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FSU fifth in coaches poll

Florida State ranks fifth in the preseason USA Today coaches poll announced Thursday behind No. 1 Oklahoma, Alabama, Oregon and LSU.

Florida is 23rd. Miami, UCF and USF received votes.

The No. 5 preseason ranking is the Seminoles' highest since 2002, when they were No. 4.

"I know expectations are high this year and we embrace those," coach Jimbo Fisher said in a statement. "It's great to see that the country is seeing Florida State's program is heading in the right direction and getting back to the top."

The Big East did not have any teams in the top 25.

Penn State backup QB to transfer: Quarterback Kevin Newsome is transferring from Penn State, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. "I will be transferring as soon as possible. But that's all I can say," Newsome said. He came to Penn State as a top recruit in 2009 but has been at No. 3 on the depth chart for the better part of a year. With Newsome's departure, and the academic issues that will likely sideline Paul Jones for 2011, Penn State will likely have only walk-on redshirt junior Shane McGregor behind Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin.

Texas WR LEAVES TEAM: Longhorns coach Mack Brown said senior wide receiver Malcolm Williams, also a key contributor on special teams, left the team for personal reasons. Williams had 1,188 yards receiving and seven touchdowns. His departure further depletes a group of receivers also missing junior Marquise Goodwin, the U.S. national long jump champion who is skipping the 2011 season to concentrate on qualifying for the 2012 Olympics.

Tide DT heads to juco: Alabama defensive tackle Darrington Sentimore is transferring to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Sentimore, who was expected to compete for a spot in the rotation, is the seventh player to leave the program since last season. He was indefinitely suspended for unspecified violation of team rules in June.

LSU assistant has Parkinson's: LSU assistant coach Steve Kragthorpe, 46, has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and is relinquishing his duties as offensive coordinator. Kragthorpe, who was hired during the offseason, will remain as the quarterbacks coach. He was head coach at Louisville (2007-09) and at Tulsa (2003-06). His wife was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last summer.

Former Vols coach pearl mulls offer: The Texas Legends made Bruce Pearl an offer and are waiting to see if the former Tennessee coach will take the reins of the NBA Development League team. Legends owner Donnie Nelson presented Pearl with what he labeled the "most aggressive package in D-League history." Reports have put the offer as high as $500,000 per season. Pearl will return to Knoxville to talk to his family before making a decision. "I've always seen myself as a college basketball coach … and things change," Pearl said. "I still want to coach." Tennessee fired him in March, six months after he admitted lying to NCAA investigators about recruiting violations. Pearl could face a college coaching ban.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.

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