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  • Texas QB David Ash out for spring with broken foot

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas quarterback David Ash is sidelined again. The school said Friday that the senior fractured a bone in his left foot during spring practice and will undergo surgery next week. Head football trainer Anthony Pass says that will put Ash out of action for the rest of the spring workout season, but he is expected to return to action in time for preseason camp. Less than three months ago, Ash was cleared to participate in spring drills after missing most of the 2013 season with effects of a concussion suffered in the second game of the season against BYU. Ash returned two weeks later but played just one half against Kansas State before he was pulled and benched for the rest of the season.

  • Oklahoma football: Why Zack Sanchez is a symbol of the Sooners' defense

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Frankly, as the Sooners conclude spring football on Saturday and point toward the fall, no one better embodies the big-play potential of this defense.

  • Pitt RB Isaac Bennett needs shoulder surgery

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst says that running back Isaac Bennett will need surgery on his sprained left Bennett is expected to compete for the starting running back job with James Conner when camp opens in the fall, but Conner is also out for the rest of the spring with a left knee sprain he sustained the same day Bennett was injured. Bennett ran for 797 yards and seven touchdowns on 171 carries. Conner led the team with 799 yards and eight scores. While Bennett will miss work in the summer, Chryst hopes the senior will be fully available once training camp begins in August. Chryst says the surgery was necessary "so you have to embrace it. He'll do everything he can to rehab.

  • Vols' QB battle likely to continue this summer

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Butch Jones is still waiting for someone to separate themselves from the rest in the Volunteers' four-man quarterback competition as spring practice draws to a close. Jones wants to see one of his quarterbacks emerge as the type of "alpha male" who can lead an offense. Senior Justin Worley, redshirt freshman Riley Ferguson and sophomores Joshua Dobbs and Nathan Peterman will get a chance to show that trait Saturday in the Orange & White Game. "That's what I'm waiting for, someone to take hold, take grasp and say, 'I am the quarterback of Tennessee,'" Jones said. "You have to earn that right every single day. You have to bring it every single day.

  • Ex-coach Tressel applies to lead Youngstown St.

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel has applied to become president at Youngstown State less than a month after he applied for the same position at Akron. The Youngstown Vindicator ( ) reports that the head of a firm leading Youngstown State's search said that Tressel applied for the post Friday. A message seeking comment with AGB Search's president was not immediately returned. Tressel coached at Youngstown State before leaving for Ohio State where he was forced out following a scandal that led to NCAA sanctions. He has worked as an administrator at Akron for two years. He applied in mid-March for the president's job there, saying he had 35 years of experienc

  • Illini won't name QB, but eyes are on Lunt

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois coach Tim Beckman is in no hurry to name a starting quarterback, insisting that the competition to succeed Nathan Scheelhaase is wide open. But when the Illini wrap up spring football with the Orange and Blue game Saturday, a lot of eyes will be on No. 12, the quarterback many assume will emerge as the starter. At 6-foot-5, Wes Lunt looks the part. He has the arm and pedigree — one not seen at Illinois in a while — to match. And Beckman said he has something else — leadership and what might loosely define as work ethic. Lunt sat out under NCAA rules last season after transferring from Oklahoma State, a season in which Scheelhaase finished up his career as an Illini favorite. For m

  • Oklahoma football: How Trevor Knight's positivity and support helped his father through cancer treatments

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    The Knight family was disappointed when Trevor Knight couldn’t enroll at OU right away despite graduating high school early. But that turned out to be a blessing, as Trevor was able to support his dad George through treatment for throat cancer.

  • Uncertainty for football teams after coach ruling

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A cloud of uncertainty hung over two university football programs Friday as they awaited word on whether Todd Hoffner will reclaim the head coaching job he was fired from at Minnesota State University, Mankato, or keep his new post at Minot State. An arbitrator ruled this week that Minnesota State had no grounds when it fired Hoffner last May and ordered the school to reinstate him with back pay and interest. Hoffner has a news conference scheduled for Tuesday, but his attorneys declined Friday to shed light on his intentions. Minot State athletic director Rick Hedberg said Hoffner told him he would make a decision on his future "in the next few days.

  • Jayhawks gearing up for annual spring game

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The quarterbacks at Kansas have been hit throughout spring, from the front and from behind, hard and not so hard, in the pocket and while scrambling during their practices. No sense is making them wear bubble wrap for the annual spring game. Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis wants to see what Montell Cozart, Jake Heaps and T.J. Millweard can do when the team plays its glorified scrimmage on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. And it's hard to get an accurate read on the intriguing race for the starting job when the quarterbacks wear the red jerseys that prevent defensive players for laying a hit on them. Weis said it's the first time he's had quarterbacks go live in a spring game.

  • Iowa S DL Irving suspended following arrest

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State defensive lineman David Irving has been suspended indefinitely after being arrested following a large crowd disturbance in Ames on Tuesday night. Ames police have charged Irving with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and fifth-degree theft. Police Commander Geoff Huff tells The Associated Press that pictures and video that appeared to show Irving holding an uprooted stop sign during the late-night disturbance helped lead to his arrest. Huff says the 20-year-old Irving turned himself in Friday. It's unclear if Irving has hired a lawyer. Irving was expected to be a key part of Iowa State's defensive line after making eight starts in 2013.

  • Golson eager to return to field for spring game

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson admits to being jittery at the first spring practice last month after being suspended from school last fall for academic impropriety. Returning to the field was a big moment for him. He was eager to be back with teammates — and eager to try to reclaim the starter's job he held when he helped guide the Fighting Irish to a 12-0 regular season and a berth in the national championship game. Heading into Saturday's spring Blue-Gold game, coach Brian Kelly isn't ready to name a starter. But other than a brash prediction by Malik Zaire, who didn't play as freshman, that he will be the starter against Rice on Aug. 30, there have been no signs Golson isn't the leading candida

  • MSU's Jones improving for Mississippi State

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — As a freshman, Chris Jones was arguably Mississippi State's best defensive football player. The scary part for opponents is he didn't really know what he was doing. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound defensive tackle from Houston, Miss., used his sheer talent to finish with 32 tackles, including seven tackles for a loss, three sacks and a team-high 10 quarterback hurries last fall. Now he's refining his technique and continuing to learn the playbook this spring as the Bulldogs prepare for the Maroon-White game on Saturday. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen hopes Jones' continued development can turn him into one of the most feared defensive linemen in the Southeastern Conference. "He's got f

  • UNC's Littrell takes charge of no-huddle offense

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Seth Littrell took the job running North Carolina's offense to play the same fast-paced style that coach Larry Fedora wants. He's been focused through spring practices on learning what he has to work with to make that system go-go-go. The Tar Heels close offseason drills with Saturday's annual spring game, ending Littrell's first on-field look at the unit he'll lead as UNC's new assistant head coach for offense. Littrell says he's "not coming in here doing a ton of talking," and is instead evaluating his new players. The 35-year-old Littrell replaces Blake Anderson, who became Arkansas State's head coach and took tight ends coach Walt Bell with him.

  • MSU players, boosters, AD want coach to stay

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Minot State football players, boosters and the school's athletic director want head coach Todd Hoffner to stay. Hoffner is deciding whether to go back to Minnesota State University, Mankato, after a judge ruled the school wrongly fired him after charges were dismissed in an unfounded child pornography case. Minot State AD Rick Hedberg says the university hasn't made contingency plans for the possibility of losing Hoffner. He says Hoffner's still the coach, though he expects him to make a decision on his future "in the next few days." Booster Maynard Sandberg hopes the fact that Hoffner's parents live about 80 miles away in Esmond will be a factor in Hoffner's decision.

  • NCAA looks to make hoops more fan-friendly

    Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    College basketball's rule makers and rule enforcers sent the message last year: stop holding and hacking, and stop trying to take a charge on every play, according to Yahoo Sports. The message was received, and the game was better in 2013-14. Thanks to an emphasis on restoring freedom of movement for offensive players and limitations on secondary defenders drawing charges, we saw less assault and battery on dribblers and fewer collisions under the rim. Scoring was up, muggings and flops were down. Now the trend has to continue.

  • Lady Vols, UConn talk about playing again

    Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Tennessee and Connecticut haven't played a women's basketball game since Jan. 6, 2007. They haven't met for the national championship in 10 years. But there's been talk about playing again. UConn coach Geno Auriemma, whose team won a record ninth title Tuesday in Nashville, and Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said this week that they have spoken informally about resuming the series, according to The Knoxville News-Sentinel.

  • Former Oklahoma State University athletes team up to bring new pizza concept to Oklahoma

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Pie Five Pizza Co. will open first Oklahoma City location later this year.

  • Oklahoma football: Open practice lets students get up close and personal with the Sooners

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    More than 200 students took advantage of the open practice, Oklahoma’s first in several years. During the open period, which lasted about 45 minutes, the Sooners went through a scrimmage.

  • West Virginia, Georgia Southern to meet in 2015

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will play Georgia Southern in the 2015 football season in Morgantown. WVU athletic director Oliver Luck announced the schedule addition Thursday. The Mountaineers also will play nonconference games against Liberty and Maryland in 2015, also in Morgantown.

  • Arbitrator: Mankato university wrong to fire coach

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An arbitrator has found that Minnesota State University, Mankato, had no grounds to fire head football coach Todd Hoffner last May and has ordered that the university immediately reinstate him, an attorney for the coach confirmed Thursday. Hoffner, who was recently named head coach at Minot State, is considering whether or not he will return to Mankato, said attorney Jim Fleming. Hoffner did not immediately return a message left by The Associated Press, but he plans to hold a news conference Tuesday. "He and his wife are discussing their options," Fleming said. "I have spoken to him ... he is, of course, elated with the ruling.