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CFP abandons plan to play most of its semifinals on Dec. 31 (Yahoo Sports)
The College Football Playoff has abandoned a plan to play most of its semifinals on New Year's Eves after television ratings tumbled last year, moving the dates of future games to ensure they will be played either on a weekend or a holiday. Magnus said ESPN was not directly involved in the decision nor did it exert any pressure on the CFP to change its schedule.
NCAA recommends 1 live-contact football practice per week (Yahoo Sports)
The NCAA football oversight committee recommended Division I football programs hold only one ''live-contact'' practice per week. The current guidelines, which are not enforceable rules, allow two live practices per week. The new guidelines announced Wednesday will take effect this season.
MAC commissioner calls for restrictions on satellite camps (Yahoo Sports)
Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck would love to be able to go toe to toe with Jim Harbaugh, bouncing around to all sorts of satellite camps in the offseason. Fleck and other coaches in the Mid-American Conference can certainly benefit from satellite camps, but the issue remains a complicated one. On Thursday, MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher called for some limits on when and where the camps can be held.
Florida names Steve Spurrier ambassador, consultant (Yahoo Sports)
Steve Spurrier already has a statue outside of the football stadium and the field named after him. Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley made the announcement on Friday. ''It's a great day for the Gator Nation to be able to welcome Coach Spurrier back home,'' Foley said in a statement.
East Carolina wants everyone to know it hopes to join Big 12 (Yahoo Sports)
The school is conducting a campaign on its social media platforms to tout the reasons it deserves strong consideration. Associate athletic director for external operations Shelley Binegar is coordinating the ongoing effort that began last week when Big 12 presidents directed Commissioner Bob Bowlsby to study expansion. Fellow American Athletic Conference schools Cincinnati, Houston, Memphis, UCF, UConn and Tulane also are in the discussion of candidates if the 10-team Big 12 expands.
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NCAA to survey potential host cities on discrimination laws (Yahoo Sports)
The NCAA is sending a questionnaire about potential discrimination laws to organizers in cities that will be or are hoping to host sanctioned college sports events. The NCAA board of governors' decision comes a day after the NBA announced it would pull its All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, because of its objections to a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. NCAA leaders had expressed opposition to the law known as HB2 since it was enacted in March.
UNC gets 1-week extension to respond to 5 NCAA charges (Yahoo Sports)
North Carolina will wait another week before responding to five NCAA charges. The school issued a statement Friday saying UNC and others involved in the case had requested an extension to Monday's response deadline. The statement said UNC will respond to the NCAA's Notice of Allegations (NOA) on Aug. 1, then publicly release a copy a day later after a review and possible redactions to comply with privacy laws.
UConn AD preparing pitch, waiting to hear from Big 12 (Yahoo Sports)
UConn's new athletic director says he's waiting to hear from the Big 12 about its interest level in the school before reaching out with an official pitch to join the conference. The Big 12's school presidents on Tuesday moved closer to expansion, directing Commissioner Bob Bowlsby to begin evaluating schools interested in joining. UConn's David Benedict, in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press on Friday, acknowledged the Huskies are interested in being evaluated.
Iowa State's Prohm adds former Alabama coach to staff (Yahoo Sports)
AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Former Alabama head coach David Hobbs has been named a special assistant to Iowa State coach Steve Prohm, a former team manager under Hobbs with the Crimson Tide.