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Alabama football coach Nick Saban knows Charlotte is more ACC territory than it is SEC, but he still wants to plant his crimson flag in the ground.

The NCAA's board of directors took the first step toward shifting power to the five largest football conferences on Thursday, endorsing a 57-page plan that calls for giving 65 of the nation's biggest schools more autonomy in how to fund scholarships, handle health care and decide other increasingly hot-button issues involving their athletes.

Northwestern University's football players will cast ballots Friday on whether to form the nation's first union for college athletes — a potentially landmark vote that will be kept sealed for months and possibly years.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Wednesday he wouldn't change procedures after the Freedom From Religion Foundation's letter of complaint expressing concerns about the football program's connection to the coach's Christian religion.

Mary Willingham, the former UNC learning specialist for athletes who said they were being steered to classes that didn’t meet, says she will leave her job at the end of the semester.

In an age of hyper-specialization in athletics, Duke football coach David Cutcliffe prefers to keep it broad and simple. He’s looking for athletes for the Blue Devils football team.

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The class of 2014 produced a strong crop of Carolinas college football recruits. The area produced two players selected as national players of the year – Charlotte Catholic’s Elijah Hood and Davidson Day’s Will Grier – and a bevy of major-college players.

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