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Former Texas great Nobis dies at 74

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ATLANTA (AP) Tommy Nobis, the first player ever drafted by Atlanta in 1966 and a hard-hitting linebacker who went on to spent his entire 11-year career with the Falcons, has died after an extended illness. He was 74.

The team said Nobis passed away Wednesday at his suburban Atlanta home.

Nobis has been in poor health with physical and cognitive ailments that may have been related to his football career. He was among hundreds of ex-players who were part of a plan that reimburses them for expenses related to the treatment of dementia, Parkinson's, ALS or other neurological disorders. He also was among the plaintiffs who settled a massive concussion lawsuit against with the league.

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Wyoming QB Allen aiming to play in bowl

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen says his injured throwing shoulder is better than 90 percent recovered, but it's still too early to say whether he will be able to play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 22.

Allen has been mentioned among the top quarterback prospects in next year's NFL draft.

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Injured Badgers LB Cichy to enter draft

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin linebacker Jack Cichy has decided to enter the NFL draft, foregoing a chance to ask the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility because of a right knee injury.

Cichy announced his decision in a story posted Tuesday on The Players Tribune website. He was announced as one of the team's departing seniors before the sixth-ranked Badgers' regular-season home finale on Nov. 18 against Michigan.

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Iowa St. OK if QB Park wants to transfer

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said he will support quarterback Jacob Park if he intends to transfer to another school.

Campbell released a statement Monday night after the Des Moines Register quoted Park as saying he asked for a release from his scholarship.

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SMU hires former Cal coach Dykes

DALLAS (AP) Sonny Dykes didn't even have to finish the story of his favorite SMU memory to stir some in the crowd who showed up to greet the Mustangs' new coach.

All he had to say was 1982, Lubbock and Texas Tech - and never mind that the thrilling SMU win on a last-second kickoff return was at the expense of the school that would later become the longtime coaching home of Dykes' late dad, Spike Dykes, and his alma mater.

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Arizona State DC Bennett leaving program

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State defensive coordinator Phil Bennett will not be on new Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards' staff.

Bennett said after practice on Tuesday he was leaving the program for personal and health reasons.

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Coach salaries rising despite tax threat

WASHINGTON (AP) A potential new tax on seven-figure salaries for employees of non-profits hasn't deterred schools from doling out huge contracts to new coaches.

Football powers aiming for a national title have continued to pay the market rate for proven coaches, topped by the 10-year, $75 million deal for Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M. If the GOP tax overhaul becomes law - perhaps before the end of the year - the school could be on the hook for $15 million in new taxes over the life of that contract.

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Currie, Schiano had agreed on $27M deal

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Former Tennessee athletic director John Currie and Greg Schiano signed a memorandum of understanding to make the Ohio State defensive coordinator the new Volunteers football coach before the deal fell apart amid a public backlash.

The memorandum of understanding, obtained through a public records request, states Schiano would have received a six-year, $27 million contract. Tennessee officials say they believe the document isn't legally binding because it was never signed by the school's chief financial officer.

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Mayfield headlines AP All-America team

No. 2 Oklahoma will bring three All-Americans to the College Football Playoff.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield, offensive tackle Orlando Brown and tight end Mark Andrews of Oklahoma were selected to the Associated Press All-America team, giving the Sooners more players on the first team than any school. The All-America team, which dates to 1925 and was selected this season by a panel of 17 Top 25 voters, was released Monday.

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Ole Miss QB Patterson joins Michigan

Mississippi quarterback Shea Patterson says he will transfer to Michigan, where coach Jim Harbaugh has gone through three starting QBs this season.

Patterson made his commitment in a tweet on Monday after visiting the Ann Arbor, Michigan, campus last weekend . Patterson is recovering from a right knee injury that cost him the final month of last season, but he should be ready to compete in 2018.

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