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Tide AD: We think Saban will retire here

Alabama football coach Nick Saban talks with reporters Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Vasha Hunt/ via AP)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Greg Byrne has had an eventful first three months as Alabama's athletic director.

Byrne made a seemingly tough decision in firing a baseball coach after one season and a no-brainer, too: striking a new deal with football coach Nick Saban. In between, he has attended plenty of `Bama sporting events - and countless meetings - and squeezed in a few get-to-know-you rounds of golf with boosters and speaking engagements.

Byrne is preparing for his first Southeastern Conference spring meetings since taking over at Alabama on March 1. He already opted to make one coaching change in an otherwise flourishing athletic program.


ESPN signs Chip Kelly as studio analyst

Chip Kelly is getting back into the college football business, this time without a headset.

The former Oregon coach is joining ESPN as a studio analyst next season. ESPN announced Friday it has signed him to a multiyear deal.


SEC's Sankey critical of early signing

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey has been on the losing end of the argument against an early football signing period.

He joins some of the league's coaches who don't think it's a change for the better.


Huskers WR Morgan arrested on pot charge

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. was arrested in Florida on suspicion of felony possession of marijuana this month, but a prosecutor reduced the charge to a misdemeanor.

Omaha television station KETV reported Friday ( ) that Morgan was arrested May 6 in Port Orange, Florida. According to a police report obtained by the station, Morgan was found to have 21.4 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop. Possession in excess of 20 grams is considered a felony in Florida. The charge was amended to "possession of cannabis not more than 20 grams."


Gophers assoc. AD suspended in sex case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A University of Minnesota athletics administrator accused of sexual harassment will be suspended without pay for two weeks and demoted to resolve the latest black eye for the department.

The university on Thursday released findings of an internal investigation of Randy Handel, the associate athletic director of development, after a female subordinate said he repeatedly hugged, touched and made inappropriate comments to her.


UNC questions NCAA jurisdiction in probe

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina remains steadfast in its belief that the NCAA is overreaching in its investigation of the school's long-running academic fraud case.

In a 102-page response to a third set of NCAA charges, North Carolina on Thursday once again challenged the NCAA's jurisdiction to pursue charges for issues the school states "are academic in nature" and "lie beyond the reach of the bylaws belatedly invoked" by the NCAA. The school's argument mirrors the position it took last August to a previous NCAA Notice of Allegations.


UNC coach Fedora extended through 2022

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina has extended coach Larry Fedora's contract through the 2022 season.

Team spokesman Kevin Best says the deal was approved Thursday by the school's board of trustees.

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