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Florida State player subject to university inquiry (Yahoo Sports)
Florida State running back Karlos Williams is subject to a Title IX investigation by the university for his role in a possible domestic battery case. Florida State would not confirm if it would investigate Williams, citing privacy policies.
Dieffenbach return to Penn State lineup uncertain (Yahoo Sports)
Penn State guard Miles Dieffenbach likes going one-on-one against the Big Ten's best defensive tackles. He'd like it a lot more if didn't happen mainly against teammate Anthony Zettel on the Nittany Lion practice field. Dieffenbach started 23 games the previous two seasons and was expected to provide much-needed leadership and experience on a young offensive line this year along with Donovan Smith. Until Dieffenbach's doctors are comfortable clearing him, the fifth-year, 305-pound senior is strong enough to mix it up with Zettel, whom Dieffenbach calls ''probably one of the best defensive linemen in the country, tops in the Big Ten.'' When practice ends, he seeks out Zettel.
KellyTough: Hurricanes set to honor former QB (Yahoo Sports)
Jim Kelly still has good days and bad days, health-wise. Before he was a Miami rival in his NFL days, Kelly was a Miami hero as a collegian. The former Hurricanes star is the headline attraction at Miami's homecoming game this weekend, with the university planning to honor Kelly for both what he's done on the field and how he's tackled a daunting series of personal challenges, including cancer.
Former Iowa St football coach Clay Stapleton dies (Yahoo Sports)
Former Iowa State football coach and Florida State and Vanderbilt athletic director Clay Stapleton has died. Cyclones spokesman Mike Green said Stapleton's son, Van, notified the school that his father died Thursday morning in Missouri City, Missouri. Stapleton was the coach for the Cyclones from 1958 until 1967, compiling a record of 42-53-4. He's perhaps best known for coaching Iowa State's ''Dirty Thirty'' team in 1959, so named because they finished 7-3 despite having just 30 healthy players.
Vols have undergone major makeover since Sweet 16 (Yahoo Sports)
Just seven months after playing in the NCAA regional semifinals, Tennessee is being picked to finish near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference. Rarely has a team coming off a Sweet 16 appearance been held in such low regard. Then again, this Tennessee team bears only a passing resemblance to the squad that made that postseason run. Tennessee returns only four scholarship players from the team that went 24-13 last season.
Florida unlikely to repeat last year's feats (Yahoo Sports)
Florida's record-setting run through the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA tournament last season will be difficult, maybe even impossible, to top. The Gators won a program-best 30 consecutive games, set another mark with 32 straight home wins, became the first team to go 18-0 in the SEC's regular season, swept the league tournament and earned the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament for the second time. Then again, coach Billy Donovan has one of his more athletic teams, with point guard Kasey Hill, sharp-shooter Michael Frazier II, forward Dorian Finney-Smith and big man Chris Walker returning in bigger roles. How everyone around them progresses might be the key to Florida putting together another successful season.
Beilein says Michigan still has plenty of leaders (Yahoo Sports)
When John Beilein first took over at Michigan, he envisioned a roster with plenty of continuity from year to year. We were going to maybe recruit under-the-radar guys who were going to stay for four years, and we'd have these great Senior Nights,'' Beilein said Thursday at media day. It's worked well, but I don't want to tell you that was my plan - to get top-100 guys and they'd be in the pros (after) two years, but it's worked well for everybody.'' Now in his eighth season as Michigan's coach, Beilein is becoming accustomed to early departures. This year, he'll have to replace Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III, and Mitch McGary, all of whom left Michigan for the NBA after their sophomore seasons.