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Report: Hurts to leave Tide if backup QB

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts throws during the NCAA college football team's practice Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Vasha Hunt/AL.com via AP)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban says he had a "very positive meeting" with the father of quarterback Jalen Hurts after a recent scrimmage.

Saban responded to a Bleacher Report article Thursday where Averion Hurts said if his son didn't win the starting job, "he'll be the biggest free agent in college football history."

Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa were expected to battle for the starting job this spring. Tagovailoa has been limited by a broken finger in his left, throwing hand.

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Notre Dame, Alabama set 2028, '29 series

Iconic football programs Alabama and Notre Dame will meet in a pair of season openers, starting in a decade.

The schools announced Thursday that they'll open the 2028 season in South Bend and 2029 in Tuscaloosa.

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Stanford's Love prepares for last season

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) After rushing for more than 2,000 yards and finishing as the Heisman Trophy runner-up as a junior, Bryce Love easily could have decided to enter the NFL draft.

Instead of getting ready for that big show next week, Love chose to stay at Stanford for his senior season in hopes of completing some unfinished business.

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Vols AD Fulmer's new deal worth $900K

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer has said all along that his appointment as athletic director at his alma mater wasn't a mere short-term arrangement.

Now he has the contract to back it up.

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Colorado St. gets $37M for naming rights

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Colorado State University has signed a 15-year, $37.7 million naming rights agreement with Public Service Credit Union for its on-campus football stadium.

The stadium is yet to be named because the agreement for title sponsor of the year-old stadium is part of an overall rebranding initiative and public rollout of a new name.

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NDSU extends Klieman's deal through 2023

FARGO, N.D. (AP) North Dakota State's Chris Klieman has signed a two-year contract extension with the perennial Football Championship Subdivision powerhouse.

Klieman is entering his fifth season leading the Bison, who have won six of the last seven FCS titles. He was an assistant at the Fargo school for three years before he was promoted to head coach when Craig Bohl moved to Wyoming.

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Wisconsin ready to throw more often

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Spring is in the air at run-first Wisconsin.

They are throwing the ball around at spring practice a little more than usual, at least for a team that likes to hand the ball off to star running back Jonathan Taylor.

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Ex-Vols QB Dormady heading to Houston

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Former Tennessee quarterback Quinten Dormady is transferring to Houston.

Dormady issued an Instagram post of himself in a Houston uniform with the word "Committed" below it. Dormady had announced in mid-January that he would earn his degree from Tennessee and then play elsewhere in 2018 as a graduate transfer .

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NCAA bans use of ex-players at practice

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NCAA Division I Council has banned college football teams from using former players in practice and tabled a proposal to let players participate in four games while still redshirting.

The Division I Council announced several rule changes Wednesday , including a new recruiting calendar for all sports not including football and basketball. The council also lifted a ban on alcohol sales at NCAA championships, following a two-year pilot program where alcohol was available at several events.

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Iowa seeking clarity at linebacker

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The biggest hole Iowa will have to fill by September is at linebacker, where three multi-year starters have graduated and are preparing for their shot in the NFL.

The Hawkeyes appear to have gotten some clarity in the middle of their defense this spring.

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