NCAA eases trans­fer rules; Martin gets $84M ex­ten­sion

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Col­lege ath­letes will no longer need per­mis­sion from their coach or school to trans­fer and re­ceive fi­nan­cial aid from an­other school. The NCAA Di­vi­sion I Coun­cil ap­proved the change and it will take ef­fect Oct. 15.

Un­der the new rule, ath­letes will no­tify their cur­rent coaches, who have two days to en­ter the names into a data­base man­aged by the NCAA that will alert schools who can be re­cruited. The hope is to end the prac­tice of schools block­ing trans­fers.

Col­lege ath­letes will no longer need per­mis­sion from their coach or school to trans­fer and re­ceive fi­nan­cial aid from an­other school.

The NCAA Di­vi­sion I Coun­cil ap­proved the change Wed­nes­day. It takes ef­fect Oct. 15.

Un­der the new rule, ath­letes would be per­mit­ted to be con­tacted when they no­tify their cur­rent coaches, who have two days to en­ter the names into a data­base man­aged by the NCAA. Cur­rently an ath­lete must ask for per­mis­sion to con­tact other schools when choos­ing to trans­fer. FOOTBALL Cow­boys, Martin agree to terms

A per­son with di­rect knowl­edge of the deal says the Dal­las Cow­boys and Zack Martin have agreed to terms on an $84 mil­lion, six-year con­tract ex­ten­sion that will make the four-time All-Pro the high­est-paid guard in the NFL.

The deal in­cludes $40 mil­lion guar­an­teed and will be tacked on to the fi­nal year of his rookie con­tract.

In other news, Erica Wilkins, a for­mer Cow­boys cheer­leader, filed a fed­eral suit against the team, al­leg­ing she wasn’t paid for all her work and made less than the team’s male mas­cot. The team de­clined com­ment. COL­LEGES Rice eyes Bragga, Mosiello, Allen

TCU as­so­ciate head coach Bill Mosiello, Ten­nessee Tech head coach Matt Bragga and Texas as­sis­tant Sean Allen are un­der con­sid­er­a­tion to be­come Rice’s base­ball coach, per­son with knowl­edge of the process con­firmed.

Mosiello was in Hous­ton on Wed­nes­day to interview for the job to re­place Wayne Gra­ham, the long­time coach whose con­tract was not re­newed. Mosiello pre­vi­ously man­aged in the Yan­kees’ and An­gels‘ sys­tems and has coached at Cal State-Fuller­ton, Ten­nessee, Ari­zona State, USC and Auburn.

Bragga led Ten­nessee Tech to a na­tion-best 53 wins this sea­son. Allen, a for­mer player and as­sis­tant coach at the Univer­sity of Hous­ton, is in his sec­ond sea­son with the Longhorns.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, Rice has in­ter­viewed for­mer play­ers Lance Berk­man, Jose Cruz Jr., Paul Jan­ish (who spent last sea­son on Gra­ham’s staff ), Norm Charl­ton and South­east­ern Louisiana coach Matt Riser. TCU pitch­ing coach Kirk Saar­loos with­drew his name from con­sid­er­a­tion. UT hires Flo­real as track coach

Texas hired Edrick Flo­real from Ken­tucky to lead the track team.

A for­mer na­tional cham­pion and Olympian in the triple jump, Flo­real spent the past six sea­sons at Ken­tucky where his ath­letes won 12 na­tional ti­tles. He re­places Mario Sategna. Line­man dies after col­laps­ing

Jor­dan McNair ,a Mary­land football player hos­pi­tal­ized after an or­ga­nized team work­out two weeks ago, has died. BASE­BALL Road War­riors down Skeeters

Melvin Ro­driguez drove in two runs as the Road War­riors beat host Su­gar Land 7-4. Al­varo Ron­don had three hits for the Skeeters. BAS­KET­BALL Hall of Famer Dono­van dies

Anne Dono­van, the Hall of Famer who won a na­tional cham­pi­onship at Old Do­min­ion, two Olympic gold medals in the 1980s and coached the U.S. to gold in 2008, has died of heart fail­ure. She was 56.

Zack Martin of Dal­las is about to be the high­est paid guard in the NFL.

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