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Embattled Michigan AD Brandon resigns

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel announces that athletic director Dave Brandon resigned during a news conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Former Steelcase CEO Jim Hackett will serve as Michigan's interim athletic director. (Photo/Paul Sancya)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigned Friday, setting the stage for new leadership at the top of one of the nation's most prominent athletic departments.

Brandon's departure comes amid another disappointing football season and concerns over the school's handling of everything from its concussions protocol to student attendance at games. Football coach Brady Hoke's future has been in doubt for a while thanks to his team's lack of progress, but Brandon also became a target of disgruntled fans and students.

"This morning I accepted the resignation of athletic director David Brandon," school President Mark Schlissel said at a news conference. "Dave feels that it would be in the best interest of our student-athletes, the athletic department and the university community if he moved on to other challenges and allowed the important work of the department and the university to continue without daily distractions. I agree with this decision."


Kentucky tops AP preseason poll again

(AP) -- The story seems to be the same every season at Kentucky: Lose star players to the NBA, replace them with another group of one-and-doners, compete for a national championship.

The Wildcats changed the script this season: This year, the fabulous freshmen will be surrounded by other former McDonald's All-Americans who played for the NCAA title just seven months ago - a team so deep and talented that coach John Calipari is considering a platoon system.


Kansas sophomore G Frankamp to transfer

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Conner Frankamp and Kansas seemed like the perfect match, the high-scoring guard and one of the state's top recruits playing for the school that he grew up watching.

Their marriage lasted just over one season.


Kentucky planning to use platoon system

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) This year's Kentucky roster is unusually deep even for a program used to having an abundance of talent.

Besides returning six regulars from a freshman-laden squad that lost 60-54 to Connecticut in the NCAA championship, the Wildcats added four prized recruits to form a deep nucleus and begin another year with high expectations for a ninth national title.


Florida unlikely to repeat success

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida's record-setting run through the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA tournament last season will be difficult, maybe even impossible, to top.

The Gators won a program-best 30 consecutive games, set another mark with 32 straight home wins, became the first team to go 18-0 in the SEC's regular season, swept the league tournament and earned the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament for the second time.


Beilein says Michigan still has leaders

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) When John Beilein first took over at Michigan, he envisioned a roster with plenty of continuity from year to year.

"We were always going to have veterans. We were going to maybe recruit under-the-radar guys who were going to stay for four years, and we'd have these great Senior Nights," Beilein said Thursday at media day. "It hasn't worked that way. It's worked well, but I don't want to tell you that was my plan - to get top-100 guys and they'd be in the pros (after) two years, but it's worked well for everybody."


Tennessee set to go after major makeover

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Just seven months after playing in the NCAA regional semifinals, Tennessee is being picked to finish near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference.

Rarely has a team coming off a Sweet 16 appearance been held in such low regard. Then again, this Tennessee team bears only a passing resemblance to the squad that made that postseason run.


Pearl looking to resuscitate Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Bruce Pearl has hobnobbed with the students, courted fans and generally been selling Auburn's basketball program to anyone who would listen.

Now comes the real challenge for the Tigers' new coach: Winning.


Hawaii fires coach Arnold amid probe

HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii has fired its head basketball coach a little more than two weeks before its first regular-season game.

The university announced Tuesday that it had fired head coach Gib Arnold, who had been with the program for four years in his first Division I head coaching job, and assistant Brandyn Akana.


Duke picked as ACC favorite, UNC next

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Armed with a talented freshman class, Duke is the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils received 41 of 65 first-place votes from media members at Wednesday's league media day, outdistancing North Carolina, ACC newcomer Louisville and reigning champion Virginia atop the standings.

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