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UNDATED (AP) – The new world of college athletes being paid for endorsements has created a rapidly expanding fleeting industry: nonprofit collectives are being formed to set up athletes with deals and pay them to promote works of charity. The collectives are presented as well-being partnerships. But they also raise questions about whether their mission is to support charities or exist primarily to funnel money to athletes for a tax deduction. A bill has been introduced in Congress to limit some of these tax breaks.
UNDATED (AP) – The days of postseason bans and crippling scholarship cuts used to punish schools for violating NCAA rules appear to be coming to an end. Last month, the Division I Board of Directors passed three proposals to modernize the infractions process. He’s also looking for penalties that don’t include post-season bans. There are limited options for this.
UNDATED (AP) — Fifth-ranked Clemson can emerge as the overwhelming favorite to win the ACC’s Atlantic Division when they host No. 10 North Carolina State on Saturday night. The Wolfpack were picked to finish second in the division in pre-season and have their highest ranking since 2002. The Tigers are coming off a narrow win over Wake Forest, their other top challenger. This week’s slate also has the Demon Deacons playing in undefeated, 23rd-ranked Florida State. Coach Dave Clawson’s defending Atlantic Division champions have won their last two meetings with the Seminoles.
CLEMSON, SC (AP) — No. 10 North Carolina State knows what it’s like to beat highly ranked Clemson. The Wolfpack would like a second straight victory over the fifth-ranked Tigers on Saturday night. The two undefeated teams play in Death Valley, where North Carolina State last won 20 years ago. North Carolina State snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Tigers last year with a 27-21 overtime win at Raleigh, North Carolina. Now, the Wolfpack would like to take another step and quickly take control of the Atlantic division of the ACC.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — No. 23 Florida State is only the second team in Atlantic Coast Conference history to start a season 0-4 and open the next 4-0. And it’s been nearly 40 years since that first happened in Virginia’s 1982-83 turnaround. Now the Seminoles will face the first of three ranked opponents when No. 22 Wake Forest visits on Saturday. Ranked one spot ahead of the Seminoles, the Demon Deacons are coming off a tough double-overtime loss at home to No. 5 Clemson. Demon Deacons quarterback Sam Hartman threw a program-record six touchdown passes in the losing effort.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The No. 24 Pittsburgh begins defending his ACC title when he takes on new-look Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are playing their first game under interim head coach Brent Key, who was promoted after Geoff Collins was fired after a 1-3 start. The Panthers are 3-1 in four games, battling a host of injuries along the way. Pitt’s head coach Pat Narduzzi says his team’s success is a tribute to the depth the Panthers have gained over the years. Pitt is led by junior running back Israel Abanikanda, who has averaged 154 rushing yards in his last three games.
UNDATED (AP) — The No. 24 Pittsburgh begins his quest for a second straight ACC title when the Panthers host Georgia Tech in their conference opener. Pitt got off to a 3-1 start relying heavily on junior running back Israel Abanikanda. Abanikanda leads the conference in rushing, averaging 119 yards per game and is coming off a performance of 177 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Rhode Island. The Yellow Jackets will play their first game without head coach Geoff Collins, who was fired earlier this week when the team was down 1-3. Offensive line coach Brent Key will serve as interim coach for the remainder of the season.
UNDATED (AP) – North Carolina hosts Virginia Tech on Saturday at the Atlantic Coast Conference. Both teams have just lost at home. The Tar Heels lost to Notre Dame to spoil a 3-0 start. The Hokies lost to West Virginia. The key game will be between the Hokies’ underperforming offense against a UNC defense struggling for saves. The Tar Heels are led by quarterback Drake Maye. Maye is tied for the national lead with 16 touchdown passes. The Hokies offense is led by quarterback Grant Wells, who has five touchdowns and five interceptions.
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