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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Henderson State President Glen Jones has been tasked by the NCAA Board of Governors to lead a new strategic plan for the association -- last undertaken in 2004. "Why now?" Jones said. "Why not now? Society is looking for a leader. I think that's what we do best."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

NCAA President Mark Emmert is addressing the convention on the state of college sports. As the news illustrates over recent months, there has never been a more complex time for the people in this room.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

The Whitman County (Wash.) Coroner's office has officially ruled Tyler Hilinski's death a suicide, it announced Thursday. Hilinski, a quarterback for Washington State, was found dead Tuesday afternoon. The official cause of death is a gunshot wound to the head, the coroner's office confirmed. He was 21.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Source: Idaho cornerbacks coach Aric Williams is joining the San Jose State staff. He likely will coach cornerbacks for the Spartans. Williams is a former first-team All-Pac-10 cornerback at Oregon State.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

More transfer talk at the NCAA convention. South Dakota State AD Justin Sell, the chair of the transfer working group, faced some hard questions at the DI issues forum about the one-time transfer exception -- which is not yet part of any proposal. NC State AD Debbie Yow suggested that tampering would be rampant if transfers were granted immediate eligibility and estimated that the number of transfers across DI would more than double. She described the scenario as "a free for all, something that we've never seen before." Sell urged patience and promised that his group would use caution as it works to devise a proposal next month.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Interesting topic for future NCAA legislation raised by former Duke distance runner Madison Granger, who expressed concerns over the amount of personal data on student-athletes collected by college programs. Granger cited a wearable product called Whoop, which markets to college programs as a fitness and sleep tracking device (similar to Fitbit). "Where we draw the line in terms of the privacy that student-athletes are entitled to?" Granger said, addressing autonomy group of Power 5 leadership. Minnesota President Eric Kaler chair of the DI Board of Directors, embraced Granger's concerns as a worthwhile issue for future discussion.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

On the autonomy voting agenda for Friday, the SEC seeks to increase the increase the funds available to a student host for an official recruiting visit from $40 to $75. The Big 12 introduced a similar proposal, requesting a per-visit increase from $40 to $50.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Visited with Nebraska AD Bill Moos in Indianapolis ahead of the DI autonomy discussion forum. Moos, formerly of Washington State, said he was stunned and saddened by the news of Tyler Hilinski's death this week. Moos said he knew Hilinski well and that he came from a great family in California.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Charlie Strong will face off against his former team (assuming he sticks around long enough), as USF and Louisville have agreed to a 3-game series to be played at Papa Johns Stadium in 2022 and 2026 and in Tampa in 2024.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

A proposal was tabled at the NCAA convention that would limit the number of football staffers allowed to participate in on-campus recruiting. It called for every school to designate a maximum of 30 people on a football staff who would be permitted to talk to recruits while they were on campus. That group of 30 would include full-time coaches and graduate assistants. The Football Oversight Committee this week asked the Division I Council for more time to structure legislation in this area that will best support recruits and the schools.

Heather Dinich ESPN Senior Writer 

The CFP has extended the term of selection committee member Rob Mullens for one year (until February 2020), in anticipation that he serve a two-year term as the committee chair. Mullens, the athletic director at Oregon, was appointed the new committee chair on Wednesday in place of outgoing member Kirby Hocutt, whose term has expired. “The chairs are appointed one year at a time,” CFP executive director Bill Hancock said. “Of course, both Jeff Long and Kirby Hocutt were reappointed after their first year. Rob's term has indeed been extended by a year. He will be a terrific chair.”

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

SOURCES: Colorado is hiring Boise State cornerbacks coach Ashley Ambrose to the staff. Ambrose is expected to coach Colorado's defensive backs alongside ShaDon Brown. The former NFL All-Pro will begin his second stint with Colorado after coaching there from 2008 to 2010.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

The Division I Council did not take action on the issue Wednesday of allowing redshirts in football to retain eligibility if they play in four games or fewer -- but the proposal is scheduled to go to vote in April and could go into effect this August. The proposal appears to have considerable support. If passed, it would replace the medical hardship rule. Said Miami AD Blake James, chair of the council: "I don't think it's right for a young man to lose a redshirt over what may be a need for a team in a competitive situation to have to find a player to play. Whether it's a bowl game or a game later in the season, personally I struggle with why we would take away the redshirt if they stay within a certain percentage [of games.]"

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

The Division I Council approved legislation Wednesday at the NCAA convention that adjusts the start of practice for football and the first game for basketball, pending approval this spring from the Division I Board of Directors. In football, this measure corrects the problem created last year when two-a-days were eliminated. Under the change, football teams may open practice 29 days before their first games. Basketball teams may play their first games on the Tuesday before the second Friday of November — three days earlier than the current date.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Some movement today at the NCAA convention on the discussion about reforming transfer rules. The Division I Council has asked the board of directors to grant a more flexible timeline for legislation, which could potentially allow a proposal to pass this year outside of the normally exhaustive cycle. Implementation remains unlikely in 2018. The proposal would likely increase penalties for tampering and eliminate the tying of scholarships to transfer eligibility. As for the much-debated, one-time undergraduate exception -- removing the requirement for players to sit one year -- it's far from a done deal. The transfer working group will meet again in February to devise a plan. "Our job now," said South Dakota State AD Justin Sell, chair of the group, "is to get people to lessen the anxiety and take a deep breath." Here's Miami AD Blake James, chair of the DI Council, on the possibility of major change:

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Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

The ACC released the 2018 schedule, and what stands out the most about Clemson's schedule? After a bye week, the Tigers have to play their three toughest Atlantic opponents three straight weeks: NC State (Oct. 20) at Florida State (Oct. 27) and Louisville (Nov. 3).

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield has signed with Tom and Jack Mills of Capital Sports Advisors to represent him, the Colorado-based agency confirmed in an email.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

The NCAA convention is underway here in Indianapolis. The Division I Council will hear a report today on plans to adjust the rules for transfers. One concept under consideration would eliminate the year that undergraduate football and basketball players are required to sit out after a transfer. It is not yet a formal proposal and will not be up for vote here, but the idea already faces strong opposition in the coaching community. " It's about balance," said Penn State AD Sandy Barbour, who sits on the Football Oversight Committee. "It's about giving students appropriate freedom and appropriate flexibility -- and yet at the same time, [asks], 'What are students' obligations to the institutions?'" More to come after the council session this afternoon.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas announces it has hired Auburn's Herb Hand as co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach. Hand last held a coordinator role at Tulsa before heading to Vanderbilt, Penn State and then Auburn. Auburn announces it will replace Hand with J.B. Grimes, who returns to the Tigers from UConn. Grimes coached Auburn's offensive line from 2013 to 2015.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyler Hilinski's brother, Ryan, provided the following statement: "We, as a family, are grieving after receiving news that my brother, Tyler Hilinski took his own life this afternoon. We are in complete shock and disarray. Tyler was the kid that put a smile on everybody's face when they were down, especially his family. We will mourn the loss of Tyler for some time but celebrate the way he lived his life every day."

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington State announced the press conference it has scheduled to introduce its new athletic director tomorrow has been postponed. It will release another statement shortly regarding the passing of Tyler Hilinski.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, 21, was found dead in an apartment in Pullman, according to Pullman police. He suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and a rifle was found next to him with a suicide note.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida Atlantic athletic director Pat Chun is set to be named the new athletic director at Washington State, sources told ESPN. He will be introduced Wednesday.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

SMU coach Sonny Dykes confirmed to me that he's hiring Northern Illinois defensive coordinator Kevin Kane to the same position with the Mustangs. Football Scoop first reported the move. Kane did an excellent job with the NIU defense in 2017 after moving into the coordinator role the year before. Dykes' new staff with SMU is nearly complete.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Miami is still about $1 million away on the initial $34 million price tag on the indoor facility. It launched a crowdfunder in late August that has raised $800,000, thanks in large part to the team's success in 2017.