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Ducks players hospitalized from workouts

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The University of Oregon suspended football strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde one month without pay after three players were hospitalized following a series of intense workouts last week.

The school announced the decision in a statement Tuesday evening and detailed a review of the incident. It added that all future workouts have been modified and the strength and conditioning coach will now report to director of performance and sports science Andrew Murray instead of coach Willie Taggart, who apologized in the statement.

Oregon's statement detailed that players began an off-season conditioning program last Tuesday after six weeks away from "football-related activities" and Oderinde led those workouts.


Beamer among 3 new CFP committee members

IRVING, Texas (AP) Former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith and Robert Morris University President Chris Howard have been added to the College Football Playoff selection committee.

The three new members will begin three-year terms next season. College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock also announced in a statement Tuesday that Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt will return next season as the committee chairman and his term will run through February 2018.


USC CB Jackson declares for draft

LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California cornerback Adoree Jackson has decided to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

He made the announcement Monday.


Fleck hires 9 assistants at Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) New Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck has hired nine coaches for his staff, including offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca and defensive coordinator Robb Smith.

The Golden Gophers announced the additions on Tuesday night. Ciarrocca follows Fleck from Western Michigan and Smith comes to Minnesota from Arkansas. Five of the assistants worked under Fleck at Western Michigan.


Rutgers WR Grant to return for 5th year

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers wide receiver and return specialist Janarion Grant is returning for a fifth year in 2017.

The university announced his decision on Tuesday.


Alabama hires Arizona's Byrne as AD

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Greg Byrne is returning to the Southeastern Conference as Alabama's athletic director after running Arizona's athletic department since 2010.

The university announced Monday that Byrne, currently the Wildcats' vice president for athletics, will take over March 1. Bill Battle announced his retirement as Alabama's athletic director Sunday night.


EWU's Baldwin resigns to run Cal offense

CHENEY, Wash. (AP) Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin is leaving the FCS powerhouse to become the offensive coordinator at California under new coach Justin Wilcox.

Baldwin announced his decision on Monday, leaving the school where he won five Big Sky Conference titles, reached the FCS semifinals four times and won a national championship in 2010. Baldwin was 85-32 in nine seasons in charge of the Eagles' program.


Arkansas tabs Rhoads to run defense

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas coach Bret Bielema says on Twitter that the school has promoted former Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads to defensive coordinator.

The hiring was confirmed by a school spokesman.


Teen, mom sought in Missouri St. murder

LAS VEGAS (AP) Police are looking for a teen suspect and his mother in the fatal shooting of a Missouri State University football player who witnesses say tried to stop a fight involving his sister and others in Las Vegas over the weekend.

Authorities have not named the 17-year-old sought in the Saturday evening killing of 18-year-old Richard J. Nelson or the suspect's mother.


Vanderbilt LB Cunningham entering draft

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham is bypassing his final year of eligibility and entering the NFL draft.

Cunningham confirmed his decision Sunday after first announcing his plans Saturday night at an event in Connecticut.

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