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ACC agrees to retain media rights

The Atlantic Coast Conference will retain media rights for a school that leaves the conference, the league announced Monday.

Each of its current and future schools has signed the deal, which is effective immediately.

The grant of rights would appear to make the league more stable by essentially locking all 15 schools — a group that include Florida State and Miami — into the ACC through the length of a TV deal, including eventual new arrivals Pitt, Syracuse, Notre Dame and Louisville. Awarding control of those TV rights — and, more important, the money that comes with them — to the league means a school would have to leave its TV rights behind if it chose to go elsewhere.

Those rights would stay with the ACC, meaning the departing school wouldn't bring any added TV value to a new league's broadcast package. Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said the decision "secures the ACC's future."

"It is one of the great days in the history of our conference, as it shows the highest level of commitment, not by words but by actions," he said.

The ACC is the fourth major conference to approve a grant of TV rights, joining the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12. The move could be a promising sign of stability for the ACC, which had been besieged by rumors that more members might consider following Maryland (leaving for the Big Ten in 2014) and jumping leagues.

Auburn finds no issues: Auburn's internal review of allegations by former players of academic fraud before the 2010 BCS championship game found no evidence of wrongdoing, athletic director Jay Jacobs said.

Jacobs posted on the school's website the results of a review by his department and the university's Internal Auditing department, which he said refuted a report by former New York Times and Sports Illustrated reporter Selena Roberts.

Auburn worked with the NCAA in investigating the academic fraud, said Jack Smith, the athletic department's director of strategic communications.

Jacobs had disputed Roberts' report earlier but said Auburn would review the allegations. He made a point-by-point rebuttal to the charges made by ex-players.

No Thanks, FSU, KU, UNC: Andrew Wiggins, considered by most to be the nation's top basketball recruit, canceled his scheduled in-home visits with Florida State, Kansas and North Carolina, cbssports.com reported. That means John Calipari and Kentucky essentially got the last in-person visit with the 6-foot-7 forward. But his Huntington (W. Va.) Prep high school coach said don't read much into that. "It means nothing," Rob Fulford told cbssports.com. "He's just tired. … He is shutting it down." Wiggins' parents are former FSU standouts.

USF in Top 25, faces UF

TAMPA — USF, which is on a 12-game winning streak and sits atop the Big East, moved up to No. 25 in the Collegiate Baseball poll. The Bulls (26-14) take on No. 19 Florida (22-19) at 7 tonight in Gainesville (1010-AM).

BASKETBALL: Andy Hipsher, who has spent the past four seasons on Stan Heath's staff at USF, will be announced today as the associate head coach on his father Dan's staff at Texas-Pan American.

ACC agrees to retain media rights 04/22/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:22am]

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