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Vols' top tackler transferring to 'Bama

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Tennessee's leading tackler Henry To'o To'o is heading to rival Alabama.

The junior linebacker announced Saturday on social media that he was transferring to the defending national champions. To'o To'o would likely be a candidate to replace starting inside linebacker Dylan Moses.

A new NCAA policy allows players to transfer once and be eligible to play immediately. However, the Southeastern Conference currently requires intraconference transfers to sit out a season.


Buffalo names Michigan's Linguist coach

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Maurice Linguist was hired as the University at Buffalo's football coach Friday night, just months after he became Michigan's co-defensive coordinator.

Linguist joined Jim Harbaugh's Michigan staff in January as part of an offseason overhaul following a losing season, and was to share the defensive duties with Mike McDonald.


Sam Ehlinger's brother, Jake, found dead

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger, the younger brother of former Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger, was found dead near campus Thursday, Austin police said.

Officers found the 20-year-old Ehlinger after responding to a call at 12:18 p.m. Police did not detail how they found him but said the death is not considered suspicious. No cause of death was immediately released.


Saban encourages vaccinations in PSA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama football coach Nick Saban and other sports figures have taped a public service announcement encouraging Alabamians to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Alabama Department of Public Health says Saban and others, including former NBA star Charles Barkley, participated in the PSA saying vaccinations are the way to make sure sports stadiums are filled and "loud again" this fall.


Presbyterian hires coach who never punts

CLINTON, S.C. (AP) Presbyterian has named successful Arkansas high school coach Kevin Kelley to coach its FCS program.

The school announced Kelley's hiring on Friday.


Bridges, McGowan no longer at Oklahoma

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said Thursday that receiver Trejan Bridges and running back Seth McGowan are no longer with the program.

The two were reportedly involved in a local robbery April 15. When a request to Norman police was made regarding Bridges and McGowan, the department responded with a heavily redacted incident report saying a person told police he was bleeding from getting hit with a gun. The department's summary described the event as "robbery or attempted with dangerous weapon."


NCAA proposal reduces practice contact

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) College football teams will be required to hold at least seven padless practices during the preseason and the number of contact practices will be reduced from 21 to 18 under changes proposed by the NCAA's oversight committee Thursday.

The football oversight committee's proposal goes to the Division I Council for approval this month. It is expected to pass and go into effect next season.


Iowa players get OK for parts of lawsuit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A federal lawsuit brought by a group of former Iowa football players alleging staff members mistreated Black players will move forward, but all or parts of some of the allegations were thrown out Thursday.

Offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz and former strength coach Chris Doyle remain the focal points of the lawsuit filed in Iowa's southern district.


Clemson DE Foster to return to team

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson defensive end Justin Foster, who missed the 2020 season due to COVID-19 and asthma, has changed his mind about leaving the Tigers and will rejoin the program.

Foster, a 6-foot-2, 275-pound senior from Shelby, North Carolina, had decided to give up the college game because of lingering affects of contracting the coronavirus combined with his asthma. However, he said he got encouraging news at a recent doctor's appointment and felt good enough to start working out.


NCAA aiming to reduce padded practices

The NCAA football oversight committee is preparing to recommend changes to preseason camp that will include fewer fully padded practices and the elimination of some old-school collision drills.

The latest move to scale back contact in practice comes in response to a five-year study involving six major college football teams that found more head impact exposure and concussions happened in preseason practice than during games.

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