College notes: Ohio State athletic director, Longhorns not talking

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Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith shot down rumors that he is interviewing for the vacant Texas athletic director position.

Smith issued a statement via email and also on his Twitter account on Thursday.

NCAA power leagues

Giving the power conferences more autonomy in a restructured NCAA could help address the “existential threats” that plague college sports at their highest level, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said.

The five conferences — the Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, Southeastern and Atlantic Coast — don’t want to leave the NCAA or even form their own division, Delany said.

But they need the power to make decisions that directly affect the financial and educational well-being of their athletes.

ISU forward hurt

Iowa State senior forward Melvin Ejim likely will be out until December after hyperextending his left knee in practice.

The Cyclones said that Ejim, a preseason All-Big 12 pick, is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

Florida suspensions

Coach Billy Donovan announced the suspension of big men Dorian Finney-Smith and Damontre Harris.

Donovan already suspended point guard Scottie Wilbekin indefinitely, and guard Michael Frazier II likely will miss at least two games because of mononucleosis.

Florida Atlantic

Brian Wright, Florida Atlantic’s offensive coordinator, was selected to be the interim coach, one day after Carl Pelini resigned acknowledging to school officials that he used an illegal drug.

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