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UNDATED (AP) — A key NCAA working group is expected to provide an update on whether it would be feasible to allow athletes to profit from their names, images and likenesses while still preserving amateurism rules. The group will present a progress report to the NCAA Board of Governors in Atlanta. It is an important early step in a process that could take months or even years. The move comes after California cleared the way for athletes to sign endorsement deals beginning in 2023.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan receiver Mike Sainristil was born in Haiti and his stay on the island was short, living there for just seven months. Carlot Sainristil was the newsroom director at a Haitian radio station that received telephone threats following the country's presidential election in 2000. Carlot and his wife moved their family to the Boston area, where Mike became the top high school football player in Massachusetts last year. He may play a large role for the 14th-ranked Wolverines at Maryland.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — J.K. Dobbins is backing up his preseason declaration that he's the best running back in the nation. Dobbin's 163 yards against then-No. 13 Wisconsin last week put him over 1,000 yards. He's the first Ohio State back to hit the 1,000-yard mark in each of his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. Former Ohio State star and two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin hit that mark each of his final three seasons. Now Dobbins has worked his way into the Heisman Trophy conversation.
UNDATED (AP) — The questions at Indiana are no longer about bowl eligibility. Instead, everyone wants to know how high they can go. Two days after beating Nebraska for the first time in 60 years and winning a crucial sixth game to become bowl-eligible in October for the first time since 1993, the Hoosiers celebrated by going back to work. They face Northwestern next.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska coach Scott Frost says he doesn't know what prompted Indiana athletic director Fred Glass to tell the Indianapolis Star newspaper that the Cornhuskers' staff doesn't respect the Hoosiers' football program. Glass said the win at Nebraska was "particularly gratifying" because Nebraska's staff "had no respect for our program." Glass declined to elaborate. Frost says he was complimentary to the Hoosiers before and after the game.
UNDATED (AP) — Purdue coach Jeff Brohm changed his mind. Two days after announcing there would be an open competition for the starting quarterback job, Brohm says Jack Plummer has the job going into Saturday's game against Nebraska. Plummer was yanked twice in last weekend's 24-6 loss to Illinois.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — UNLV assistant football coach Barney Cotton is progressing well after having a heart transplant in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. The operation was Oct. 22 at Nebraska Medical Center. The Cotton family says the surgery and recovery have gone as expected. Cotton has been on UNLV's staff since 2015 and stepped away for health reasons in July. Cotton was a Nebraska lineman from 1976-78 and a Cornhuskers assistant in 2003 and from 2008-14.
UNDATED (AP) — The college basketball season is set to tip off with two huge questions in place. The first is a series of efforts to change the NCAA business model in an effort to provide compensation to its athletes. That issue has been put on the front burner by a recently passed law in California. The other issue is the impact of a federal corruption investigation into the sport. No. 3 Kansas and others could be facing major sanctions tied to recruiting.