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Woman seeks dismissal of suit against daughter of Bama coach (Yahoo Sports)
A woman asked a judge Thursday to dismiss her lawsuit against the daughter of University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban, bringing an apparent end to a legal fight between sorority sisters that began after a night of partying in Tuscaloosa. Attorneys for plaintiff Sarah Grimes and for Kristen Saban would not say whether there had been a settlement of the lawsuit, which was set for trial in early August. ''We are pleased that this case is over,'' said Josh Hayes, a lawyer for the coach's daughter. Tuscaloosa County Circuit Judge James Roberts did not immediately rule on the request.
Coach: Competition 'wasn't close,' named Johns QB starter (Yahoo Sports)
Matt Johns will head into the summer as Virginia's starting quarterback, having unseated incumbent Greyson Lambert during spring practice. ''It wasn't close,'' coach Mike London said of the competition on a conference call Thursday. Matt clearly did what he was supposed to do and led our team in a way that we think the quarterback should be able to play to make us successful.'' Though London sounded like the competition was a done deal, it may not be over. Offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild, who spoke before London, was less definitive than the head coach and indicated that the competition remains very much alive.
Injuries will impact format of Tennessee's spring game (Yahoo Sports)
The injuries limiting Tennessee throughout spring practice will affect the format of Saturday's Orange & White Game. Tennessee is short on players at certain positions, most notably running back and the defensive line. Because of the lack of depth, Volunteers coach Butch Jones has said Saturday's exhibition at Neyland Stadium will be more of a ''spring event'' than a spring game. Tennessee will work out in front of well over 100 former Vols, a group that is expected to include Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
Cal cuts ties with recruiting coordinator (Yahoo Sports)
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- California has cut ties with assistant football coach Pierre Ingram after his recent arrest for solicitation.
Pittsburgh hires Scott Barnes as athletic director (Yahoo Sports)
Scott Barnes spent a quarter century hopscotching across the western half of the United States from one college sports administration job to the next, building a reputation as a talented fundraiser who could generate off-field excitement and on-field results in places that didn't necessarily have a long track record of either. ''It is not the most important room in the house but it is the most visible and what comes with that is opportunity and responsibility.'' Barnes spent the last seven years at Utah State, helping the Aggies build a competitive football program that has averaged 10 wins a year over the last three seasons. He also guided Utah State to a spot in the revamped Mountain West Conference in 2013, a ripple effect of the conference restructuring that really started with Pitt's announced move from the Big East to the ACC in 2011. The Panthers took their time charting a new course.
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Iowa St to get $125,000 for Sioux Falls game (Yahoo Sports)
AMES, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa State men's basketball team will be paid $125,000 to open next season against Colorado in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Big Sky to play basketball tournaments in Reno (Yahoo Sports)
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- The Big Sky Conference and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority have reached a three-year deal to play the men's and women's basketball tournaments at Reno Events Center.
Johnson becomes third Arizona player to declare early (Yahoo Sports)
Arizona forward Stanley Johnson is leaving Arizona after one season to declare for the NBA draft. The athletic 6-foot-7 Johnson was one of the nation's top incoming freshmen and lived up to the billing, leading the Wildcats with 13.8 points per game and averaging 6.5 rebounds. He was named the Pac-12 freshman of the year and helped lead Arizona to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season. He is projected to be a lottery pick in the NBA draft.
Emmert: Freshman ineligibility problematic, worth debating (Yahoo Sports)
NCAA President Mark Emmert is glad the Big Ten has sparked a discussion about freshman ineligibility, even though it is an idea fraught with potential pitfalls. He said the NCAA helped Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany with the conference's recent white paper on a so-called year of readiness for freshman football and men's basketball players. It is highly controversial.'' However, Emmert said freshman ineligibility could be a way to aid those student-athletes who enter college lagging behind the rest of the student body academically. He followed up last week with a white paper outlining a plan to make football and men's basketball players sit out their freshman seasons without losing a year of eligibility.