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Obama honors Ohio State at White House

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WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama honored the national champion Ohio State football team Monday, taking just a little bit of credit for the new playoff system that the Buckeyes mastered.

Ohio State won the first College Football Playoff in January, beating Oregon in the title game.

Obama jokingly talked about throwing his political weight behind the idea of a four-team playoff to replace the old system in which voters and computers selected two teams to play for the championship.


SEC's Slive feels OK after cancer battle

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Mike Slive made it clear he's still the boss of the Southeastern Conference, even with his successor seated next to him.

The outgoing SEC commissioner said it will be "business as usual" the final three months of his tenure after undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment for prostate cancer, along with back surgery. Slive stressed he won't hand over the reins of the powerhouse league to his longtime No. 2 man, Greg Sankey, until Aug. 1.


Nebraska DB ticketed for marijuana

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska reserve defensive back Boaz Joseph has been ticketed for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

University assistant police chief Charlotte Evans says Tuesday that investigators found 3.3 grams of marijuana in a tobacco tin in Joseph's room at an apartment last Thursday. Evans says officers were there to execute a search warrant in connection with an unrelated fraud investigation. Two other people were ticketed for having drugs and paraphernalia.


QB competitions all the rage in Big 12

(AP) -- The Big 12 entered the offseason with a sting, with both TCU and Baylor shut out of the inaugural College Football Playoff.

A host of young and inexperienced quarterbacks are hoping to help the league regain its momentum.


K-State trying to answer QB questions

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) The race to replace one of the most prolific passers in Kansas State history may boil down to a junior who never started at game at quarterback in high school and a sophomore who was born more than six years after Bill Snyder took over the program.

Joe Hubener was the primary backup to Jake Waters last season, a former walk-on who played wide receiver and defensive back in high school. But based on his experience in 2014, he may have the slight edge for the No. 1 spot heading into Saturday's spring game, which has been moved to Sporting Park in Kansas City because of construction to Bill Snyder Family Stadium.


Wisconsin coach Chryst making strides

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said football coach Paul Chryst has made strides with implementing his style in five months on the job.

Chryst was hired away from Pitt in December to replace Gary Andersen. The Madison native had previous experience at Wisconsin, most recently from 2005-11 as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.


Cal recruiting coordinator put on leave

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach Pierre Ingram has been placed on administrative leave.

Cal said Ingram didn't participate in last weekend's spring game but provided no further details on what it called a "situation."


Ga. Tech schedules 2-game series vs. UCF

(AP) -- Georgia Tech has scheduled a two-game series against Central Florida, which is led by former Yellow Jackets coach George O'Leary.

The Atlanta school announced Monday that it will travel to Orlando, Florida, for a game on Sept. 16, 2017.


Gators DB arrested for armed robbery

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) A University of Florida redshirt freshman football player faces charges after a robbery at a Gainesville apartment.

Gainesville Police say Jerald Christopher "J.C." Jackson of Immokalee entered an acquaintance's apartment Saturday with two men.


Ohio St. RB Elliott wins Sullivan Award

NEW YORK (AP) Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott won the AAU Sullivan Award on Sunday as the most outstanding U.S. amateur athlete who also demonstrates premier leadership, character and sportsmanship.

Elliott helped lead the Buckeyes to the national championship, earning MVP honors in the national semifinal and title games. He ran for 1,878 yards on 273 attempts and caught 28 passes for 220 yards.

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