College notes: Armed Forces Bowl sets games through 2019

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Officials at the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl have set their matchups through the 2019 game in Fort Worth, based on recent agreements with four conferences that will provide teams during that stretch: Big 12, Big Ten, Mountain West and the American Athletic Conference (AAC).

This year’s game, Dec. 30 at TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium, will feature a Mountain West team against Navy (3-3), provided the Midshipmen meet minimum bowl requirements.

Future matchups, based on recently announced agreements, include:

2014: AAC vs. Army (Big 12 backup if Army does not qualify).

2015: Big Ten vs. Mountain West.

2016: AAC vs. Big 12.

2017: Big Ten vs. Army.

2018: AAC vs. Big 12.

2019: Big Ten vs. Mountain West.

— Jimmy Burch

Graduation rates spike

College athletes are graduating at an all-time high rate, the NCAA said.

Eighty-two percent of athletes in the 2006-07 freshman class earned a diploma within six years, up one percentage point from the 2005-06 class. That matched a record.

Graduation rates over the four-year measure, which covers freshmen who entered school between 2003-04 and 2006-07, hit 81 percent, also a one percentage point increase and another record, the NCAA said.

Graduation rates among black female athletes improved from 76 percent in 2005-06 to 78 percent in 2006-07.

And football players in the Bowl Subdivision topped last year’s record-high of 70 percent by hitting 71 percent.

White players in the FBS made a 4-percentage point jump, to 84 percent, while the rate among black FBS players improved from 62 percent to 64 percent.

Women’s Final Four

The NCAA women’s basketball committee is backing a move to play the Final Four two days earlier, starting next season.

The Final Four would go to a Friday-Sunday format instead of the Sunday-Tuesday configuration in place since 2003.

The committee also decided that the top 16 seeds should host the first two rounds. The move would hopefully bolster attendance in the first two rounds, which has become stagnant over the past few years.

Briefly

• Oklahoma basketball: Khadeem Lattin, a 6-foot-9 forward/center and the grandson of David Lattin, the starting center of Texas Western’s 1966 NCAA championship team, committed to the Sooners for 2014. He’s currently playing for Redemption Christian Homeschool Academy in Houston. Lattin had offers from Arizona, Georgetown, Texas, Memphis and TCU among others.

• Bowl game: Marlins Ballpark will host a team from the American Athletic Conference in the annual new bowl game beginning in December 2014. The opponent will usually come from the Mid-American Conference, the Sun Belt Conference or Conference USA.

• Maryland football: Quarterback C.J. Brown won’t play against No. 9 Clemson on Saturday because of the lasting effects of a concussion. Maryland will also be without leading rusher Brandon Ross, who’s sidelined with a shoulder injury.

• NCAA: A committee begins work today reviewing ways to strengthen the law that penalizes sports agents for providing gifts to college athletes and other improper conduct. The drafting committee to revise the Uniform Athlete Agents Act will meet for two days in Chicago to consider changes, including several in a memo backed by schools across the country as well as five NFL agents.

• Oregon: Former tight end Colt Lyerla, who left the second-ranked Ducks earlier this month following a one-game suspension for violating team rules, was in custody after his arrest on drug-related charges.

• SWAC: The league suspended an officiating crew for failing to manage the clock properly in the closing seconds of regulation during the Alabama A&M-Southern game. Officials initially let the clock run out after Southern was called for intentional grounding.

• Texas A&M men’s basketball: Kourtney Robertson underwent a procedure at a hospital after experiencing a rapid heart rate during practice. Roberson, a 6-foot-9 forward, is expected to resume basketball activities in “the coming weeks.”

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