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Replay official can overturn targeting

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel adjusted the targeting rule in college football, allowing video review officials to overturn calls if any element of the penalty cannot be confirmed.

The adjustment to the rule announced Tuesday means there will be no option for letting the call on the field "stand" during a targeting review. It must either be confirmed or overturned.

The panel also approved instituting a progressive penalty for targeting. Players who commit three targeting fouls in the same season are subject to a one-game suspension.


Minnesota to host W. Illinois in 2022

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota will play Western Illinois in 2022, putting a third FCS opponent on the schedule over the next four years.

The Gophers announced Tuesday they've added the Leathernecks for Sept. 10, 2022, giving them five straight home games to start the slate for the first time since 1933. Their other nonconference foes in 2022 are New Mexico State and Colorado.


Cougars looking to replace QB Minshew

While Gardner Minshew prepared for the NFL draft, his former team, Washington State, was auditioning potential replacements.

The Cougars have a spirited quarterback competition involving a large group of would-be starters, including seniors Anthony Gordon and Trey Tinsley, Cammon Cooper, graduate transfer Gage Gubrud and sophomore John Bledsoe.


Iowa hoping to improve running game

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz believes that the Hawkeyes' blockers - and not necessarily their running backs - will need to improve next fall for the program to rediscover the running game.

The Hawkeyes, long known as a team that likes to soften up opponents on the ground early before breaking off big gains in the second half, averaged just 3.95 yards per carry last season.


Saban undergoes hip replacement surgery

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban has undergone hip replacement surgery.

Dr. Lyle Cain said Monday the 67-year-old Saban is expected to make a full recovery and "should be able to return to work in the very new future." Cain says the right hip replacement was "robotic assisted" at Andrews Sports Medicine, with hip specialist Benton Emblom.


QB Mertz creating buzz at Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Four scholarship quarterbacks are competing for the starter's job at Wisconsin. When it comes to competing for fans' attention, there's no contest.

Freshman Graham Mertz is the Badgers' most hyped recruit in years, having enrolled in January after setting a Kansas high school record for touchdown passes last season and being named MVP of the Army All-American Bowl.


SEC teams aim to find defensive stoppers

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) This week's NFL draft showcases some of the Southeastern Conference's top defensive players from a year ago.

It also is a window into the SEC's challenges this year.


SEC's Sankey: Waivers cause difficulties

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey says it's too early to tell for sure if the transfer portal is a net positive for college athletics.

He doesn't need more data to see that the NCAA is not denying as many waiver requests for athletes wanting to head to another school.


Former Vols star RB Cobb dies at 50

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Former NFL running back and University of Tennessee star Reggie Cobb has died at 50.

His death was announced Saturday by the San Francisco 49ers. He scouted for the team for the last 10 years, as well as for other clubs before them. Details of his death were not disclosed.


Georgia RB Swift ready for No. 1 role

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) D'Andre Swift's long wait has ended.

Finally, the junior stands alone atop Georgia's depth chart at tailback. Swift has seized the opportunity this spring.

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