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Miami QB Williams plans to transfer

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Jarren Williams informed Miami on Thursday that he is entering the transfer portal, a move that comes three days after former Houston quarterback D’Eriq King decided to join the Hurricanes.

Williams started 10 of Miami’s 13 games this past season, after beating out N’Kosi Perry and Tate Martell for the first-string job. But with King -- the presumed starter for 2020 -- arriving this week, it was presumed that some of Miami’s incumbent quarterbacks would look elsewhere.

Atlanta-based attorney Thomas Mars, who represents Williams, said the quarterback was going to fill out his paperwork to make the entry into the portal official on Thursday before he was delayed by his class schedule. Mars said Williams will finish the paperwork Friday.


Herbert hoping decision to stay pays off

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) A year ago, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert decided to stick around for his senior season instead of turning pro. Wisconsin linebacker Zack Baun didn’t really have much choice.

Both had impressive final college seasons, including a head-to-head Rose Bowl matchup, and believe they’re more NFL-ready now. They’re among the participants in Saturday’s Senior Bowl game for senior NFL prospects and some junior graduates.


Oklahoma assistant McNeill stepping down

NORMAN, Okla, (AP) Ruffin McNeill is stepping down as Oklahoma's assistant head coach and outside linebackers coach to help care for his 85-year-old father in North Carolina.

The school made the announcement Thursday.


Tennessee adds USC grad transfer Jones

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Wide receiver Velus Jones will join Tennessee as a graduate transfer from Southern California.

Jones already had said Jan. 9 on social media that he was going to play for the Volunteers. Tennessee announced Wednesday that Jones was joining its program.


Auburn DC Steele gets 3-year extension

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele has agreed to a three-year contract through the 2022 season.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn announced the deal on Wednesday. The school did not release terms of the contract.


DE Kinlaw fueled by humble beginnings

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) Javon Kinlaw’s motivation comes from his past, having lived at times without running water or electricity.

Those humble beginnings drive the South Carolina defensive tackle to play with a different kind of aggression and have helped him become one of the top NFL prospects at this week’s Senior Bowl. He is trying to cement his status as a first-rounder and perhaps even a top 10 draft pick.


Arnett leaves Orange to be Miss. St. DC

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State has named Zach Arnett as its defensive coordinator, less than two weeks after he had accepted the same position at Syracuse.

The 33-year-old Arnett had spent the last two seasons as San Diego State's defensive coordinator. Syracuse announced Jan. 11 it had hired Arnett, but he's now joining new Mississippi State coach Mike Leach's staff instead.


Hawaii hires former ASU coach Graham

HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii hired former Arizona State coach Todd Graham on Tuesday to lead the Rainbow Warriors.

Graham replaces Nick Rolovich, who left Hawaii after four seasons to become Washington State head coach. The Warriors are coming off a 10-5 season in which they appeared in the Mountain West championship game for the first time.


Ex-Mississippi St. WR Wilson found dead

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) The death of a former Mississippi State football player whose body was found in an Alabama home Tuesday is being investigated as a homicide, authorities said.

Birmingham police told news outlets that De'Runnya Wilson, 25, was found unresponsive inside a south-side Birmingham home by a relative Tuesday evening.


Coombs returning to Ohio State as DC

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Kerry Coombs is returning to the Ohio State coaching staff, this time as defensive coordinator.

Coombs spent 2012-2017 on the Ohio State staff as cornerbacks coach and has spent the past two seasons in the NFL as cornerbacks coach for the Tennessee Titans.

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