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USC AD Haden to retire on June 30

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LOS ANGELES (AP) The University of Southern California hired Pat Haden to guide its storied athletic department through the toughest time in its history.

With that job largely done, USC's athletic director and dedicated Trojan decided he was ready for another role.

Haden will retire on June 30, school president Max Nikias announced Friday. Haden, the 63-year-old former USC quarterback, will start a one-year job guiding the renovation of the Coliseum after leaving the athletic department.


Ex-RB Ball arrested in domestic case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Former Wisconsin and Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball was jailed early Friday on a felony battery charge after an apparent dispute with his girlfriend.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said officers were called to a downtown Madison hotel around 3:45 a.m. where a woman told police she and Ball were arguing when he threw her in the air. She said she landed on a table and cut her leg, requiring stitches.


BC hires Pasqualoni to coach D-line

BOSTON (AP) Boston College has hired former Syracuse and Connecticut head coach Paul Pasqualoni as a defensive line coach.

The Eagles also added former BC players Rich Gunnell and Ricky Brown to the staff. Tight ends coach Frank Leonard was promoted to assistant head coach.


Oregon RB Tyner takes medical retirement

(AP) -- Oregon running back Thomas Tyner has decided to take a medical retirement after sitting out all of last season because of a shoulder injury.

Tyner was the Ducks' third-leading rusher as a true freshman in 2013 and then again as a sophomore in 2014. He finishes his Oregon career with 1,284 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns.


TCU-Texas matchup day after Thanksgiving

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Big 12 has moved the TCU-Texas football game to the Friday after Thanksgiving, instead of playing on the holiday.

Texas has played on Thanksgiving since 2008 when the annual holiday weekend matchup was with former rival Texas A&M. Texas kept its Thanksgiving time slot even after the Aggies left for the Southeastern Conference, with games against TCU and Texas Tech the past four years.


AG wants Penn State dismissals reversed

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Prosecutors said Friday they were asking a Pennsylvania appeals court to reconsider its dismissal of some criminal charges against three former Penn State administrators accused of covering up sex abuse complaints against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The attorney general's office said it was making a sealed filing to ask the full Superior Court to overturn last month's decision throwing out several of the more serious allegations against Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz and Tim Curley.


Big 12 to allow Bowlsby to speak for it

IRVING, Texas (AP) Big 12 presidents and chancellors came to one agreement Friday: While working through the possibility of a football championship game, expansion and a league-wide television network, they are going to defer comments to Commissioner Bob Bowlsby.

The four-hour meeting of the Big 12's board of directors came about a week after outspoken Oklahoma President David Boren again publicly raised questions about the state of the league, and a day after the league's athletic directors met.


Hughes out as Nebraska D-line coach

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Hank Hughes is out as Nebraska's defensive line coach.

Cornhuskers coach Mike Riley announced in a statement Friday that Hughes wouldn't return. Riley thanked Hughes for his hard work and contributions. Riley, who's entering his second year at Nebraska, said he would look for "a great coach, teacher and recruiter to enhance our defense."


Syracuse dismisses DEs Sheppard, Ealey

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Sophomore defensive ends Qaadir Sheppard and Amir Ealey have been dismissed from the Syracuse football program for a violation of team rules.

Head coach Dino Babers made the announcement Thursday but declined further comment.


Committee to mull replay for targeting

(AP) -- The NCAA football rules committee will consider allowing replay officials to call targeting penalties that are missed by on-field officials.

The committee will take up the issue next week when it is scheduled to meet for three days, starting Tuesday, in Orlando, Florida.

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