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3rd Georgia player arrested this month

Georgia coach Kirby Smart and his team raise the trophy after a win over Auburn during an NCAA college football game for the Southeastern Conference championship, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Atlanta. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) A Georgia freshman is facing a felony forgery charge over allegations of passing a counterfeit $100 bill last summer, the third player to be arrested since the Bulldogs won the Southeastern Conference championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Defensive back Latavious Brini was taken into custody Tuesday evening by the Clarke County sheriff's office. He was released about three hours later on $5,700 bond, jail records show.

Media outlets reported that Brini's arrest stems from a July incident in which the counterfeit bill was used to make an $8 purchase at a pet supplies store, with the suspect receiving $92 cash in return. Police said the store realized later at a bank drop that the $100 bill was fake.


No. 1 Clemson aiming focus on Alabama

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) This is Clemson coach Dabo Swinney's favorite time of the year - his league champion Tigers primed for bowl practice and ready to chase a national title.

"This is fun for me," Swinney said Tuesday night.


No. 7 Auburn gearing up for Peach Bowl

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Flush with a new long-term deal, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn likes where his program stands long-term and where the Tigers are headed in the near future.

Malzahn's seventh-ranked Tigers are set to begin preparation Friday for the Peach Bowl against No. 10 UCF (12-0, No. 12 College Football Playoffs) in their second straight New Year's Day bowl game. He got a seven-year deal after being courted by Arkansas, his home state team, and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele is also expected to stay put after interviewing for the head coaching job at Tennessee.


Former Texas great Nobis dies at 74

ATLANTA (AP) Tommy Nobis, the first player drafted by the expansion Atlanta Falcons and a hard-hitting middle linebacker who was never fully recognized for his talents on a struggling franchise that failed to make the playoffs during his long career, died Wednesday. He was 74.

The team said he died at his suburban Atlanta home after an extended illness with his wife, Lynn, at his side. Nobis was among hundreds of ex-NFL players who struggled with physical and cognitive ailments after their careers ended, having played in an era when no one paid much attention to the long-term impact of concussions nor thought twice about groggily going back on the field after taking a shot to the head.


Wyoming QB Allen aiming to play in bowl

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen says his injured throwing shoulder is better than 90 percent recovered, but it's still too early to say whether he will be able to play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 22.

Allen has been mentioned among the top quarterback prospects in next year's NFL draft.


Injured Badgers LB Cichy to enter draft

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin linebacker Jack Cichy has decided to enter the NFL draft, foregoing a chance to ask the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility because of a right knee injury.

Cichy announced his decision in a story posted Tuesday on The Players Tribune website. He was announced as one of the team's departing seniors before the sixth-ranked Badgers' regular-season home finale on Nov. 18 against Michigan.


Iowa St. OK if QB Park wants to transfer

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said he will support quarterback Jacob Park if he intends to transfer to another school.

Campbell released a statement Monday night after the Des Moines Register quoted Park as saying he asked for a release from his scholarship.


SMU hires former Cal coach Dykes

DALLAS (AP) Sonny Dykes didn't even have to finish the story of his favorite SMU memory to stir some in the crowd who showed up to greet the Mustangs' new coach.

All he had to say was 1982, Lubbock and Texas Tech - and never mind that the thrilling SMU win on a last-second kickoff return was at the expense of the school that would later become the longtime coaching home of Dykes' late dad, Spike Dykes, and his alma mater.


Arizona State DC Bennett leaving program

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State defensive coordinator Phil Bennett will not be on new Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards' staff.

Bennett said after practice on Tuesday he was leaving the program for personal and health reasons.


Coach salaries rising despite tax threat

WASHINGTON (AP) A potential new tax on seven-figure salaries for employees of non-profits hasn't deterred schools from doling out huge contracts to new coaches.

Football powers aiming for a national title have continued to pay the market rate for proven coaches, topped by the 10-year, $75 million deal for Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M. If the GOP tax overhaul becomes law - perhaps before the end of the year - the school could be on the hook for $15 million in new taxes over the life of that contract.

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