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Miss. St. given probation, suspends 10

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) While Mississippi State's basketball and football programs dodged postseason bans, the NCAA has put the school on three years' probation as part of a slew of penalties after an investigation into academic violations.

A review of the self-reported violations determined a part-time student tutor completed coursework for 10 football players and one men's basketball player in an online class.

"Academic integrity is a core value at Mississippi State and that value guides our policies and decisions," Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum said in a school release. "Unfortunately, young people sometimes make poor decisions and those decisions have consequences."

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300-plus accusers in Ohio St. scandal

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Lawyers for men suing Ohio State University over decades-old alleged sexual misconduct by a team doctor say the growing number of accusers has topped 300.

Totals confirmed to The Associated Press put the group's size in the same ballpark as the initial wave of plaintiffs who got $425 million from Michigan State University to settle claims related to Larry Nassar , the now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor accused of molesting hundreds of women and girls.

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NCAA clears Badgers WR Cephus to return

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus was declared eligible to play Friday, a year after he was suspended in the fallout from a sexual assault allegation that resulted in his acquittal by a jury at trial.

Cephus was suspended from the team in August 2018 after he was charged with second- and third-degree sexual assault. Prosecutors filed the counts after two women accused him of sexually assaulting both of them in his apartment that April when they were too drunk to consent. Cephus maintained the sex was consensual and one of his accusers arranged the encounter.

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Washington names Jacob Eason starting QB

SEATTLE (AP) No. 13 Washington has named Georgia transfer Jacob Eason its starting quarterback for the season opener against Eastern Washington.

Eason was expected to land the starting job after transferring to the Huskies but was in an extended competition with sophomore Jake Haener throughout spring practice and into fall camp. Coach Chris Petersen said Haener will also play in the opener.

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No. 15 Penn St. to start Clifford at QB

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Sean Clifford will start at quarterback for No. 15 Penn State in its season opener against Idaho.

The Nittany Lions announced Clifford as the starter in a tweet on Friday.

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UF, Miami set to kick off 2019 season

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Florida and Miami have the college football stage to themselves for 3 1/2 hours Saturday, a new chapter in their once-heated and storied rivalry.

The eighth-ranked Gators and the rebuilding Hurricanes will usher in the 2019 season inside a packed stadium in Orlando, surrounded by sideline celebrities and in front of a coast-to-coast television audience.

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Oklahoma State mum on starting QB

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State hasn't announced a starting quarterback and coach Mike Gundy will not reveal his plans for the position before the Cowboys' season opener next Friday night at Oregon State.

Both redshirt freshman Spencer Sanders and Hawaii grad transfer Dru Brown have been competing for the job since the spring, and both have performed well. Both will likely see action.

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Tide's Tua learning from title game loss

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Tua Tagovailoa has been studying men from the Bible, incluiding Joseph, Moses and David.

The Alabama quarterback believes he can draw from their successes and failures and the fact that they each had some of both. Tagovailoa can relate to their experiences after an almost too-good-to-be-true start to his college career.

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WVU WR Ryan ruled immediately eligible

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) The NCAA has granted immediately eligibility to West Virginia wide receiver Sean Ryan.

West Virginia coach Neal Brown announced the approval Friday.

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Ex-Maryland QB Hill transfers to Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Former Maryland quarterback Kasim Hill has transferred to Tennessee.

Tennessee athletic department spokesman Zach Stipe confirmed Thursday that the Volunteers have added Hill as a walk-on. Hill won't play this season due to NCAA transfer rules.

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