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Paralyzed College HOFer Rivera dies

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Gabe Rivera, the overpowering "Senor Sack" lineman for Texas Tech who was paralyzed in a car accident while a Pittsburgh Steelers rookie, has died. He was 57.

The university on Tuesday confirmed Rivera's death. He had been living in San Antonio with his wife, Nancy, who told KENS-TV her husband had taken ill last week and died Monday night.

Rivera, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, played at Texas Tech from 1979-82 and was an All-America defensive lineman. He had five sacks and 62 tackles as a senior in 1982.

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Ex-Ohio State star DE Kudla dies at 34

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Mike Kudla, a star defensive end who played on Ohio State's 2002 national championship team, has died. He was 34.

The northeastern Ohio school district where he played in high school posted on Twitter on Monday that he died Sunday. The cause was not disclosed.

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Georgia set for another championship run

ATLANTA (AP) Even six months later, there was no way for Kirby Smart to dodge the question.

The Georgia coach just knew he'd be asked if he has recovered from the Bulldogs' loss to Alabama in the national championship game.

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Clemson using Alabama loss as motivation

SUNSET, S.C. (AP) Clemson's disappointing loss to Alabama in the College Football Playoff last January is never far from players' minds as they prepare for the upcoming season.

"It definitely helps," kicker Greg Huegel said. "It's something in the back of your mind to help you push through."

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Texas goes from compliant to committed

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Texas has gone from compliant to committed under coach Tom Herman, and is winning again.

When Herman appeared at Big 12 media days for the first time last summer, the Longhorns were coming off three consecutive losing seasons and he had yet to coach a game in Austin.

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USC QB recruit named top prep athlete

MARINA DEL REY, Calif. (AP) JT Daniels, a quarterback recruit for Southern California in 2019, and Katelyn Tuohy, dominant in cross country and track and field, have been honored as national prep athletes of the year. Tuohy is the first athlete to be a finalist in two different sports.

Daniels received his trophy from retired NFL great Peyton Manning, a former winner.

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Oklahoma State has questions at QB, WR

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Holgorsen: Grier ready for Heisman grind

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K-State's Snyder brings QBs to media day

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1952 MSU national champ McAuliffe dies

Former Michigan State running back Don McAuliffe, a fighter in his youth, battled to the very end.

The captain of Michigan State's undefeated 1952 national championship team died Saturday in La Jolla, California, according to Kevin McAuliffe, his oldest son. He was 90.

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