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Longtime Tennessee broadcaster John Ward dies at 88

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — John Ward, the radio voice of Tennessee football and men's basketball for over three decades, has died. He was 88.

Vol Network tweeted that Ward died Wednesday night in Knoxville. Tennessee athletic officials confirmed Ward's death.

Ward became Tennessee's radio play-by-play voice for men's basketball in 1965 and started filling the same role for football three years later. He retired after the 1998-99 school year.

He started every game by saying "It's Football Time In Tennessee" and would say "Give Him Six" after Tennessee touchdowns.

The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Jan 9
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Alabama (57)13-11,5214
2Georgia13-21,4543
3Oklahoma12-21,3742
4Clemson12-21,2921
5Ohio State12-21,2865
6UCF (4)13-01,24810
7Wisconsin13-11,1946
8Penn State11-21,1209
9TCU11-397413
10Auburn10-49177
11Notre Dame10-385714
12USC11-38398
13Miami (FL)10-376911
14Oklahoma State10-375817
15Michigan State10-370518
16Washington10-366812
17Northwestern10-352820
18LSU9-436816
19Mississippi State9-435924
20Stanford9-533615
21South Florida10-226723
22Boise State11-325125
23North Carolina State9-4232-
24Virginia Tech9-412622
25Memphis10-311919

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Alabama-USC to open 2020 football season in Arlington, Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Alabama and Southern California will meet in Arlington, Texas to open the 2020 college football season.

The game announced Wednesday will be a rematch of the 2016 AdvoCare Classic at AT&T Stadium. The Crimson Tide won 52-7 in the programs' eighth meeting but first in more than three decades.

Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne says the matchup on Sept. 5, 2020 gives fans "a bowl-like experience coming out of the gates."