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RB Travis Etienne will return to Clemson

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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Two-time Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year Travis Etienne is returning to Clemson for his senior season.

Etienne, the 5-foot-10, 210-pound junior running back from Jennings, Louisiana, announced his decision on social media Friday.

Etienne's teammate, cornerback A.J. Terrell, said he was giving up his final year in college to enter the NFL draft.


Georgia names ex-NFL assistant Monken OC

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Todd Monken, the former offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is Kirby Smart's choice to lead Georgia's offense.

Monken, 53, was named on Friday to replace James Coley as the Bulldogs' offensive coordinator. Coley will remain on staff as assistant head coach.


Trump to host champ LSU at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump will welcome the Louisiana State University football team to the White House on Friday after the Tigers defeated Clemson on Monday night in the college playoff final.

Before visiting the White House, the LSU team will tour the nearby National Museum of African American History and Culture, according to The Advocate newspaper in Baton Rouge.


Lewis, Jackson to coach in NFLPA Bowl

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Hue Jackson and Marvin Lewis don't know if they will appear again on an NFL sideline but on Saturday they will be coaching players who hope to get to the next level.

The close friends are the head coaches for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Lewis led the Cincinnati Bengals for 16 years but was fired in 2018 after the franchise's third straight losing season. Jackson had three stints as an assistant on Lewis' staff, including last season when he was hired shortly after being fired by the Cleveland Browns.


Lubick replaces Walters as Huskers' OC

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska has hired Matt Lubick to replace Troy Walters as offensive coordinator.

The addition of Lubick was announced Friday, hours after coach Scott Frost said Walters was leaving the program by mutual agreement.


Baylor hires LSU DC Aranda as coach

Baylor hired LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda as its new head coach Thursday, three days after the Tigers completed their undefeated national championship.

Aranda, a head coach for the first time, takes over a Big 12 program in much better shape than it was when Matt Rhule got there more than three years ago.


LSU probing Beckham's on-field payments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU has contacted officials from the NCAA and Southeastern Conference about Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s apparent cash payments to Tigers players on the field after the national championship game, a university spokesman said.

LSU athletics spokesman Michael Bonnette said initial information suggested that Beckham handed out "novelty bills" to players after the top-ranked Tigers defeated Clemson on Monday night. However, further investigation showed that Beckham may have given away real money, Bonnette said.


Jefferson, Edwards-Helaire headed to NFL

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Dynamic running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, receiver Justin Jefferson and safety Grant Delpit are among seven players from LSU's national championship team who've stated their intention to enter the NFL draft.

Offensive linemen Saahdiq Charles and Lloyd Cushnberry, and linebackers Patrick Queen and Jacob Phillips also announced their intention to turn pro Wednesday.


Clemson receiver Higgins to enter draft

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson's leader in receiving yards and touchdowns, Tee Higgins, is forgoing his final college season to enter the NFL draft.

Higgins announced his decision Wednesday on social media.


Syracuse tabs Gilbert to run offense

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse has hired Sterlin Gilbert as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

The university announced the hire on Thursday. Gilbert is a familiar face. He previously worked with Orange head coach Dino Babers for three seasons, serving in the same role at Eastern Illinois (2012-13) of the Championship Subdivision and at Bowling Green (2014) of the Mid-American Conference.

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