COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State trustees say a special committee will head the Urban Meyer investigation. The university announced Thursday night the formation of the six-member “independent board working group” to look into Meyer’s handling of a fired assistant coach’s domestic abuse allegations. Meyer was put on paid administrative leave on Thursday following a report that Meyer’s wife Shelley knew about 2015 abuse allegations against former assistant Zach Smith made by his then-wife Courtney.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska opens its first preseason practice under coach Scott Frost on Friday. Hall of Fame coach Tom Osborne is like others in this football-mad state in that he senses a resurgence coming for the program. Frost says he plans to use the Osborne formula for rebuilding the Cornhuskers. That means emphasizing player development, bringing back the renowned strength and conditioning program, and pursuing walk-ons to build the roster.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Hoosiers are dealing with yet another quarterback competition. Sophomore Peyton Ramsey knows the offense better than anyone else in the mix after making four starts last season. Brandon Dawkins has the most college experience. Freshman Michael Penix Jr. enrolled in January so he could get a jump on the competition. The coaches will have to decide who starts. Indiana opens the season Sept. 1 against Florida International.
UNDATED (AP) — Defending national champion Alabama is a unanimous No. 1 in the preseason coaches’ poll, with Clemson No. 2 and Ohio State No. 3. The Crimson Tide received 61 one first-place votes from a panel of major-college coaches in the poll released Thursday. The Associated Press Top 25 will be released Aug. 20.