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Cincinnati picked to win first AAC championship game (Yahoo Sports)
Cincinnati has been picked as the favorite to win the American Athletic Conference's inaugural football championship game. The Bearcats return 15 seniors from a team that won a share of the conference title last year. The Bearcats have been placed in the East Division of the conference, which has grown to 12 members this season with the addition of Navy.
Police file assault charges against former Utah cornerback (Yahoo Sports)
Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield has been charged with misdemeanor assault in a fight during a party last month, his second recent run-in with police. Salt Lake City detective Cody Lougy says neither a summons to appear nor a warrant has been issued but the investigation is ongoing. ''I'm disappointed that they were filed,'' said Greg Skordas, Hatfield's lawyer.
Ex-broadcaster Craig James sues Fox Sports over firing (Yahoo Sports)
Former college football television analyst Craig James on Monday filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against Fox Sports that contends he was fired because he had expressed opposition to gay marriage during a failed run for the U.S. Senate. The former running back for Southern Methodist University and the New England Patriots is seeking at least $100,000 in damages. Fox hired him in August 2013 - months after he lost the Texas Senate primary to Ted Cruz - only to fire him days later.
WR Tyler Boyd, DE Rori Blair are suspended for Pitts opener (Yahoo Sports)
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi has announced wide receiver Tyler Boyd and defensive end Rori Blair are suspended for the Sept. 5 opener against Youngstown State.
Vols entering preseason practice without full freshman class (Yahoo Sports)
Tennessee will start preseason practice Tuesday without some members of its highly touted freshman class. Volunteers coach Butch Jones said Monday that wide receiver Preston Williams and offensive lineman Zach Stewart wouldn't be available. Jones said Williams was awaiting word from the NCAA on his eligibility and that Stewart was delaying his enrollment.
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ESPN, Missouri Valley Conference agree on 10-year extension (Yahoo Sports)
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- ESPN and the Missouri Valley Conference have agreed to a 10-year extension on their media rights deal that increases coverage of the league through the 2023-24 academic year.
3 Arkansas basketball players arrested on forgery complaint (Yahoo Sports)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Police have arrested three University of Arkansas basketball players, alleging they used counterfeit money to buy merchandise at three locations near campus.
Memphis' Austin Nichols transfers to Virginia (Yahoo Sports)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Memphis leading scorer Austin Nichols has transferred to Virginia.
NCAA: Southern Miss, Tyndall committed multiple violations (Yahoo Sports)
The NCAA has outlined serious rules violations committed at Southern Mississippi, finding multiple infractions by the men's basketball program during former coach Donnie Tyndall's tenure. The charges, which include arranging fraudulent academic credit, impermissible financial aid and obstructing the governing body's investigation, were outlined in a notice of allegations released by the university on Friday. There were seven alleged Level I violations - which are judged the most serious by the NCAA - in the 43-page notice.