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Police probe Wazzu QB apparent suicide

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When Dr. Brian Hainline learned about the apparent suicide of another college athlete, it hit hard. Again.

No, he didn't know Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski. But he's heard such stories far too often.

The NCAA's first chief medical officer has coped with friends, patients and other college students who took their own lives and whenever it happens, the same emotions and questions come racing back. So Hainline has put together recommendations that may help college athletic departments understand how to help players.

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Oregon AD Mullens to be CFP chairman

Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens will become the new chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee starting next season, and three new Power Five ADs will join the 13-member panel.

Mullens will be the third chairman, replacing Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt, who has led the committee the last two seasons.

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Texas QB Buechele to have hip surgery

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas quarterback Shane Buechele will undergo surgery for a torn muscle in his hip and abdomen area but should return in time for spring practice in March.

Buechele was the full-time starter as a freshman in 2016 then split starts with freshman Shane Ehlinger in 2017. Buechele started the Longhorns' win over Missouri in the Texas Bowl.

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Orange Bowl counted as Miami home game

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) After further review, Miami's home winning streak is over.

The NCAA says that Miami's loss to Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl counts as a home loss for the Hurricanes. The game was played at Hard Rock Stadium, which has been Miami's home field for a decade.

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Agent's contact with UNC player probed

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Investigators are looking into whether an NFL agent violated North Carolina's sports agents law by contacting a Tar Heels football player despite not being registered with the state.

According to a search warrant, the Secretary of State's office sought Facebook records for Tennessee-based agent Brandon Smart. The document states Smart contacted UNC senior offensive lineman R.J. Prince to schedule a time to discuss "the NFL draft process" through an online message last year.

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Auburn rehires Grimes to coach O-line

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) JB Grimes is returning for his second stint as Auburn's offensive line coach.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn announced Wednesday that Grimes will replace Herb Hand, who left to become co-offensive coordinator and line coach at Texas.

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Texas tabs O-line coach Hand from Auburn

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas has hired Auburn football assistant Herb Hand as offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator.

Hand joins a program that went 7-6 in coach Tom Herman's first season. The Longhorns returned to the postseason for the first time since 2013 and beat Missouri in the Texas Bowl.

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Heisman runner-up Love stays at Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Heisman Trophy runner-up and Doak Walker Award winner Bryce Love is returning to Stanford for his senior season.

Love released a statement through the school Tuesday saying he will be back next year while continuing to work on his degree in human biology.

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Irish WR Stepherson, 3 others dismissed

Notre Dame wide receiver Kevin Stepherson, who was suspended for the Fighting Irish's Citrus Bowl against LSU after being accused of shoplifting, and three other players have been dismissed from the team.

Athletic department spokesman Michael Bertsch said Tuesday night that Stepherson, sophomore running backs Deon McIntosh and CJ Holmes and junior defensive tackle Brandon Tiassum were no longer with the team. No other details were provided.

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Sumlin: Arizona job 'right challenge'

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Kevin Sumlin calls the head coaching job at Arizona "the right place and the right challenge."

He made the comment at a news conference introducing him as coach on Tuesday.

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