LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville will pay Papa John's founder John Schnatter $9.5 million over 5½ years in a settlement to terminate the pizza chain's naming rights to Cardinal Stadium. The school last year removed the Papa John's name and logo from the stadium amid fallout that Schnatter used a racial slur during a company conference call. The University of Louisville Athletic Association approved the agreement that will immediately pay Schnatter $1.5 million with four subsequent annual payments of $2 million.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State is focused on getting back to the NCAA Tournament in 2020 after ending up on the wrong side of the bubble last year. The Wolfpack won 24 games with a pair of NIT wins. Now N.C. State is aiming to get back to the NCAAs for the second time in coach Kevin Keatts' three seasons. The team will lean on a deep perimeter led by preseason all-Atlantic Coast Conference pick Markell Johnson at point guard.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State says guard Blake Harris is no longer with the program for unspecified personal reasons. Team spokesman Craig Hammel announced the roster move Thursday, three days before the Wolfpack plays Mount Olive in an exhibition game. Harris averaged 3.1 points and 1.5 assists while playing 30 games as a sophomore last season. The native of Chapel Hill transferred to N.C. State from Missouri, where he started nine of his 14 games in 2017-18 before leaving.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers are following California's lead in tackling NCAA rules that prohibit college athletes from reaping financial benefits from their prowess in the arena of big-money sports. With several high-marquee college sports programs, Florida could help student athletes flex their muscles as they take on the NCAA, which has long resisted calls to allow student athletes to monetize their careers. Georgia, Minnesota, New York and South Carolina are considering similar legislation.