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Gophers lose starting DT Scott Ekpe to knee injury (Yahoo Sports)

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill disagrees with a call during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Eastern Illinois in Minneapolis on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Minnesota won 42-20. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

The depth at defensive line that Minnesota brought into the season will be tested immediately. Defensive tackle Scott Ekpe, who suffered a significant injury to his right knee in the opener last week, will likely miss the remained of the year, coach Jerry Kill confirmed Tuesday. Kill declined to give specifics but called the news about the junior a ''major blow'' to the Gophers. Starting in place of Ra'Shede Hageman, a second-round NFL draft pick by the Atlanta Falcons, Ekpe was hurt in the first quarter against Eastern Illinois.

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Football Polls - 2 (Aug. 31 -Sep. 6)
  • AP Poll
  • 1. Florida State
  • 2. Alabama
  • 3. Oregon
  • 4. Oklahoma
  • 5. Auburn
  • 6. Georgia
  • 7. Michigan State
  • 8. Ohio State
  • 9. Texas A&M
  • 10. Baylor
  • Coaches Poll
  • 1. Florida State
  • 2. Alabama
  • 3. Oklahoma
  • 4. Oregon
  • 5. Auburn
  • 6. Michigan State
  • 7. Ohio State
  • 8. Georgia
  • 9. Baylor
  • 10. Stanford

Big week for the Big Ten (Yahoo Sports)

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio stands on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Jacksonville State, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won 45-7. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

The Big Ten has been fighting a perception for the last few years that it has fallen a step behind the rest of the major college football world, and Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was armed with a quick rebuttal when the question came up again Tuesday. As Dantonio's seventh-ranked Spartans prepare for a showdown with No. 3 Oregon on Saturday in a week that also includes Michigan visiting No. 16 Notre Dame and eighth-ranked Ohio State hosting Virginia Tech, the coach was asked if the Big Ten needs marquee wins to fight that perception. ''We won the Rose Bowl last year,'' Dantonio said, ''so what are you talking about?

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Tennessee OT Gilliam out for year with torn ACL (Yahoo Sports)

Tennessee offensive tackle Jacob Gilliam will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Sunday during a 38-7 victory over Utah State. Gilliam, a fifth-year senior and former walk-on from Knoxville, had been placed on scholarship after spring practice and had opened the year as Tennessee's starting left tackle. His injury creates more adversity for an offensive line that already was replacing all of last year's starters, including Miami Dolphins first-round draft pick Ja'Wuan James. ''I feel for him,'' Tennessee coach Butch Jones said at his Tuesday news conference.

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Spurrier: RB Davis likely to play vs East Carolina (Yahoo Sports)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says injured tailback Mike Davis has received treatment on his bruised ribs the past few days and is likely to see action Saturday night when the 21st-ranked Gamecocks take on East Carolina.

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Jack Kraft, Villanova basketball coach, dies at 93 (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this March 27, 1971, file photo, Villanova University basketball coach Jack Kraft, left, congratulates UCLA coach John Wooden after Wooden's Bruins defeated Villanova, 68-62, to win the NCAA championship in Houston, Texas. Villanova officials say former head basketball coach John

Jack Kraft, the Villanova basketball coach who guided the Wildcats to the 1971 NCAA title game and coached such players as Wali Jones, Bill Melchionni and Howard Porter, has died. ''Coach Kraft was a winner, a gentleman and an outstanding coach,'' coach Jay Wright said. They stayed in touch with him until his final days.'' In addition to Jones, Melchionni and Porter, Kraft coached such standouts as Jim Washington, Johnny Jones, Fran O'Hanlon, Chris Ford, Hank Siemontkowski and Tom Ingelsby.

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NCAA files intent to appeal O'Bannon decision (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this July 9, 2014, file photo, NCAA President Mark Emmert scratches his forehead as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing on the NCAA's treatment of athletes. At left is Dr. Richard M. Southall, Associate Professor, Department of Sport and Entertainment Management. The NCAA faces an awkward challenge when it appeals the Ed O'Bannon ruling. Antitrust attorneys believe the governing body's strongest argument may be attacking the monetary cap imposed by the federal judge in her decision _ a cap many schools would need to keep their sports alive. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

The NCAA has notified the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that it intends to appeal a judge's ruling in the Ed O'Bannon case that it violated antitrust laws. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled Aug. 8 that the NCAA broke the law by restricting schools from providing money beyond current scholarship limits to athletes. A formal appeal has not yet been submitted, but NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy issued a statement Thursday.

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College of Charleston names Earl Grant hoops coach (Yahoo Sports)

Clemson players Jonah Baize, left, Milton Jennings (24) and assistant coach Earl Grant react to a call by an official that went against them during the second half of an East Regional second round NCAA tournament college basketball game against West Virginia in Tampa, Fla., Thursday, March 17, 2011. West Virginia won 84-76. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Clemson assistant Earl Grant has been named the College of Charleston new men's basketball coach, ending a nearly monthlong search since the firing of Doug Wojcik. College of Charleston President Glenn McConnell and athletic director Joe Hull announced the hiring on Tuesday. Wojcik was fired after his second-year with the Cougars following and investigation into allegations that he verbally abused players, assistant coaches and staffers in the athletic department. He also was an assistant at the Cougars' crosstown rival Citadel from 2002-04.

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