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Former Vols star RB Cobb dies at 50

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Former NFL running back and University of Tennessee star Reggie Cobb has died at 50.

His death was announced Saturday by the San Francisco 49ers. He scouted for the team for the last 10 years, as well as for other clubs before them. Details of his death were not disclosed.

Cobb played in the NFL for seven years. He was drafted by Tampa Bay in 1990 and also played for Green Bay, Jacksonville and the New York Jets.


Georgia RB Swift ready for No. 1 role

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) D'Andre Swift's long wait has ended.

Finally, the junior stands alone atop Georgia's depth chart at tailback. Swift has seized the opportunity this spring.


QB Shough shines in Oregon spring game

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) While Justin Herbert was his usual steady self at quarterback for Oregon, the Ducks' spring game gave redshirt freshman Tyler Shough a chance to show off his growth.

Herbert, playing Saturday for the Mighty Oregon side, completed 17 of 32 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns. Shough, starter for the Fighting Ducks, completed 18 of 31 passes for 178 yards and a score. Clad in green, the Mighty Oregon side prevailed in the end 20-13.


Oregon State QB job still up for grabs

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Oregon State senior quarterback Jake Luton smiled when he was informed that second-year head coach Jonathan Smith did not name a starting quarterback after Saturday's annual spring game at Reser Stadium.

Luton passed for a team-high 1,660 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.


2-year rule for grad transfers rejected

A proposal to require a graduate transfer to count against a team's scholarship total for two years in football and basketball has been rejected by the NCAA.

The Division I Council on Friday voted down a proposal that could have tapped the brakes on the de facto free agency created by a rule originally intended to give athletes more freedom to pursue graduate degrees.


Plenty of coaching changes around SEC

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) There has been plenty of coaching turnover in the Southeastern Conference this offseason, just not involving any head coaches.

This will be the first year since 2006 that the SEC begins a season with no new head coaches. But despite the continuity at the top, there has been nearly a 40 percent turnover in offensive and defensive coordinators.


Ohio State QB Baldwin plans to transfer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Matthew Baldwin, the Ohio State quarterback who was expected to back up the highly touted Justin Fields this fall, said he intends to transfer.

The redshirt freshman released a statement on Twitter on Thursday saying he feels it would be better for him to move on after his first productive spring practice since rehabbing from a knee injury.


ISU trying to replace Butler, Montgomery

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State should have one of the most talented teams in school history.

The Cyclones will also be without two of the most gifted players they've ever had in wide receiver Hakeem Butler and running back David Montgomery, and replacing that lost production will be paramount to their success next season.


Miss. St. focused on upgrading offense

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State's lack of a consistent passing offense wrecked what could have been a special season in 2018.

Second-year coach Joe Moorhead is working to correct the issues.


LSU hires Texas A&M's Woodward as new AD

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU has formalized an agreement to bring in Scott Woodward as the university's next athletic director.

Woodward, whose hiring was announced Thursday morning, has been Texas A&M's athletic director since 2016 and held the same post at Washington for eight years before that.

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