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Pac-12 pushing up talks for media rights

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Pac-12 is pushing up negotiations for its next media rights agreements in the wake of the decision by UCLA and USC to leave for the Big Ten.

The Pac-12 announced its board of directors authorized negotiations following a meeting Tuesday morning.

The conference's current media rights deal expires in 2024, but the Pac-12 accelerated the timeline for negotiations for the next one with two of its marquee programs headed out the door.

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Emporia State WR dies in diving accident

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) Brexten Green, a wide receiver on the Emporia State football team, died over the weekend in a cliff-diving accident at Grand Lake in Oklahoma, the university announced Tuesday.

The Grand River Dam Authority received an emergency around 6:30 p.m. Saturday about a man who jumped into Grand Lake around Dripping Springs and didn't resurface, KFOR-TV reported. Rescue crews found his body in 31 feet of water.

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Florida paying coordinators $1M each

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida is paying each of coach Billy Napier's three coordinators $1 million annually.

Offense coordinator Rob Sale and co-defensive coordinators Sean Spencer and Patrick Toney will make seven-figure salaries, according to contracts the Gators shared Friday. Florida released the documents to fulfill public records requests. The school had previously disclosed details of Napier's deal.

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Big 12 tabs Roc Nation's Yormark commish

DALLAS (AP) Brett Yormark, an executive with Jay-Z's Roc Nation and former CEO of the Brooklyn Nets, was named Big 12 commissioner Wednesday, another unconventional hire by a major conference amid the rapidly changing landscape of college athletics.

Yormark is taking over for Bob Bowlsby, who came to the league a decade ago after stints as athletic director at Stanford, Iowa and Northern Iowa.

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Miss. St. gives Leach 2-year extension

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State coach Mike Leach has signed a two-year contract extension through 2025 after leading the Bulldogs to their second consecutive bowl appearance.

MSU football spokesman Brandon Langlois on Wednesday confirmed the extension, which was initially reported by several media outlets. The third-year coach's base annual salary increases from $5 million to $5.5 million under the new deal.

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ACC scraps divisions, adopts 3-5-5 model

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference is going forward with a plan to change its football scheduling model, with the biggest change being the elimination of divisions.

The new plan, adopted by the league's athletic directors and faculty athletic representatives on Tuesday, will be what the league calls a 3-5-5 model and goes into effect with the 2023 season.

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UK's Levis balances NIL, long-term goals

ATLANTA (AP) Heading into last season, the most notable moment of Will Levis' career as a college football player just might have been eating an unpeeled banana.

A year later, the Kentucky quarterback with the active and entertaining TikTok account has become an intriguing NFL prospect. That combination of personality and athletic potential has never been more valuable in college athletics.

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UAB coach Clark announces retirement

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) UAB coach Bill Clark is retiring because of chronic back problems after leading the program back from a shutdown to two Conference USA titles.

Clark announced his decision on Twitter on Friday after informing the team, saying he needed spinal fusion surgery. He turns 54 on Tuesday.

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Top QB Arch Manning headed to Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The latest Manning quarterback, and the nation's top recruit for next year's class, has verbally committed to a future SEC school: Arch Manning tweeted Thursday that he plans to play at Texas.

The quarterback's message included a photo of him dropping back for a pass while wearing a Longhorns shirt.

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Career sacks leader Ferguson dies at 26

Jaylon Ferguson, who set an FBS record for career sacks while at Louisiana Tech and then played the past three seasons in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens, has died. He was 26.

Police said Wednesday the cause of death was still to be determined.

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