Texas A&M to hold open scrimmage, will limit autographs

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Texas A&M will hold an open scrimmage for fans at 6 p.m. Saturday at Kyle Field in College Station. Attendees must sit on the west side of the stadium, and no video or photography is allowed.

In addition, A&M officials announced that players will sign only one item — an autograph card distributed at the event by organizers — during the school’s “Meet the Aggies” day. The Aug. 24 event, scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m., will precede the team’s 3 p.m. workout, which will be closed.

A&M officials are investigating allegations that quarterback Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, was compensated for signing memorabilia in the off-season in violation of NCAA rules.

K-State QBs battle

Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters had always been the next guy in line. The veteran would graduate and he would step into the QB job.

Now, he’s getting his first taste of real competition.

The junior college transfer is in a race with sophomore Daniel Sams for the starting nod with Kansas State just over two weeks away from playing its season opener.

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said it’s possible a starter won’t be decided until shortly before the Wildcats play North Dakota State on Aug. 30.

Not in the game

The Big Ten, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference are following the NCAA’s lead and will no longer allow EA Sports to use league logos in its college football video games.

The NCAA announced last month it will no longer allow Electronic Arts Inc. to use its logo starting next year. The move comes as the NCAA fights a high-profile lawsuit that says the governing body owes millions of dollars to former players for allowing their likenesses to be used for free.

ESPN first reported the SEC would end its licensing agreement with EA, and a spokesman confirmed that to the AP Wednesday.

Spokesmen for the Big Ten and Pac-12 say their conferences also will not renew agreements with EA.

The conference contracts do not cover individual schools, which can sign their own licensing deals.

Big 12 spokesman Bob Burda said in an email to the AP that “there is no change in status for the Big 12 Conference at this time.”

ESPN buying bowl

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise is being bought by ESPN.

Bowl officials said in a statement that the network had agreed in principle to acquire the bowl game from the Humanitarian Bowl Inc. Details of the deal were not released. The Potato Bowl would be the eighth bowl game to be owned and operated by ESPN.

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