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UNC questions NCAA jurisdiction in probe

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina remains steadfast in its belief that the NCAA is overreaching in its investigation of the school's long-running academic fraud case.

In a 102-page response to a third set of NCAA charges, North Carolina on Thursday once again challenged the NCAA's jurisdiction to pursue charges for issues the school states "are academic in nature" and "lie beyond the reach of the bylaws belatedly invoked" by the NCAA. The school's argument mirrors the position it took last August to a previous NCAA Notice of Allegations.

"The fundamental issue in our case is that the NCAA bylaws cover athletics matters, not how academics are managed," athletic director Bubba Cunningham said on a conference call following the release of UNC's response. "Our reply to each allegation is based on the NCAA's constitution and member-adopted bylaws. We expect the committee on infractions to consistently apply these bylaws as the case moves forward."


UNC coach Fedora extended through 2022

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina has extended coach Larry Fedora's contract through the 2022 season.

Team spokesman Kevin Best says the deal was approved Thursday by the school's board of trustees.


Tide-FSU opens ABC Saturday night sched

A potential matchup of preseason No. 1 vs. No. 2 between Alabama and Florida State will be ABC's first Saturday night football game of the 2017 season.

ESPN/ABC announced Thursday its opening-weekend schedule, along with the Saturday prime-time games for the first three weeks of the season.


Iowa TE Fant threatened with gun

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Police say a 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of pulling a gun on Iowa tight end Noah Fant.

Fant, a graduate of Omaha South High School, told police he was threatened Tuesday night while he was in a northwest Omaha park near his home. Fant says a man he recognized came up to his car window, pointed a gun at him and told him to leave.


Gators add S. Alabama to 2020 schedule

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida has added South Alabama to its 2020 home schedule and will pay the Jaguars $1.2 million for the game.

The first meeting between the schools will be played Sept. 19, 2020, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.


3 accused Spartans broke campus policy

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State University investigated an alleged sexual assault and found that three football players violated campus policy, a lawyer said Tuesday.

Michigan State said federal law bars it from releasing the report or discussing the findings. But the report was shared with attorney Karen Truszkowski, who represents the woman who filed the complaint.


Sun Belt to split into 2 divisions

POINT CLEAR, Ala. (AP) The Sun Belt Conference will split into two five-team divisions, broken up simply by east and west, starting in 2018.

The conference announced its divisions Tuesday after the end of its spring meetings.

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