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UNC reinstates suspended CB Simmons

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina started preseason practice with suspended cornerback Malik Simmons back on the team.

Coach Larry Fedora said Monday he reinstated Simmons, who had been held out of all football-related activities since July 24, after he was arrested that week in Chapel Hill on a resisting arrest charge. He also was arrested May 16 on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession.

Fedora said he would wait for the legal process to play out before deciding on disciplinary action.


Pitt suspends Boyd, Blair for opener

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi has announced wide receiver Tyler Boyd and defensive end Rori Blair are suspended for the Sept. 5 opener against Youngstown State.

Boyd, a 1,000-yard receiver in each of his first two seasons at Pitt, was charged with DUI in June. The All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection was pulled over in June south of Pittsburgh. Boyd told police he had two shots of alcohol.


Ex-broadcaster James suing Fox Sports

DALLAS (AP) Former college football television analyst Craig James on Monday filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against Fox Sports that contends he was fired because he had expressed opposition to gay marriage during a failed run for the U.S. Senate.

The former running back for Southern Methodist University and the New England Patriots is seeking at least $100,000 in damages. Fox hired him in August 2013 - months after he lost the Texas Senate primary to Ted Cruz - only to fire him days later.


Tennessee to open camp minus 2 freshmen

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee will start preseason practice Tuesday without some members of its highly touted freshman class.

Volunteers coach Butch Jones said Monday that wide receiver Preston Williams and offensive lineman Zach Stewart wouldn't be available. Jones said Williams was awaiting word from the NCAA on his eligibility and that Stewart was delaying his enrollment. Stewart's mother died in May.


SEC teams hire 14 new coordinators

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban and his staff always devote some offseason time to studying new offensive and defensive coordinators, just perhaps not quite this much.

There are 14 new coordinators - seven on each side of the ball - in the Southeastern Conference. That includes Vanderbilt coach/defensive coordinator Derek Mason, and the number creates extra homework for staffs around the league leading up to the season.


Case involving Ole Miss' Tunsil dropped

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) A legal case involving Mississippi offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil and his stepfather has been dismissed.

Both men had filed misdemeanor domestic violence charges against each other following an alleged fight in June. Lafayette County Justice Court records showed the charges were dismissed on Monday.


Ex-Utah CB Hatfield charged with assualt

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield has been charged with misdemeanor assault in a fight during a party last month, his second recent run-in with police.

Salt Lake City detective Cody Lougy says neither a summons to appear nor a warrant has been issued but the investigation is ongoing.


MTSU's Stockstill wants more fan support

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) Rick Stockstill once again is urging Middle Tennessee students and Murfreesboro residents to turn out and support his Blue Raiders.

Having already put his money where his mouth is by delaying his annual raise gives his words a bit more heft.


Duke QB Sirk to take 1st-team snaps

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke breaks in new starting quarterbacks by a year before giving them the job by inserting them into short-yardage situations.

It worked before, and Thomas Sirk hopes it works again.


Big Ten to stop playing FCS schools

CHICAGO (AP) The College Football Playoff has turned strength of schedule into a constant talking point, with each conference claiming its road to the postseason is most daunting.

Hoping to set themselves apart when playoff selection time comes around, Big Ten teams plan to play at least one nonconference game against a Power Five opponent and eliminate FCS schools from their schedules starting in 2016 when the league goes to a nine-game conference slate.

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