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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2015, file photo, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler speaks in Minneapolis. A university investigation called for punishing 10 players following an alleged sexual assault on campus last fall. Coach Tracy Claeys was fired in part because of his public support of his players differed with Kaler and athletic director Mark Coyle. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
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  • FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2015, file photo, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler speaks in Minneapolis. A university investigation called for punishing 10 players following an alleged sexual assault on campus last fall. Coach Tracy Claeys was fired in part because of his public support of his players differed with Kaler and athletic director Mark Coyle. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

    Hearings begin for suspended Minnesota football players

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ten Minnesota football players suspended for their alleged involvement in a sexual assault faced a panel of university employees on Thursday and Friday in an attempt to avoid expulsion and other punishments recommended by the school’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action office. The players have denied any wrongdoing and remain enrolled. The […]
  • Louisville head coach Rick Pitino shouts instructions to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)

    Pitino, Louisville rebut NCAA findings in escort scandal

    Louisville has informed the NCAA the school disputes allegations that Rick Pitino violated his responsibility as a head coach by failing to monitor former staffer Andre McGee’s activities that resulted in a sex scandal and subsequent investigation by the governing body. The school on Wednesday released responses it submitted last week after receiving a Notice […]
  • FILE - In this July 15, 2013, file photo, then-Louisiana Monroe head football coach Todd Berry speaks during an interview at the Sun Belt NCAA college football media day, in New Orleans. Coaches unanimously support creating an early signing period for college football in December, but the executive director of the American Football Coaches Association says none of them want a third signing day in June. Todd Berry said Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017,  that coaches are worried the model proposed by the NCAA's football oversight committee that would create two early signing periods in June and December for high school prospects to sign binding national letters of intent changes too much too fast. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

    Football coaches favor adding 2nd signing day in December

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Coaches unanimously support creating an early signing period for college football in December, but the executive director of the American Football Coaches Association says none of them want a third signing day in June. Todd Berry said Wednesday that coaches are worried the model proposed by the NCAA’s football oversight committee […]
  • New University of Minnesota head football coach addresses the media after he was introduced during a news conference Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Minneapolis. He replaces Tracy Claeys who was fired earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    P.J. Fleck leaving Western Michigan to coach Minnesota

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rocked by a threatened player boycott of a bowl game over the handling of a sexual assault investigation and struggling with lagging attendance at its shiny stadium, the Minnesota football program badly needed of an injection of energy and optimism. They don’t come any more exuberant than P.J. Fleck. Minnesota hired Fleck […]
  • Herman defends hiring Beck as Texas OC

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — New Texas coach Tom Herman vigorously defended hiring former Ohio State assistant Tim Beck to be his offensive coordinator on Thursday, saying he was “surprised” by some of the social media criticism from Longhorns and Ohio State fans. Herman said Beck was his primary target as offensive coordinator. The hire was […]
  • FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2016, file photo, Minnesota coach Tracy Claeys watches from the sideline during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Illinois at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. Two people with knowledge of the decision tell The Associated Press on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017,  that Minnesota has fired coach Tracy Claeys. The move comes two weeks after the football program became embroiled in a standoff with the administration over the suspension of 10 players in connection with allegations of sexual assault. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the school has not announced the move. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb, File)

    Pressure on Minnesota athletic director after firing coach

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — At the end of an hours-long meeting with Minnesota President Eric Kaler and athletic director Mark Coyle, university Board of Regents Chairman Dean Johnson excused himself from the room for a drink of water and a head-clearing walk down the hall. Coyle was recommending to a group of board members and the […]
  • FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2009, file photo, Connecticut head coach Randy Edsall, greets a player after his team scored against West Virginia during an NCAA college football game in Morgantown, W.Va. Edsall, who coached UConn from 1999-2010, left for Maryland in 2011 and was fired midway through his fifth season as Maryland's head coach. UConn announced Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, that Edsall has agreed to return as Connecticut's football coach. He would replace Bob Diaco, who was fired effective Jan. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Switzer, File)

    UConn hires Edsall to return as coach from NFL’s Lions

    UConn is bringing back Randy Edsall as coach, hoping to turn around the Huskies by rehiring the winningest coach in school history. Athletic director David Benedict announced Edsall’s hiring on Wednesday, two days after firing Bob Diaco. Diaco went 11-26 in three seasons. “Coach Edsall is the right fit for our university, football program and […]