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Embattled Michigan AD Brandon resigns

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel announces that athletic director Dave Brandon resigned during a news conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Former Steelcase CEO Jim Hackett will serve as Michigan's interim athletic director. (Photo/Paul Sancya)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Dave Brandon took over Michigan's athletic department four years ago with so many of the right qualifications: success as a businessman, experience as a university regent - and he'd played football for Bo Schembechler, too.

That football program is the barometer of sporting success at Michigan, but the Wolverines have fallen on hard times recently.

Those struggles - and the handful of other problems they helped magnify - led to the end of Brandon's tenure as athletic director.

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FAMU hazing ringleader found guilty

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) A former Florida A&M band member accused of being the ringleader of a brutal hazing ritual known as "Crossing Bus C" that killed a drum major was convicted Friday of manslaughter and felony hazing.

Dante Martin, 27, was the first to stand trial in the November 2011 death of 26-year-old Robert Champion aboard a band bus parked outside a football game where the well-regarded Marching 100 band had performed. The case brought into focus the culture of hazing in the band, which was suspended for more than a year while officials tried to clean up the program.

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Kentucky extends Mark Stoops through '19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart has given coach Mark Stoops another contract extension through the 2019 season in an amended deal that will now pay him a total of $21.75 million.

The deal includes a prorated raise from $2.1 million to $3 million this season with annual increases of $250,000 over the next five years.

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5 D-II players charged with assault

CALIFORNIA, Pa. (AP) Five football players from a state university in western Pennsylvania were arrested and suspended from the school after police say they beat and stomped a man outside an off-campus restaurant, then fled yelling "Football strong!" The victim was in intensive care Friday with severe brain trauma.

The California University of Pennsylvania players attacked Lewis Campbell, 30, of West Chester, as he was trying to stop an argument between his girlfriend and a player at about 2 a.m. Thursday, police said.

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Auburn vs. Ole Miss in critical matchup

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Auburn and Mississippi spent the week dismissing their standing in the first College Football Playoff rankings as mostly irrelevant.

One of them will no longer enjoy the relative comfort of a win-and-in mindset after this weekend. The fourth-ranked Tigers and seventh-ranked Rebels, both among the initial top four teams, meet Saturday night in what could amount to the first elimination round of the playoffs.

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No. 5 Oregon out to end Stanford hex

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) If the Oregon Ducks want to use two straight losses to Stanford as motivation against the Cardinal this season, then so be it, coach Mark Helfrich said.

Whatever works.

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QBs in spotlight for TCU, West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Most improved is a label that certainly fit quarterbacks Clint Trickett of West Virginia and Trevone Boykin of TCU.

A year ago, Trickett looked lost at times trying to run the Mountaineers' offense after transferring from Florida State. Boykin was relegated to wide receiver until relieving injured quarterback Casey Pachall.

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UCLA sees Arizona's visit as must-win

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) With No. 25 UCLA's season getting grimmer by the week, Brett Hundley and coach Jim Mora just couldn't bring themselves to embrace the usual football cliches about No. 14 Arizona's visit to the Rose Bowl.

The Bruins (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12) need a breakthrough win, and the Wildcats (6-1, 3-1) are in the way on Saturday night.

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Utes, Sun Devils set for desert showdown

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State bounced back from a disappointing loss with three wins. Utah also followed its lone setback by winning three straight games.

That leaves both teams in the thick of the Pac-12 South Division race, still in the College Football Playoff mix and with one big game coming up.

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Aggies may bench QB Hill vs. Warhawks

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Texas A&M might have a new starting quarterback when the Aggies host Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.

Kenny Hill, who started the first eight games, could be benched in favor of freshman Kyle Allen after struggling with turnovers in a three-game skid.

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