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WSU QB Hilinski dead of apparent suicide

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PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The 21-year-old Hilinski was discovered in his apartment after he didn't show up for practice Tuesday. A rifle "was recovered next to Hilinski and a suicide note was found," according to the Pullman Police Department.

"We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler's passing," Washington State coach Mike Leach said in a statement. "He was an incredible young man and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him was better for it. The entire WSU community mourns as thoughts and prayers go out to his family."


Heisman runner-up Love stays at Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Heisman Trophy runner-up and Doak Walker Award winner Bryce Love is returning to Stanford for his senior season.

Love released a statement through the school Tuesday saying he will be back next year while continuing to work on his degree in human biology.


Irish WR Stepherson, 3 others dismissed

Notre Dame wide receiver Kevin Stepherson, who was suspended for the Fighting Irish's Citrus Bowl against LSU after being accused of shoplifting, and three other players have been dismissed from the team.

Athletic department spokesman Michael Bertsch said Tuesday night that Stepherson, sophomore running backs Deon McIntosh and CJ Holmes and junior defensive tackle Brandon Tiassum were no longer with the team. No other details were provided.


Sumlin: Arizona job 'right challenge'

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Kevin Sumlin calls the head coaching job at Arizona "the right place and the right challenge."

He made the comment at a news conference introducing him as coach on Tuesday.


Chargers' McNulty back as Rutgers OC

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) After spending the last nine years as an NFL assistant coach, John McNulty wanted a more from football than either leading five or six players a season or helping to plan different aspects of the offense. He felt he had more to offer.

McNulty got the job he wanted by going back to the college ranks on Tuesday, leaving the Los Angeles Chargers for a second stint as the offensive coordinator at Rutgers.


Ex-Auburn TE Rice to Jacksonville St.

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) Former Auburn tight end Landon Rice has signed with Jacksonville State.

Auburn dismissed Rice from the team as a freshman after a woman said he raped her. In April 2017, a Lee County grand jury declined to indict Rice on the charge.


Georgia star LB Smith declares for draft

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Linebacker Roquan Smith, the leader of a defense that led Georgia to the national championship game, is entering the NFL draft.

The decision by Smith, the Butkus Award winner, was expected. He enjoyed a strong junior season, which boosted his draft status.


Clemson DT Wilkins returning for 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Clemson's heart, soul and power on defense is intact next season with defensive tackle Christian Wilkins' choice to hold off on the NFL and return to the Tigers.

Wilkins was the last holdout among three draft-eligible underclassmen along the defensive front - all who were projected first-round picks in some mock NFL drafts - to decide to come back to school. On Saturday, defensive ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant announced their intentions to play at Clemson next year.


Vols QB Dormady says he's transferring

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Quarterback Quinten Dormady is leaving Tennessee after a junior year in which he lost his starting job and suffered a season-ending injury.

"After weeks of reflection, I've decided to complete my degree from Tennessee and transfer for my final year of eligibility," Dormady said Monday on his Twitter account .


NC State backup QB McClendon to transfer

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State redshirt senior quarterback Jalan McClendon will play elsewhere next season as a graduate transfer.

The school announced McClendon's decision Monday. He is scheduled to graduate in May and has a year of eligibility remaining.

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