SEC football needs to shed FCS cupcakes, schedule tougher nonconference games

The NCAA board of directors announced it "affirmed its confidence" in NCAA President Mark Emmert's leadership Friday despite controversy surrounding his handling of the University of Miami sprawling investigation and other rule enforcement cases.

Miami leaders have argued the NCAA's investigation into its athletics programs were tainted and its self imposed sanctions should stand as the sole punishment for NCAA rule violations. Emmert endorsed the NCAA investigators' decision to hit the Hurricanes with charges it suffered from lack of institutional control.

Bobby V lands at Sacred Heart

Former Major League Baseball manager Bobby Valentine will be introduced as the new athletics director at Sacred Heart University Tuesday. Valentine, a Connecticut native, spent 10 years as a player and manager, including stops with the New York Mets and most recently the Boston Red Sox. He will replace C. Donald Cook, who is retiring.

Commish: Big 12 will wait on title game

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said it doesn't make good business sense for the league to have a conference championship game. "Take a look at the attendance on the conference championship games this year and take a look at the TV ratings," Bowlsby told the Associated Press. "They aren't the kind of things that are going to invite you to take that up as a new business proposition."

Bowlsby was speaking at a function at the Oklahoma State's Spears School of Business Thursday. It's a different tune from what Bowlsby was saying a month ago, when he indicated the Big 12 would petition the NCAA to allow the league to host a title game despite only having 10 members. The NCAA mandates a conference must have 12-member to host a league championship game. The Big 12 and Big East are the only major conferences not to have a title game.

NCAA suing Pennsylvania lawmakers

The NCAA and Pennsylvania lawmakers are going to court to decide just how the $60 million penalty accessed to Penn State University for the Jerry Sandusky scandal should be used. The issue arose after Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law new legislation that directs the money towards in-state child abuse prevention agencies rather than national agencies that were agreed upon when Penn State signed its consent decree last summer. The lawsuit aims to have a federal judge throw out the Pennsylvania law on the basis that it is unconstitutional. The NCAA claims states don't have the right to collect and decide how penalties handed down by the NCAA should be divided up.

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