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College football notes: Tennessee suspends two players after rape accusation

Tennessee suspended leading tackler A.J. Johnson and defensive back Michael Williams amid a sexual assault investigation.

The school announced Monday afternoon on the football program's Twitter account that both players had been suspended "from all team-related activities" without going into further details.

Knoxville police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said in a statement that officers arrived at a Knoxville apartment complex Sunday just before 3 a.m. A woman told police she'd been raped by two males and a second female said she was sexually assaulted. DeBusk said the suspects were Tennessee students but haven't been named because they haven't been charged.

Johnson, a linebacker and four-year starter, ranks second in the Southeastern Conference with 101 tackles and leads the conference with 10.1 tackles per game. His 425 career tackles rank second in school history.

Tennessee beat Kentucky 50-16 on Saturday.

UK's Dupree invited to Senior Bowl

Kentucky's Bud Dupree accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl. The game will take place in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 24.

Dupree, a second-team All-Southeastern Conference pick last season, has 68 tackles (101/2 for a loss) and 61/2 sacks through 11 games.

Strong says he's not interested in Florida job

First-year Texas coach Charlie Strong on Monday dismissed any suggestion he could be a candidate for the Florida job.

"I have a great job here" at Texas, said Strong, a former Florida defensive coordinator who won a national championship with the Gators before leaving for a head-coaching position at Louisville before the 2010 season.

A month after a shutout loss at Kansas State dropped Texas to 3-5, Strong predicted that another five-loss season "will never happen in this program again."

Since that loss, Texas (6-5) has won three games in a row to become bowl-eligible.

WKU's Allen honored for 345-yard game

Western Kentucky junior running back Leon Allen was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 345 yards against Army on Saturday.

Allen set Conference USA and WKU single-game records with the 15th-highest rushing output in FBS history. He joined Eddie Thompson as the only Hilltoppers in history to rush for more than 300 yards in a game. Thompson had 309 yards against Southern Illinois on Oct. 29, 1992.

Around the nation

Florida: Athletics Director Jeremy Foley said the Gators' next football coach will have a "track record of success on the offensive side of the ball."

Florida failed miserably with former defensive coordinators Ron Zook (2002-04) and Will Muschamp (2011-14), who was fired on Sunday, a day after a 23-20 loss to South Carolina that knocked the Gators out of contention in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division.

Foley hopes to have a new coach in place before Christmas.

Southern Cal: Cornerback Josh Straw won't be charged with domestic violence after he sprained both ankles jumping from a balcony after arguing with his girlfriend. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office concluded last week that there's insufficient evidence to file charges.

Shaw was suspended indefinitely from the Trojans after acknowledging he lied about the incident. He claimed he got hurt jumping from a balcony to rescue a drowning nephew from a pool.

The DA's office said Shaw and his live-in girlfriend argued at their apartment in August and he went on the balcony to cool down. Neighbors who heard screaming during the fight called police, and Shaw panicked and jumped 20 feet.

Oklahoma: Quarterback Trevor Knight will miss his second straight game with a neck injury when the Sooners host Kansas on Saturday. Knight was injured in the fourth quarter against Baylor, and he missed the next game, Oklahoma's 42-30 win over Texas Tech. He has an 11-3 record as Oklahoma's starter, and he was the MVP of the Sugar Bowl last season after passing for 348 yards and four touchdowns.

Freshman Cody Thomas will start his second straight game Saturday.

Florida State: A person familiar with the decision said Jameis Winston's student code of conduct hearing has been moved a second time to Dec. 2. A former female student said the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback assaulted her in December 2012.

Michigan: Defensive end Frank Clark was dismissed from the team on Monday, the same day he pleaded not guilty to assault and domestic violence charges for allegedly beating up a woman at an Ohio hotel over the weekend. Clark had 42 tackles and 41/2 sacks this season.

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