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NCAA, NFL team up on player safety

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NFL's top medical experts are asking college football physicians and trainers to help make the game safer.

They want the NCAA to pitch in, too.

Dr. Allen Sills and Jeff Miller, the NFL's executive vice president for health and safety initiatives, spent Monday and Tuesday in Indianapolis sharing data about their findings on the prevention and treatment of injuries. It's the most formal presentation league executives have had with college officials, and Sills and Miller hope this presentation leads to a broader conversation that includes discussions about lower-body injuries.

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Iowa's Epenesa not focusing on '20 draft

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa junior A.J. Epenesa knows that he has a strong shot at being picked in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft should he choose to go pro next spring.

He's choosing not to think about it all that much.

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Manning inducted into Tennessee HOF

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Peyton Manning, the former quarterback with a record five NFL MVPs among the string of awards and honors to his credit, calls his decision to attend the University of Tennessee one of the best he's ever made.

That makes being inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday night along with a handful of fellow Volunteers and David Cutcliffe, his former quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, even more memorable.

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ASU coach Edwards to serve as professor

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Herm Edwards is adding a new title at Arizona State: Professor.

The school announced Thursday that the Arizona State head football coach will become a professor of practice at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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Vanderbilt, SMU to play 3-game series

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vanderbilt and SMU have scheduled a three-game series that starts in 2024.

The two teams will face each other twice in Nashville and once in Dallas during a six-year stretch.

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Ex-Michigan WR Martin transfers to Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Former Michigan wide receiver Oliver Martin has transferred to Iowa, his hometown school.

The Hawkeyes announced on Tuesday that Martin, a former four-star recruit from Iowa City West High who originally spurned them for the Wolverines, has joined the program as a redshirt sophomore.

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USC gets WR McCoy, CB Steele back

LOS ANGELES (AP) Receiver Bru McCoy and cornerback Chris Steele have officially joined Southern California's football program, apparently wrapping up two recruiting sagas back where they began.

USC coach Clay Helton on Tuesday confirmed the arrivals of local products McCoy and Steele, two of the nation's top prospects at their positions.

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Tennessee OL McBride giving up football

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee freshman offensive lineman Melvin McBride is giving up football for medical reasons.

Volunteers coach Jeremy Pruitt said Wednesday that a "personal medical condition" was discovered during McBride's physical after the offensive lineman arrived on campus. Pruitt didn't specify the nature of McBride's health issue.

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Vanderbilt adds 4 more grad transfers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vanderbilt has added four more graduate transfers to its football roster.

Commodores coach Derek Mason announced Wednesday the additions of offensive lineman Rowan Godwin, receiver/kick returner Justice Shelton-Mosley, defensive back Cam Watkins and defensive lineman Eddie Zinn-Turner.

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Terry Bowden to be Clemson grad intern

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) There'll be another Bowden at Clemson.

Football spokesman Ross Taylor said Monday that Terry Bowden is joining the program as an unpaid graduate intern as he pursues an advanced degree in athletic leadership at the university. Bowden, 63, is the younger brother of Tommy Bowden, who was Clemson's football coach from 1999 through middle of 2008 when Dabo Swinney was appointed Bowden's successor.

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