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Idaho St. assistant charged with murder

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POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) Idaho State assistant football coach DaVonte' Neal has been arrested on suspicion of killing a man in Arizona and the school intends to terminate his contract.

Neal has been charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of drive-by-shooting, and one count of discharging a firearm at a structure in the 2017 death of Bryan T. Burns. The indictment contains no details of what circumstances led to the shooting.

Neal was indicted by a grand jury in Maricopa County, which includes the Phoenix metropolitan area, on May 16, and a warrant for his arrest was issued shortly after.


CFP chair: New format ideally in by 2023

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) By this time next year, the university leaders who oversee the College Football Playoff want the next format for determining a champion settled.

Mississippi State President Mark Keenum, the chairman of the CFP Board of Managers, said Thursday the conference commissioners in charge of building the postseason system for the 2026 season and beyond will restart the task in the coming weeks.


Fisher 'moving on' from beef with Saban

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) The spat between Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher and Alabama's Nick Saban appears to be over -- at least publicly.

A jovial Fisher said repeatedly Wednesday that he was "moving on" from the war of words with his former boss that added some soap-opera drama to the Southeastern Conference's spring meetings this week.


SEC-bound Texas, OU make Big 12 'weird'

IRVING, Texas (AP) There are representatives from the Big 12's four future members attending the conference's spring meetings, along with the lingering presence of Texas and Oklahoma, the league's only football national champions who still are three years away from their scheduled departures to the SEC.

Outgoing commissioner Bob Bowlsby, who announced his retirement earlier this year with plans to stay on until his replacement is found, figures he is down to 30-90 days left on the job.


SEC weighs expanding conference schedule

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) The Southeastern Conference's slogan, "It just means more," could soon refer to the number of football games the league schedules.

SEC coaches and athletic directors have been meeting this week at a resort on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Atop the agenda is whether the conference schedule should expand from eight to nine games when the league itself grows from 14 to 16 teams with the additions of Texas and Oklahoma.


Louisville to name Heird permanent AD

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville will promote Josh Heird to athletic director after serving nearly six months as interim athletic director, said a person with knowledge of the situation.

The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on the condition of anonymity because the move has not been publicly announced. Louisville has scheduled a news conference Friday morning for a "special announcement" about the athletic program following a special meeting of the University of Louisville Athletic Association's board of directors and personnel committee.


Ex-Miami AD James to head BC department

BOSTON (AP) Boston College has hired former Miami athletic director Blake James to succeed Patrick Kraft as the Eagles AD.

James held the job in Miami from 2013-21, overseeing 18 varsity sports. During his tenure, the Hurricanes built new indoor facilities for football, baseball and golf, and improved the ones for men's and women's basketball.


Foreign college athletes cash in at home

LONDON (AP) Miami punter Lou Hedley had to fly 13,000 miles to western Australia to cash in on his name.

The tattooed Aussie and thousands of other international athletes at American colleges have been told they can't profit from their name, image and likeness on U.S. soil - though interpretations vary about what constitutes work - so some are trekking home to do it.


Sugar Bowl time moved to avoid MNF

The Sugar Bowl has been moved off its usual primetime spot to noon EST Dec. 31 to avoid a conflict with a Monday night NFL game.

The bowl schedule for the upcoming season was released Thursday.


Ex-star Highsmith returns to Miami as GM

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Alonzo Highsmith is back with the Miami Hurricanes, with the university announcing Thursday that the former player and NFL executive is its new general manager of football operations.

The university did not disclose hiring terms.

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