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AAC commish: No plot with ESPN to poach

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American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco vehemently denied that his league has ever "plotted" with ESPN to undermine another conference by poaching its schools.

Aresco addressed conference realignment Wednesday during the AAC's virtual football media day, saying the league is not actively looking to add schools.

"Our conference has never strategically aligned or plotted with ESPN to influence conference structures," Aresco said. "We wouldn't do that. ESPN has never done that and would not do it. We do consult with our television and business partners on issues related to our conference. Everyone does, of course. But any suggestions or statements that we colluded with ESPN with regard to the structure of any other conference is a completely unfounded and grossly irresponsible accusation."

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Villanova to face Syracuse in Jimmy V

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) Tennessee will face Texas Tech, and Syracuse will meet former Big East Conference rival Villanova in men's basketball pairings for the Jimmy V Classic fundraiser for cancer research and awareness.

The men's doubleheader is Dec. 7 at Madison Square Garden. Women's matchups five days later pit Kentucky at rival Louisville and South Carolina hosting Maryland. ESPN will broadcast all four games.

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UCLA to host Villanova on November 12

LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA will host Villanova on Nov. 12 for the first time in 11 years.

The game is part of a home-and-home series finalized between the two schools Wednesday. The Bruins, who advanced to the Final Four last season, will go to Philadelphia to face the Wildcats during the 2023-24 season.

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Pac-12, Big 12 discuss possible merger

The commissioners of the Pac-12 and Big 12 met Tuesday to discuss how the conferences might benefit from working together or maybe even merging.

Two people with knowledge of the meeting said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby and George Kliavkoff from the Pac-12 were discussing the potential for strategic planning between the two conferences.

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Arrest made for Bohannon bar assault

A former Iowa State University football player has been arrested in connection with an assault of a University of Iowa basketball star in May.

Nicholas Kron, 29, of Nashville, Tennessee, faces an assault causing bodily injury charge for allegedly attacking Jordan Bohannon, a Hawkeye guard, outside a downtown Iowa City bar. Bohannon suffered a serious head injury. Kron turned himself in Saturday, was booked into the Johnson County Jail and was released about 20 minutes later, a jail official said.

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Equity review: Final Fours at same site

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament typically has the biggest spotlight when it reaches the Final Four, with the best teams – or luckiest – to have survived March Madness playing the final games to determine a national champion.

Now imagine how it could look with the women’s tournament bringing its Final Four to the same city on the same weekend.

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Ohio St. announces group licensing deal

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Football players and athletes in Ohio State's other 35 sports now will be able to make money off the sale of Buckeyes jerseys bearing their names and numbers.

The school said Tuesday it entered into a group licensing agreement allowing athletes who opt in to the program to share in the profit from jerseys bearing Ohio State trademarks and their names and numbers.

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OVC sues EKU, JSU over exit fees

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) The Ohio Valley Conference has sued Eastern Kentucky and Jacksonville State, contending they have not paid $1 million exit fees after both schools left the league this year for the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Eastern Kentucky and Jacksonville State joined the ASUN on July 1 after announcing their respective departures in January and February. The OVC said in a statement to The Associated Press on Tuesday that the lawsuit was filed in circuit courts in Franklin County, Kentucky and Calhoun County, Alabama.

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NCAA sets meeting to 'reimagine' role

The NCAA Board of Governors on Friday called for a constitutional convention in November, the first step toward launching dramatic reform in how the sprawling, multibillion-dollar enterprise of college sports is governed for years to come.

In the wake of a stinging loss in the Supreme Court and radical changes to the way athletes can be compensated -- and with College Football Playoff expansion and major conference realignment already in motion - the NCAA said it wants to "reimagine" how it manages the needs of its more than 450,000 athletes.

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Maryland adds ODU transfer Green

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Xavier Green is transferring to Maryland after five seasons at Old Dominion.

Maryland announced the signing Friday. The 6-foot-6 Green averaged 15.7 points a game in the 2019 Conference USA Tournament, helping the Monarchs make the NCAA Tournament.

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