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NCAA denies Georgia's appeal of Gurley suspension (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Georgia running back Todd Gurley (3) celebrates with linebacker Amarlo Herrera (52) after an NCAA college football game against Tennessee in Athens, Ga. No. 9 Georgia continues to await word from the NCAA on the status of star tailback Todd Gurley for Saturday's game against Florida. Georgia has asked for the reinstatement of Gurley, who has acknowledged mistakes and has been suspended the last two games for an alleged violation of NCAA rules. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

The NCAA upheld its four-game suspension of Georgia tailback Todd Gurley on Thursday night, ending the school's final hope of having its biggest star in uniform for Saturday's game against Florida. In a statement released Thursday night, the NCAA's student-athlete reinstatement committee denied Georgia's appeal of Gurley's four-game suspension. The NCAA announced the suspension on Wednesday, when it said Gurley accepted more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period. Gurley, who already has been held out of two games, will be eligible to return on Nov. 15 against Auburn.


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Football Polls - 10 (Oct. 26 - Nov. 1)
  • AP Poll
  • 1. Mississippi State
  • 2. Florida State
  • 3. Alabama
  • 4. Auburn
  • 5. Oregon
  • 6. Notre Dame
  • 7. Ole Miss
  • 8. Michigan State
  • 9. Georgia
  • 10. TCU
  • Coaches Poll
  • 1. Mississippi State
  • 2. Florida State
  • 3. Alabama
  • 4. Auburn
  • 5. Michigan State
  • 6. Oregon
  • 7. Notre Dame
  • 8. Georgia
  • 9. Ole Miss
  • 10. TCU

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigns (Yahoo Sports)

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel announces that athletic director Dave Brandon resigned during a news conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Former Steelcase CEO Jim Hackett will serve as Michigan's interim athletic director. (Photo/Paul Sancya)

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigned Friday, setting the stage for new leadership at the top of one of the nation's most prominent athletic departments. Football coach Brady Hoke's future has been in doubt for a while thanks to his team's lack of progress, but Brandon also became a target of disgruntled fans and students. ''This morning I accepted the resignation of athletic director David Brandon,'' school President Mark Schlissel said at a news conference. ''Dave feels that it would be in the best interest of our student-athletes, the athletic department and the university community if he moved on to other challenges and allowed the important work of the department and the university to continue without daily distractions.


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Ex-band member guilty in drum major's hazing death (Yahoo Sports)

A former Florida A&M band member accused of being the ringleader of a brutal hazing ritual known as ''Crossing Bus C'' that killed a drum major was convicted Friday of manslaughter and felony hazing. Dante Martin, 27, was the first to stand trial in the November 2011 death of 26-year-old Robert Champion aboard a band bus parked outside a football game where the well-regarded Marching 100 band had performed. Martin was known as ''the president of Bus C,'' witnesses testified, and he organized the initiations that required fellow band members to try to make their way through a pounding gauntlet of fists, drumsticks and mallets from the front of the bus to the back, including on that November day. Two other band members went through the bus before Champion, who was from Decatur, Georgia.

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Kentucky extends Stoops' contract through 2019 (Yahoo Sports)

Kentucky head coach Bob Stoops appalauds his team's effort during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Mississippi State won 45-31. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart has given coach Mark Stoops another contract extension through the 2019 season in an amended deal that will now pay him a total of $21.75 million.


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Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigns (Yahoo Sports)

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel announces that athletic director Dave Brandon resigned during a news conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Former Steelcase CEO Jim Hackett will serve as Michigan's interim athletic director. (Photo/Paul Sancya)

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigned Friday, setting the stage for new leadership at the top of one of the nation's most prominent athletic departments. Football coach Brady Hoke's future has been in doubt for a while thanks to his team's lack of progress, but Brandon also became a target of disgruntled fans and students. ''This morning I accepted the resignation of athletic director David Brandon,'' school President Mark Schlissel said at a news conference. ''Dave feels that it would be in the best interest of our student-athletes, the athletic department and the university community if he moved on to other challenges and allowed the important work of the department and the university to continue without daily distractions.


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Kentucky earns No. 1 nod in AP preseason poll (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, Kentucky head coach John Calipari speaks to reporters during the team's NCAA college basketball media day in Lexington, Ky. The surprising returns of several starters from last year's NCAA runners-up has given Kentucky a 12-deep roster and created expectations of winning the national title. (AP Photo/James Crisp, File)

The story seems to be the same every season at Kentucky: Lose star players to the NBA, replace them with another group of one-and-doners, compete for a national championship. The Wildcats changed the script this season: This year, the fabulous freshmen will be surrounded by other former McDonald's All-Americans who played for the NCAA title just seven months ago - a team so deep and talented that coach John Calipari is considering a platoon system. Kentucky was the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 released Friday, becoming the fourth program to earn the honor in consecutive seasons. ''At the end of the day, you've got to play the games and figure it out.'' Kentucky earned 52 first-place votes from the 65-member panel in landing its fourth preseason No. 1.


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Frankamp decides to transfer from No. 5 Kansas (Yahoo Sports)

Conner Frankamp and Kansas seemed like the perfect match, the high-scoring guard and one of the state's top recruits playing for the school that he grew up watching. His departure should help to alleviate a logjam in the backcourt of the fifth-ranked Jayhawks, where an influx of high-profile recruits is competing for playing time. I want to be at a place where I could play a bigger role.'' Jayhawks coach Bill Self said he met with Frankamp and his father, Martin Frankamp, to discuss his future on Wednesday. '' Frankamp, who broke Jayhawks forward Perry Ellis's city scoring record in Wichita, Kansas, played in 27 games as a freshman.

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