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Air Force put on 2 years probation

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AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) The Air Force football program received two years of probation from the NCAA and had its squad size reduced by 10 for four years as part of its sanctions for recruiting violations.

The penalties were announced Thursday after Air Force and four individuals reached an agreement with NCAA enforcement staff on recruiting violations. A fifth individual in the case has contested their role and will be heard by the committee on infractions.

The sanctions also include a fine and a reduction of 46 total official visits for the football program in the 2022-23 and `23-24 academic years. In addition, there's a prohibition on unofficial visits in football from Sept. 1 through Oct. 12, 2022, and a reduced number of evaluation days this fall.


Hall, No. 19 BYU ready to host Utah St.

Jaren Hall is a rising pro prospect and the BYU quarterback will look to have another big game when he leads the No. 19 Cougars into Thursday night's contest against visiting Utah State at Provo, Utah.

Hall has topped 300 yards in back-to-back games and has nine touchdown passes against one interception this season for the Cougars (3-1). He matched his career high of four touchdown passes and passed for a season-high 337 yards during Saturday's 38-24 home win over Wyoming.


No. 10 NCSU eyes win at No. 5 Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) No. 10 North Carolina State understands what it takes to beat Clemson. The Wolfpack would sure like to add a second-straight landmark win over the Tigers on Saturday night.

The Wolfpack (4-0) open Atlantic Coast Conference play with one of their most critical games of the year. Top the Tigers (4-0, 2-0 ACC) and North Carolina State has an early leg up - along with a tiebreaker if both schools finish with the same league mark - in the ACC Atlantic Division.


CFP still working to firm expansion date

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) The administrators who've been given the task of expanding the College Football Playoff from four to 12 teams left their latest in-person meetings Wednesday with the biggest question unanswered: How soon?

"Making progress," CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock said after the meetings near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. "We all have to remember the College Football Playoff will expand. And that will be a good thing for the game. And we're just trying to see if we can do it earlier.


Bielema downplaying return to Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Illinois' Bret Bielema wants to keep the focus off himself as the former Wisconsin coach returns to Camp Randall Stadium with an opposing team for the first time since his surprising exit a decade ago.

Bielema is following the same advice he gives his players.


Florida shakes up shaky secondary

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Billy Napier is shaking up his secondary after the Gators allowed 349 yards passing - including 247 of those on eight plays - in a loss at Tennessee.

Safety Trey Dean, a fifth-year senior who has started 32 games and played in 54, is out with what Florida is calling a "lower leg injury." But no one would be surprised if Napier was quietly benching Dean after he made two mental errors against the Volunteers that resulted in 70- and 45-yard gains and set up touchdowns.


Northwestern unveils plans for stadium

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Northwestern unveiled plans Wednesday to build a new Ryan Field and replace the current 97-year-old football stadium with a state-of-the-art facility featuring a reduced seating capacity and greater emphasis on the fan experience.

The school said the stadium would seat 35,000, down more than 12,000 from the current Ryan Field, and feature a canopy designed to keep noise and light focused on the field. It would include cutting-edge technology and scoreboards, as well as concessions with food from local restaurants.


SEC producing unrivaled crop of QBs

For four quarters, Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker and Florida counterpart Anthony Richardson went back and forth before more than 100,000 fans packed inside Neyland Stadium in one of the most entertaining games of the season.

It was a game of one-upmanship: Hooker threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns without an interception while running for 112 yards and another score, and Richardson merely threw for 453 yard and two TDs while running for 62 yards and two more scores before the Vols eventually escaped with a heart-stopping 38-33 win to open SEC play.


Gators, Gamecocks move games due to Ian

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Three Sunshine State universities took steps Tuesday to salvage home football games as Hurricane Ian approached.

Florida moved its game against Eastern Washington from Saturday to Sunday. Central Florida did the same with its game against SMU. South Florida relocated its Saturday game against East Carolina from Tampa, Florida, to Boca Raton.


Boise QB Bachmeier intends to transfer

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Boise State quarterback Hank Bachmeier intends to transfer with the Broncos off to a disappointing 2-2 start.

A spokesman for Boise State confirmed Tuesday that Bachmeier has filed paperwork to initiate the process of transferring. Bachmeier told ESPN he wants to find a situation that will allow him to win games and prepare for the NFL.

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