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MSU QB Fitzgerald hurts leg in Egg Bowl

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald left with a right leg injury Thursday night in the first quarter against Mississippi.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Fitzgerald was running the ball when he was tackled and his leg bent awkwardly. He was carted off the field.

Fitzgerald came into the game leading the SEC in yards rushing for a quarterback, with 968 yards on the ground in 11 games. He also has thrown for 1,770 yards, 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.


Vols dismiss Jennings after video rant

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee has dismissed wide receiver Jauan Jennings from the team after he ripped the Volunteers' coaching staff in a profanity-laced video posted on Instagram.

Vols interim head coach Brady Hoke said in a statement he made the decision "in consultation with" athletic director John Currie. Hoke added that "representing the University of Tennessee football program is a privilege."


No. 2 Miami hopes to avoid slip vs. Pitt

PITTSBURGH (AP) Ten games in, and everything is still on the table for Miami. A perfect season. Its first ACC championship. A spot in the College Football Playoff.

Calling the second-ranked Hurricanes "The U" no longer feels like nostalgia.


Badgers' Hornibrook poised in spotlight

MADISON, Wis. (AP) As the middle child in his family, Alex Hornibrook grew up with a lot of commotion in the house.

It was great practice for blocking out the noise that comes with being the quarterback for an undefeated team with playoff aspirations.


No. 10 TCU a win from Big 12 title trip

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) All No. 10 TCU has to do to get into the Big 12 championship game is beat one-win Baylor at home on Friday.

While simple enough in theory, the Horned Frogs (9-2, 6-2 Big 12, No. 12 CFP) aren't looking ahead to a possible rematch against No. 3 Oklahoma.


Minnesota gives Fleck 1-year extension

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The University of Minnesota and coach P.J. Fleck have agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 2022 season.

Fleck signed a five-year, $18 million contract in January. The Gophers are 5-6 this season under the 36-year-old Fleck, who was hired by Minnesota to replace Tracy Claeys after four seasons as the coach at Western Michigan. He led the Broncos to a Cotton Bowl bid and a 13-1 record last year.


LPGA's Lewis on Hogs' search committee

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas has announced a seven-person search committee that includes LPGA golfer Stacy Lewis to aid Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz in the school's pursuit of a new athletic director.

Steinmetz fired Jeff Long last week after nearly 10 years at the school, saying he had lost the support of influential members of the school's fan base and leadership. Julie Cromer Peoples was named the interim athletic director and assisted Steinmetz in choosing the committee.


Hurt Gators QB Del Rio to end career

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Injured Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio has decided to end his "unique" college career.

Del Rio posted on his Twitter page Wednesday that he will be participating in "Senior Day" activities before the team's season finale Saturday against rival Florida State.


Kent State fires Haynes after 5 seasons

KENT, Ohio (AP) Kent State football coach Paul Haynes has been fired after five losing seasons.

The school announced on Wednesday that Haynes' contract would not be renewed. The Golden Flashes lost to Akron on Tuesday night to finish the season 2-10.


Irish's Kelly 2-9 on road vs. top 20

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Hopes for a place in a top bowl or even a (long) shot at the College Football Playoff provide No. 9 Notre Dame plenty to play for in its game Saturday at No. 20 Stanford.

But maybe a more pressing objective for Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly is to do something he hasn't done in more than five years: Beat a top 20 team on the road in the regular season.

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