College notes: Oklahoma quarterback Thompson breaks foot

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Oklahoma quarterback Kendal Thompson broke his right foot on the first day of practice Thursday and is expected to be out until early in the regular season.

Thompson, who did not throw a pass last season, was competing with Blake Bell and Trevor Knight for the starting job, though Bell has been considered the front-runner to win the job.

Thompson did not play in a game last season after redshirting in 2011.

NCAA tournament

The NCAA announced changes to the way it will select teams for the men’s basketball tournament, adding flexibility in hopes of keeping teams properly seeded.

The selection committee voted last week to change the bracketing principles in hopes of keeping teams where they naturally belong, chairman Ron Wellman told reporters.

In previous years, the committee has had to move a team up or down one or two lines to accommodate rules such as when conference teams can meet in the tourney.

Previously, conference teams couldn’t meet until the regional final unless a conference had nine teams in the field.

The move comes in the wake of realignment that has seen league numbers swell over the past few seasons and has made the old rules difficult to navigate. The Big East, for instance, had 11 teams make the tournament in 2011 and 2012, and with more league expansion, conflicts seemed more likely to pop up.

The changes will not affect which teams get into the tourney. But they will allow conference teams that have played only once during the season, including league tournaments to meet as early as the third round.

Teams that have played twice will not face one another until the regional semifinals and teams that have played three times cannot meet until the regional championship.

Most of the conflicts didn’t show up until the Sunday of selection weekend, when the bracketing debate is going full bore.

Hurting Gators

Florida is missing all the optimism that usually comes with the start of fall practice.

The Gators will open workouts today without four offensive starters, including quarterback Jeff Driskel and running back Matt Jones, and have no timetable for reinstating suspended linebacker Antonio Morrison.

Guards Jon Halapio (pectoral) and Max Garcia (back) won’t be on the field, either.

Wake Forest arena

Wake Forest said it has completed its purchase of Joel Coliseum from the city of Winston-Salem, N.C.

City Manager Lee Garrity told The Associated Press that the price was $8 million and that the school has committed to spend $10 million in capital improvements.

Wake Forest owns the 15,000-seat arena and the 33 surrounding acres.

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