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Holtz unhurt in event as tent collapses

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HAYDEN, Ala. (AP) Authorities say 12 people have been hospitalized, including three who were seriously injured, after a tent collapsed at a bank's shareholders' event.

WBMA-TV ( ) says about 400 people were under the tent Thursday night when it came crashing down, some ducking under tables for cover. WBRC reported that former Notre Dame and South Carolina coach Lou Holtz was scheduled to speak at the Traditions Bank event, and wasn't injured.

The West Blount County fire chief says the incident may have been caused by a storm moving through Alabama. Operations Commander Tim Kent says the situation is under control. No further details were immediately available.


McNair family calls for Durkin's firing

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) The parents of offensive lineman Jordan McNair say suspended University of Maryland coach DJ Durkin should be fired.

McNair collapsed during a preseason conditioning drill May 29 and died two weeks later. Durkin was placed on administrative leave Saturday after ESPN reported that coaches had been bullying the players.


Versatility, depth help Vols rebuild OL

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee offensive lineman Ryan Johnson grew up in a family of home builders and sees plenty of parallels in what he's doing now.

"When you're building an offensive line, you've got to do it just like you're building a house," said Johnson, a civil engineering major and SEC Academic Honor Roll selection. "You've got to build the foundation. ... You've got to pick the foundation before you start picking paint colors."


Colorado to allow stadium-wide alcohol

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) The University of Colorado Boulder has announced it will allow alcohol sales in the general concourse areas at its Folsom Field for the first time in more than two decades.

The Daily Camera reports CU stopped alcohol sales at Folsom Field in 1996, but the athletic department began slowly reintroducing alcohol at Folsom with two beer gardens in 2014.


Tide reloads in quest for title No. 6

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama and Nick Saban begin the quest for their sixth national title as college football's ultimate power couple with many of the same old challenges - and lots of new faces.

The Crimson Tide must replace a bounty of NFL talent, especially on defense, like usual. What's new: six assistant coaches, both coordinators, pretty much the entire secondary and maybe the starting quarterback .


Buckeyes' hopes high despite uncertainty

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Coach Urban Meyer's future at Ohio State might be in doubt, but the talent level on the field for the Buckeyes certainly isn't a question.

Meyer was put on paid leave Aug. 1 - two days before preseason practice opened - while the university investigates his handling of domestic abuse allegations against fired assistant coach Zach Smith.


Clemson stocked for another title run

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson coach Dabo Swinney's got a different message with his Tigers this year.

Think more of a "Bring it on," rather than "We've got work to do."


Loaded Georgia still unsettled at QB

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Kirby Smart has recruited himself into yet another quarterback competition at Georgia.

For the third straight year, a highly regarded freshman is pushing the returning starter. Justin Fields, equipped to disrupt defenses as a runner and passer, was the big name of Smart's top-rated 2018 recruiting class .


Hype high for Pac-12 favorite Huskies

SEATTLE (AP) When Myles Gaskin first arrived at Washington, the outside expectations for the Huskies were very different. They weren't seen as an overwhelming favorite in the Pac-12.

Three years later, Gaskin is about to enter his final season in the purple and gold knowing the Huskies have reached a level where the perception of the program has greatly changed. High expectations are now a given. And the goal? That would be to win a national title.


Miami looks to build off resurgent 2017

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami finally lived up to expectations last season. The Hurricanes now have to figure out a way to do so again.

With 15 starters back from a year ago, the Hurricanes are again the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division title - just as they did in 2017 when they finally went to the league championship game for the first time.

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