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|NCAA enforcement director defends investigators (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 24, 2014, 5:24 am]
Jonathan Duncan understands that a perfect NCAA enforcement division won't catch every cheater in college sports. Two days after Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby called the NCAA enforcement system overwhelmed and ''broken,'' the NCAA's top cop fired back by defending his staff's work and acknowledging the impossible mission of policing more than 1,200 schools. The people who violate the rules will be found out and we will report them back to the committee on infractions.'' Duncan took over the enforcement division on an interim basis in March 2013 when the department was embroiled in its own embarrassing scandal. An internal investigation found the NCAA improperly collected evidence against the University of Miami, which led to the ouster of Julie Roe Lach.
Utah State's Keeton getting Heisman hype (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 24, 2014, 2:20 am]
Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton got his junior season off to a superb start, only to have it derailed by a knee injury in Game 6. Back healthy as a senior, he's generating plenty of hype as the Mountain West's preseason offensive player of the year and, potentially, a dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate. The Utah State sports information department has gotten an early start on a potential Heisman campaign, distributing reporter's notebooks with his picture on the front with the slogan: ''Chuckie 4 Heisman.'' The top of his individual pages in the team media guide also have 2014 Heisman Trophy candidate is across the top. Keeton threw for 1,385 yards and 18 touchdowns with two interceptions through the first five games before having his season cut short.
Oklahoma St preparing early for Winston (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 11:45 pm]
Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer has spent considerable time this summer trying to find flaws in Jameis Winston's game. Oklahoma State opens the season against last year's Heisman Trophy winner and defending national champion Florida State on Aug. 30 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. As a freshman last season, Winston passed for 4,057 yards and 40 touchdowns, with just 10 interceptions. Spencer said Winston has Andrew Luck's size, Robert Griffin III's ability to escape the rush and Colt McCoy's leadership skills.
Oregon is Pac-12 favorite after Mariota's return (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 11:03 pm]
Oregon coach Mark Helfrich and Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott both used the league's opening media day to praise Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota for staying in school. The rest of the Pac-12 isn't quite as excited about Mariota's return, but he's just one reason why the Ducks are favored to win their highly competitive league again. Mariota and Oregon were picked to win the Pac-12 title Wednesday in the preseason media poll, topping that chart for the fourth time in five years.
C-USA commish sees bright future in changing times (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 8:35 pm]
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- The commissioner of Conference USA sees his league at a ''pivot point'' with a bright future at a time when he says intercollegiate athletics are transitioning from conference realignment to system realignment.
9 FSU players picked to preseason all-ACC team (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 7:05 pm]
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston is one of nine Florida State players on the preseason all-Atlantic Coast Conference team.
Oregon picked to win Pac-12 in preseason poll (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 7:05 pm]
Oregon has been picked to win the Pac-12 football title in a preseason media poll for the fourth time in the past five years. UCLA also is favored to reach the league championship game in the poll released Wednesday. Oregon also received 24 votes to win the league title game in Santa Clara, Calif., on Dec. 5. Stanford, last season's league champion, finished second behind Oregon in the North Division balloting.
Prosecutor: Player killed for iPhone, wallet (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 6:40 pm]
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- A prosecutor says Eastern Michigan University wide receiver Demarius Reed was killed ''for an iPhone and a wallet that were never even used.''
Bowling Green picked to win MAC (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 6:16 pm]
DETROIT (AP) -- Defending champion Bowling Green is the favorite to win this season's Mid-American Conference title.
Former Cowboys RB Newhouse dies at 64 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 3:59 am]
Robert Newhouse, who played running back for the Dallas Cowboys for 12 seasons and went to three Super Bowls, has died. Newhouse's son, Rodd Newhouse, says his father died Tuesday at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, after a battle with heart disease. The burly running back was drafted by the Cowboys in 1972 out of the University of Houston, where he ran for 1,757 yards as a senior, a school record that still stands. Newhouse ran for 4,784 yards in his career with Dallas.
Georgia Tech dismisses 3 players, suspends another (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 10:26 pm]
Georgia Tech has dismissed wide receiver Anthony Autry and defensive linemen Darius Commissiong and Travin Henry and suspended defensive back Lynn Griffin for the first two games of the 2014 season. Georgia Tech says Tuesday's moves were due to unspecified rules violations. In March, Georgia Tech announced Autry was suspended for two games for violating the school's conduct policy.
Former Illini player dies in workout at new school (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 10:11 pm]
Campus officials say a football player at Winona State University who recently transferred from Illinois has died while working out with teammates. Winona State said in a news release that 22-year-old Shawn Afryl died Tuesday during a workout at Maxwell Field on the campus in Winona, Minnesota. Illini coach Tim Beckman said in a statement that his players were saddened to hear of the death of a ''great teammate.'' Winona State coach Tom Sawyer said Afryl had shown maturity and leadership in his short time at the Division II school.
Texas' Strong prefers not talking national title (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 8:25 pm]
DALLAS (AP) -- New Texas coach Charlie Strong prefers not even talking about national championships.
Paterno son, other former assistant sue Penn State (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 7:55 pm]
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Jay Paterno and another former assistant football coach at Penn State are suing the university over how they were dismissed from the staff when Bill O'Brien was hired as head coach two years ago.
Bowling Green player charged with attempted rape (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 7:16 pm]
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) -- A Bowling Green football player has been charged with attempted rape.
Fresno State, Boise State are Mountain West picks (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 6:39 pm]
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Boise State and Fresno State have been picked to win their Mountain West Conference divisions in a preseason media poll.
New ACC settles into era of stability (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 6:03 pm]
It's where a founding member is out, a fast-rising program is in, Notre Dame is there, too - sort of - and nobody else is leaving. Where a one-time punchline of a conference now boasts the Heisman Trophy winner, the reigning national champion and a handful of other individual award winners. ''I think everybody is where they want to be,'' Commissioner John Swofford said. ''That's real important.'' So, here comes ambitious Louisville into its fourth conference since 2004.
Tennessee vs West Virginia in Charlotte in 2018 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 5:30 pm]
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- West Virginia and Tennessee will open the 2018 college football season at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
TCU's Fields investigated for alleged assault (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 4:58 pm]
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Police are investigating whether TCU defensive end Devonte Fields pointed a gun at his former girlfriend and punched her in the head.
LSU freshman tackle injured punching glass (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 1:22 pm]
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU freshman defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao might not be able to play this season after he injured his arm punching through glass in the Tigers' weight room.