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Hearing over, UNC awaits NCAA's ruling

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North Carolina has wrapped up a two-day hearing with an NCAA infractions committee panel that will decide whether the school faces penalties tied to its multi-year academic scandal.

Now the case goes into yet another holding pattern.

School officials spent much of Wednesday in a closed-door meeting with committee members in Nashville, Tennessee. They returned Thursday morning for a second session lasting about 4+ hours with the panel that will determine whether UNC faces penalties such as fines, probation or vacated wins and championships.


Purdue, Irish add 2 more games to series

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue and Notre Dame have added two more games to their four-game series.

The Boilermakers on Thursday announced the expansion of the series, saying they will play the Fighting Irish six times over the eight-year period from 2021-28.


LSU LB Key unlikely to play opener

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU coach Ed Orgeron says he does not expect Tigers single-season sack record holder Arden Key to play in the opener against BYU.

Key, an outside linebacker who had 12 sacks last season, is rehabilitating from offseason shoulder surgery.


Seminoles C Eberle back at full strength

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher considers center to be the hardest position on the offensive line. That player makes the line calls and is in the middle of the trenches.

It is also the most physically demanding position which makes it even the more surprising that Alec Eberle didn't miss a start last season despite two labral tears in the hips.


Minnesota to start with rotating QBs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota will start the season with a quarterback rotation between senior Conor Rhoda and sophomore Demry Croft.

New Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said after practice Thursday that Rhoda and Croft will both play in the opener Aug. 31 against Buffalo. Fleck said his decision is "not a controversy" and "what's best for our program right now." He didn't announce which quarterback would take the field first.


Boise State still angry over late flop

Four plays have hung over Brett Rypien and Boise State for months.

That's how close the Broncos were a year ago to playing in a New Year's Six bowl game. Four plays total in a pair of regular-season losses to Wyoming and Air Force that cost the Broncos not only a big payday, but also a shot at a Mountain West Conference title.


Edmunds brothers key to Hokies' defense

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) One is a redshirt junior safety who Virginia Tech's coach says is the most tireless worker on his defense. The other is a preseason All-ACC linebacker who was second on the team in tackles last season.

Meet the Edmunds brothers, Terrell and Tremaine.


BYU LB Bernard to redshirt for personal

PROVO, Utah (AP) BYU linebacker Francis Bernard is redshirting this season due to personal reasons. The school announced the move Thursday.

The 6-foot-1, 240-pound junior started 12 games last season. He third on the team with 80 tackles last season and added 5 1/2 tackles for loss and two sacks. His three interceptions ranked second on the Cougars.


Buckeyes stacked with 5th-year players

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The old guys club at Ohio State this year is exclusive.

Led by quarterback J.T. Barrett, seven players are in their fifth year of eligibility in Columbus, meaning each had a redshirt year. Not only are all at the top of the Buckeyes' depth chart, they're among the best players in college football.


4 still in mix for Georgia Tech QB job

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is faced with a decision he has not had to make in three years: choosing a starting quarterback.

He's in no rush.

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