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College title game premium tix nearly $2K

The cheapest premium seats for the first College Football Playoff title game, which will be played Jan. 12 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, are $1,899.

Record 98 underclassmen in NFL draft pool

A record 98 underclassmen, including Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney, have made themselves eligible for the NFL draft in May.

LSU's Copeland's shines in Collegiate Bowl

In four years at LSU, J.C. Copeland earned a reputation for being a bruising fullback that often led running backs into the end zone.

Lynch struggles in East-West Shrine game

In their bids to impress to pro scouts evaluating the East-West Shrine game, small school quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo thrived while Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch struggled.

New Vandy coach Mason promises success

Derek Mason wants to make a few things clear: He has plenty of experience recruiting in the South, hopes to finish his career at Vanderbilt and has very high goals for the Commodores -- such as playing the Southeastern Conference championship.

Clemson's Swinney agrees to 8-year deal

Clemson Tigers coach Dabo Swinney has agreed to a new eight-year deal through 2021, earning a reported raise of nearly $1 million per season.

Baylor QB Petty wins Earl Campbell Award

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty has won the inaugural Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award that recognizes the top Division I offensive player with Texas ties.

UNC: Athlete literacy study findings flawed

North Carolina's top academic officer said Friday that reading specialist Mary Willingham's findings on athlete literacy levels are flawed, though she stands firm that her research is "100 percent correct."

Majority wants power-conference autonomy

An unofficial straw poll of hundreds of delegates at the NCAA Convention in San Diego shows they support Division I athletics moving toward a model that would grant more autonomy to the five conferences with the most resources.

Source: Mason favored to land Vandy job

Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason is the overwhelming leading candidate to be named Vanderbilt coach, perhaps as early as Friday, according to a source.

NCAA, power conferences weigh autonomy plan

Hundreds of athletic administrators and delegates gathered at the San Diego Convention Center Thursday to begin dialogue that is expected to alter the landscape of Division I athletics.

Chancellor: UNC probing athlete literacy claims

North Carolina has halted the research of reading specialist Mary Willingham until she receives approval from a review board and is investigating statements she made questioning the literacy level of Tar Heels athletes.

Gophers top QB Nelson decides to transfer

Minnesota sophomore quarterback Philip Nelson announced Thursday he will transfer from the program to seek an offense that emphasizes more passing.

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