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Saban unapologetic about signing Taylor

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban steadfastly defended his signing of defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor, who has now been kicked off his second Southeastern Conference team for domestic violence arrests.

Taylor, who some say should never had been on the team, was one of two Crimson Tide players arrested over the weekend. Defensive back Geno Smith was charged with the second DUI including the second DUI of his Alabama career.

A defiant Saban was unapologetic Monday about choosing to sign Taylor, who was also dismissed from Georgia before signing with Alabama for similar allegations of domestic violence.


Oklahoma RB Ford suspended indefinitely

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma has suspended running back Keith Ford indefinitely for academic and team rules violations

The school and coach Bob Stoops made the announcement on Monday.


Florida QB Harris returns to practice

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida quarterback Treon Harris has returned to practice following the shooting death of a family member.

Harris missed three spring practices last week after his 16-year-old cousin was shot in Miami.


Zaire eyeing Irish's starting QB spot

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Quarterback Malik Zaire talked about how much talent Notre Dame has returning and quickly rattled off the name of just about every first- and second-team player on the roster except one: last year's starting quarterback Everett Golson.

Zaire said the omission had nothing to do with the battle for the starting quarterback position.


Oklahoma WR Smallwood could miss 2 games

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma wide receiver Jordan Smallwood has suffered a left ACL injury and could miss the first two games of the season.

The team made the announcement on its Twitter account.


Washington begins with questions at QB

SEATTLE (AP) Coach Chris Petersen began his second spring practice with Washington on Monday with no clue who will start at quarterback for the Huskies when the 2015 season begins.

It's not the only position where Washington has questions. It may take at least a few more months before Petersen finalizes a depth chart for any spot.


Rutgers starting QB job wide open

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers senior receiver Leonte Carroo had a weird feeling looking into the backfield on the opening day of spring practice.

For much of his high school and college career, Carroo has seen Gary Nova under center waiting to take the snap.


Paterno family can't sue NCAA, Penn St.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) The family of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno can't sue the NCAA and the university for breach of contract for their actions in response to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, a Pennsylvania judge on Monday ruled for a second time.

Judge John Leete said an amended lawsuit filed by Paterno's family repeated the breach-of-contract claim that he had previously dismissed.


Former Arizona coach LaRue dies at 89

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Jim LaRue, who coached Arizona's football team for eight seasons and guided the Wildcats to an 8-1-1 record in 1961 and a share of the Western Athletic Conference championship in 1964 before becoming an NFL assistant, has died. He was 89.

The university announced LaRue's death Monday.


McRath resigns from UNC job after DWI

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) A former Tennessee Titans linebacker recently hired as a graduate assistant at North Carolina has resigned after his arrest on a charge of driving while impaired.

Gerald McRath said in a statement Monday that he apologized for his actions "and for bringing negative publicity and attention" to the school and its football program. He says he is stepping down to "move forward with my career."

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