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UConn heads toward independence

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NEW YORK (AP) UConn football is on the road to independence and the American Athletic Conference is not feeling any pressure to replace the Huskies when they leave for the Big East.

The University of Connecticut is set to announce later this week that it will be leaving the AAC and rejoining the Big East, which does not sponsor football, in 2020.

The likely path for the Huskies' football program is to be unaffiliated with a conference. That can be a scary proposition in the current landscape of college sports. Filling out a schedule and making ends meet financially without playing in a league can be tricky if not daunting - unless you are Notre Dame.

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Georgia dismisses key WR Holloman

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia has dismissed junior receiver Jeremiah Holloman from the football team after university police investigated an allegation that he punched and choked his girlfriend.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours of April 22, 2018, after the G-Day spring game. It was reported to campus police earlier this month, but the woman did not want to pursue criminal charges so the case is inactive.

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NCAA, NFL team up on player safety

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NFL's top medical experts believe they can take the knowledge of college football physicians and trainers and the research from the NCAA to make football safer - together.

Dr. Allen Sills and Jeff Miller, the NFL's executive vice president for health and safety initiatives, spent Monday and Tuesday in Indianapolis sharing data about their findings on the prevention and treatment of injuries. It's the most formal presentation league executives have had with college officials, and Sills and Miller hope this presentation leads to a broader conversation that includes discussions about lower-body injuries.

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Iowa's Epenesa not focusing on '20 draft

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa junior A.J. Epenesa knows that he has a strong shot at being picked in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft should he choose to go pro next spring.

He's choosing not to think about it all that much.

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Grambling St. WR Clark hurt in shooting

METAIRIE, La. (AP) A teen has been killed, while a Grambling State University football player and third unnamed person have been injured in a shooting at a suburban New Orleans playground.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Capt. Jason Rivarde tells the News Star of Monroe that deputies found 19-year-old Keyon Clark dead Wednesday night when they arrived at Frank Lemon Playground in Metairie.

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Manning inducted into Tennessee HOF

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Peyton Manning, the former quarterback with a record five NFL MVPs among the string of awards and honors to his credit, calls his decision to attend the University of Tennessee one of the best he's ever made.

That makes being inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday night along with a handful of fellow Volunteers and David Cutcliffe, his former quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, even more memorable.

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ASU coach Edwards to serve as professor

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Herm Edwards is adding a new title at Arizona State: Professor.

The school announced Thursday that the Arizona State head football coach will become a professor of practice at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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Vanderbilt, SMU to play 3-game series

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vanderbilt and SMU have scheduled a three-game series that starts in 2024.

The two teams will face each other twice in Nashville and once in Dallas during a six-year stretch.

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Ex-Michigan WR Martin transfers to Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Former Michigan wide receiver Oliver Martin has transferred to Iowa, his hometown school.

The Hawkeyes announced on Tuesday that Martin, a former four-star recruit from Iowa City West High who originally spurned them for the Wolverines, has joined the program as a redshirt sophomore.

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USC gets WR McCoy, CB Steele back

LOS ANGELES (AP) Receiver Bru McCoy and cornerback Chris Steele have officially joined Southern California's football program, apparently wrapping up two recruiting sagas back where they began.

USC coach Clay Helton on Tuesday confirmed the arrivals of local products McCoy and Steele, two of the nation's top prospects at their positions.

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