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Florida State WR Murray tears meniscus

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State's Nyqwan Murray will miss the remainder of spring practice due to an injury to his left knee.

Coach Willie Taggart said Friday that the senior wide receiver tore the meniscus during a non-contract drill on Wednesday, which was the Seminoles' first practice.

Murray is the team's leading returning receiver from last season. He led the team in receiving yards (604) and was tied in receptions (40) along with scoring four touchdowns.


Werner wants Gamecocks QBs to play fast

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) New South Carolina quarterbacks coach Dan Werner is clear about how he wants his signal callers to play this season - fast.

"If you see that ref having to sprint to get back to get set up, that means we're going fast," Werner said Friday, speaking with reporters for the first time since his hiring in January.


Florida ups facility spending to $130M

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida has significantly revised plans to upgrade several on-campus facilities, which will now include a new baseball stadium across campus and a more expansive building to house the all-important, revenue-generating football program.

The Gators released details of the changes Friday, saying the estimated cost of the projects will jump from $100 million to $130 million.


Washington St. moves ahead after tragedy

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Kyle Sweet got out of the cold rain that greeted the first day of spring practice for Washington State and threw on a black baseball hat with a `3' affixed to the side.

On the day spring ball started for the Cougars, Sweet's hat represented the most outward, notable tribute to Tyler Hilinski.


Tide QB Tagovailoa suffers thumb injury

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama's quarterback competition could be on hold, at least briefly.

The defending national champion Crimson Tide opened spring practice Tuesday with an intriguing battle between two-year starter Jalen Hurts, who's 26-2 in that role, and title game hero Tua Tagovailoa. It won't hit full steam until Tagovailoa recovers from a thumb injury on his throwing hand that he sustained in the first practice.


Notre Dame still well stocked on O-line

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) An NFL talent evaluator turned to two rivals Thursday at Notre Dame's Pro Day and stated the obvious to knowing nods.

"I guess we don't need to check their times in the 40," he joked after watching the impressive workouts by All-America offensive linemen Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey, who are expected to be first-round NFL draft picks.


Ex-Vols AD Currie gets $2.5M settlement

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee has reached a $2.5 million settlement with former athletic director John Currie less than four months after he was suspended in the midst of a football coaching search that turned into a fiasco.

Currie already had received nearly $280,000 since being suspended and placed on paid leave in December. School officials announced Thursday that Currie will get an additional $2.2 million no later than April 1.


UNC hires ex-Vols assistant Gillespie

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina has hired Robert Gillespie as an assistant football coach.

The school announced the move Wednesday. Gillespie had spent the past five seasons as running backs coach at Tennessee under former coach Butch Jones. He was initially expected to stay on under new coach Jeremy Pruitt before the two sides parted ways in February, with Pruitt hiring Chris Weinke.


New vibe at Taggart's first FSU practice

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Willie Taggart's first practice at Florida State on Wednesday definitely had a different tone compared to his predecessor.

It also began a lot earlier.


McElwain takes loss on Florida home sale

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Coach Jim McElwain took another loss three months after he left Florida.

McElwain sold his 11,000-square-foot home in Gainesville in late January for $1.4 million, $400,000 less than he paid for it in May 2015. The house was McElwain's final tie to the area.

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