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Clemson OC Elliott discusses Vols wooing

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Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott is grateful the stress of December and January is behind him and he's once more doing a job he loves.

The Tigers imaginative play-caller was out with COVID-19 for the team's 49-28 Sugar Bowl loss to Ohio State in the national semifinals. Soon after, Elliott strongly considered leaving as he was courted for the head coaching job at one of the Southeastern Conference's resource-rich programs in Tennessee.

"You know, I thought I had made it through the coaching carousel unscathed," Elliott joked.

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Oklahoma State AD Holder to step down

Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder will step down this summer after 16 years and will be replaced by deputy AD Chad Weiberg.

Oklahoma State said Thursday the moves will be effective July 1.

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Vols hire Ekeler to coach outside LBs

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) New Tennessee coach Josh Heupel has finalized his coaching staff by hiring Mike Ekeler as his outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.

Tennessee announced the hiring Thursday.

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All-ACC CB Kendrick done at Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson starting cornerback Derion Kendrick is no longer part of the Tigers' program.

A team spokesman confirmed Kendrick's status on Sunday.

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Ex-Texas Tech QB Bowman joining Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman indicated on Twitter on Sunday that he is transferring to Michigan.

Bowman, who announced in January that he was entering the transfer portal as a grad transfer, wrote "Lets get to work!! (hash)GoBlue" and posted a picture of someone in a Michigan helmet that said "I'M GOING BLUE" in the background.

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Former Irish DL Nix found dead at 29

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Louis Nix III, a standout nose guard at Notre Dame before being drafted into the NFL, has died in Florida after being missing for several days, but many questions linger about the circumstances of his death.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the 29-year-old Nix was reported missing Wednesday. An update tweeted late Saturday said Nix had been located but didn't give any other details. An emailed request from The Associated Press for more information wasn't answered.

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Notre Dame slowing down NIL movement

The NCAA's proposal to permit athletes to earn money from endorsements would stand in the way of players' names, images and likenesses being used in EA Sports' new college football video game.

Until that changes, Notre Dame doesn't want to be in the game. The Fighting Irish are not alone among major college football programs passing on inclusion in the rebooted game until players can get paid to be in it, too.

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Snead runs for 204 in 1st, sets FCS mark

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Brian Snead set an FCS record for yards in a quarter when he rushed for three long touchdowns to jumpstart Austin Peay to a 27-20 win on Sunday.

Snead had touchdown runs of 75, 67 and 44 yards on three carries on the Governors' first three possession for a 20-0 lead.

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Super seniors could have major impact

Bret Bielema saw a unique opportunity to accelerate a turnaround at Illinois when he returned to college football as head coach of the Illini in December.

The NCAA's decision to grant every fall sport athlete who played through the pandemic an extra season of eligibility meant Illinois could bring back a large group experienced players to be the foundation of Bielema's first team in Champaign.

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SIU ends N. Dakota State's 39-game run

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) Javon Williams Jr. and Romeir Elliott each had a pair of touchdown runs, and Southern Illinois beat top-ranked North Dakota State 38-14 on Saturday that ended the Bison's 39-game winning streak.

North Dakota State (2-1, 1-1 Missouri Valley), which has won three straight FCS championships, last lost on Nov. 4, 2017 to then-No. 8 South Dakota State.

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