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Buying his dying friend's boat helped Ruffin McNeill navigate through tough waters

Ruffin McNeill never imagined himself a river rat. Growing up in rural Lumberton, North Carolina, and later coaching football at such land-locked college destinations as Lubbock, Texas, Boone, North Carolina, Las Vegas, Clarksville, Tennessee, and Fresno, California, the thought of life on the water never crossed his landlubbing mind. One of his best friends changed all that.

Florida State QB Deondre Francois officially named starter for opener

Nine days before Florida State’s season opener, coach Jimbo Fisher officially named his starting quarterback. As expected, redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois will lead FSU against Ole Miss during the Camping World Kickoff in Orlando on Labor Day.

Minor league baseball returns to Kinston, coming to Fayetteville

When Minor League Baseball announced on Monday afternoon that this season will be the last for High Desert, currently the Texas Rangers’ high Class A affiliate, and Bakersfield, the Seattle Mariners’ affiliate in the California League, it paved the way for two new franchises in the Carolina League in Fayetteville and Kinston. Both North Carolina towns have working stadium agreements to add a team.

Big Ten football power rankings

Ranking teams in this order comes down to one thing: I think Ohio State's biggest question mark scares me the most. I trust Michigan will be able to find a quarterback (that the Wolverines ranked in the top 10 in Passing S&P+ with Jake Rudock basically took that concern out of me), and I'm going to assume Michigan State is going to be able to absorb losses on defense without too much of a drop-off.

LB Jermaine Grace, DE Al-Quadin Muhammad Dismissed From Miami

One week from the season opener, the University of Miami has dismissed arguably its two best defensive football players from the team because they violated NCAA rules. In a fallout from a highly publicized luxury-car rental case, defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad and strong-side linebacker Jermaine Grace were kicked off the team Saturday, the school announced.

Video: Remembering the titans of the 2016 Rio Olympics

Take a look back at all of the must-see moments from Rio including Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt’s final moments as an Olympian.

Duke QB Thomas Sirk reinjures Achilles, likely out for season

A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk is expected to miss the season after reinjuring the Achilles tendon he tore in February. The person spoke Friday night on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced Sirk's status. This marks the third injury to an Achilles tendon since 2013 for Sirk.

ECU dismisses projected DL starter Darius Commissiong for animal cruelty

East Carolina's defensive front took a major hit Friday when a projected starter was dismissed from the team after being arrested on a felony charge of animal cruelty. Junior Darius Commissiong, 21, was identified by witnesses as leaving a Greenville apartment following a disturbance early Friday morning. Greenville police responded and when allowed inside discovered a dog dead from numerous injuries.

Jerod Evans Named Virginia Tech’s Starting Quarterback For Liberty

Justin Fuente announced on Thursday that r-junior Jerod Evans will start at quarterback in Virginia Tech’s season opener against Liberty. Evans, a junior college transfer from Texas, has been locked in a tight battle with Brenden Motley and Joshua Jackson for the starting position. He was personally recruited to Virginia Tech by Fuente within weeks of Fuente’s hiring.

Pac-12 football power rankings

There's no slam-dunk Playoff contender. Stanford and USC have brutal schedules, run defense is a massive concern for Oregon and UCLA, and while I assume Washington will be very good, I need to see the Huskies beating good teams before I truly believe the top-10 hype.

Sources: NCAA's Ole Miss investigation expands beyond Laremy Tunsil

The NCAA’s protracted investigation of Mississippi has taken a new twist within the last month – investigators have interviewed players at two or more rival Southeastern Conference schools about their recruitment by the Rebels, multiple sources told Yahoo Sports. Mississippi has been under investigation for years, and in late January was charged with 28 violations in three sports.

Georgia State officially owns Turner Field, will build a football stadium

Georgia State University and its real estate partners have agreed to purchase Turner Field, the soon-to-be former home of the Atlanta Braves, for $30 million. The deal is slated to close by the end of the year. Georgia State first made its bid for the property in May 2014 and was announced the winning bidder in December.

Candid Coaches: Which college coach would you want coaching your own son?

ESPN asked various SEC and Big 12 football coaches to name the one football coach they'd most like to coach their sons. The leading vote-getter was Oklahoma's Bob Stoops. So who is the college basketball equivalent? To find out, we asked more than 100 college coaches the following question: Which college coach would you most like your son to play for?

Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart gets raise, contract extension

Texas is giving basketball coach Shaka Smart a contract extension and pay raise. Smart's first team finished 23-10 and the Longhorns lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season. The school considered that good enough to give him an extra year on his contract with an additional $100,000 per season. Smart will earn $3 million next season and his contract now runs until 2023.

Impermissible FaceTime call among Clemson's 15 NCAA violations

Clemson's athletic department reported 15 violations to the NCAA in the past year, including three by the defending ACC football champions. None of the violations is considered serious. All but one of them is classified as a Level III infraction. Clemson detailed its NCAA violations from Aug. 1, 2015, through this past July 31. Three of the violations involved the football program.

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