Sports Briefs

Published 2:08 am Friday, October 14, 2011

UCF stays quiet on Big East bid

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Central Florida athletic director Keith Tribble declines to say whether university officials are scheduled to meet with Big East Conference officials this week to discuss the Knights possibly joining the league.

Tribble maintained Thursday that Central Florida is committed to doing what’s best for Conference USA but says he’s also aware of reports of C-USA possibly aligning with the Mountain West Conference.

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He says having an opportunity to be in a conference with an automatic tie-in to the BCS is important and that it would be a factor should UCF be approached about switching conference affiliations.

Boise State listens to Big East offer

NEW YORK (AP) — The Big East is considering adding Boise State football to help bolster the conference’s chances of retaining its BCS automatic bid, though both sides still need to be persuaded that it’s the right move.

A college football official, who spoke Thursday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the Big East’s plans, says some Big East presidents are resisting adding Boise State and the school itself has reservations about joining a conference in flux.

The Big East said earlier this week it would like to expand to 12 football schools.

NC state official wants NCAA files

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Secretary of State’s office wants a court to force the NCAA to turn over documents from its investigation of UNC’s football program to see if sports agent laws were broken.

Elaine Marshall’s office is seeking an unredacted copy of the NCAA’s notice of allegations outlining nine violations, as well as records of interviews. The office launched a probe into whether the state’s sports agent laws were broken shortly after the NCAA began its investigation of improper benefits and academic misconduct at UNC last year.

The secretary of state’s office filed its petition Thursday in Wake County. A hearing is scheduled for Nov. 28.

In a statement, Marshall says she won’t comment publicly on the matter until the hearing.

Fab Five’s King headed to court

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — University of Michigan “Fab Five” member and ex-Toronto Raptors player Jimmy King is heading to trial in a child support case.

King waived his preliminary hearing Thursday in Michigan.

King has said he’s working with authorities to resolve the child support claim after being arrested in August.

The state says he failed to pay $17,000. King’s attorneys say he has paid $60,000 in support of his 17-year-old son.

Michigan authorities say they’ve been working since 2008 to get King to get up-to-date with the payments, and he ignored warnings to get back on schedule.

King was one of the Wolverines’ Fab Five in 1991-92 and 1992-93, when Michigan reached the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.