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Air Force coach Troy Calhoun signs extension through 2029

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun signs extension through 2029

Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun signed a contract extension through the 2029 season ahead of his 18th season with the Falcons.

"Thank you to General Richard Clark, (athletic director) Nathan Pine, and AFAAC for the Academy's sturdy commitment and support to help our football program build leaders of character for our country," Calhoun said in a statement on Tuesday. "Amanda and I are incredibly grateful for the tremendous people -- coaches, players, administration, faculty, the Foundation, staff, cadet wing, and their families -- that we are blessed to be alongside each day. Bolt Brotherhood!"

Calhoun is 130-82 as a head coach with 13 bowl game appearances at Air Force, where his record over the past four full seasons is 40-12.

Air Force has claimed the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy five times under Calhoun, who has eight seasons with nine or more wins.

"Coach Calhoun has had an outstanding career at Air Force over the last 17 years," Pine said. "He understands and embraces the mission of the Academy and leads our program accordingly. I am proud of the success we have enjoyed together over the last five seasons and look forward to continuing to build on that in the new College Football Playoff model. We are pleased to have Coach Calhoun continue leading our football program for the next six years and beyond."

Former Miami RB Henry Parrish Jr. returns to Ole Miss

Former Miami RB Henry Parrish Jr. returns to Ole Miss

Former Miami Hurricanes running back Henry Parrish Jr. committed to Ole Miss on Monday, returning to the school where he started his college career in 2020.

Parrish entered the transfer portal last Tuesday, the first day of the spring transfer window, and announced his decision to join the Rebels on social media Monday.

Parrish gained 625 yards on the ground and scored six touchdowns for the Hurricanes in 2023. Across four seasons with Ole Miss (2020-21) and Miami (2022-23), Parrish amassed 2,057 rushing yards, 56 receptions for 384 yards and 17 total touchdowns (15 rushing).

He has one year of eligibility remaining.

Coach Lane Kiffin adds Parrish to the mix of potential running backs to replace starter Quinshon Judkins, who went to Ohio State via the transfer portal. The Rebels' second-leading rusher last season, Ulysses Bentley IV, returns after posting 540 yards rushing and five rushing and receiving touchdowns, and the team also added transfers Jacory Croskey-Merritt from New Mexico and Logan Diggs from LSU.

FBS approves two-minute warning, helmet radios

FBS approves two-minute warning, helmet radios

Games in the upcoming college football season might feel more like the NFL, after the NCAA approved rule changes that include new options for communications and a new automatic timeout policy.

According to new rules announced by the NCAA's Playing Rules Oversight Panel, in FBS games, teams will be given the option to use coach-to-player communications through a device in the helmet of one player.

Similar to the NFL, that player will be identified by a green sticker on the helmet, and communications will be cut off either when the ball is snapped or with 15 seconds left on the play clock, whichever comes first.

Additionally, the NCAA will implement a system like the NFL employing automatic timeouts with two minutes left in the second and fourth quarters. These will not be additional television timeouts.

Teams in all divisions will also have the option of reviewing in-game video on up to 18 active digital tablets in the coaching booth, on the sideline and in the locker room.

These proposals were approved Thursday after being introduced March 1, and will take effect for the 2024 season.

Arizona State receives probation for NCAA violations

Arizona State receives probation for NCAA violations

The Arizona State football program received four years of probation and an undisclosed fine for violations involving recruiting and using ineligible players during former coach Herm Edwards time in Tempe, the NCAA announced Friday.

In addition, four unnamed former university employees received show-cause penalties from 3-10 years in duration. The Sun Devils also had to vacate games in which ineligible players competed, saw scholarships reduced and received recruiting restrictions.

Arizona State, which self-imposed a postseason ban in 2023, remains eligible for bowl games following the 2024 regular season, its first in the Big 12.

Jason Leonard, the executive director of athletics compliance at Oklahoma and chief hearing officer for the NCAA committee on infractions panel, noted Arizona State's cooperation.

"The school's acceptance of responsibility and decision to self-impose meaningful core penalties is a model for all schools to follow and is consistent with the expectations of the NCAA's infractions program," Leonard said in a statement.

The trouble came to pass three years ago when Arizona State reportedly committed violations associated with the recruiting restrictions instituted during the COVID-19 "dead period."

The NCAA stated that Edwards, fired after three games in 2022, committed a "responsibility violation" and that ASU allowed "recruiting inducements, impermissible tryouts" and was found to have committed tampering.

"The COVID dead period rules were created not only for the sake of competitive equity but for the safety and well-being of prospective and enrolled student-athletes and their families," Arizona State president Michael Crow said. "ASU is disappointed and embarrassed by the actions of certain former football staff members who took advantage of a global pandemic to hide their behavior."

There were no further details provided as to the former employees' punishment.

One of those former employees is the school's defensive coordinator at the time, Antonio Pierce, who is now the head coach of the NFL's Las Vegas Raiders.

Two of the four former employees are contesting their cases, the NCAA said, and a decision remains pending until those appeals are heard.

FedEx, Memphis enter $25M NIL partnership

FedEx, Memphis enter $25M NIL partnership

FedEx is entering into a five-year, $25 million name, image and likeness commitment that will benefit student-athletes at Memphis, particularly in the Tigers' football and men's and women's basketball programs, as well as additional women's sports.

The shipping giant, which launched its operations in Memphis in 1973, has annual revenues of $88 billion.

As part of the initiative, Memphis athletes receiving NIL funding will participate in FedEx initiatives via social media and in person around the city. The company supports events that include the FedEx/St. Jude Championships, the Southern Heritage Classic and the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, all in Memphis.

"We evaluated the evolving NIL landscape, exploring how we can best deliver positive impact to student-athletes and connect them to meaningful opportunities for both themselves and the community and made the decision to reallocate marketing funds to an NIL platform," said Brian Philips, the executive vice president and chief marketing officer at FedEx, in a news release. "This gives us an opportunity to invest in bright, young athletes in our great hometown of Memphis, strengthening our connection to the next generation of leaders."

The program was announced Friday via a social media video that featured both FedEx employees and Memphis athletes.

The first FedEx in-person NIL initiative will be a tailgate event at Memphis' spring football game, featuring the women's soccer team.

Athletic director Laird Veatch told 929 ESPN radio in Memphis on Friday that the contribution includes a clause stipulating a 50 percent match and that the university will launch a campaign to raise $2.5 million per year.

Veatch acknowledged the boost the FedEx partnership will give to his department.

"It does elevate us to a highly competitive NIL space, and it's something that's sustainable at the same time," Veatch said. "If you ask many athletic directors around the country, I don't know that they'd be in a position to say that."

This is not the first partnership between the company and school. The campus has a degree program for FedEx employees and also boasts the FedEx Institute of Technology. Company CEO Fred Smith agreed to donate $50 million from his personal foundation for renovations for the Tigers' football stadium.

Arizona State QB Jaden Rashada entering transfer portal

Arizona State QB Jaden Rashada entering transfer portal

Arizona State quarterback Jaden Rashada will enter the transfer portal, he announced Thursday.

Rashada posted a message on Instagram thanking his teammates, coaches, strength staff and other support staff at Arizona State.

"With that being said I'll be entering my name in the transfer portal seeking the best fit for my career!" Rashada wrote.

Rashada is a former four-star quarterback prospect in the Class of 2023 best known for flipping his commitment from Miami to Florida -- then requesting release from his national letter of intent when an NIL deal with Florida's collective worth a reported $13 million fell through.

Rashada wound up at Arizona State and got into three games as a freshman, passing for 485 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. He has been out most of the spring after needing thumb surgery.

Georgia is expected to pursue Rashada, On3 and 247Sports reported.

NFL draft hopeful AJ Simon of Albany dead at 25

AJ Simon, a defensive lineman from the University at Albany who was hoping to be drafted into the NFL next week, died at age 25, the school confirmed Wednesday.

Simon played four seasons of football at the FCS level -- two at Bloomsburg (2018, 2021) and two at Albany. The native of Pennsylvania had 12.5 sacks for Albany in 2023 and was named to the All-CAA first team.

A cause of death was not released.

"The UAlbany football program was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former student-athlete Amitral ‘AJ' Simon this morning," the team said in a statement. "AJ was a tremendous young man and even better teammate throughout his time at UAlbany. He was a role model both on and off the field, serving as a pillar to this program over the last two years. He will be profoundly missed."

Albany coach Greg Gattuso posted on X, formerly Twitter, that he spent two "joyous" years getting to know Simon as a coach and friend.

"My prayers are dedicated to the Simon family," Gattuso wrote. "I love you AJ and will always have a special place in my heart for #8."

Simon had taken a pre-draft visit to the New England Patriots, NBC Sports reported.

Virginia law allows schools to pay NIL deals to athletes

A new law signed Thursday will enable schools in Virginia to pay name, image and likeness deals directly to student-athletes.

The legislation, which takes effect on July 1, is the first of its kind in the nation. It makes it illegal for the NCAA to punish any school in Virginia for compensating athletes with NIL deals.

The law potentially could give schools like Virginia and Virginia Tech -- whose officials helped to draft the legislation -- a leg up in recruiting, as current NCAA rules prohibit schools from signing NIL deals with their own players. Currently, students receive their NIL pay through third parties.

Critics consider this another step toward the professionalization of college sports, although the law does not allow Virginia schools to pay athletes for their performance in a sport. It does permit the use of university and athletic department funds to pay athletes for appearing in marketing campaigns.

Virginia athletic director Carla Williams said the new law could be a catalyst for change elsewhere.

"If this law gets us closer to a federal or a national solution for college athletics then it will be more than worthwhile," Williams said, per ESPN. "Until then, we have an obligation to ensure we maintain an elite athletics program at UVA."

Virginia Tech AD Whit Babcock called it "a step in the right direction for the commonwealth of Virginia and the country in my opinion."

Williams and Babcock declined to share their potential NIL budgets with ESPN. Both also said they were looking into Title IX considerations as far as an equitable distribution of NIL opportunities for male and female student-athletes.

Transfer roundup: Colorado CB Cormani McClain enters portal

Colorado cornerback Cormani McClain, a former five-star high school recruit, entered the transfer portal on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

Tuesday was the first day of the spring transfer window. The portal will remain open for players to enter until April 30.

McClain appeared in nine games for the Buffaloes in 2023, Deion Sanders' first season as Colorado's coach. McClain started four games and finished the season with 13 tackles and two pass breakups.

He was the No. 1 cornerback in the Class of 2023, per the 247Sports composite rankings.

--Miami lost leading rusher Henry Parrish Jr. and backup quarterback Jacurri Brown to the portal.

Parrish gained 625 yards on the ground and scored six touchdowns for the Hurricanes in 2023. Across four seasons with Ole Miss (2020-21) and Miami (2022-23), Parrish amassed 2,057 rushing yards, 56 receptions for 384 yards and 17 total touchdowns (15 rushing).

Brown has seen action in nine games over the past two seasons at Miami. He was likely to rank behind Emory Williams and incoming transfers Cam Ward and Reese Poffenbarger on the QB depth chart.

--Oregon State running back Damien Martinez is officially in the portal, with On3 reporting that he will visit Miami, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Tennessee and Arizona.

It was reported last week that Martinez intended to enter the portal. He was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team by rushing for 1,185 yards and nine touchdowns on 194 carries in 12 games last season for an average of 6.1 yards per carry. He recorded six 100-yard games on the ground, with a high of 146 against Stanford.

In two seasons with the Beavers, Martinez had 2,167 rushing yards and 16 TDs on 355 carries in 25 games.

--True freshman offensive lineman Jason Zandamela is looking to transfer from Southern California, 247Sports reported.

Zandamela was the No. 4 interior offensive line prospect in the Class of 2024, per the 247Sports composite. He is a native of Mozambique who played rugby before moving to the United States.

--Kadyn Proctor is back in the portal with a "do not contact" label, multiple reports said, indicating the offensive lineman plans to return to Alabama.

Once a five-star offensive tackle prospect in the Class of 2023, Proctor -- a native of Des Moines, Iowa -- originally committed to Iowa before flipping to Alabama. After spending his freshman season with the Crimson Tide, he entered the portal following coach Nick Saban's decision to retire.

Proctor committed to Iowa during the previous transfer window but announced on March 19 that he would not be staying with the Hawkeyes' program and would re-enter the portal in the spring.

--Former four-star quarterback recruit Tad Hudson plans to transfer out of North Carolina, On3 reported.

Hudson did not see the field as a true freshman in Chapel Hill while backing up Drake Maye, a likely first-round pick in this month's NFL draft.

Michigan agrees to 3-year probation for recruiting violations

Michigan will serve three years of probation after reaching an agreement with the NCAA over recruiting violations and coaching activities by noncoaching staff members, the NCAA announced Tuesday.

Michigan will face recruiting restrictions and pay a fine in relation to violations from five current or former football employees.

The penalties include a one-year show-cause order for all five individuals.

"Today's joint resolution pertains to the University of Michigan Athletic Department and several former and current employees," Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said in a statement. "We are pleased to reach a resolution on this matter so that our student-athletes and our football program can move forward. We have no additional information and cannot comment further on other aspects of the NCAA's inquiries."

The NCAA said that former coach Jim Harbaugh -- who guided the team to the College Football Playoff title in January -- isn't part in the agreement.

"The agreed-upon violations involve impermissible in-person recruiting contacts during a COVID-19 dead period, impermissible tryouts, and the program exceeding the number of allowed countable coaches when noncoaching staff members engaged in on- and off-field coaching activities (including providing technical and tactical skills instruction to student-athletes)," the NCAA said in a statement.

"The negotiated resolution also involved the school's agreement that the underlying violations demonstrated a head coach responsibility violation and the former football head coach failed to meet his responsibility to cooperate with the investigation. The school also agreed that it failed to deter and detect the impermissible recruiting contacts and did not ensure that the football program adhered to rules for noncoaching staff members."

Harbaugh is now the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers.

"I filed a lengthy response to the (Notice of Allegations) on behalf of Coach Harbaugh, which unfortunately hasn't been made public and will probably never see the light of day," Tom Mars, Harbaugh's attorney, told ESPN. "That concluded Coach Harbaugh's participation in the case."

Harbaugh served a three-game suspension at the beginning of the 2023 season after the NCAA felt he made false statements during the investigation. Then-offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore served a one-game suspension. Moore is now the Wolverines' head coach.

Tuesday's developments are unrelated to the Michigan sign-stealing investigation. That case is ongoing. Harbaugh also served a three-game suspension in that case.

Steve Sloan, longtime coach and Alabama QB, dies at 79

Steve Sloan, a quarterback for Bear Bryant at Alabama who later coached at four schools, died Sunday at the age of 79.

He had been in memory care in Orlando, Fla., for the last three months, according to an obituary written by former Alabama sports information director Wayne Atcheson.

Sloan won two national championships with the Crimson Tide in 1964 and 1965. He passed for 574 yards as the backup to Joe Namath in 1964 before throwing for 1,453 yards and 10 touchdowns as the starter in 1965.

Drafted in the 11th round by the Atlanta Falcons in 1966, Sloan appeared in eight games (one start) from 1966-67 and passed for 134 yards with four interceptions.

Sloan went on to become the head football coach at Vanderbilt (1973-74), Texas Tech (1975-77), Ole Miss (1978-82) and Duke (1983-86).

Sloan compiled an overall record of 68-86-3 in 14 seasons, leading the Commodores to the Peach Bowl in 1974 and the Red Raiders to the 1976 Bluebonnet Bowl and 1977 Tangerine Bowl. He was the Coach of the Year in the SEC in 1974 and the Southwest Conference in 1976.

Report: Steelers great Hines Ward to coach Arizona State WRs

Pittsburgh Steelers great Hines Ward is joining Arizona State's staff as wide receivers coach, ESPN reported Saturday.

Ward, 48, caught 1,000 passes, made four Pro Bowls and won two Super Bowls with the Steelers from 1998-2011.

He began his coaching career as an offensive intern with the Steelers in 2017 before serving as an offensive assistant with the New York Jets (2019-20), wide receivers coach at Florida Atlantic (2021) and head coach of the then-XFL's San Antonio Brahmas in 2023.

The Sun Devils finished 3-9 in their first season with head coach Kenny Dillingham in 2023. The program moves from the Pac-12 to the Big 12 this season.

Ward played in 217 games with Pittsburgh and is the franchise's all-time leader in catches, receiving yards (12,083) and touchdown receptions (85). He was the MVP of Super Bowl XL and earned a second ring in Super Bowl XLIII.

The Steelers selected Ward in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft out of Georgia.

UNLV coach Barry Odom gets contract upgrade after big 2023

UNLV coach Barry Odom received a one-year extension through the 2028 season on Friday after the school posted its best win total in 39 years last season.

Odom also had retention bonuses added to his contract after the Rebels went 9-5. UNLV shared the Mountain West regular-season crown before losing 44-20 to Boise State in the conference title game.

The Rebels also played in a bowl game for the first time since the 2013 season, losing 49-36 to Kansas in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl.

Odom, 47, was named Mountain West Coach of the Year after leading UNLV to just its second winning season since 2000.

"We are obviously thrilled about what Barry Odom and his staff did in year one leading Rebel football," UNLV athletic director Erick Harper said in a news release. "The program is on an upward trajectory and we could not be more excited about him leading the way.

"Barry continues to be a man of his word, focusing on growing all phases of the program the right way. He is committed to his players, coaches and staff and with the newly expanded CFP he is laying a foundation that gives Rebel Football a chance to compete at the highest level."

Odom received a five-year, $9.75 million deal when hired by UNLV in December 2022. He reportedly made $1.75 million last season.

Odom's retention bonuses reportedly line up this way: $200,000 in March 2026 and 2028 and $100,000 in February 2029.

"I'm excited about the foundation we have built in the past 16 months and I certainly look forward to our strong future," Odom said in the news release. "I'm thankful for our staff and our student-athletes -- they are on a mission to win a championship."

Odom previously served as coach of Missouri from 2016-19 and compiled a 25-25 record.

SMU suspends CB Teddy Knox for role in multi-car crash

The SMU football team suspended cornerback Teddy Knox on Thursday, a day after he was charged by Dallas police with multiple criminal violations related to a chain-reaction car crash on March 30.

Knox and Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice were alleged to be driving the cars that sparked a collision that left four people with minor injuries. Both men face one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury and six counts of collision involving injury.

The SMU football program issued a statement that read: "SMU has been notified by Dallas Police of an arrest warrant for Theodore 'Teddy' Knox, a student-athlete on the Mustang football team. Knox has been suspended from the team. SMU takes these allegations seriously. Federal student privacy laws prevent the University from discussing details involving student disciplinary proceedings."

Police allege that Rice's Lamborghini and Knox's Corvette were speeding when they sparked the multi-car collision on the North Central Expressway (U.S. 75).

Knox is a 21-year-old rising junior. He played on offense and defense in 2022, when he had four catches for 3 yards and made four tackles. Last season he finished with four tackles while seeing most of his action as a special teams player.

Rice, who turns 24 on April 22, grew up in the North Texas suburb of North Richland Hills and attended college in Dallas at SMU.

The SMU football team is moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2024 season after going 11-3 last year, 8-0 in the American Athletic Conference.

Reports: USC DT Bear Alexander to re-enter transfer portal

Reports: USC DT Bear Alexander to re-enter transfer portal

Defensive tackle Bear Alexander plans to enter the transfer portal after one season with Southern California, according to multiple reports on Wednesday.

A coveted interior defender, Alexander is ranked the No. 1 defensive tackle in the transfer portal this offseason by 247 Sports. He had 47 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in 2023.

Alexander was at USC's spring practice on Tuesday before news of his imminent departure leaked.

Wisconsin hired USC defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, leading to speculation Alexander could join the Badgers when the transfer portal officially is open on April 15.

But the Texas native is thought to be considering joining the overhauled Texas A&M defense.

The former five-star Georgia recruit's next stop will be his eighth program in seven years dating to his high school days. He played for the Bulldogs as a freshman before leaving for USC.

Reports: Oregon State star RB Damien Martinez to enter portal

Reports: Oregon State star RB Damien Martinez to enter portal

Oregon State star running back Damien Martinez intends to enter the transfer portal next week, according to multiple reports on Tuesday.

Martinez is with the program for spring drills but plans to place his name in the portal sometime after it opens on April 16, according to reports. The portal window closes April 30.

Martinez earned All-Pac-12 first-team honors by rushing for 1,185 yards and nine touchdowns on 194 carries in 12 games last season for a 6.1 average per carry. He recorded six 100-yard games with a high of 146 against Stanford.

In two seasons with the Beavers, Martinez has 2,167 rushing yards and 16 TDs on 355 carries in 25 games.

Martinez didn't play in Oregon State's 40-8 loss to Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl. He was briefly suspended for suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) in November, but no charges were brought forward. He was reinstated prior to the bowl game but didn't participate.

After the regular season, Jonathan Smith departed as Oregon State coach to take a similar position at Michigan State. Trent Bray is now the Beavers' coach.

Oregon State went 8-5 last season, including 5-4 in its final campaign of Pac-12 play.

Reports: Ex-Texas DT T'Vondre Sweat arrested for DWI

Reports: Ex-Texas DT T'Vondre Sweat arrested for DWI

Former Texas defensive tackle T'Vondre Sweat, the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year last season, was arrested in Austin, Texas on Sunday and charged with driving while intoxicated, according to multiple reports.

The Outland Trophy winner and unanimous first-team All-American was booked into Travis County Jail at 2:12 p.m. CT on Sunday. He later posted $3,000 bond and was released.

Driving while intoxicated is a Class B misdemeanor in Texas, according to multiple reports.

KXAN-TV in Austin displayed video of Sweat's release from jail and the player walked out with a towel covering his head and a mask obscuring part of his face. Sweat was asked if he had a comment and an attorney walking with him said, "we're not talking about the incident."

Sweat's arrest comes less than three weeks before the start of the NFL Draft. The 6-foot-4, 366-pound Sweat is expected to be among the first defensive tackles to be selected and he might be chosen in the first round.

Sweat had 45 tackles (eight for a loss) and two sacks last season. He also caught a touchdown pass.

Sweat had 128 stops (17.5 for a loss) and 5.0 sacks in 62 games over five seasons with the Longhorns.

The draft is April 25-27 in Detroit.

LSU RB Trey Holly won't face attempted second-degree murder charge

LSU RB Trey Holly won't face attempted second-degree murder charge

A grand jury in Union Parish, La., rejected an attempted second-degree murder charge against LSU running back Trey Holly.

Instead, he was charged with one felony count of illegal use of a weapon or dangerous instrumentality, The Advocate reported Friday.

Holly turned himself into authorities in Farmerville, La., in February, one of three arrests made in connection with a shooting that injured two people.

He also initially was charged with aggravated criminal damage to property.

LSU suspended him indefinitely from all team activities and has not updated his status.

Holly's attorney, Mike Small, said in a news release Friday that Holly will plead not guilty to the weapons charge.

"We look forward to trial before a fair and impartial jury in Union Parish after which I am confident that a verdict of not guilty will be returned," Small said.

Holly, 19, wrote Feb. 17 in an Instagram post that he had committed no crimes and was home at the time of the incident. He said he turned himself in "because I was notified of an arrest warrant and I wanted to fully cooperate."

"I have been falsely identified, accused, and arrested," he wrote. "I am 100% innocent and the people that know me know this is not my character at all. I was not involved in the incident at all."

Holly was a four-star recruit in the Tigers' 2023 recruiting class out of Union Parish High School, where he broke the state's all-time rushing record with 10,523 yards and scored 160 touchdowns.

The 5-foot-7, 192-pound Holly played in three games for LSU in 2023 and rushed 11 times for 110 yards and a touchdown. He was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week after running for 91 yards -- including a 67-yard touchdown -- in his Oct. 21 debut against Army.

Memphis' Ryan Silverfield receives 5-year extension

Memphis' Ryan Silverfield receives 5-year extension

Memphis coach Ryan Silverfield on Tuesday agreed to a five-year, $12.25 million contract extension that spans through the 2028 season.

Per the university, Silverfield will receive $2.2 million for the 2024 season, $2.25 million the following year, $2.5 million in 2026, $2.6 million in 2027 and $2.7 million in 2028.

Silverfield, who earned $1.9 million in 2013, has posted a 31-19 record with the Tigers since replacing Mike Norvell as the team's coach in December 2019. Norvell left for Florida State prior to the team's game in the Cotton Bowl.

"We are extremely excited to make this commitment to Coach Silverfield to keep him leading our football program into the future," said Laird Veatch, Memphis vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics.

"Coach Silverfield guided the team to one of the best seasons in program history in 2023 and we believe he's laid the foundation to help Memphis ascend even higher in the expanded College Football Playoff era."

Silverfield, 43, guided the Tigers to a 10-3 record last season, highlighted by a 36-26 win over Iowa State in the Liberty Bowl.

"It's an honor and a privilege to be the head football coach at the University of Memphis," Silverfield said in a press release. "I am excited and appreciative of the commitment to continue moving forward with the progress of our football program."

NCAA 'drawing line' on gambling, wants player prop bets banned

NCAA 'drawing line' on gambling, wants player prop bets banned

The NCAA wants states to ban player prop bets in college sports to protect both athletes and the "integrity of the game," president Charlie Baker said Wednesday.

"Sports betting issues are on the rise across the country with prop bets continuing to threaten the integrity of competition and leading to student-athletes and professional athletes getting harassed," Baker said. "The NCAA has been working with states to deal with these threats and many are responding by banning college prop bets."

Last week, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff told reporters he had been threatened by gamblers last season.

"They got my telephone number and were sending me crazy messages about where I live and my kids and all that stuff," Bickerstaff said. "So it is a dangerous game and a fine line that we're walking for sure."

Indiana Pacers star Tyrese Haliburton said recently that gamblers reach out to him directly on social media about prop bets, which involve the performance of individual players and not the team.

"To half the world, I'm just helping them make money on DraftKings or whatever," he said. "I'm a prop."

And Baker said that isn't right.

"This week we will be contacting officials across the country in states that still allow these bets and ask them to join Ohio, Vermont, Maryland and many others and remove college prop bets from all betting markets," Baker said. "The NCAA is drawing the line on sports betting to protect student-athletes and to protect the integrity of the game."

Wagering on college sports is a multi-billion industry. The American Gaming Association issued its projection last week that said Americans will legally bet $2.72 billion on the 2024 men's and women's NCAA tournaments, equivalent to just 2.2 percent of the total amount of money legally wagered on sports in the U.S. in 2023.