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Ex-Buckeyes indicted on rape charge

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) A grand jury indicted two former Ohio State football players on Friday on charges of rape and kidnapping after authorities said they held a woman against her will and raped her earlier this month.

Defensive backs Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint were kicked off the team last week after their Feb. 12 arrest. The indictment was announced by Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien, who said each man faces 33 years in prison and registration as a sex offender if convicted.

Both previously pleaded not guilty to preliminary charges. Their next hearing is March 6. Attorneys for both say their clients are innocent.

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Penn State settles case with Paternos

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Penn State and the family of the late head football coach Joe Paterno announced Friday they have resolved their differences eight years after he was fired following Jerry Sandusky's child molestation arrest, although the statue of the revered coach will not return to its place outside the football stadium.

The university issued a statement, read at a meeting by the chairman of the board, that it had settled "outstanding issues" with the family, had agreed to pay "certain of the Paterno family's expenses" and wished to move forward. The amount was not disclosed.

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Buffalo gives Leipold 5-year extension

AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo coach Lance Leipold has agreed to a new five-year contract for the second consecutive offseason, this time after leading the Bulls to their first bowl victory in school history.

Leipold's new contract runs through the 2024 season, extending his previous deal by one year.

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Pitt program put on 3 years probation

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The University of Pittsburgh football and men's basketball programs have been placed on probation for three years by the NCAA for a series of level II violations between 2015 and 2018.

Former men's basketball coach Kevin Stallings was given a three-year show-cause order by the NCAA as part of the punishment announced Thursday. The NCAA found that Stallings - who coached at Pitt from 2016-2018 - allowed three noncoaches to perform coaching duties, meaning the school went over its allotment of practices. The NCAA also found that Stallings developed an alert system to make sure the noncoaches would not be caught on the practice floor. Stallings also ordered personnel to delete practice video to prevent the illegal practices from being discovered by the school administration.

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Michigan State hires Jay Johnson as OC

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Jay Johnson followed head coach Mel Tucker and fellow assistant Chris Kapilovic to Michigan State from Colorado, joining the Spartans on Thursday as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Johnson filled roles last season at Colorado under Tucker.

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Former Penn State star Radakovich dies

PITTSBURGH (AP) Dan Radakovich, who starred as a linebacker at Penn State in the 1950s before winning two Super Bowls as an assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s, died Thursday. Radakovich was 84.

Robert Morris University, where Radakovich served two stints as an assistant coach between 1994 and 2007, announced his death. A cause of death was not immediately available.

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Ex-Wisconsin coach joins Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State hired Wisconsin assistant Ted Gilmore on Friday as tight ends coach.

Gilmore, 52, joins the Spartans after spending the past five seasons as the Badgers' wide receivers coach. Previously, he spent three seasons as wide receivers coach for the Oakland Raiders and numerous colleges before that, including Nebraska, Purdue and Colorado.

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Pruitt adds 2 coaches to Tennessee staff

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt continued revamping his staff by hiring Jimmy Brumbaugh as co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach and Shelton Felton as outside linebackers coach.

Brumbaugh spent the last two seasons as Colorado's defensive line coach. He also has coached at Maryland and Kentucky among other schools. He worked alongside current Tennessee defensive coordinator Derrick Ansley at Kentucky.

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Marshall-ECU to honor 1970 crash victims

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) Marshall and East Carolina will open the 2020 football season a week earlier than scheduled to accommodate a national television broadcast marking the 50th anniversary of the worst disaster in U.S. sports history.

The schools announced Thursday that the game originally set for Sept. 5 in Greenville now will be played Aug. 29. The network was not announced.

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NCAA nears instant transfer eligibility

The NCAA took a significant step toward allowing all Division I athletes to transfer one time without sitting out a season of competition.

A plan to change the waiver process is expected to be presented to the Division I Council in April. If adopted, new criteria would go into effect for the 2020-21 academic year and be a boon for athletes in high-profile sports such as football and men's and women's basketball.

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