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Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

The Texas Rangers have opened a preliminary investigation of Baylor University's handling of allegations of sexual assault by students, a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman told ESPN on Wednesday. The Texas Rangers opened their inquiry two days after a group of Texas legislators asked the state's top criminal investigation agency to examine how Baylor officials and the university's police department responded to allegations of sexual assault. Tom Vinegar, press secretary for the Texas Department of Public Safety, wouldn't comment beyond confirming that the Rangers were conducting a preliminary investigation.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPNJr300 RB Jaelen Gill has committed to Ohio State. Gill is the No. 37 ranked prospect in the 2018 class and gives the Buckeyes four ESPNJr300 commitments.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Nebraska opens spring practice on Saturday, and the quarterback battle will have everyone's attention. Coach Mike Riley said on Wednesday that Tulane transfer Tanner Lee and redshirt freshman Patrick O'Brien will get equal reps this spring, and the coaches may even flip a coin to see who takes the first practice snap.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson QB Kelly Bryant says he's focused on being himself, not replacing Deshaun Watson atop the Tigers' depth chart...


David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Hunter Renfrow says he's signed more than 2,000 copies of the Sports Illustrated that featured him on the cover following his championship winning catch against Alabama.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Last year, Christian Wilkins made the move to defensive end by necessity. This year, he's eager to get back in the middle.


David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson WR coach said he texted Mike Williams at 10 pm last Friday. Williams was watching old NFL combines on tape to get prepared for his work at this year's combine. So, yeah, he'll be prepared.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Dabo Swinney says he's as excited about Clemson's linebacking corps as any position group on the roster, despite the loss of Ben Boulware.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Dabo Swinney on QB Kelly Bryant: "Kelly's clearly No. 1 and there's no doubt about that. He'd go play today, and I'd be excited to see that. But how's he going to handle it? He's never had to lead before."

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Dabo Swinney says Hunter Renfrow still blends into the crowd, but now "everyone keeps a Sports Illustrated in their car just in case they see Hunter" and can get an autograph.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Dabo Swinney says he'll move Christian Wilkins back to DT but "everyone knows he can work end, and you never know what's going to happen."

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Dabo Swinney working hard to put 2016 national championship in perspective as 2017 spring ball kicks off. "We're not defending anything. We're chasing another goal. That (2016) team is gone and this team has to take its own journey."

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Dabo Swinney says Kelly Bryant is the clear No. 1 at QB for Clemson to open spring ball, but he expects a competition every day and won't promise a firm decision when spring is over.


David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Dabo Swinney kicks off his first spring news conference by reminding folks that he has just 7 scholarship seniors, but a vast crowd of experienced juniors and seniors. "Everybody wants to talk about who left, but we're focused on who's here. At the same time, there's new challenges, new chemistry and new leadership that has to emerge."

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

The Lakers honored the USC Trojans football team for their 2017 Rose Bowl championship at halftime of their game against the Hornets.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor confirmed senior starting defensive back Travon Blanchard has been suspended indefinitely amid allegations of violence by a woman with whom he's had a relationship. KWTX TV in Waco reports a protective order was issued against Blanchard after multiple allegations of abuse by the woman. "The Baylor Athletics Department is aware of a complaint made against Travon Blanchard through the McLennan County District Attorney's Office," the school said in a statement. "Immediately upon notification on February 7, the appropriate campus student-conduct process was initiated and Blanchard was suspended indefinitely from all team related activities, pending the outcome of the investigation."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

The news out of the first practice of the spring in the Big 12 featured Joel Lanning, the Iowa State senior who started 14 games at quarterback over the past two seasons. He practiced Tuesday at linebacker. Lanning was not expected to retain the QB position, won by Jacob Park late last season. But defense? Iowa State passing game coordinator Jim Hofher hinted last week that changes were in store for Lanning, one of the Cyclones' "best players," regardless of position, Hofher said. "We've got to have a plan with Joel all over the field, because he's that capable. He's that productive. He's that tough."

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Hugh Freeze said he had no comment on Mike Gundy's unfair playing field comment other than to say, "Maybe we can meet in another Sugar Bowl and see how that goes."

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Hugh Freeze says he's not worried about his job security. "I'm not really concerned," he said. "I've had administrators watch me for five years ... and they've been very supportive."

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Would Hugh Freeze have done anything differently in light of the NCAA allegations? He says, yes.


Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Speaking at the start of spring practice, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze says, "I'm grateful that the investigative part of the NCAA is over and we can move forward." He added that he has to lead in a "difficult time."

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Can an FCS All-American replace Corn Elder as arguably the ACC's best cornerback? That's what Miami is hoping after Dee Delaney announced his transfer from The Citadel to Miami. The secondary is a big question mark for the Canes, and so they'll need Delaney to transition rather quickly. A strong front seven should help some.