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Kiffin staying to run Alabama's offense

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Lane Kiffin says he is coming back to Alabama for a second season as offensive coordinator.

Kiffin reportedly had been a candidate to become offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, but he and coach Nick Saban issued statements Saturday announcing his return.

"I made a comment at the Sugar Bowl that I would be back this fall at Alabama and that is definitely the plan," Kiffin said. "This time of year, there are lots of things out there regarding other coaching opportunities, but I want to reaffirm my commitment to the University of Alabama, coach Saban, and our team.


Nebraska's Abdullah star of Senior Bowl

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah wanted to leave an impression on more than just the NFL watchers at the Senior Bowl.

Abdullah rushed for 73 yards and added 40 receiving while leading the North to a 34-13 victory over the South on Saturday in the Senior Bowl, punctuating his college career in his home state.


Buckeyes celebrate title in front of 45K

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) After leading Ohio State to a national championship, Joey Bosa had one question for the 45,000 fans who crowded into Ohio Stadium in late January.

"How are you guys out here right now? It's freezing," he said from a makeshift stage erected on the south end of the field.


Notre Dame allows S Hardy to transfer

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame will allow safety Eilar Hardy to transfer after missing the first eight games of the 2014 season while the university investigated him and four other players for possible academic dishonesty.

Team spokesman Michael Bertsch said Hardy plans to graduate in May and transfer. He has one season of eligibility left after not playing as a freshman and sophomore. He played in five games this past season, finishing with nine tackles, and started two games in 2013. He was the only one of the five players investigated allowed to return this past season.


Ex-ISU WR charged with domestic violence

AMES, Iowa (AP) Former Iowa State receiver P.J. Harris has been arrested and charged with strangling his girlfriend.

Harris was booked on an aggravated domestic assault/strangulation charge. He was being held in a Story County jail without bond.


Iowa State dismisses S Mutcherson

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State has dismissed safety T.J. Mutcherson for violating team rules.

Mutcherson started 10 games as a sophomore last season before being suspended for the final two games. Mutcherson made 76 tackles and had a pair of interceptions for the Cyclones in 2014.


Pa. officials seek to dismiss NCAA suit

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Pennsylvania officials are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit against Penn State and the NCAA over the penalties related to the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case.

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and state Treasurer Rob McCord on Thursday asked a Commonwealth Court judge to mark the case as settled.


Gamecocks OL Shell has shoulder surgery

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina starting offensive lineman Brandon Shell will miss spring practice after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Shell played right tackle and started every game for the Gamecocks (7-6). He had surgery earlier this month, according to athletic spokesman Steve Fink. Shell is expected to be back in time for summer workouts and the season.


House named FIU's defensive coordinator

MIAMI (AP) Josh Conklin was FIU's defensive coordinator in 2014, while Matt House held the same role at Pittsburgh.

They've essentially switched spots for 2015.


Ole Miss' Elston, Stringfellow arrested

(AP) -- Mississippi safety Trae Elston and receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct early Thursday in Oxford, Mississippi.

Elston was also charged with resisting arrest. Both were booked in the Lafayette County Detention Center just after midnight, according to jail records, and both had posted bail as of Thursday afternoon.

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