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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Spencer Sanders is entering his fourth year as a starting quarterback at Oklahoma State, and he’s happy where he is. He says he’s fallen in love with every group he’s brought since he arrived. The redshirt junior from Denton, Texas has made 32 starts for the Cowboys, 10 more than any of his offensive teammates. His 24 wins as a starting quarterback are the third in program history. Last season, Sanders became the second QB in school history to receive all-conference first-team recognition after leading the Cowboys to 7th overall nationally. Brandon Weeden is the other.

UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA received praise last year when it agreed to pay referees equally at its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. The gesture costs only about 0,000, a tiny fraction of the roughly $900 million the networks pay each year to air March Madness. Now, as the NCAA examines various disparities between men’s and women’s sports, pressure is mounting to also pay referees equally during the regular season. Two Division I conferences have told The Associated Press they plan to equalize wages, and another is considering it. Others resist change, even if the impact on their budget would be negligible.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Big 12 championship game will remain at the home of the Dallas Cowboys until at least 2025. This is the season after Texas and Oklahoma left for the Southeastern Conference. The contract extension means the first nine games since the return of the Big 12 title game in 2017 will be played at AT&T Stadium. The Big 12 did not have a league game from 2011 to 2016 after realignment reduced the league to 10 teams. The conference brought the title game back in 2017. AT&T Stadium has been the site since 2009, two years before the hiatus.

UNDATED (AP) – The NCAA will ask a committee to conduct more research on a recommendation allowing Division I athletes to change schools as many times as they wish with immediate eligibility. The transfer rule proposals were among several that came out of the NCAA’s Transformation Committee and were put forward by the Division I board two weeks ago. The board adopted the Transformation Committee’s recommendations that would allow schools to provide more financial benefits to athletes. The proposed changes to the transfer rules also included the implementation of sport-specific windows when athletes could enter their name into the transfer portal and be immediately eligible the following year.

UNDATED (AP) – Senators Tommy Tuberville of Alabama and Joe Manchin of West Virginia have asked for input from college sports leaders to use in crafting a bill to regulate how college athletes can be compensated for their names, images and likenesses. Tuberville is a Republican and a former Alabama State college football coach. Manchin is a West Virginia Democrat who is friends with Alabama football coach Nick Saban. In a letter to Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey, the senators said their staff had already begun drafting legislation. Sankey and Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill during a lobbying trip in May.

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