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Kansas fires AD with progress 'elusive'

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) The University of Kansas fired athletic director Sheahon Zenger on Monday, with Chancellor Douglas Girod noting "progress has been elusive" in some areas other than the storied Jayhawks men's basketball program.

The chancellor said Zenger had been a "loyal Jayhawk" and that athletics programs had improved. The men's basketball team reached the Final Four earlier this year.

"But the department continues to face a number of challenges, and progress in key areas has been elusive," Girod said. "To achieve the level of success we need and expect, a change in leadership is necessary."

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Heisman winner, LSU great Cannon dies

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Billy Cannon, the gifted running back who won the Heisman Trophy for LSU in 1959 with a memorable Halloween night punt return touchdown against Mississippi, died Sunday. He was 80.

LSU said Cannon, the school's only Heisman winner, died at his home in St. Francisville. The cause of death was not immediately known.

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Ex-Tide, ASU QB Barnett transfers to USF

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Former Alabama and Arizona State quarterback Blake Barnett, once a five-star recruit, has transferred to South Florida, where he'll be immediately eligible to play with two seasons remaining.

USF announced the addition of Barnett on Friday. He is expected to compete for a starting job as the Bulls try to replace three-year starter Quinton Flowers, who set numerous school records at USF and signed a free-agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Syracuse recruiting director joins Bills

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse's director of recruiting operations is leaving the Orange for a position with the NFL's Buffalo Bills.

Asil Mulbah announced on Instagram that has accepted a position in Buffalo's scouting department.

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NCAA lifts events ban on gambling states

The NCAA is opening a door for states with legalized sports gambling to host NCAA championship events and officials in Nevada are already set to get in the game as soon as they can.

The governing body for college sports on Thursday announced a "temporary" lifting of a ban that prevented events like college basketball's NCAA Tournament from being hosted in states that accept wagers on single games. The move comes three days after the Supreme Court overturned a federal law that barred most states from allowing gambling on professional and college sporting events.

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Washington St. adds ex-ECU QB Minshew

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Washington State has added a graduate transfer out of East Carolina who will compete for the job to replace departed recording-setting QB Luke Falk.

Gardner Minshew threw for 2,140 yards and 16 touchdowns last season at East Carolina. He appeared in 10 games for the Pirates last season, starting five.

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Arkansas, Little Rock extend agreement

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Hunter Yurachek has been asked repeatedly since his hiring in December what he planned to do about Arkansas playing football at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, nearly 200 miles from its campus in Fayetteville.

The new athletic director finally had an answer to the great stadium debate on Thursday, making his most significant decision yet with the Razorbacks in announcing an agreement that keeps Arkansas playing annually at War Memorial through 2024.

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Former SEC commissioner Slive dies at 77

With bold vision, keen intellect and a gentle manner, Mike Slive guided the Southeastern Conference to unprecedented success and prosperity in 13 years as commissioner. He pushed for a college football playoff years before others embraced it and was a steadying force during a time of enormous growth and volatility throughout college athletics.

Slive died Wednesday at the age of 77 in Birmingham, Alabama, where he lived with his wife, Liz, three years after retiring to battle prostate cancer. The Southeastern Conference did not provide the cause of death.

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Tide-Louisville to kick off ABC Saturday

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) National champion Alabama will face Louisville in ABC's first Saturday Night Football game, and Miami plays LSU on Sunday night of the season-opening weekend.

ESPN announced Wednesday its schedule for the first three weeks of Saturday night games. The Crimson Tide meets Louisville in Orlando, Florida, at 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 1. The next day Miami and LSU square off at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, at 7:30 p.m. ET. It will be the third straight season ABC airs a Sunday night game on Labor Day weekend, when college football doesn't compete against the NFL.

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Clemson early enrollee Belk transferring

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson is losing one of its highly regarded defensive line prospects in freshman tackle Josh Belk, who is transferring after just four months.

Belk was an early enrollee who came to school in January and took part in spring practice. But Tigers coach Dabo Swinney says circumstances in Belk's life had changed, leading up to his decision to leave.

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