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Sooners approve 5 years, $25M for Riley

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Lincoln Riley got a major raise a year ago based on potential.

This one was based on results.

Oklahoma will pay its football coach $25 million over the next five years, including $4.8 million this season. Oklahoma's Board of Regents approved the new numbers on Tuesday.


Vanderbilt DL Reitmaier eligible to play

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vanderbilt defensive lineman Rutger Reitmaier has received a waiver from the NCAA that enables the Oregon transfer to play for the Commodores this fall.

School officials announced Wednesday that the NCAA had granted a waiver for Reitmaier.


Irish LB Coney guilty of pot possession

ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame senior middle linebacker Te'von Coney pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana Tuesday and was given a year of probation for an incident that happened nearly two years ago.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Wayne Steele accepted a plea deal and put Coney on probation from 363 days, suspending a 180-day jail sentence with time served (one day) while vacating an Aug. 1 trial date.


Longtime Vols announcer Ward dies at 88

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) John Ward, the radio voice of Tennessee football and men's basketball for over three decades, has died. He was 88.

Vol Network tweeted that Ward died Wednesday night in Knoxville. Tennessee athletic officials confirmed Ward's death.


Wake Forest adds Villanova to 2020 slate

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest has added Villanova to its 2020 schedule while its game with Tulane that season has been pushed back to 2027.

Wake Forest officials announced a series of schedule changes Wednesday.


Vols add Tide graduate transfer Kennedy

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee has boosted its offensive line by adding Alabama graduate transfer Brandon Kennedy.

Tennessee announced the additions of Kennedy and former Michigan State running back Madre London on Tuesday.


Wake adds 2 graduate transfer kickers

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest has added two graduate transfer kickers, including one who has spent five years serving a military tour of duty.

Coach Dave Clawson added Darren Ford and Eric Osteen to the team Tuesday. Ford kicked and punted at Division III Hope College while Osteen completed his military service after graduating from West Point in 2013.


Syracuse QB Culpepper cancer-free

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Rex Culpepper is back. The smile on his face said it all.

The redshirt sophomore quarterback had his first full workout with Syracuse on Friday after overcoming testicular cancer. He said he broke down and cried when he was told he was cancer-free a week ago at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.


NCAA settles CTE lawsuit in Texas

DALLAS (AP) The NCAA settled a lawsuit Friday with the family of a former University of Texas football player that accused the organization of being responsible for his brain injuries and death decades after his playing career.

The lawsuit in Dallas was settled after three days of trial. A court administrator confirmed the settlement but said no terms were released.


A's prospect Murray set to lead Oklahoma

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Billy Beane will watch Oklahoma football this fall with great interest in the Sooners quarterback: Kyler Murray will be a member of the Oakland Athletics as soon as his college career is complete.

A's manager Bob Melvin, an admittedly superstitious guy, might close his eyes and cross his fingers the prized prospect stays healthy before switching sports.

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