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PAC-12 FORMALIZES REFORM PACKAGE

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The Pac-12 has notified the NCAA of its proposal to provide more benefits to athletes under the new governance model for the five major conferences.

The announcement Wednesday comes on the first day the NCAA established for the power conferences to offer suggestions. The league's university presidents and chancellors first proposed their ideas in a letter to colleagues across the country in May.

The proposals include a stipend to cover the full cost of attendance, increasing medical support and reviewing the time demands for athletes.

The Pac-12 says its presidents and chancellors will explore how to implement the proposed reforms at its board meeting Oct. 27, including by each institution, conferencewide action or among the five major conferences.

Any rule changes that occur would not start until the 2015-16 academic year.

Change at Michigan: After leaving sophomore quarterback Shane Morris on the field following a hit to the head last weekend, Michigan coach Brady Hoke took responsibility for the program's breakdown in communication and said fifth-year senior Devin Gardner will start Saturday at Rutgers. Hoke did not elaborate on discrepancies between his news conference Monday and athletic director Dave Brandon's statement on Morris' injuries early Tuesday. Brandon said Morris suffered a high-ankle sprain and "probable, mild concussion." Said Hoke: "From the start, when you're a leader, you always have to take responsibility. I take responsibility for our student-athletes, and I would take it for their health and welfare. But I'll also make it clear I don't make decisions on the health and welfare, and that shouldn't be the coach's decision."

Clemson: Part-time offensive line starter Joe Gore had his appendix removed and will miss the next two games. Gore started the first three games. He was a backup at tackle last week in a 50-35 victory over North Carolina.

Utah State: Quarterback Chuckie Keeton will likely miss the rest of the season after injuring his surgically repaired left knee. The senior missed most of last season after tearing two knee ligaments in a game against BYU. This season, Keeton was injured in a victory over Wake Forest on Sept. 13 and missed the Aggies' loss to Arkansas State a week later. Darell Garretson, a sophomore, started against Arkansas State and threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns. Utah State plays at No. 18 BYU on Friday.

Basketball: Iowa State's Matt Thomas and Abdel Nader will serve three-game suspensions for offseason drunken-driving arrests. Thomas averaged 5.5 points as a freshman last year. He sat out last season after transferring from Northern Illinois.

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