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OU, Texas take 1st step toward SEC move

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Oklahoma and Texas took the first formal step Monday toward moving to the Southeastern Conference, notifying the Big 12 they would not be renewing an agreement that binds the league's members through 2025.

The schools sent out a joint statement that made no mention of the SEC and said "the universities intend to honor their existing grant of rights agreements."

"However, both universities will continue to monitor the rapidly evolving collegiate athletics landscape as they consider how best to position their athletics programs in the future," the schools said.


Clemson picked for 7th ACC title in row

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Clemson is the preseason favorite to win a seventh straight Atlantic Coast Conference championship.

The Tigers were picked on 125 of 147 votes from media members attending the ACC Kickoff preseason media days last week. They were selected on all but one ballot to win the Atlantic Division race.


Big Ten embracing playoff expansion

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Big Ten is mostly embracing the notion of College Football Playoff expansion.

Commissioner Kevin Warren has not definitively backed the proposal to grow the CFP from four to 12 teams, wanting to give time for his constituents to chime in.


Miami dismisses S Williams after arrest

MIAMI (AP) Miami has dismissed second-year freshman safety Avantae Williams from the football program after his arrest on battery charges.

The school issued a statement Thursday on Williams' dismissal. That came hours after announcing he was suspended from all team activities.


FSU QB Milton back after gruesome injury

CHARLOTTE, N.C (AP) Florida State transfer McKenzie Milton said he feels completely recovered from a gruesome knee injury that kept him out college football the last two years and is ready to compete for the starting quarterback job in 2021.

Milton has not played in a game since dislocating his right knee and suffering ligament, nerve and artery damage while playing for Central Florida in November of 2018. He worked with the UCF scout team last year prior to entering the transfer portal and played spring ball with the Seminoles.


SEC's 4 new coaches face challenges

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) The Southeastern Conference's four new head coaches inherit very different situations but sport the standard new regime optimism.

Tennessee's Josh Heupel is trying to rescue a proud program whose struggles now include an NCAA investigation into potential recruiting violations. Vanderbilt's Clark Lea returned to his alma mater after the Commodores failed to win a game. Auburn's Bryan Harsin shed his Boise State roots for the SEC and the Southeast. South Carolina's Shane Beamer, like Lea, is a first-time head coach, but he's the son of a highly successful one.


Drinkwitz, Pittman back for SEC encores

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) Missouri and Arkansas both had some encouraging signs, if not great records, in their first seasons under new coaches.

Now, the Tigers' Eliah Drinkwitz and Razorbacks' Sam Pittman are among four second-year Southeastern Conference coaches trying to continue making headway.


Big Ten: Each school to have COVID plan

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said the conference will take take a "decentralized" approach to COVID-19 protocols by allowing each school to put in place its own plan.

"Our schools are finalizing their proposed policies and procedures for the fall," Warren said at Big Ten football media days at Lucas Oil Stadium. "We'll get that information in early August, we'll combine it, and then we'll get together with our chancellors and presidents and other key constituents to make the determination as far as how we handle the fall."


Big Ten still chasing Buckeyes in 2021

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) There aren't many revelations to be learned about Ohio State's recent dominance in the Big Ten.

But say the school's name to Indiana senior wide receiver Ty Fryfogle and he smiles with anticipation.


Bowden has terminal medical condition

Hall of Fame college football coach Bobby Bowden announced Wednesday he has been diagnosed with a terminal medical condition.

"I've always tried to serve God's purpose for my life, on and off the field, and I am prepared for what is to come," Bowden said in a statement released to news outlets, including The Associated Press. "My wife Ann and our family have been life's greatest blessing. I am at peace."

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