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Norvell sorry after accusation of lying

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Florida State's Mike Norvell apologized Thursday after a star player accused the coach of lying about personally connecting with each player to discuss the police killing of George Floyd and ensuing protests against racial injustice.

Defensive tackle Marvin Wilson said Wednesday night on Twitter that he and his teammates were "outraged" by Norvell's characterization of the contact the white, first-year coach had with the players. Wilson, who is black, went back to social media on Thursday to say the matter was settled.

"Took a stand we got what we wanted & we are moving forward," Wilson wrote on Instagram. He also posted a nearly four-minute video detailing how the team plans to register to vote and raise funds for organizations that help send young black people to college and aid poor children in the Tallahassee area.


Ga. Tech athletics off on Election Day

ATLANTA (AP) In the wake of nationwide protests over police brutality, Georgia Tech wants to make sure its athletes take time to vote in November.

The school said Thursday that nine teams, including football, will cancel all mandatory activities on Nov. 3 to recognize the importance of casting a ballot.


Ex-Pitt, Vols coach Majors dies at 85

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) College Football Hall of Famer Johnny Majors, the coach of Pittsburgh’s 1976 national championship team and a former coach and star player at Tennessee, died Wednesday. He was 85.

Majors died at his home in Knoxville, according to his wife, Mary Lynn Majors. “He spent his last hours doing something he dearly loved: looking out over his cherished Tennessee River,” she said in a statement first given to Sports Radio WNML.


2 more Okla. St. players have COVID-19

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Two more Oklahoma State football players have tested positive for COVID-19 since returning to campus for voluntary workouts, bringing the total to three.

Senior associate athletic director Kevin Klintworth wrote on his Twitter account Wednesday that of the 150 staff, administrators and athletes tested, three athletes had asymptomatic positives.


Colleges still behind in diversity hires

A diversity report for racial and gender hiring across college sports found overall improvement yet still reported grades lagging 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 score, a B for racial hiring and a C-plus for gender hiring. The report examined a range of positions including leadership at the NCAA headquarters, conference commissioners and head coaches based on data from the 2018-19 season.


Clemson assistant sorry for racial slur

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson assistant coach Danny Pearman said he made a “grave mistake” when he repeated a racial slur to ex-Tigers tight end D.J. Greenlee at practice three years ago.

The incident came to light Tuesday when former player Kanyon Tuttle posted about it on social media. Tuttle was responding to the school's post of Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney's comments Monday about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.


NCAA commission steps toward athlete pay

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The commission that promotes uniformity among state laws took another step toward crafting legislation allowing compensation for college athletes.

A study committee recommended Tuesday that the Uniform Law Commission form a drafting committee to write legislation for states to adopt governing athletes' ability to profit for use of their names, images and likenesses (NIL).


Irish-Navy opener in Ireland moved to US

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) The college football season opener between Notre Dame and Navy has been moved out of Ireland because of the cornavirus pandemic.

The Irish and Midshipmen were scheduled to meet in Dublin on Aug. 29, but instead will seek to play at the Naval Academy during the Labor Day weekend. The decision to move the venue came after discussions between the Irish government, medical authorities and the leadership teams at Navy and Notre Dame.


Ex-Indiana DL Beaty dies in protest

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) To those who knew former Indiana University football player Chris Beaty, it was no surprise that he would participate in a protest over the death of George Floyd.

That a man they saw as a "gentle giant" who brought positivity everywhere he went would turn up dead in an alley after a peaceful demonstration turned violent was unfathomable.


Pac-12 to test returning athletes

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