Former Penn St women’s hoops coach Rene Portland dies

FILE - In this March 2, 2003 file photo Penn State women's basketball coach Rene Portland waves the net she cut down to celebrate their Big 10 regular season championship after defeating Wisconsin in State College, Pa. Portland, who built Penn State into a women's basketball powerhouse during a 27-year tenure, has died after a three-year fight with cancer. She was 65. D'Anjolell Memorial Home of Broomall in Pennsylvania confirmed her death Sunday, July 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Pat Little, file)

Rene Portland, who built Penn State into a women’s basketball powerhouse during a 27-year tenure, has died after a three-year fight with cancer.

Oklahoma RB Anderson accepts roles as star, leader

FILE - In this July 16, 2018 file photo, Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson speaks during NCAA college football Big 12 media days in Frisco, Texas. Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, a first-round baseball draft pick, is getting the attention, but running back Rodney Anderson is the Sooners' most accomplished returning offensive player. (AP Photo/Cooper Neill, file)

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson couldn’t be much more different than Baker Mayfield.

Iowa State players offer help in storm-ravaged town

A group of people work to clear rubble surrounding a car in downtown Marshalltown, Iowa, on Saturday, July 21, 2018, two days after a devastating tornado blew through the city. The tornado here was among a flurry of unexpected twisters that swept through central Iowa on Thursday. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP)

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State football team showed up in storm-ravaged Marshalltown to help residents clean up two days after a destructive tornado swept through the city.

Decision to cut New Mexico men’s soccer spurs anger

New Mexico men's soccer coach Jeremy Fishbein speaks to the audience and to regents to argue against cutting the soccer team, during the UNM Board of Regents meeting in the Student Union on Thursday, July 19, 2018, in Albuquerque, N.M. The Board of Regents at New Mexico's flagship university voted to eliminate four sports teams, including men's soccer, and make other changes to its troubled athletic department to address persistent budget problems and failures to meet federal gender equity requirements under Title IX. (Greg Sorber/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The men’s soccer team at the University of New Mexico has had a dozen NCAA tournament appearances and hopefuls from around the world have competed to play for the program.

Clemson reworks Venables contract to $2M for 5 years

FILE - In this April 11, 2015, file photo, Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables, left, gets on a player during Clemson's NCAA college football spring game at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C. Clemson has made a second major statement this year about how much they want to hold onto defensive coordinator Brent Venables. After upping his salary to $2 million a year in February, the school extended the deal to five seasons through 2022 and added retention bonuses that make the package worth $11.6 million. (Mark Crammer/Anderson Independent-Mail via AP, File)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson has made a second major statement this year about how much it wants to hold onto defensive coordinator Brent Venables.

Column: Love cliches? They’re a dime a dozen at this place

NCAA college football defensive lineman D.J. Wonnum of South Carolina is interviewed during the Southeastern Conference Media Days at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Thursday, July 19, 2018. (AP Photo/John Amis)

After a couple of days at the unrelenting babblefest known by the gloriously concise name of SEC 2018 Football Kickoff Media Days Presented By Regions, I wondered if all the valuable insights gleaned from propaganda-spouting coaches and cliche-droning players might be helpful in writing my next column.

QB situation unsettled in ACC’s Atlantic Division

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney answers a question during a news conference at the NCAA Atlantic Coast Conference college football media day in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, July 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division has more questions than answers when it comes to the quarterback position this season.

Clemson’s pursuers have new looks in ACC’s Atlantic Division

Florida State head coach Willie Taggart answers a question during a news conference at the NCAA Atlantic Coast Conference college football media day in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, July 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Clemson looks ready for another year as the Atlantic Coast Conference favorite in a division that has long been the league’s center of power.

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