Sports briefs 5-15-14: Wealth gap shows in latest NCAA academic numbers

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The money gap at Division I colleges is continuing to show up on the playing fields and in the classrooms.

Thirty-six teams will be banned from the 2014-15 postseason because of sub-par scores on the newest Academic Progress Rate, which was released Wednesday. Not one of them comes from a power conference. Of the 17 football and men's basketball teams, eight are from historically black schools. Alabama State and Florida A&M made the list in both sports.

Despite the improvement, the hardest hit league was the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Five of the league's 10 football teams could be banned from the postseason. Alabama State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Mississippi Valley State and Prairie View A&M all made the NCAA list. All of Southern University's athletic teams have been ineligible for postseason play since Dec. 2 because of questions about the school's APR data. NCAA spokeswoman Michelle Hosick said Southern was not included on the banned list because the school's teams could still regain their eligibility, pending a review.

• Football

Homeless player: The NCAA says Boise State can immediately assist a homeless football recruit who signed to play with the team in February.

Antoine Turner said in an interview with KTVB-TV in Boise that he's recently been living in a motel, along with a car belonging to his girlfriend, as he finishes up classes at Fullerton College in California.

Boise State received clearance Wednesday from the NCAA to reach out to Turner and offer support.

Agree to deal: The Chicago Bears and first-round draft pick Kyle Fuller have agreed to a four-year contract that includes an option for a fifth season.

A cornerback from Virginia Tech, Fuller was taken with the 14th pick last week. With the deal announced Wednesday, the Bears have seven of the eight players they drafted under contract. The exception is defensive tackle Will Sutton, a third-rounder from Arizona.

Let Martinez go: Former Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez's free-agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles has been voided because he failed a physical.

His father, Casey Martinez, wrote in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday that Taylor continues to struggle with a left-foot injury that dates to early last season. Casey Martinez said the Eagles let Taylor go after evaluating his medical file from Nebraska and taking X-rays of the foot.

Will play less: Notre Dame and Michigan State have decided to play each other less frequently in football.

MSU expects games at Notre Dame in 2016 and 2026, at Michigan State in 2017 and 2027, plus a pair of neutral-site games.

• Elsewhere

Delany speaks: Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany insisted he is all for empowering college athletes and improving conditions for them.

When it comes to forming a union, he's just as adamant -- that's not the way to go. And he thinks the public agrees with him.

"When I read the polls, whether it's the 'Meet the Press' poll or the ABC/Stephanopoulos poll, 70 percent of the people don't want to see unions on college campuses for college athletes," he said. "Seventy percent of the people don't want to see pay for play. Seventy percent of the people don't want to see these things operated as minor league franchises."

Hiring Kerr: The Golden State Warriors are taking another chance on a television analyst and former NBA guard who has never been a head coach at any level.

The Warriors won the bidding war with the New York Knicks for Steve Kerr on Wednesday, hiring him away from the TNT broadcast table.

Preakness favorite: Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome was made the odds-on favorite at 3-5 on Wednesday for the Preakness Stakes, and he drew an inside post position in the 10-horse field that includes a filly for the first time in five years.

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