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Ferentz disbands Iowa's diversity group

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz has disbanded an alumni advisory committee that was created after a 2020 investigation found evidence of racial bias against Black players in his program and bullying behavior by some of his assistants.

The Gazette reports that Ferentz' decision to end the committee came shortly after its leader, former offensive lineman David Porter, suggested it was time for Iowa to part ways with Ferentz. But Ferentz said he had decided to overhaul the committee last fall before Porter made his comment to other committee members in a text message.

"I have come to a decision that this is an appropriate time to dissolve our committee as it stands currently," Ferentz wrote in an email to the 10-member committee on Tuesday. "As we start a new calendar year and prepare to move forward with our preparation for the 2022 season, I am giving thought to how we restructure the committee/board in a way that best serves our program moving forward."


Former Alabama QB Barker arrested

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Former Alabama quarterback Jay Barker, who is married to country music singer Sara Evans, was arrested Saturday on a felony domestic violence charge, Tennessee authorities said.

Barker, 49, was booked into a Nashville county jail early Saturday morning, according to the Davidson County Sheriff's Office website. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and placed on a $10,000 bond with a 12-hour hold because it was a domestic violence case. He was released Saturday night after posting bond.


Georgia celebrates title at stadium

Georgia coach Kirby Smart told a near-capacity crowd at Sanford Stadium on Saturday the Bulldogs don't plan to wait another 41 years for their next national championship.

"It's moments and events like this that allow us to look back and allow us to look forward," Smart said. "... We're burning the boats, baby, and we're coming back! Go Dogs!"


Alabama CB Armour-Davis leaves for NFL

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Armour-Davis announced his decision Saturday on social media, saying "my time here has definitely prepared me for the next step."


UCLA, Kelly agree to new 4-year contract

LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA football coach Chip Kelly agreed to a new four-year contract Friday after leading the Bruins to their best season since 2015.

The agreement came two days before the $9 million buyout on Kelly's original contract would have expired. Kelly said he had discussions about returning to Oregon last month before the Ducks hired Dan Lanning.


Hawaii's Graham resigns amid controversy

HONOLULU (AP) Todd Graham resigned as the University of Hawaii's football coach Friday, stepping down amid controversy after completing the second-year of a five-year contract.

Graham resigned a week after former players and some parents testified before a state legislative hearing, criticizing the coach's management style and relationships with players. More than a dozen players have entered the transfer portal.


ACC leader calls to halt CFP expansion

Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner Jim Phillips took the strongest public stance yet against expanding the College Football Playoff by the 2024 season, saying a new postseason format should not be a priority with so much uncertainty throughout college sports.

"To the ACC, we don't have a College Football Playoff problem," Phillips said Friday during a conference call with reporters. "We have a college football and collegiate athletics-slash-NCAA problem."


Iowa All-American Linderbaum going pro

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum announced Friday he'll skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

The consensus All-American was the Big Ten's offensive lineman of the year and received the Rimington Trophy as the nation's top center. He also was a finalist for the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy.


Ohio State hires 2 defensive assistants

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State coach Ryan Day continued to revamp his coaching staff by hiring of two defensive assistants Friday.

Tim Walton, a former Ohio State player who spent the last 13 years coaching in the NFL, most recently with the Jacksonville Jaguars, was added as cornerbacks/secondary coach.


S. Carolina adds ex-NFL assistant Lucas

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina has hired former Jacksonville Jaguars assistant Sterling Lucas as its outside linebackers and defensive ends coach.

The school's board of trustees approved a two-year deal for Lucas on Friday. The contract runs through Dec. 31, 2023 and will pay Lucas $350,000 a year.

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