Alabama player won't be suspended for hit on Georgia quarterback

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The Southeastern Conference won’t suspend Alabama defensive end Quinton Dial for a hit on Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray.

The league said in a statement Friday that it had reviewed video of that play and others in the SEC Championship Game and that the two schools would handle any punishments internally.

Dial leveled Murray during a second-quarter interception return. He was not penalized on the play.

GEORGIA: Nose guard John Jenkins (concussion), defensive end Abry Jones (ankle), special teamer Kosta Vavlas (sprained shoulder joint) and safety Marc Deas (sprained knee) did not practice Friday.

• Inside linebacker Ryne Rankin, an early enrollee, is set to practice for the first time today.

• Georgia has seven more practices on campus before taking a break and reconvening in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 26 for the Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl.

NORTH CAROLINA: Tailback Giovani Bernard announced he would enter next spring’s NFL Draft after a big year in which he ranked among the nation’s top rushers and punt returners to earn All-America honors.

Bernard entered the season with questions about how he would fit in new coach Larry Fedora’s spread offense. But he ran for 1,228 yards and 12 touchdowns, ranked 11th nationally by averaging 122.8 yards per game and led the country by averaging 16.4 yards per punt return.

LOUISIANA TECH: The university announced Friday that Skip Holtz has accepted its head coaching job.

Holtz, the son of Lou Holtz, replaces Sonny Dykes, who accepted the job at California.

Holtz was fired after three seasons at South Florida, where he was 16-21 overall, 5-16 in Big East play. This past season, the Bulls, picked second in the conference’s preseason poll, went 3-9 (1-6 Big East). It was the worst season in South Florida’s 16-year history.

APPALACHIAN STATE: Interim coach Scott Satterfield has been given the permanent job.

The school said that Satterfield was chosen as the replacement for Jerry Moore, who is not returning for his 25th season.

Satterfield has spent 17 of the past 22 years at the school as either a player or assistant.

He was a quarterback for the Mountaineers from 1992-95 and as a senior led them to the only unbeaten and untied season in school history.

TEMPLE: Temple has made an offer to New York Giants assistant Matt Rhule to become the Owls’ new coach, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because Rhule had not yet formally accepted the position. Rhule was one of the final two candidates for the job.

Rhule was an assistant at Temple before joining the Giants as assistant offensive line coach in March.

Rhule played at Penn State and has 14 seasons of college coaching experience, with his last six at Temple. He was the Owls’ co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach in 2011. He also served as recruiting coordinator, helping Temple land the No. 1 class in the Mid-American Conference for 2011.


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