49ers' Vernon Davis might miss minicamp amid contract dispute

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Tight end Vernon Davis’ apparent contract dispute could lead to his missing next month’s mandatory minicamp.

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Vernon Davis: 49ers star might miss the team's minicamp amid a contract dispute.

Davis did not participate in the San Francisco 49ers’ first week of organized team activities, and he would not commit Friday to attending a June 17-19 minicamp that would result in nearly a $70,000 fine if he skips it.

REDSKINS: Alex Santos was promoted to director of pro personnel.

SEC: Sent a strong message to the NCAA: provide the Big Five some autonomy or they’ll form their own division.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said if the Big Five conferences – which also include the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big 12, the Big Ten and the Pac-12 – don’t get the flexibility needed to create their own bylaws, the next step would be to move to “Division IV.”

“It’s not something we want to do,” Slive said. “We want to the ability to have autonomy in areas that has a nexus to the well-being of student athletes. I am somewhat optimistic it will pass, but if it doesn’t, our league would certainly want to move to a Division IV. My colleagues, I can’t speak for anybody else, but I’d be surprised if they didn’t feel the same way.”

GEORGIA STATE: Athletic director Cheryl Levick says she is leaving her job July 1 to accept a new role as special assistant to President Mark Becker.

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