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SEC votes in Texas, OU starting in 2025

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Southeastern Conference university presidents voted Thursday to invite Texas and Oklahoma to the league and create a 16-team powerhouse on the field and at the bank.

But how soon?

The latest step in a move that has potential to help reshape college sports came two days after Texas and Oklahoma requested to join the SEC in 2025. That's when the schools' media rights agreement with the Big 12 expires.

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NCAA won't restore Bush Heisman victory

The NCAA said Wednesday it will not re-evaluate penalties handed down for infractions cases, a decision that will keep former Southern California running back Reggie Bush from having his 2005 Heisman Trophy victory restored.

Earlier this month, the Heisman Trust said it would return the Heisman to Bush if the NCAA were to reinstate him for the 2005 season.

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WSU coach Rolovich laments distraction

LOS ANGELES (AP) Washington State coach Nick Rolovich lamented Tuesday that his decision to not get the COVID-19 vaccine has created a distraction for his program, though he reiterated that he would keep his reasons why private.

"I don't mean to cause any heartache to this university or to this athletic department or this state," Rolovich said via Zoom during Pac-12 media day. "As I go forward, I plan on adhering to all policies that are implemented for the unvaccinated at the state, local, campus and conference level. I'm not against vaccinations. I wholeheartedly support those who choose to be vaccinated, including our players, staff, and coaches."

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UNC's Howell picked as ACC preseason POY

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell is the preseason pick to be Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year while six-time reigning champion Clemson headlines the all-ACC team with eight picks.

The league released its preseason picks Tuesday after voting from media members attending last week's ACC Kickoff media days.

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Ducks picked for 3rd Pac-12 title in row

LOS ANGELES (AP) After taking an unusual route to its second straight Pac-12 title last season, Oregon is the preseason favorite to make it three in a row.

The Ducks received 27 of 40 first-place votes in the annual poll of media members released Tuesday before the start of Pac-12 media day. Southern California got 10 votes, and Utah received three.

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Commish: Pac-12 expansion not a must

LOS ANGELES (AP) George Kliavkoff had a lot on his plate in his first couple of months as Pac-12 commissioner - visiting campuses, discussing possible expansion of the College Football Playoff and athletes now being able to profit off their names, images and likenesses. That was only the beginning.

"I was expecting to deal with a couple of large, complex issues related to collegiate athletics in my first couple months," he said. "I wasn't expecting to do six or seven of them in the first week, so it's been interesting."

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Fla., UCF to open 2-for-1 series in 2024

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida and UCF have agreed to play a two-for-one series that begins in 2024 and concludes nearly a decade later, settling on the kind of arrangement the Gators wanted for years.

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin got the deal he requested but only after former UCF AD Danny White left Orlando to take the same position at Tennessee. White wanted a two-game, home-and-home series. Since UCF is not a Power Five school, Stricklin only would sign on for a two-for-one scenario or a neutral-site matchup.

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Iowa Regents OK naming field for Slater

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The field at Iowa's Kinnick Stadium will be named for Duke Slater, the trailblazing Black football player who was an All-American tackle a century ago, played in the NFL, and became a pioneering Chicago judge.

The university's Board of Regents approved the name Duke Slater Field at Kinnick Stadium during its meeting in Cedar Falls on Wednesday.

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Missouri, AD Sterk agree to part ways

Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk will step down once a replacement is found, ending a five-year tenure that was marked by school-wide social unrest, millions of dollars in facilities upgrades and key coaching hires in football and basketball.

The school said in a statement Monday that the 65-year-old Sterk had "mutually agreed" to part ways with Missouri once a nationwide search identifies the Tigers' next athletic director. The leadership change comes amid a major landscape shift in college sports, where athletes can now benefit from their image and likeness and conferences could soon realign.

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Big Ten embracing playoff expansion

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Big Ten is mostly embracing the notion of College Football Playoff expansion.

Commissioner Kevin Warren has not definitively backed the proposal to grow the CFP from four to 12 teams, wanting to give time for his constituents to chime in.

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