• **FILE** Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly talks to the media as spring football practice begins Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

    Brian Kelly, Notre Dame ready for different route to title

    By Paul St. Jean - The Washington Times

    “Every year our expectations are to compete for a championship,” Kelly said Thursday at a football camp he hosted at St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C. “With the playoff format now it’s ‘How do you get to the playoffs?’”

  • Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford speaks during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    New-look ACC sees self as conference on the rise

    By Associated Press

    Welcome to the new Atlantic Coast Conference. It's where a founding member is out, a fast-rising program is in, Notre Dame is there, too — sort of — and nobody else is leaving.

    Miami's Duke Johnson smiles as he answers a question during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    ACC Kickoff: Florida St., Miami picked to win divisions

    By Joedy McCreary - Associated Press

    The Seminoles were picked as the overall league champions by 104 media members and received 109 first-place votes in the Atlantic Division. The Coastal Division was muddier, with four teams separated by 44 points.

    Florida State's Jameis Winston answers a question during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    It’s football season, and ACC is riding high for once

    By Joedy McCreary - Associated Press

    The ACC stumbled through much of the BCS era, but enters the first year of the four-team college football playoff with a secure future among the power-five conferences and boasts a favorite to contend for another title in Florida State.

    Washington head coach Jim Lambright, right, walks the sideline Oct. 17, 1998 against California in Seattle.  (AP Photo/Jay Drowns)

    Ex-Huskies coach Lambright, 72, faces assault charge

    By Associated Press

    According to court documents, Lambright told authorities he didn't want to hurt his granddaughter but he was sick of her attitude and didn't understand why his grandchildren had to visit all the time. Lambright's wife told authorities he suffers from dementia.

    McDonald's West All-American Emmanuel Mudiay (0) shoots a layup during the first half of the McDonald's All-American boy's basketball game Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Chicago.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    SNYDER: Emmanuel Mudiay’s decision to skip college another step toward sea change

    By Deron Snyder - The Washington Times

    Widely considered the nation's top guard entering next season, Mudiay first sent shockwaves by choosing SMU over bluebloods Kentucky and Kansas. It was a tremendous coup for coach Larry Brown and positioned the Mustangs as a Top 10 preseason team. But now, Brown joins John Calipari and Bill Self in lamenting the 6-foot-5 point guard as another who got away.

    **FILE** Len Bias wears a Boston Celtics hat after being selected as the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft in New York, June 17, 1986. Two days later, on June 19, Bias died of a cocaine overdose in a Maryland dormitory room during a party to celebrate his success. (AP Photo/File)

    Len Bias leads UMd. Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014

    By Daniel Martin - CSNwashington.com

    The late basketball star, who died two days after the 1986 NBA draft, is one of eight former athletes and members of the athletics staff who will be honored this year.

    Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer celebrates their 17-14 win over Virginia in an NCAA college football game at Lane Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 in Blacksburg, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Virginia Tech, West Virginia to play at Redskins’ stadium

    By The Washington Times

    The game will mark Virginia Tech's fourth appearance at FedEx since 2004 and West Virginia's third, including a scheduled 2016 game there against BYU.

    Southeastern Conference (SEC) Commissioner Mike Slive speaks during SEC media days on Monday, July 14, 2014, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    SEC commish: NCAA should let power conferences set own bylaws

    By David Brandt - Associated Press

    The SEC has discussed several changes to the current system, including full cost-of-attendance scholarships and providing long-term medical coverage to college athletes. The NCAA's board of directors will vote on the Big Five's autonomy request in August.

    Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is surrounded by fans that rushed the field and security as he is escorted off the field following their 45-38 win over Oklahoma in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    SNYDER: RG3 worth his weight in bronze to Baylor

    By Deron Snyder - The Washington Times

    I'm neither a Baylor University alum nor a fan of the Baylor Bears. But I know what I'd say to outsiders who oppose Robert Griffin III's upcoming statue outside the school's new stadium: Mind your business.

    The University of Florida will not recall its 2014 sports calendar, which features a spread of Aaron Hernandez for the month of July, explaining that the calendar was approved before the former football star was charged in the murder of three men. (Jimi Kunkel via Twitter)

    Aaron Hernandez, accused serial killer, featured in Florida Gators 2014 calendar

    By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

    The University of Florida will not recall its 2014 sports calendar, which features a spread of Aaron Hernandez for the month of July, explaining that the calendar was approved before the former football star was charged in the murder of three men.

    **FILE** Big Ten Commissioner James Delany, left, speaks at a news conference to announce the University of Maryland's decision to move to the Big Ten in College Park, Md., Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Seated alongside Delany is Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Maryland celebrates move into Big Ten

    By Paul St. Jean - The Washington Times

    "Today is a great day to be a Terp," said Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson. "Over the past 15 months we've been asked to be a partner and a member of the Big Ten and [Tuesday] it will be official. We've never felt like we were outsiders and we've always been part of the participation of becoming a true member of the Big Ten."

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