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2 Texas players face sex assault charges

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Two University of Texas football players were arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month.

Wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were later released on personal recognizance bonds. According to an arrest affidavit, Sanders and Meander texted each other during earlier interviews with police to "get their story straight" and Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography tied to the alleged assault on June 21.

The arrests created the first program crisis for first-year Longhorns coach Charlie Strong, who will welcome his team to preseason training camp in two weeks.

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Auburn QB Marshall pays fine for pot

REYNOLDS, Ga. (AP) Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has paid the fines for possession of a small amount of marijuana and a window tint violation.

Reynolds, Georgia police chief Lonnie Holder said Thursday that Marshall's mother, Shalina Cliett, paid the $1,100 in fines. That means Marshall won't have to appear at a September court hearing.

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Washington QB Miles suspended for opener

LOS ANGELES (AP) Washington quarterback Cyler Miles was suspended for the Huskies' season opener against Hawaii for his role in two on-campus assaults following the Seattle Seahawks' win over the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.

Coach Chris Petersen said at Pac-12 media days Thursday that Miles will miss the Aug. 30 game.

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Sooners look to move on from Sugar win

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma got a lot of attention with its upset victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

As good as it was for the program, the Sooners are looking forward. The Big 12 favorites begin practice Aug. 5 in preparation for the Aug. 30 opener against Louisiana Tech.

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Spurrier: Gamecocks close to SEC title

BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. (AP) South Carolina's Steve Spurrier always considered the Gamecocks were a long-term project, even if some on the outside of the program saw it was just a quick lay-over for the national championship coach.

"I didn't plan on being here two or three years and try and get one of those glamour jobs," he said Thursday. "I wanted to see if we could build this up to something special."

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Stanford not slighted by 2nd-place pick

LOS ANGELES (AP) Stanford has played in four straight major bowl games and the past two Rose Bowls, building a resilient football power at an improbable place.

The Cardinal's reward for all that consistency this week? They were picked to finish second behind Oregon in the Pac-12 North Division yet again.

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Ohio State marching band director fired

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday after determining he ignored a "sexualized" culture of rituals including students being pressured to march in their underwear and participate in sexually themed stunts.

Jonathan Waters had led the band since 2012, and served in lesser capacities for a decade before that. His halftime shows for what's known to fans as "The Best Damn Band in the Land" were considered revolutionary and drew millions of viewers on YouTube.

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Ex-Texas coach Brown to be ABC analyst

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - Former Texas coach Mack Brown will serve as a studio analyst for college football games on ABC.

Brown stepped down in December after 16 years with the Longhorns, winning the national title after the 2005 season.

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NCAA enforcement director defends work

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jonathan Duncan understands that a perfect NCAA enforcement division won't catch every cheater in college sports. He still believes his team is getting the job done.

Two days after Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby called the NCAA enforcement system overwhelmed and "broken," the NCAA's top cop fired back by defending his staff's work and acknowledging the impossible mission of policing more than 1,200 schools.

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9 FSU players on preseason all-ACC team

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston is one of nine Florida State players on the preseason all-Atlantic Coast Conference team.

The ACC announced its preseason team Wednesday following a vote of media members covering its media days earlier in the week.

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