DESTIN — Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze said Tuesday he accepts responsibility for the ongoing NCAA investigation of his program but said he has no knowledge of his coaches paying players.
"I stand here today owning the mistakes," Freeze said in some of his first public comments about the scandal, "but that is what they are — not some staff out trying to buy players."...
With a year and a half to process what went wrong during his time at Florida, coach Will Muschamp has come up with a simple solution to fix those problems in his first season at South Carolina.
"Score points," Muschamp said Tuesday during the SEC's spring meetings. "Make the scoreboard go up. That's going to help."
It certainly won't hurt after what transpired during his tenure in Gainesville, or what the Gamecocks experienced last year when Steve Spurrier walked away from a scoring offense that finished No. 110 nationally....
DESTIN - Florida receiver Antonio Callaway is not enrolled in summer classes as he continues to serve an indefinite suspension, Gators coach Jim McElwain said Tuesday during the SEC spring meetings.
McElwain did not provide any other update on Callaway or Treon Harris. Neither have been with the team since January. Callaway's attorney, Huntley Johnson, said Callaway has been suspended during a university investigation into whether he violated an unspecified part of UF's code of conduct policy....
DESTIN - Will Muschamp is back at the SEC spring meetings in a different polo shirt.
The former Gators coach now leads South Carolina and was asked to reflect on a few things during his Florida tenure. The No. 1 thing he hopes to do differently with the Gamecocks?
Muschamp said he wished he had more success at Florida, and he said that all falls on his shoulders. But he also said that his staff changed the Gators' culture....
DESTIN - Bret Bielema joined Arkansas from the Big Ten (Wisconsin). Maybe that's why he came up with an interesting proposal today during the SEC spring meetings: An SEC-Big Ten crossover.
His plan would be like the current SEC/Big 12 basketball challenge, but with the Big Ten. He suggested having the commissioners of each league come together with a list of teams, 1-4. Then use Weeks 2-3 of the season to come up with enticing matchups that would likely appeal to TV networks and fans....
DESTIN - Good morning from the SEC spring meetings, where the league's coaches, athletic directors and power brokers will be chatting over the next few days.
Among the issues expected to arise: handling transfers with a history of misconduct, revised replay rules, the current imbalance between the East and the West, satellite camps and the decline in men's basketball.
Gators coach Jim McElwain is expected to address reporters around noon today; Alabama's Nick Saban, Tennessee's Butch Jones and Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze are also on the media agenda. I'll have updates throughout the day....
Michigan's controversial spring-break trip to Bradenton's IMG Academy cost the university $348,553, according to a financial breakdown obtained by the Tampa Bay Times through an open-records request.
The Wolverines spent $146,912 on IMG Academy, the prep football factory that houses some of the nation's top recruits. That figure includes the cost of renting the facility for four practices plus housing and meals....
05/27/16 Auto racing
Today marks the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, though it's not the 100th anniversary of the event. That came in 2011, because five previous races were canceled due to World War I (1917-18) and World War II (1942-45).
Here are 99 other things to know about the Greatest Spectacle in Racing:
Perspective (things 2-6)
The 2½-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway is big enough to hold the White House, Yankee Stadium, Rose Bowl, Churchill Downs and Madison Square Garden in its infield, with plenty of room to spare....
Pinellas Park defensive lineman Jordon Scott has orally committed to the Florida Gators, he told our Rodney Page on Wednesday night.
"When I went to their camp in the summer and got to work out in the Swamp, I knew that's where I wanted to go," Scott said. "I wanted to look at other schools and talk to other coaches, but in the back of my mind I always knew it would be Florida. I'm excited. When all this first started I never thought I'd be an SEC player."...
The Florida Gators will face their former coach, Lon Kruger, in this season's SEC/Big 12 basketball challenge, the league announced Tuesday.
UF will play at Oklahoma on Jan. 28, 2017. The start time and television information have not yet been decided.
Kruger coached the Gators from 1990-96. He was 104-80 at UF and took the Gators to the 1994 Final Four. Kruger's Sooners finished 29-8 this season and lost to Villanova in the Final Four....
TAMPA — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher was in town the past two days for his latest stop on the Seminole Boosters' tour.
If he gets his wish, he'll be back here two more times for the 2016 season — when his Seminoles play USF in September, and in the Jan. 9 national championship game at Raymond James Stadium.
"We have a chance to be a good team," Fisher said at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. "We've got a lot of question marks with consistency and being what we want to be. …"...
Before Jimbo Fisher's Seminole Booster tour hits the Old Memorial Golf Club today, the Florida State coach sat down with me and a few other reporters to talk about the upcoming season.
During our conversation, I told Fisher that some Bucs fans (and pundits) are unhappy the team traded up to draft former Seminoles kicker Roberto Aguayo in the second round....
The ACC announced kickoff times and TV information for some of this fall's early-season games.
Florida State's 8 p.m. game against Ole Miss on Labor Day was already known. After that the Seminoles will host Charleston Southern on Sept. 10 at 12:30 p.m. and travel to Louisville for a noon kickoff the next week. ABC will broadcast that game, which could feature two ranked opponents.
FSU's Friday game (Nov. 11 against Boston College) will be at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2....
Even though Urban Meyer has left Florida, he keeps coming back to the Sunshine State for recruits.
Meyer, Ohio State's head coach, said his top state is, of course, Ohio, but Florida remains one of the most important ones for him and the Buckeyes.
"It's right there," Meyer said last week before he was honored at the 11th annual Dick Vitale Gala in Sarasota....
Too-early Top 25 polls have begun morphing into actual rankings from preseason magazines.
One of the first is Athlon Sports, which released its Top 25 on Monday.
Florida State is No. 2 and "poised to challenge for the title," Athlon writes. The only team ahead of the Seminoles is defending national champion Alabama....