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Third Alabama player arrested in 4 days

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Nick Saban has kicked a second Alabama football player off the team, swiftly dismissing reserve running back Tyren Jones following his arrest for marijuana possession.

Jones is the third player in Saban's program arrested in the last four days, and the second to be dismissed.

Jones was charged Tuesday with possession of marijuana 2nd degree and released on $1,000 bond, Tuscaloosa police said in a news release.


Haden skips Indiana meeting due to law

(AP) -- Southern California athletic director Pat Haden will not attend the College Football Playoff selection committee meeting in Indianapolis this week because of a new Indiana religious-freedom law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Haden posted on Twitter at (at)ADHadenUSC: "I am the proud father of a gay son. In his honor, I will not be attending the CFP committee meeting in Indy this week. (hash)EmbraceDiversity."


UCLA WR Lucien leaves program

LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA receiver Devin Lucien has left the program.

Coach Jim Mora announced Lucien's departure on Tuesday after the opening workout of spring practice.


Oregon opens spring looking at QBs

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Even though heralded transfer Vernon Adams has yet to join the Ducks, Oregon opened spring practice with several candidates looking to succeed Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Junior Jeff Lockie, Mariota's backup last season, led the quarterback group that went through drills Tuesday for the first of 15 practices ahead of the annual spring game on May 2.


Oklahoma WRs like new Air Raid offense

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma receiver Durron Neal wasn't sure what to think when the Sooners hired Lincoln Riley away from East Carolina to bring in the Air Raid offense.

After getting started with spring practice, Neal and the Sooners' receivers are all in with their new offensive coordinator's scheme. They are looking forward to unveiling the pass-happy system at the spring game on April 11.


Stanford's McCaffrey showing versatility

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Any Stanford fan who wondered why the Cardinal couldn't get the ball in Christian McCaffrey's hands more as a freshman should be encouraged by what's developing this spring.

The soon-to-be sophomore has been creating quite a stir in practices, taking snaps at running back, wide receiver and as a wildcat quarterback. He's fielding punts and kickoffs, too.


Focus on QBs as UCLA begins practice

LOS ANGELES (AP) Anyone expecting a quick resolution to UCLA's search to replace quarterback Brett Hundley would be well served to look back at how the record-setting three-year starter won the job in the first place.

"We didn't decide on the starter until, gosh, like 15 practices into fall that first year," Bruins coach Jim Mora said Tuesday after opening spring practice.


Arizona adds Texas Tech, Hawaii series

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona has scheduled future home-and-home series with Texas Tech and Hawaii.

The Wildcats and Red Raiders will play in Tucson in 2019 and Lubbock in 2020. The teams have met 31 times, but not since 1988.


Sycamores add coaches Jackson, Proctor

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) Shannon Jackson and Kriss Proctor have been hired as assistant coaches, Indiana State head coach Mike Sanford announced Tuesday.

Jackson played for the Sycamores in the late 1990s and is beginning his third stint as a coach at his alma mater. He previously worked at Indiana State from 2000-04 and `08-'12 before leaving for Georgia State where he worked with former Indiana State coach Trent Miles.


Oklahoma RB Ford suspended indefinitely

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma has suspended running back Keith Ford indefinitely for academic and team rules violations

The school and coach Bob Stoops made the announcement on Monday.

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