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UCLA AD Guerrero to retire in July 2020

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Dan Guerrero will retire as UCLA athletic director next July, ending a 17-year tenure that is the second-longest among current ADs in the Power Five.

Guerrero announced Thursday that he made the decision to step down in 2020 after successfully fighting a previously undisclosed cancer. He credited UCLA's medical team with helping him beat the disease and said his future prognosis is "excellent."

He said he and his wife recently welcomed their second granddaughter and spending time with his family is "incredibly important."

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Tide may start 4 frosh on D vs. So. Miss

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Nick Saban has started freshman on defense before at Alabama, either through necessity or sheer talent.

He just can't recall having had to rely so much on so many this early in the season. The second-ranked Crimson Tide could start four freshmen in the defensive front seven in Saturday's game against Southern Miss, mostly courtesy of injuries .

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Tulane beats Houston on TD with :03 left

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Jalen McCleskey scored on a 53-yard catch-and-run with 3 seconds left, and Tulane rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat Houston 38-31 on Thursday night.

After Houston tied it at 31 with 21 seconds remaining, Tulane appeared to be content to go to overtime, but a fake kneel-down led to an 18-yard run by Amare Jones. One play later, McCleskey made a catch in traffic over the middle, broke a tackle and raced to the end zone.

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No. 10 Utes try to end epic skid at USC

LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California's home winning streak against Utah is older than the 96-year-old Coliseum. The last time USC lost a home game to the Utes was in 1916, when the school whose unofficial nickname had recently changed from the Methodists to the Trojans played downtown at long-gone Fiesta Park.

"I guess everyone is entitled to a bad decade - or a bad century," laughed Kyle Whittingham, the Utah coach for only four of those eight defeats. "History hasn't been good to us in that place. But that doesn't have any bearing on this year."

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Confident Air Force visits Boise St.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) In the aftermath of arguably its biggest victory in at least five years, Air Force quarterback Donald Hammond III was immediately ready for the next challenge.

Beating Power Five team Colorado on the road last week was a major accomplishment for the Falcons. Beating No. 20 Boise State on Friday night in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams would make a bigger statement.

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A&M seeks signature win against Auburn

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Coach Jimbo Fisher wouldn't agree that No. 17 Texas A&M's game against eighth-ranked Auburn could set the tone for the rest of the season.

"I don't know if it's a tone setter," he said. "You set a tone but you got to reset that tone each and every week."

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No. 4 LSU aims to shore up 'D' vs. Vandy

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU linebacker Jacob Phillips hasn't enjoyed the fourth-ranked Tigers' 3-0 start nearly as much as he would have liked.

A combination of injuries, sporadic missed assignments and generally inconsistent play has resulted in some unflattering numbers for a defense boasting top-rated talent and coached by Dave Aranda, whose $2.5 million annual salary places him among the highest-paid coordinators in the nation.

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WVU, K-State and KU coming off big wins

AMES, Iowa (AP) West Virginia, Kansas State and Kansas were supposed to occupy the Big 12 basement, at least according to the preseason poll.

Big wins last weekend over fellow Power Five schools stirred up some much-needed optimism among the Mountaineers, Wildcats and Jayhawks with Big 12 play on the horizon.

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Saban: Top recruit Alfano basically quit

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban says top recruit Antonio Alfano "basically quit."

Saban says the defensive end for the second-ranked Crimson Tide stopped coming to class and the football building. He says Alabama tried to set up counseling for him and that it remains available but "until he responds you just have to assume the guy quit."

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Vols' Thompson to travel after arrest

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee cornerback Bryce Thompson will travel to the Volunteers' game at No. 9 Florida after getting arrested last month on a misdemeanor domestic assault charge.

Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt said Wednesday that Thompson will make the trip but noted that doesn't necessarily mean the sophomore will play Saturday. Pruitt said, "We're going to play these other guys, and one of these days Bryce will be back in shape and be ready to play, but it's going to take a little time for that to happen."

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