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Memphis RB Henderson won't play in bowl

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis will be playing the Birmingham Bowl without All-America running back Darrell Henderson.

Henderson tweeted Wednesday that he's bypassing his senior season to enter the NFL draft, but his post didn't indicate whether he'd play in the Dec. 22 bowl game against Wake Forest (6-6). Memphis coach Mike Norvell has since clarified that the Tigers (8-5) won't have Henderson for the bowl game.

Henderson has 2,328 all-purpose yards and 25 total touchdowns lead all Football Bowl Subdivision players in both categories. Henderson and Florida Atlantic's Devin Singletary are tied for the FBS lead in touchdown runs with 22.


Fresno State, ASU meet in Las Vegas Bowl

Arizona State coach Herm Edwards is taking advantage of the extra game Saturday's Las Vegas Bowl presents by making sure his youngest players get valuable experience against No. 21 Fresno State.

The Bulldogs, the Mountain West Conference champions at 11-2, 7-1 MWC, are playing for respect against a Power 5 opponent and are striving for their first 12-win season in school history.


Saban: Durkin observing Tide, not hired

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Former Maryland coach DJ Durkin is spending time with the Alabama football staff but hasn't been hired.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said in a statement Friday that Durkin "is spending a few days with our staff in Tuscaloosa from a professional development standpoint." Saban says Durkin hasn't been "hired in any capacity" but is observing Alabama's football operations as other coaches have done.


UK RB Snell to turn pro, will play bowl

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky running back Benny Snell Jr. says he'll skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft, but will play in the Wildcats' New Year's Day bowl game.

Snell announced his decision in a video posted to Twitter on Friday. He thanks the school's fans for making Kentucky feel like home, but said "there comes a time you have to leave home to build a life of your own. That's what I'm about to do."


Minnesota gives Fleck 1-year extension

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota has extended football coach P.J. Fleck's contract again by one year, through the 2023 season.

The university announced the agreement on Friday, after it was approved by the Board of Regents.


Akron hires Chattanooga's Arth as coach

AKRON, Ohio (AP) Akron has hired Chattanooga coach Tom Arth to replace fired coach Terry Bowden.

The school announced the hiring Friday, nearly two weeks after firing Bowden following a 4-8 season.


Tennessee LB Sapp to enter NFL draft

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee linebacker Quart'e Sapp says he's bypassing his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

Sapp tweeted out a video announcing his intentions Friday, the same day he earned his degree.


Former Pitt star OL Fralic dies at 56

PITTSBURGH (AP) Bill Fralic, the burly, bruising and athletic offensive lineman who starred for the Atlanta Falcons and was a three-time All-American at Pittsburgh, has died. He was 56.

He had cancer and died Thursday at his home in suburban Atlanta, the university said.


Hurricanes promote 3 defensive coaches

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami has promoted defensive assistant coaches Ephraim Banda and Jonathan Patke, and they will now share the Hurricanes' defensive coordinator job.

Defensive line coach Jess Simpson was also promoted, and will now have the associate head coach title under Mark Richt.


NC St. tabs Kitchings, McDonald as co-OC

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State has named assistants Des Kitchings and George McDonald as co-offensive coordinators.

The school announced the news in a release Friday. That came a day after coordinator Eli Drinkwitz left to become the head coach at Appalachian State.

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