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Irish AD Swarbrick to step down in 2024

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Jack Swarbrick will step down as Notre Dame’s athletic director next year after a 16-year run in which he helped the school maintain its independent status amid an unprecedented flurry of conference realignment.

Notre Dame announced Thursday that NBC Sports chairman Pete Bevacqua will succeed Swarbrick. Bevacqua, a 1993 Notre Dame alumnus, will join the university July 1 as a special assistant to the president for athletics before takin over the athletic department sometime in the first quarter of 2024.

“It speaks volumes about Notre Dame and Father Jenkins’ leadership that we can implement such a well-conceived succession plan and attract someone of Pete’s talent and experience,” Swarbrick said. “I have worked closely with Pete throughout his time at NBC and based on that experience, I believe he has the perfect skill set to help Notre Dame navigate the rapidly changing landscape that is college athletics today, and be an important national leader as we look to the future.”


Arizona prez: Realignment talk premature

WASHINGTON (AP) University of Arizona President Robby Robbins says until Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff gives the conference's leaders hard numbers on a future media rights deal, any talk about schools leaving the league is premature.

Robbins spoke to a small group of reporters Wednesday, the day before the university hosted a Future of College Athletics Summit not far from Capitol Hill.


Former USC player charged with rape

LOS ANGELES (AP) Former University of Southern California football player Joshua Jackson Jr. has been arrested and charged with raping two women.

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced the charges Wednesday against Jackson, who played for the Trojans in 2021 as a defensive back.


Vick, Fitzgerald, Suggs head HOF ballot

Michael Vick, Larry Fitzgerald and Terrell Suggs are among the college football stars who will be considered for induction to the Hall of Fame for the first time this year.

The National Football Foundation released Monday a list of 78 players and nine coaches from major college football who are on the Hall of Fame ballot. There also are 101 players and 32 coaches from lower divisions of college football up for consideration.


Mitchell thought arrest may end career

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama defensive back Tony Mitchell said he feared his football career was over after his arrest on a drug charge.

The Crimson Tide freshman said in a video posted Sunday on social media that he knew “something much bigger could have happened.”


Expansion still a focus for new Big 12

Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark said expansion remains a focus for the conference, which wrapped up its spring meetings Friday with a record revenue distribution of $440 million to split among its 10 current schools.

Less than a year after becoming the commissioner, Yormark said there was a “great discussion” about expansion during the meetings held for the first time in West Virginia.


SEC: 8 league games, no divisions in '24

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) The Southeastern Conference will play eight league games in 2024 when it expands to 16 teams with the additions of Oklahoma and Texas, but beyond that the schedule model is still to be determined.

Commissioner Greg Sankey said Thursday, the second-to-last day of the SEC's spring meetings, that the conference's university presidents unanimously voted to implement a short-term solution to a scheduling conundrum that has been debated within the league for more than a year.


SEC coaches lament transfer tampering

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) South Carolina coach Shane Beamer lost some key contributors from the Gamecocks' eight-win team to the transfer portal this offseason.

In a few cases, it seemed as if things moved pretty quickly.


SEC puts emphasis on gambling issues

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) When it comes to sports wagering, information is a commodity and even a morsel of news that is not widely available can be valuable.

As college sports experiences some of the negative consequences of ubiquitous legal betting on sporting events, could more transparency be among the potential safeguards?


Holiday Bowl sues Pac-12, UCLA for WD

SAN DIEGO (AP) The organization that runs the Holiday Bowl is suing the Pac-12 Conference and the University of California Regents because UCLA backed out of the 2021 game citing COVID-19 concerns.

The San Diego Bowl Game Association is seeking a minimum of $3 million in compensatory damages in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in California Superior Court in San Diego County.

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