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Pac-12 commish: No expansion plans, but bright future ahead (Yahoo Sports)
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott envisions fierce competition, Heisman Trophy challengers and national championship bids for his loaded football conference in the next few years. Granted, Andersen is a native Westerner who got to be closer to home, but the Pac-12's spotlight is undeniably attractive.
Ohio State suspends Bosa, Marshall, 2 others for opener (Yahoo Sports)
The Buckeyes suspended All-America defensive end Joey Bosa, receiver Corey Smith and H-backs Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson for their opening game at Virginia Tech because of unspecified violation of athletic department policies. ''Violation of team policies,'' Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said Thursday at Big Ten media days. Meyer did say the violations had nothing to do with players breaking any laws.
Beckman dodges question about mistreatment allegations (Yahoo Sports)
Illinois coach Tim Beckman brushed off questions about alleged mistreatment of players in his first appearance with reporters since May. ''We focused right now on the 2015 football team,'' Beckman said Thursday at the Big Ten's football media days. Beckman, entering his fourth Illinois season, has been under fire after offseason allegations by some former players of mistreatment, charges from others that they were forced to play hurt, and claims of physical confrontations with two players.
Big Ten touts plan for tougher schedules as playoff push (Yahoo Sports)
The College Football Playoff has turned strength of schedule into a constant talking point, with each conference claiming its road to the postseason is most daunting. Hoping to set themselves apart when playoff selection time comes around, Big Ten teams plan to play at least one nonconference game against a Power Five opponent and eliminate FCS schools from their schedules starting in 2016 when the league goes to a nine-game conference slate. Commissioner Jim Delany touted the league's ''1910'' scheduling model on Friday at Big Ten media days: one Power Five nonconference game, nine conference games, one conference championship game, zero games outside Bowl Subdivision.
NCAA has stay granted in O'Bannon case; payments delayed (Yahoo Sports)
The NCAA was given a respite Friday when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court delayed the implementation of possible payments to athletes for the use of their names, images and likenesses. The stay in the Ed O'Bannon case allows schools to withhold payments of roughly $5,000 in deferred money to football and basketball players, which were expected to begin Saturday as part of the landmark ruling handed down by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken last summer. ''We are pleased that the 9th Circuit today granted the NCAA's motion for stay,'' NCAA chief legal counsel Donald Remy said in a statement.
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ESPN, Missouri Valley Conference agree on 10-year extension (Yahoo Sports)
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- ESPN and the Missouri Valley Conference have agreed to a 10-year extension on their media rights deal that increases coverage of the league through the 2023-24 academic year.
3 Arkansas basketball players arrested on forgery complaint (Yahoo Sports)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Police have arrested three University of Arkansas basketball players, alleging they used counterfeit money to buy merchandise at three locations near campus.
Calipari, Towns impressed by Wildcats' summer workouts (Yahoo Sports)
Kentucky coach John Calipari believes his latest class of talented recruits can keep the Wildcats in the national championship discussion. Playing pickup games against those newcomers has No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns just as convinced of the Wildcats' potential. Back in Lexington this week to help with Calipari's summer camp, the Minnesota Timberwolves' top selection is impressed by the mix of returnees from last year's 38-1 Final Four squad and another group of prized prospects.
Hurley hits the ground running with Sun Devils (Yahoo Sports)
Bobby Hurley's arrival at Arizona State created a buzz in the desert and drew national attention to a program often overshadowed by its rival to the south. Before the initial fanfare of his hiring had subsided, Hurley was already at work, watching recruits, building his coaching staff, doing all the little things behind the scenes to get his tenure off to a good start. ''His hitting the ground running immediately when he got here, the blue-collar work ethic hit everybody in the heart that this guy is a worker, he's blue collar,'' Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson said.