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August 2, 2021

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NCAA set to reform governance of college sports

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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......

SEC’s Expansion Creates Scheduling Conundrum

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Pods or divisions? Two permanent opponents or three? Eight games or nine? Texas and Oklahoma’s impending entrance into the SEC leaves the league in a scheduling pickle, with many more questions than answers. While conference executives have indeed studied the options (more on that later), there has been little serious......

SEC Accepts Texas, Oklahoma Into Conference

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Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports The SEC has accepted Texas and Oklahoma into the conference following a vote on Thursday, according to the SEC. According to Sports illustrated’s Ross Dellenger, the invitation—for now—is to allow Texas and Oklahoma to begin play in 2025 after they fulfill their contractual requirements with the......

ESPN Responds to Bowlsby’s ‘Unsubstantiated’ Letter

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Michael Shapiro William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports ESPN pushed back against a cease-and-desist letter from Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby on Thursday, calling Bowlsby’s claims “unsubstantiated.” Bowlsby released a letter Wednesday alleging ESPN worked to “destabilize” the Big 12 as Texas......

Spurrier on Texas’ SEC Move: ‘They Can’t Win the Big 12 Anyway’

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Ben Pickman Few people in college football are more synonymous with the SEC than Steve Spurrier. On Wednesday, the former Florida Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback turned Gators and South Carolina head coach addressed the possibility of Texas and Oklahoma joining the conference.......

Everything you need to know about college basketball’s place in the SEC, Big 12 shake-up

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7:10 AM ET ESPN staff Texas’ and Oklahoma’s planned moves from the Big 12 to the SEC have the potential to stand as one of college sports’ most earth-shaking developments of all time, with the league affiliations of many current Division I schools, the future of several conferences, and the......

Texas A&M Board of Regents Recommends Supporting SEC Expansion

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTgyNzU5MzMwODA0NjcxODQw/texas-am.jpg Madeline Coleman The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents surprised college football by recommending president Dr. M. Katherine Banks to support expanding the SEC to include Oklahoma and Texas in Thursday’s conference vote. However, it was not an unanimous decision. Mike Hernandez III was the sole regent to......

Big 12 Issues Cease and Desist to ESPN Over Realignment

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Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports The Big 12 Conference sent a “cease and desist” letter to ESPN on Wednesday, demanding that the network ends all actions that could harm the conference and its members. In a letter obtained by Sports Illustrated‘s Ross Dellenger, the Big 12 calls for ESPN to not......

The Top Players Back for a Bonus College Hoops Season

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTgyNzU0MTEyOTU2MzQzNzE1/jordan-bohannon-senior-return-iowa-trent-frazier.jpg Kevin Sweeney The impact of the unprecedented, pandemic-influenced 2020–21 college basketball season will continue to be felt in ’21–22 and beyond. The NCAA’s decision back in ’20 to not count the likely disrupted year against players’ eligibility will allow dozens if not hundreds of “super seniors” to suit up......

Ranking the stability of all 130 FBS college football programs for the 2021 season

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The words “college football” and “stability” don’t go together all that well. Such is life when your livelihood is based on the whims of a pointy ball, eccentric boosters and a bunch of 18- to 22-year-old players. In this sport, drama is never far from the surface and a conference......

Man sentenced to life in prison for killing college student who mistook his car for Uber

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here A South Carolina man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for the 2019 abduction and murder of a 21-year-old college student who mistook his car for her Uber ride. The jury took a little more than an hour......

Reaction Out West: Realignment May Pose Challenges to CFP Expansion

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Ross Dellenger HOLLYWOOD — The College Football Playoff seemed destined to expand and expand quickly. For two years, a group of CFP executives worked to create a model that they presented to decision makers and have disseminated across college football.......

Walmart to pay 100% of college tuition for employees

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Walmart to pay 100% of college tuition for employees – CBS News Watch CBSN Live Walmart says it will fully pay for college tuition and books on behalf of full- and part-time employees. Read more here. Be the first......

Pac-12’s Kliavkoff Talks Playoffs, Schedules Changes at Media Day

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When George Kliavkoff was announced as the replacement for embattled Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott in May, the general reaction from the college football world was one of surprise. Kliavkoff, the former president of MGM Sports & Entertainment with only peripheral experience in college sports, was not a name anyone could......

New group aims to rep college football players

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A new players’ association launched Tuesday with a goal to organize and represent college football players as they push for more rights. The College Football Players Association (CFBPA), led by former University of Minnesota professor Jason Stahl, has assembled an advisory group of attorneys, academics and athletes. They plan to......

Texas, Oklahoma Submit Applications to Join SEC

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Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports Texas and Oklahoma submitted official applications to join the SEC on Tuesday, per conference commissioner Greg Sankey. Tuesday’s application marks the latest steps in the programs’s efforts to leave the Big 12. Texas and Oklahoma formally announced their plans on Monday, noting they won’t “be......

2021 NBA Draft Betting Markets, Odds and Sharp Steam Targets

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Frankie Taddeo With the NBA Draft taking place on Thursday, we can start to look towards the real excitement of the event: player betting proposition wagers! It appears to be a foregone conclusion that former Oklahoma State standout Cade Cunningham......

Its Future Uncertain, What Will Become of Big 12 Basketball?

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