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Missouri considering UTEP's Floyd

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07:41 AM ET 04.23 | With many eyes on Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall, the list of possibilities may be growing. UTEP's Tim Floyd has emerged as a strong candidate for the Missouri opening, a source close to the situation told ESPN. Floyd, 60, has spent the past four seasons with the Miners and has a team that is expected to compete for the Conference USA title next season. Floyd also spent four seasons at USC and led the Trojans to three NCAA tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 in 2007. Floyd was also the coach of the Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Hornets in the NBA. ESPN's Andy Katz previously reported that Central Missouri coach Kim Anderson, a Missouri alum, was also in the mix to replace Frank Haith -- who left last week for Tulsa.

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SEC rivalry in trouble

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07:40 AM ET 04.23 | Soon, after few years of debate, the structure of SEC football schedules will have something approximating a permanent solution. Commissioner Mike Slive expects a format will be in place by early May. Talk of a nine-game schedule and preservation of traditional cross-divisional rivalries like Alabama-Tennessee were discussed by SEC coaches in a meeting Tuesday. "I don't think there's any support for that, it doesn't seem like" Alabama coach Nick Saban said before a Crimson Caravan stop in Huntsville. "I think there's a little bit more support for staying with an eight-game schedule and everybody playing a ninth opponent that's in the five major conferences. My thing is I'm for playing nine conference games and still playing another team in the major conferences."

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Terps want in on Big Ten Network

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07:39 AM ET 04.23 | Some signs at Maryland are already clear: a new motto here, a missing ACC logo there. And with the simple setup of a backdrop, lights and camera, funded by the Big Ten and installed at a soon-to-be decided site, a more tangible change will emerge. At the league's request, Maryland has begun planning the construction of a permanent studio for "talkback" video interviews with players and coaches, to be broadcast on the Big Ten Network. ... A cash cow that generated an estimated $270 million in revenue last year, according to several reports, the Big Ten Network offered a struggling Maryland athletics department increased revenue distribution from the conference and the prospect of heightened exposure as the school pondered leaping from the ACC, where it had resided since 1953. The talkback studio will further tap into this.

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New era costs Louisville plenty

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07:38 AM ET 04.23 | The price of doing business is going up at Louisville. The assistant coaches on new head coach Bobby Petrino's staff will make a combined $3.2 million in salary, according to copies of their contracts obtained through a public records request by The Courier-Journal. The previous staff under former coach Charlie Strong, who's now at Texas, made $2.7 million in salary at Louisville. ... Former offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and defensive coordinator Vance Bedford each made a little more than $500,000 a year under Strong. The new coordinators make a combined $1.625 million. [Todd Grantham's] salary of $975,000 would rank fourth in the nation last season. His salary at Georgia was fifth-highest in the country. [Garrick McGee's] hiring required a $550,000 payment to UAB.

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Transfers gutting USF roster

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07:37 AM ET 04.23 | Another day, another departure at the University of South Florida. USF 6-foot-10 center John Egbunu, who set a school freshman rebounding record and made the American Athletic Conference's All-Rookie team, has been granted his release. The cornerstone of a nationally-lauded 2013 signing class, Egbunu becomes the fifth scholarship player to exit since coach Stan Heath's dismissal in mid March. Walk-on Shemiye McLendon, who averaged nearly 20 minutes last season, isn't expected back either. The school also announced Tuesday the exit of rising junior guard Javontae Hawkins, whose departure was reported by the Tampa Bay Times on Saturday. ... Counting incoming freshman shooting guards Troy Holston and Dinero Mercurius, USF has eight players on scholarship for the 2014-15 season.

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