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Texas Tech fires Wells after 13-17 mark

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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Texas Tech never made the Top 25 in two-plus seasons under Matt Wells, and hasn't been higher than 24th since predecessor Kliff Kingsbury's splashy debut eight years ago.

Athletics director Kirby Hocutt, who hired and fired them both, again is looking for a coach to get the program where he thinks it should be.

Wells was fired Monday despite the chance to get his first winning record at Texas Tech. His dismissal came two days after the Red Raiders couldn't hold a two-touchdown halftime lead in a loss to Kansas State that dropped them to 0-2 at home in the Big 12.


Harsin mum on vax amid Auburn mandate

Auburn coach Bryan Harsin declined to address his vaccination status days after the university imposed a mandate requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

The university mandate, which went into effect last Friday, imposes a Dec. 8 deadline for employees to be vaccinated or they could face termination.


Illini loses QB Sitkowski to broken arm

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois quarterback Artur Sitkowski will miss the rest of the season after breaking his left arm against Penn State. Brandon Peters will start the Illini's home game against Rutgers on Saturday.

Coach Bret Bielema announced Monday that Sitkowski would have surgery on his arm Wednesday and have another operation in two to four weeks to correct a chronic problem in his right shoulder. Bielema said Sitkowski would miss spring practice and should be full strength next fall.


Sputtering Clemson could make QB change

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson coach Dabo Swinney didn't anticipate a midseason quarterback competition to determine who'll start at one of the team's most stable positions the past decade.

The Tigers (4-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) will spend this week evaluating starter D.J. Uiagalelei and backup Taisun Phommachanh to see who'll open against Florida State (3-4, 2-2) on Saturday.


NCSU starters Moore, Zavala out for year

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren says starting linebacker Isaiah Moore and starting left guard Chandler Zavala have suffered season-ending injuries.

Doeren said Monday both players will need surgery, though he didn't specify the exact nature of the injuries.


Gamecocks QB Noland to have knee surgery

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina's graduate assistant coach turned quarterback Zeb Noland will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

The team said in a statement Noland would have the procedure Tuesday and be available for the Gamecocks' next contest against Florida on Nov. 6. South Carolina (4-4, 1-4 Southeastern Conference) is off this week.


Wisconsin OL Lyles says he'll transfer

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin offensive lineman Kayden Lyles says he's transferring.

Lyles tweeted Monday that he plans to go elsewhere for his final season of eligibility.


Stakes raised in battle of Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Jim Harbaugh has almost seen it all in the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry.

Harbaugh grew up watching the series as the son of an assistant coach under Bo Schembechler in the 1970s. He played in the rivalry as a star quarterback for the Wolverines, breaking his arm in the 1984 game. He is 3-3 as a coach against the Spartans.


Tide jump OU to No. 3 behind UGa, Cincy

Alabama inched up to No. 3 in The Associated Press college football Sunday behind top-ranked Georgia and No. 2 Cincinnati.

The Bulldogs (63 first-place votes) are a unanimous No. 1 for the third straight week in the latest AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank, and the Bearcats remain second.


No. 2 Cincinnati holds on to beat Navy

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell could tolerate his team's slow start, and he may have expected some issues defending Navy's triple-option offense.

What was more grating was the fact No. 2 Cincinnati took a double-digit lead in the second half and then had to hold on late for the win.

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