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Pac-12 picks MGM exec as commissioner

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The Pac-12 hired George Kliavkoff to be the conference's next commissioner Thursday, replacing Larry Scott with another college sports outsider and charging him with rebuilding the football brand.

Kliavkoff has been the president of sports and entertainment for MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas since 2018.

University of Oregon President Michael H. Schill, the chairman of the Pac-12's five-member search committee, called Kliavkoff "a highly experienced and pioneering sports, entertainment and digital media executive."

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NC State extends AD Corrigan 2 years

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State athletics director Boo Corrigan has received a two-year contract extension through April 2026.

The school said its board of trustees approved the deal Friday, a little more than two years after Corrigan left Army to begin work as Debbie Yow's successor.

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New Northwestern AD Polisky steps down

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Mike Polisky resigned as Northwestern's athletic director Wednesday amid mounting criticism following his promotion last week to replace Jim Phillips.

Polisky said in a statement he is stepping down as AD and leaving the school after 11 years because "current challenges will not allow me to effectively lead our department" and he does not want to be a "distraction."

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Famed Hawaii QB Brennan dead at 37

HONOLULU (AP) Colt Brennan, a star quarterback at the University of Hawaii who finished third in the 2007 Heisman Trophy balloting, died early Tuesday, his father said. He was 37.

Brennan, who had public struggles with alcohol, died at a hospital in California, his father, Terry Brennan, told The Associated Press.

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Kansas keeping longtime assistant Jones

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) New Kansas coach Lance Leipold is retaining longtime assistant Emmett Jones, who had served as the Jayhawks' interim coach when the program was missing both a football coach and athletic director.

Leipold, who was hired away from Buffalo two weeks ago, announced the majority of his staff on Wednesday.

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Vols' top tackler transferring to 'Bama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Tennessee's leading tackler Henry To'o To'o is heading to rival Alabama.

The junior linebacker announced Saturday on social media that he was transferring to the defending national champions. To'o To'o would likely be a candidate to replace starting inside linebacker Dylan Moses.

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Buffalo names Michigan's Linguist coach

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Maurice Linguist was hired as the University at Buffalo's football coach Friday night, just months after he became Michigan's co-defensive coordinator.

Linguist joined Jim Harbaugh's Michigan staff in January as part of an offseason overhaul following a losing season, and was to share the defensive duties with Mike McDonald.

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Sam Ehlinger's brother, Jake, found dead

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger, the younger brother of former Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger, was found dead near campus Thursday, Austin police said.

Officers found the 20-year-old Ehlinger after responding to a call at 12:18 p.m. Police did not detail how they found him but said the death is not considered suspicious. No cause of death was immediately released.

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Saban encourages vaccinations in PSA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama football coach Nick Saban and other sports figures have taped a public service announcement encouraging Alabamians to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Alabama Department of Public Health says Saban and others, including former NBA star Charles Barkley, participated in the PSA saying vaccinations are the way to make sure sports stadiums are filled and "loud again" this fall.

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Presbyterian hires coach who never punts

CLINTON, S.C. (AP) Presbyterian has named successful Arkansas high school coach Kevin Kelley to coach its FCS program.

The school announced Kelley's hiring on Friday.

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