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Alabama head coach Nick Saban exits the field after a team photo prior to Alabama's fall camp fan-day college football scrimmage, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
August 03, 2019 - 1:17 pm
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban denies offering a job to ex-Ohio State assistant Zach Smith last year, citing the results of a background check as the reason. The Crimson Tide's connection with Smith surfaced with the release Friday of former Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer's texts and...
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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2016, file photo, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, right, and assistant coach Zach Smith, left, gesture from the sideline during the team's NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. Meyer encouraged Smith to stay with the Buckeyes in January 2018 after the then-assistant coach was pursued by Alabama, according to texts messages from Meyer to Smith. On Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, Ohio State released thousands of pages of heavily redacted texts and email that were part of an external investigation conducted last August into Meyer’s handling of Smith and what he knew about allegations of domestic violence made by Smith’s ex-wife, Courtney Smith. Meyer was suspended for the first three games of last season by Ohio State after the investigation. After the season he retired at 54, citing health concerns. He is now working as an analyst with Fox Sports. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
August 02, 2019 - 6:05 pm
Former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer encouraged Zach Smith to stay with the Buckeyes in January 2018 after the then-assistant coach was pursued by Alabama, according to texts messages from Meyer to Smith. On Friday, Ohio State released thousands of pages of heavily redacted texts and email that were...
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Former Wisconsin football player Quintez Cephus testifies during his trial, Friday Aug. 2, 2019, in Madison, Wis. Cephus has told jurors that the two women he is accused of sexually assaulting wanted to have sex with him. (Ed Treleven/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)
August 02, 2019 - 4:51 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A jury deliberated for just 30 minutes on Friday before it acquitted former University of Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus on charges alleging that he sexually assaulted two female students. Cephus, 21, was suspended from the football team last August and was expelled...
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Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley answers a question during an NCAA college football media day news conference in Norman, Okla., Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. Riley has done everything his first two years as Oklahoma's coach, including coaching two Heisman winners. But he hasn't won a national title. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
August 02, 2019 - 4:16 pm
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Lincoln Riley could take a few moments to stop and soak it all in. But that's not how he got so far, so fast. Riley has accomplished more at age 35 than most coaches do in a career. Barely two years into his run at Oklahoma, he has been to the College Football Playoff twice and...
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Ohio State head coach Ryan Day watches the quarterbacks during NCAA college football practice, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
August 02, 2019 - 2:20 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sporting several weeks of beard growth, Ryan Day looked calm for a new guy leading a storied college football program where the unrelenting pressure helped push his legendary predecessor into early retirement. The 40-year-old Day opened his first training camp as Ohio State...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2019 file photo Nebraska head coach Scott Frost listens to a question during the Big Ten Conference NCAA college football media days in Chicago. Frost starts his second season at Nebraska with an experienced quarterback and high expectations. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, file)
August 01, 2019 - 3:38 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Scott Frost starts his second year at Nebraska with an experienced quarterback and high expectations. The Cornhuskers, who open preseason practice Friday, went 4-2 after an 0-6 start last season and are a trendy pick to win the Big Ten West. "We haven't done anything yet,"...
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FILE - In this July 2, 2013, file photo, former FBI Director Louis Freeh leaves Federal Court in New Orleans. The NCAA unveiled a new arm of rules enforcement made up of independent investigators, advocates and decision-makers to handle what it calls complex cases involving serious infractions. The Independent Accountability Resolution Process will be comprised of four groups, including the Complex Case Unit, which will conduct investigations and provide representation for schools and individuals accused of violations. Among those chosen for the CCU were former FBI Director Louis Freeh. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
August 01, 2019 - 2:55 pm
The NCAA introduced Thursday a new arm of rules enforcement made up of independent investigators, advocates and decision-makers to handle complex cases involving serious infractions. Creating a new process for dealing with some high-profile infractions cases was one of several recommendations made...
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Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, back center, is surrounded by reporters and photographers during the Big Ten Conference NCAA college football media days Friday, July 19, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
July 31, 2019 - 3:05 pm
There is much uncertainty among the Big Ten East superpowers heading into this season. Meanwhile, optimism abounds in the Big Ten West, where just about every team can make the case that it's a division title contender. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast , Dave Revsine of the Big Ten...
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Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) runs with the ball as head coach Dan Mullen watches during an NCAA college football practice in Gainesville, Fla., Friday, July 26, 2019. (Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun via AP)
July 26, 2019 - 4:37 pm
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Even though Dan Mullen has enjoyed plenty of success as a head coach at Mississippi State and Florida, he's never won more than 10 games in a season. He seems poised for a breakthrough. He certainly has a team capable of making it happen. Mullen opened his second season...
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Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott speaks during the Pac-12 Conference NCAA college football Media Day Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
July 24, 2019 - 7:34 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Larry Scott is acutely aware that the Pac-12 has been the punching bag of the power five conferences the past couple years — on and off the field. The beleaguered commissioner is hoping the programs get back on track after conference schools made the College Football Playoff only...
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