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AAC adds 6 schools from Conference USA

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The American Athletic Conference is adding UAB, Texas-San Antonio, Rice, North Texas, Charlotte and Florida Atlantic to the league, replacing three schools that are scheduled to depart for the Big 12 Conference and growing to 14 teams.

The AAC announced the additions Thursday, a move that it hopes will stabilize the conference in the short term and allow it to withstand future poaching of its members by wealthier leagues.

The conference said when exactly the new members join is still to be determined.

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Rolovich to take legal action vs. Wazzou

Former Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich's termination for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination was unlawful and an attack on his Catholic faith, his attorney said Wednesday.

Attorney Brian Fahling also said in a statement that Rolovich intends to take legal action and that the litigation will detail what the attorney called athletic director Pat Chun's "animus towards Coach Rolovich's sincerely held religious beliefs" and his dishonesty at the expense of the former coach.

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App. State upsets Coastal on FG at :00

BOONE, N.C. (AP) Chase Brice is determined to make the most of what is left of his roller-coaster college career. He took a big step forward Wednesday night.

Brice threw for 347 yards and two touchdowns, Chandler Staton kicked a 24-yard field goal as time expired and Appalachian State upset 14th-ranked Coastal Carolina 30-27 in front of a capacity crowd of 31,061 at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

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No. 21 SMU eyes 7-0 start, hosts Tulane

DALLAS (AP) Tanner Mordecai isn't satisfied after half a season as SMU's starting quarterback, but he is having a lot of fun and throwing a lot of touchdowns for the undefeated, 21st-ranked Mustangs.

"We have a long way to go and a lot of things that we want to accomplish. ... We've got a lot of games ahead of us, really good teams we've got to play in this final stretch, and it's going to show what kind of team we are," Mordecai said. "I enjoy what I'm doing, I enjoy the guys around me. I'm having a blast with this coaching staff."

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Illinois loses LB Hansen for season

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois linebacker Jake Hansen will miss the rest of the season after having knee surgery.

Hansen, who was injured in the second quarter against Wisconsin on Oct. 9, made the announcement Wednesday on Twitter.

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Ole Miss QB Corral iffy against LSU

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin isn't optimistic about quarterback Matt Corral's availibility against LSU.

Corral rushed 30 times for 195 yards in the 12th-ranked Rebels' 31-26 win over Tennessee, which Kiffin said took a physical toll on the QB.

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South Carolina QB Doty done for season

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina starting quarterback Luke Doty needs surgery on his injured foot and will miss the rest of the season.

Gamecocks coach Shane Beamer said Tuesday Doty would have the operation later this week and would not return until spring practice.

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Maryland loses WR Jones, LB Nchami

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland coach Michael Locksley said the goal for his team during the bye week was to get healthy - mentally and physically.

Then he immediately announced two more major injuries.

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Arizona QB Cruz out for rest of season

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona has lost its second quarterback in two weeks to a season-ending injury.

Wildcats coach Jedd Fisch said Monday that Gunner Cruz is done for the year after suffering a thumb injury in Saturday's 34-0 loss to Colorado. The sophomore is expected to have surgery and will have about a six-month rehabilitation.

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SEC fines Vols $250k for fan disruption

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Southeastern Conference has fined Tennessee $250,000 for fans stopping the Volunteers' game with Mississippi for about 20 minutes throwing water bottles, beer cans, pizza boxes, hot dogs, a plastic mustard bottle and at least one golf ball onto the field late in the game.

The league office also announced Monday that Tennessee must meet other standards, including reviewing all possible video to identify and punish fans who threw anything onto the field late Saturday night. Tennessee's cheerleaders and dance field left the field dodging trash, while the band also left the stands.

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