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Concerned Pac-12 players urge opt-out

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As college football leaders work to rescue a football season worth billions in revenue from the threat of COVID-19, the players have become emboldened.

They are calling out coaches and lawmakers, rallying for social cause s and asking for answers about how they are expected to safely play through a pandemic.

The latest act in this summer of college athlete empowerment comes from the West Coast, but there are already signs the movement could spread to other parts of the country.

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Northwestern pauses after positive test

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Pac-12 sets Sept. 26 as start of season

The Pac-12 on Friday set Sept. 26 as the start of its 10-game, conference-only football schedule, joining the Southeastern Conference in pushing back its season by nearly a month because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Pac-12 announced three weeks ago it would eliminate nonconference games to give its 12 member schools a better chance to manage complications and disruptions caused by the health crisis. The plan approved by university presidents adds an additional cross-divisional game to each team's slate and moves the conference championship game back two weeks from Dec. 4 to Dec. 18 or 19.

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ULL asst. dies of heart attack at 31

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) Louisiana-Lafayette assistant football coach and former Mississippi State player D.J. Looney died from a heart attack following a team workout Saturday morning at Cajun Field, university officials said.

Looney, who was 31, was entering his third season on the Ragin' Cajuns staff and coached the offensive line, a position he played for Mississippi State from 2007 to 2010. He also began his coaching career with the Bulldogs as a graduate assistant under Dan Mullen in 2011.

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SEC must navigate 10 games vs. league

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The Southeastern Conference has long touted itself as the nation's toughest football league from top to bottom.

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Inquiry: Racial bias, bullying at Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Facing a scathing report that detailed racial bias against Black players in his program and bullying behavior by some of his assistants, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Thursday he would not be making any staffing changes as he apologized and promised to overhaul some of his policies.

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld said the critical report by an outside law firm showed the "climate and culture must and will change within our football program." Ferentz apologized to former Black players at a news conference and promised to build on changes made in recent weeks to improve their experience.

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Victim says Schembechler knew of abuse

DETROIT (AP) Dozens of more victims who claim they were molested by a University of Michigan doctor filed a lawsuit against the school Thursday, including a former student who said he told legendary coach Bo Schembechler about the abuse in the early 1980s.

It's the first time that a victim has publicly said Schembechler was aware of allegations against the late Dr. Robert Anderson, who worked at Michigan, especially with athletes, from the mid-1960s through 2003.

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Vols' Middleton no longer facing charges

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee defensive lineman Darel Middleton no longer faces charges of domestic assault and public intoxication for an incident with his girlfriend in February.

Middleton faced a date in Knox County General Sessions Court in August, but the misdemeanor charges have been dismissed. His attorney Gregory P. Isaacs confirmed the dismissal first reported by Knox News on Friday.

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IU resumes workouts after 2-week pause

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NCAA to allow social justice patches

The NCAA announced Thursday college athletes in all sports will be permitted to wear patches on their uniforms to support social justice issues.

The NCAA's playing rules oversight panel adjusted rules in some sports that do not allow patches to be worn. In some sports, patches on uniforms are not addressed in playing rules.

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