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Maryland prez warned of Durkin backlash

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University of Maryland President Wallace Loh said Thursday that he told the school's governing body that "all hell will break loose" if DJ Durkin was retained as head coach of its football team after a player's death, a warning that went unheeded.

Loh told a panel of state lawmakers that members of the University System of Maryland board of regents asked him on Oct. 26 if he would support Durkin's reinstatement as coach. Loh said he explained why he couldn't do that after the death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who collapsed from heatstroke on a practice field in May and died two weeks later.

"I made it very clear that, as president, I have the pulse of the campus," he said. "I said, `If you bring him back, quote, all hell will break loose.'"

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LSU, Miles reach $1.5M buyout settlement

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU and Les Miles have completed a $1.5 million lump-sum settlement that relieves the university of paying its former coach an additional $5 million through 2023.

Vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva says the agreement allows both parties to "move on."

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No. 3 Irish expect big support in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) Joe Delaney grew up in New Jersey listening to Notre Dame games on the radio with his father, who - like many blue-collar Catholics at the time - never stepped foot on the school's campus but was passionate about its football team.

The Fighting Irish were regular visitors to the New York area during the first half of the 20th century, when their wanderlust turned Notre Dame football into America's team.

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Florida State's bowl streak in jeopardy

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State is battling recent history as it looks to extend one of its most cherished streaks.

The Seminoles (4-6, 2-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) must knock off No. 22 Boston College (7-3, 4-2) on Saturday and then No. 15 Florida (7-3) to extend their bowl streak, which dates to 1982. While Florida State has dug quite the hole for itself, the roadblocks ahead are daunting - the Seminoles are 0-7 against ranked teams since the start of the 2017 season.

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QBs fuel success of Big 12's top 4 teams

Four teams fighting for two spots in the Big 12 championship game are led by quarterbacks who've proven they can take over a game.

Oklahoma's Kyler Murray, West Virginia's Will Grier, Iowa State's Brock Purdy and Sam Ehlinger of Texas have been impressive and could determine which teams makes it to the Dec. 1 title game in Arlington, Texas.

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Syracuse great Green diagnosed with ALS

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Former Syracuse and NFL defensive lineman Tim Green has revealed he has Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Green wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday night that for the past five years he's been coping with "neurological problems" in his hands. He says doctors first thought the damage his elbows had received during his playing days in the 1980s and 1990s was the culprit. But the problems didn't go away after surgery and his voice also began to get weak before he was diagnosed with ALS.

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USC's Helton 'secure' despite hot seat

LOS ANGELES (AP) Clay Helton believes his job at Southern California is secure as he heads into two games that could determine whether he's right.

The coach addressed the pertinent topic of his future with the Trojans in a meeting this week, and he did it again when asked about it Tuesday night after practice. While he recognizes the fan unrest created by USC's 5-5 season, Helton told his players to focus on their upcoming rivalry games against UCLA and Notre Dame, not on whether he is about to make a sudden departure.

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Rourke totals 4 TDs, Ohio upsets Buffalo

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) Nathan Rourke threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another, A.J. Ouellette had 196 yards rushing and three total scores, and Ohio upset Buffalo 52-17 on Wednesday night.

Ohio (7-4, 5-2 Mid-American Conference) needs to beat Akron next week and have Buffalo (9-2, 6-1) lose at Bowling Green to clinch the MAC East Division. Buffalo was closing in on a Top 25 ranking after receiving 29 votes in The Associated Press poll.

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Alabama NT Williams a Nagurski finalist

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Alabama nose tackle Quinnen Williams, Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen and LSU safety Grant Delpit give the Southeastern Conference three of the five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy given to the nation's top defensive player.

The other finalists announced Wednesday were Michigan linebacker Devin Bush and Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins.

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CFP top 10 unchanged for first time

The College Football Playoff rankings held steady at the top, with Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan an unchanged first four from last week.

The third rankings of the season were drama-free Tuesday night after every top-10 team won last weekend. In fact, the selection committee's entire top 10 stayed the same, the first time that has happened in the five seasons since the CFP was born.

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