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Bender may get 1st start for No. 20 Cougars in Apple Cup (Yahoo Sports)
Peyton Bender was somewhat of an unknown in high school when he traveled from sunny south Florida to chilly eastern Washington to throw the football for Mike Leach. Now Bender may get the chance at his first college start on Friday when No. 20 Washington State (8-3, 6-2 Pac-12) faces rival Washington (5-6, 3-5) in the Apple Cup. Bender has been forced into action in each of the last two games because starting quarterback Luke Falk was taken off the field.
FSU official details favorable treatment of players (Yahoo Sports)
The Florida State University official once in charge of the office that counsels campus rape victims told lawyers suing the school that football players receive special treatment, and that most of the 20 victims who alleged sexual assaults by team members during the past nine years declined to press student conduct charges. Melissa Ashton, who had been director of FSU's victim advocate program until August, made the statement in a deposition given this past June in an ongoing civil lawsuit filed by former student Erica Kinsman against the university. The Associated Press does not routinely identify people who say they are sexual assault victims.
No charges after assault allegation tied to Huskers' home (Yahoo Sports)
Prosecutors announced Wednesday that they decided not to charge anyone following an alleged rape at the home of Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong and receiver Jordan Westerkamp earlier this month. Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong and Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly said the evidence didn't support filing charges. Armstrong, Westerkamp and their other roommate, tight end Trey Foster, had friends at their house on Nov. 15 after returning from a road game against Rutgers in New Jersey.
No. 7 Baylor down to 3rd QB in Big 12 title, playoff pursuit (Yahoo Sports)
Chris Johnson was catching passes instead of throwing them for No. 7 Baylor until about a month ago. Now the third-year sophomore will be the third starting quarterback this season for the Bears, who go into Friday night's game at No. 15 TCU still with hopes for a third consecutive Big 12 title - and maybe even a spot in the College Football Playoff. Johnson was moved to receiver just before the season after freshman Jarrett Stidham earned the backup role behind starting quarterback Seth Russell during preseason camp.
Venables, Smart among 34 nominees for Broyles Award (Yahoo Sports)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables and Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart are among the 34 nominees for this year's Broyles Award, which is given annually to the top college football assistant coach.
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Kansas freshman Diallo cleared to play beginning Dec. 1 (Yahoo Sports)
Cheick Diallo was sitting next to Bill Self, the coach he can now play for, and it was a close call as to whose smile was broader. The freshman forward was cleared by the NCAA on Wednesday to play for No. 5 Kansas starting Dec. 1. The announcement ended a monthlong investigation by the NCAA into the five-star prospect's education and background.
No. 5 Kansas beats No. 19 Vanderbilt 70-63 for Maui title (Yahoo Sports)
Wayne Selden Jr. and Frank Mason III quickly hatched a plan for sharing the MVP award at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. Selden scored 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting, and the Jayhawks beat No. 19 Vanderbilt 70-63 on Wednesday for the tournament title. Selden then revealed the plan.
UNLV hangs on for 72-69 win over No. 13 Indiana (Yahoo Sports)
UNLV answered every run by Indiana, and the Runnin' Rebels were able to hang through the frantic final seconds for a 72-69 victory over the 13th-ranked Hoosiers on Wednesday. ''One of the reasons we came to Maui, other than it was exciting for our fans, was to play against the best,'' UNLV coach Dave Rice said. Patrick McCaw had 20 points for the Runnin' Rebels (5-1), who bounced back from their opening loss to UCLA with wins over Chaminade and the Hoosiers (4-2), who leave Hawaii with just one win in three games.
Trimble leads No. 2 Maryland past Rhode Island 86-63 (Yahoo Sports)
Melo Trimble scores 17 points on 7-for-7 shooting, and No. 2 Maryland beat Rhode Island 86-63 on Wednesday night in the Cancun Challenge. Trimble, who was named tournament MVP, also went 3 for 3 at the line and grabbed six rebounds. Rasheed Sulaimon also scored 17 points on 6-for-7 shooting, and Robert Carter had 15.