COLLEGE SPORTS - College Football
QBs fail to impress in Alabama spring game
Alec Morris may have had the biggest impact of any Alabama quarterback during the Crimson Tide's spring game on Saturday. The problem, however, is that he stood out most as a punter, booming 15 kicks for an average of 38.4 yards per attempt.
Texas LB Edmond: Loss to 'trash' Baylor hurts
Texas linebacker Steve Edmond is still bitter over losing the Big 12 title to Baylor last season.
Sources: Wittek visits Texas for spring game
ormer USC quarterback Max Wittek visited Texas for its spring game Saturday, multiple sources confirmed.
Strong era begins at Texas with shaky QB play
The Charlie Strong era began at Texas with a shaky performance at quarterback and few questions answered about just how quickly the Longhorns can rebound in the Big 12 under their new coach.
Saban: Talks with Peyton, Gase not together
Nick Saban visited with Peyton Manning at the Alabama football offices early last week. Saban also spent time with Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase on the same day and in the same location. But don't connect the dots any further, Saban says.
NCAA prez Emmert: Food rule was 'absurd'
NCAA president Mark Emmert said Friday that he was happy to take pressure off the NCAA and its member schools as the governing body's legislative council voted earlier this week to eliminate all the previous restrictions on food.
Miami (Ohio) unveils John Harbaugh statue
John Harbaugh was honored with a statue at his alma mater Miami University in the school's "Cradle of Coaches."
NCAA proposes hardship transfers sit 1 year
Student-athletes who seek transfers due to "difficult life circumstances" might have to sit out a season but gain an extra year of eligibility starting in 2015-16.
Texas AD: Union push 'smells' of attorneys
Texas athletic director Steve Patterson said Thursday he doesn't support paying athletes nor a system in which they can market themselves and doesn't understand the recent quest by Northwestern players to unionize.

Source: Joeckel to transfer from A&M to TCU
The TCU Horned Frogs have been putting in a new offense this offseason. Now, the Horned Frogs have just the quarterback to run it in Matt Joeckel,
Mankato players to play for reinstated coach
Football players at Minnesota State, Mankato, say they are ready to practice under reinstated coach Todd Hoffner.
Sources: Adidas inks Louisville to $40M deal
Louisville has signed a five-year, $40 million shoe and apparel deal with adidas, sources told on Thursday.
Veteran Dierdorf back in booth at Michigan
Dan Dierdorf is coming back to the booth and will be the radio analyst for University of Michigan football games this fall.
Watchdog group targets Swinney, Clemson
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has lodged a letter of complaint to Clemson, charging coach Dabo Swinney and his staff with "unconstitutional behavior" at the public university.
Carl Pelini: FAU firing result of AD's agenda
Carl Pelini said Friday during a radio interview that his firing at Florida Atlantic last year was unjustified and the result of a new athletic director who wanted to hire his own football coach. - NCAA Football
Strong era begins at Texas with shaky QB play
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Charlie Strong era began at Texas with a shaky performance at quarterback and few questions answered about just how quickly the Longhorns can rebound in the Big 12 under their new coach.
Accuser's lawyer wants Winston case reopened
Ex-FAU coach Pelini: AD's agenda led to firing
Washington releases revamped Nike uniforms
NCAA recommends change to hardship waivers
Chick-fil-A Bowl bringing 'Peach' back into title
UCLA QB Brett Hundley coming into his own for Bruins
Brett Hundley's star is rising ahead of his junior season, and UCLA's Pac-12 title hopes are tied to it.
Alabama 'starting all over' after disappointing end to 2013
At most schools, two straight losses is a temporary hiccup. At Alabama, it's cause for an overhaul.
Unlimited food? How NCAA ruling could add new layer to recruiting
Unlimited meals for student-athletes? These teams could win big in recruiting with their local cuisine.
Babers invigorating Bowling Green's offense
Dino Babers' offense incorporates Baylor, Cadillacs and The Matrix. Is it catching on with BGSU?

Yahoo Sports - NCAA Football News
Strong era begins at Texas with shaky QB play (Yahoo Sports)

Texas coach Charlie Strong calls out to his players during the first half of the team's Orange and White spring NCAA college football game, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)

The Charlie Strong era began at Texas with a shaky performance at quarterback and few questions answered about just how quickly the Longhorns can rebound in the Big 12 under their new coach. With next season's presumed starter David Ash not playing because of a foot injury, Tyrone Swoopes took all the snaps with the first-team offense in the Longhorns' annual spring scrimmage. Swoopes rallied from a poor start to finish with 229 yards and three touchdowns against the second-team defense.

Alabama defense dominates spring game (Yahoo Sports)

Alabama coach Nick Saban signals a fourth and 1 during Alabama's A-Day NCAA college football spring game Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Blake Sims' bid to replace AJ McCarron as Alabama's starting quarterback hit a snag Saturday afternoon when the Crimson Tide defense dominated the annual A-Day game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Playing with the offensive starters on the Crimson Team, Sims completed 13 of 30 passes for 178 yards in a 17-14 loss to the White Team. Sims had a late touchdown and two interceptions. ''Nobody ever has a bad spring game, let's start with that,'' coach Nick Saban said.

Marshall leads Auburn 1st team to rout of 2nd team (Yahoo Sports)

Auburn wide receiver Trovon Reed (1) cannot make the catch as Auburn defensive back Kamryn Melton (37) defends in the first half of the annual A Day spring intrasquad NCAA college football game on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Nick Marshall threw four touchdowns in two quarters as Auburn's first team routed its second team 58-3 on Saturday in a spring football game. Marshall, the Tigers' starter last season who occasionally struggled through the air, completed 13 of 22 passes for 236 yards. Wearing an orange non-contact jersey, Marshall kept only once on a zone-read play. ''(Marshall) is playing great right now,'' wide receiver Sammie Coates said.

Zanders' TD run highlights Missouri scrimmage (Yahoo Sports)
Signing autographs and taking pictures for a gaggle of fans around him, Marvin Zanders seemed right at home. ''Just another day at the office,'' the Missouri quarterback said. Zanders could be in Jacksonville, Fla., finishing his senior year in high school, but chose to enroll early with the Tigers so he could make plays such as his 80-yard touchdown run Saturday to cap the team's annual Black and Gold Game. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound freshman scooted untouched through a seam in the middle of the offensive line and scored with 15 seconds left, right after sophomore Eric Laurent hauled in a 93-yard touchdown reception from freshman Trent Hosick.
Miami (Ohio) honors Ravens' Harbaugh with statue (Yahoo Sports)

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh smiles next to a statue of him that was unveiled, Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Miami (Ohio) University in Oxford, Ohio, where Harbaugh was inducted into the school's Cradle of Coaches. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

John Harbaugh likes the pose on his bronze statue. The Baltimore Ravens coach was added to Miami University's Cradle of Coaches on Saturday. The Mid-American Conference school put Harbaugh's induction on the fast track after he won the Super Bowl for the 2012 season. A display of statues on a plaza outside the football stadium honors Miami graduates who were honored as national coaches of the year, inducted into the college or professional football football halls of fame, or who have won collegiate or pro championships.

Did Manning's meeting with Saban cross the line? (Yahoo Sports)

Alabama coach Nick Saban talks to reporters after spring football practice, Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/, Vasha Hunt)

Peyton Manning's never-ending quest to hone his game and Nick Saban's desire to decipher fast-paced offenses led to a recent meeting that the Crimson Tide coach called mutually beneficial. It also might have violated NFL rules because, according to Saban, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase also was in attendance. The league doesn't allow players and their coaches to meet before the start of offseason workouts, which for the Broncos begin Monday. On-field instruction won't start until mid-May. The Associated Press left messages with the team and the NFL on Friday seeking comment.

Carl Pelini says AD's agenda led to firing at FAU (Yahoo Sports)

FILE- In this Sept. 14, 2013, file photo, Florida Atlantic head coach Carl Pelini watches during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against South Florida in Tampa, Fla. Pelini said Friday, April 18, 2014 during a radio interview that his firing at Florida Atlantic last year was unjustified and the result of a new athletic director who wanted to hire his own football coach. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Carl Pelini said Friday during a radio interview that his firing at Florida Atlantic last year was unjustified and the result of a new athletic director who wanted to hire his own football coach. I'm proud of what we accomplished,'' Pelini said on KFAB, the Omaha-based flagship station of the network that broadcasts Nebraska football. Pelini was defensive coordinator at Nebraska for his younger brother, Bo Pelini, from 2008-11. Florida Atlantic was his first head coaching job.

Byerly, Laskey lead White team to spring win (Yahoo Sports)
ATLANTA (AP) -- Tim Byerly rushed for 101 yards and passed for 69 to help the White team beat the Gold team 20-12 in Georgia Tech's spring game Friday night.
War of words in Northwestern-athletes' union fight (Yahoo Sports)

CORRECTS THE SPELLING OF FIRST NAME TO KAIN, NOT CAIN - Former Northwestern University football quarterback Kain Colter, right, and Ramogi Huma, founder and president of the National College Players Association arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday, April, 2, 2014. Members of a group seeking to unionize college athletes are looking for allies on Capitol Hill as they brace for an appeal of a ruling that said full scholarship athletes at Northwestern University are employees who have the right to form a union. Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter _ the face of a movement to give college athletes the right to unionize _ and Ramogi Huma, the founder and president of the National College Players Association, scheduled meetings Wednesday with lawmakers. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Northwestern University and a group trying to unionize college athletes are trading accusations as the National Labor Relations Board considers the school's appeal of a federal ruling that scholarship athletes essentially are employees of the university and therefore have the right to unionize, bargain collectively and even strike. The Illinois school fired back Wednesday by insisting the pro-union ruling by an NLRB regional director was flawed and the appeal should go ahead. Northwestern stood by its position that its scholarship athletes primarily are students, not employees, despite the amount of scholarship money they may be receiving. Last month's decision by the board's Chicago office ''was flawed because it overlooked or ignored key evidence that Northwestern presented showing that its student-athletes are primarily students, not employees,'' said Alan K. Cubbage, vice president for university relations at Northwestern.

Minnesota State team to return under Hoffner (Yahoo Sports)

Minnesota State, Mankato defensive back Sam Thompson, left, reads a statement during a news conference as, from second from left, coach Todd Hoffener, associate coach Aaron Keen and athletic director Kevin Buisman listen Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Mankato, Minn. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Jerry Holt)

Minnesota State football players ended their boycott of spring practice and said Thursday they will play for coach Todd Hoffner, who was reinstated after being exonerated of having child pornography on his cellphone. The players had refused to practice Wednesday as a show of support for interim coach Aaron Keen, who took over after Hoffner was arrested in 2012 because images of his naked children were found on a university-issued cellphone. The players had said on Wednesday they felt shut out of the process of Hoffner returning. ''We received the answers we were looking for, feel fit to practice and welcome Coach Hoffner as we head toward the end of spring drills,'' the players said after the team meeting. - NCAA Basketball
Former UNLV coach Tarkanian out of hospital
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian is back home after spending 10 days in a Las Vegas hospital following a heart attack.
Texas Tech F Jordan Tolbert transferring to SMU
DALLAS (AP) - Forward Jordan Tolbert is transferring from Texas Tech to SMU, with the Mustangs hoping he will be eligible to play next season.
Obepka reverses course, will stay at St. John's
NEW YORK (AP) - In a change of mind that took about two weeks, Chris Obekpa has decided not to transfer from St. John's.
John Beilein, Creighton collect in third annual data-based awards
John Beilein's reputation as an offensive mastermind is backed up again, and more postseason honors.
Tulsa announces Missouri's Frank Haith as HC
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa has hired Frank Haith as its men's basketball coach after he spent the last three years at Missouri.
Duke has the talent to cope with Jabari Parker's departure, but other questions remain
Duke has the talent to offset Jabari Parker's departure, but it faces other key questions next year.
SI Now: Is Parker the best draft prospect?
On Thursday's SI Now, SI associate editor Ted Keith and SI NBA producer Matt Dollinger discuss where Jabari Parker might go in the NBA draft and if he's the best player available.
Why I'm leaving for the NBA
After losing in the NCAA tournament, I needed to clear my mind. I was incredibly disappointed and blamed myself. I didn't watch basketball or go to the gym for several days. But I soon realized the real test is how we handle defeat and I laced my shoes and headed to the student rec center to play some pick-up.
My Decision: Why I made the difficult choice to leave Duke for the NBA
This was one of the most difficult decisions I've ever made, but I'm declaring for the NBA draft.
Bruce Pearl discusses his show-cause penalty and rebuilding Auburn
Bruce Pearl talks about his show-cause penalty and how he plans to rebuild Auburn basketball.

Yahoo Sports - NCAA Men's Hoops News
Duke sophomore Rodney Hood entering NBA draft (Yahoo Sports)

Duke's Rodney Hood reacts following a basket against North Carolina during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, March 8, 2014. Duke won 93-81. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Duke sophomore Rodney Hood is entering the NBA draft. Hood said in a statement Friday that playing for the Blue Devils and Mike Krzyzewski ''helped me grow and develop as a player and a person'' to prepare him for the NBA. ''Now it is time to move on to the next level and chase my dream of becoming an NBA player,'' Hood said. The 6-foot-8 Hood averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists after sitting out last year following his transfer from Mississippi State.

Silver wants age limit change, no rush on others (Yahoo Sports)

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the media after the Board of Governors meetings on April 18, 2014 at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Even as the NBA prepares for a draft that could be headlined by freshmen, Commissioner Adam Silver remains committed to keeping them in college. So much so that NCAA President Mark Emmert was invited to discuss his involvement with owners. Freshmen Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Jabari Parker of Duke are expected to be top-five picks in June, but Silver believes teams are taking those players young because of the system in place, not because it's their preference. Silver and predecessor David Stern have long spoken about the desire to increase the limit to 20.

Tarkanian released from Las Vegas hospital (Yahoo Sports)
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian is back home after spending 10 days in a Las Vegas hospital following a heart attack.
Texas Tech F Jordan Tolbert transferring to SMU (Yahoo Sports)
Forward Jordan Tolbert is transferring from Texas Tech to SMU, with the Mustangs hoping he will be eligible to play next season. Tolbert averaged 10.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in three seasons as a starter. He led Texas Tech at 11.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game as a freshman. Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith released Tolbert from his scholarship, and SMU is seeking a waiver that would make him eligible next season.
Tulsa hires Frank Haith as new hoops coach (Yahoo Sports)

Frank Haith talks to reporters after being named Tulsa men's basketball coach, Friday, April 18, 2014, in Tulsa, Okla. Haith was 76-28 at Missouri. He replaces Danny Manning, who left for Wake Forest after two seasons in Tulsa. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Stephen Pingry)

Tulsa hired Frank Haith of Missouri as its men's basketball coach Friday, landing a major-conference coach to lead the Golden Hurricane's transition from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference this summer. The 48-year-old Haith said the move came quickly: He was contacted Thursday and was particularly interested by Tulsa's upcoming move to the home of national champion UConn and teams like Memphis and Cincinnati. ''There's no question that Tulsa's move into the American Athletic Conference was a big part of making the decision to come here. It's a basketball league.'' Haith was 76-28 at Missouri, which plays in the SEC.

Brown becomes 4th Butler player to transfer (Yahoo Sports)
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Freshman guard Elijah Brown is transferring out of Butler's basketball program.
Shot-blocker Chris Obekpa to return to St. John's (Yahoo Sports)
In a change of mind that took about two weeks, Chris Obekpa has decided not to transfer from St. John's. Obekpa led the Big East in blocked shots the last two seasons. On Friday, the school announced Obekpa will return for the 2014-15 season. Obekpa has averaged 3.9 points and 5.5 rebounds.
Georgia Tech hires N'Diaye as assistant coach (Yahoo Sports)
ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory has added Coastal Carolina assistant and former NBA player Mamadou N'Diaye to his coaching staff.
Gonzaga signs son of Arvydas Sabonis (Yahoo Sports)
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Gonzaga has signed 6-foot-10 forward Domantas Sabonis, the 17-year-old son of former NBA center Arvydas Sabonis.
Mississippi adds Tennessee State transfer Rhett (Yahoo Sports)
Mississippi continued its roster overhaul on Friday with the signing of Tennessee State transfer M.J. Rhett. The 6-foot-9 Rhett adds more depth to the Rebels' frontcourt. He averaged 10.9 points and a team-leading 9.1 rebounds per game last season at Tennessee State. Rhett is expected to graduate from Tennessee State in May, which would make him eligible to play immediately for his senior season.

Yahoo Sports - NCAA Women's Hoops News
Hatchell: Star freshman DeShields leaving UNC (The Associated Press)

North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields answers questions during a news conference at the NCAA college basketball tournament on Monday, March 31, 2014, in Stanford, Calif. North Carolina plays Stanford in a regional final on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

North Carolina star freshman Diamond DeShields plans to transfer, coach Sylvia Hatchell said Thursday. In a statement from the school, Hatchell said she did not know ''or understand'' why DeShields was leaving. Hatchell, who was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame before the season, didn't coach this year as she focused on treatment for leukemia that is in remission. ''It breaks my heart that I will not have the opportunity to coach Diamond and help develop her on and off the court,'' Hatchell said.

A'ja Wilson ends suspense, chooses South Carolina (The Associated Press)

McDonald's East All American A’ja Wilson adjusts her head band during the first half of the McDonald's All-American girls' basketball game against the West All Americans Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Chicago. Wilson is still undecided on where she will attend college and is expected to announce her choice next week. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

A'ja Wilson, considered one of the nation's top women's basketball recruits, announced Wednesday she will play for South Carolina. Wilson told a national television audience that she had decided to stay close to home, rejecting overtures from national champion Connecticut, North Carolina and Tennessee. ''It's just really a great program and it's like I'm wearing this shirt, there's no place like home,'' Wilson said. ''They're on the rise and I would love to be a part of it.'' Wilson said the hardest part of the process was telling the coaches at the other schools of her decision.

Gonzaga promotes assistant to head coach (The Associated Press)
Gonzaga assistant women's basketball coach Lisa Fortier was promoted to head coach on Monday, replacing Kelly Graves, who left for Oregon after 14 seasons with the Bulldogs. Fortier has coached at Gonzaga for seven seasons, including the Bulldogs' current run of six consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs won the West Coast Conference for the 10th straight year and earned a bid to the NCAA tourney, where they lost to James Madison in their first game.
Former Houston coach Curl dies (The Associated Press)
HOUSTON (AP) -- Former Houston women's basketball coach Joe Curl has died, the university announced Monday. He was 59.
Georgetown hires Adair as women's basketball coach (The Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Natasha Adair is the new women's basketball coach at Georgetown.
UConn hoping to capitalize on championships (The Associated Press)

Connecticut's Shabazz Napier, right, reacts as his name is revealed on the Huskies Wall of Honor as coach Kevin Ollie, left, looks over at Napier during a pep rally celebrating Connecticut's fourth NCAA men's basketball championship Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

With students, faculty and alumni beaming with pride following the men's and women's basketball team's national titles, the university administration is looking far beyond the Gampel Pavilion sports arena for a payoff. It lets everyone know we're something special here,'' said Danielle Deschene, an 18-year-old freshman from Norwich who was sporting a Huskies sweatshirt while picking up a UConn T-shirt for her dad at a campus bookstore. ''People are thinking about UConn and when they get to me with congratulations, then, I have to talk about our health center, our excellence in education, our student success.'' Brian Otis, vice president of development at the University of Connecticut Foundation, said the national titles have contributed to a major hike in fundraising from less than $20 million annually in the 1990s to $63 million last year. That's no longer the case.'' Veteran UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma also made the point during a campus victory rally for his team Wednesday afternoon.

Marquette lets women's coach Mitchell go (The Associated Press)

Marquette coach Terri Mitchell watches her team play against Connecticut during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Marquette says women's basketball coach Terri Mitchell will not return next season.

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