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  • 24 Aug
    导出博客文章FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Even with all the new faces on the court, it was old
    reliable Dusty Hannahs who helped Arkansas when it needed it the most.Hannahs
    scored 23 points to lead six players in double figures as the re-tooled
    Razorbacks (1-0) opened their season with a 92-83 win over IPFW on Friday
    night.The senior led Arkansas with an average of 16.5 points per game a year
    ago, but coach Mike Anderson added a trio of top junior college recruits in a
    push for immediate improvement following a disappointing 16-16 record last
    season.Despite the new-look roster, it was Hannahs who once again took on a
    leading role when the Razorbacks fell behind by six points to the Mastodons
    (0-1) in the first half. He finished 7 of 17 from the field and 8 of 10 on free
    throws.Thats the way its supposed to be, Anderson said. ... Those (older) guys
    have got to show these guys the way.Daryl Macon, one of Arkansas junior college
    newcomers, added 13 points while Anton Beard had 12. Preseason Southeastern
    Conference Player of the Year Moses Kingsley finished with nine points, nine
    rebounds and seven blocks despite being in foul trouble in the first half.Jaylen
    Barford, Dustin Thomas and Manuale Watkins finished with 10 points each for the
    Razorbacks.John Konchar led IPFW with 17 points, one of five in double figures.
    Kason Harrell added 14 points, while Mo Evans and Bryson Scott had 13 each and
    Xzavier Taylor 12 for the Mastodons.We came here to win the game, IPFW coach Jon
    Coffman said. Im obviously very disappointed.The Mastodons led by as many as six
    points in the first half, taking a 36-30 lead after a 3-pointer by Evans. The
    shot lifted IPFW to 6 of 10 on 3-pointers, but they were 0 for 8 from behind the
    arc after that to end the half.Arkansas took advantage of the cold-shooting
    stretch, answering with an 18-4 run to go up 48-40 late in the half. Hannahs had
    a 3-pointer and Watkins added a basket on the break to cap the run.We got kind
    of stagnant at times, but we just kept playing our game and got the pace back up
    to our liking, Hannahs said. I thought we were at our strength, obviously, when
    we were running and pushing the ball against them.BIG PICTUREDespite earning the
    season-opening win over the preseason pick to win the Summit League, Arkansas
    exits the game with continued questions about its rebounding ability and
    defensive play. A year after finishing 247th in the country by allowing
    opponents to average 74.7 points per game, the Razorbacks were outrebouned 45-39
    -- allowing 21 offensive rebounds by IPFW and 21 second-chance points.JUNIOR
    COLLEGE IMPACTMacon and Barford were the top two junior college recruits in the
    country last season, and they both paid immediate dividends on Friday night. In
    addition to his 13 points, Macon also had seven rebounds, five assist and four
    steals, while Barford added five rebounds and four assists.TIP-INSKingsley
    scored seven of his points in the second half, helping the Razorbacks outscore
    the Mastodons 52-22 in the paint ... The seniors seven blocks were one off his
    career of eight, which came against Tennessee Tech last season ... IPFW was
    scoreless on fast-break points and was outscored 24-0 on the break.UP NEXTThe
    Mastodons return to action on Sunday when they host Kenyon.Arkansas remains at
    home when it hosts Southern Illinois on Monday night.---More AP college
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    football team has bounced back from the sanctions the program received in 2012
    after the Sandusky scandal.No. 5 Penn State (11-2) is having its best season
    since Jerry Sandusky, a longtime assistant of late Nittany Lions coach Joe
    Paterno, was arrested in 2011 for sexually abusing boys. The Nittany Lions won
    their last nine games and the Big Ten title.I think its terrific, said Emmert,
    who spoke at an intercollegiate athletics forum sponsored by Learfield
    Communications on Wednesday in Manhattan.I think what Penn State went through is
    an awful situation and its still playing out sadly. But the football program is
    still Penn State and they showed it and they did really well. The university has
    done an amazing job to put in place all of the things their board wanted and our
    board wanted.The NCAA went outside its usual process to sanction Penn State in
    2012. The school was hit with massive scholarship limitations and a four-year
    bowl ban, along with fines. The school also agreed to enact dozens of reforms
    recommended in a report by former FBI director Louis Freeh on the scandal.The
    original scholarship and postseason penalties were eventually rolled back.
    Emmert said he was pleased the roll back helped Penn State recover more quickly,
    and that NCAA sanctions are not meant to cripple an athletic program.Ive always
    said and always believed that Penn State first and foremost is a great
    university ... and secondly its got wonderful sports traditions. How could you
    not be pleased that theyre playing good football again? Thats very good stuff,
    he said.Emmert covered numerous topics in a 30-minute question-and-answer
    session, and after he spoke with group of reporters for 15 more minutes.- He
    declined to weigh in on whether the College Football Playoff selection committee
    made the right decision with the four teams it chose to compete for the national
    championship, but he did say he would prefer an eight-team playoff that would
    include automatic bids for the Power Five conference champions.I think a
    conference championship ought to count for something. I think how you determine
    your champion is up to somebody else, Emmert said. Id like to see all five of
    the conference champions get in thhe playoff.dddddddddddd.The NCAA has no
    authority over the College Football Playoff.Thats why we live in America.
    Everybody can have an opinion, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany joked, when asked
    about Emmerts comments. He doesnt have a vote, though.- Emmert said he would
    like to see the new NCAA football oversight committee better define the purpose
    of bowl games. There are 40 and some spots are given to teams with sub.-500
    records. The NCAA does not run bowl games. It does have a sanctioning process,
    but mostly it lets conferences decide whether they want to put on games.What do
    we, the membership of intercollegiate athletics, want bowl games to be? Emmert
    said. Are they a 13th game thats an exhibition game? Are they a reward for
    having won something? We have teams in now that can get into a bowl game having
    won two or three of their conferences games.- The NCAA pulled its championship
    events out of North Carolina in September because of a state law that limits
    anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people. The decision was later
    criticized by Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins in an Wall Street Journal
    op-ed. Jenkins said the NCAA should not be a moral arbiter.He and I have chatted
    a lot about that issue, and obviously I disagree and obviously, more importantly
    the board of governors disagreed, Emmert said.The NCAA will choose sites for
    future championship events in April and part of that is a fairly complex
    process, Emmert said, of looking at the local and state laws of potential host
    locations.One of the considerations we have now as we make those decisions, as
    the sport committees make decisions about where they go, is going to be LGBT
    rights, he said. I think and hope and believe, maybe wishfully, that North
    Carolina will modify their position because citizens want that.- Emmert said the
    Big 12 deciding not to expand was a good thing for college sports.I think the
    last round was very disruptive. It had a negative impact on so many schools,
    even personal relationships. It was hard and Im glad we didnt have to go through
    that again. Even on a smaller scale, Emmert said.---Follow Ralph D. Russo at ' ' '