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Yes, O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing featured a Kansas City Chiefs tie and a Heisman shirt

What’s the recommended attire for a parole hearing anyway? One member of the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners showed up to O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing on Thursday in Lovelock, Nev., wearing a black shirt and a Kansas City Chiefs tie. People noticed, and the Chiefs approved. (Washington Post)

Pitt Football Coach Pat Narduzzi Announces Disciplinary Actions

Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi announced disciplinary actions for four players prior to the Panthers' opening of training camp on August 1. Senior defensive end Rori Blair has been dismissed from the program. Junior offensive tackle Alex Bookser will be suspended for the season opener. Senior linebacker Quintin Wirginis and junior safety Jordan Whitehead will both be suspended for the first three games. (Pittsburgh Panthers)

Panthers’ Thomas Davis says ‘alarming’ brain injury study has locker room buzzing

Hours before their first training camp practice Wednesday, Carolina Panthers players were still absorbing a staggering new study that found CTE in 99 percent of deceased NFL players’ brains that had been donated for scientific research. Veteran linebacker Thomas Davis – in his most candid comments about concussions and brain injuries – called the numbers “alarming." (Charlotte Observer)

Pac-12 power rankings: Can anyone interrupt the USC-Washington collision course?

In this week’s Podcast, Steven Godfrey and I were joined by Mitch Light, managing editor of the Athlon college football previews. Athlon ranked Washington fourth in its preseason top 130, USC fifth. Light said this was one of the tougher decisions they had and that UW coach Chris Petersen served as a tie-breaker of sorts. There is very little separating these two teams. (SB Nation)

Martellus Bennett spent the night in the Lambeau Field locker room

Martellus Bennett’s first day of training camp with the Green Bay Packers was Wednesday, but the veteran tight end showed up a little early when he drove up from up his Chicago home late Tuesday night. Unfortunately, for Bennett that meant he got locked out. So his only option for the night was to find a comfortable piece of a floor in front of his locker at Lambeau Field. (SB Nation)

Inside story of how stunning firing of Panthers GM Dave Gettleman unfolded

When Dave Gettleman returned to Bank of America Stadium on Monday following his annual summer vacation to Cape Cod, he had a lot on his mind. At the end of a vacation and with training camp a little more than a week away, there was much to do. The team had begun contract talks with guard Trai Turner and linebacker Thomas Davis and had a decision to make on left tackle Michael Oher. (Charlotte Observer)

Missing Skip: Ten years later Wake remembers Prosser's zest for life

Ten years later, the scab has yet to completely heal. And for anyone who crossed paths with Skip Prosser during his six years as head basketball coach at Wake Forest, it probably never will. The events that unfolded on July 26, 2007, still seem like a really bad dream. Terry Oberle, long-time sports editor of the Winston-Salem Journal, received what he first dismissed as a crank phone call. (Winston-Salem Journal)

The NCAA didn't believe Donte Moncrief's brother could buy a car. So they launched an investigation.

Donte Moncrief was ruled ineligible by the NCAA for receiving impermissible benefits the week of Sept. 16, 2013. Those benefits were defined solely as the 2009 Challenger, his brother’s car. The notice from the NCAA didn’t break publicly. At the time, Ole Miss was on a bye before heading to play Alabama. But Moncrief’s future NFL career was now in serious jeopardy. (SB Nation)

NBA halftime acrobat Red Panda: Performing 'gives me a sense of worthiness'

Rong Niu had been pitching her acrobat audition video to NBA teams for a halftime show for nearly two years without hearing a word of interest. She was working relentlessly at the time, feeling like she performed at every school and corporate event possible. Finally, on Thanksgiving Day in 1993, she received a call from the Los Angeles Clippers. (ESPN.com)

Power rankings: Why Big 12 football will be much improved in 2017

The Big 12 was the worst power conference in the country in 2016. A few months after the season ended, the Big 12 also produced the fewest draft picks of any power conference. It’s funny how those two data points work in concert, isn’t it? This was not a good conference. And you can break the causes of this struggle into two categories: Texas and non-Texas. (SB Nation)

Clemson's Dabo Swinney's ACC football's staunchest advocate

Dabo Swinney could have hedged. 'Twas the summer of 2012, realignment fever gripped college athletics, and the ACC was purportedly ripe for plundering. The reason was football. The ACC hadn't produced a top-five team since 2000, and conventional wisdom said the league's most football-centric schools, Clemson and Florida State, needed to join with more like-minded institutions. (Daily Press)

Study: 110 of 111 NFL Players Had C.T.E.

Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist, has examined the brains of 202 deceased football players. A broad survey of her findings was published on Tuesday. Of the 202 players, 111 of them played in the N.F.L. — and 110 of those were found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., the degenerative disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head. (New York Times)

North Carolina talent surge hits ACC football rosters

183 players from the state of North Carolina grace ACC rosters this fall. And get this, every school in the league can count one or more North Carolina players on its roster except Georgia Tech. Duke was the only school to bring two players from the Old North State to the ACC Kickoff, but five other schools all featured star players who once toiled under North Carolina’s Friday Night Lights. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Virginia Tech loses key shooter to torn ACL

Virginia Tech suffered a brutal blow earlier this month when Ty Outlaw went down with a torn ACL in his right knee. Outlaw is one of the best shooters on Virginia Tech’s roster, banging home 48 percent of his three-balls last season, and he was expected to be a major part of the rotation following a season where he scored in double-figures in six of the last eight games. (NBC Sports)

Hugh Freeze, Houston Nutt, and Michael Oher just made ‘The Blind Side’ super weird

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze resigned on Thursday, brought down via public records work by the lawyer of Houston Nutt, Freeze’s predecessor. (Nutt’s suing the school for, he says, blaming its NCAA troubles on him. While searching for other dirt, Nutt’s team discovered Freeze had called an escort service. It told Ole Miss, which then found more concerns.) (SB Nation)

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