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Lawyers: LSU fired official who sued

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Lawyers for an associate athletic director who filed a $50 million federal racketeering lawsuit against Louisiana State University say she has been fired in retaliation and asked the court Wednesday to add that claim to her suit.

"On January 5, 2022, LSU Athletic Director Scott Woodward terminated Sharon Lewis without cause in retaliation for her reporting Title IX violations against LSU Football players, Coaches and Athletic officials," they wrote in a proposed revision.

Sharon Lewis claimed in state and federal lawsuits filed in 2021 that she was denied pay raises and was verbally abused after reporting that former football coach Les Miles had sexually harassed female student workers and made racist remarks.


NC St. AD Corrigan to lead CFP committee

IRVING, Texas (AP) North Carolina State athletic director Boo Corrigan will serve as the College Football Playoff selection committee chairman next season, executive director Bill Hancock announced Tuesday.

Hancock also announced in a news release four new members of the 13-person panel for 2022.


Arizona State hires Billick as analyst

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State has hired former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick as an offensive analyst and adviser to coach Herm Edwards.

"I have known Brian since the 1980s and he is a person whom I completely trust," Edwards said in a statement on Monday. "He has built one of the finest reputations the NFL has ever known, serving as a head coach, an assistant coach and as a respected television analyst. Brian has one of the brightest offensive minds in football today and that is especially why I hired him. He will serve as a valuable resource to our entire coaching staff, but specifically to our offensive staff."


Hawaii hires former QB Chang as coach

HONOLULU (AP) The University of Hawaii has hired former star quarterback Timmy Chang as its new head coach.

Athletics director David Matlin announced Chang's hiring on Saturday in a release, saying Chang "made a name for himself throwing the football as a young quarterback and has continued his legacy in the collegiate coaching ranks over the past decade.


Schmedding replaces Mason as Auburn DC

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn defensive coordinator Derek Mason has stepped down and been replaced by Jeff Schmedding.

Tigers coach Bryan Harsin announced that switch and other changes to the defensive staff on Saturday. Mason, a former Vanderbilt head coach, held the coordinator position in Harsin's first season.


UGa's Carroll transfers to S. Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Georgia's Lovasea Carroll is leaving the national champions and joining South Carolina's football program.

Carroll posted his decision Monday on social media. Carroll was moved from running back to the secondary by the Bulldogs and is expected to return to the offensive backfield with the Gamecocks.


NFL early draft entrants hit 9-year low

The NFL announced Friday that 73 underclassmen have been granted special eligibility for the draft, the fewest in the last nine years.

All-American linebacker Nakobe Dean was one of four players from national champion Georgia on the list, along with receiver George Pickens, safety Lewis Cine and defensive lineman Travon Walker.


Kelly lands 8 transfers for new-look LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) New LSU coach Brian Kelly has completed the addition of eight transfer players to the Tigers' 2022 roster including defensive backs Greg Brooks and Joe Foucha, who both started at Arkansas.

The transfers also include two starters from Louisiana-Lafayette's Sun Belt Conference championship team: defensive back Mekhi Garner and receiver Kyren Lacy.


Ex-RB to maintain Michigan abuse protest

Jon Vaughn's small blue-and-white camper has been parked outside the home of the University of Michigan's president since early October, and he says it won't be moving anytime soon.

The former star running back for the university's Wolverines football team says a $490 million settlement the school recently announced is not enough by itself to remedy the sexual abuse he and more than 1,000 other students say they suffered at the hands of the university's late sports doctor Robert Anderson.


Cignetti returns to Pitt to run offense

PITTSBURGH (AP) Frank Cignetti is ready for a third stint at Pittsburgh.

The Panthers have hired Cignetti as the team's offensive coordinator more than 30 years after he began his coaching career at the school as a graduate assistant and a decade removed from a brief stint as offensive coordinator under former Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt.

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