The Pac-12 won't be kicking off football games in the morning this season, but the idea is not off the table. Pac-12 spokesman Andrew Walker says some schools are still interested in playing games that can be slotted into the noon Eastern time window by broadcast partner Fox. That means 9 a.m. kickoffs for the schools in the Pacific time zone and 10 a.m. in the Mountain time zone. Walker says further discussion is needed and the earliest any morning games would be scheduled is 2020.
Prince Tega Wanogho came to Alabama from Nigeria wanting to be the next LeBron James. He became Auburn's starting left tackle instead. Now, he's the anchor of the 16th-ranked Tigers' all-senior offensive line.
Wisconsin receiver Quintez Cephus has returned to practice. His coach says pending eligibility issues stem from a lack of credits because he was expelled this spring after being charged with sexually assaulting two women in April 2018. A jury acquitted Cephus earlier this month and he was cleared to return to school this week.
Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson went through the wringer his first two seasons. He never felt confident of himself under longtime coach Bill Snyder. With the arrival of new coach Chris Klieman, the junior signal-caller has taken over the leadership of a team that has bowl expectations. The season opener is Aug. 31 at home against Nicholls State.
North Carolina coach Mack Brown is savoring his return to coaching in a second stint with the Tar Heels. Brown had worked in broadcasting since his departure from Texas after the 2013 season. But he says the time away rejuvenated him for his chance to return to the sideline. Now he's trying to stabilize a UNC program that has won two Atlantic Coast Conference games over the past two seasons. Brown guided the North Carolina football into top-10 national status more than two decades ago.
Janie McCauley, Associated Press | Updated Aug 22nd - 12:19am
When slugger Khris Davis cleared the fences again at last, he gave it an animated trot around the bases complete with a salute approaching third before celebrating with his teammates back in the dugout.