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Leach: Hilinski no signs of depression

Members of the Washington State football team kneel at a memorial for quarterback Tyler Hilinski, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Pullman, Wash. Hilinski, a sophomore, committed suicide earlier in the week. (Kai Eiselein/Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP)

Washington State coach Mike Leach said Saturday there were no outward signs that would have alarmed coaches or teammates before Tyler Hilinski took his own life.

A day after an emotional vigil on the Washington State campus that included Hilinski's family and teammates, Leach spoke on a conference call and made his first extensive comments about Hilinski's death. Hilinski died Tuesday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Leach, who was in Florida at the time of Hilinski's death, said the 21-year-old had shown no signs of depression. Hilinski was Washington State's presumptive starting quarterback going into next season.

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Shimonek's TD lifts West in Shrine game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) For J.T. Barrett, playing in the 93rd East-West Shrine game was more about showing what type of leader he is than impressing statistically.

"I think, at the end of the day, I wanted to show I could command the offense," the Big Ten's career total yardage leader said Saturday.

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Herron, Apke shine at Collegiate Bowl

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Defense ruled in a game meant to showcase potential NFL players, and LSU defensive tackle Frank Herron and Penn State linebacker Troy Apke delivered the final blows.

The 312-pound Herron returned a fumble for a late touchdown and Apke had an interception while earning MVP honors, helping the National team stifle the American team 23-0 in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl on Saturday.

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USC promotes Ellis, Colbert under Helton

LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California has promoted Bryan Ellis and Keary Colbert to full-time jobs as assistant coaches.

USC coach Clay Helton announced the moves Saturday.

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Alabama team, fans celebrate title

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Tens of thousands of fans gathered to celebrate Alabama's latest national championship, one that was especially hard to achieve.

This time the Crimson Tide had to overcome a loss in the final regular-season game, a series of defensive injuries and a period of uncertainty when it wasn't clear if a fourth consecutive playoff invitation was even forthcoming.

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Division II to allow Mexican colleges

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NCAA's Division II voted by a wide margin Saturday to allow Mexican colleges to apply for membership, expanding its international reach beyond Canada.

The legislation takes effect immediately. Schools must meet all Division II standards, including facilities and staff, before being considered.

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Record 106 underclassmen headed to draft

Quarterbacks Sam Darnold, Lamar Jackson and Josh Rosen are among the record 106 underclassmen given special entry to the NFL draft, making it four of the last five seasons in which at least 95 players have declared early.

The NFL on Friday released the official list of college players who have requested early entry . Another 13 players who had eligibility remaining are eligible for the draft after notifying the NFL that they had completed requirements for a degree, including Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen. Another four players, including Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee, had inquired about their draft status and were eligible without the need for special eligibility.

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Clemson reserve QB Cooper to transfer

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson reserve quarterback Zerrick Cooper is leaving the Tigers.

Cooper announced his decision on Twitter on Friday. Cooper is a 6-foot-2, 220-pound redshirt freshman from Jonesboro, Georgia. He played in seven games this season behind starter Kelly Bryant, passing for 256 yards and two touchdowns.

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Ohio State loaded as most prospects stay

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and his assistants annually brace for announcements about elite and not-so-elite players leaving the program early for the NFL draft.

But Monday's deadline to declare came and went, and the damage wasn't so bad for the Buckeyes.

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Louisville DC Sirmon resigns

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon has resigned after one season with the Cardinals.

Coach Bobby Petrino thanked Sirmon for his work with the program and wished him well Friday in a brief release. Sirmon came from Mississippi State last year to replace Todd Grantham, who left to succeed Sirmon with the Bulldogs.

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