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New Sooners DC says turnaround underway

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma bolstered its reputation as an attractive destination for offensive talent when former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts transferred there last week.

The Sooners believe they must become a preferred landing spot for top defensive talent, too, if they hope to break through and challenge Alabama and Clemson for national supremacy.

That's one of the top priorities for new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, who was introduced to the media on Sunday. He said Oklahoma had already gotten things started before he arrived with a 2019 recruiting class that includes six four-star signees, according to 247Sports.


Duke hires Taylor to coach WRs

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke has hired Trooper Taylor to coach its wide receivers.

Coach David Cutcliffe announced the hiring Sunday night. Cutcliffe and Taylor worked together on the Tennessee staff in 2006 and '07.


NC State adds ex-Marshall asst. to staff

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State has added Marshall assistant Todd Goebbel to its coaching staff.

Coach Dave Doeren on Sunday said Goebbel will be the Wolfpack's tight ends coach and special teams coordinator.


Tee Martin returns to Vols as assistant

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Two decades after playing quarterback on Tennessee's last national championship team, Tee Martin is returning to his alma mater as an assistant coach.

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt announced Saturday that Martin has joined his staff. Martin's specific title and duties haven't been announced yet.


Rypien, Stick throw TDs in Shrine Game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Brett Rypien displayed some of his pedigree in the East-West Shrine Game.

Rypien and Easton Stick each threw a touchdown pass to help the West beat the East 21-17 on Saturday.


Ex-Utah State LB found guilty of rape

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (AP) A jury Friday found a former Utah State University football player guilty of sexually assaulting six women while he was in college.

The jury convicted 25-year-old Torrey Green of five counts of rape, one charge of object rape, a count of forcible sexual abuse and one charge of misdemeanor sexual battery, the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News reported.


Georgia adds ex-Florida DBs coach

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia coach Kirby Smart has hired Charlton Warren from Florida as defensive backs coach.

Warren spent the 2018 season as Florida's cornerbacks coach after coaching defensive backs and special teams at Tennessee in 2017.


Wisconsin extends Chryst through 2024

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin renewed football coach Paul Chryst's five-year contract through January 2024 on Friday.

Chryst is entering his fifth season with the Badgers, who wrapped up a relatively disappointing season at 8-5 (5-4 Big Ten) with a dominating 35-3 win in the Pinstripe Bowl over Miami. Chryst is 42-12 at Wisconsin and the Badgers won consecutive Big Ten West titles before falling short this past season.


NIU hires ex-RB Hammock as head coach

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) Northern Illinois has hired former star running back Thomas Hammock as its head coach.

Hammock is taking over at his alma mater after spending 16 seasons as a college and NFL assistant - the past five as the Baltimore Ravens' running backs coach. With the hiring announced Friday, he becomes the first African-American head football coach at NIU.


Coastal Carolina coach Moglia resigns

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) Joe Moglia, the one-time CEO of TD Ameritrade, has resigned as head football coach at Coastal Carolina.

The 69-year-old Moglia announced the decision Friday. He said he'll stay on as Coastal's chairman of athletics for the final two years of his contract and have authority over the football program. Offensive coordinator Jamey Chadwell has been promoted to head coach.

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