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Vols dismiss Jennings after video rant

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee has dismissed wide receiver Jauan Jennings from the team after he ripped the Volunteers' coaching staff in a profanity-laced video posted on Instagram.

Vols interim head coach Brady Hoke said in a statement he made the decision "in consultation with" athletic director John Currie. Hoke added that "representing the University of Tennessee football program is a privilege."

"It was a little bit of a surprise I think to everybody, me included," Hoke said Wednesday night on his "Vol Calls" radio show. "But after talking to John Currie and consulting with him, I know what the right thing to do is for our football team. That's why we made that decision."

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Minnesota gives Fleck 1-year extension

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The University of Minnesota and coach P.J. Fleck have agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 2022 season.

Fleck signed a five-year, $18 million contract in January. The Gophers are 5-6 this season under the 36-year-old Fleck, who was hired by Minnesota to replace Tracy Claeys after four seasons as the coach at Western Michigan. He led the Broncos to a Cotton Bowl bid and a 13-1 record last year.

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LPGA's Lewis on Hogs' search committee

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas has announced a seven-person search committee that includes LPGA golfer Stacy Lewis to aid Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz in the school's pursuit of a new athletic director.

Steinmetz fired Jeff Long last week after nearly 10 years at the school, saying he had lost the support of influential members of the school's fan base and leadership. Julie Cromer Peoples was named the interim athletic director and assisted Steinmetz in choosing the committee.

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Hurt Gators QB Del Rio to end career

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Injured Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio has decided to end his "unique" college career.

Del Rio posted on his Twitter page Wednesday that he will be participating in "Senior Day" activities before the team's season finale Saturday against rival Florida State.

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Kent State fires Haynes after 5 seasons

KENT, Ohio (AP) Kent State football coach Paul Haynes has been fired after five losing seasons.

The school announced on Wednesday that Haynes' contract would not be renewed. The Golden Flashes lost to Akron on Tuesday night to finish the season 2-10.

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Irish's Kelly 2-9 on road vs. top 20

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Hopes for a place in a top bowl or even a (long) shot at the College Football Playoff provide No. 9 Notre Dame plenty to play for in its game Saturday at No. 20 Stanford.

But maybe a more pressing objective for Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly is to do something he hasn't done in more than five years: Beat a top 20 team on the road in the regular season.

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Freshman QBs step up late in Big 12

AMES, Iowa (AP) The final week of Big 12 play in 2017 might serve as a preview of what's to come in 2018.

As many as five of the conference's 10 teams could have a freshman behind center this weekend, including title game hopeful TCU. Baylor, Texas, Iowa State and Kansas State could also ask a rookie quarterback to step up as the regular season winds down.

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Tide, Miami, Clemson, Sooners 1-4 in CFP

Miami made a small but potentially significant move up to No. 2 behind Alabama in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night, with Clemson slipping one spot to three and Oklahoma holding at four.

Wisconsin and Auburn remained next up behind the top four in a week when the top half of the selection committee's rankings were mostly unchanged.

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Ex-Tenn. St. DE arrested for coach punch

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A former Tennessee State player has been charged with aggravated assault with serious bodily injury for punching a coach on the sideline during a game.

Latrelle Lee was arrested Monday and released on $7,500 bond.

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KU captains lose status after OU antics

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Baker Mayfield wasn't the only one to lose his captaincy after the Oklahoma quarterback's antics following last weekend's blowout victory over Kansas.

Jayhawks coach David Beaty announced Tuesday that his captains - Dorance Armstrong Jr., Daniel Wise and Joe Dineen Jr. - were also stripped of their status. The trio refused to shake Mayfield's hand during the pregame coin toss, which led to a game filled with vitriol.

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