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Star DB Hill spurns Tide, picks Michigan

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The Latest on the first day of the early college football signing period (all times Eastern):

9:30 a.m.

An early signing-day surprise: Dax Hill, a five-star defensive back from Oklahoma, flipped from Alabama and signed with Michigan. Hill had been verbally committed to Michigan but switched to Alabama a few weeks ago. Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh lured him back when it mattered most.


Georgia QB Fields on NCAA transfer list

Georgia freshman quarterback Justin Fields was listed Tuesday night in the NCAA's transfer database among the players who have notified their school of their intention to leave, a person with access to database told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NCAA's so-called transfer portal is not public. The person also provided a screenshot to the AP showing Fields listed in the database, with an NCAA identification number and a date initiated of Dec. 18, 2018.


Johnston, Ubosi lead UAB past NIU 37-13

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Two seasons after shutting down its football program, UAB closed out the year on an electrifying note.

Tyler Johnston III threw for 373 yards and four touchdowns, three of them to Xavier Ubosi, and UAB beat Northern Illinois 37-13 in the Boca Raton Bowl on Tuesday night.


Gamecocks extend Muschamp through 2024

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.


Oklahoma offensive line honored as best

Oklahoma won the Joe Moore Award, given to the team with the best offensive line in the country.

The Sooners were announced Tuesday as the winner of the fourth Joe Moore Award, named after the late offensive line coach for Pittsburgh and Notre Dame. The other finalists were Alabama and Georgia.


NFL may come calling for OU coach Riley

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Watch any NFL telecast that involves a struggling team, and Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley likely will be mentioned as a potential candidate for that coaching job.

It makes sense. In just 18 months since replacing Bob Stoops, Riley's high-powered offenses have produced Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield and led the way to two College Football Playoff berths. Riley's Sooners face Alabama on Dec. 29 in a national semifinal at the Orange Bowl.


Louisville adds Ledford, Holt to staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Scott Satterfield has hired Dwayne Ledford as offensive coordinator and line coach and Stu Holt to lead the Cardinals' tight ends and special teams.

Ledford had spent the past three seasons as North Carolina State's offensive line coach and run game coordinator. The Wolfpack featured one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's top O-lines under Ledford and included first team Associated Press All-American center Garrett Bradbury, a senior.


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.


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.


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.

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