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Gamecocks extend Muschamp through 2024

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Will Muschamp and three assistants received contract extensions on Tuesday.

Muschamp got a one-year extension that ties him to the school through 2024. Offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon received a two-year extension, while defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson and quarterbacks coach Dan Werner got one-year extensions.

The deals were approved by the school's board of trustees.


Saban: Tagovailoa 'ahead of schedule'

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban says quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is "probably ahead of schedule" in recovering from ankle surgery.

The Heisman Trophy runner-up has been practicing for the top-ranked Crimson Tide, which began preparations Friday for an Orange Bowl semifinal matchup with Oklahoma.


Georgia QB Fields planning to transfer

Georgia freshman quarterback Justin Fields has informed Bulldogs coaches he plans to transfer, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Monday night.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Fields, the former five-star recruit, had yet to formally notify No. 6 Georgia of his intention to leave. Under new NCAA rules, players no longer request permission from a school to transfer. Now an athlete submits a notification paperwork, which results in the athlete's name being placed in an NCAA-run database of available transfers.


Stanford RB Love won't play in Sun Bowl

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Stanford running back Bryce Love will skip the Sun Bowl to prepare for the NFL draft.

Love announced his decision on Monday to sit out the bowl game for the Cardinal (8-4) on Dec. 31 against Pittsburgh (7-6). Love says he wants to be completely healthy for the 2019 draft.


Kelly wins second AP coach of year award

Notre Dame's Brian Kelly is The Associated Press college football Coach of the Year and the third coach to win the award twice since it was established in 1998.

Kelly received 16 of 58 first-place votes from AP college football poll voters and 81 total points. Alabama's Nick Saban was second with 16 first-place votes and 66 points and Central Florida first-year coach Josh Heupel was third with 33 points (five first-place votes).


Trio honored as comeback player of year

Kent State receiver Antwan Dixon, Dartmouth defensive lineman Seth Simmer and Carson-Newman running back Antonio Wimbush are the first recipients of the Mayo Clinic college football Comeback Player of the Year Award.

The new award recognizes college football players from FBS, FCS and lower divisions who overcome injury, illness or other challenges to return to the field. The winners were chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America in association with The Associated Press.


Michigan DT Solomon expected to transfer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan has given permission to defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon to speak with other schools, giving him the opportunity to transfer.

Solomon signed with the Wolverines in 2017 as a highly touted recruit from Leesburg, Georgia. He played in every game last year as a freshman and had 18 tackles, including two for losses. Solomon's sophomore season was stunted by injuries, limiting him to five games and six tackles this year. He missed a five-game stretch during the season and didn't travel with the team for the regular-season finale at Ohio State due to injury.


Ohio St. RB Weber to turn pro after bowl

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State running back Mike Weber plans to declare for the NFL draft after the Rose Bowl.

The redshirt junior announced on Twitter on Sunday that he would forgo his senior season to pursue his childhood dream of playing pro football. He said he would play in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 "to finish what my brothers and I started."


Utah transfer QB Tuttle joining Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Jack Tuttle, who left Utah after losing a tough preseason battle to start at quarterback, is transferring to Indiana and will join the Hoosiers for the spring semester.

The 6-foot-4 Tuttle, who was born in Indianapolis but played his high school ball at Mission Hills (California) High School, did not play for the Utes as a true freshman this season behind Jason Shelley. He is a former four-star recruit and was a top five pro-style quarterback in most 2017 rankings.


NC State hires Roper as QBs coach

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State has hired former Duke and Colorado offensive coordinator Kurt Roper as its quarterbacks coach.

Coach Dave Doeren announced Roper's hiring Monday.

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