Buckeyes extend Tressel's contract

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Ohio State has added two more years to Jim Tressel 's contract.

The Buckeyes football coach had his original contract, signed in 2008, extended through the 2014 season.

Tressel, who is 94-21 in his nine years in Columbus, makes around $3.5 million a year, depending on incentives and additions.

Athletic director Gene Smith said Tuesday that Tressel told him he was satisfied with his salary. He is aware of the financial problems facing the athletic department, and has not sought additional compensation.

Ohio State has raised football ticket prices $7 to a face value of $70, and added another $1 to most men's basketball tickets to offset losses in the athletic department. The Ohio State board of trustees needs to approve the contract in May.

BOISE STATE: A football player suspended from the team earlier this month has been arrested and charged with felony aggravated battery.

Boise police arrested 21-year-old Jason Robinson on Monday on a warrant accusing him of causing bodily harm, permanent disability or permanent disfigurement to another person.

Ada County sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Dearden said Robinson posted a $5,000 bond and was released Monday. He is scheduled to be arraigned March 23.

EAST CAROLINA: Home games against North Carolina State and Navy highlight its schedule.

Conference USA released its composite schedule Tuesday and the defending league champions will play six home games in coach Ruffin McNeill 's first season.

McNeill coaches his first game on Sept. 5 when Tulsa visits. The roughest stretch comes with three consecutive road games in late September and early October at Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Southern Mississippi. The Pirates beat Southern Miss in the finale last year to clinch the East Division title.

N.C. State visits Oct. 16 and the Midshipmen play at expanded Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Nov. 6.

Seven of the Pirates' opponents played in bowl games last season.

FLORIDA: Quarterback John Brantley wants to make it clear: He's not Tim Tebow .

Brantley doesn't wear eye black, doesn't run over linebackers and doesn't celebrate wildly after big plays.

His coaches and teammates are perfectly fine with that, and they believe it won't take long for Brantley to emerge from Tebow's illustrious shadow.

Brantley, a 6-foot-3 junior from nearby Ocala, Fla., officially takes over Florida's offense when spring practice begins today. It's his chance to shine, his chance to prove to everyone that the Gators are in good hands without No. 15 calling the shots.


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