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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.
NCAA denies Georgia's appeal of Gurley suspension (Yahoo Sports)
The NCAA upheld its four-game suspension of Georgia tailback Todd Gurley on Thursday night, ending the school's final hope of having its biggest star in uniform for Saturday's game against Florida. In a statement released Thursday night, the NCAA's student-athlete reinstatement committee denied Georgia's appeal of Gurley's four-game suspension. The NCAA announced the suspension on Wednesday, when it said Gurley accepted more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period. Gurley, who already has been held out of two games, will be eligible to return on Nov. 15 against Auburn.
Winston, Florida State rally to beat Louisville (Yahoo Sports)
If trailing Auburn by 18 last season in the BCS Championship game didn't shake Florida State, a 21-0 first-half deficit to Louisville surely wasn't going to, either. Thanks to another remarkable comeback by the Seminoles and quarterback Jameis Winston, their hopes of competing for a second straight national championship remain intact. Winston threw three touchdown passes to offset a three-interception start and Dalvin Cook had two long scoring runs to help second-ranked Florida State rally for a 42-31 victory over Louisville on Thursday night. Fun to watch, wasn't it?'' Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said.
Quarterbacks in the spotlight for TCU, WVU matchup (Yahoo Sports)
Most improved is a label that certainly fit quarterbacks Clint Trickett of West Virginia and Trevone Boykin of TCU. A year ago, Trickett looked lost at times trying to run the Mountaineers' offense after transferring from Florida State. Boykin was relegated to wide receiver until relieving injured quarterback Casey Pachall. Both Trickett and Boykin ended up throwing seven touchdowns and seven interceptions as their teams finished 4-8.
Duke picked as ACC preseason favorite (Yahoo Sports)
Armed with a talented freshman class, Duke is the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference. Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils received 41 of 65 first-place votes from media members at Wednesday's league media day, outdistancing North Carolina, ACC newcomer Louisville and reigning champion Virginia atop the standings. Duke returns upperclassmen Quinn Cook, Amile Jefferson and Rasheed Sulaimon while adding a stellar recruiting class led by big man Jahlil Okafor, the preseason pick for rookie of the year.
Auburn's Pearl aims to bring in wins not just fans (Yahoo Sports)
Bruce Pearl has hobnobbed with the students, courted fans and generally been selling Auburn's basketball program to anyone who would listen. Now comes the real challenge for the Tigers' new coach: Winning. ''I'm not going to be having any fun if we don't win,'' Pearl said. He's won over some Auburn fans, helping the Tigers more than double season ticket sales from last season.
Hawaii fires head basketball coach (Yahoo Sports)
Hawaii has fired its head basketball coach a little more than two weeks before its first regular-season game. The university announced Tuesday that it had fired head coach Gib Arnold, who had been with the program for four years in his first Division I head coaching job, and assistant Brandyn Akana. The university earlier this year self-reported a Jan. 9 incident in which ''a men's basketball coach submitted an altered document that was essential for admissions purposes,'' according to information obtained by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. School officials did not list reasons for the dismissals of Arnold and Akana.