2017 SEC unit rankings: Which team has the best linebackers?

GN continues its SEC unit rankings series with linebackers. One of the nation’ best defensive players is an SEC linebacker, and there are four or five other league linebackers who could vie for All-America honors. As far as elite linebacker units, though, the league is lacking this season. The first position group was the offensive […]

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O.J. Simpson won't be invited to USC practices, functions

LOS ANGELES (AP) — O.J. Simpson won’t be invited to watch practice or take part in any official functions at his alma mater this fall following his release from prison.

The Los Angeles Times reports Southern California head coach Clay Helton told reporters at Pac-12 media days Thursday the school has decided against welcoming back the former Heisman Trophy winner. But Helton adds that he would be “cordial” to Simpson if he met him.

Simpson was a guest at a USC practice in Florida before the 2003 Orange Bowl.

Simpson is set to be paroled in October after spending nine years in a Nevada prison on a robbery conviction.

Simpson was acquitted in 1995 of the killings of his ex-wife and her friend, but later found liable for their deaths in a civil suit.

FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2002, file photo, University of Southern California quarterback Carson Palmer talks to O.J. Simpson after practice for the Orange Bowl in Davie, Fla. The two are winners of the Heisman trophy. USC head coach Todd Helton told reporters on July 27, 2017, that Simpson wouldn't be invited to watch practice or take part in any official functions at his alma mater this fall following his release from prison. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter, File)

FILE – In this Dec. 28, 2002, file photo, University of Southern California quarterback Carson Palmer talks to O.J. Simpson after practice for the Orange Bowl in Davie, Fla. The two are winners of the Heisman trophy. USC head coach Todd Helton told reporters on July 27, 2017, that Simpson wouldn’t be invited to watch practice or take part in any official functions at his alma mater this fall following his release from prison. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter, File)


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Legendary college coach Ara Parseghian now receiving 24-hour home care

Former Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian, seen here in 2016, has returned to his home in Granger, Ind., after spending more than a week in a nursing care facility because of an infection in his surgically repaired hip.

Former Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian, seen here in 2016, has returned to his home in Granger, Ind., after spending more than a week in a nursing care facility because of an infection in his surgically repaired hip.

Hall of Fame coach Ara Parseghian has returned to his home in Granger, Ind., after spending more than a week in a nursing care facility because of an infection in his surgically repaired hip.

The 94-year-old former Notre Dame and Northwestern coach is still receiving 24-hour care, said Paul Flatley in an email to the AP on Thursday night. Flatley, a former NFL receiver, played for Parseghian at Northwestern from 1960-62.

Flatley has been communicating via email with Parseghian’s wife, Katie, who was sharing updates on her husband’s condition with former players.

Ara Parseghian returned home Wednesday after being treated with intravenous antibiotics at a South Bend facility.

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Parseghian coached Notre Dame for 11 seasons, winning national championships in 1966 and 1973. He went 95-17-4 with the Fighting Irish.

Parseghian began his head coaching at career at Miami University, his alma mater, in 1951. He spent five seasons at Miami and went 39-6-1. He then spent eight seasons at Northwestern, winning 36 games.

After his coaching career, Parseghian spent more than a decade calling games as an analyst on ABC and CBS.

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FILE - In this June 13, 2016, file photo, former Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian makes his way to an interview area during the Kelly Cares Foundation Golf Invitational at Lost Dunes Golf Club in Bridgman, Mich. Parseghian has returned to his home in Granger, Ind., after spending more than a week in a nursing care facility because of an infection in his surgically repaired hip. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, File)

FILE – In this June 13, 2016, file photo, former Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian makes his way to an interview area during the Kelly Cares Foundation Golf Invitational at Lost Dunes Golf Club in Bridgman, Mich. Parseghian has returned to his home in Granger, Ind., after spending more than a week in a nursing care facility because of an infection in his surgically repaired hip. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, File)


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