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Coaching college player dads takes patience, understanding

Todd Graham has recruited and coached plenty of fathers during his 17 years in college football. Married, unmarried. Engaged, estranged. The relationships between player, mother and child have varied and, therefore, so have the ways Graham has tried to help.

Never, though, has Graham viewed fatherhood at a young age as a red flag on a player or prospect.

"If it was I'd be hypocritical," said Graham, a former Arizona State head coach. "I had a son when I was 17 years old. When I went to college and I was being recruited to go to college I had an 8-month-old."

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."