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Texas regents approve Sarkisian's deal

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) University of Texas System regents on Thursday approved a six-year, $34.2 million guaranteed contract for new football coach Steve Sarkisian.

The regents also approved more than $21 million in guaranteed contracts for Sarkisian's staff. Three of his top assistants got three-year guaranteed contracts worth more than $1 million annually. The highest-paid in that group will be defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski at $1.7 million per year.

Sarkisian was hired in early January to replace Tom Herman, who was fired three seasons and more than $15 million left on his guaranteed contract. Herman went 32-18 in four seasons but had failed to win a Big 12 championship and was embroiled in a campus controversy over some players' refusal to sing the school song "The Eyes of Texas."

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Northwestern-Michigan to honor Jewett

The Big Ten is adding a 16th trophy game in football to honor the first Black man to play in the conference.

Northwestern and Michigan will meet for the George Jewett Trophy beginning in October, the schools announced Thursday. Jewett played football at both schools in the 1890s.

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Latest NIL bill emerges from Senate

The latest federal bill related to college sports would allow athletes to earn money from endorsements, loosen restrictions around transfers and permit players to return to school after entering a professional league's draft.

The proposed legislation introduced Wednesday by Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., also would require the wealthiest athletic programs to increase spending on long-term medical care for athletes.

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Study: Little change in diversity hiring

A diversity study for racial and gender hiring across college sports found little change in scores that continue to lag behind the professional ranks.

Wednesday's report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at Central Florida assigned an overall C-plus grade, a B for racial hiring and a C-plus for gender hiring for the 2019-20 sports season. Those were the same grades from last year in the report, which examines a range of positions including leadership at the NCAA headquarters, conference commissioners, athletics directors and head coaches across Divisions I, II and III.

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Ex-Badgers WR sues school over expulsion

MILWAUKEE (AP) Former Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday against the university that he was used as a scapegoat during a sexual assault investigation that resulted in his temporary expulsion.

Cephus seeks unspecified damages in his lawsuit filed in federal court in Madison, accusing the defendants of violating his due process rights, violating Title IX provisions and breach of contract.

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Deion Sanders wins coaching debut

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Jalon Jones threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as Jackson State rolled past NAIA Edward Waters 53-0 in Deion Sanders' coaching debut on Sunday.

Kymani Clarke scored two rushing touchdowns. Warren Newman showed some dazzling speed as a wideout and kick returner and caught a 6-yard pass from Jones for JSU's first score.

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Northwestern LB Fisher wins Lott Trophy

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) Northwestern linebacker Paddy Fisher won the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which goes to college football's defensive player who has made the biggest impact on his team.

The announcement was made Sunday night at the Pacific Club. The award is usually given in December, but was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. IMPACT stands for integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity.

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FCS member Tarleton routs New Mexico St.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) Cameron Burston ran for a pair of scores in the first quarter and FCS-member Tarleton overwhelmed FBS-level New Mexico State 43-17 on Sunday night.

The win was the first for the Texans (1-1) in just their second game at the FCS level following 26 years in Division II.

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Michigan's Harbaugh adds another coach

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has added another assistant off his brother's coaching staff.

Harbaugh announced Monday he hired Baltimore Ravens running backs coach Matt Weiss to lead the Wolverines' quarterbacks.

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Michigan gives AD Manuel 5-yr. extension

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) The University of Michigan and athletic director Warde Manuel have agreed on a five-year contract extension, shortly after the head of the department negotiated a new deal with football coach Jim Harbaugh.

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel recommended the move to retain Manuel and the school's governing body approved the agreement Thursday.

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