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Harbaugh refutes report of Michigan exit

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has sent an email to parents of players on his team, refuting a report saying representatives are working on his departure from his alma mater.

"I am reaching out to let you know that the recent claims that I am `pursuing an exit strategy' are total crap," Harbaugh wrote in an email, a copy of which was obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. "It's an annual strategy driven by our enemies to cause disruption to our program and to negatively recruit.

"By the way, I don't even have an `agent or representative.' I am committed to your sons, their education and their development as football players and people."

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Florida to get WR Toney back vs. Georgia

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) No. 7 Florida expects to have elusive receiver Kadarius Toney back for its game against 10th-ranked Georgia next week.

Coach Dan Mullen said Wednesday that Toney, who has missed six consecutive games because of a left shoulder injury, will return against the Bulldogs on Nov. 2.

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Unbeaten No. 16 SMU set to visit Houston

HOUSTON (AP) Sonny Dykes knows No. 16 SMU just needs to keep winning games. He is not really concerned right now about the Mustangs being the highest-ranked Group of Five team and what that could eventually mean if they stay that way.

"I don't know that we understand any of that right now," Dykes said. "I think the thing with us ... we talked about this at length with our guys. Everybody will kick us to the curb pretty fast."

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Vols QB Maurer likely out vs. Gamecocks

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says quarterback Brian Maurer is "probably doubtful" Saturday against South Carolina after the freshman sustained concussions in the Volunteers' last two contests.

Pruitt updated Maurer's status Wednesday by noting the freshman hasn't taken any reps in practice this week. Pruitt had said Monday that he'd know more about Maurer's availability in the next few days.

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South Carolina put on one-year probation

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina's football program was placed on probation for the next year by the NCAA for a former assistant coach's impermissible actions in recruiting a sophomore prospect in the spring of 2018.

South Carolina reported the infraction to the NCAA, which considered it a Level II violation. The school and the NCAA handled it through the governing body's negotiated resolution process. The probation, which runs until Oct. 21, 2020, does not include any restriction on postseason competition, according to the NCAA.

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Clemson not bothered by slide from No. 1

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson keeps winning but has dropped from first to fourth in the poll. Its coaches and players don't seem bothered in the least.

"We think it's cute," safety K'Von Wallace said.

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Iowa gets new life in Big Ten West race

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Nowhere did Wisconsin's stunning loss at Illinois reverberate more than in Iowa City. The upset gave the 20th-ranked Hawkeyes new life in the Big Ten West.

In recent weeks, Iowa hasn't looked like a team that is ready to seize such an opportunity.

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Iowa St. heads to Oklahoma St. on a roll

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State's young offensive players are growing up and it shows in the area that matters most.

The Cyclones are winning.

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Terps hit snag in Locksley's first year

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) A snapshot of the Maryland football program reveals a team that has lost four of five and has very little chance of earning a bowl bid.

The big picture is not nearly as narrow in focus. In his first year as head coach, Michael Locksley has used virtually everyone on the roster and attempted to develop a positive culture within a program that hasn't had a winning season since 2014.

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Sooner Schooner out for rest of season

The University of Oklahoma says the "Sooner Schooner" will not run the rest of the season after it tipped over during a home game against West Virginia last Saturday.

Oklahoma senior associate athletic director Kenny Mossman made the announcement in a statement on Tuesday.

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