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Holtz unhurt in event as tent collapses

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HAYDEN, Ala. (AP) Authorities say 12 people have been hospitalized, including three who were seriously injured, after a tent collapsed at a bank's shareholders' event.

WBMA-TV ( ) says about 400 people were under the tent Thursday night when it came crashing down, some ducking under tables for cover. WBRC reported that former Notre Dame and South Carolina coach Lou Holtz was scheduled to speak at the Traditions Bank event, and wasn't injured.

The West Blount County fire chief says the incident may have been caused by a storm moving through Alabama. Operations Commander Tim Kent says the situation is under control. No further details were immediately available.


New coach Heupel ready to lead UCF

Josh Heupel has either the most difficult job of any head coach in the country taking over a new team or the easiest. Maybe it's both.

Hired to replace Scott Frost at Central Florida, Heupel takes over a team that went unbeaten last season and declared itself the national champion. Most of the playmakers return from one of the best offenses in the country, including gifted quarterback McKenzie Milton.


FAU hopes for C-USA repeat under Kiffin

Lane Kiffin knew very little about Conference USA before he became Florida Atlantic's head coach. Same for Butch Davis at Florida International.

The high-profile coaches made immediate impacts in their new league, and at their new schools not all that far apart.


Versatility, depth help Vols rebuild OL

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee offensive lineman Ryan Johnson grew up in a family of home builders and sees plenty of parallels in what he's doing now.

"When you're building an offensive line, you've got to do it just like you're building a house," said Johnson, a civil engineering major and SEC Academic Honor Roll selection. "You've got to build the foundation. ... You've got to pick the foundation before you start picking paint colors."


Colorado to allow stadium-wide alcohol

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) The University of Colorado Boulder has announced it will allow alcohol sales in the general concourse areas at its Folsom Field for the first time in more than two decades.

The Daily Camera reports CU stopped alcohol sales at Folsom Field in 1996, but the athletic department began slowly reintroducing alcohol at Folsom with two beer gardens in 2014.


Miami opens indoor practice facility

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) There's still a considerable amount of construction work remaining at Miami's football practice facility, and it's slated to last for another few weeks at least.

The field, however, is done. And the Hurricanes jumped at the chance to use their new turf.


SWAC featuring new look after changes

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Grambling State's Broderick Fobbs welcomes his new coaching peers in the Southwestern Athletic Conference - and any new ideas they bring with them.

Half the league's 10 programs have new leaders going into this season, though most of them have been around for a while as assistants.


McNair family calls for Durkin's firing

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) The parents of offensive lineman Jordan McNair say suspended University of Maryland coach DJ Durkin should be fired.

McNair collapsed during a preseason conditioning drill May 29 and died two weeks later. Durkin was placed on administrative leave Saturday after ESPN reported that coaches had been bullying the players.


Tide reloads in quest for title No. 6

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama and Nick Saban begin the quest for their sixth national title as college football's ultimate power couple with many of the same old challenges - and lots of new faces.

The Crimson Tide must replace a bounty of NFL talent, especially on defense, like usual. What's new: six assistant coaches, both coordinators, pretty much the entire secondary and maybe the starting quarterback .


Buckeyes' hopes high despite uncertainty

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Coach Urban Meyer's future at Ohio State might be in doubt, but the talent level on the field for the Buckeyes certainly isn't a question.

Meyer was put on paid leave Aug. 1 - two days before preseason practice opened - while the university investigates his handling of domestic abuse allegations against fired assistant coach Zach Smith.

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