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Alabama OC Sarkisian had heart surgery

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has undergone a procedure to correct a congenital cardiovascular anomaly.

The university said in a statement Tuesday that the anomaly was uncovered in an annual executive physical last week. Sarkisian had what the school described as a successful procedure Thursday, July 2 in Birmingham.

The former USC and Washington head coach is recuperating at home in Tuscaloosa and is expected to make a full recovery.

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Oklahoma St. cuts Gundy's pay by $1M

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy took a $1 million pay cut and had his contract shortened by a year as part of an internal review prompted by sharp criticism from his star running back for wearing a T-shirt promoting a far-right news channel.

Athletic director Mike Holder said Friday the adjustments to Gundy's contract were the coach's idea. Holder reiterated his belief Gundy has always treated Black players well a day after releasing a statement saying the review found "no sign or indication of racism" in the football program.

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Ex-Gamecocks star, AD Dixon dies at 83

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Former South Carolina running back, athletic director and board of trustees member King Dixon died Monday. He was 83.

The university said in a release that Dixon had fought pancreatic cancer.

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NC State hires McNeil to advisory role

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State has hired former East Carolina head coach and Oklahoma assistant Ruffin McNeill for an advisory role on its football staff.

The school said Tuesday that McNeill would serve as a special assistant to head coach Dave Doeren. Duties include assisting player development analysis, leading special projects and outreach to alumni, campus and community groups.

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Houston athletics department cuts budget

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Austin Peay names Lovings interim coach

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Austin Peay has promoted associate head coach Marquase Lovings to interim head football coach for the Governors' upcoming season.

Athletic director Gerald Harrison announced Lovings' promotion on Tuesday, days after Mark Hudspeth resigned after one season for personal reasons.

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Some K-State athletes protest over tweet

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Some Kansas State athletes were among about 100 people who protested this weekend over an insensitive tweet by a student about the death of George Floyd.

Those attending the rally in Manhattan, Kansas, on Saturday said the university administration's promise to launch initiatives to address racial injustice at the school did not go far enough, according to The Wichita Eagle.

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Virus tests a stress for school budgets

Coastal Carolina already had one of the smaller athletic budgets in the Football Bowl Subdivision, and that was before a 15% spending cut was ordered because of projected declines in state funding and student fees stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

Facing the prospect of having to pay for testing of returning athletes and staff for the virus this summer, athletic director Matt Hogue went to work finding a way to defray costs. His 19-sport program includes about 450 athletes, and with individual tests currently costing about $100, testing could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars by the end of the 2020-21 academic year.

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A&M, Fisher handed recruiting penalties

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Texas A&M's football program was placed on probation and coach Jimbo Fisher given a six-month show cause order by the NCAA on Thursday after the Aggies were found to have violated recruiting and other rules beginning in January 2018.

Fisher, who had just been hired by Texas A&M, and an assistant coach had impermissible contact with a recruit, the NCAA said without identifying the coaches by name. The assistant, Jay Graham, is now a member of Jeremy Pruitt's staff at Tennessee.

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Texas LB to sit out until 'changes made'

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas junior linebacker DeMarvion Overshown said Thursday he will sit out from all team activities until the school starts meeting demands for campus changes sought by dozens of Longhorns athletes.

The demands made in early June include renaming several campus buildings currently named after former Texas officials with ties to the Confederacy and segregation, and a call to drop the school song "The Eyes of Texas."

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