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Saban undergoes hip replacement surgery

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban has undergone hip replacement surgery.

Dr. Lyle Cain said Monday the 67-year-old Saban is expected to make a full recovery and "should be able to return to work in the very new future." Cain says the right hip replacement was "robotic assisted" at Andrews Sports Medicine, with hip specialist Benton Emblom.

Cain says Saban could now have "a few more yards off the tee" in his golf game.

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QB Mertz creating buzz at Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Four scholarship quarterbacks are competing for the starter's job at Wisconsin. When it comes to competing for fans' attention, there's no contest.

Freshman Graham Mertz is the Badgers' most hyped recruit in years, having enrolled in January after setting a Kansas high school record for touchdown passes last season and being named MVP of the Army All-American Bowl.

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SEC teams aim to find defensive stoppers

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) This week's NFL draft showcases some of the Southeastern Conference's top defensive players from a year ago.

It also is a window into the SEC's challenges this year.

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SEC's Sankey: Waivers cause difficulties

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey says it's too early to tell for sure if the transfer portal is a net positive for college athletics.

He doesn't need more data to see that the NCAA is not denying as many waiver requests for athletes wanting to head to another school.

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Former Vols star RB Cobb dies at 50

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Former NFL running back and University of Tennessee star Reggie Cobb has died at 50.

His death was announced Saturday by the San Francisco 49ers. He scouted for the team for the last 10 years, as well as for other clubs before them. Details of his death were not disclosed.

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Georgia RB Swift ready for No. 1 role

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) D'Andre Swift's long wait has ended.

Finally, the junior stands alone atop Georgia's depth chart at tailback. Swift has seized the opportunity this spring.

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QB Shough shines in Oregon spring game

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) While Justin Herbert was his usual steady self at quarterback for Oregon, the Ducks' spring game gave redshirt freshman Tyler Shough a chance to show off his growth.

Herbert, playing Saturday for the Mighty Oregon side, completed 17 of 32 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns. Shough, starter for the Fighting Ducks, completed 18 of 31 passes for 178 yards and a score. Clad in green, the Mighty Oregon side prevailed in the end 20-13.

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Oregon State QB job still up for grabs

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Oregon State senior quarterback Jake Luton smiled when he was informed that second-year head coach Jonathan Smith did not name a starting quarterback after Saturday's annual spring game at Reser Stadium.

Luton passed for a team-high 1,660 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

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2-year rule for grad transfers rejected

A proposal to require a graduate transfer to count against a team's scholarship total for two years in football and basketball has been rejected by the NCAA.

The Division I Council on Friday voted down a proposal that could have tapped the brakes on the de facto free agency created by a rule originally intended to give athletes more freedom to pursue graduate degrees.

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Plenty of coaching changes around SEC

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) There has been plenty of coaching turnover in the Southeastern Conference this offseason, just not involving any head coaches.

This will be the first year since 2006 that the SEC begins a season with no new head coaches. But despite the continuity at the top, there has been nearly a 40 percent turnover in offensive and defensive coordinators.

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