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The Buzz: NCAA delays allowance implementation

NCAA delays allowanceIn a surprise move Saturday, NCAA Division I Board of Directors delayed implementation of a $2,000 expense allowance, opting instead to ask the working group to make a modified proposal in April. “What I heard was the board’s resolve with the concept (of the miscellaneous expense allowance) and moving forward with it, but giving us a chance to work out concerns of the implementation,” said Middle Tennessee State president Sidney McPhee, who chairs the subcommittee that made recommendations Saturday. Essentially, the board heeded membership’s advice to slow things down rather than continuing to charge full steam ahead. Supporters insist that the 14-4 vote wasn’t an outright rejection of the philosophy. Rangers talking to FielderTexas Rangers president Nolan Ryan describes the team’s discussions with free agent slugger Prince Fielder as “very preliminary.” Ryan publicly acknowledged Saturday that he and other Rangers officials had an initial meeting with Fielder and his agent, Scott Boras. The Rangers have a Wednesday deadline to complete a contract with Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish. Ryan has expressed optimism that will happen. Former Broncos owner diesFormer Denver Broncos owner Edgar F. Kaiser Jr., who oversaw the trade that brought Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway to Denver, has died, according to a charitable foundation Kaiser established. The Kaiser Foundation of Vancouver, British Columbia, said in a press release that Kaiser died Wednesday. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known, and calls to the foundation were not returned Saturday. The Vancouver Sun reported Kaiser was in Toronto when he died. He owned the Broncos when the team obtained Elway in a trade with Baltimore. “He was responsible for executing the trade that made me a Bronco, and I am forever grateful for everything he did for me,” Elway said in a statement released by the team. “My thoughts are with the entire Kaiser family and his friends as they mourn their loss.” Schottenheimer’s options Brian Schottenheimer is interviewing today with Nick Saban about the offensive coordinator job at Alabama. But it looks like Schottenheimer will have another job opportunity — in St. Louis.Multiple league sources told the Post-Dispatch on Saturday that Jeff Fisher is interested in hiring Schottenheimer as his offensive coordinator with the Rams. Schottenheimer, who helped Blue Valley High to the 1991 Kansas 5A state championship, was let go as Jets offensive coordinator last week.Fisher informed the Rams on Friday he wanted to coach in St. Louis; contract details between Fisher and the Rams still must be finalized, but that’s expected to happen no later than Sunday evening.Duck will fly to NFLQuarterback Darron Thomas says he is going to skip his senior season at Oregon to enter the NFL draft. Thomas made the announcement on Saturday evening. He follows Oregon running back LaMichael James, who announced last week that he would also skip his final year of eligibility to go pro. James, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound junior, passed for 2,761 yards and a school-record 33 touchdowns this past season. He only threw seven interceptions. He has 66 touchdown passes in 31 games with the Ducks. “I have a dream of playing in the NFL and I’m going to pursue those dreams,” Thomas said in a statement released by Oregon.

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