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Robby Korth / StateImpact Oklahoma

On Saturday, the University of Oklahoma removed the interim tag from Joseph Harroz’s title and named him the school's 15th President. Harroz has served as the interim president for nearly a year, following James Gallogly's resignation in 2019.

The day before, Harroz updated the OU Board of Regents on the health and financial crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harroz said new freshmen committing to go to college is down two to three percent. And retention rates of students already at the university is also down five to six percent.

Residents are recovering at the first nursing home to see an outbreak of COVID-19 in the state. More than 40 people at Grace Skilled Nursing and Therapy in Norman have recovered.

Ten people died since the outbreak began in March, with the disease infecting a total of 72 residents and ten employees.

The total number of COVID-19 deaths associated with state nursing homes and long-term care facilities stands at 111 so far in the state.

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Big 12 college football could be returning this fall.

In a significant shift for college sports, the NCAA's top governing body said it supports a rule change allowing student-athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness, so long as the college or university they attend does not pay them directly.

The shock of the NCAA canceling college sports largely is gone.

The cost, is not.

Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University football Coach Mike Gundy says his goal is to have football players return on May 1.

During a one-hour teleconference with reporters on Tuesday, Gundy said the Cowboys are going to play a game on September 3, so his job is to get players ready.

Two Oklahoma malls - Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City and Woodland Hills Mall in Tulsa - will close at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, due to the coronavirus. The move comes as their owner, Simon Property Group, announced it will close all its malls and retail properties nationwide.

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The University of Oklahoma has canceled their spring football game, which was set for April 18th, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Updated at 6:03 p.m. ET

Editor's note: This report includes descriptions of alleged sexual assault.

Two Ohio State University football players were arrested on rape and kidnapping charges Wednesday after what local police describe as a violent sexual encounter with a woman last week. The men are scheduled to be arraigned on first-degree felony charges Thursday.

Police charged 21-year-olds Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint, both of whom played on the Buckeyes' Big Ten Championship team this past season.

Louisiana State University, led by its Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow, capped a perfect season defeating Clemson in a 42-25 game for the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Early on, defending champs Clemson, going in with a 29-game winning streak, managed a 10-point lead over LSU, a team hungry for its first title victory since 2007. But LSU stormed back and Burrow showed why he is the best player in college football, cleaving Clemson's rock-solid defense with five touchdowns, no interceptions and a record of 463 yards on 31 of 49 passes.

The annual Harvard-Yale football game was delayed for almost an hour on Saturday as climate change activists rushed the field at the end of halftime.

Unfurling banners with slogans like "Nobody wins. Yale and Harvard are complicit in climate injustice," protesters from both schools called on the universities to divest their multi-million dollar endowments from fossil fuels companies, as well as companies that hold Puerto Rican debt.

After 12 seasons of leading the University of Colorado Boulder's football team onto the field, Ralphie V, the 13-year-old, 1,200-pound buffalo, is officially retiring as the school's mascot.

The reason? The athletic department says she's too fast.

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