Sunday, April 22, 2018
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SEC makes football playoff desire clear

DESTIN — SEC presidents and athletic directors voted unanimously Friday to support having the four best teams, and not necessarily conference champions, play in a football playoff.

"The fans would expect us to provide the best four teams in the country," commissioner Mike Slive said. "And if people aren't happy with the current system of how we rank them, then let's go back and look at the system."

The SEC has won six straight BCS titles. Last season, two of its teams met in the title game.

"I don't think that vote was taken because it's going to be best for this league," Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said. "It may turn out that way, but it all goes in cycles. There wasn't one comment, 'Well, this is best for us. This is best for the SEC.' "

The Big 12 agrees with the SEC. But the ACC, Big East, Big Ten and Pac-12 want conference champions guaranteed a berth.

Conference commissioners meet June 13 and June 20 and a committee of school presidents June 26 to discuss the playoff, which would start after the 2014 regular season.

Slive declined to say if the SEC would accept anything other than a best-four format.

"We know exactly what we're interested in doing," he said. "And as we move ahead, we'll make that clear at the appropriate time and the appropriate place."

More SEC: The league approved a 6-1-1 schedule starting in 2013. Each team plays six division games, one against a rotating team from the other division (next season's games haven't been determined) and one against a permanent team from the other division. Florida-LSU, Tennessee-Alabama, Georgia-Auburn, Vanderbilt-Mississippi and Kentucky-Mississippi State carry over. Missouri faces Arkansas, and fellow newcomer Texas A&M faces South Carolina. The format means UF plays Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi, Mississippi State and Texas A&M once every six seasons and at home once every 12.

Oklahoma St.: Running back Herschel Sims, a 2011 U.S. Army high school All-American, was dismissed from the team for undisclosed reasons. Last season, his 242 rushing yards were third on the team.

Penn St.: Matt McGloin was named starting quarterback. McGloin, a senior in the fall, threw for 1,571 yards and eight touchdowns in 12 games last season. He beat out Paul Jones, a sophomore in the fall, and Rob Bolden, a junior.

Nebraska-Oklahoma: Cornhuskers AD Tom Osborne said the former Big 12 rivals are talking about meeting in 2020 and 2021.

Softball: Sooners win

OKLAHOMA CITY — Keilani Ricketts struck out 16 as Oklahoma beat California 3-0 at the College World Series. Ricketts, who beat USF 5-1 Thursday, fell two shy of Cat Osterman's CWS seven-inning record of 18 set in 2006 for Texas. The Sooners have two chances Sunday to reach the championship series.

Men's basketball: SEC- Big East matchups set

USF hosts Georgia on Nov. 30 and Florida hosts Marquette on Nov. 29 as part of the SEC-Big East Challenge. Game times have not been determined.

Other games on Nov. 29: Kentucky at Notre Dame, South Carolina at St. John's and Seton Hall at LSU. Other games on Nov. 30: DePaul at Auburn and Tennessee at Georgetown. On Dec. 1: Mississippi State at Providence, Rutgers at Mississippi, Alabama at Cincinnati and Villanova at Vanderbilt.

Syracuse is scheduled to play at Arkansas on Nov. 30, but ESPN.com reported that Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross emailed Big East officials saying his school is "overcommitted and can't play." In a statement released by the school, he said, "We hope to have a resolution very soon."

Kansas: Incoming freshman Perry Ellis was named player of the year by the National High School Coaches Association. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 25.8 points and 9.4 rebounds for Wichita Heights in Kansas.

Men's golf: Florida State lost a one-hole playoff to Kent State for the final spot in the match play portion of the NCAA championship in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

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