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Georgia assistant Rodney Garner is leaving the Bulldogs to become assistant head coach/defensive line coach at Southeastern Conference rival Auburn.

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs confirmed late Thursday night that Garner was joining new coach Guz Malzahn's staff.

Garner was an offensive lineman for Auburn in the 1980s and worked there as recruiting coordinator, tight ends coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach from 1990 to 1995. He had served as Georgia's recruiting coordinator since 1998 and also was the defensive line coach and assistant head coach.

Auburn also confirmed in a press release that J.B. Grimes, who was Arkansas State's offensive line coach last season, will be the Tigers' new offensive line coach.

---Stanford has ruled defensive tackle Terrence Stephens ineligible for the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl game against Wisconsin because of a secondary violation of NCAA rules regarding his rental of off-campus housing.

Stephens had been a starter but missed the Cardinal's wins over UCLA in their past two games, including the Pac-12 championship, because of what the school called a "personal matter."

---Illinois defensive tackle Akeem Spence confirmed in a press conference on Friday what had been reported earlier - that he will give up his remaining college eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.

--- Alabama has received a verbal commitment from the nation's No. 2-rated wide receiver, Robert Foster of Monaca (Pa.) Central Valley High School, ESPN.com reported.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Foster made his announcement Friday at his school, choosing Alabama over Pittsburgh.
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