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UNDATED (AP) — The traditional two-a-day football practices of yesteryear are a thing of the past. The NCAA approved a plan this year that prevents teams from holding multiple practices with contact in a single day. Officials are hoping the rule change reduces the head injuries that had become all too common this time of year.
CHICAGO (AP) — Penn State's James Franklin should have earned some long-term job security with last season's 11-3 record, Big Ten title and Rose Bowl appearance. But the fourth-year coach isn't taking chances. He suggested the parents of running back Saquon Barkley should get to work right away on producing another Heisman Trophy-caliber son in one of the lighter moments at this year's Big Ten media days.
CHICAGO (AP) — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh took his Wolverines to Rome and called the trip "the best thing I've ever done personally as a part of a football team." That kind of bonding experience will have to pay dividends if the Big Ten's youngest squad _ which lost more starters than any team in the country _ is going to develop in time to challenge rivals Ohio State and Penn State.
CHICAGO (AP) — Big Ten officials are promising to push back against coaches who treat the sideline like a stage. Too many times last season, arguments with refs brought out the Hamlet in too many coaches. Bill Carollo, the conference's coordinator of officials, says enough is enough. "We wouldn't take a tenth of what some coaches do and say from a player," he said.
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is set to become the second Big Ten school to ban participation by college athletes with a history of sexual or domestic abuse. In April, Indiana said it would not accept athletes convicted of a felony involving sexual violence. The Illinois policy is expected to include similar wording.
CHICAGO (AP) — Urban Meyer looks like the CEO of a Fortune 500 juggernaut for good reason. After five seasons in Columbus, he's built another college football dynasty, having won a third national championship, a conference championship and two division titles. Just like Kentucky's basketball program, the Buckeyes don't rebuild, they just reload.
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