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Former Auburn starting quarterback Robby Ashford has committed to South Carolina. Ashford had started for the Tigers in 2022, but was a backup this past season for first-year coach Hugh Freeze. He announced his pledged Tuesday on social media. Ashford threw for 1,613 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2022. He made one start in 10 games this past season. Ashford is expected to bolster a quarterback room where sophomore LaNorris Sellers is expected to compete to replace starter Spencer Rattler. Ashford began his career at Oregon, where he did not see any action.

New Orleans guard Jordan Johnson is The Associated Press men's college basketball player of the week after averaging 38 points in two games last week. Johnson had 36 points, six assists, four steals and four rebounds in an 88-85 win over A&M-Commerce last Monday. He followed that up with 40 points, seven rebounds and three assists in an 83-80 win over A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday. Johnson made 10 of 15 shots, 6 of 7 from 3 and was 14 of 16 on free throws for the sixth-highest scoring game in program history.

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South Alabama coach Kane Wommack is headed to Alabama to become defensive coordinator for coach Kalen DeBoer. South Alabama athletic director Joel Erdmann said Wommack told the team on Tuesday he is resigning. Erdmann said Alabama is “getting an amazing human being who sincerely cares for his players and his team and those surrounding the program.” The former Washington coach DeBoer was hired last week to replace Nick Saban. Him and Wommack worked together as assistants at Indiana in 2019. The 36-year-old Wommack was 22-16 in three seasons at South Alabama.

UCLA's star big men during a run of seven straight NCAA championships had a massive impact on the history of The Associated Press men's college basketball poll. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, then known as Lew Alcindor, and Bill Walton were the biggest stars of that run from 1967-73. That included 81 weeks at No. 1 in the AP poll, including four wire-to-wire stays at the top. The AP is marking the 75th anniversary of the poll this month. Other top players who had a big impact on the rankings included San Francisco's Bill Russell, Indiana State's Larry Bird and Duke's Christian Laettner.

Arizona has agreed to a five-year contract with San Jose State’s Brent Brennan to be the Wildcats' next coach, according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the school was preparing an official announcement. Brennan replaces Jedd Fisch, who left for Washington on Sunday, and is the latest domino to fall since Nick Saban announced his retirement at Alabama. Brennan was a candidate for the Arizona job when the school hired Fisch after the 2020 season.

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Connecticut is playing with a No. 1 ranking this week for the first time since 2009. The Huskies moved into the top spot of The Associated Press men's college basketball poll on Monday. They'll begin play with the top ranking by hosting No. 18 Creighton on Wednesday. They'll also visit Villanova on Saturday. The Huskies could be close to getting 7-foot-2 center Donovan Clingan back from a foot injury. The week's AP Top 25 schedule includes four ranked-vs-ranked matchups in the Big 12. There is No. 13 Auburn meeting No. 22 Mississippi in the Southeastern Conference.

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Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer can become college basketball’s all-time wins leader this week when the Cardinal face Oregon and Oregon State at home. The Hall of Fame coach already has the most victories in women’s basketball. She sits one win behind former Duke men’s coach Mike Krzyzewski's record of 1,202 for the most ever. Sitting seven wins behind VanDerveer is UConn coach Geno Auriemma. The ninth-ranked Huskies have had to find ways to reinvent themselves again after another rash of season-ending injuries changed the roster that Auriemma expected to have.

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UNDATED (AP) — Connecticut jumped to No. 1 in this week's AP Top 25 men's college basketball poll. It marks the Huskies' first appearance at No. 1 since the 2008-09 season. The reigning national champions replaced Purdue after the Boilermakers lost to Nebraska to fall to second. Kansas, Nort…

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