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Florida State player subject to university inquiry (Yahoo Sports)
Florida State running back Karlos Williams is subject to a Title IX investigation by the university for his role in a possible domestic battery case. Florida State would not confirm if it would investigate Williams, citing privacy policies.
Dieffenbach return to Penn State lineup uncertain (Yahoo Sports)
Penn State guard Miles Dieffenbach likes going one-on-one against the Big Ten's best defensive tackles. He'd like it a lot more if didn't happen mainly against teammate Anthony Zettel on the Nittany Lion practice field. Dieffenbach started 23 games the previous two seasons and was expected to provide much-needed leadership and experience on a young offensive line this year along with Donovan Smith. Until Dieffenbach's doctors are comfortable clearing him, the fifth-year, 305-pound senior is strong enough to mix it up with Zettel, whom Dieffenbach calls ''probably one of the best defensive linemen in the country, tops in the Big Ten.'' When practice ends, he seeks out Zettel.
Attorney: Oklahoma RB Mixon accepts probation (Yahoo Sports)
Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon has accepted one year of probation after being charged with punching a young woman at a restaurant in July. Mixon's attorney, Kevin Finlay, said Thursday that Mixon entered an Alford plea in which he acknowledged there was likely enough evidence to convict him of misdemeanor assault while still asserting his innocence. Mixon was to go to trial on Jan. 12, but Finlay said Mixon ''does not want to be a further distraction to his family, friends, teammates, and the University of Oklahoma.'' According to court documents, Mixon has agreed to 100 hours of community service, cognitive behavior counseling and payment of court costs. According to a probable cause affidavit released by the Cleveland County District Attorney's office, the alleged victim told police Mixon directed a homosexual slur at her friend and there was an argument.
Gamecocks leading tackler out for Tennessee game (Yahoo Sports)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's leading tackler Skai Moore won't play against Tennessee because of an ankle injury.
Retooled Jayhawks set sights on national title (Yahoo Sports)
Kansas had two of the first three players taken in the NBA draft last year, yet coach Bill Self believes the Jayhawks could be even better than the team led by Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid. ''We are pretty deep and pretty skilled at most of the positions,'' Self said, ''and whether or not that translates to better teams, because a lot of teams, they give me two studs and three average guys and we'll go play anybody, and I'm not sure we're quite like that.
UConn favored to win American Athletic Conference (Yahoo Sports)
The American Athletic Conference may not have the cachet of the old Big East, but it still has UConn and on Wednesday made sure the defending national champions were again on the top of their marquee. The Huskies were picked by the AAC's coaches as a preseason favorite to win the league title. The team's senior point guard, Ryan Boatright, was chosen as the preseason player of the year and UConn freshman swingman Daniel Hamilton was named the league's preseason rookie of the year. ''The magnitude of UConn's men's and women's accomplishments last year and over the past two decades is nothing short of remarkable,'' said Mike Aresco, the AAC's commissioner.
Talented Arizona Wildcats build more expectations (Yahoo Sports)
At Arizona, where talent seemingly comes through the McKale Center in a revolving door, the expectations have gone up, not down. ''I think we have the makings of a team that can go on and do some great things,'' Wildcats coach Sean Miller said. Arizona lost two key contributors from that team: Guard and leader Nick Johnson, and athletic freshman forward Aaron Gordon. Forward Brandon Ashley is back after missing the final 16 games of last season with a broken foot.