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Kansas fires AD with progress 'elusive'

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Sheahon Zenger brought an impeccable reputation to Kansas, where he was tasked with solidifying an athletic department in turmoil, resurrecting the football program and keeping basketball at the forefront.

He failed in everything but keeping hoops on top. So it came as little surprise Monday when Chancellor Douglas Girod, despite having given Zenger a vote of confidence just last fall, announced that he had been fired after seven years in charge.

"Sheahon has been a loyal Jayhawk, and Kansas athletics has improved in many ways," Girod said in a statement. "But the department continues to face a number of challenges and progress in key areas has been elusive. To achieve the level of success we need and expect a change in leadership is necessary."

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USF, Florida agree to 3-game series

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) South Florida and Florida have agreed to play three times during a four-year stretch, including twice in Gainesville.

The Bulls and Gators will play at Florida Field in 2022 and 2025, and at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa in 2023.

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Tulane extends Fritz's deal through 2023

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Tulane athletic director Troy Dannen says the contract for football coach Willie Fritz has been extended by two years through the 2023 season.

The extension comes after two years at the helm for Fritz, who has improved Tulane's victory total in each campaign, but has yet to win more than five games in a season.

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Clemson QB Johnson to seek transfer

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Hunter Johnson, one of the top quarterback prospects of the 2017 recruiting class, is leaving Clemson after one season.

Johnson announced his decision through the school Monday. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound quarterback from Brownsburg, Indiana was ranked the No. 1 high-school pocket passer last year by ESPN. However, Johnson was seemingly caught between Clemson's returning senior starter in Kelly Bryant and this year's No. 1 quarterback prospect in Trevor Lawrence.

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Michigan headed to South Africa in 2019

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says he is taking his team to South Africa in 2019.

Harbaugh revealed the destination of next year's trip on Monday during an interview with WTKA-AM. He says the Wolverines will visit Cape Town and Johannesburg and go on a safari.

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QB Burrow leaving Ohio State for LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow is transferring to LSU, where he will be eligible to play immediately and compete for the Tigers' starting job.

LSU on Monday announced the addition of Burrow, who recently graduated from Ohio State and has two years of eligibility remaining. He spent three seasons at Ohio State but was never able to work his way to the top of a crowded depth chart that included J.T. Barrett over the last four seasons.

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HOF coach Holtz settles defamation suit

Attorneys for Lou Holtz say the former Notre Dame coach and the news website The Daily Beast have settled a defamation lawsuit filed by the ex-ESPN analyst and college football Hall of Famer.

Orlando, Florida, law firm Morgan & Morgan announced in a news release Monday the two sides came to an amicable resolution. The firm says terms of the settlement were confidential, but The Daily Beast apologized for and corrected the headline that ran July 19, 2016, with a story on Holtz's remarks at a luncheon the Republican National Coalition for Life held during the Republican National Convention.

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Ex-USC assistant loses suit against NCAA

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jurors in Los Angeles have found the NCAA did not defame former USC assistant coach Todd McNair over a case linked to the misdeeds involving Reggie Bush.

The jury voted 9-3 on Monday against McNair on the third of nine questions on the verdict form: Whether statements the NCAA infractions committee and appeals committee made about McNair were false, according to the Los Angeles Times .

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Heisman winner, LSU great Cannon dies

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Billy Cannon, the gifted running back who won the Heisman Trophy for LSU in 1959 with a memorable Halloween night punt return touchdown against Mississippi, died Sunday. He was 80.

LSU said Cannon, the school's only Heisman winner, died at his home in St. Francisville. The cause of death was not immediately known.

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Ex-Tide, ASU QB Barnett transfers to USF

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Former Alabama and Arizona State quarterback Blake Barnett, once a five-star recruit, has transferred to South Florida, where he'll be immediately eligible to play with two seasons remaining.

USF announced the addition of Barnett on Friday. He is expected to compete for a starting job as the Bulls try to replace three-year starter Quinton Flowers, who set numerous school records at USF and signed a free-agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.

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