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Kill: Gophers coach Fleck about himself

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill says he won't speak again to P.J. Fleck, saying the current Golden Gophers coach is too selfish.

Kill spoke to Sirius XM radio Tuesday and said he thinks Fleck is "about himself" instead of the players . Kill said he's been particularly offended by Fleck's public decrees to change the culture of the program. Kill said he called Fleck shortly after he was hired two years ago, a conversation that "wasn't good." Kill said that would be his last talk with Fleck, who was on his staff at Northern Illinois from 2007-08.

Kill said he thinks Fleck has changed since then and that "sometimes ego gets carried away."


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.


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.


Oregon parts ways with DC Leavitt

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Oregon and defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt have mutually parted ways.

The two sides reached a financial settlement that will pay Leavitt $2.5 million, funded by private sources over multiple years, Oregon announced Thursday. The settlement would be less if he gets a new job.


Judge signs warrant for Nebraska RB

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) A California judge has signed an arrest warrant for Maurice Washington, clearing the way for the Nebraska running back to return to his home state to face charges related to his possession and distribution of a video of his former girlfriend being sexually assaulted by two other people in 2016.

"We expected this, and were prepared for it," Washington attorney John Ball wrote in an email Thursday. "I have also specifically confirmed that we will continue to move forward with a self-surrender, meaning that Mr. Washington will not be arrested or extradited, and that he will voluntarily appear in court in California."


Missouri appeals NCAA sanctions

Missouri filed a notice of appeal with the NCAA's committee on infractions Thursday, beginning what could be a lengthy fight of what it considers overly harsh sanctions levied against three of its programs for academic misconduct involving a former tutor.

The NCAA banned the football, baseball and softball teams from the postseason for a year and placed the entire athletic department on probation late last month. Missouri also was docked scholarships and given recruiting restrictions among numerous other punishments.

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