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Maryland focuses to ensure player safety

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland interim coach Matt Canada has taken steps to ensure that the Terrapins are poised to deal with the heat of summer during his practices following the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair.

In the first workout since Maryland publicly accepted responsibility for mistakes that contributed to McNair's death, two tents were in the place at the practice field Wednesday to provide shade. Underneath the awnings are several fans, along with liquids and ice.

Practice sessions have been shortened to less than two hours, with time for breaks.


Grier hoping to lift WVU atop Big 12

Maybe Will Grier can do at West Virginia what Baker Mayfield did with Oklahoma before going to the NFL.

If the senior quarterback can mimic the spectacular season had by Mayfield, the Mountaineers would have a couple of significant firsts. They have never won a Big 12 Conference title or had a Heisman Trophy winner.


Meyer probe costing Ohio State $500K

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Urban Meyer investigation is costing Ohio State $500,000, but whether the superstar football coach keeps his job still comes down to whether the university wants to stick with him based on how he's already been tainted by the scandal.

Meyer is on paid leave while Ohio State pays an outside firm to investigate and a six-member university committee considers whether he responded properly to accusations of domestic abuse made against one of his coaches, Zach Smith, who has been fired.


Fired OSU asst. suspected of DUI in 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith, who was fired last month after a history of domestic violence allegations became public, was arrested for suspected drunken driving in 2013 but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Documents obtained by The Blade in Toledo showed that Smith was stopped for speeding in Dublin, north of Columbus, in the early hours of Feb. 23, 2013. He was arrested after failing a field sobriety test and declining to take a blood-alcohol test.


DE Burns enjoying new Florida St. scheme

Brian Burns believes his drop in sack totals from his freshman year to 2017 was more about him than opponents.

The Florida State defensive end had just 4.5 sacks a year after he had a breakout 9.5-sack debut season in 2016. But the 6-foot-5, 231-pound pass rusher is almost incredulous when asked if he thought offensive lineman had figured out how to defend him.


Boise the one to beat in MWC's 20th year

DENVER (AP) Boise State could very well make this a memorable 20th season for the Mountain West Conference.

Extremely memorable, perhaps. Because if things go just right and break just so, the Broncos may be in the conversation for the College Football Playoff.


LSU backup QBs McMillan, Narcisse depart

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU backup quarterbacks Justin McMillan and Lowell Narcisse have announced they're leaving the Tigers.

McMillan graduated this summer and is eligible to play immediately at any NCAA program. His announcement does not say where he'll go, but says it's time for him to find a better fit to pursue his athletic goals. The 6-foot-3 McMillian has two years of eligibility remaining after taking a redshirt year in 2015 and appearing in one game in each of the past two seasons.


Ex-Texas DB Bonney headed to Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Texas Tech has added graduate transfer John Bonney to its roster hours after Big 12 Conference rival Texas announced the defensive back's intention to leave the Longhorns.

Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury announced Bonney's addition in a release Tuesday night.


Clemson aims for 4th straight ACC title

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Clemson coach Dabo Swinney isn't changing how the Tigers approach each season - and there's no reason he should.

The repetition is working. His program is the unquestioned Atlantic Coast Conference favorite again and has become a perennial national power.


Big10 West catching up to East dominance

The Big Ten West might not be best, but it is getting closer to challenging the East Division's conference dominance.

Wisconsin returns the entire offensive line and a 1,900-yard rusher from its record-setting 13-win team, and some see the Badgers as a contender for the College Football Playoff.