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Minnesota gives Fleck 1-year extension

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota has extended football coach P.J. Fleck's contract again by one year, through the 2023 season.

The university announced the agreement on Friday, after it was approved by the Board of Regents.

The Gophers went 6-6 this year for an invitation to the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit against Georgia Tech, after finishing 5-7 in 2017, Fleck's first season. He received a one-year extension then as well. Fleck's salary this season was $3.55 million, and he received a $75,000 bonus for the bowl bid. Beating Georgia Tech on Dec. 26 would trigger another $50,000 bonus.


Former Pitt star OL Fralic dies at 56

PITTSBURGH (AP) Bill Fralic, the burly, bruising and athletic offensive lineman who starred for the Atlanta Falcons and was a three-time All-American at Pittsburgh, has died. He was 56.

He had cancer and died Thursday at his home in suburban Atlanta, the university said.


Indiana DB Johnson arrested on campus

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana freshman defensive back Jamar Johnson faces a preliminary charge of resisting law enforcement following his arrest on campus.

Indiana police spokesman Lt. Kevin Lauerman says officers patrolling the Sembower Recreation Sports Fields Complex detected the odor of marijuana Thursday night and saw two people nearby. One of the individuals ran away before returning and Johnson was arrested. He was released late Thursday from the Monroe County Jail.


Appalachian State names Drinkwitz coach

BOONE, N.C. (AP) Appalachian State has hired North Carolina State offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz as its head coach.

Drinkwitz's five-year contract was approved Thursday by Chancellor Sheri Everts and the school's board of trustees. Financial terms of the deal were not released by the school. He will be introduced on campus Monday, two days after the Mountaineers play Middle Tennessee State in the New Orleans Bowl.


Texas Tech's Wells gets $18.8M, 6 years

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) New Texas Tech coach Matt Wells has a six-year, $18.8 million contract, with Utah State getting an $800,000 buyout.

The school released details of the contract Thursday. Wells, who replaced Kliff Kingsbury after the former Texas Tech quarterback was fired, could earn incentives of up to $1 million and will owe 20 percent of the deal's remaining value if he leaves for another job.


UAB coach Clark wins Robinson Award

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) UAB's Bill Clark has won the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award.

Clark has led the Blazers to their first Conference USA championship with a program-record 10 wins. The award was announced Thursday by the Football Writers Association of America and the Sugar Bowl.


Arkansas suspends LB Walker after arrest

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas linebacker Demetrius Walker has been suspended from the football program after being arrested on drug and weapon charges.

Washington County booking records show the 21-year-old Walker was arrested for delivery of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver, simultaneous possession of drugs and guns and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into jail Wednesday and has a hearing scheduled for Friday. It was unclear if he has a lawyer.


Temple hires Miami DC Diaz as coach

Temple has hired Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz as its next head coach, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the school was planning to make the deal official Thursday, with a news conference scheduled on campus at 3 p.m. EST to introduce the Owls' new football coach.


Syracuse gives Babers contract extension

Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack is in a good place as winter nears - the men's and women's basketball teams are ranked and so is the resurgent football team, with a bowl game looming.

Most important, the architect of the football turnaround, coach Dino Babers, is set to be around for a while.


Memphis star RB Henderson turning pro

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) All-American running back Darrell Henderson says he's leaving Memphis after his junior season for the NFL draft.

Henderson shared his decision Wednesday on Twitter, saying he will be forever grateful for Memphis giving him his opportunity to chase his NFL dream. It is unclear if Henderson will play in Memphis' upcoming bowl game.

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