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FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001, file photo, Iowa's Ladell Betts (46) celebrates with teammates Erik Jensen, center, and David Porter, left, after scoring a touchdown against Penn State during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Iowa City, Iowa. Ladell Betts says Iowa City has changed a lot in the 20 years since he wrapped up his college career, what with all the new housing areas, hotels, coffee shops and restaurants. As for the Iowa football program, he says, it was like stepping back in time when he arrived this spring as the new running backs coach. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Ladell Betts takes step back in time with return to Hawkeyes

Cyclones go back to basics in spring to build on '20 success

Most college football teams use the spring to experiment with schemes, initiate position battles and work on fundamentals. Coming off the...
FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2019, file photo, Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez (2) throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Ohio State, in Lincoln, Neb. Adrian Martinez will be a rare four-year starting quarterback at Nebraska this fall and yet, for all his experience, he's one of the team's biggest mysteries. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Nebraska counting on sharper Martinez in 'prove it' season

FILE - Wisconsin safety Collin Wilder (18) reacts after a play in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., in this Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, filer photo. Wisconsin won 49-11. “Coach Leonhard had a great quote one time,” safety Collin Wilder said. “It’s like the beauty of football is you never get there. There’s always something to work on. There’s always something to improve on.” That improvement could start by making more game-changing plays. That’s something the Badgers have emphasized during their spring practice sessions that end this week.(AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)

Wisconsin defense's mission: Produce more turnovers, sacks

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FILE - Alabama defensive lineman Christian Barmore (58) sacks Western Carolina quarterback Tyrie Adams (12) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in this Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, file photo. Barmore is rated as the draft's best tackle among a weak group and could be gone unless the Browns move to get him. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)

AP Top 25 Podcast: Does college football need the NCAA?

The enterprise of major college football and the NCAA already has a tenuous relationship.

Would both be better off without each other?

FILE - Georgia wide receiver Dominick Blaylock (8) looks to make a catch during an NCAA football preseason practice in Athens, Ga., in this Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, file photo. The NCAA football oversight committee is preparing to recommend changes to preseason camp that will include fewer fully padded practices and the elimination of some old-school collision drills. The football oversight committee 's initial proposal called for at least nine of a team's 25 preseason practices to be run with players wearing helmets but no other pads, and no more than eight fully-padded, full-contact practices.  (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, File)/

NCAA aims for less contact in preseason football practice

The NCAA football oversight committee is preparing to recommend changes to preseason camp that will include fewer fully padded practices and the elimination of some old-school

Longtime Bucks broadcaster Jim Paschke announces retirement

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jim Paschke, the Milwaukee Bucks’ television play-by-play announcer for the last 35 years, plans to retire at the end of the season.

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, LSU celebrates after their win against Clemson in a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game in New Orleans. The photo was part of a series of images by photographer David J. Phillip which won the Thomas V. diLustro best portfolio award for 2020 given out by the Associated Press Sports Editors during their annual winter meeting. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Stories on pandemic, Black coaches, among AP award winners

Well-reported stories on a wide-range of topics from the pandemic, plight of Black coaches and insightful human interest features stood out in the annual contest for AP staffer