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FILE - In this Saturday, Sept.22, 2018, file photo, Northern Illinois quarterback Marcus Childers is sacked by Florida State's Marvin Wilson (21), Fredrick Jones (55) and Dontavious Jackson during an NCAA college football game, in Tallahassee Fla. The road trip to Tallahassee came with a $1.6 million payout to NIU. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)
May 16, 2020 - 12:15 pm
In 2018, with his school facing the possibility of cutting staff to make up a huge shortfall in state funding, Northern Illinois athletic director Sean Frazier added a football game at Florida State to the Huskies' schedule. The road trip came with a $1.6 million payout to NIU. “Florida State,...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 1972, file photo, UCLA quarterback Mark Harmon, left, son of former Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon, works out with coach Pepper Rodgers, right, in Los Angeles. Rodgers, a colorful personality who helped Georgia Tech to an unbeaten season as a player in 1952 and went on to coach the Yellow Jackets as well as Kansas, UCLA and in the United States Football League, died Thursday, May 14, 2020, at the age of 88. His alma mater announced his death. A statement from Georgia Tech said Rodgers died in Reston, Va. No cause was given. (AP Photo/GB, File)
May 15, 2020 - 1:15 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Pepper Rodgers, a colorful personality who helped Georgia Tech to an unbeaten season as a player in 1952 and went on to coach the Yellow Jackets as well as Kansas, UCLA and Memphis teams in both the USFL and CFL, died Thursday. He was 88. A statement from his alma mater said Rodgers...
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FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2019, file photo, Akron's Tyler Cheese is defended by West Virginia's Taz Sherman during an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va. Akron is dropping men’s golf and cross country and women’s tennis in cost-cutting moves due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The school said the reduction will take effect at the end of the 2019-20 academic year. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten, File)
May 14, 2020 - 5:22 pm
In one part of the country, LSU coach Ed Orgeron smiles and mentions a “light at the end of the tunnel” as he discusses his assistants' recent return to work at football headquarters, and university plans to welcome players back to campus as early as June 1. Some 1,000 miles north at Akron, women's...
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May 14, 2020 - 2:10 am
Many of the nation's high school football coaches are endorsing USA Football’s Football Development Model for youth leagues nationwide. The National High School Football Coaches Alliance, comprised of high school coaching associations across 41 states, has approved the model that aligns with the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2019, file photo, Washington NCAA college football defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake speaks during a news conference about taking over the head coaching position, in Seattle. Just when it seemed like things were up and rolling, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The ensuring national shutdown hurt coaches across college football as they prepare for next season, but it was particularly difficult on programs with first-year coaches trying to build something from the ground up. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
May 12, 2020 - 10:17 pm
As Pac-12 football coaches pitched an NCAA-mandated uniform start to the season, some of the latest plans to fight the coronavirus in California further muddled how college teams will return to play in the West. Washington coach Jimmy Lake said Tuesday in a video conference with reporters that he...
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In an otherwise empty ballpark, a grounds crew member continues to keep the Seattle Mariners' field in playing shape as the ballpark goes into its seventh week without baseball played because of the coronavirus outbreak Monday, May 11, 2020, in Seattle. A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball owners have given the go-ahead to making a proposal to the players' union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
May 12, 2020 - 7:15 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The California Collegiate Athletic Association has suspended all fall sports for the upcoming year, the league announced on Tuesday. The NCAA Division II conference currently has 13 members but will lose one with...
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FILE - In this March 16, 2019, file photo, Montana's Ahmaad Rorie (14) tries to move the ball around Eastern Washington's Tyler Kidd during an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Big Sky men's tournament in Boise, Idaho. The cancellation of the NCAA Tournament has produced a budget crunch that leaves colleges everywhere looking for cost-saving measures. Chattanooga announced last month that any 2020-21 away games that hadn’t already been scheduled must be played within 150 miles of its campus. “A 150-mile radius isn’t going to do anything for us here in Montana,” Montana athletic director Kent Haslam said. “Some people can’t even get to a Walmart within 150 miles.” (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger, File)
May 11, 2020 - 6:59 pm
When college sports teams finally return to play, they might not be traveling quite as far as they did for road games before the pandemic. The cancellation of the NCAA Tournament has produced a budget crunch that leaves colleges everywhere looking for cost-saving measures. One simple step is to cut...
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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2016, file photo, workers walk along the grandstands in the rain at Darlington Raceway after weather forced NASCAR to call off qualifying for the Sprint Cup and XFinity series auto races. NASCAR says it will resume its season without fans present starting May 17 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)
May 08, 2020 - 6:52 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The century-old Reno Rodeo has canceled the 10-day event in June because of the coronavirus pandemic. Reno Rodeo President Craig Downie said in a letter to the rodeo’s board of directors that canceling the event...
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FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2020, file photo, Kansas head coach Bill Self reacts to a play as Kansas plays TCU during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fort Worth, Texas. The NCAA struck back at the University of Kansas and its men's basketball program Thursday, May 7, 2020 calling five Level I violations that are alleged to have occurred “egregious” and arguing that they undermine and threaten" college athletics. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, file)
May 07, 2020 - 6:31 pm
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The NCAA struck back at the University of Kansas and its men's basketball program Thursday, calling five Level I violations that are alleged to have occurred “egregious” and arguing that they undermine and threaten" college athletics. In the latest in a series of back-and-...
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FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2019, file photo, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is shown on the sidelines in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Army in Ann Arbor, Mich. Jim Harbaugh is pushing for a change that would allow football players to enter the NFL draft after their freshman or sophomore seasons in college. Harbaugh shared that idea among others in an open letter to the football community Thursday, May 7, 2020. Currently, players are not eligible for the NFL draft until they have been out of high school for at least three years. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)
May 07, 2020 - 4:31 pm
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is pushing for a change that would allow football players to enter the NFL draft after one year in college. “My first proposal is that we put this decision to `go or stay' in the hands of the individual and his family, not in the form of an NFL,...
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