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Alabama leads with 4 AP All-Americans

(AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

The College Football Playoff semifinalists combined to place 10 players on The Associated Press All-America first team, including a high of four from No. 1 Alabama.

The Crimson Tide had six players chosen to the three All-America teams, more than any other school. No. 2 Clemson has three first-teamers, No. 4 Oklahoma has two, including quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, and No. 3 Notre Dame had one.

The Tide and Sooners meet in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29 and the Tigers play the Fighting Irish at the Cotton Bowl that day.


Auburn taps Memphis' Dillingham as OC

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has hired Kenny Dillingham as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, but is returning to calling the Tigers' plays himself.

Malzahn called the offensive plays during his first three seasons as the Tigers' coach. Dillingham, whose hiring was announced late Sunday, held the same duties at Memphis.


Ole Miss hires MacIntyre to head defense

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi has hired former Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre to be its new defensive coordinator.

Ole Miss announced MacIntyre's hiring on Monday. School spokesman Kyle Campbell says MacIntyre received a three-year contract that will pay him $1.5 million annually.


QB Murray sorry for old anti-gay tweets

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Newly minted Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray is apologizing for anti-gay tweets posted to his Twitter account several years ago, when he was 14 and 15.

The Oklahoma quarterback tweeted : "I apologize for the tweets that have come to light tonight from when I was 14 and 15. I used a poor choice of word that doesn't reflect who I am or what I believe. I did not intend to single out any individual or group."


Michigan's Harbaugh not returning to NFL

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Jim Harbaugh insisted he is staying at Michigan.

Responding to speculation he's returning to the NFL, the former San Francisco 49ers coach told ESPN he is not going anywhere .


Iowa State extends Campbell through 2024

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State and coach Matt Campbell have agreed to a contract extension through 2024, a sign that one of the hottest names in the annual coaching carousel is staying put.

The Cyclones announced Campbell's extension on Sunday, also saying they will allocate an extra $1 million for assistant coaches and support staff.


Kentucky LB Allen wins Lott Trophy

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen has won the Lott IMPACT Trophy as the college defensive player having the biggest influence on his team.

Allen received the award Sunday night from former Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott at the Pacific Club. It goes to a player with strong academic work, community involvement and team leadership.


Tagovailoa favorite for 2019 Heisman

Tua Tagovailoa will be the odds-on favorite to win the Heisman Trophy next season after the Alabama quarterback had to settle for second to Oklahoma's Kyler Murray.

Murray is heading for professional baseball next year and Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, the other Heisman finalist on Saturday night, could very well enter the NFL draft. Assuming Haskins does go pro, along with a few other high-profile quarterbacks such as Oregon's Justin Herbert and Michigan's Shea Patterson, who else can challenge Tagovailoa?


UNC hires Army's Bateman to help on 'D'

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina has hired Army's Jay Bateman to serve as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach.

The school announced the move Sunday.


Tagovailoa no longer in walking boot

NEW YORK (AP) Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was not wearing the walking boot he has been using to treat his surgically repaired left ankle at the Heisman Trophy presentation ceremony Saturday.

Tagovailoa is one of three finalists for the Heisman, along with Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray and Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. No. 1 Alabama plays No. 4 Oklahoma in a College Football Playoff semifinal on Dec. 29.

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