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Scholarship plan avoids override

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA plan to offer multiyear scholarships will go forward.

The NCAA said Friday that 62.1 percent of 330 Division I schools called for an override during an online vote this week, falling just short of the 62.5 percent majority needed. Some 90 percent of the Division I membership voted.

"I am pleased that student-athletes will continue to benefit from the ability of institutions to offer athletics aid for more than one year, but it's clear that there are significant portions of the membership with legitimate concerns," NCAA president Mark Emmert said. "As we continue to examine implementation of the rule, we want to work with the membership to address those concerns."

The rule was put in place in October, giving schools the option to offer multiyear scholarships instead of those that need to be renewed annually. It took effect immediately.

Critics of the annual scholarships said athletes were unfairly losing them for poor performance or after they had become injured.

Still, there was enough opposition to the multiyear scholarship plan to force the override vote. In January, NCAA leaders decided against making any changes, with board members saying it was intended to improve student-athlete well-being and noting that the rule wasn't mandatory.

Bulls win baseball opener in Challenge

ST. PETERSBURG — USF senior Todd Brazeal, who tore the ACL in his knee during fall drills, went 4-for-4 as the Bulls opened their season Friday with a 5-3 win against Ohio State in the Big Ten-Big East Challenge.

Sophomore Ray Delphey, who hadn't pitched in nearly two years after numerous arm injuries, threw a scoreless ninth for the save. "For us to be good, he's one of the guys that has to be there in a tight situation," coach Lelo Prado said.

The Bulls (1-0) got five-plus innings of scoreless relief from Nick Gonzalez, Adrian Puig and Delphey, with all three stranding multiple runners with strikeouts in the late innings. Gonzalez (1-0) struck out four in 3⅔ innings.

USF faces Michigan State at 1 p.m. today (1010-AM) at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

Duke's rally keeps ACC race muddled

DURHAM, N.C. — FSU and North Carolina still share the lead in the ACC basketball standings with Duke after the No. 5 Blue Devils rallied from 20 down with 11½ minutes left to beat N.C. State 78-73 late Thursday.

"We're in a race for the championship of our conference, and we've got to win at home to do that," guard Seth Curry said.

Curry scored 21 of his season-high 26 in the second half while freshman Austin Rivers added 16. The Blue Devils trailed by 16 at halftime — the largest halftime deficit overcome by Duke under coach Mike Krzyzewski. They did it with late runs of 13-0 and 20-3.

Georgia Tech: Coach Brian Gregory suspended guard Glen Rice indefinitely but declined to give a reason.

Purdue: Guard Kelsey Barlow was kicked off the team and swingman D.J. Byrd was suspended after an incident at a bar. Barlow, suspended just before last season's NCAA Tournament for conduct detrimental to the team, had been kicked out of the same bar earlier and tried to re-enter. Police said they are investigating an allegation that Byrd assaulted a bouncer. Byrd was charged with public intoxication and spent five hours in jail.

College football

Leach appeal denied: The Texas Supreme Court denied Mike Leach's appeal in his wrongful termination lawsuit against Texas Tech. The court rejected his appeal without comment more than two years after he was fired by the school amid allegations that he mistreated a player with a concussion.

Arkansas State: Defensive coordinator Keith Patterson resigned less than two months after being hired away from Pitt. Coach Gus Malzahn would only say Patterson is leaving for a job at a Division I-A program.

Baseball: Big Ten-Big East Challenge

When: Today-Sunday

What: The conferences opened play Friday and continue with 10 games each day, played at Bright House Field and Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, Al Lang Field and the Walter Fuller Complex in St. Petersburg and Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin.

Admission: All-day ticket for all games is $10.

Information: BigTenBigEast

Greg Auman,

Times staff writer

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