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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.
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.
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.
Chizik returns to coaching to fix Tar Heels' woeful defense (Yahoo Sports)
Gene Chizik built one of the nation's top defenses as an Auburn assistant, worked as defensive coordinator during Texas' national-championship run then returned to the Tigers to win another title as head coach. Approaching three years after he was fired from Auburn, Chizik is back in coaching as the Tar Heels' defensive coordinator. The Tar Heels have long talked about winning the typically wide-open Coastal Division in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
DA: No charges in case involving LSU football players (Yahoo Sports)
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- No formal charges will be filed against three LSU football players, including quarterback Anthony Jennings, for allegedly going into a house without permission in June.
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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.
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.
Memphis' Austin Nichols transfers to Virginia (Yahoo Sports)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Memphis leading scorer Austin Nichols has transferred to Virginia.
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.