The University of Missouri's governing board opened a two-day meeting Thursday in Kansas City, Mo., amid speculation that the university is close to leaving the Big 12 Conference for the SEC.
Conference affiliation wasn't listed on the agenda, which includes closed sessions Thursday and Friday. University spokeswoman Jennifer Hollingshead said the curators do not plan to discuss the topic until at least Friday.
Earlier this month, the curators gave Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton authority to explore leaving the Big 12. Missouri officials are considering a move to the Southeastern Conference in hopes of getting greater television revenue.
An internal university document obtained recently by The Associated Press showed Missouri hopes to gain as much as $12 million annually in additional television and cable revenue in the SEC if other factors fall into place. But the school could also face a hefty exit fee from the Big 12.
Broken foot sidelines Virginia WR Snyder
Senior wide receiver Matt Snyder, one of four Virginia captains, will have surgery Friday on his broken foot.
Coach Mike London said Thursday during a teleconference that Snyder was hurt while running a route in practice this week. The coach says a screw will be inserted into the bone and Snyder will be out several weeks. Snyder is third on the Cavaliers with 19 receptions for 220 yards,
Man accused of tree poisoning gets new lawyer
Harvey Updyke, the man accused of poisoning historic oak trees at Auburn's Toomer's Corner, has a new attorney and a new court date.
Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker on Thursday granted Glennon Threatt's request to be removed from the case.
Updyke was indicted in May on two counts of criminal mischief, two counts of desecrating a venerable object and two counts of a state law that includes making it unlawful to damage, vandalize or steal any property on or from an animal or crop facility.
Updyke has requested that the charges be reduced to misdemeanors, saying that the state of Alabama "has explicitly set the value of an oak tree" at $20, which would be below the level for a felony.
Interim OSU coach being paid $775,000 this year
Ohio State is paying interim head coach Luke Fickell $775,000 for guiding the football program through a season of suspensions, NCAA investigations and looming penalties.
Fickell's base salary is $400,000 and he is paid $200,000 for media obligations and $175,000 from Ohio State's agreement with Nike. Tressel made more than $3.5 million last year.
Task force makes bowl game recommendations
The NCAA's Division I Football Licensing Task Force made numerous recommendations on Thursday involving oversight and certification of bowl games, including stronger academic standards that may make it tough for some schools to become bowl eligible.
Co-chaired by Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman, the task force has proposed a ban from bowls for Division I teams that don't reach 930 — out of 1,000 — on the Academic Progress Rate, which measures academic performance through eligibility and retention.
Michigan State DL Gholston suspended
The Big Ten has suspended Michigan State defensive end William Gholston for Saturday's game against No. 4 Wisconsin after he threw a punch at a Michigan player last weekend.