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Georgia QB Fields on NCAA transfer list

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Georgia freshman quarterback Justin Fields was listed Tuesday night in the NCAA's transfer database among the players who have notified their school of their intention to leave, a person with access to database told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NCAA's so-called transfer portal is not public. The person also provided a screenshot to the AP showing Fields listed in the database, with an NCAA identification number and a date initiated of Dec. 18, 2018.

Being listed in the portal means other schools can now contact and recruit Fields, the former five-star prospect from Kennesaw, Georgia. NCAA rules would require Fields to sit out next season if he transfers, though he could request a hardship waiver to become immediately eligible.

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Gamecocks extend Muschamp through 2024

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Will Muschamp and three assistants received contract extensions on Tuesday.

Muschamp got a one-year extension that ties him to the school through 2024. Offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon received a two-year extension, while defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson and quarterbacks coach Dan Werner got one-year extensions.

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NFL may come calling for OU coach Riley

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Watch any NFL telecast that involves a struggling team, and Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley likely will be mentioned as a potential candidate for that coaching job.

It makes sense. In just 18 months since replacing Bob Stoops, Riley's high-powered offenses have produced Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield and led the way to two College Football Playoff berths. Riley's Sooners face Alabama on Dec. 29 in a national semifinal at the Cotton Bowl.

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Louisville adds Ledford, Holt to staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Scott Satterfield has hired Dwayne Ledford as offensive coordinator and line coach and Stu Holt to lead the Cardinals' tight ends and special teams.

Ledford had spent the past three seasons as North Carolina State's offensive line coach and run game coordinator. The Wolfpack featured one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's top O-lines under Ledford and included first team Associated Press All-American center Garrett Bradbury, a senior.

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Trio honored as comeback player of year

Kent State receiver Antwan Dixon, Dartmouth defensive lineman Seth Simmer and Carson-Newman running back Antonio Wimbush are the first recipients of the Mayo Clinic college football Comeback Player of the Year Award.

The new award recognizes college football players from FBS, FCS and lower divisions who overcome injury, illness or other challenges to return to the field. The winners were chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America in association with The Associated Press.

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Saban: Tagovailoa 'ahead of schedule'

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban says quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is "probably ahead of schedule" in recovering from ankle surgery.

The Heisman Trophy runner-up has been practicing for the top-ranked Crimson Tide, which began preparations Friday for an Orange Bowl semifinal matchup with Oklahoma.

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Stanford RB Love won't play in Sun Bowl

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Stanford running back Bryce Love will skip the Sun Bowl to prepare for the NFL draft.

Love announced his decision on Monday to sit out the bowl game for the Cardinal (8-4) on Dec. 31 against Pittsburgh (7-6). Love says he wants to be completely healthy for the 2019 draft.

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Kelly wins second AP coach of year award

Notre Dame's Brian Kelly is The Associated Press college football Coach of the Year and the third coach to win the award twice since it was established in 1998.

Kelly received 16 of 58 first-place votes from AP college football poll voters and 81 total points. Alabama's Nick Saban was second with 16 first-place votes and 66 points and Central Florida first-year coach Josh Heupel was third with 33 points (five first-place votes).

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Michigan DT Solomon expected to transfer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan has given permission to defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon to speak with other schools, giving him the opportunity to transfer.

Solomon signed with the Wolverines in 2017 as a highly touted recruit from Leesburg, Georgia. He played in every game last year as a freshman and had 18 tackles, including two for losses. Solomon's sophomore season was stunted by injuries, limiting him to five games and six tackles this year. He missed a five-game stretch during the season and didn't travel with the team for the regular-season finale at Ohio State due to injury.

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Ohio St. RB Weber to turn pro after bowl

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State running back Mike Weber plans to declare for the NFL draft after the Rose Bowl.

The redshirt junior announced on Twitter on Sunday that he would forgo his senior season to pursue his childhood dream of playing pro football. He said he would play in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 "to finish what my brothers and I started."

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