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OSU to receive Meyer probe next week

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State says factfinders investigating coach Urban Meyer's handling of domestic abuse allegations against a former assistant will deliver a report to university leaders sometime next week.

The school announced Friday that the investigation will wrap up on Sunday as planned, and a report will be delivered to the six-person group appointed by trustees to coordinate the probe.

The report will then be shared with trustees in a still-unscheduled executive meeting next week.


Maryland board takes control of probe

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) The University of Maryland Board of Regents has assumed authority over the investigation into the death of Jordan McNair, who collapsed during football practice and subsequently died.

The board also voted to assume control of the commission formed to investigate the culture of the Maryland football program.


Holtz unhurt in event as tent collapses

HAYDEN, Ala. (AP) Authorities say 12 people have been hospitalized, including three who were seriously injured, after a tent collapsed at a bank's shareholders' event.

WBMA-TV ( ) says about 400 people were under the tent Thursday night when it came crashing down, some ducking under tables for cover. WBRC reported that former Notre Dame and South Carolina coach Lou Holtz was scheduled to speak at the Traditions Bank event, and wasn't injured.


New coach Heupel ready to lead UCF

Josh Heupel has either the most difficult job of any head coach in the country taking over a new team or the easiest. Maybe it's both.

Hired to replace Scott Frost at Central Florida, Heupel takes over a team that went unbeaten last season and declared itself the national champion. Most of the playmakers return from one of the best offenses in the country, including gifted quarterback McKenzie Milton.


FAU hopes for C-USA repeat under Kiffin

Lane Kiffin knew very little about Conference USA before he became Florida Atlantic's head coach. Same for Butch Davis at Florida International.

The high-profile coaches made immediate impacts in their new league, and at their new schools not all that far apart.


Ohio HC Solich seeks elusive MAC title

DETROIT (AP) Frank Solich is closing in on his 100th victory at Ohio. In a league where coaches come and go, he has built a consistently successful program and stuck with it for a while.

All that's really left for the Bobcats do to is win the title.


Sun Belt opens new era with title game

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The Sun Belt Conference is entering its final football season under the leadership of commissioner Karl Benson, who took over at a time of major transition and uncertainty for the league.

Benson - who at 66 has decided to step down next summer - expects the action on the field this fall to show how far the Sun Belt has come since his arrival in 2012, when everything from membership, facilities, TV contracts and bowl affiliations were different.


Versatility, depth help Vols rebuild OL

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee offensive lineman Ryan Johnson grew up in a family of home builders and sees plenty of parallels in what he's doing now.

"When you're building an offensive line, you've got to do it just like you're building a house," said Johnson, a civil engineering major and SEC Academic Honor Roll selection. "You've got to build the foundation. ... You've got to pick the foundation before you start picking paint colors."


Colorado to allow stadium-wide alcohol

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Colorado will allow alcohol sales in the general concourse areas at Folsom Field for the first time in more than two decades.

The university said Friday that after a four-year trial of limited beer and wine sales through "beer gardens," the sales will be extended to the concourse areas. The university introduced the same policy at basketball and volleyball games at the CU Events Center last season.


Miami opens indoor practice facility

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) There's still a considerable amount of construction work remaining at Miami's football practice facility, and it's slated to last for another few weeks at least.

The field, however, is done. And the Hurricanes jumped at the chance to use their new turf.

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