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Penn St. gives Franklin $34.7M extension

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Penn State coach James Franklin has signed a contract extension that guarantees him $34.7 million through 2022.

According to terms released by Penn State on Friday, the deal is worth an average of $5.78 million annually and contains up to $1 million in incentive bonuses each year. The extension modifies the initial six-year contract Franklin signed when he was hired in 2014. That contract was to pay him $4.6 million this year.

After back-to-back 7-6 seasons in Franklin's first two years in Happy Valley, the Nittany Lions won the Big Ten last year. Penn State finished 11-3 and No. 6 in the country after starting 2-2, capping the program's best season in the post-Joe Paterno era with a 52-49 loss to Southern California in the Rose Bowl.


Ex-Vandy player gets 15 years for rape

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A former Vanderbilt University football player received the minimum sentence of 15 years in prison on Friday for the dorm room rape of an unconscious female student.

Brandon Banks was convicted of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery in the 2013 rape, which a teammate recorded and shared with friends in California.


Georgia Tech kicks top RB Mills off team

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech star Dedrick Mills was kicked off the team Friday, having violated athletic department rules in what was essentially a third strike for the dynamic but troubled running back.

The stunning announcement came with the season opener against Tennessee less than three weeks away.


Hearing over, UNC awaits NCAA's ruling

North Carolina has wrapped up a two-day hearing with an NCAA infractions committee panel that will decide whether the school faces penalties tied to its multi-year academic scandal.

Now the case goes into yet another holding pattern.


Purdue, Irish add 2 more games to series

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue and Notre Dame have added two more games to their four-game series.

The Boilermakers on Thursday announced the expansion of the series, saying they will play the Fighting Irish six times over the eight-year period from 2021-28.


LSU LB Key unlikely to play opener

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU coach Ed Orgeron says he does not expect Tigers single-season sack record holder Arden Key to play in the opener against BYU.

Key, an outside linebacker who had 12 sacks last season, is rehabilitating from offseason shoulder surgery.


Seminoles C Eberle back at full strength

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher considers center to be the hardest position on the offensive line. That player makes the line calls and is in the middle of the trenches.

It is also the most physically demanding position which makes it even the more surprising that Alec Eberle didn't miss a start last season despite two labral tears in the hips.


Ohio U to allow beer sales during games

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) Ohio University will allow beer sales during football games starting this season.

The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) school officials announced the new policy this week.


Minnesota to start with rotating QBs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota will start the season with a quarterback rotation between senior Conor Rhoda and sophomore Demry Croft.

New Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said after practice Thursday that Rhoda and Croft will both play in the opener Aug. 31 against Buffalo. Fleck said his decision is "not a controversy" and "what's best for our program right now." He didn't announce which quarterback would take the field first.


Boise State still angry over late flop

Four plays have hung over Brett Rypien and Boise State for months.

That's how close the Broncos were a year ago to playing in a New Year's Six bowl game. Four plays total in a pair of regular-season losses to Wyoming and Air Force that cost the Broncos not only a big payday, but also a shot at a Mountain West Conference title.

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