Whalen starts dual duty as Gophers welcome all-time great

Lindsay Whalen addresses the media after she was introduced as Minnesota's new women's NCAA college basketball coach Friday, April 13, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lindsay Whalen took the stage in the middle of Minnesota’s Williams Arena where she once wowed crowds with slick passing and fearless shooting, wearing a gray suit and the typical laid-back off-the-court demeanor that has helped make her one of the most approachable and popular sports stars in the state.

Lynx star Whalen will do double duty as Gophers coach

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen (13) scores on a layup and is fouled by Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker, left, during the second half of Game 2 of the WNBA finals in Minneapolis. Whalen to returning to her alma mater as the University of Minnesota’s new women’s basketball coach, athletics director Mark Coyle announced Thursday, April 12, 2018. As Gophers coach, Whalen will continue to play for the Lynx. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, File))

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gophers fans wondered if Lindsay Whalen might retire from the WNBA when the head coaching job suddenly opened up at the school where she remains a star.

Nebraska QB Patrick O’Brien planning to transfer

FILE - In this April 3, 2018, file photo, Nebraska quarterback Patrick O'Brien (12) throws during spring training in Lincoln, Neb. Spring practice is just past the midway point at Nebraska, and new coach Scott Frost is beginning to flesh out a quarterback pecking order. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska quarterback Patrick O’Brien said Thursday he plans to transfer because he isn’t a fit for the spread-option offense being installed by new coach Scott Frost.

Alabama’s secondary is singular concern for national champs

Alabama coach Nick Saban works with his players during the NCAA college football team's practice Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Vasha Hunt/AL.com via AP)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s secondary has a whole new look, with everyone from All-America safety Minkah Fitzpatrick to defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt having moved on.

Texas Tech folks are ready for Kingsbury to win

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2017, file photo, Texas Tech Head Football coach Kliff Kingsbury on the sidelines against Baylor in the first half of an NCAA college football game, in Arlington, Texas. Kingsbury is still popular at Texas Tech, five years after his hiring as coach unified a fractured football program at his alma mater. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP, File)

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Kliff Kingsbury is still popular at Texas Tech, five years after his hiring as coach unified a fractured football program at his alma mater.

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