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Vanderbilt coach Mason awarded extension

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) New Vanderbilt athletic director Malcolm Turner has extended the contract of football coach Derek Mason after the Commodores reached their second bowl game in three seasons.

Turner, who started Feb. 1, also announced on Friday extensions for men's golf coach Scott Limbaugh and bowling coach John Williamson. The private university did not announce specifics on the salaries or the length of the extensions.

"We are excited to keep Derek, John and Scott on West End for years to come," Turner said in a statement. "Their leadership remains vital to building Vanderbilt's consistent level of success. We look forward to continuing to find additional ways to help grow and support these and all of our varsity programs as we compete for championships."


Gophers' Fleck 'saddened' by Kill's dig

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck says he's "saddened" by critical remarks from former coach Jerry Kill suggesting Fleck cares more about himself than his players.

Kill, who coached the Gophers from 2011-15, said on Sirius XM radio this week that Fleck's "ego gets carried away" and he's "about himself" rather than his players.


New Terps coach Locksley stresses safety

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Sitting in his office, sipping an energy drink with his back to empty Maryland Stadium, Michael Locksley rattles off his to-do list as the Terrapins' new football coach.

He speaks of building the team into a Big Ten contender, increasing the lackluster attendance at home games and filling holes left by graduation. He also concedes that, at least for now, these are secondary goals for a sullied program coming off a season unlike any other.


Auburn rehires ex-Ole Miss DC McGriff

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn has rehired former Mississippi defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff as an assistant coach.

McGriff, whose hiring was announced Wednesday, was on coach Gus Malzahn's staff in 2016. He spent the past two seasons running the Rebels' defense.


Ole Miss adds Nix to defensive staff

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi has added Tyrone Nix to its football staff as a linebackers coach.

The school said Wednesday that Nix is returning for his second stint at the school. He was the Rebels' defensive coordinator from 2008-11 under former coach Houston Nutt.


Harbaugh taking Michigan to South Africa

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Jim Harbaugh is taking Michigan's football team to South Africa in May.

Director of football operations Mark Taurisani tweeted about the trip Tuesday.


Monken still facing challenges at Army

What a difference a year doesn't make at West Point.

An academy-record 11 wins last season for Army and a final ranking of No. 19 in the AP Top 25?


Sarkisian returns to Alabama as OC

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Steve Sarkisian is returning to Alabama as offensive coordinator, a position he held for the 2016 team for the national championship game loss to Clemson.

Alabama coach Nick Saban announced the hiring of Sarkisian and six other assistants on Friday, along with the promotion of Pete Golding to defensive coordinator.


Tennessee hires Ansley to run defense

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee is spending big to give coach Jeremy Pruitt a more experienced staff with some familiar faces.

Pruitt announced staff changes Friday that included the hire of Derrick Ansley as a defensive coordinator who will handle all defensive calls. Pruitt had called Tennessee's defensive signals last season while Kevin Sherrer served as defensive coordinator.


Former E. Michigan coach Rasnick dies

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) Rick Rasnick, who coached Eastern Michigan's football team from 1995-99 and led the program to its last winning season for over two decades, has died. He was 59.

The school says Rasnick died Wednesday.

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