview sessions later in the day.

  • Lady Vols coach wants a stronger finishing touch

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Holly Warlick believes Tennessee's bid to return to national title contention is more a mental hurdle than a physical test. The Lady Vols were rolling going into last season's NCAA tournament. The momentum carried only so far and Tennessee lost in a regional semifinal. Warlick wants to make sure her team doesn't peak too early again. "I think our team needs to have a little bit more togetherness," the Tennessee coach told The Associated Press. "We have to have a little bit more discipline, a little bit more toughness. I thought we were tough at times, but not all the time. I thought sometimes when our back got against the wall, we folded a little bit." Tennessee has shown plenty of grit at tim

  • Arkansas State player earns conference honors

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State University's Qushaun Lee has been named the Sun Belt Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.  The conference made the announcement Monday. Lee was named to the All-Sun Belt Conference First Team last season. The senior from Prattville, Alabama, earned GoDaddy Bowl Defensive MVP as he recorded 15 tackles in Arkansas State's Bowl win.  Lee led conference in tackles with 134 —the sixth most tackles in conference history and most by an Arkansas State player since 1991.  Lee also posted six tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, five quarterback hurries, three pass breakups and one interception.

  • Ex-NFL coach Wyche joins Medal of Honor Bowl board

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Former NFL coach Sam Wyche has joined the Medal of Honor Bowl's national board of directors. Bowl chairman Tommy McQueeney of the college all-star game based in Charleston announced Wyche's addition Monday. Wyche had spent the past two years working with a college all-star game played in South Carolina's Upstate. That game's founder David Wyatt also joined the Medal of Honor Bowl earlier this month. The College All-Star Bowl is not expected to be played next year. The Medal of Honor Bowl will be held for a second-straight year at Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium on January 10th.

  • Rogers State coach signs 6 in recruiting class

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — Rogers State University women's basketball coach Bobby Cope has announced the six players who make up his first recruiting class heading into the 2014-15 season. Jordan Evans, from Tulsa; Amari Jones, also from Tulsa; Jalissa Felici, from Bellevue, Nebraska; and Taylor Koelsch, from Owasso; all join the Hillcats as transfers. Kelsy Byrd, from Ketchum and Madison Dearmin, from Balko, come to RSU from the high school ranks. The Hillcats are entering their second year in the Heartland Conference, beginning their second year in the NCAA's Division II membership process. For more information on the school's women's basketball program, visit www.rsuhillcats.com .