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New NCAA legislation on academic misconduct in works (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2011 file photo, North Carolina takes the field against James Madison in an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C. The NCAA infractions committee has hit North Carolina's football program with a one-year postseason ban, a reduction of 15 scholarships and three years of probation following an investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct. In a ruling Monday, March 12, 2012, the committee said the school was responsible for multiple violations, including academic fraud and a failure to monitor its football program. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

A group of 20 university presidents and college athletics administrators is crafting a proposal to better define when the NCAA should investigate cases of academic cheating by student athletes. Ohio University President Rod McDavis, the chairman of the NCAA's Committee of Academics, says the group plans to have a proposal ready by the end of June. NCAA head of enforcement Jon Duncan said in January academic misconduct is on the rise and his department was handling 20 open academic-misconduct investigations. McDavis said in a recent interview with The Associated Press the committee has already agreed that any time a coach or paid member of the school's athletic staff is involved in an academic misconduct case the NCAA should be involved.


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Football Polls - Week Final (Jan. 13)
  • AP Poll
  • 1. Ohio State
  • 2. Oregon
  • 3. TCU
  • 4. Alabama
  • 5. Florida State
  • 5. Michigan State
  • 7. Baylor
  • 8. Georgia Tech
  • 9. Georgia
  • 10. UCLA
  • Coaches Poll
  • 1. Ohio State
  • 2. Oregon
  • 3. TCU
  • 4. Alabama
  • 5. Michigan State
  • 6. Florida State
  • 7. Georgia Tech
  • 8. Baylor
  • 9. Georgia
  • 10. UCLA

Injuries force BYU to bring back former QB for spring (Yahoo Sports)

Christian Stewart was bored finishing out his final semester of school when the phone rang this week. The former BYU quarterback had his eyes on his future job and his mind on his fiancee when Stewart's old position coach asked him about suiting up again. The Cougars were extremely short-handed at quarterback for spring practices due to injuries when Jason Beck had the idea of bringing Stewart back. He started eight games in 2014 after Taysom Hill broke his leg in the fifth game of the season, so Stewart was only months removed from his playing career.

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Report: College sports show dip in gender, racial hiring (Yahoo Sports)

A diversity report released Wednesday on college sports has issued its lowest grade for racial and gender hiring practices in its nearly two-decade history. The report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport says NCAA member schools are hiring fewer women and minorities for sports jobs, while the scores for hiring women in particular have dipped significantly during the past two years. The combined overall grade for college sports in 2014 was a C with 74 points, down from a C-plus and 79.1 points in 2013. It was the lowest combined score since the first report released in 1997 examined data from 1995 and 1996, said Richard Lapchick, director of University of Central Florida-based TIDES.

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Nebraska QB told to be ready for more passing, less running (Yahoo Sports)

Nebraska head coach Mike Riley speaks in Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Nebraska begins its first spring practice under coach Mike Riley on Saturday, and the big questions are about what the offense will look like and who the quarterback will be(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Besides that, the offense is going to look much different as Riley and coordinator Danny Langsdorf begin installing a pro-style system. Armstrong, who'll be a junior this fall, got that message in his initial meeting with Langsdorf.


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2nd alcohol arrest for Michigan State's Macgarrett Kings (Yahoo Sports)

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. has another arrest for drunkenness.

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Men's Basketball RPI
  • Team RPI
  • 1. Kentucky
  • 2. Kansas
  • 3. Virginia
  • 4. Villanova
  • 5. Duke
  • 6. Wisconsin
  • 7. Arizona
  • 8. Gonzaga
  • 9. Baylor
  • 10. Maryland
  • Conference RPI
  • 1. Big 12
  • 2. Big East
  • 3. ACC
  • 4. Big Ten
  • 5. SEC
  • 6. Pac 12
  • 7. Atlantic 10
  • 8. American Athletic
  • 9. West Coast
  • 10. Mid-American

Miami edges Pittsburgh 67-63, keeps NCAA hopes alive (Yahoo Sports)

Miami's Sheldon McClellan (10), Davon Reed (5), Deandre Burnett (1) and Tonye Jekiri (23) walk to the bench during a timeout in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Pittsburgh, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Pittsburgh. Miami won 67-63. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Sheldon McClellan spent most of Wednesday afternoon trying to get his troublesome groin to loosen up. At one point, Miami's leading scorer wasn't even sure he would be able to play against Pittsburgh. McClellan missed six of his first seven shots and watched the Hurricanes fall behind in a de facto NCAA Tournament elimination game. Earlier in the year McClellan might have decided to stop shooting altogether.


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Men's Basketball Polls - Week 17 (Mar. 2 - 8)
  • AP Poll
  • 1. Kentucky
  • 2. Virginia
  • 3. Duke
  • 4. Villanova
  • 5. Arizona
  • 6. Wisconsin
  • 7. Gonzaga
  • 8. Wichita State
  • 9. Kansas
  • 10. Maryland
  • Coaches Poll
  • 1. Kentucky
  • 2. Virginia
  • 3. Duke
  • 4. Villanova
  • 5. Wisconsin
  • 6. Arizona
  • 7. Gonzaga
  • 8. Wichita State
  • 9. Maryland
  • 10. Kansas

Big men Kaminsky, Okafor lead way in top player race (Yahoo Sports)

Utah guard Delon Wright (55) goes to the basket as Arizona's Stanley Johnson, left, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, right, defend in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Frank Kaminsky is the savvy senior big man for No. 6 Wisconsin. Jahlil Okafor is the freshman phenom center at No. 3 Duke. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has had to face both. ''I wouldn't have even put them close when you look at Kaminsky a year ago.'' ''Frank the Tank,'' as he is known to the Wisconsin student section, was pretty good last year in a breakout 2013-14 campaign that ended with a run to the Final Four.


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Matta ties school wins mark in 77-67 victory over Penn St (Yahoo Sports)

Ohio State center Amir Williams, center, drives to the basket between Penn State guard D.J. Newbill (2), and Brandon Taylor right, during an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/John Beale)

Ohio State's Thad Matta tied a school record for coaching victories Wednesday night and quickly noted that players such as D'Angelo Russell make him a better coach. Russell scored 28 points and No. 23 Ohio State's 77-67 victory over Penn State placed Matta in a tie with Fred Taylor with 297 wins against 91 defeats in 11 seasons with the Buckeyes.


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Henton, Bentil score 21 apiece No. 24 Friars beat Seton Hall (Yahoo Sports)

Providence forward LaDontae Henton (23) shoots as he splits Seton Hall defenders Desi Rodriguez (20) and Rashed Anthony (25) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Newark, N.J. Providence won 79-66. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Down by eight points after seeing his team shoot 26 percent in the second half, Providence coach Ed Cooley told point guard Kris Dunn to stop thinking and play, and the rest of the No. 24 Friars to pound the boards and play defense. It was a plan that translated into the Friars' best half of the season. Dunn scored all 17 of his points in the second half, freshman Ben Bentil had a career-high 21 points and 10 rebounds, LaDontae Henton added 21 points and Providence shot 67 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes in a 79-66 win over Seton Hall on Wednesday night. ''I thought our energy was great,'' Cooley said after the Friars (21-9, 11-6 Big East) won for the fourth time in five games.


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