FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2012, file photo, Former Penn State president Graham Spanier arrives before entering a judge's office in Harrisburg, Pa. Spanier initiated a libel and defamation case Thursday, July 11, 2013, against Louis Freeh, the former FBI director who a year ago produced a report for the school that was highly critical of Spanier's role in the child sex abuse scandal involving longtime assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. (AP Photo/Jason Minick, File)

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was convicted Friday of hushing up child sexual abuse allegations in 2001 against Jerry Sandusky, whose arrest a decade later blew up into a major scandal for the university and led to the firing of beloved football coach Joe Paterno. The jury found Spanier guilty of one misdemeanor count of child endangerment over his handling of a complaint against the retired assistant football coach but acquitted him of conspiracy and a second child endangerment count.

Posted: March 25, 2017, 1:30 am

South Carolina guard Sindarius Thornwell, center, battles for a rebound against Baylor guard Jake Lindsey (3) and forward Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. (0) in the first half of an East Regional semifinal game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Friday, March 24, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades says the school will continue to be transparent with the NCAA as the association investigates whether any of its rules were broken while former coach Art Briles was running the football program. Rhoades was at Madison Square Garden on Friday night for Baylor's NCAA Tournament men's basketball game against South Carolina. Rhoades was hired after Briles was fired following an investigation that found widespread mishandling of sexual assault allegations by the school, including some made against members of the football team.

Posted: March 25, 2017, 1:26 am
North Carolina estimates it has amassed more than $5.6 million in attorneys' fees and other costs between mid-2015 and January tied to its multi-year academic scandal. The total included an array of related issues, from the ongoing NCAA case that has led to five serious charges against the school to lawsuits filed by former athletes and the cost of dealing with more records requests. UNC has now amassed at least $16.3 million in costs tied to the academic scandal dating to 2012, including $3.1 million for a 2014 investigation by former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein into irregularities in the academic department at the center of the case.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 12:48 am
The University of Minnesota has ordered a review of how it handled allegations of sexual assault involving football players last fall. Board of Regents chairman Dean Johnson announced at the board's meeting in Duluth on Friday that the university's chief auditor will manage the review. ''Over the past several months the University of Minnesota endured a difficult period,'' said Johnson.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 10:00 pm
WACO, Texas (AP) -- A second former Baylor football player has been arrested on charges that include sexual assault.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 4:44 pm

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2012, file photo, Alabama coach Nick Saban celebrates with the team after Alabama defeated LSU 21-0 in the the BCS National Championship college football game in New Orleans. Alabama has won four national championships in the last nine years, and has a shot at a fifth. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

The NCAA will start deciding on locations for its upcoming championships next week and has indicated it will leave North Carolina out of that process if the state hasn't changed a law that limits LGBT rights by that time. In a statement Thursday, exactly one year to the day after the law was passed, the sports organization said its committees will begin picking championship sites for 2018-22 and will announce those decisions April 18. The NCAA stated its position has not changed since last fall, when it pulled seven championship events from the state because of the law known as HB2.

Posted: March 23, 2017, 10:16 pm

Quarterback DeShone Kizer runs passing drills during Notre Dame football pro day, Thursday, March 23, 2017, inside the Loftus Sports Center in South Bend, Ind. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)

Former Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer is more interested in landing in the right situation than being taken high in the NFL draft. There is a lot of speculation heading into the draft about whether Kizer, Clemson's Deshaun Watson or North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky will be the first quarterback selected. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly made his pitch Wednesday on why Kizer is the best pick.

Posted: March 23, 2017, 9:18 pm

FILE - In this March, 1, 2017 file photo, former Baylor football player Sam Ukwuachu leaves the 10th Court of Appeals following arguments in Waco, Texas. An appeals court has overturned the conviction of the former Baylor football player whose case helped give rise to the sexual assault scandal that engulfed the nation's largest Baptist school. The Texas 10th Court of Appeals said in a ruling Wednesday, March, 22, 2017, that text messages should not have been excluded from the testimony in Sam Ukwuachu's 2015 trial. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune Herald via AP, File)

An appeals court overturned the conviction of a former Baylor football player whose sexual assault case helped ignite a scandal that engulfed the nation's largest Baptist school. The Texas 10th Court of Appeals said in a ruling Wednesday that text messages between the accuser and friend should not have been excluded from the testimony in Sam Ukwuachu's 2015 trial in Waco. The accuser exchanged text messages with a friend before and after the offense.

Posted: March 23, 2017, 8:55 pm

Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin talks with the media during Alabama's offensive press conference for the Peach Bowl, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, at Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, Ga. (Vasha Hunt/ via AP)

Former Alabama receiver Antonio ''A.C.'' Carter has filed a fraud suit against Florida Atlantic, coach Lane Kiffin and the state of Florida. The suit, filed Tuesday in Shelby County Court, says Carter believes Kiffin and other coaches knew that he and his family had a personal relationship with the prospect. Carter played for three years at Alabama before a leg injury in the spring of 2002, and worked there as a graduate assistant under Nick Saban in 2008.

Posted: March 22, 2017, 10:02 pm

FILE- In this Dec. 10, 2016, file photo, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield answers questions during a news conference before attending the Heisman Trophy award ceremony in New York. Mayfield will practice this spring as Oklahoma assesses the fallout from the star quarterback's arrest in Arkansas last month, coach Bob Stoops said Monday, March 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Baker Mayfield is trying his best to move on from his arrest in Arkansas last month. The problem is the Oklahoma quarterback doesn't know what the consequences will be. Police in Fayetteville, Arkansas, arrested the 2016 Heisman Trophy finalist in the early hours of Feb. 25.

Posted: March 22, 2017, 2:22 pm
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