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Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona State announced Rob Likens will replace Billy Napier as offensive coordinator. "There was no doubt in my mind that Rob Likens was the man we needed to step up and fill this role as offensive coordinator," coach Herm Edwards said in a statement. "Coach Likens provides much needed consistency and stability as we continue to build our staff.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Appropriate on so many levels tonight.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Saban on the early signing period: "I didn't like it when we did it. I don't like it now. ... I don't see how it benefits anybody." He said it's stressful with bowl prep going on and he sees players being pressured to sign early before a "bigger school" offers. "Maybe I shouldn't be speaking like this, but I haven't talked to a coach who's happy with it," he said. "... But we're dealing with it. It is what it is."

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama has hired UTSA's Pete Golding as a 10th assistant coach for next season, Saban said. He'll be on the defensive side of the ball. "We'll address the other staff issues once we're finished playing," Saban said.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama got back to work this afternoon. Nick Saban said the next three practices will be like camp, focusing on fundamentals, and then on Tuesday will get back to game preparation for Clemson. Saban reiterated that defensive coordinator/Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt will return on Sunday after wrapping up recruiting for the Vols. Monday is the beginning of the dead period.

Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

Billy Napier's hiring at Louisiana as head coach raises the number to 10 of former assistants under Nick Saban who have taken FBS head coaching jobs just since 2015.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida hires Charlton Warren as defensive backs coach. Warren spent this past season in the same role at Tennessee and previously coached defensive backs at North Carolina, Nebraska and Air Force, where he played defensive back.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeremy Pruitt was not present for Alabama's first day back at practice, but is expected back after recruiting this weekend with Monday being the start of the dead period. Pruitt is staying on as Alabama's defensive coordinator through the playoff, but has to manage the early signing day as head coach at Tennessee.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Missouri makes a strong hire with Brad Davis as offensive line coach. Davis is a very strong recruiter with experience all over the country. He never really got a chance to show what he can do at Florida, but should be a good asset for Missouri's offense.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 300 quarterback Emory Jones confirmed that he is visiting Florida this weekend. The No. 20 ranked prospect is committed to Ohio State, but has visited Alabama and will now take a trip to Gainesville to see the Gators. Jones confirmed that he still plans to sign on December 20 during the early signing period.