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Wazzou fires Rolovich for refusing vax

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Washington State fired football coach Nick Rolovich on Monday for refusing a state mandate that all employees get vaccinated against COVID-19, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the university had not made an announcement and no one was yet authorized to speak publicly about the decision.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, had set a deadline of Monday for thousands of state employees, including the Cougars' coach, to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or risk losing their jobs. Rolovich applied for a religious exemption.

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LSU, Orgeron to part ways after season

For Ed Orgeron, LSU's Cajun coach, a dream job is coming to an end.

LSU and Orgeron have agreed to part ways after this season, 21 months after he coached the Tigers to a national championship with what is considered one of the greatest teams in college football history.

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Cincinnati moves up to No. 2 in AP poll

Cincinnati moved up to No. 2 behind Georgia in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday, the first time a team from outside the traditional power conferences has been ranked that high since 2010.

The Bulldogs remained a unanimous No. 1 with 63 first-place votes in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank and the Bearcats inched up a spot, taking advantage of Iowa's loss to Purdue on Saturday.

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Ole Miss QB Corral iffy against LSU

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin isn't optimistic about quarterback Matt Corral's availibility against LSU.

Corral rushed 30 times for 195 yards in the 12th-ranked Rebels' 31-26 win over Tennessee, which Kiffin said took a physical toll on the QB.

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'Cuse QB DeVito enters transfer portal

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse quarterback Tommy DeVito announced Sunday night on social media that he's entering the transfer portal.

In a post on Twitter, the redshirt junior wrote that he was grateful to the university and all the teammates he played with. Coach Dino Babers was not mentioned.

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S. Carolina to start ex-grad coach at QB

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Former graduate assistant coach Zeb Noland is set to start at quarterback for South Carolina against No. 17 Texas A&M on Saturday.

Gamecocks coach Shane Beamer said Sunday night starter Luke Doty re-injured his foot in a 21-20 victory over Vanderbilt and Noland would make his fourth start of the season when South Carolina (4-3, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) travels to play the Aggies (5-2, 2-2).

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Arizona QB Cruz out for rest of season

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona has lost its second quarterback in two weeks to a season-ending injury.

Wildcats coach Jedd Fisch said Monday that Gunner Cruz is done for the year after suffering a thumb injury in Saturday's 34-0 loss to Colorado. The sophomore is expected to have surgery and will have about a six-month rehabilitation.

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SEC fines Vols $250k for fan disruption

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Southeastern Conference has fined Tennessee $250,000 for fans stopping the Volunteers' game with Mississippi for about 20 minutes throwing water bottles, beer cans, pizza boxes, hot dogs, a plastic mustard bottle and at least one golf ball onto the field late in the game.

The league office also announced Monday that Tennessee must meet other standards, including reviewing all possible video to identify and punish fans who threw anything onto the field late Saturday night. Tennessee's cheerleaders and dance field left the field dodging trash, while the band also left the stands.

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Run of teams from Florida in Top 25 ends

Florida has fallen out of the AP Top 25.

As in the Gators.

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Purdue ends No. 2 Iowa's 12-game streak

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The pressure, Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said, was all on No. 2 Iowa.

The Hawkeyes started the season with six consecutive wins and the program had ascended to its highest ranking since 1985.

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