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Boston College head coach Jeff Hafley, right, fistbumps a player on the sideline in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Duke, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Durham, N.C. (Nell Redmond/Pool Photo via AP)

Hafley, Jurkovec to make home debuts for Boston College

Sep. 24, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Alumni Stadium will be empty when new Boston College coach Jeff Hafley and quarterback Phil Jurkovec get their first look at a game day in Chestnut Hill. But if things keep going like this, they’ll be around for a lot more. BC began the Hafley era with a 26-6 victory over Duke last...

FILE - In this March 8, 2020, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan watches during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston. The Chicago Bulls hired Donovan as coach Tuesday, Sept. 22. The 55-year-old Donovan spent the last five seasons with the Thunder. He replaces Jim Boylen, who was fired after the Bulls finished 22-43 and were one of the eight teams that didn’t qualify for the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

For Donovan, job with Bulls 'came out of left field'

Sep. 24, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls weren't on Billy Donovan's radar when he and the Oklahoma City Thunder parted ways after five successful seasons. Things sure changed in a hurry. “I wasn’t looking at anything," Donovan said. "It was five great years in Oklahoma City. I think it’s...

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, file photo, LSU Tigers quarterback Myles Brennan (15) passes during an NCAA football game against Georgia Southern in Baton Rouge, La. LSU enters Saturday's season opener with Myles Brennan taking over at quarterback for Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow while Mississippi State has a new coach in Mike Leach whose reputation for high-flying offenses precedes him. (AP Photo/Michael Democker, File)

No. 6 LSU and Miss. St. clash in test of new faces, systems

Sep. 24, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — No. 6 LSU begins its national title defense with a game featuring numerous new faces on both sidelines. The Tigers have Myles Brennan taking over at quarterback for Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow while Mississippi State has a new coach in Mike Leach whose reputation for...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo, New Mississippi State NCAA college football head coach Mike Leach speaks at a news conference in Starkville, Miss., after being officially introduced as the head coach. Mississippi State's Mike Leach and Mississippi's Lane Kiffin brought big names and offensive pedigrees to the Magnolia State. But they drew huge challenges for their debuts, with the Bulldogs visiting defending national champion and No. 6 LSU and the Rebels hosting No. 5 Florida. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

No. 6 LSU opens title defense vs. Mississippi State

Sep. 24, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

Mississippi State at No. 6 LSU, Saturday at 3:30 ET (CBS). Line: LSU by 16 1/2. Series record: LSU leads 75-35-3. WHAT’S AT STAKE? Defending national champion LSU seeks to justify the top 10 ranking it received despite seeing 14 of last season’s players selected in the 2020 NFL draft, tying a record...

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2019, file photo, Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson (10) runs into the end zone to score a touchdown as Oklahoma linebacker Brian Asamoah (24) and safety Pat Fields (10) defend during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Manhattan, Kan. Kansas State won 48-41. Thompson is now set to make his 29th career start when the Wildcats try to only their fifth win ever over a top-five team, this week against Oklahoma. This matchup will be in Norman. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Big 12 conference openers include 1st games for Baylor, TCU

Sep. 24, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

Some things to watch Saturday in the Big 12, when conference play starts in the league's 25th season. It will be the season openers for TCU and Baylor, who weren't able to play their scheduled non-conference games because of COVID-19: GAME OF THE WEEK Kansas State (0-1) at No. 3 Oklahoma (1-0): The Sooners had a...

New Kings GM McNair commits to Luke Walton as coach

Sep. 23, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

New Sacramento Kings general manager Monte McNair said he is looking forward to working with coach Luke Walton to revive a franchise that has the longest current playoff drought in the NBA. McNair was hired last week after a long tenure as an executive in Houston to replace Vlade Divac. He backed Walton publicly...

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2019, file photo, then-Appalachian State head coach Eli Drinkwitz shouts in the second quarter of an NCAA football game against Coastal Carolina, in Boone, N.C. The debut season for Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz got much more challenging when the Southeastern Conference adjusted its schedules this summer. Missouri’s original cross-division opponents in its SEC schedule were Arkansas and Mississippi State, which both finished below .500 last season. But when the SEC switched to a format in which each team will play 10 conference games, Missouri discovered it also would be hosting Alabama and visiting defending national champion LSU.(Allison Lee Isley/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP, File)

Mizzou's Drinkwitz: transparency trumps competitive edge

Sep. 23, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eli Drinkwitz could have kept private the COVID-19 testing numbers within the Missouri football program. The new coach of the Tigers could have pleaded ignorance when it came to the number of positive results, or the amount of contact tracing that has been done. He could have leaned...

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, file photo, Lane Kiffin speaks to Mississippi fans after being announced as the new head football coach during a introductory press conference in Oxford, Miss. In attendance were his children, daughters Presley Kiffin, 13, left, Landry Kiffin, 15, second from left, and son Knox Kiffin, 10. Mississippi State's Mike Leach and Mississippi's Lane Kiffin brought big names and offensive pedigrees to the Magnolia State. But they drew huge challenges for their debuts, with the Bulldogs visiting defending national champion and No. 6 LSU and the Rebels hosting No. 5 Florida. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

College Football Picks: SEC start in most unusual season

Sep. 23, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

The Southeastern Conference is set to kick off its 10-game, league-only schedule, making this Saturday the most normal-feeling yet of a most unusual season. As of Wednesday, all the SEC openers were still on. The Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference were also scheduled to have all their teams playing this...

FILE - In this March 8, 2020, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan watches during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston. The Chicago Bulls hired Donovan as coach Tuesday, Sept. 22. The 55-year-old Donovan spent the last five seasons with the Thunder. He replaces Jim Boylen, who was fired after the Bulls finished 22-43 and were one of the eight teams that didn’t qualify for the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Bulls snag big name in coaching search, hire Billy Donovan

Sep. 22, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Billy Donovan wasn't on the market for long — hardly a shocker given he's won everywhere he's coached. That he's headed to Chicago might be a surprise, only because big and bold moves have been few and far between for the team. Then again, these aren't the same old Bulls. Chicago...

The Chicago Bulls have hired Billy Donovan as their new head coach

Sep. 22, 2020 6:14 PM EDT
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls have hired Billy Donovan as their new head coach.