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Miami Beach Bowl leaving FL after being acquired by ESPN
The American Athletic Conference announced ESPN Events has acquired the Miami Beach Bowl and the game will move out of Florida. The Miami Beach Bowl was created by the American and has been played at Marlins Park the past three seasons. AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco says the new site will be announced soon, but it appears to be heading to Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, the home of FC Dallas of the MLS and the FCS national championship game.
April 21, 2017

NCAA imposes 2-year show cause against ex-Alabama assistant
The NCAA has imposed a two-year show cause penalty against former Alabama assistant coach Bo Davis for recruiting violations. The NCAA findings show Davis knowingly violated rules in a meeting with four prospects that was arranged by a booster. The report said Davis denied the recruiting activity and booster's involvement when asked both by the university and the NCAA enforcement staff. That ''substantially exacerbated'' the seriousness of the case, the NCAA said. The NCAA issued a public reprimand and censure for Alabama, which had already self-imposed penalties. Alabama had self-imposed a $5,000 fine, disassociated the booster and suspended Davis from a 2015 game. Alabama fired Davis in April 2016. The show cause extends through April 13, 2019. Davis is currently the defensive line coach for Texas-San Antonio.
April 14, 2017

Former Navy coach Wayne Hardin dies at 91
Former Navy coach Wayne Hardin, who led the Midshipmen to two top-five finishes in the AP poll, has died. He was 91. Hardin suffered a massive stroke on April 11. Temple, where he also coached, said Hardin had attended alumni day festivities the previous weekend. Hardin went 38-22-2 with the Midshipmen and led to the 1961 Orange Bowl and 1964 Cotton Bowl. He coached Heisman Trophy winners Joe Bellino (1960) and Roger Staubach (1963). His 1960 Navy team ended the season ranked fourth by the Associated Press, and his 1963 team finished second in the AP poll. Hardin also went 80-52-3 in 13 seasons (1970-1982) at Temple and is the winningest coach in school history. He led the 1979 team to the Garden State Bowl, where the Owls defeated California for their first bowl win. The 1979 team set a record for victories with 10 and finished the season ranked No. 17 in the AP Top 25 poll. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
April 13, 2017

Spike Dykes, revered former coach at Texas Tech, dead at 79
Spike Dykes, the folksy West Texas native who led Texas Tech to its only Cotton Bowl when that game was reserved for the Southwest Conference champion, has died. School spokesman Matt Dowdy said Dykes died Monday in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, near Austin. Dykes gave Texas Tech coaching stability after the Red Raiders had been spurned by David McWilliams, who left Texas as an assistant to become Tech's head coach in 1986 only to return to Austin a year later when Fred Akers was fired.
April 10, 2017

Virginia self-reports football violations to NCAA
Virginia has been penalized after it self-reported Level II violations of NCAA bylaws by its football program. The school says football coaches posed for photographs with prospects during an "evaluation period" when the only approved contact with prospects was a simple greeting. The NCAA views posing for photographs as going beyond a greeting and is impermissible because it gives the school an unfair recruiting advantage. Virginia worked with the NCAA and will pay a $5,000 fine. The school also self-imposed restrictions limiting its off-campus contact with the prospects who were photographed, reduced its spring 2017 evaluations from 168 to 150, and will further educate its staff on NCAA rules. The school says 32 improper contacts took place during in April and May in 2016.
April 7, 2017

Wichita State leaving Missouri Valley for American Athletic
Wichita State accepted an invitation Friday to join the American Athletic Conference, ending a relationship with the Missouri Valley Conference that dated back 72 years. The presidents of the AAC's 12 member schools voted unanimously to admit the school in all sports but football. The school, which has been a member of the MVC since 1945, does not have a football program but it is a powerhouse in men's basketball. Wichita State has been to six straight NCAA tournaments and reached the Final Four in 2013. It will officially join the AAC on July 1. "Here we go!," the school tweeted in announcing its decision The AAC currently has 12 members for football: UCF, Cincinnati, UConn, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, Navy, SMU, South Florida, Temple, Tulane and Tulsa. Navy is a football-only school, so the Shockers would give the conference 12 members in both football and basketball. "The addition of Wichita State in basketball and Olympic sports extends our conference's national footprint, enhances our national profile and strengthens our position as a leader in intercollegiate athletics," said Mike Aresco, the conference's commissioner. Aresco acknowledged that the addition will strengthen the conference's upcoming negotiations for a new national TV deal. Its current contracts with ESPN run out after the 2019 football season and 2019-20 basketball campaigns. The move could also help both the conference and the Shockers when it comes to seeding in basketball for the NCAA Tournament. Wichita State received just a 10 seed in this year's tournament, despite a 30-4 record - the fourth time in five years the Shockers have had at least 30 wins. They ended up losing in the second round to Kentucky, 65-62, in one of the tournament's best games. The AAC, meanwhile, got just two bids into the tournament. Both conference champion SMU and Cincinnati were seeded sixth in their regionals and lost in the first round. Our players "want to play the best," Shockers basketball coach Gregg Marshall said. "They want to compete against the best, because they ultimately want to be the best. So this will be a welcome change for us." Wichita State President John Bardo said joining the conference will not only improve the school's athletic standing, it also will allow it to improve academics by making new connections with other top research universities. "We are competing for championships and at the end of the day, we are a rising national university," he said. Bardo said the decision also puts any thoughts of the school returning to football, which it stopped playing in 1986, on a back burner. "This is as big a deal as we could possibly have had, and now is the time to focus on it," he said. The Missouri Valley Conference said the departure represents another stage in the evolution of the league. Creighton left the league for the Big East in 2013. "The Valley has always been resilient and progressive in the face of these changes, and we have never been defined by a single institution," the league said in a statement. Because it did not give the required two-year notice for leaving the MVC, Wichita State will have to forfeit its share this year's conference revenue distribution. Aresco said having 12 members in all sports will make scheduling easier for the AAC, bit added there are no plans to divide the league into two basketball divisions. He said a 12-team league also makes future expansion easier. But the league, he said, does not want to get into a situation where it has multiple schools that do not participate in one of its major sports, noting that was a reason for the troubles that broke up the old Big East. He said the AAC is not currently in negotiations with any other school. "We're done for now," he said.
April 7, 2017

Former Baylor assistant drops lawsuit, moves to arbitration
A former Baylor University assistant athletic director is dropping his lawsuit against the school and several regents and will pursue his claims in arbitration, his lawyer indicated Thursday. Colin Shillinglaw's lawyer, Gaines West, informed the Dallas civil trial court of the move but vowed to continue to try to prove Shillinglaw's claims of libel, slander and conspiracy. Baylor officials had used Shillinglaw's case to reveal text messages that they said showed former head coach Art Briles and other officials trying to cover up sexual assaults by players and improperly handling assault reports.
April 6, 2017

Ethics panel questions job for UConn football coach's son
A state ethics office is questioning whether the son of University of Connecticut football coach Randy Edsall should be hired as the team's assistant coach. Emails and letters provided to the Hartford Courant (http://cour.at/2nfJHjZ ) show an advisory board to the Office of State Ethics is questioning whether it was permissible for the elder Edsall to negotiate a job for his son Corey under the state ethics code. UConn is working to finalize a one-year, $95,000 contract with Corey Edsall so he can work on his father's staff.
March 25, 2017

Pittsburgh freshman Manigault, sophomore Clark transferring
Freshman forward Corey Manigault and sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark are transferring from Pittsburgh. The players announced the move shortly after the Panthers finished a disappointing 16-17 season in coach Kevin Stallings' first year. Manigault appeared in 18 games, averaging less than a point and a rebound per contest.
March 14, 2017

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