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AAC adds 6 schools from Conference USA

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Major college football is settling into a strange period with lame duck memberships and frayed allegiances that could last another season or even two as conferences sort out the latest shifts and turns of realignment.

The American Athletic Conference on Thursday became the latest to act in the trickle down effect from Texas and Oklahoma's announced move to the Southeastern Conference.

The American is adding UAB, UTSA, Rice, North Texas, Charlotte and Florida Atlantic to replace three schools that are leaving for the Big 12 Conference -- eventually.

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Mordecai throws 3 more TDs, SMU now 7-0

DALLAS (AP) SMU coach Sonny Dykes saw the best first half of the season from his team, which made it easier to excuse a drop-off after halftime.

Tanner Mordecai threw three touchdown passes to push his nation-leading total to 29, ran for another score and No. 21 SMU dominated the opening half in a 55-26 victory over Tulane on Thursday night.

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Family: Ehlinger died of drug overdose

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Former Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger, the younger brother of former Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger, died of a an accidental drug overdose caused by fentanyl, the family said Thursday.

Jake Ehlinger, 20, was found on May 6. No cause of death was immediately released and the family statement said they believe he ingested a dose of the prescription drug Xanax laced with toxic substances, including fentanyl.

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Drake forfeits game over virus concerns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A football game between Drake and Stetson set for Saturday in Des Moines was cancelled Thursday due to coronavirus concerns among Drake personnel.

The Drake University athletics department said in a news release that the Pioneer Football League cancelled the game because of "COVID-19 issues within Drake's Tier I personnel, which consists of student-athletes, coaches, managers, and staff."

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Smith runs for 238 as La.-Lafayette wins

JONESBORO, ARK. (AP) Freshman Montrell Johnson took a handoff 99 yards for a school and Sun Belt Conference record-long touchdown, Chris Smith rushed for 238 yards and the game-winner and Louisiana-Lafayette battled past Arkansas State 28-27 on Thursday night.

Johnson and Smith scored all of the Ragin' Cajuns points as Louisiana-Lafayette (6-1, 4-0 Sun Belt Conference) rolled for 424 rushing yards. Johnson, who gained 150 yards, had scoring runs of 99 and 3 yards. Smith scored from the 6 and and added a game-winning 74-yard touchdown run.

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Rolovich to take legal action vs. Wazzou

Former Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich's termination for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination was unlawful and an attack on his Catholic faith, his attorney said Wednesday.

Attorney Brian Fahling also said in a statement that Rolovich intends to take legal action and that the litigation will detail what the attorney called athletic director Pat Chun's "animus towards Coach Rolovich's sincerely held religious beliefs" and his dishonesty at the expense of the former coach.

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App. State upsets Coastal on FG at :00

BOONE, N.C. (AP) Chase Brice is determined to make the most of what is left of his roller-coaster college career. He took a big step forward Wednesday night.

Brice threw for 347 yards and two touchdowns, Chandler Staton kicked a 24-yard field goal as time expired and Appalachian State upset 14th-ranked Coastal Carolina 30-27 in front of a capacity crowd of 31,061 at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

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Illinois loses LB Hansen for season

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois linebacker Jake Hansen will miss the rest of the season after having knee surgery.

Hansen, who was injured in the second quarter against Wisconsin on Oct. 9, made the announcement Wednesday on Twitter.

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Ole Miss QB Corral iffy against LSU

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin isn't optimistic about quarterback Matt Corral's availibility against LSU.

Corral rushed 30 times for 195 yards in the 12th-ranked Rebels' 31-26 win over Tennessee, which Kiffin said took a physical toll on the QB.

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South Carolina QB Doty done for season

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina starting quarterback Luke Doty needs surgery on his injured foot and will miss the rest of the season.

Gamecocks coach Shane Beamer said Tuesday Doty would have the operation later this week and would not return until spring practice.

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