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Auburn Basketball Suspends Austin Wiley, Danjel Purifoy After FBI Complaint

Auburn has suspended Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy, two players believed to be implicated in the F.B.I.'s complaint against former assistant coach Chuck Person. The university announced the decision on Thursday. "To avoid any potential eligibility issues, Auburn Athletics has decided to hold men's basketball players Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy out indefinitely." (Sports Illustrated)

How Football Saved The ACC

ACC commissioner John Swofford is a 68-year-old man in charge of a 64-year-old league that has found high-level success in many sports. A football player at UNC from 1969-71, he grew up in North Carolina at a time when the ACC was far more famous for men’s basketball. Now he oversees a conference that benefits far more financially for its gridiron success. (ACC Sports Journal)

Top 20 prospects for the 2018 NBA Draft

From a depth standpoint, the potential 2018 NBA Draft class doesn’t compare to 2017 but the top-end talent could potentially be better. In fact, I think the top five players in the 2018 draft class are potentially better prospects than the top five players from last year’s draft. All five are in the running to go No. 1 overall, which will make the next eight months full of debate. (247 Sports)

Dick Vitale, college basketball's biggest fan, is 'fed up' and wants the game cleaned up

Dick Vitale might want to still be college basketball’s biggest cheerleader, but at age 78, he’s becoming one of its biggest cynics in the wake of an FBI investigation that has exposed the culture of corruption and backroom deal-making that has long been accepted as part of the recruiting landscape. “I’m fed up with this. “I love the game and care about it so much. It just frustrates me.” (USA Today)

Nebraska transfer Jessica Shepard can play right away for Notre Dame

The NCAA announced Wednesday that it has approved Notre Dame’s waiver of junior transfer Jessica Shepard, making the former two-time All-Big Ten and Nebraska forward eligible effective Wednesday. Shepard thought she may have to sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Notre Dame ded not indicate why the NCAA ruled that Shepard is eligible to play right away. (Lincoln Journal Star)

Gene Chizik: Don't let your fears kill your dream

One of the greatest things about being around college athletes is watching young men grow from the failures that inevitably happen in sports. They don’t have time to feel sorry for themselves after making an error or losing a game. They get back up and do it again. It doesn’t mean they are immune to the sting of failure. It means they don’t let fear paralyze them. (LinkedIn)

Legendary NC sports columnist Caulton Tudor dies

Legendary Triangle sports columnist Caulton Tudor, who has contributed to WRAL-TV and WRALSportsFan.com since 2013, passed away Tuesday. Prior to joining WRALSportsFan.com, Tudor was a writer and columnist with Raleigh Times and the News & Observer for nearly 40 years. Tudor inducted in May into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. (WRAL Sports Fan)

NCAA president Mark Emmert urges change to basketball to restore trust

Major changes are needed in college basketball before the 2018-19 season to show the public that the NCAA is capable of governing the sport in the wake of a bribery scandal, NCAA President Mark Emmert said Monday. Emmert’s comments were his most extensive since federal investigators accused coaches, financial managers and an Adidas executive of using bribes to influence athletes. (Associated Press)

NCAA appeal denied: Braxton Beverly won't play for NCSU this season

The NCAA has denied its appeal for NC State basketball freshman Braxton Beverly's immediate eligibility. Coach Kevin Keatts said that Beverly is "devastated' over the decision. "Disappointed would be an understatement for how I feel for Braxton.” Keatts said. NC State announced on Oct. 13 Beverly’s request for immediate eligibility had been denied by the NCAA. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Florida, Jim McElwain agree to part ways

UF officials and football coach Jim McElwain have agreed in principle to a buyout (originally $12.76 million) figure, but the paperwork has not yet been signed. What seemed inevitable Saturday became reality Sunday. Jim McElwain’s coaching career is over at Florida. The embattled coach and the school agreed to part ways Sunday, UF athletic director Scott Stricklin announced. (Gainesville Sun)

Historic World Series Home Run Rate may be Result of Slicker Baseballs

Pitchers and coaches from both the Dodgers and Astros complained Saturday night about the World Series baseballs—and this time the controversy is not just about liveliness. They say there is a new problem: the baseballs used in the World Series are slicker than the ones used in the regular season because of a difference in the grain of the leather. (Sports Illustrated)

In shocking Penn State, Ohio State and J.T. Barrett refused to let go

Yet as so many of the 109,302 here Saturday left their seats and their senses and streamed out onto the field in a big, delirious blob under a brooding Big Ten sky, after No. 6 Ohio State overcame No. 2 Penn State, 39-38, they had seen something else, beyond even a reminder that American college football is one of the most kaleidoscopic damned things extant. (Washington Post)

AAC Basketball Preview: Who Will Challenge Front-Running Newcomer Wichita State?

Is this the year the American asserts itself as a power conference? They add Wichita State this season, and the Shockers could be in the mix for a Final Four run if everything breaks right. Cincinnati is coming off a 30–6 season, its best season since 2001–02; we have the Bearcats turning in another strong season. UCF, Houston and UConn all have tournament hopes, (Sports Illustrated)

Gaffes, TV ratings concerns dominated as NFL, players forged anthem peace

Nobody knew where to sit. Side by side or across from one another? It was the final question raised by a group of 11 NFL team owners as they mingled inside the sixth-floor conference room at the league's Park Avenue headquarters in New York City, minutes before they were to meet with a group of 12 players, one former player and three union leaders on the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 17. (ESPN.com)

Two Pittsburgh football players face charges after apparent Madden video game dispute

Two Pittsburgh football players are facing disorderly conduct charges after fighting with one another in a dorm room on campus last week, apparently over a video game dispute. Freshmen Paris Ford and Tyler Sear have been charged with disorderly conduct/engaging in fighting as the result of an incident on Oct. 17, according to Pennsylvania court records filed Wednesday. (USA Today)

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