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CFB notebook: Alabama QB Tagovailoa defends Hurts

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13 Jan 2018, 09:45 GMT+10

Tua Tagovailoa once again rushed to the defense of fellow Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, the man he replaced earlier this week in the College Football Playoff national championship.

This time, however, it was on social media.

Tagovailoa came on relief of Hurts and tossed three touchdowns -- including a 41-yard strike to fellow freshman DeVonta Smith -- in a 26-23 overtime win over Georgia on Monday. Alabama (13-1) won its second national title in three years one season after losing to Clemson on the last play of the game.

Tagovailoa, however, took issue on Wednesday with comments over Twitter that painted Hurts -- a two-year starter and the 2016 SEC Offensive Player of the Year -- in a bad light.

"Tired of people not appreciating the fact that if this man led us to the National Championship," Tagovailoa wrote of Hurts. "And for all the fans that are against Jalen, you against me too. You either WITH US or AGAINST US. Love you 2"

--Ohio State wide receivers Parris Campbell and Johnnie Dixon are returning for next season.

Campbell and Dixon made their intentions known via their respective post Thursday on Twitter.

A redshirt sophomore, Campbell posted a video of himself with one finger raised and the caption: "One more."

Campbell recorded 40 receptions for 583 yards and three touchdowns last season. He began the season with six catches for 136 yards and a touchdown in a 49-21 win over Indiana.

Campbell also rushed 10 times for 132 yards and a touchdown.

--South Carolina coach Will Muschamp received a six-year, $28.2 million contract after leading the Gamecocks to a nine-win season, the school announced.

The contract, which includes a three-year extension that keeps Muschamp with the university through the 2023 season, was approved by the school's board of trustees. The first year of the deal will net him $4.2 million, and Muschamp will earn an additional $200,000 each season before peaking at $5.2 million in 2023.

Muschamp, 46, took over a 3-9 team under Steve Spurrier's final season and posted a 6-7 mark in his first campaign at the helm. The Gamecocks went 9-4 in 2017, marking the program's most victories in a season since posting an 11-win campaign in 2013.

--Former Chicago Bears assistant coach John Dunn was named as the University of Connecticut's new offensive coordinator, the school announced.

Dunn is replacing Rhett Lashlee, who departed the school after one year to fill the same role at SMU.

The school announced Dunn will coach the quarterbacks and agreed to a two-year contract worth $300,000 per year.

Dunn spent the previous two seasons working for John Fox with the Chicago Bears. He was Chicago's offensive quality control coach in 2016 and served as an offensive assistant last season.

--Bob Stoops may not be coaching Oklahoma anymore, but he will have a family connection to the team's roster next season.

Stoops' son, Drake, announced in a Twitter post that he is committing to the program as a preferred walk-on, which gives him a spot on the team's roster but not a scholarship.

In his Twitter post from Friday morning, Stoops wrote: "I've decided to stay home and go to school and play football at the University of Oklahoma."

Stoops was ranked as a three-star wide receiver at Norman North High School, where he recorded 15 touchdowns, 67 catches and 1,093 yards.

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