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Tide QB Hurts transferring to Oklahoma

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Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley could not help but admire Jalen Hurts from a distance.

He respected how the Alabama quarterback who lost his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa put the team above his pride. Hurts could have transferred right after Alabama went another direction, as so many quarterbacks do these days. Instead, he stuck it out and delivered a moment for the ages. After Tagovailoa went down with an injured ankle during the SEC title game against Georgia, Hurts rallied the Crimson Tide to victory.

"Could not be more impressed with Jalen Hurts, how he handled that," Riley said as Oklahoma prepared to face Alabama in the playoff last month. "Big fan of that kid and how that entire situation was managed."


Arkansas leading WR Pettway to transfer

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Leading Arkansas wide receiver La'Michael Pettway is leaving to play his senior season elsewhere as a graduate transfer.

Pettway, who led the Razorbacks with 499 receiving yards last season, announced his decision Tuesday, saying "nothing personal, I just have to do what's best for my family and I."


Michigan offers 7th grade QB scholarship

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) The father of a seventh grader in Michigan said Wednesday his son has a scholarship offer from Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines.

Brian Marshall said Harbaugh made the offer after watching film of his son Isaiah, who plays quarterback. He said he tries to keep his son grounded, and believes the offer will motivate Isaiah even more.


UConn hopes Spanos can fix porous D

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn has hired Lou Spanos, a coach with experience in both college football and the NFL, to fix its historically bad defense.

Coach Randy Edsall announced Wednesday that Spanos has been hired as defensive coordinator, replacing Billy Crocker, who was fired after the Huskies' 1-11 season.


FIU, Miami to play at Marlins Park

MIAMI (AP) For FIU and Miami, playing on the site of the old Orange Bowl will be nostalgic.

For the Miami Marlins, the game may just be a beginning.


Clemson invited to Chicago fine dining

CHICAGO (AP) After dining on fast food during their visit to the White House, the Clemson Tigers have been invited to eat at some of Chicago's most acclaimed restaurants.

Nick Kokonas, the co-owner of the Alinea Group, invited the college football national champions "to experience what an actual celebration dinner should be." The move comes after President Donald Trump on Monday served the players fast-food hamburgers and pizza.


Slocum, 2 others join CFP committee

IRVING, Texas (AP) Former Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum, Arkansas State athletic director Terry Mohajir and retired Gen. Ray Odierno have been added to College Football Playoff selection committee.

CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock also announced Wednesday that Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens will serve as committee chairman for another season.


Washington State remembering QB Hilinski

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Members of the Washington State community were urged to light a candle and hold a moment of silence in memory of quarterback Tyler Hilinski on Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of his death.

Hilinski's Hope, a foundation started by his family to support programs to destigmatize mental illness, also announced a partnership this week with the NCAA's Sport Science Institute to support student-athlete mental wellness at NCAA schools.


Ex-Irish QB Wimbush transferring to UCF

Former Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush says he is transferring to Central Florida, where he will be eligible to play next season as a graduate transfer.

Wimbush announced on social media Monday he would attend UCF next season. He started 16 games for the Fighting Irish over the last two seasons, including the first three of 2018. Wimbush lost his starting job to Ian Book, but helped the Irish to a 12-0 regular season.


WR Thomas says he's returning to Miami

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Jeff Thomas says he's returning to the Miami Hurricanes.

The speedy wide receiver, who was dismissed by the Hurricanes in November and was transferring to Illinois, said in an Instagram post on Tuesday night that he's going back to Miami.

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