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AP Top 25 Podcast: Georgia’s Smart move targets Alabama

Georgia coach Kirby Smart is trying to turn his program into the Alabama of the SEC East. His latest move to make that happen is hiring away from the Crimson Tide the man Nick Saban has entrusted with setting the culture in which the process thrives. On this week’s AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Max Olson of The Athletic ...

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Ohio State’s Day gets 3-year contract extension, salary bump

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ryan Day, who led Ohio State to a 13-1 record and a College Football Playoff appearance in his first year as head coach, is being rewarded with a three-year contract extension and a raise, the university said Tuesday. The 40-year-old Day is now under contract through the 2026 season. Day, who made a base salary of ...

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Homecoming: Karl Dorrell returns to Boulder as head coach

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Scratch house hunting off the priority list for Karl Dorrell. The newly appointed Colorado head coach already has one in the area. He and his family built it about 1 1/2 years ago because, after two successful stints with the Buffaloes as an assistant coach, the place just always felt like home. Next on the agenda: ...

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Marshall-ECU game date moved, will honor 1970 crash victims

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Marshall and East Carolina will open the 2020 football season a week earlier than scheduled to accommodate a national television broadcast marking the 50th anniversary of the worst disaster in U.S. sports history. The schools announced Thursday that the game originally set for Sept. 5 in Greenville now will be played Aug. 29. The network was ...

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Michigan State adds Courtney Hawkins as wide receivers coach

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State has hired Courtney Hawkins as wide receivers coach. Spartans coach Mel Tucker announced the addition to his new staff on Wednesday. Hawkins was the head coach and athletic director at Flint Beecher High School in Michigan, where he played receiver before going on to star at the position at Michigan State. Hawkins was ...

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Colorado AD wants next head coach to share his commitment

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — After Mel Tucker’s midnight blindside, Colorado athletic director Rick George says the Buffaloes’ next head football coach has to share his passion for the university and the state. Someone who isn’t going to look recruits, parents, players and administrators in the eye and say he’s their guy one minute, then bolt for more money and bigger ...

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Analysis: Commitment in football is simply self-preservation

College football needs to place a moratorium on the use of the words loyalty and commitment. Everybody involved, coaches, administrators and, yes, even players have ceded the right to demand it from others. “I think what we have created is a disloyal business model,” said Gerry DiNardo, a former college football coach and current Big Ten network analyst. “I’m convinced ...

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Michigan State rallies to hire Tucker away from Colorado

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Mel Tucker recalled making $400 a month when he began his career as a graduate assistant at Michigan State, sleeping under his desk hoping to be noticed when coach Nick Saban walked in or out of the building. Two-plus decades later, Tucker is back to lead the Spartans and he won’t have to sleep on ...

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St. John’s-St. Thomas game gets moved to Vikings stadium

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — NCAA Division III rivals St. John’s and St. Thomas will play their final game as Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foes at U.S. Bank Stadium this fall. St. John’s announced Wednesday that the Nov. 7 game will be in Minneapolis, the first college football game to be staged at the NFL home of the Minnesota Vikings. This will ...

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Colorado scrambling after Tucker leaves for Michigan St

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Mel Tucker arrived at Colorado from Georgia, vowing to give Buffs fans a long-forgotten taste of what big-time college football is all about. Over a tumultuous and ultimately truth-challenged 72 hours, he did that in a most painful way — flirting with Michigan State, making overtures he wasn’t going there, then doubling down on his commitment ...

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