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OSU to discuss Meyer's future Wednesday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State trustees set a private meeting for Wednesday to talk about the future of coach Urban Meyer as the university seeks to quickly move past a scandal that has consumed the football program for nearly a month.

Meyer has been the subject of an investigation into the handling of domestic-abuse allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith.

The university said factfinders briefed the board on Monday. The panel will convene in a public session on Wednesday morning before going behind closed doors to discuss the next steps. President Michael V. Drake will have the final say on whether Meyer keeps his job or faces other consequences.


Tide preseason No.1 for 3rd year in row

Alabama will begin its quest for a second consecutive national championship with a rare three-peat.

The Crimson Tide is just the second team to be ranked No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll for three straight seasons. Alabama received 42 out of 61 first-place votes.


Badgers' Cephus charged with sex assault

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus was charged with felony sexual assault on Monday, accused of misconduct involving two women at his apartment last April.

Cephus, a 20-year-old junior from Macon, Georgia, was suspended by the team shortly after he was charged with third-degree sexual assault and second-degree sex assault of an intoxicated victim. The charges were filed by the Dane County district attorney and Madison police said Cephus is accused of assaulting the two women on April 22.


Michigan QB Patterson to start vs. Irish

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) No. 14 Michigan will start quarterback Shea Patterson in the season opener at No. 12 Notre Dame.

Coach Jim Harbaugh made the announcement Monday. He had earlier said Patterson was simply one of four quarterbacks competing to take the first snap, along with Brandon Peters, Dylan McCaffrey and Joe Milton.


DA: Woman changes statement about LSU WR

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The district attorney in Baton Rouge says a woman who had said LSU receiver Drake Davis physically and psychologically abused her has changed her statement.

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore also stresses that it's common for someone involved in a domestic violence case to change their statements following an arrest and that the case against Davis is proceeding.


CSU coach Bobo remains hospitalized

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Colorado State coach Mike Bobo remains hospitalized while doctors try to figure out why he has numbness in his feet and his coaching staff prepares for the Rams' opener against Hawaii this weekend.

Athletic director Joe Parker said Monday that Bobo has been transferred from Fort Collins to another hospital in Denver and continues to seek answers to his medical condition but "there is an expectation that any day now he could be discharged."


Minnesota to start walk-on freshman QB

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota has tabbed true freshman walk-on Zack Annexstad as the starting quarterback to open the season.

Gophers coach P.J. Fleck announced after practice on Monday that Annexstad will be behind center on Aug. 30 against New Mexico State. Fleck said he's not planning a rotation between Annexstad and redshirt freshman Tanner Morgan, but the coach said he expects Morgan to see some action this year.


Alabama relying on unproven secondary

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) All the offseason chatter about who will be throwing passes for Alabama - Jalen Hurts or Tua Tagovailoa - has overshadowed the pressing question of who's charged with defending them.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide's secondary, often seemingly an NFL feeder system, is now the least experienced position on the roster. The top six defensive backs from last season are gone, including versatile All-America safety Minkah Fitzpatrick .


Coach Moglia returns to Coastal Carolina

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) Coastal Carolina coach Joe Moglia doesn't see what all the fuss is about.

For the Chants, though, it's hard to contain their excitement about having Moglia back in charge after he missed last season because of health problems.


LB Allen gets 2nd chance at Texas Tech

Dakota Allen went from thinking that one huge mistake would keep him from ever playing football again to "Last Chance U" - and then an unexpected second opportunity at Texas Tech.

"I feel like redemption is important for me," Allen said. "A lot of people that did give me this second chance, I really don't want to let them down."

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