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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.
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.
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.
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.
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NCAA: Southern Miss, Tyndall committed multiple violations (Yahoo Sports)
The NCAA has outlined serious rules violations committed at Southern Mississippi, finding multiple infractions by the men's basketball program during former coach Donnie Tyndall's tenure. The charges, which include arranging fraudulent academic credit, impermissible financial aid and obstructing the governing body's investigation, were outlined in a notice of allegations released by the university on Friday. There were seven alleged Level I violations - which are judged the most serious by the NCAA - in the 43-page notice.
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.
Michigan State AD to head NCAA basketball committee in 2016 (Yahoo Sports)
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis will be the vice chairman of the NCAA Division I men's basketball committee this season and lead the selection of the field of 68 for the 2016-17 season.