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Gamecocks' wise-cracking Spurrier starts Twitter account (Yahoo Sports)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The Head Ball Coach has new forum for his one-liners: South Carolina's Steve Spurrier has joined Twitter.
No jail time for Nelson in assault on ex-football player (Yahoo Sports)
Former University of Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson apologized in court Monday to a former Minnesota State football player who suffered a serious brain injury in a beating outside a nightclub last year. Nelson, 21, was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and won't have to serve jail time for his part in the May 11 attack on Isaac Kolstad.
Process gets underway to carve up $60 million Sandusky fine (Yahoo Sports)
Now that a settlement has cleared the way for $60 million from Penn State to be spent in Pennsylvania to address child sexual abuse, potential recipients are starting to think about how that money might be put to use. ''There's certainly a tremendous need,'' said Linda Rosenberg, executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. ''In the area of child sexual abuse, I don't know if there's ever enough money to help support the need.'' The Jan. 16 deal that ended litigation by two state officials against Penn State and the NCAA split up the money, with $12 million being retained by the university and $48 million going to Rosenberg's agency. Penn State agreed to the $60 million fine in 2012, as part of a consent decree with the NCAA over the university's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
SEC's Slive leery of making freshman athletes ineligible (Yahoo Sports)
Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive says it would be best to wait until after the NCAA's new initial eligibility standards take effect in 2016 before considering whether to keep freshmen off the field. Slive said in a statement to The Associated Press on Monday that if the goal is to improve graduation rates and grade-point averages, ''we have to remember that each college student has his or her own academic challenges.'' ''To put a blanket over these student-athletes with a year on the bench doesn't address those individual needs to incentivize academic progress. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany has said he wants his conference to consider making freshmen ineligible in football and men's basketball, and Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott and Bob Bowlsby have both expressed support for at least examining the possibility. To be immediately eligible for competition, prospective student-athletes must have at least a 2.3 GPA, with a sliding scale tied to SAT scores.
Kelly adds Sanford, Denson, Lyght, others to Irish staff (Yahoo Sports)
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said he hired Boise State offensive coordinator Mike Sanford to shake things up a bit. ''I think we came to the agreement that we're going to get somebody in here that it's going to keep us on our toes, is going to bring that room up to a level that is going to create such synergy and energy on a day-to-day basis that it's going to make everybody better,'' Kelly said Monday during a news conference. Sanford, whose father is head coach at Indiana State and was Notre Dame quarterbacks coach 1996-98, helped Boise State to a 12-2 record last season. Notre Dame was 38th in scoring offense (32.8) and 32nd in total offense (444.9) in going 8-5 last season.
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NC State powers past Clemson, 66-61 (Yahoo Sports)
Ralston Turner scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead North Carolina State to a 66-61 victory over Clemson on Tuesday night, avenging a January loss to the Tigers. The Wolfpack (18-12, 9-8 ACC) held Clemson without a field goal for more than 14 minutes in the second half, outscoring the Tigers 25-5 over that span and built a 49-33 lead with just over four minutes to play. ''At halftime, Coach (Mark Gottfried) talked to us and said we had a really good half defensively,'' Turner said. The Tigers (16-13, 8-9) rallied late to cut what had been a 16-point deficit with just under three minutes to play to five at game's end.
Georgetown holds off comeback to upset No. 21 Butler 60-54 (Yahoo Sports)
The junior guard helped force two turnovers and made the clinching free throws in the final 10 seconds to cap a 16-point night and help Georgetown hold on for a 60-54 upset at No. 21 Butler. ''It meant a lot to me to make those last two free throws,'' said Smith-Rivera, who played prep ball at nearby North Central High School in Indy. ''It meant a lot, too, to play well in front of a lot of people I grew up with.'' It wasn't Smith-Rivera's first trip to Hinkle Fieldhouse. He won in the same venue last year with Georgetown (19-9, 11-6 Big East) and played a high school regional game on the Bulldogs' home floor, too.
No. 19 North Carolina crushes Georgia Tech 81-49 (Yahoo Sports)
North Carolina needed a boost after failing to win consecutive games in a rough February. Now, just in time for a rematch with Duke, the Tar Heels are rolling again. Freshman Joel Barry scored a career-high 15 points and No. 19 North Carolina established some late-season momentum by beating Georgia Tech 81-49 on Tuesday night, completing a sweep of the struggling Yellow Jackets. Duke beat North Carolina 92-90 in overtime on Feb. 18.
Dayton runs past Rhode Island, 75-59 (Yahoo Sports)
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Jordan Sibert scored 21 points on a perfect 6 of 6 from the field and 8 of 8 at the line to help lead Dayton to a 75-59 victory over Rhode Island on Tuesday night.