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Meyer: Scandal damaged OSU's reputation

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he has sent letters and had conversations with families of players as a key step toward containing and repairing the scandal that led to his three-game suspension, a saga he describes as "a window in time I made an error."

He acknowledged Monday that the program's reputation has suffered and said he hopes more clarity about what happened will help mitigate the damage.

In what normally would have been a press conference about the week's football game, the Ohio State coach met for nearly an hour with reporters who questioned him about his mismanagement of fired assistant Zach Smith and his resulting suspension after a university investigation.

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Wake lists Hinton as backup QB for Irish

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Kendall Hinton is back for Wake Forest - but as a backup quarterback.

Coach Dave Clawson on Tuesday listed Hinton as the backup to freshman Sam Hartman for the Demon Deacons' game against No. 8 Notre Dame (3-0) this weekend.

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FSU stagnant behind struggling O-line

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State has tried three starting lineups on the offensive line in three games. The Seminoles will use a fourth on Saturday.

While injuries have plagued the group, regardless of who has been in - a veteran or a first-time starter - the line hasn't done its job. The group has provided little time for quarterback Deondre Francois to throw and little to no running room for Cam Akers or Jacques Patrick. Francois was pressured on nearly half of his 41 passing attempts in a 30-7 loss at Syracuse on Saturday.

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USC's Helton pushes for better practices

LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California running back Aca'Cedric Ware let loose after the 37-14 loss at Texas on Saturday, lamenting poor practice habits and a lack of offensive leadership in consecutive blowout losses.

When the Trojans returned to practice Monday night, it looked as if coach Clay Helton had taken Ware's words to heart. The normally mild-mannered Helton used a few choice expletives to punctuate his speech after practice. Ware felt it was exactly what USC needs to keep its season from spiraling out of control.

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Gamecocks anxious to play after Florence

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina receiver Bryan Edwards spent the weekend concerned about family in friends in the path of Hurricane Florence - and longing to get back out on the football field after the Gamecocks football game was canceled.

South Carolina called off its matchup with Marshall last Saturday night as the once-powerhouse storm made its way through the Palmetto State.

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Southern Miss-App. State not rescheduled

BOONE, N.C. (AP) The Southern Mississippi-Appalachian State game canceled due to Hurricane Florence won't be rescheduled.

In a news release Tuesday, Appalachian State said the schools had discussed options to reschedule the home game originally set for last Saturday. Southern Miss athletics spokesman Jack Duggan confirmed the game wouldn't be rescheduled.

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Florida RB Davis out 'extended period'

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida running back Malik Davis will miss an "extended period" after breaking his left foot.

Coach Dan Mullen says he's unsure how long Davis will be sidelined. A sophomore from Tampa, Davis tore a ligament in his right knee against Georgia last October and missed the final four games.

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Blemished Wisconsin shifts focus to Iowa

MADISON, Wis. (AP) This is no time to sulk at Wisconsin.

The upset loss to BYU might still sting, but the 18th-ranked Badgers must move on. Beating Iowa this weekend to open Big Ten play would sure give Wisconsin a lift.

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Rutgers' Austin needs knee surgery again

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers senior cornerback Blessuan Austin is going to need knee surgery again.

Coach Chris Ash announced on Monday that Austin will have surgery on the same knee that caused him to miss all but four games last season. He will probably miss the rest of the season.

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Frost keeps eye on 0-2 Huskers' response

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Minutes after his team lost to Troy to drop to 0-2, Nebraska coach Scott Frost struck an ominous tone when he announced to reporters he had just told his team in the locker room that if any player "doesn't want to stay on for this ride, let me know and get off."

Frost said Monday that he didn't mean to suggest he's seen signs of players giving up or having their own agendas.

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