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Texas, OU make move to SEC official

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Oklahoma and Texas accepted invitations to join the Southeastern Conference in July 2025 on Friday, worried that their storied athletic programs were in danger of losing ground if they stayed in the Big 12.

A whirlwind week of official moves -- after who knows exactly how long the schools worked behind the scenes -- came to a conclusion when regents at both Texas and Oklahoma unanimously jumped at the chance to join the SEC.

"After thorough consideration and study it became obvious that standing pat would be falling behind," Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said.


Clemson CB cited for reckless driving

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson cornerback Fred Davis II was arrested and charged with misdemeanor reckless driving for going 60 mph over the posted speed limit in July, leading to an accident.

The Clemson Police Department said in a release Sunday that Davis was traveling at 115 mph before colliding with a mail truck and injuring the driver on July 21. Davis turned himself in Sunday and has been released on bail.


NCAA sets meeting to 'reimagine' role

The NCAA Board of Governors on Friday called for a constitutional convention in November, the first step toward launching dramatic reform in how the sprawling, multibillion-dollar enterprise of college sports is governed for years to come.

In the wake of a stinging loss in the Supreme Court and radical changes to the way athletes can be compensated -- and with College Football Playoff expansion and major conference realignment already in motion - the NCAA said it wants to "reimagine" how it manages the needs of its more than 450,000 athletes.


NCAA won't restore Bush Heisman victory

The NCAA said Wednesday it will not re-evaluate penalties handed down for infractions cases, a decision that will keep former Southern California running back Reggie Bush from having his 2005 Heisman Trophy victory restored.

Earlier this month, the Heisman Trust said it would return the Heisman to Bush if the NCAA were to reinstate him for the 2005 season.


WSU coach Rolovich laments distraction

LOS ANGELES (AP) Washington State coach Nick Rolovich lamented Tuesday that his decision to not get the COVID-19 vaccine has created a distraction for his program, though he reiterated that he would keep his reasons why private.

"I don't mean to cause any heartache to this university or to this athletic department or this state," Rolovich said via Zoom during Pac-12 media day. "As I go forward, I plan on adhering to all policies that are implemented for the unvaccinated at the state, local, campus and conference level. I'm not against vaccinations. I wholeheartedly support those who choose to be vaccinated, including our players, staff, and coaches."


UNC's Howell picked as ACC preseason POY

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell is the preseason pick to be Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year while six-time reigning champion Clemson headlines the all-ACC team with eight picks.

The league released its preseason picks Tuesday after voting from media members attending last week's ACC Kickoff media days.


Ducks picked for 3rd Pac-12 title in row

LOS ANGELES (AP) After taking an unusual route to its second straight Pac-12 title last season, Oregon is the preseason favorite to make it three in a row.

The Ducks received 27 of 40 first-place votes in the annual poll of media members released Tuesday before the start of Pac-12 media day. Southern California got 10 votes, and Utah received three.


Commish: Pac-12 expansion not a must

LOS ANGELES (AP) George Kliavkoff had a lot on his plate in his first couple of months as Pac-12 commissioner - visiting campuses, discussing possible expansion of the College Football Playoff and athletes now being able to profit off their names, images and likenesses. That was only the beginning.

"I was expecting to deal with a couple of large, complex issues related to collegiate athletics in my first couple months," he said. "I wasn't expecting to do six or seven of them in the first week, so it's been interesting."


Fla., UCF to open 2-for-1 series in 2024

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida and UCF have agreed to play a two-for-one series that begins in 2024 and concludes nearly a decade later, settling on the kind of arrangement the Gators wanted for years.

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin got the deal he requested but only after former UCF AD Danny White left Orlando to take the same position at Tennessee. White wanted a two-game, home-and-home series. Since UCF is not a Power Five school, Stricklin only would sign on for a two-for-one scenario or a neutral-site matchup.


Iowa Regents OK naming field for Slater

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The field at Iowa's Kinnick Stadium will be named for Duke Slater, the trailblazing Black football player who was an All-American tackle a century ago, played in the NFL, and became a pioneering Chicago judge.

The university's Board of Regents approved the name Duke Slater Field at Kinnick Stadium during its meeting in Cedar Falls on Wednesday.

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