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Big 12 approves field-rushing sanctions

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IRVING, Texas (AP) Big 12 Conference schools could now face fines, and even the loss of future home games, for failing to keep fans from storming courts or rushing fields after games.

Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the measure passed Wednesday gives him a broad authority to deal with such violations.

"I don't know that there's anything off the table in dealing with those issues," Bowlsby said at the end of the first full day of the league's spring meetings. "I think I've been given broad prerogatives to deal with those issues."


Hardy going from Irish to Bowling Green

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) Former Notre Dame safety Eilar Hardy will play his one remaining year of college eligibility at Bowling Green.

Hardy, who played in 15 games the last two years for the Fighting Irish, had asked for and been granted his release from Notre Dame after last season. He had said he was transferring to Bowling Green, but the decision wasn't officially announced until Thursday.


Suspended ASU recruit pleads guilty

PHOENIX (AP) A suspended Arizona State football recruit accused of domestic violence has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say 21-year-old Davon Durant changed his plea to guilty on Thursday and that other charges against Durant will be dismissed when he is sentenced. The other charges include aggravated assault.


Rutgers drops player arrested for theft

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers University in New Jersey has dismissed a football player from the team who was arrested on a robbery charge last weekend in Florida.

Coach Kyle Flood announced the dismissal of Darian Dailey in a news release Thursday.


Indiana reconciles with 10 who boycotted

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana says it has reconciled with and welcomed back 10 football players who boycotted the last three games in 1969 because the coaching staff would not adequately address their concerns about unequal treatment on the basis of race.

The university announced the reconciliation Thursday and said the so-called "IU 10" played an important role "in drawing attention to, and thereby improving, race relations at Indiana University during a tumultuous era in American history."


Oklahoma backup QB Hansen to transfer

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma backup quarterback Justice Hansen plans to transfer.

The school announced the decision Wednesday night.


Miles to talk to OL Domond after arrest

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette says coach Les Miles plans to meet with suspended reserve offensive lineman Jevonte Domond on Thursday to discuss his recent arrest in an alleged domestic dispute.

An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's spokeswoman says bond has been set at $3,000 for Domond, who was arrested Monday after his fiancee told authorities he picked her up by her neck, choked her nearly to the point of passing out, threw her onto a couch and bit her hip in the presence of their newborn.


Big Easy among 9 bidding to host playoff

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) New Orleans is among nine cities and regions bidding to host College Football Playoff championship games.

Atlanta, Houston, San Antonio, Detroit, Minneapolis, South Florida, Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Bay Area in California also are vying to host the 2018, `19 and `20 title games. All those sites had been previously reported as intending to bid. New Orleans was the last to jump in to the mix.


SEC to increase fines for rushing field

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) The Southeastern Conference has been fining its schools for rushing fields and storming courts since 2004.

Now, a decade later, those penalties are going up. Way up.


Cost of attendance concerns some in SEC

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) The cost of attendance boost to an athletic scholarship is about to become a reality and some coaches are uncomfortable with the new economic reality of college sports: Athletes will be able to get more at some schools than at others.

In the Southeastern Conference, Tennessee and Auburn will be giving their athletes about $5,500 more on top of a scholarship that pays for tuition, room and board, and books.

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