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Baylor suspends S Blanchard indefinitely

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Baylor safety Travon Blanchard has been suspended after the school was notified that a woman's request for a protective order against him had been granted by a court.

The Baylor athletic department released a statement Tuesday, saying it was aware of the complaint made against Blanchard through the McLennan County District Attorney's Office.

Baylor says it was notified on Feb. 7 and appropriate campus student-conduct process was initiated. Blanchard was suspended indefinitely from all team-related activities.


Ole Miss begins spring in turmoil

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze swiveled around in a chair behind his desk a couple weeks ago, getting together a small stack of papers before diving into some formations, personnel and strategy.

"I'm going to handle some special teams this spring," Freeze said with a smile.


Dantonio releases statement after bans

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio has released a statement saying he has "high standards" for his football program and expects players and staff to "conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the values and principles of Michigan State University."

Dantonio has kept a low profile after allegations of sexual assault were made against three football players. The school announced the players' suspensions from team activities last month. They also were removed from on-campus housing. Their names have not been released.


Clemson honored by S. Carolina lawmakers

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and the national champion Tigers were honored by state lawmakers on Tuesday.

Swinney spoke to the general assembly, challenging legislators to find that "little extra" to get along with those colleagues they might disagree with to make South Carolina the nation's best state.


Malzahn unlikely to name QB in spring

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn's quarterback competition during the spring will likely be minus injured incumbent Sean White, which means coach Gus Malzahn expects the battle to continue until fall camp.

The Tigers came into spring practice starting Tuesday with new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey divvying snaps among five quarterbacks, including former Baylor starter Jarrett Stidham. Malzahn didn't rule White out from participating in the spring but he'll at least start on the sidelines.


Iowa State testing QB Lanning at LB

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State senior quarterback Joel Lanning worked his entire career in hopes of helping the Cyclones reach a bowl game in 2017.

Lanning might end up doing so on the other side of the ball.


Citadel CB Delaney to transfer to Miami

(STATS) - The Citadel is sustaining more hard hits in the offseason than it did winning back-to-back Southern Conference titles for the first time.

Two-time first-team All-America cornerback Dee Delaney's announcement Tuesday that he will leave after the spring semester for a graduate transfer season at Miami (Fla.) is especially damaging for The Citadel's 2017 outlook.


Vols hire Kansas State's Currie as AD

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee has hired John Currie from Kansas State to replace Dave Hart as the Volunteers' athletic director.

The school announced the hiring Tuesday. A press conference to introduce Currie is scheduled for Thursday, and he will begin his new job April 1.


Miss. State extends Mullen though 2020

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen has received a contract extension through the 2020 season.

The school announced on Monday that Mullen, who is entering his ninth year with the Bulldogs, will make a base salary of $4.5 million in 2017. Terms for the next three seasons were not disclosed. A four-year contract is the longest allowed by state law.


Duke QB Sirk to transfer, use sixth year

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk is transferring for his sixth year of eligibility.

In announcing the move Monday, coach David Cutcliffe described Sirk as "the ultimate teammate."

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