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UNC's Fedora questions football-CTE link

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said Wednesday he doesn't believe it's been proven that football causes the degenerative brain disease CTE and offered a passionate defense of a sport he believes is "under attack."

Fedora, during interviews at Atlantic Coast Conference preseason media days, described the sport as an integral part of American culture and said it is "safer right now than it's ever been," though he acknowledged the risk of concussions in a sport featuring constant collisions.

It wasn't clear who Fedora was referring to in saying the game was under attack, with the seventh-year Tar Heels coach noting, for example, "it's more about people twisting data" to argue football is unsafe. He also said players should be educated on the risks of the game.

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Saban still undecided at starting QB

ATLANTA (AP) Nick Saban peeked around the curtain, wondering if it was time to make his grand appearance.

Everyone else at Southeastern Conference Media Days must accept a supporting role.

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UNC reports secondary NCAA violations

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) North Carolina has reported secondary violations to the NCAA within the football program involving multiple players.

In a statement Wednesday night, UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham says the NCAA has deemed the violations to be secondary in severity and that the school has "taken appropriate disciplinary action." The statement didn't specify the nature of that action or the violations.

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No talk of expanding CPF beyond 4 teams

ATLANTA (AP) The Latest on SEC Media Days (all times local):

9:30 a.m.

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Richt making sure Miami has true FB

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Latest on ACC Media Days (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

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Vols OL Smith cleared for fall practice

ATLANTA (AP) The Latest on SEC Media Days (all times local):

11:15 a.m.

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Swofford expects required injury reports

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford expects an eventual new national rule requiring colleges to list all inactive or ineligible college players for game day following the recent Supreme Court ruling striking down a federal law barring gambling on college sports.

Swoffford doesn't anticipate the rule will be established until the 2019 season, he said Wednesday at the ACC Kickoff media days.

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Baylor, Rhule shift focus to football

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Matt Rhule feels like he has a completely different job going into his second season as Baylor's coach.

More of his focus can now be on actual football. So much time in his first year was spent working to change the culture in the aftermath of a sexual assault scandal that happened at the school before he got to the Waco campus.

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Ohio St. assistant faces trespass charge

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) An Ohio State assistant coach has been charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass stemming from a dispute with his ex-wife.

According to court records, wide receivers coach Zach Smith was served with the misdemeanor complaint May 12 in the north Columbus suburb of Powell.

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Huskers bring back Brown in mentor role

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska has hired former assistant coach Ron Brown to help players off the field.

Coach Scott Frost announced Brown's hiring Wednesday in a non-coaching role as director of player development. Brown will mentor football players, work with the athletic department's university's Life Skills program and aid community outreach. Brown served as an assistant from 1987 through 2003 and again from 2008 to through 2014. Frost quarterbacked the team in the 1996 and 1997 seasons.

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