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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."


Ohio State lacking experience at QB

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Third-year Ohio State coach Ryan Day on Wednesday opened a preseason camp for the first time without a good idea of who's going to start at quarterback.

"If I did, I'd probably sleep a little better right now, but I don't," Day said at Big Ten media days last month.


K-State AD Taylor added to CFP committee

IRVING, Texas (AP) Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor has been added to the College Football Playoff selection committee, replacing Texas AD Chris Del Conte.

CFP's announcement Wednesday comes less than a week after Texas and Oklahoma announced they would be leaving the Big 12 to join the Southeastern Conference in 2025.


NCAA: Weekly COVID testing for unvaxxed

Unvaccinated college athletes should be tested weekly for COVID-19, wear masks in most situations and be quarantined if exposed to the virus, while vaccinated individuals should not be tested routinely, according to the NCAA's latest health and safety recommendations released Wednesday.

The updated guidance mostly follow CDC recommendations and come as football practice starts across the country. They also come at a time when the highly transmissible delta variant has led to some regional spikes in COVID infections.


Ex-Penn St. president released from jail

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) The former president of Penn State was released Wednesday after serving nearly two months in jail for endangering the welfare of children by his response to a report that Jerry Sandusky had been seen physically abusing a boy on campus.

Centre County Correctional Facility Warden Christopher Schell told the Centre Daily Times that Graham Spanier served 58 days. Spanier, 73, still faces two months of electronic monitoring at home.


Ex-WKU coach Elson joins Purdue staff

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue coach Jeff Brohm has hired former Western Kentucky coach David Elson and Mel Mills, a small-school defensive coordinator, as staff members.

Brohm made the announcement Wednesday as college football teams prepare to start practicing.


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.


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.


Saban's new deal worth at least $84.8M

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban will make $11.5 million in the final year under a new eight-year contract that's worth at least $84.8 million.

The university released details Monday of Saban's previously announced deal, after the board of trustees' compensation committee formally approved it.


LSU QB Brennan needs surgery for arm

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU quarterback Myles Brennan, a fifth-year senior competing to regain the starting job he lost to injury a season ago, now needs surgery to repair what coach Ed Orgeron called a severe left arm injury.

Brennan's "timeline is yet to be determined," Orgeron said Monday. "Myles has done everything we have asked of him this summer and was in the fight to be the starting quarterback at LSU."

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