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AUBURN, Ala. -- Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott continued to beat the drums of change Friday, a day after NCAA President Mark Emmert announced a summit in January to discuss the future of the Big 5 conferences within the NCAA.

Tuberville was 85-40 in 10 seasons at Auburn. He led the Tigers to a 13-0 record in 2004.

Scott outlined four areas that need addressing: the welfare of student-athletes including a stipend, self-governance for the Big 5, revamping the enforcement process and the issue of one-and-done players in men’s basketball.

All areas that desperately need an overhaul. The momentum to create a new subdivision within the NCAA for the Big 5 conferences and whoever else they allow in appears unstoppable. The biggest questions remaining are how quickly the changes are coming and what exactly they’ll entail.....

It’s great to see Tucker Tuberville transferring from Cincinnati to Auburn as a walk-on quarterback. It seems like just yesterday that Tucker and his younger brother, Troy, were goofing off on the practice fields. Tucker basically grew up in Auburn and still has many friends here. It’s a great opportunity for him to return and learn Gus Malzahn’s offense. Perhaps he’ll be following in his father’s footsteps someday soon.

His father, Tommy Tuberville, left Auburn after the 2008 season and the breakup wasn’t easy. But nearly five years later, I think most fans can look back on his 10 years at Auburn with pride and appreciation. His six straight Iron Bowl wins won’t be topped anytime soon, maybe never.....

Another D-I transfer that will be coming in as a walk-on is defensive end Chase Robinson from Texas Tech. Like Tuberville, Robinson redshirted last year and will have to sit out a year of competition but can practice.

Robinson wasn’t highly recruited out of Christian Brothers in Memphis, Tenn., but he had an offer from Gus Malzahn at Arkansas State and will now have an opportunity to play for Malzahn at Auburn. It’s rare for a walk-on to make a significant contribution at a school like Auburn but it’s been done before and will be done again.....

An investigation by the compliance staff at South Carolina has found no impermissible contact between All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and agent Jay Z. As expected, Clowney is now free to terrorize SEC offenses for one more season before he likely becomes the No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick next spring.....

Georgia offensive tackle Kolton Houston broke down in tears on his 22nd birthday Thursday when he learned the NCAA had reinstated him after three agonizing years. Houston was originally suspended in 2010 when he tested positive for an NCAA banned substance called 19-norandrosterone, which was administered by a doctor following shoulder surgery in high school. The substance, however, remained in his system despite attempts to get it out.

Instead of making an exception or using a little common sense, the NCAA forced Houston to take more than 100 drug tests until finally the 19-norandrosterone levels were below the threshold. Houston has two years of eligibility left but can apply for a third. Just another example of what a ridiculous bureaucracy the NCAA has become.....

Last year, USC went from a preseason No. 1 to 7-6 in Lane Kiffin’s third season as the Trojan’s head coach. USC athletics director Pat Haden said Friday that Kiffin wasn’t on the hot seat and that’s he’s behind him “100 percent.” No offense to Haden, but I don’t believe him. Kiffin’s previous head coaching stints at the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee were controversial and ended badly. I expect the same is coming at USC.

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