Florence forces 3 games with ranked teams off weekend slate

Hurricane Florence has forced the cancellation of several Top 25 games this weekend, including No. 13 Virginia Tech's home game against East Carolina, No. 14 West Virginia's trip to North Carolina State and No. 18 UCF's game at North Carolina.
The Category 4 storm's approach led to a series of schedule adjustments Tuesday for teams in the Carolinas and Virginia. The University of Virginia's scheduled home game Saturday against Ohio was relocated to Nashville, Tennessee and the start time for Wake Forest's Atlantic Coast Conference home game Thursday against Boston College was moved up. The decisions were made as Florence appears set to come ashore along the Carolinas' coastline late Thursday or early Friday with strong winds and heavy rain.
Several of the schools appeared to be publicly in agreement on the need for schedule changes due to Florence, though East Carolina's decision not to travel to Blacksburg nixed Saturday's game. ECU - which has already called off the rest of the week's classes - cited "significant imminent safety concerns" that included "the high probability of a catastrophic impact on the region and perilous travel conditions before, during and after the storm."
East Carolina's announcement also noted the Greenville campus' history with serious flooding issues from Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
"It is ECU's hope the game can be rescheduled at a later date this season," the school said.
In its own release, Virginia Tech officials had planned to wait until Wednesday to determine the status of the game based on updated storm projections.
"We will do what's best for Virginia Tech moving forward as it relates to East Carolina and to the game," Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said in a Tuesday statement. "We certainly understand the need for safety, of course, we just felt that tomorrow, making the decision then, would've been more responsible and accurate. We informed ECU of this multiple times."
In North Carolina, the Tar Heels were set to play their first home game in Chapel Hill after two road losses. But the schools announced the change around midday while saying they could continue discussions on whether to play the game later this season.
"Hosting a major college football game is a massive undertaking that on a good day involves fans and thousands of state, local and campus personnel, including public safety officials, traveling from all over the area," UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement. "The current forecast for both the impact and aftermath of the hurricane would require those officials to divert critical resources from what could be much more significant duties. We can't know for certain the amount of damage the storm will inflict, but the sensible decision at this time is to not play the game."
The West Virginia-North Carolina State game was scheduled to start a few hours later in Raleigh, located about 30 miles east of Chapel Hill. But the schools called off their game while citing the "increasing likelihood of severe and unsafe conditions" after discussions from West Virginia, the ACC and emergency management officials. It's unclear if the game will be rescheduled.
Later Tuesday afternoon, Virginia announced that its Saturday home game against Ohio would be relocated to Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, citing the ability to "provide emergency personnel with the ability to focus on the needs of the region's citizens." Admission to the game in Nashville will be free.
The ACC also announced that Wake Forest's game against BC in Winston-Salem will now start at 5:30 p.m. to get done earlier with Florence's expected arrival. And Duke coach David Cutcliffe said his team would leave a day earlier than usual for its Saturday game at Baylor.
Cutcliffe said the Blue Devils opted for the Thursday departure because it's "our best opportunity to get out." From there, the Blue Devils will find a high school near Waco to hold a final practice and walk-through before the game.
September 11, 2018

Baylor women dismiss point guard Alexis Morris from the team

Baylor has dismissed sophomore point guard Alexis Morris from the team for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Coach Kim Mulkey released a statement Tuesday that said Morris was no longer on the team, and that the move was effective immediately. The school didn't offer any details.
After senior Kristy Wallace's knee injury in the regular-season finale, Morris became the starting point guard. The Big 12 champion Lady Bears made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the 10th year in a row.
Morris scored in double figures in the last five games, including a season-high 19 points against Texas in the Big 12 tournament championship game. She started eight of her 32 games as a freshman, averaging 9.1 points, 3.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds a game
September 11, 2018

ACC Tournament to return to DC, Brooklyn in 2021, '22

The Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball tournament is heading back to Washington and to New York.
Commissioner John Swofford said Thursday that the tournament will be played in Washington in 2021 and in Brooklyn in 2022.
The league previously announced the tournament locations for this season (Charlotte, North Carolina) and in 2020 (Greensboro).
Swofford says the locations are "tremendously meaningful to the ACC, our players, coaches, alumni and fans."
The ACC held its tournament in Washington in 2005 and in 2016, and earlier this year wrapped up a two-year run at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
September 6, 2018

Lady Vols dismiss sophomore guard Anastasia Hayes from team

Tennessee has dismissed guard Anastasia Hayes from its women's basketball team.
The 5-foot-7 sophomore from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was dismissed due to a violation of team rules. The nature of the violation wasn't specified.
Hayes was named the SEC's sixth woman of the year as a freshman last season. She scored 9.3 points per game to rank fourth on the team. Hayes also averaged 3.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 24.3 minutes.
Her exit means that Tennessee will return only one of its four top scorers from the team that went 25-8 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season.
September 5, 2018

Florida State announces plans for new football facility

A new stand-alone football facility is a major facet of a fundraising campaign for Florida State University's athletic program.
University President John Thrasher announced plans for the $100 million Unconquered Campaign on Sunday at Doak Campbell Stadium.
The major component is a $60 million football operations center that will be built adjacent to the practice fields and indoor complex.
The building will house a new football locker room, training areas, a weight room and meeting rooms for the entire team as well as position groups. It is scheduled to open in July of 2021 with funding coming from boosters and the athletic department.
Power Five programs have been on a building boom with stand-alone football facilities to keep up with Auburn and Clemson. It was coveted by former coach Jimbo Fisher before he resigned to go to Texas A&M.
Football coach Willie Taggart, who makes is FSU debut on Monday against Virginia Tech, said on Sunday that he and his wife will make a $1 million contribution to the campaign.
Other components of the project include $9 million in scholarship endowments, increased funding for women's athletics programs, a Jack Nicklaus-led renovation of the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course along with improvements to Dick Howser Stadium and the Coyle E. Moore Athletic Center.
September 2, 2018

Ohio State says Texas' Herman was with Smith at strip club

Ohio State University has identified Texas head football coach Tom Herman as the Buckeyes assistant who went with Zach Smith to a Florida strip club when they were both Buckeyes assistants in 2014.
University spokesman Chris Davey told the Columbus Dispatch on Tuesday that Herman was the Buckeyes assistant who was mentioned but unnamed in a 23-page investigation report of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer's handling of domestic abuse accusations against Smith.
Ohio State has said Smith ran up a "significant bill" of nearly $600 of his own money at a Miami-area strip club in May 2014. Ohio State could face an NCAA inquiry if the Buckeyes assistants paid for high school coaches who were present.
Texas officials did not immediately comment.
Herman was offensive coordinator at Ohio State in 2014 and left to be the head coach at Houston in 2015.
August 28, 2018

4 players suspended indefinitely from Iowa State football team

Four Iowa State players have been suspended indefinitely from the team, according to the school's athletic department. A statement by head coach Matt Campbell Friday said Tayvonn Kyle, Jaeveyon Morton, Joseph Scates and Dallas Taylor-Cortez were suspended for "multiple incidents of poor choices and behavior."
August 24, 2018

Colorado State football coach Mike Bobo returns

Colorado State football coach Mike Bobo returned to the field on Wednesday. He was discharged on Tuesday evening after undergoing treatment for peripheral neuropathy.
Bobo is on medicine and following a treatment plan to try to control the issue.
The 44-year-old Bobo is 21-18 in three seasons in Fort Collins and has taken the Rams to bowl games all three years. Bobo arrived at Colorado State from Georgia, where he was a quarterback for the Bulldogs and later their offensive coordinator.
August 22, 2018

Wisconsin WR Davis, roommate of Cephus, suspended 2 games

Wisconsin wide receiver Danny Davis was suspended for the first two games of the season on Wednesday, two days after his roommate was charged with felony sexual assault following an incident last April involving two women at his apartment.
Quintez Cephus, also a receiver for the fourth-ranked Badgers, is charged with third-degree sexual assault and second-degree sex assault of an intoxicated victim. In a tweet, Cephus has said he is wrongfully accused. He was indefinitely suspended on Monday.
According to police, Davis was at the apartment at the time of the alleged assaults. He is accused of taking at least one photo of one of the two women involved. Davis has not been charged.
Coach Paul Chryst said the length of Davis' suspension could change. The sophomore from Springfield, Ohio, caught 26 passes for 418 yards and five touchdowns last season. "I think there are standards you want to uphold," Chryst said. He added that when those standards aren't adhered to "you have to take actions, and I think as long as you're communicating it and understanding why, then you can move forward."
Davis will miss home games Aug. 31 against Western Kentucky and Sept. 8 against New Mexico.
The suspensions leave A.J. Taylor and Kendric Pryor as the top two returning receivers. Taylor had 31 catches for 475 yards and five touchdowns, and Pryor had 13 for 171 yards and one TD.
Chryst said sophomores Jack Dunn and Adam Krumholz and a couple freshmen also will get chances to play important roles. "I don't think you ever go through a season without distraction," Chryst said. "There are all different forms of it, and you just try to focus on the things you can control, the day to day. I think that's where the group has been good and we've got to continue to do that."
August 22, 2018

RPI replaced with new evaluation tool for NCAA Tournament

The NCAA is ditching the RPI for its own evaluation tool to select teams for the NCAA Tournament.
The NCAA Evaluation Tool will rely on game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency and quality of wins and losses. NET will be used for the 2018-19 season by the committee that selects schools and seeds the tournament.
NET rankings will be released in late November or early December and updated through Selection Sunday, with a final ranking following the tournament.
The NCAA has used the RPI since 1981 to help the NCAA Tournament selection committee pick at-large teams, seeding and bracketing teams each March.
The RPI has been criticized in recent years for not being analytical enough. The RPI is calculated on winning percentage, strength of schedule and opponent's strength of schedule, but more accurate tools for evaluating performance have developed.
NET will give equal importance to early and late-season games, and caps wins at 10 points to prevent teams from running up the score.
NET was approved in July following months of consultation with the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee, the National Association Basketball Coaches, top basketball analytics experts and Google Cloud Professional Services.
Last season, the NCAA introduced a quadrant system to put greater emphasis on wins away from home. The quadrant system will remain in place for evaluating teams.
The NCAA said the RPI will still be used in other Division I sports, including women's basketball.
August 22, 2018