Florida State’s Fisher eager to tackle tough start

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher speaks to the media during the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college football media day in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, July 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher hopes his players will be ready for a demanding opening month that could determine whether the Seminoles are playoff contenders.

Heisman winner Jackson headlines at ACC media days

In this Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 file photo, ACC Commissioner John Swofford answers a question during the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C. The Atlantic Coast Conference won big in football in 2016. So it’s fitting the league starts its annual preseason media days by featuring reigning national champion Clemson and Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville. The league opens its two-day event in Charlotte on Thursday morning, July 13, 2017 beginning with a state-of-the-league forum from Commissioner John Swofford. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference won big in football in 2016. So it’s fitting the league starts its annual preseason media days by featuring reigning national champion Clemson and Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville.

Ole Miss, Auburn, South Carolina up next at SEC

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2016, file photo, Mississippi head coach Hugh Freeze walks off the field following a loss to No. 1 Alabama in an NCAA college football game, in Oxford, Miss. Gus Malzahn, Kevin Sumlin and Hugh Freeze arrived in the SEC West with reputations for breakneck fast offenses and winning, and have had seasons where they lived up to the billing. All three find themselves potentially on the hot seat, while it's getting a little warm for Arkansas' Bret Bielema and Tennessee's Butch Jones. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Mississippi, Auburn and South Carolina will be the final three teams at SEC media days on Thursday.

Ex-coach sues Ole Miss, alleging smear campaign

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2011, file photo, Mississippi head coach Houston Nutt leaves the field after losing to Vanderbilt 30-7 in an NCAA college football game, in Nashville, Tenn. Former Mississippi coach Houston Nutt has filed a civil lawsuit against the university and its athletics foundation, alleging a breach of his contract because of false statements he says school officials made during an ongoing NCAA investigation.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in federal court in Mississippi. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Former Mississippi coach Houston Nutt has filed a civil lawsuit against the university and its athletics foundation, alleging a breach of his severance agreement because of false statements he says school officials made during an ongoing NCAA investigation.

SEC to marks 50th anniversary of 1st black player

Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey speaks during the NCAA college football Southeastern Conference's annual media gathering, Monday, July 10, 2017, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey opened football media days talking about integration of sports in the league and the upcoming 50th anniversary of that moment.

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