LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California athletic director Mike Bohn has resigned. USC confirmed the 62-year-old Bohn’s resignation roughly 3 1/2 years after he succeeded Lynn Swann in the high-profile job. The Trojans’ athletic department experienced a surge of success during Bohn’s tenure. The football team made a dramatic turnaround after the hiring of coach Lincoln Riley last year, while the men’s basketball team has made three straight NCAA Tournament appearances under Andy Enfield. Bohn mentioned “ongoing health challenges” in a statement issued to the Los Angeles Times about his resignation, but provided no clear reason for the surprising move.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Pac-12 will provide more access to players and coaches during broadcasts of football games next season, including in-game coaches interviews and halftime camera access. The changes will be implemented throughout football broadcasts on ESPN, Fox Sports and the Pac-12 Networks. The expanded access also will include coaches and select athletes wired on the field during pregame activities, cameras without sound in the coaches’ booths and extended handheld camera permission. Locker room camera access will be pregame and at halftime.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has filed a formal complaint against Southern California, the Pac-12 and the NCAA alleging misclassification of college athletes as “student-athletes” instead of employees. The complaint by the NLRB’s Los Angeles office seeks an order requiring USC, the Pac-12 and the NCAA to reclassify football and basketball players as employees instead of student-athletes in their handbooks and rules. It was based on a complaint by the National College Players Association to the Department of Justice filed in December that accused the NCAA of violating antitrust laws by capping compensation to athletes.
UNDATED (AP) — Last season, all-time home run leader Jocelyn Alo led an Oklahoma squad that pounded its way to a second straight Women’s College World Series softball title. The Sooners still can light up the scoreboard, but their pitching staff and defense stand out just as much this year. Oklahoma enters NCAA regional play with a nation-leading earned run average of 0.86. That’s a key reason the top-seeded Sooners are on a 43-game win streak that leaves them four victories shy of Arizona’s Division I record for consecutive wins. Oklahoma will host the Norman Regional against Hofstra.
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