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NCAA rule ending two-a-days forcing teams to adjust

The two-a-day football practices that coaches once used to toughen up their teams and cram for the start of the season are going the way of tear-away jerseys and the wishbone formation.

As part of its efforts to increase safety, the NCAA approved a plan this year that prevents teams from holding multiple practices with contact in a single day.

The move has forced plenty of schools to alter their practice calendar, with many teams opening their preseason as early as this week. Officials don't mind if it causes a few logistical headaches as long as it reduces the head injuries that had become all too common this time of year.

The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Jan 10
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Clemson (60)14-11,5003
2Alabama14-11,4401
3USC10-31,2929
4Washington12-21,2774
5Oklahoma11-21,2527
6Ohio State11-21,2402
7Penn State11-31,1305
8Florida State10-31,10510
9Wisconsin11-31,0328
10Michigan10-31,0016
11Oklahoma State10-392013
12Stanford10-373016
13LSU8-465119
14Florida9-464020
15Western Michigan13-161912
16Virginia Tech10-461018
17Colorado10-458511
18West Virginia10-336814
19South Florida11-235825
20Miami (FL)9-4338-
21Louisville9-427715
22Tennessee9-4253-
23Utah9-4222-
24Auburn8-520617
25San Diego State11-3113-

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USC freshman LB Katoa out for the year with knee injury

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California freshman linebacker Tayler Katoa will miss the upcoming season after tearing a knee ligament during spring practice.

USC coach Clay Helton announced Katoa's injury Saturday.

Katoa was an early enrollee at USC. The Layton, Utah, product picked the Trojans in December over in-state schools Utah and BYU.

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Swinney: Clemson's McCloud likely limited early in practice

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson receiver Ray-Ray McCloud will be limited when the Tigers start practice as he recovers from an injured wrist.

McCloud needed a pin placed in his wrist this offseason. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said McCloud will be able to practice when the national champions return to the field for fall camp on Aug. 3. But Swinney said McCloud likely will not be full-go for a week or so as he continues to recover.