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Bill Sheridan has resigned as Wisconsin’s inside linebackers coach while the NCAA investigates him for potential rules violations during his tenure as Air Force’s defensive line coach. Wisconsin hired Sheridan on Feb. 22 after he had spent two years at Air Force.  Action Network first reported that Air Force had completed an internal investigation into recruiting violations and was awaiting an NCAA ruling on penalties for rules violations committed by Sheridan and three other former assistants. The report said the assistants provided impermissible benefits and hosted prospects during the pandemic-imposed dead period in 2020.

The city of Memphis and the University of Memphis will be spending at least $150 million to renovate and renovate the home of the annual Liberty Bowl before the 2025 season. The renovation announced Thursday could reach $200 million for the Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium. Memphis studied options of renovating the current stadium or building a new one. The project also could help make Memphis more attractive to a Power Five conference looking to expand. Athletic director Laird Veatch says this will optimize Memphis' position in the rapidly evolving landscape of college athletics. 

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The Atlantic Coast Conference is mulling a change to its football scheduling model that could include the elimination of divisions by 2023. Discussions are taking place during the league’s annual spring meetings. The focus is a 3-5-5 model that would have teams playing three opponents as permanent scheduling partners annually then rotating through the other 10 teams over two seasons in that eight-game schedule. Currently teams can go years without meeting and have one permanent cross-division opponent. The discussions come after the ACC’s 2020 season nixed divisions and added Notre Dame for one year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

South Carolina has added Jacksonville State to its 2023 football schedule. The South Carolina Gamecocks announced the move Wednesday. South Carolina said Jacksonville State would replace Liberty, which is joining Conference USA and needed to free up its schedule for league games. Jacksonville State is also joining Conference USA after this season. It will be the school's first Power Five game as a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision. It's also the first game between the schools, who both are nicknamed Gamecocks.

Alabama coach Nick Saban denies that anybody from his football program had contact with receiver Tyler Harrell before the former Louisville player entered the transfer portal, which would have violated NCAA rules. Saban responded to a suggestion from Louisville coach Scott Satterfield that Alabama had tampered with Harrell, who has since announced his transfer to the Crimson Tide. Saban told reporters Wednesday that he and his staff “don’t tamper with anybody.” The Alabama coach says some things have happened with his own transferring players that made him wonder about potential tampering. But he says he has no evidence.

Police say a Kentucky football player has been charged with drunken driving. News outlets cited an arrest affidavit in reporting that 24-year-old running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. was arrested Sunday and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, careless driving and driving without tail lamps. The citation says a University of Kentucky Police officer pulled over a black Dodge Durango that was “not maintaining its designated operating lane” and did not have its taillights activated. The officer wrote that Rodriguez had slurred speech and there was “an odor of alcoholic beverages coming from within the vehicle."

The brother of Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney has been arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor. A release from the office of South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson says Henry Ervil Swinney III was arrested on April 23 and charged with one count. The Pickens County Sheriff's Office made the arrest. The attorney general says investigators received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that led them to Swinney. He has been charged with a second-degree felony and could face up to 10 years in jail. 

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College sports leaders visited Capitol Hill, asking lawmakers to consider rules to govern name, image and likeness money for college athletes. Greg Sankey of the SEC and George Kliavkoff of the Pac-12 were scheduled to meet with lawmakers on both sides of aisle. The NCAA is trying to clarify existing rules to prevent boosters from being involved in recruiting. College sports leaders are skeptical about the NCAA's ability to crack down in so-called collectives founded by wealthy boosters.

Alabama freshman offensive lineman Dayne Shor has entered the transfer portal, citing mental health issues. Shor issued a statement on Twitter explaining that he has battled depression and anxiety and experienced suicidal thoughts. He said he is seeking a fresh start. Shor said he received help from a Herren Project’s substance abuse treatment facility in Massachusetts. Shor said the struggles were most pronounced during his recruitment as a four-star prospect from Alpharetta, Georgia. Shor wrote that he believes football has saved his life.

College football coaches are pushing for changes to NCAA rules to help stabilize rosters depleted by transfers. The proposals would lift the yearly cap on how many players a school can sign and create designated windows in which a player must enter the transfer portal to retain immediate eligibility. Support for the changes is gaining ‘momentum.' Todd Berry, the executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, says the changes would help bring some order to what has become a chaotic time in college football. Berry says the coaches’ proposal would scrap the current cap that limits schools to signing 25 players per year. Those players can be either high school recruits or transfers. The overall scholarship cap of 85 would remain in place.

Pittsburgh wide receiver Jordan Addison is exploring his options. The rising junior and 2021 Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation’s top receiver is in the NCAA transfer portal. Addison put in his paperwork by the May 1 deadline. The decision comes amid reports that Addison is considering USC as a potential destination. Addison caught a single-season school record 100 passes for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns for the ACC champions last fall.

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The NFL has hired 10 new on-field officials, including the first Asian American to officiate in the league and a former player. Lo van Pham joins the NFL from the Big 12 Conference. He was born in Vietnam and after a stop in the Philippines, moved to the United States when he was seven. Mike Morton becomes the third former NFL player on the 2022 roster of officials, joining Nate Jones and Terry Killens. Morton was drafted in the fourth round in 1995 by the Raiders, and was a linebacker for them from 1995-98. He also played in St. Louis, Green Bay (2000), and Indianapolis during his seven-year NFL career.

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Scott Frost will not be allowed to perform his coaching duties for five consecutive days this football season as part of Nebraska’s negotiated settlement with the NCAA for allowing an unauthorized staff member to do hands-on special teams coaching in 2020. The NCAA said Frost failed to monitor former special teams analyst Jonathan Rutledge’s activities. Rutledge was found to work directly with players during special teams drills and assist or make tactical decisions in games. Among other penalties are a $10,000 fine, probation through April 2023 and removal of non-coaching staff members from practice or competition for five days.

Alabama cornerback Eli Ricks was arrested in Mississippi on charges of speeding, not having insurance and a first offense possession of marijuana. The Jones County Sheriff’s Department’s online records show that Ricks was booked at 5:14 p.m. Sunday. The bond was listed as $0. Alabama coach Nick Saban was not immediately available for comment on the arrest. Ricks is battling for a starting spot in Alabama’s secondary after transferring from LSU. He was a five-star recruit who earned third-team Associated Press All-America honors as an LSU freshman.

Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule went back to his college roots on Day Three of the NFL draft. The Panthers traded up into the fourth round to select Penn State linebacker Brandon Smith on Saturday. They dealt both of their fifth-round picks to Washington to make the move. Like Smith, Rhule was once played linebacker for the Nittany Lions. The Panthers finished the afternoon by selecting 6-foot-5, 246-pound edge rusher Amare’ Barno from Virginia Tech and 6-foot-5, 311-pound guard Cade Mays from Tennessee in the sixth round. They added Baylor cornerback Kalon “Boogie” Barnes in the seventh round. Barnes was the fastest player at the scouting combine by running a 4.23 40-yard dash.

The Cincinnati Bengals focused on defense in the NFL draft, using their first three picks to get players they expect to be immediate contributors. The Super Bowl runner-up Bengals used five of their six picks in the draft to get defensive players. They came in seeking depth for the secondary and defensive line. They selected Michigan safety Daxton Hill in the first round with the 31st pick, then traded up three spots to take Nebraska cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt with the second (60), before getting Florida defensive lineman Zachary Carter in the third (95).

There are stars to be found in the final rounds of the NFL draft. They’re just not easy to spot. Heading into Day 3 of the draft Saturday, there's plenty of talented players and potential starters out there. And maybe a few hidden gems. Among the most intriguing players left on the board are North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell, Clemson receiver Justyn Ross and San Diego State's “Punt God,” Matt Araiza.

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The Baltimore Ravens have selected David Ojabo in the second round of the NFL draft. The Ravens put their faith in the Michigan edge rusher’s considerable potential even though he’s coming off a torn Achilles tendon. It may be a while before Ojabo can make an impact for Baltimore, but the Ravens could use help with their pass rush. Baltimore later took Connecticut defensive lineman Travis Jones in the third round. The Ravens have six picks in Saturday’s fourth round and one in the sixth.

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