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  • Oklahoma football: Blake Bell back behind the wheel of the Belldozer

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Asked during his weekly press conference if the Sooners had the Belldozer package available, the Oklahoma coach acknowledged as much.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Frank Shannon seems destined to sit for Oklahoma

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Shannon was not on the depth chart released Monday morning. Jordan Evans was listed as the starter at Shannon’s normal inside linebacker spot with walk-on Caleb Gastelum as the backup.

  • Ex-Missouri State player had severe brain trauma

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — Michael Keck played just two years of college football before he was knocked out during practice at Missouri State and gave the sport up for good. He turned combative — punching holes in the wall. He began to struggle in school. Soon he was spending most of his time indoors, with blankets covering the windows to darken the room. Keck died last year at age 25 of what doctors believe was an unrelated heart condition. His brain, at his request, was donated to the Boston University lab that has been researching a degenerative brain condition frequently found in contact-sport athletes. The disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, had advanced to a stage never before seen in someone so young.

  • Oklahoma State football notebook: Mike Gundy says playing opener in national spotlight not much of a recruiting advantage

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    “Television coverage, television exposure may be an advantage in recruiting,” Gundy said during Monday’s Big 12 media teleconference. “But as it goes on and you get in the fall later in recruiting, games that are played earlier in the year ... the players, they don’t really think much (about the early season games).”

  • Virginia's Lambert set for 1st start vs No. 7 UCLA

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia's Greyson Lambert has been in this position before. He hopes the ending is different this time. The redshirt sophomore quarterback is preparing for the first start of his college career on Saturday against No. 7 UCLA, and said the daunting challenge reminds him of one he faced in high school. "The first game that I ever started, I was a sophomore, and I was playing the hardest team on our schedule," the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Georgia native said. "It was 9-11, I was thinking 9-1-1. I was thinking I was going to get killed. I was nervous. But at the end of the day, I was excited, too. "It's what you train for, it's what you go through two-a-days and camp and workouts all with your team

  • Solomon gets starting QB nod for Wildcats

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Anu Solomon will open the season as Arizona's starting quarterback. Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez said Monday that the redshirt freshman will start under center in Friday night's season opener against UNLV at Arizona Stadium. A backup to B.J. Denker last season, Solomon emerged from a four-way battle that included former USC quarterback Jesse Scroggins, former LSU quarterback Jarrard Randall and Texas transfer Connor Brewer. Rodriguez said while Solomon will start the game, the other quarterbacks could see action Friday and the rest of the season. Solomon was the centerpiece to Arizona's 2013 recruiting class and had the most consistent camp among the four contenders.

  • No word from Andersen on Wisconsin QB for LSU

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen is staying quiet when it comes to his quarterback for Saturday's season opener against No. 13 LSU, while at least one of his best players says Tanner McEvoy will get the start for the 14th-ranked Badgers. "At the end of the day, we're right where we were," Andersen said Monday. "We've got two quarterbacks that I think are going to help this football team throughout the year. And, whoever takes the first snap doesn't necessarily say he's going to be the guy for the whole season. We've got two kids who want to compete and will continue to compete and that's where we're going to stay with it.

  • Mizzou QB Mauk set to become full-time starter

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Growing up in Kenton, Ohio, Maty Mauk didn't know much about Missouri. But he got an offer to play quarterback for the Tigers, and decided to visit them during the Fourth of July weekend in 2011. Five hundred miles later, he knew where he wanted to attend college. "When I came on that first visit, it was a lot different than the other ones," Mauk said Monday. "Here I knew it was about my best chance to grow as a man, a football player and to get me ready to play at this level, the next level, whatever it may be." Three years later, the 6-feet, 195-pound sophomore is set to become No. 24 Missouri's full-time starter against South Dakota State on Saturday. He won't be taking snaps without experience

  • Miles says No. 13 LSU will play 2 QBs vs Wisconsin

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Unless LSU coach Les Miles is being coy, he's having a hard time settling on a No. 1 quarterback. So with the 13th-ranked Tigers opening the 2014 season this Saturday in Houston against No. 14 Wisconsin, Miles said Monday that he'll play two quarterbacks: Sophomore Anthony Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris. "Our team understands that we have talented quarterbacks," Miles said. "But right now they have not separated themselves, and we are not certain. If we were certain, then I promise you, we would play the one guy that would give us all the advantage. "But if two guys can give us greater advantage than one guy, then let's certainly play two," Miles added. For the past two seasons, LSU

  • Petty, No. 10 Baylor ready for new season, stadium

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    WACO, Texas (AP) — The shiny new stadium on the edge of the Baylor campus along the Brazos River is ready for its big debut. As for the shiny Big 12 championship trophy the 10th-ranked Bears won last year, that wasn't even on public display Monday. It is time for a new season that finally starts this week. "We know we're really going to have to be at our best, because this is 2014. All that stuff that happened last year, that's gone. It's gone," coach Art Briles said during his first weekly news conference. "This is when we start our football team, this Sunday night, for this year. And that's all that matters." A sellout crowd of 45,000, which will include people arriving by boat, will be there when the Bears op

  • South Carolina, Texas A&M feature new starters

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — No. 9 South Carolina and No. 21 Texas A&M find out this week what life's like minus two of college football's most transcendent, attention-grabbing stars of recent years. There will no Jadeveon Clowney-Johnny Manziel matchup in this one. Had this game been played last year fans would've clear their schedules to watch the helmet-popping defensive end chase the reigning Heisman Trophy winner around Williams-Brice Stadium. Instead, those viewing the SEC Network's first football broadcast might need rosters and slo-mo replays Thursday night to catch all the new faces. Sophomore Darius English takes over Clowney's starting spot for South Carolina after backup duty last season.

  • Game week arrives for Petersen, No. 25 Washington

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    SEATTLE (AP) — Chris Petersen insists the opener for No. 25 Washington against Hawaii on Saturday carries no greater importance than any other season opener in his coaching career. Except that for the first time as a head coach, Petersen will be leading a team other than Boise State. "They're all big. Just like I told you guys way back, when I started coaching in front of 300 fans I had the same exact feelings. That doesn't change," Petersen said Monday. "You're competitive, you want to do best for your guys. It doesn't matter what stage you are on, where you're at. My focus never changes on that.

  • Illini look to shore up Big Ten-worst run defense

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois gave up rushing yards in bunches in 2013. In a 60-35 loss to Ohio State the total was 441 yards and five touchdowns. Against Indiana, 371 yards in a 52-35 pounding. And against Washington, 273 yards while watching the Huskies win 34-24. The run defense was statistically the Big Ten's worst in allowing 238.6 yards per game and 5.6 per carry, the kind of numbers that make it tough to get an opponent's offense off the field. That's one of the big reasons Illinois coach Tim Beckman, defensive coordinator Tim Banks and players all talked about the need to start fast when they open the season Saturday against Youngstown State.

  • Kentucky suspends 2 for opener vs. UT-Martin

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has announced the suspensions of senior offensive tackle Darrian Miller and junior receiver Rashad Cunningham for Saturday's season opener against Tennessee-Martin. Miller, a 6-foot-5, 292-pounder who had started the past 24 games for the Wildcats, was disciplined for an unspecified violation of team rules. Said Stoops during Monday's news conference that the violation "happened some time ago and we've addressed the situation. He'll be back in good standing after one game." Stoops also said that Cunningham will sit but the coach did not say what violation the receiver committed.

  • Meyer says No. 5 Buckeyes are ready without Miller

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A week after the loss of three-year starting quarterback Braxton Miller, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is going through final preparations for the Buckeyes' opener on Saturday against Navy. He says his team is ready. "Oh, yeah. If you have good players, a good team (then you're excited)," he said, pausing before joking, "I'll fake it sometimes, if you don't have a good team. "But I can tell you this: I think we got a good team." Meyer disclosed that Miller, a two-time Big Ten player of the year and on the short list of Heisman Trophy frontrunners, will have surgery on the torn labrum in his right (throwing) shoulder on Tuesday. Dr. James Andrews, renowned for his work with athletes, will per

  • Petrino begins game-week prep with Louisville

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bobby Petrino looked serious as he walked into his first game-week news conference as Louisville's coach. His mood was understandable considering he was about to announce that top receiver DeVante Parker would miss nearly two months with a broken toe. Petrino departed a half-hour later appearing more upbeat after discussing a Cardinals team he believes can overcome that setback with a deep receiving corps and a defense that returns several starters. The hard part is waiting until next Monday night to prove it. But Petrino relishes having extra time to prepare for his second debut coaching Louisville, which will host Miami in the season opener.

  • Strong feeling no pressure before 1st Texas game

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Wearing a burnt orange shirt for the television cameras, Charlie Strong strolled to the podium Monday for his first game-week news conference as the coach of the Texas Longhorns. Over the course of the next 30 minutes, the man charged with revving up an idling program displayed no sign of the nerves that might come with $5 million-a-year expectations and a spotlight that will shine bright if he beats North Texas on Saturday night, and burn white hot if he loses. "I've been doing this a long time," Strong said. "I don't feel pressure at all." Strong has been preparing for games as a coach for a long time, but his 30 years on the sidelines include only three seasons as a head coach.

  • Alabama QBs Coker, Sims still vying for No. 1 spot

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Nick Saban is keeping Alabama's quarterback situation shrouded in as much mystery as possible. The second-ranked Crimson Tide's coach said Monday that no decision has been made on whether Jake Coker or Blake Sims would start Saturday against West Virginia in Atlanta, or if both would play. Saban did employ a baseball analogy involving Yankees manager and friend Joe Girardi to indicate that the starter won't be guaranteed of going the distance whatever the plan going into the game. "I mean, Joe Girardi tells (Masahiro) Tanaka he's starting in the game, he's not telling him he's going to pitch nine innings," Saban said.

  • College football predictions: Bowl projections for a postseason featuring new bowls and the playoff

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Football 2014 — Want to get a jump on your holiday travel plans? The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel projects where your favorite college football team will spend the 2014-15 bowl season.

  • Former Baylor star Brittney Griner dunks with authority in WNBA playoff game

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    We saw it several times when she played at Baylor and she's done it several times since joining the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury. But Brittney Griner hasn't dunked with quite as much authority as she did Sunday night in a WNBA playoff game vs. the Los Angeles Sparks.