BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey is hoping for further review of new football recruiting rules to be considered by the NCAA's Board of Governors this week. Speaking to an Associated Press Sports Editors Southeast regional meeting Monday, Sankey voiced concerns with the timeline for early campus visits by high school juniors and the 25-player football signing cap.
Receivers Malachi Dupre of LSU and Travis Rudolph of Florida State are prime examples of pro prospects who left high school as five-star recruits and now enter the NFL draft trying to overcome perceptions that they never fulfilled their promise in college. For NFL teams, the challenge is figuring out why such players haven't met expectations -- and whether they might still flourish as pros.
Louisville's interim president said the school received a "full and fair review of the facts" after meeting Thursday with the NCAA's Committee on Infractions and expects resolution in 6 to 8 weeks of the investigation into an escort's allegations that a former Cardinals men's basketball staffer hired strippers for sex parties with players and recruits.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- After so many years of trying to beat the Arizona Wildcats, Lorenzo Romar has joined them. This weekend he will hit the recruiting trail in his new job as associate head coach on Sean Miller's staff.
Scouting some of the top prospects available in the NFL draft that will be held April 27-29 in Philadelphia ((asterisk)-denotes early entrant): DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (asterisk)Myles Garrett, 6-4, 272, Texas A&M Notable: All-American last season and one of the best pass rushers in the country, despite some nagging injuries. Sum-it-up-in-a-sentence scouting report: Elite speed, quickness and strength add up to a potentially dominant pass rusher with only the need to stay on the field more.
Scouting the top prospects available in the NFL draft that will be held April 27-29 in Philadelphia ((asterisk)-denotes early entrant): QUARTERBACKS (asterisk)Deshaun Watson, 6-foot-2, 221 pounds, Clemson Notable: In two national championship games against Alabama, Watson passed for 825 yards and seven touchdowns with one interception.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia has added a junior college quarterback to its roster. Coach Dana Holgorsen announced Wednesday the signing of 6-foot-2 David Isreal for the 2017 season. He threw for more than 1,800 yards and 13 touchdowns as a freshman last season at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas. Holgorsen says Isreal will enroll at WVU this summer and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
BOSTON (AP) -- A Boston jury has found former NFL star Aaron Hernandez not guilty in the shooting deaths of two men. Hernandez was acquitted of all but one charge in the 2012 killings. He was convicted of unlawful possession of a gun. Prosecutors said Hernandez opened fire on the men's car after one of them bumped into him at a nightclub and spilled his drink.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- The NCAA has imposed a two-year show cause penalty against former Alabama assistant coach Bo Davis for recruiting violations but didn't impose further penalties against the university. Davis knowingly violated rules in a meeting with four prospects that was arranged by a booster and "acted unethically" in providing false or misleading information about the impermissible contact, a Division I Committee on Infractions panel said in a ruling released Friday.
Highlights from the football recruiting rules changes adopted Friday by the NCAA Division I Council: -- Contact at practice limited to once per preseason day. The move to eliminate "two-a-days" comes after another NCAA committee issued a blanket waiver to allow the football preseason to start up to a week earlier, though the maximum number of preseason practices remains 29.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- College football recruiting is on the verge of getting a whole new look before the end of this year. The NCAA's Division I Council approved a sweeping package Friday that would allow players to sign with schools as early as December, allow high school juniors to take official visits from April through June and impose a two-year waiting period before Bowl Subdivision schools can hire people close to recruits to non-coaching positions.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- The momentum Kansas has been slowly building in football the past couple of years may have finally manifested itself during a February weekend, the time of year when the Jayhawks' top-tier basketball program is usually center-stage. Six high-profile recruits, all from out of state, pledged to join coach David Beaty's program.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Oral Roberts University administrators say there is no "faith test" for incoming recruits or a restriction on athletes with tattoos. The response from the school on Wednesday followed stories about the firing of longtime men's basketball coach Scott Sutton earlier in the week that said the restrictions existed and made it difficult to coach and recruit at the school.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Miles Bridges, at the foot of Michigan State's Sparty statue, made an announcement that almost gave Tom Izzo tears of joy. "I got some unfinished business here," Bridges said . "I want to stay." And with that announcement, a sea of green-and-white clad students and fans roared because one the nation's top freshmen is coming back to lead a talent-laden team next season.
BASEBALL CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs now have the rings to go with their historic championship. The team was given its crowning jewels before Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with fans at Wrigley Field roaring as the ceremony unfolded.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- The nation's No. 1 recruit solidified his college choice Wednesday when swingman Michael Porter Jr. signed a financial aid agreement to play for new coach Cuonzo Martin at Missouri. The 6-foot-10 Porter initially chose Washington last year when his father, Michael Porter Sr., worked as an assistant for then-coach Lorenzo Romar.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Guard Michael Okauru has signed a national letter of intent with Florida, adding to coach Mike White's second recruiting class. The 6-foot-4 Okauru signed Wednesday and will be on campus this summer. His letter arrived the same day freshman guard Eric Hester decided to transfer, moving on after averaging 2.2 points in 20 games.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- New Indiana coach Archie Miller may face a more daunting first season than even he expected. Four underclassmen, all potential starters next season, announced on Tuesday they will enter this year's NBA draft. OG Anunoby, who missed the final two months of last season with an injured knee, will hire an agent and will not return for his junior season.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- San Jose State has signed a six-year apparel deal with Adidas. The school said Thursday the deal will start in July and will make Adidas the official athletic footwear, uniform, apparel and accessory brand for the Spartans. The deal covers all sports at the school. San Jose State is the first Mountain West school to partner with Adidas.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Sage Surratt of Lincolnton and Mikayla Boykin of Clinton headline the 2016-17 Associated Press all-state high school basketball teams for North Carolina. Surratt and Clinton were joined by Charlotte Providence Day's Janelle Bailey and Northern Guilford's Elissa Cunane as the unanimous selections by 14 sports writers across the state in results released Wednesday for the 15-player men's team and the 14-player women's team.