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Florida State celebrates 'state championship' with bowl ring (Yahoo Sports)
Florida State players have received their Peach Bowl rings, not to mark losing that game to Houston but in celebration of winning the mythical Sunshine State title. The Seminoles defeated Miami, Florida and South Florida last season and were presented the rings last week. The rings became a topic of conversation on social media with people questioning why Florida State would reward itself for a mythical championship, especially with its success under coach Jimbo Fisher.
BYU ready to join Power 5 conference, but won't play Sundays (Yahoo Sports)
BYU is eager to leave independence behind and join a Power 5 conference but it won't change its longstanding policy of not playing on Sundays, athletic director Tom Holmoe said Thursday. The Mormon school has a written policy against competition on Sunday because of religious reasons, which could require scheduling concessions if BYU moves to one of the big conferences. ''I really would love to see our football play at that level, be playing in a P5 conference,'' Holmoe said.
NCAA wants to question 2 1970s-era Sandusky accusers (Yahoo Sports)
The NCAA wants to question two men who claim they were sexually abused in the 1970s by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The NCAA says it needs that information to defend itself from a defamation lawsuit filed by the family of Joe Paterno, the team's late head coach. One of the men says he told Paterno in 1976 that he was abused by Sandusky.
NCAA implements bowl-selection rule favoring 6-6 teams (Yahoo Sports)
The NCAA has cleared up its bowl-selection process, assuring that no eligible teams with .500 records are passed over for postseason play in favor of more well-known schools with fewer than six wins. The new rule, which was implemented by the NCAA's Division I Council on Wednesday, will be put in place for the upcoming season and says bowl-eligible teams with 6-6 records must be selected for bowl games before any 5-7 teams are considered. The NCAA's football oversight committee first made the recommendation for the new rule to the council, following a season that saw only 77 teams eligible for the 80 bowl slots.
Healthy BYU QB Taysom Hill back and eyeing the starting job (Yahoo Sports)
The last 10 months have been trying for Taysom Hill. The senior BYU quarterback suffered a season-ending foot injury in the 2015 opener that took much longer to heal than he hoped. There was a decision to be made about where to play his final year after coach Bronco Mendenhall took the Virginia job.
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Jayhawks land former 5-star recruit Newman from Miss St (Yahoo Sports)
Former five-star recruit Malik Newman is transferring to Kansas, where he will be forced to redshirt during the upcoming season and be classified as a sophomore beginning in 2017-18. The 6-foot-3 Newman started 21 of 29 games as a freshman at Mississippi State last season, averaging 11.3 points. Newman declared for the NBA draft following the season, but chose to return to school after the annual scouting combine.
Michigan announces addition of Kentucky transfer Matthews (Yahoo Sports)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews is heading to Michigan.
NC State: Italy trip postponed to 2017 amid terrorism alert (Yahoo Sports)
North Carolina State is postponing an August trip to Italy for its men's basketball program until 2017 amid a terrorism travel alert from the U.S. State Department. The school issued a statement Friday saying the decision was made in ''an abundance of caution.'' The statement cited a State Department travel alert that extends through the end of August for Americans traveling in Europe. Athletics spokesman Fred Demarest said the Wolfpack would've played three or four games between Aug. 5-15, though the schedule wasn't finalized.
Florida St. AD Stan Wilcox optimistic about next year (Yahoo Sports)
Despite a rare finish outside the top 20 in the Directors' Cup standings, Florida State is pleased with gains the past three years under athletic director Stan Wilcox. The university announced Friday that Wilcox has been promoted to vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics as part of a contract extension that will expire June 30, 2020. Wilcox's original contract was scheduled to expire in August 2018.