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'Bama prepping to lose Yeldon?

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07:51 AM ET 04.24 | Coming out of A-Day weekend, Alabama had 14 commitments. Add Hoover linebacker Christian Bell, who committed on Wednesday, and the Tide has landed five commitments in the last five days. ... The 15 commitments in Alabama's class hit all the notes position-wise except one -- quarterback. The Crimson Tide currently has five on campus and one soon to join them in transfer Jacob Coker, but look for the Tide to zero in on a prospect or two -- Zach Gentry, maybe? -- as spring turns to summer, particularly if there's any attrition. The position to watch, however, may be running back. The Tide currently has a commitment from one -- Vigor's Desherrius Flowers -- and has a loaded stable of backs on campus. But Alabama signed only one back, Bo Scarbrough, this year and T.J. Yeldon could leave early for the NFL with another good season.

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Arkansas RB puts transfer speculation to rest

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07:50 AM ET 04.24 | Earlier this spring, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema termed transfer rumors swirling around running back Alex Collins were "clueless, baseless and senseless." Collins got his opportunity to put the rumors to rest Tuesday as well. "I love it here," Collins said after Arkansas' 13th spring practice. "I came here on my official visit, that was part of what I wanted to see. I fell in love with the campus, the people, the environment. That's really why I made my decision. I could have stayed home in Florida. I could have went anywhere. And it was just a big deal to find out where I wanted to be. I just had to make sure before I made my decision." Collins was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year in 2013 after rushing for 1,026 yards to lead the Arkansas ground game.

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Raises all around at Minnesota

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07:50 AM ET 04.24 | April has been good to assistant NCAA football coaches in the Twin Cities. The nine assistant coaches on the University of Minnesota football staff received raises in new contracts signed earlier this month, with defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys getting a $250,000 salary increase for the 2014 season. Claeys, who was acting head coach last season while Kill managed his epilepsy, saw his salary jump from $346,800 last season to $600,000. Offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover's pay increased from $341,800 to $550,000. The two highest paid position coaches on Kill's staff are quarterbacks coach Jim Zebrowski and defensive backs/special teams coach Jay Sawvell, who both now earn $253,000 a year. Zebrowski previously made $225,550 and Sawvell made $210,550.

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Job awaits VY at Texas

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07:49 AM ET 04.24 | Yes, Vince Young hopes to continue his NFL career. But if not, a job is waiting at the University of Texas. "If football doesn't work out for me, the university has a great job for me," Young said Wednesday at the Touchdown Club of Houston luncheon featuring new UT coach Charlie Strong. Young, the All-America quarterback who led the Longhorns to the 2005 BCS national championship, said the UT position would involve serving as an ambassador and speaking engagements. "Just letting you know what (UT) has going on, especially helping kids get scholarships and recognizing things like that," Young said. "Whatever it is, I just want to support the university." Young began his career with the Tennessee Titans, who selected him with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft.

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UConn WR headed back to Boston College

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07:48 AM ET 04.24 | This much we know: Senior wide receiver Shakim Phillips is no longer part of the UConn football team. [Coach Bob Diaco] didn't give a reason. "Shakim is going to work through the spring and summer to get his degree and graduate. We wish him the best. Shakim is a good kid with high character," Diaco said. Phillips might be headed back to Boston College, according to the Boston Herald. The four-star recruit from New Jersey committed to BC out of high school and played in four games for the Eagles in 2010 before transferring to UConn, where he had to sit out the 2011 season per NCAA transfer rules. This rule would not apply with a degree in hand. Phillips has a year of eligibility remaining, so after graduating he could play right away as a grad student.

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