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Minnesota senior associate AD on leave during investigation

- Associated Press

A senior associate athletic director at the University of Minnesota, Mike Ellis, has gone on leave while outside lawyers investigate five anonymous complaints lodged against him since the resignation of athletic director Norwood Teague, the university confirmed Thursday.

Man charged in connection with OJ Simpson Heisman theft

- Associated Press

A man arrested in connection with the theft of a copy of O.J. Simpson's Heisman Trophy more than 20 years ago from the University of Southern California pleaded not guilty Wednesday to receiving stolen property.

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2014, file photo, Illinois  head coach Tim Beckman talks to defensive back Taylor Barton (3) during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Western Kentucky at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. Illinois fired coach Tim Beckman one week before the start of the season Friday, Aug. 29, 2015, saying preliminary results of an investigation found some truth to allegations of player mistreatment and inappropriate behavior. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb, File)

Illinois fires coach Tim Beckman 1 week before season opener

- Associated Press

A week before the start of the football season, a difficult summer for the University of Illinois became chaotic as coach Tim Beckman was fired after an investigation found he tried to influence medical decisions and pressure players to play with injuries.