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College football roundup: Saban "totally committed" to Alabama

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Nick Saban responded to a report that surfaced Tuesday night regarding his possible interest in leaving his job as Alabama football coach for a potential opening at Texas.

"Well, I don't know where these reports come from," Saban told ESPN. "I've sort of addressed the situation before. I'm totally committed to the University of Alabama, looking forward to the game we have this week and all my focus has been on LSU and what our team needs to do to play their best."

The No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide face No. 10 LSU in an Southeastern Conference showdown on Saturday night.

According to reports, a former Texas regent was told earlier this year by Saban's agent, Jimmy Sexton, that the Longhorns' job was the only one that the coach would "consider leaving Alabama for."

Mack Brown remains the Texas coach and has not expressed a desire to step away.

Texas named Steve Patterson as its new athletic director on Tuesday. He is leaving Arizona State to replace the retiring DeLoss Dodds.

---Florida lost offensive lineman Tyler Moore for the remainder of the season after he was injured in a scooter crash on Tuesday.

Moore underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair a compound fracture in his right elbow.

---A Mid-American Conference official blew a call during Tuesday night's Buffalo-Ohio University game, the conference acknowledged.

Referee Tom McCabe called intentional grounding on Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton during the third quarter of Buffalo's 30-3 victory. The result was a safety that gave the Bulls a 9-3 lead.

McCabe thought Tettleton was in the end zone when he made the throw, but he was actually at the 4-yard line.

"In review, the proper call was intentional grounding, however, Ohio's Tettleton threw the pass in the field of play and not from the end zone," Mid-American Conference coordinator of officials Bill Carollo said in a statement. "This play should not have resulted in a safety."

The call was not reviewable.
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