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UNDATED (AP) — Football has been slower to become immersed in the type of statistical analysis and data-based decision-making that has revolutionized sports such as baseball and basketball. But it is happening: Numbers are being crunched, probabilities are being studied and an increasing number of college football programs are using analytics to decide everything from when to go on fourth down to what prospect to offer a scholarship.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has hired Luke Yaklich and DeAndre Haynes as assistant basketball coaches. The school also said Chris Hunter has been elevated to director of basketball operations. Yaklich and Haynes were both assistants at Illinois State on Dan Muller's staff.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer needs mostly unproven wide receivers to step up as a deep-ball threat. Senior Parris Campbell is expected to slide into the H-back position that made a star out of Curtis Samuel last year. Terry McLaurin, Johnnie Dixon and K.J. Hill are among the others vying for playing time in what coaches hope will be an improved passing game.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. said he is committed to doing the right thing after a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge against him was dropped. The junior from New Orleans is the Cornhuskers' top returning receiver. Morgan said he wants to atone for a number of passes he dropped last season.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois defensive end Sean Adesanya looks the part. He hasn't played it. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Adesanya comes into his third year at Illinois with zero appearances for the Illini. Yet coach Lovie Smith believes he could anchor the defense now that he's healthy after missing two seasons because of a torn labrum and ruptured Achilles tendon.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer needs mostly unproven wide receivers to step up as a deep-ball threat. Senior Parris Campbell is expected to slide into the H-back position that made a star out of Curtis Samuel last year. Terry McLaurin, Johnnie Dixon and K.J. Hill are among the others vying for playing time in what coaches hope will be an improved passing game.

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