Boise State running back Jay Ajayi announced Sunday that he's heading to the NFL draft after the Fiesta Bowl.

Ajayi has been one of the best running backs in college football this season. He has 1,689 rushing yards and 536 receiving yards and 29 total touchdowns. A junior, he had one more year of eligibility left.

Per the Idaho Statesman, Ajayi said he made the decision eight days ago, but waited until Sunday to tell his teammates. He didn't get feedback from the NFL draft advisory panel.

Ajayi told team in huddle at end of practice today. Harsin said he did a great job with it.

— Bronco Beat (@IDS_BroncoBeat) December 21, 2014

Because he's a running back coming off a prolific season, it's not a surprising decision that Ajayi is leaving. Nor is it a bad decision. Much like Melvin Gordon's decision to leave Wisconsin, Ajayi needs to maximize his value when he can.

Gordon is likely to be the first running back off the board in the spring and Ajayi should follow shortly after him though it sems unlikely that he'll be drafted as high as Doug Martin was in 2012 when he was drafted 31st overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

This is the absolute perfect moment for Ajayi to go pro. His stock will never be higher. The people I've talked to say he is a 2-4th rounder

— Stubbs Zanelli (@RivalsStubbs) December 21, 2014

Boise State plays Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31.

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Author: Nick Bromberg
Posted: December 21, 2014, 9:00 pm

Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder and football coach Mike Gundy clearly have a difference in non-conference scheduling opinion.

Holder made the separate philosophies apparent in an interview with the Oklahoman's Berry Tramel.

“My football coach doesn’t want to play anybody any good, definitely, but jiminy Christmas, we looked pretty good against Florida State,” Holder said of the 2014 season opener, which the Cowboys lost 37-31. “Until we beat OU, that was the highlight of our season.”

The topic of scheduling is big because of the way Baylor was treated throughout the College Football Playoff rankings because of its porous non-conference schedule. The Bears played Buffalo, SMU and Northwestern State outside of the Big 12. Baylor ended up fifth and outside the playoff in the final standings while TCU, the team Baylor beat for its only loss of the season, was dropped to sixth when the head-to-head matchup between the teams came into play.

Holder said it was important for Big 12 teams to schedule good teams outside of the conference. The game against Florida State was in Dallas and Oklahoma State hung with the Seminoles throughout the game. Thanks to the win over Oklahoma in the last game of the season, Oklahoma State finished the season 6-6 and is going to the Cactus Bowl.

In 2015, however, the Cowboys don't have any major conference opponents scheduled. It's the first year since 2006, when OSU played Missouri State, Arkansas State, Florida Atlantic and Houston, that the Cowboys haven't played a team from a Power Five conference outside of the Big 12.

“I’m stuck with that one,” Holder said. “It’s so cost-prohibitive (to get out of contracts). It’s over a million dollars. It’s problematic now. And you hate to leave somebody high and dry this late.”

But Holder said he was adamant with his fellow athletic directors.

“It’s not about bowl eligibility anymore,” Holder said he told them. “Guys, we can control that nonconference schedule. As a group, we’ve got to decide if we’re going to schedule for bowl eligibility or we’re going to schedule to win a national championship. And everyone in this room directly affects this league.”

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Posted: December 21, 2014, 8:30 pm

Miami Beach Bowl
BYU (8-4) vs. Memphis (9-3)
Miami
Dec 22, 2014

Both Memphis and BYU could be considered success stories this season considering the obstacles they’ve overcome to get into this bowl game.

Memphis had not had a winning season since 2007 and had not been to a bowl game since 2008. In fact, the Tigers were 4-31 in the three years prior to coach Justin Fuente taking over, and this season, the Tigers finished in the three-way tie for the American Athletic Conference title.

BYU had a stellar start to the season before star quarterback Taysom Hill suffered a season-ending knee injury during the fifth game of the year. The Cougars stumbled a bit as they tried to get their footing with new quarterback Christian Stewart, but managed to finish the regular season on a four-game winning streak.

This contest is a classic strong offense versus strong defense matchup. BYU is 19th in the country in scoring offense with 36.2 points per game and averages 463.4 yards per game. Memphis is fifth in the country allowing just 17.1 points per game. Only UCLA scored more than 28 points on the Tigers this season and only two teams in the past six games managed 20 points.

BYU has not faced a defense this strong all season and it especially hasn’t faced a defense this good during its winning streak. The key for BYU will be for special teams and perhaps some turnovers to put the Cougars in good field position. It also will have to get its running game going to allow Stewart to keep Memphis off balance with the pass.

Memphis will lean on linebacker Tank Jakes, who leads the team in sacks and tackles, defensively, but don't discount the Memphis offense. Running back Brandon Hayes leads the team with 900 yards and five touchdowns. Memphis averages 34.7 points per game, but the competition in the AAC wasn’t exactly some of the toughest in the country.

If Memphis wins, it will finish with 10 wins for the first time in program history. It’s only had nine wins two other times.

BYU hasn’t had a nine-win season since winning 10 games in 2011.

Vegas odds: Memphis (-1.5)

FUN FACT

While BYU is playing in its 10th consecutive bowl game, no Memphis player has ever played in a bowl game and only one player, receiver Keiwone Malone, has ever been to one. Malone was redshirting with Alabama when it beat Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl at the end of the 2010 season.

PREDICTIONS

Graham: What’s the old adage, defense win championships? Well, it also wins bowl games and that’s what’s going to happen here. Memphis’ defense is really good, just ask Ole Miss’ Bo Wallace. BYU hasn’t seen a defense this multiple or talented and it’s going to have a hard time keeping up. Memphis 28, BYU 13.

Nick: This is a game where the better quarterback determines the outcome. The better QB is Memphis' Paxton Lynch. Ten wins happen for the Tigers, and Justin Fuente becomes an even hotter commodity. Memphis 23, BYU 17.

Sam: BYU, with Christian Stewart filling in for an injured Taysom Hill at quarterback, played pretty well down the stretch, but it was mostly against bad teams. Stewart hasn't seen a defense as good as Memphis, and the Tigers will force a few second half turnovers and pull out a win. Memphis 27, BYU 20.

Author: Graham Watson
Posted: December 21, 2014, 7:47 pm

Earlier in the week we told you about Texas A&M's scheduled implosion of Kyle Field on Sunday morning. And now you have the opportunity to see what looks like a slow-motion collaps of a LEGO building. With explosions, of course.

A&M is renovating its football stadium and the implosion was to the west side of the stadium. The $450 million total stadium renovation project is scheduled to be completed in time for the start of the 2015 season.

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Author: Nick Bromberg
Posted: December 21, 2014, 6:33 pm

The sound of stunned silence was even noticeable during the television broadcast.

The nearly sold out crowd at the Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., most of whom were there to watch South Alabama play in its first-ever bowl game, had just seen the Jaguars take the lead late in the fourth quarter against Bowling Green only to give it right back on a 78-yard bomb that ultimately sealed the game.

Bowling Green, which led almost the entire game, escaped with a 33-28 win in the most exciting bowl game on the inaugural day of the 2014-15 bowl season.

With 1:20 remaining, South Alabama running back Terrance Timmons scampered three yards to give the Jaguars a 28-27 lead, its first lead of the game.

But the moment lasted all of two plays as Bowling Green quarterback James Knapke found receiver Roger Lewis on a 78-yard bomb down the middle of the field. Lewis broke one tackle before heading into the end zone.

South Alabama threw an interception and then ran into Bowling Green’s punter on the ensuing possession to end the game.

Knapke’s heroics weren’t exactly unforeseen.

Every time South Alabama tried to creep back into the game, Bowling Green seemingly had an answer. However, the expediency with which Bowling Green answered South Alabama’s lead-taking score was flabbergasting, especially since South Alabama had held the Bowling Green offense mostly in check in the fourth quarter.

Both of these teams limped into the bowl game with losing streaks. The Jaguars had lost four of their last five and Bowling Green had lost three straight. But the Falcons jumped on the Jaguars early and kept them at arm’s length most of the game.

Bowling Green finishes the season with eight wins, its third season of at least eight wins in the past four years, while South Alabama falls to 6-7.

Knapke, who threw for 368 yards and two touchdowns, was named the bowl’s MVP.

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: December 21, 2014, 6:33 am

South Alabama coach Joey Jones. (@GerdOzone)

As the Camellia Bowl between South Alabama and Bowling Green got close in the fourth quarter, things also turned unexpectedly bloody.

South Alabama coach Joey Jones was trying to stop tight end Ryan Onkaa, who was falling out of bounds. However, Onkaa did a partial somersault and kicked his coach in the face not once, but twice.

Jones emerged bleeding with what announcers speculated was a bloody nose. He was seen multiple times with a towel trying to clean the blood from his face.

But he never took a moment away from the sidelines and continued to coach even through medical attention.

That play alone — and the trading of touchdowns in a hectic fourth quarter — made the Camellia Bowl the best game of the opening day of bowls.

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: December 21, 2014, 6:11 am

Dave Baldwin’s chances of being hired as Colorado State’s next coach went out the window Saturday when the former offensive coordinator turned interim head coach told media he and the rest of the CSU staff had been handed termination papers.

“That’s the profession,” Baldwin said. “… You deal with it. Life is never fair, and you deal with it. We’re going to deal with it.”

Baldwin was one of several names in the mix for the Rams head coaching vacancy that was opened when Jim McElwain left for Florida. The termination papers don’t mean Baldwin or any other members of Colorado State’s staff can’t or won’t be hired to stay at Colorado State.

According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, Colorado State could announce a hire as early as Monday. Several major assistants have been interviewed, including offensive coordinators Scott Frost of Oregon and Mike Bobo of Georgia and defensive coordinators Vance Bedford of Texas and Pat Narduzzi of Michigan State.

Baldwin did himself no favors Saturday by being outcoached in a 45-10 loss to Utah in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. Still, his work as offensive coordinator made the Rams one of the most offensively prolific teams in the country this season and helped them to a 10-win campaign.

As for the players, they’re trying to stay away from the coaching rumor mill and are just anxious to learn whom they’re playing for next.

“That’s nothing for us to worry about,” receiver Rashard Higgins told the Coloradoan. “We’ll see whoever comes in. I’m pretty sure he’ll do a great job, because he’s got guys like me on the team.”

For more Colorado State news, visit GoldandGreenNews.com.

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: December 21, 2014, 4:22 am

Quietly, Air Force capped one of the best seasons in program history following a 38-24 win against Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

The win was the team’s first bowl win since 2010 and the first 10-win season for the Falcons since they won 12 in 1998.

Air Force took the lead in this game early in the second quarter and never relinquished it. The Falcons option offense gained chunks of yardage led by Shayne Davern, who had 12 carries for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

The Air Force defense kept Western Michigan’s high-powered attack mostly in check. Running back Jarvion Franklin, who came into the game with nearly 1,500 yards, was bottled up and held to just 26 yards on 12 carries. It tied his second-lowest output of the year.

While the Western Michigan ground game was quiet, quarterback Zach Terrell did have some success in the air with star receiver Corey Davis, who eight catches for 176 yards and three touchdowns, including a 51-yard score late in the game.

Terrell, finished with 297 passing yards and three touchdowns.

Even in defeat, Western Michigan still won eight games, its best season since winning nine in 2008, and the majority of the Broncos best players will be back next season.

For more Western Michigan news, visit BroncoBlitz.com.

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Posted: December 21, 2014, 2:46 am

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen took a little time away from his Capital One Orange Bowl preparation to have a staff Christmas party.

A party, at which, he wore the greatest National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation-themed sweater ever.

Merry Christmas from the staff party. pic.twitter.com/dYRYlVOWmD

— Dan Mullen™ (@CoachDanMullen) December 21, 2014

Some of you might remember a segment on College GameDay earlier in the season where coaches read mean tweets about themselves. One of those tweets said, “Cousin Eddie (from Christmas Vacation) is a fictional version of Dan Mullen.”

Of course, Mullen responded with, “Merry Christmas, (expletive) full.”

And, as you already noticed, the line on Mullen’s sweater.

I really hope Mullen got this sweater just to troll the person on Twitter. That would just add to the lore.

Well played, Dan Mullen. Well played.

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: December 21, 2014, 2:08 am

Utah quarterback Travis Wilson (7) runs for a touchdown against Colorado State during the first half of the Las Vegas Bowl NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)For one game, Utah showed flashes of the team coach Kyle Whittingham hopes he has in the future.

The Utes defeated Colorado State 45-10 in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, a surprising score considering the Utes offense had been pretty cold for most of the season.

But it scored a Las Vegas Bowl record 24 points in the first quarter and the defense, which has been steady all season, never gave Colorado State a chance to find rhythm and get back into the contest.

The 45 points were the most the Utes had scored in a game since scoring 59 against Fresno State on Sept. 6. They also scored 56 in the season opener against FCS opponent Idaho State.

Most of Utah offensive struggles stemmed from incinsistent quarterback play, but Travis Wilson was steady, especially while running the read option, something he hadn’t done a lot of because of past head injuries. But he accounted for 91 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns — more rushing touchdowns that he had the rest of the season combined — in his best rushing game of the season.

Overall, the Utah running game accounted for 359 of the Utes 548 total yards. That total yardage was the second-most Colorado State had allowed this season, second to Boise State’s 676 yards earlier in the year.

Offensively, the Rams were stymied. They amassed a season-low 278 total yards, including a season-low 12 rushing yards. The Utah defense, which had some bad statistics simply because it didn’t get much offensive support, gave CSU quarterback Garrett Grayson little time to throw and forced him into two turnovers, which the Utes ultimately turned into points.

Receiver Rashard Higgins, an All-American, did manage 109 yards, but he was held out of the end zone for only the third time this season.

The Rams only touchdown came off a trick play that saw receiver Charles Lovett throw a pass back to Grayson, who ran 39 yards for the score.

This wasn’t exactly the best audition for Colorado State interim head coach Dave Baldwin, who is in the running to replace Jim McElwain, who left to coach Florida. Colorado State didn’t play like it was mourning the loss of their head coach, but rather like a team that was outmatched and outcoached.

Still, the Rams finish the season with 10 wins, the most wins by Colorado State since 2002. Similarly, Utah finishes the year with nine wins, the most for the Utes since winning 10 in 2010.

For more Utah news, visit Utezone.com.

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: December 21, 2014, 12:37 am

If you missed Utah State's 21-6 win over UTEP in the New Mexico, we hate to break it to you, but you didn't miss much.

UTEP was overmatched, both on defense and on offense, and when Utah State went up 7-3 on a 48-yard touchdown run by quarterback Kent Myers, the Aggie lead was insurmountable.

Myers, Utah's fourth quarterback this season, wasn't incredibly effective as a passer, finishing 5-12 for 68 yards with 70 on the ground. But he didn't need to be, thanks to the strength of Utah State's defense. And because of that defense, Utah State now has its second 10-win season in program history, a remarkable feat given the quarterback stat listed above.

The Miners struggled both rushing the football and attempting to pass it. Running back Aaron Jones compiled 25 carries, but they went for 88 yards, less than four yards a carry, as he struggled to find space on the edges against Utah State's defense. Quarterback Jameill Showers had barely more than 100 yards until a final garbage-time drive and his end-game total of 126 included a scramble-and-chuck it 53-yard completion to Ian Hamilton in the first quarter.

The craziest play of the game didn't even count. Utah State's do-it-all receiver JoJo Natson let a punt bounce over his head and he sprinted back to retrieve it. He then turned upfield and found a couple of blocks and was only prevented from the end zone by a last-ditch tackle by UTEP punter Jay Mattox at the UTEP 5. However, there was a block in the back – and yes, it did help to spring Natson – and Utah State ended up way back in its own territory.

The game was 7-3 at halftime and Utah State made it 14-3 early in the third quarter on a Nick Vigil TD run. After UTEP pulled within 14-6 with three minutes to go, Utah State didn't simply run out the clock as Joe Hill tacked on a touchdown with 1:33 to go.

Utah State's first 10-win season came in 2012, when the Aggies went 11-2 and won the Potato Bowl. The year introduced USU QB Chuckie Keeton to college football fans and Keeton was expected to lead the Aggies in 2014 after suffering a knee injury in 2013. However, Keeton reinjured his left knee early in the season and the Aggies decided to sit him out for the rest of the year, starting the crazy conveyer belt of quarterbacks.

And it continued, albeit briefly, on Saturday. Myers took a vicious hit and fumbled in the second quarter and went to the locker room for a moment. In his absence, Utah State got the ball back and was forced to utilize WR Ronald Butler at QB, and in his first play from scrimmage, he ripped off a 61-yard run. As Butler got Utah State inside UTEP's 20-yard-line, Myers returned to the game and played the rest of the way.

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Author: Nick Bromberg
Posted: December 20, 2014, 10:51 pm

Dec 20, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns quarterback Terrance Broadway (8) against the Nevada Wolf Pack during the second quarter of the New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)Louisiana-Lafayette’s offense got out to fast start and put up 10 points on its first two possessions. That was all ULL’s defense would need in a 16-3 win over Nevada.

The Ragin’ Cajuns held a Wolf Pack offense that averaged 413 yards and 31 points per game to just 214 yards and three points en route to a fourth straight New Orleans Bowl victory Saturday at the Superdome.

In his final game with the program, ULL senior quarterback Terrance Broadway completed 26-of-31 passes for 227 yards and a score while running backs Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris combined for 169 yards rushing on 29 carries.

Broadway completed his first 14 passes of the game and helped the Cajuns jump out to a 10-0 lead. ULL’s first drive was an effective mix of run and pass that culminated in a 17-yard touchdown pass from Broadway to C.J. Bates.

After forcing a Nevada three-and-out on the Wolf Pack’s first possession, ULL added on to its lead with a 46-yard field goal from Hunter Stover, the first of his three field goals on the day.

Nevada and senior quarterback Cody Fajardo (14/29, 124 yards passing; 49 yards rushing) looked to close the deficit in the second quarter, but a promising drive came to an end when freshman wide receiver Wyatt Demps fumbled deep in ULL territory.

Nevada’s next drive was another missed opportunity. A terrible ULL punt gave the Wolf Pack possession at the ULL 27-yard line. Four plays later, the Wolf Pack had a first-and-goal from the one-yard line, but a false start penalty pushed them back. Lafayette’s defense stiffened and the Wolf Pack settled for a 21-yard Brent Zuzo field goal, making it 10-3.

The second half was more of the same – a defensive struggle – and neither team scored in the third quarter.

ULL ate up the clock with its running game and Stover added field goals of 30 and 35 yards in the fourth. Meanwhile, the Cajuns’ defense forced the Wolf Pack to turn it over on downs twice to seal the win.

The win clinched a fourth straight 9-4 season for Lafayette, all under the direction of head coach Mark Hudspeth. Upon accepting the job in 2011, Hudspeth took over a program that had just four winning seasons since 1990. Now he has four in a row.

The loss dropped Nevada to 7-6 on the season. The Wolf Pack have not won a bowl game since 2010 and the program has lost seven of its last eight postseason games.

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Author: Sam Cooper
Posted: December 20, 2014, 7:43 pm

The Hawaii athletic department has asked the state of Hawaii for $6 million over two years to cover anticipated budget shortfalls.

The school made the request on Thursday. From Hawaii News Now:

"We do need additional support for athletics,” UH Manoa Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman told the State House Higher Education Committee Thursday.

UH asked lawmakers for two years worth of two mandatory expenses: $3.4 million for the gender equity costs of women's sports and $2.6 million to help cover the travel costs of its opponents, as required in its agreements with the two athletic conferences to which UH belongs.

"I'm trying to think of a way that we can make athletics somehow sustainable. And I think it will require a partnership between us, the legislature, more external support," Bley-Vroman said.

Hawaii's athletic department isn't new to financial issues. The department has a predicted $3.5 million budget shortfall for this year and has operated in the black just three of the last 15 years.

Athletic director Ben Jay resigned last week and in August, said that the football program could be disappearing because of a lack of funds. Jay will resign effective in June at the end of the school year.

Per HNN, the percentage of subsidies that Hawaii receives from taxesand fees to students puts the school in the bottom half among teams in its conferences. The 40 percent Hawaii gets puts it ninth in the 12-team Mountain West Conference and last in the Big West Conference. Hawaii is a football-only member of the MWC and a member of the Big West in all sports.

When Jay mentioned the future of the football team in August, the team was struggling with lagging ticket sales. The season ticket base was over 15,000 and Hawaii hadn't had less than 18,000 season ticket sales since the 1970s. The lack of ticket sales contributed to this year's predicted budget deficit.

Part of that may be attributable to a poor win-loss record. Hawaii's 4-9 record in 2014 was its best season in the past three years. Since going 6-6 in 2011, the Warriors are a combined 8-29.

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Author: Nick Bromberg
Posted: December 19, 2014, 8:36 pm

Nov 22, 2014; Iowa City, IA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Tanner McEvoy (5) runs for a touchdown against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium. (Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports)To boost a defense that allowed 59 points in the Big Ten Championship, Wisconsin will look toward a player who played primarily on offense this season.

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, quarterback Tanner McEvoy was working with the first-team defense at linebacker and safety during practice on Thursday. McEvoy, who saw action in 11 games as a running quarterback this season, said he’d play both offense and defense when the Badgers take on Auburn in the Outback Bowl.

“I’ll be going both ways,” McEvoy said. “At the end of practice I had my normal QB package.”

After transferring to Wisconsin last season, McEvoy played safety in 11 games for the Badgers and made three starts. At 6-foot-6 and 222 pounds, McEvoy showed great athleticism and made 27 tackles with one interception.

McEvoy said he returned to the defensive side on Tuesday in efforts to match up with the speed of Auburn’s high-powered offense, which put up 489.2 yards and 35.8 points per game this season. To accomodate the change, McEvoy will change his jersey number from No. 5 to No. 11 or 14 since he shares No. 5 with cornerback Darius Hillary. 

“I just love playing,” McEvoy said, per the Wisconsin State Journal. “Wherever I can get on the field, that’s what I’m here to do and help this team win. So I’m excited to be able to get more reps out there and just help these guys get a bowl victory and send the seniors off the right way. As long as I get on the field and help the team win, that’s my goal.”

McEvoy was the Badgers’ starting quarterback to begin the season before Joel Stave overcame his “yips” and returned to the field after missing the beginning of the season.

McEvoy threw for 709 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions this season while also running for 574 yards and six more touchdowns.

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Author: Sam Cooper
Posted: December 19, 2014, 8:00 pm

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
South Alabama (6-6) vs. Bowling Green (7-6)
Montgomery, Ala.
Dec 20, 2014

This is not a good matchup, especially considering the way these teams finished their respective seasons.

South Alabama won just one of its final five games, and Bowling Green lost three straight to end the season, including a 51-17 defeat to Northern Illinois in the Mid-American Conference Championship game.

What’s going to hamper South Alabama in this game is its inability to score. During that five-game stretch, the Jaguars averaged just 19 points per game. Overall, they ranked 113th nationally in scoring offense with 20.2 points per game and 87th with 372.8 yards a game.

Those numbers are unfortunate considering Bowling Green’s defense has been one of the worst in the country, allowing 33.9 per game. The Falcons have allowed more than 40 points six times this season.

However, Bowling Green has the ability to put up points quickly, but it’s had trouble in the last month finding consistency at quarterback. Sophomore James Knapke has been the team’s go-to quarterback most of the season, but was replaced in the MAC Championship by freshman Cody Callaway, who didn’t fare much better.

The Falcons do have some star power, including running back Travis Greene, who led the team with 908 yards and 10 touchdowns and receiver Roger Lewis, who had 956 yards and five scores.

South Alabama will rely on its ground game behind Kendall Houston, who had a team-best 652 yards.

Vegas odds: South Alabama (-2.5)

FUN FACT

This is the first-ever bowl appearance for South Alabama, which became the fastest program to reach a bowl game in FBS history. The Jaguars are in their second season as full FBS members and sixth season of competition.

PREDICTIONS

Graham: Even though South Alabama is favored in this one, I think it’s going to be difficult for the Jaguars to keep up with Bowling Green’s scoring. BGSU 42, South Alabama 17.

Nick: It's less than a 2.5 hour drive for the Jaguars to get to Montgomery, Ala., the site of the game. And it's USA's first bowl game ever. Bowling Green has lost three straight games. It's the upstart all the way. South Alabama 24, Bowling Green 20.

Sam: Bowling Green really struggled down the stretch. South Alabama wasn't much better, but the program is playing in its first-ever bowl game. That's tough to pick against. Plus, South Alabama is abbreviated "USA." To pick against the Jaguars would be un-American. South Alabama 27, Bowling Green 20.

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: December 19, 2014, 7:00 pm

The demise of the UAB football program has left the Blazers’ players looking for new teams. Linebacker Jake Ganus, the team’s leading tackler in 2014, has found his.

Ganus tweeted on Friday morning that he would play his final season of college football with the Georgia Bulldogs.

I'm so blessed and honored to be able to finish my college football career at The University of Georgia!! #DawgsOnTop

— Jake Ganus (@jakeganus_4) December 19, 2014

In his junior season, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Ganus registered 70 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. He also had a 56-yard fumble return for touchdown en route to second team All-Conference USA honors.

According to UGASports.com, Ganus committed to Georgia over Marshall after finding out that “his eligibility would not count” toward Georgia’s mid-year scholarship numbers. He will enroll at Georgia in January.

Several other UAB players have already found a home for their football futures. Wide receiver Marqui Hawkins committed to Indiana last week. Additionally, quarterbacks Cody Clements and Austin Chipoletti, offensive linemen Lee Dufour and Cameron Blankenship along with running back D.J. Vinson decided to follow offensive coordinator Bryan Vincent from UAB to South Alabama.

UAB’s leading rusher, Jordan Howard, reportedly visited Indiana and Notre Dame and also has offers from “Vanderbilt, Iowa, Louisville, Kansas, Nevada, Marshall, Southern Miss., Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State,” according to Al.com.

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Posted: December 19, 2014, 6:18 pm

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Western Michigan (8-4) vs. Air Force (9-3)
Boise, Idaho
Dec. 20, 2014

Air Force is quite familiar with Boise.

Saturday's Potato Bowl will mark the third time the Falcons play at Boise State's home stadium in four years after trips to Boise in 2011 and 2013. It might not have been the preferred destination for Air Force players, but after going 2-10 last season, a bowl game after a seven-game turnaround shouldn't be complained about.

Western Michigan is a turnaround team too. The Broncos were 1-11 last season and also improved seven games. And the great 2014 netted coach P.J. Fleck a contract extension through the 2020 season, though if WMU keeps winning eight games a season, the odds of Fleck coaching there for six more years are very slim to none.

The Broncos were one of the better teams stopping the run this season, ranking 37th in the country. Air Force, with waterbug quarterback Kale Pearson and running back Jacobi Owens, average 272 yards per game and are the eighth-most prolific rushing team.

But it may be more important for Western Michigan to limit Pearson's passing. Tossing out an early season blowout of Nicholls State, Pearson's three worst games completion percentage-wise were in the Falcons' three losses. Air Force runs, runs and runs to set up the pass in the hope that defenses haven't forgotten about it. If Western Michigan can not fall asleep in the defensive secondary, it's got a great chance.

ODDS

Western Michigan -1

FUN FACT

This may not be so fun for Western Michigan fans, but the Broncos have never won a bowl game. WMU is 0-5 and its first appearance was in the 1961 Aviation Bowl. Never heard of it? Don't worry about it, you're not alone. The game was only played once. 

PREDICTIONS

Graham: Western Michigan has never won a bowl game and that streak is going to stay intact. This one comes down to the wire and the Falcons prevail. Air Force 28, Western Michigan 24

Nick: In an embarrassing moment that will live in infamy forever, Western Michigan gets penalized at the beginning of the game for attempting to row down the blue field with oars. However, the Broncos overcome the faux pas and make P.J. Fleck the next Kliff Kingsbury. Western Michigan 27, Air Force 20.

Sam: Both of these teams can really put some points up, but Western Michigan is a young team that turned the ball over nine times in its last two games. It will be a tight one, but a hungry Falcons program that hasn't won a bowl game since 2010 will emerge victorious. Air Force 34, Western Michigan 31

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Posted: December 19, 2014, 6:10 pm

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
Utah (8-4) vs. Colorado State (10-2)
Las Vegas
Dec. 20, 2014

Much like last year's Fresno State team, Colorado State heads to Las Vegas knowing that if things had gone differently at the end of the season, a bigger bowl could have been had.

In 2013, Fresno State lost its final game of the regular season to San Jose State. The 62-52 loss to the Spartans dropped Fresno from the ranks of the undefeated and blew up any chance of a BCS bowl. Instead of a win in the MWC title game meaning a possible trip to Arizona and the Fiesta Bowl, it meant a venture to Las Vegas.

This year, Colorado State's scenario for a New Year's Bowl wasn't as straightforward. Had the Rams won out and Boise State lost a game, there was a good chance Colorado State would have been the highest-ranked non-Power Five conference team. The reward for that honor? A New Year's Bowl and likely trip to the Fiesta Bowl.

Instead, Boise State won out and won the conference. The Broncos are the team heading to Arizona. The Rams lost to Air Force in the final game of the regular season. Even if Boise had lost to Utah State in the MWC title game, Colorado State had guaranteed it wasn't going to the Fiesta Bowl.

The Rams have a similarity to USC, the other team in last year's Las Vegas Bowl, too. Like USC, Colorado State heads into the game with an interim coach. Though in the Rams' case, it's because Jim McElwain left to go to Florida, and not because he was fired (Lane Kiffin) or quit after knowing he wasn't getting the permanent position (Ed Orgeron).

Utah certainly hopes the resemblance is closer to Fresno State as the Trojans absolutely obliterated the Bulldogs last year. It might have been a blessing in disguise for Fresno. If the game was anywhere close to an indication of the quality of the team, a BCS bowl could have been an embarrassment.

But back to this year. Both teams' defenses are in the bottom half of the FBS, and it gives Colorado State the edge. While Utah's Devontae Booker was one of the best running backs in the Pac-12, CSU has the better quarterback in Garrett Grayson. And RB Dee Hart ran for over 1,200 yards.

ODDS

Utah -2.5

FUN FACT

This is Colorado State's first Las Vegas Bowl appearance. Utah was last in the game in 2010, when the Utes lost 26-3 to a Kellen Moore-led Boise State team.

PREDICTIONS

Graham: Utah 21, Colorado State 17: Colorado State has not seen a defense as good as Utah's this season and the Utes should be able to hold the Rams' high-powered offense in check.

Nick: Colorado State 31, Utah 30: Garrett Grayson was one of the best quarterbacks in the country in 2014. Travis Wilson, while serviceable, was not. Let's go with the interim coach mojo for the second year in a row.

Sam: Utah 24, Colorado State 20: Though Travis Wilson can be very inconsistent, the Utes have enough playmakers on offense to put some points on the board while their stout defense does enough to hold off a Colorado State team playing without its head coach.

For more Colorado State news, visit GoldandGreenNews.com.

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Posted: December 19, 2014, 5:00 pm

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 29: Treon Harris #3 of the Florida Gators passes during a game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)University of Florida Police cited Gators starting quarterback Treon Harris on Tuesday for operating a motor vehicle without a valid license.

According to the Gainesville Sun’s Robbie Andreu, Harris, a freshman, is facing a second-degree misdemeanor charge stemming from the incident.

Court records show that Harris has actually never had a driver’s license, but his attorney, Huntley Johnson, said the quarterback is in the process of getting one.

“I think as soon as he gets his license, the charge probably will be dismissed,” Johnson told the Sun. “That’s the way it’s usually handled in a case like this for a citizen, and he’s a citizen.”

There’s a bit more to the incident, however. Andreu tweeted that two small bags of marijuana were found in the car Harris was driving along with fellow freshman teammates Jalen Tabor and J.C. Jackson.

According to UPD, two small bags of marijuana were found in the car Treon Harris was driving. He was not charged because the car is not his.

— Robbie Andreu (@RobbieAndreu) December 19, 2014

According to UPD, two passengers were in the car with Harris, including true freshman cornerback Jalen Tabor and another UF student.

— Robbie Andreu (@RobbieAndreu) December 19, 2014

Harris was stopped on Stadium Drive for going 10 mph over the speed limit on Dec. 13 at 11:29 p.m. Smell of marijuana coming from the car.

— Robbie Andreu (@RobbieAndreu) December 19, 2014

Actually just realized that the third passenger in the car with Harris was true freshman DB J.C. Jackson.

— Robbie Andreu (@RobbieAndreu) December 19, 2014

Harris’ arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 15 at Alachua County (Fla.) Courthouse.

It’s unknown if the incident will impact the statuses of the three players for the Birmingham Bowl, where Florida will take on East Carolina on Jan. 3.

Harris took over as starting quarterback with five games left in the regular season. He threw for 896 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions while running for 291 yards and three more scores.

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Posted: December 19, 2014, 4:59 pm

Sep 13, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns mascot Bevo XIV prior to the game against the UCLA Bruins at AT&T Stadium. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)If you don’t have the Longhorn Network, you will be missing out on some quality programming on Christmas.

ESPN announced on Thursday that LHN, its 24-hour University of Texas channel, will air a five-hour special called “BEVO: Home for the Holidays” that solely consists of the mascot roaming at his ranch. For real.

The special will air from 7 a.m. to noon central time and feature “the first-ever BEVO cam” where “fans can watch the longhorn roam his natural habitat.”

The special also features a “festive holiday music playlist.” We can only hope that the playlist was picked by BEVO himself.

“BEVO holds a special place in Texas fans’ hearts, so what better gift for our viewers than to have him join the family at home for the holidays,” said Jill Husak, LHN’s director of marketing, in a release. “Beloved BEVO on his scenic ranch, combined with holiday music, will make the perfect television background when Texas fans gather on Christmas morning.”

Best of all, the program will be completely commercial free, so you won’t miss any of the action.

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Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Utah State (9-4) vs. UTEP (7-5)
Albuquerque, N.M.
Dec. 20, 2014

Utah State’s regular season ended in disappointing fashion. With a chance to earn a spot in the Mountain West title game, the Aggies were blown out 50-19 by Boise State, snapping a five-game winning streak. The Aggies hope to get the bad taste out of their mouths in the New Mexico Bowl against UTEP on Saturday in Albuquerque.

The Aggies have a pretty favorable matchup against the Miners. Utah State’s biggest strength is its defense – particularly its rush defense. Led by brothers Zach (145 tackles) and Nick Vigil (116 tackles) at linebacker, the Aggies allowed just 129.3 yards per game on the ground this season.

This is bad news for a UTEP offense that threw for just 144.3 yards per game – 120th in the nation – and relies primarily on the rushing attack (212.7 yards per game) of sophomore Aaron Jones (1,233 yards, 11 TDs), senior Nathan Jeffery (513 yards, 5 TDs) and senior quarterback Jameill Showers (288 yards, 4 TDs).

After a hot start, Jones really cooled off during the middle of the season before again heating up down the stretch. In wins over North Texas and Middle Tennessee in November, Jones gained 177 and 147 yards with a combined three scores.

The Aggies will need to bottle Jones up and force Showers to use his arm. Showers, a Texas A&M transfer, threw for 1,732 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, but completed just 55.7 percent of his passes and tossed five interceptions. If UTEP wants to win its first bowl game since 1967, Showers will need to step up his play.

Utah State managed to put up solid numbers offensively despite losing three quarterbacks to injury over the course of the season, including star senior Chuckie Keeton. After Darrel Garretson and Craig Harrison also went down, true freshman Kent Myers filled in admirably, throwing for 798 yards and five touchdowns while completing 69.2 percent of his passes. He also showed an ability to make plays with his legs, racking up 240 yards and four scores on the ground over the course of six games.

ODDS

Utah State (-10)

FUN FACT

UTEP running back Aaron Jones gained 549 yards and scored seven touchdowns in his first three games of the season. Over the season’s final eight games, Jones gained 684 yards and scored only four touchdowns.

PREDICTIONS

Graham: Utah State 35, UTEP 14: UTEP's offense has revolved around its running game and it's going up against a Utah State defense that excels against the run. Even though Utah State is on its fourth quarterback, it's still the better team in this game.

Nick: Utah State 27, UTEP 19: The ghost of Chuckie Keeton wills the Aggies to a victory as the Miners are overmatched and afraid of ghosts.

Sam: Utah State 31, UTEP 17: UTEP didn’t beat a single team with a winning record this season. I don’t expect that to change. The Aggies’ defense will be too much.

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R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Nevada (7-5) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4)
New Orleans, La.
Dec. 20, 2014

Louisiana-Lafayette will be in familiar territory for its 2014 bowl game.

The Ragin’ Cajuns will head east to the Superdome looking for its fourth straight win for a 10 a.m. local start in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday against Nevada.

The Cajuns overcame a 1-3 to start to win seven of its last eight games, finishing 8-4 overall and second in the Sun Belt with a 7-1 conference record. Led by dual-threat senior quarterback Terrance Broadway, a three-year starter, and sophomore tailback Elijah McGuire, ULL put up an average of 229.4 yards rushing a game, 23rd in the country.

Broadway threw for 2,073 yards and 12 touchdowns while gaining 634 yards and three scores on the ground. McGuire racked up 1,165 yards and 14 touchdowns on 7.8 yards per carry. Additionally, 238-pound senior Alonzo Harris ran for 737 yards and 12 touchdowns.

At 7-5, the Wolf Pack had an up-and-down season, but it was certainly an improvement over a 4-8 2013 campaign. Like ULL, Nevada also features a heavy rushing attack with a dual-threat senior quarterback. Cody Fajardo had an impressive senior season, throwing for 2,374 yards and 18 touchdowns while also running for 997 yards and 13 scores.

Fajardo has a slew of playmakers to give the ball to, including three wideouts with 45 or more receptions – Richy Turner (58 catches, 541 yards, 4 TDs), Jerico Richardson (53-626-3) and Hasaan Henderson (45-579-4) – and running backs Don Jackson (932 yards, 7 TDs) and James Butler (620 yards, 5 TDs).

Though it gave up 28.2 points per game, Nevada’s defense forced 26 turnovers this season. If it can force the Ragin’ Cajuns to put the ball on the ground, the Wolf Pack could reverse its bowl fortunes in recent years. Nevada has reached postseason play in nine of the last 10 seasons, but won just one twice – once in 2005 and once in 2010.

ODDS

Nevada (-1)

FUN FACT

Though he is second on ULL in rushing yards this season due to the emergence of Elijah McGuire, Alonzo Harris is third in program history with 3,260 career rushing yards. With 76 yards on the ground against Nevada, Harris can pass 13-year NFL veteran Brian Mitchell (3,335 yards) in the school’s record book.

PREDICTIONS

Graham: Nevada 31, Louisiana-Lafayette 17: Both of these teams excel in their respective running games, but Nevada has a little more versatility and few more weapons. Also, the Wolf Pack defense has been strong this season, forcing 26 turnovers.

Nick: Nevada 33, Louisiana-Lafayette 28: We'll take the mullet over the bench press in this game, as ULL coach Mark Hudspeth will be unable to press his team to victory.

Sam: Louisiana-Lafayette 31, Nevada 24: There’s just something about the Ragin’ Cajuns in the New Orleans Bowl that makes it tough to pick against them. ULL’s three-headed rushing attack of Broadway, McGuire and Harris is going to be tough for the Wolf Pack to stop. Cody Fajardo is going to keep it close, but I like ULL to pull it out in its home state.

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Posted: December 19, 2014, 3:00 pm

Is Mississippi State wearing a white version of its 100th anniversary uniforms against Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl?

Athletic director Scott Stricklin tweeted a picture of the jerseys, complete with Orange Bowl patch, on Thursday.

I wonder what a white version of the @HailStateFB “100 Year” uni would look like at the @OrangeBowl? #SpoilerAlert pic.twitter.com/84SyyUfrIS

— Scott Stricklin (@stricklinMSU) December 19, 2014

MSU wore the home version of the uniforms earlier in the year against Southern Miss. Besides being a different color, the home uniforms had "Hail State" on the front. The white ones simply say "Mississippi State."

For comparison's sake, here's what Mississippi State's regular road uniforms looked like in 2014.

The Bulldogs in white also means we likely won't get to see Georgia Tech's sweet white honeycomb helments. Maybe they'll wear gold versions?

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Posted: December 19, 2014, 12:46 pm

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer brought a former quarterback of his to speak to his football team Thursday night.

No, it wasn't Chris Leak, or Alex Smith. Not that you were going to guess either of them anyway.

Privileged to have one of the greatest competitors in this sport @TimTebow speak to the team tonight pic.twitter.com/skGFtM9ZCa

— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) December 18, 2014

Maybe this will help some people believe that ESPN doesn't have an agenda for the SEC at the expense of other conferences? Because otherwise, why would the network allow an SEC Network employee to speak to a team about to face Alabama?

Or maybe Tebow is a double agent and as part of being an SEC Network employee, was using his friendship with Meyer to spy for Alabama and give Nick Saban Ohio State's secrets? That'd be a heel-turn greater than any WWE scriptwriter could think up.

But we do know this. Tebow's presence in Columbus means he wasn't in Arizona on Thursday night preparing with the Cardinals to play on Sunday against the Seahawks.

For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

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Posted: December 19, 2014, 12:28 pm

A reported six-year, $48 million contract offer from Michigan to Jim Harbaugh has only increased the speculation that links the current 49ers coach to the vacant coaching position at his alma mater.

San Francisco still has two games left on its schedule, so the rumors will continue to swirl.

Though it may be stressful for Michigan fans, you know the internet is going to have fun with the process. Here’s a great example of that.

This video, created by @MaizeBlueNation matches footage from Harbaugh’s playing days as the Wolverines’ quarterback over the audio from one of those recent Lincoln commercials with Matthew McConaughey.

Anyone who laughed at those weird commercials with McConaughey will certainly get a kick out of this.

Well done.

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Posted: December 18, 2014, 11:45 pm

Sep 6, 2014; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (14) runs down the field against the Michigan State Spartans at Autzen Stadium. (Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports)Oregon will be without its top cornerback in the College Football Playoff.

Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich confirmed on Thursday that senior Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is out for the Ducks’ semifinal matchup against Florida State in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, though he did not offer specifics on the injury.

Mark Helfrich confirms that Ifo Ekpre-Olomu will not play in the College Football Playoff. #GoDucks

— Rob Moseley (@DuckFootball) December 18, 2014

Yahoo Sports’ Rand Getlin reported Wednesday that Ekpre-Olomu suffered a serious knee injury during practice on Tuesday, though his status was unknown at the time.

Ekpre-Olomu, a first-team All-Pac 12 and first-team Associated Press All-American selection, registered 63 tackles, two interceptions and 11 pass deflections for the second-ranked Ducks this season.

In addition to fellow senior starter Troy Hill, senior Dior Mathis and redshirt freshman Chris Seisay will have to step up for the Ducks in Ekpre-Olomu’s absence against Florida State’s passing attack.

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Posted: December 18, 2014, 8:42 pm

Georgia LB Leonard Floyd, the team's leader in sacks, will miss the Belk Bowl against Louisville.

Per UGASports.com, Georgia coach Mark Richt said he had a procedure to "clean up" his shoulder and is expected to be ready for spring practices. A junior in 2014, Floyd said he planned to be back at Georgia in 2015 for his senior season.

Floyd had six sacks in 2014, or a quarter of the 24 total sacks the Bulldogs had. He finishes with 55 tackles and 8.5 tackles for a loss. Redshirt freshman Davin Bellamy, who had 17 tackles and two tackles for loss in 2014, is expected to take his place.

Georgia plays Louisville on December 30.

USC will also be without a member of its defense for the Holiday Bowl against Nebraska. Defensive tackle Antwaun Woods suffered a left pec injury and will miss the game. He posted this picture of himself post surgery to Instagram.

Woods has played in all 12 of USC's games this season and has 37 tackles and a sack. USC plays Nebraska on December 27.

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Posted: December 18, 2014, 5:26 pm

Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers was already on the radar of NFL scouts coming into his senior season. After putting up 63 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and five sacks this year and earning second team All-SEC honors, Flowers gave the scouts plenty of impressive game film to watch.

Athleticism like this video posted by Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema helps, too.

This is video evidence that Trey Flowers is going to explode in testing for the next level #WoooPig https://t.co/7zg8nS6CLy

— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) December 17, 2014

The video shows the 6-foot-3, 270-pound Flowers executing an insane 55-inch box jump.

If this video is any indication, Flowers looks like a guy who will put on a show during the NFL combine.

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Posted: December 18, 2014, 4:42 pm

(USA Today Sports)A proposed $75 million head injury settlement with the NCAA was rejected by a federal judge on Wednesday. According to the Associated Press, U.S. District Judge John Lee of Chicago thinks the potential deal was “potentially underfunded” and wanted “both sides to go back to the drawing board.”

The settlement would create a $70 million fund to test current and former student-athletes with head injuries and would also contribute $5 million toward research. Additionally, standards for athletes returning to the playing field following a concussion would be toughened.

The intent of the deal was for the NCAA to settle a bevy of lawsuits that accused the NCAA of not properly protecting student-athletes from head injuries. Per the AP, the proposed testing program and renewed focus on player safety would “shield the NCAA from being hit with a single, blockbuster damages payout.”

While he believes the proposal is an encouraging step, Lee wrote in his 21-page opinion that there is still work to be done amid the settlement discussions.

From the AP:

"The court encourages the parties to continue their settlement discussions ... to address these concerns,'' Lee wrote. He added later that the proposal was ''a significant step in trying to arrive at a resolution of this highly complex matter."

With the inclusion of athletes from “non-contact” sports included in the deal, Lee wondered if the $70 million figure for testing would be enough. Additionally, Lee had questions about the NCAA’s promise to make its enforcement of return-to-play rules more stringent or if it even had the authority to make all schools adopt these policies.

Ten different lawsuits filed across the country were brought together in this case, led by lead plaintiff Adrian Arrington, a former safety at Eastern Illinois who says he suffered five concussions during his career.

Per filings from the plaintiffs, “tens of thousands” of athletes may need testing to see if they have long-term damage from head injuries. From 2004 to 2009, NCAA figures say that 29,225 athletes suffered concussions, plaintiff filings say.

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Posted: December 18, 2014, 4:15 pm

The news of the death of the UAB football program reached far and wide. One person who heard the bad news, 5-year-old Bennett Williams of Dublin, Ohio, wanted to offer some help.

Though Bennett’s favorite team is Ohio State, he loves college football in general and asked his parents to print out logos of teams from across the nation. UAB caught his eye. When he heard that the program was ending, Bennett “was devastated” and asked his parents to send his allowance to the athletic department.

Per Al.com:

Bennett's parents tried to explain what had happened. Last week, Bennett asked his dad how much money UAB needed to save its football program. His dad told him, "More than mommy and daddy will ever see." Bennett asked if the dollar he just got as an allowance would help. His dad said he might be a few million dollars short, "but he insisted," his dad said.

The Williamses sent the dollar along with a handwritten note from Bennett to UAB’s athletic department. The note read:

“DEAR UAB. I LOVE OHIO STATE, BUT I THINK YOU SHOULD HAVE FOOTBALL TOO. HERE IS ONE DOLLAR TO HELP! – Bennett”

My five year old son feels bad for @UAB_Football so he wrote this tonight and is sending it to them #FreeUAB pic.twitter.com/NegpWuCLiJ

— B-Will (@BWill614) December 10, 2014

A few days later, Bennett received a care package from UAB that included “an official game ball, two shirts, a hat, bumper sticker, some tattoos, buttons and a signed picture of the team mascot.”

Big thanks @UAB_Football @UABathletics for the pkg! Bennett was so happy! Check out your #1 fan from Ohio #FreeUAB pic.twitter.com/XC39jCqbVu

— B-Will (@BWill614) December 15, 2014

He also got a thank you letter from Reid Adair, a member of the athletic department.

“The best thing he got was a letter written to him from the contact in the athletic department,” said Bennett’s father, Brad. “It thanked Bennett and said he made some people happy down there. He also went on to say they all agreed that Bennett was UAB's No. 1 fan in Ohio. This, in Bennett's mind, was better than any gift."

Adair followed up with an email that said Bennett’s note and dollar would be framed and displayed in the athletic department’s conference room.

Great job, Bennett.

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Posted: December 18, 2014, 3:09 pm

Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd was arrested shortly after the regular season ended for underage drinking.

Hurd and another male were arrested on Dec. 3 by University of Tennessee police. One was unconscious according to the police report, though it's unclear who was.

From the Tennesseean:

Hurd, 18, and Hunter Rivait, who is listed as a student in a university student directory, were arrested by citation on Dec. 3 after police spotted a car with its lights on in a university dorm parking garage. Police found an unconscious male inside.

The initial University of Tennessee police report does not identify the unconscious male, who was later transported to a hospital.

The case was referred to Knox County officials for prosecution, a University of Tennessee weekly crime log noted.

Both were charged with underage consumption of alcoholic beverages. While Rivalt entered his plea on Wednesday, Hurd is not scheduled to be booked until Jan. 20, long after Tennessee's bowl game against Iowa. Per the The Tennesseean, a UT football spokesperson didn't comment about any disciplinary action towards Hurd.

Hurd was Tennessee's leading rusher in 2014. He had 777 yards, nearly 400 more than Tennessee's second-leading rusher, and three touchdowns. He'll have competition for the posiition in 2014 after the Vols signed former four-star RB Alvin Kamara this week. Kamara played in 2014 at Hutchinson Community College.

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Posted: December 18, 2014, 1:20 pm

Kentucky is hiring a Big 12 assistant for its offensive coordinator position.

According to multiple reports, the school is set to hire West Virginia's Shannon Dawson. Fox Sports first reported the news.

From the Louisville Courier-Journal:

An official announcement cannot be made until Friday, per state hiring regulations, but Dawson will carry on the "Air Raid" offense installed the last two seasons by Neal Brown, who left UK after this season to become head coach at Troy. The 37-year-old Dawson worked under former Cats coach Hal Mumme, the godfather of that pass-happy spread attack, at both Southeastern Louisiana in 2003-04 and New Mexico State in 2005

Per Fox Sports, Dawson, previously the offensive coordinator for the Mountaineers, is making the move to the SEC because of the opportunity to call plays. At West Virginia, head coach Dana Holgorsen calls plays. According to a source to the Courier-Journal, Dawson's familiarity with the offense was a significant plus as the school didn't want to change offensive terminology after Brown's departure. He'll continue to coach at West Virginia through the bowl game.

West Virginia's offense was No. 11 in total offense in FBS but severely hampered by turnovers. The Mountaineers averaged over 500 yards per game but committed 28 turnovers, which ranked No. 116. Kentucky was No. 75 in the country in yards per game and averaged about a half-yard less than West Virginia did per play.

Mumme is considered one of the coaching mentors of Washington State coach Mike Leach and Holgorsen was an assistant under Leach at Texas Tech for eight seasons before moving to Houston and Oklahoma State.

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Posted: December 18, 2014, 1:00 pm

You can now listen to the (NSFW) remarks that Bo Pelini made to his players on the night of December 2.

Thanks to the Omaha World-Herald, which broke the news of Pelini's comments toward Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst in the meeting, you can in the player above.

Throughout his comments, Pelini called Eichorst names and said he was expecting his fate as Nebraska (former) coach. However, if you were expecting an unhinged Pelini similar to what you see sometimes on the sidelines during Nebraska games, you're going to be surprised. Throughout the 30 minutes, Pelini is composed, though his passion comes through. He also offers to take questions from his players, though he clearly had a lot of things to say.

While it's clear that the relationship between Pelini and Nebraska administration had soured to the point of no repair, he also serves as a good reminder to always know the ramifications of your decisions if you choose to nuke the bridges you've built after your tenure with an employer has ended.

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Posted: December 18, 2014, 12:38 pm

Dec 26, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers athletic director Steve Pederson during the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against the Bowling Green Falcons at Ford Field. Pittsburgh Panthers defeated Bowling Green Falcons 30-27. (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)On the same day coach Paul Chryst left Pittsburgh to take the head coaching job at Wisconsin, athletic director Steve Pederson learned that he would not be around to hire the next coach.

Pitt and Pederson parted ways in what chancellor Patrick Gallagher called a mutual decision on Wednesday.

"With major decisions to be made about the future of football, I thought it was in the best interest of the University of Pittsburgh for Chancellor Gallagher to assemble his own team," Pederson said in a statement. "I am a Pitt and City of Pittsburgh fan, and want what is best for everyone moving into the future."

While Pederson helped guide Pitt through conference realignment and secure a spot in the ACC, his struggles with finding a consistent football coach ultimately cost him his job.

In 2010, Pederson forced out Dave Wannstedt following an 8-5 season and hired Mike Haywood, who had turned Miami-Ohio into Mid-American Conference power. However, Haywood lasted just 16 days before he was fired following a domestic dispute at his home on New Year’s Eve.

Pederson then turned to Todd Graham to help lead the program, but Graham, who came over from Tulsa, managed just a 6-6 season before bolting to Arizona State in 2011.

Chryst, who was hired in 2011, was with the program for three seasons, but was 19-19 and was ultimately swayed to come back to his hometown of Madison, Wisc., by athletic director Barry Alvarez.

Randy Juhl, vice chancellor for research conduct and compliance, will serve as Pitt's acting athletic director and offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph will serve as interim coach for the Panthers in the Armed Forces Bowl on Jan. 2 against Houston.

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Posted: December 18, 2014, 2:48 am

Paul Chryst, Wisconsin's new football coach, glances over at his new players during an a NCAA college football news conference at the Nicholas-Johnson Pavilion in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, M.P. King)After more than a week of speculation and flirtation, Paul Chryst is Wisconsin’s new coach.

Chryst, who had spent the past three seasons as Pitt’s head coach, was Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator before taking the Pitt job. He’s also a graduate of Wisconsin.

Chryst was 19-19 with the Panthers.

“It’s a bit overwhelming to be able to come back to a place where you grew up, went to school and coached, where you have so many ties personally and professionally,” Chryst said. “This job has everything that we, as a family, and me, personally, are looking for. The bar has been set at a high level here and it didn’t just happen. I look forward to the challenge of continuing that tradition of success.”

Chryst had two coaching stints with the Badgers, but is best known for his time from 2005-11. During that time, Chryst was responsible for orchestrating six of the school's 10-best offensive performances. During the 2011 season, the Badgers, which boasted quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Montee Ball, averaged 44.1 points per game, which was sixth-best in the country, a school record and the third-best mark in the Big Ten since 1916.

Chryst replaces Gary Andersen, who left the program to become the head coach at Oregon State. Andersen was 19-7 in two season with the Badgers.

“He brings tremendous experience, both as a head coach and offensive coordinator, and knowledge of our program to the job,” Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said. “He is one of the best offensive minds I have ever come across and I think his consistent results show that.

“Equally as important is his character. He is one of the most genuine people I’ve met and he truly cares for the student-athletes in his program. I’m very happy we were able to hire him as our head football coach.”

For more Wisconsin news, visit BadgerBlitz.com.

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Posted: December 18, 2014, 2:32 am

Could the Michigan Wolverines be floating an offer to Jim Harbaugh to make him the highest-paid coach in college football?

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Wolverines are offering the current San Francisco 49ers coach and former Michigan quarterback a $48-million deal over six seasons.

Sources: #Michigan has made another run at Jim Harbaugh after he initially rebuffed the school. U-M has made an offer of 6 years, $48M. Wow.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 17, 2014

The $8 million per year average would be more than $800,000 higher than the total compensation Alabama's Nick Saban received in 2014. Saban's salary currently makes him the highest-paid coach in college football.

The salary compares well to NFL coaching pay too. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is the highest-paid coach in the league at $8 million a year.

As Harbaugh's time with the 49ers is possibly coming to an end after the season based on a multitude of reports, Michigan has been patient with its coaching search. While Nebraska, Wisconsin, Oregon State and others have made quick moves to hire coaches, Michigan has bided its time. And the longer that Michigan does so, the more it looks like Harbaugh could be the team's target.

Before moving to the 49ers in 2011, Harbaugh coached at Stanford for four seasons after coaching at the University of San Diego for three. He was a candidate to coach at Kansas in 2009, but the Jayhawks went with Turner Gill. In his final season at Stanford, the Cardinal won the Orange Bowl.

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Posted: December 17, 2014, 11:38 pm

Gary Andersen didn't tell his son he was in negotiations with Oregon State until the decision was done and ready to be public knowledge.

Andersen's son, Chasen, is a freshman walk-on linebacker for the Badgers. Andersen, who told Wisconsin last week that he was leaving the Badgers to replace Mike Riley as head coach of the Beavers, kept the decision a secret from his son and informed him when he told the rest of the team.

"It was hard for Chasen. I felt like he needed to be educated in that process," Andersen said on the Jim Rome Show on Tuesday via CoachingSearch.com. "He was on that team and part of that team, and I wanted Chasen to be educated in that process the way the rest of the team was. He is a young man now. He is not a 13 or 14-year-old kid. He is not going to be living with us here, he's out on his own. He was given an opportunity to hear it just like the rest of the team was. I think that took him a little bit by surprise, and I get that, but that is just what I thought was best as a dad and I thought that was best as a coach."

You can listen to audio of the interview here.

Andersen's explanation makes sense, doesn't it? While there are certain things that the son of a coach would know that other players don't, you can't fault him for wanting to treat his son as part of the team. And besides, had Chasen known of Andersen's decision, he could have potentially been put in an uncomfortable spot of having to withhold information from his teammates and tiptoe around the subject.

There's no danger of the sitatuon repeating itself, however. Gary Andersen said in the interview that Chasen is transferring to Utah State, the place Gary coached before moving to Wisconsin.

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Posted: December 17, 2014, 9:43 pm

Bo Pelini does not have kind words for his former superiors at Nebraska.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, Pelini had scathing words for Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst when meeting with players on December 2. The meeting was Pelini's first time with the players after he was fired as Nebraska's coach following the final game of Nebraska's regular season.

From the World-Herald:

“A guy like (Eichorst) who has no integrity, he doesn’t even understand what a core value is," Pelini told players. "And he hasn’t understood it from the day he got here. I saw it when I first met with the guy.

“To have core values means you have to be about something, you have to represent something, you have to have something that is important to you. He is a f------ lawyer who makes policies. That’s all he’s done since he’s been here is hire people and make policies to cover his own ass.”

Via the audio, Pelini also had this to say:

“I didn't really have any relationship with the A.D.,” Pelini said. “The guy, you guys saw him (Sunday), the guy is a total p----. I mean, he is, and he's a total c---.”

Deadspin has what it says is the complete (and uncensored) transcript of Pelini's remarks to his players.

Nebraska released a statement Wednesday afternoon and said while it couldn't immediately confirm the authenticity of the remarks, if they were made by Pelini, his statements reaffirm the university's decision to terminate him.

Here is Nebraska's response to Bo Pelini's recent remarks. pic.twitter.com/za5IOdaR9p

— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 17, 2014

It's not the first time a rant with profanity of Pelini's has been recorded and distributed. In 2013, audio of a 2011 tirade of Pelini's about Nebraska fans was leaked. After the release of the audio, Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman said he was disappointed about it and met with athletic director Eichorst. At the time, Eichorst said he talked with Pelini and expressed the administration's "deep concern."

In his introductory press conference at Youngstown State on Wednesday, Pelini had some nice words for university president Jim Tressel at the expense of Nebraska.

"I love to coach football, I love to serve kids that I coach and I believe that I have a great situation here," Pelini said. "I have a tremendous athletic director, a president who understands football who's going to support me – something that I don't know if I've ever head. I have a great administration and a community that I believe in wholeheartedly."

While he knew he was on the record Wednesday, maybe Pelini should start checking areas at Youngstown State for microphones or tape recorders if he's going to say something remotely controversial that he thinks may be off the record.

At Nebraska, Pelini had a 67-27 record and won nine games in each of his seven seasons with the school, though it wasn't enough to make up for a fractured relationship with administration.

Tressel, the former Ohio State coach, became YSU's president in 2014. He was the football coach at Youngstown State before becoming the coach at Ohio State. Pelini is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, and is back coaching in the town for the first time since he was a coach at Cardinal Mooney High School in 1993.

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Posted: December 17, 2014, 8:46 pm

Tennessee RB Alvin KamaraFormer Alabama running back Alvin Kamara has landed at Tennessee.

The Vols announced they had signed Kamara, a former four-star prospect, out of Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College.

Kamara spent the 2013 season at Alabama, but never saw the field. He was suspended twice and left home from the Sugar Bowl because of an unspecified disciplinary reason. Kamara announced via Twitter last January that he was leaving the Alabama program, but maintained that it was not because of the behavioral issues that landed him in hot water with Saban and his staff.

Kamara rushed for 1,211 yards and 18 touchdowns in nine games with Hutchinson this season. Hutchinson is the same junior college that produced former Tennessee star receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.

"Alvin is an extremely competitive kid. He has an explosive element to his game that will allow him to help us immediately,” Tennessee running backs coach Robert Gillespie said. “I'm excited to coach him this spring and believe that his addition will create a healthy competition in the running backs room."

Freshman Jalen Hurd led the Vols in rushing with 777 yards and three touchdowns, but as a team Tennessee struggled to rush the ball. It ranked 100th in the country and 13th in the SEC in rushing with just 135 yards per game.

Kamara is expected to be on campus in January.

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Posted: December 17, 2014, 6:27 pm

The west side of Texas A&M’s Kyle Field, which includes the press box and second and third decks, will be imploded on Sunday to make way for the final phase of the stadium’s $450 million remodel.

The new west side will include new luxury suites, upper decks, seats for fans, a state-of-the-art broadcasting facility for television media, and a Hall of Champions.

The west side also will have a mosaic of fan photos that have been collected by the university’s marketing department.

The implosion, which will happen around 8 a.m., will be streamed live and fans will be allowed to watch from near Reed Arena.

This implosion will begin the final push toward making Kyle Field the largest on-campus stadium in the state of Texas with a seating capacity of 102,512. All of the stadium construction should be complete for the start of the 2015 season.

For more Texas A&M news, visit AggieYell.com.

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Posted: December 17, 2014, 6:01 pm

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck is leaving the Mountaineers and heading to the NCAA.

Oliver Luck (AP)The news, first reported by the Charleston Daily Mail, was made official by the NCAA later Wednesday morning. Luck is the NCAA's new executive vice president of regulatory affairs and per the organization, it's a new position "that will bring the national office regulatory functions – academic and membership affairs, the Eligibility Center and enforcement – under one umbrella."

I am very pleased to have Oliver joining our team in the national office,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement. “He brings to us wide ranging, hands-on experience from across athletic, academic, and business worlds. Most important, his commitment to the success and well-being of our student-athletes is unquestionable. He has demonstrated that commitment on the ground and throughout his life. I'm anxious for him to get started with us."

Luck, the father of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, has been the athletic director at West Virginia since 2010. The NCAA is headquartered in Indianapolis.

He served on the College Football Playoff committee in 2014 and given there are no current NCAA administrators on the panel, Luck  have to give up his spot in the group now that he's with the sanctioning body. Per the Playoff, his term was set to expire in February 2017.

“Oliver has brought a great perspective to the selection committee, and we will miss him," College Football Playoff director Bill Hancock said in a statement. "He was a valued member whose views were wise and always thoughtful.  We wish him well and know that he will be successful in his new position. We’re glad he will remain in the college athletics family. We will name a replacement by this spring; there’s no rush now, of course. In terms of process, the Big 12 conference will nominate a replacement, and the management committee will review the nomination and make the final decision.”

With Luck in charge of the athletic department, West Virginia moved from the Big East to the Big 12 before the 2012 football season. In three years in the Big 12, the Mountaineers are 11-14 in Big 12 play. In his tenure, West Virginia also remodeled its compliance program after receiving a notice of allegations of NCAA violations. The allegations were against football staff members from 2005-2009.

When Texas was searching for an athletic director to succeed DeLoss Dodds, Luck was considered a leading candidate before the school picked former Arizona State AD Steve Patterson.

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Posted: December 17, 2014, 3:03 pm

Nike and the Miami Hurricanes have become synonymous. And it's possible that the two could be parting ways.

Miami first signed a deal with Nike in 1987 and was the first school to sign an all-sports contract with a brand. Since then, Miami has been a Nike school. But the contract between the two is up on August 31 and Under Armour and Adidas have made bids to be Miami's new supplier.

From the Palm Beach Post:

UM Athletic Director Blake James confirmed to the Post two undisclosed companies made bids and said Nike has an opportunity to match.

The bids submitted by Adidas and Under Armour are believed to be several million dollars per year richer than Nike’s deal with UM. As a private institution, UM does not release information on such contracts.

“Right now all I would say is we have a great partner in Nike and as our contract is coming to an end, we’re evaluating the options that are out there and available,” James said.

Earlier in the week, Arizona State announced it was switching from Nike to Adidas, which recently lost Notre Dame to Under Armour and Tennessee to Nike.

According to the Post, Miami would like to announce a new supplier before playing South Carolina in the Independence Bowl on December 27. If Miami does replace Nike, Under Armour seems to us to be the most logical fit for the Hurricanes identity.

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Posted: December 17, 2014, 12:40 pm

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 29:  Connor Cook #18 of the Michigan State Spartans looks to pass during the second quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 29, 2014 in State College, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)After weighing his options, Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook has decided to put his NFL aspirations on hold and return to school for his senior season.

“I have unfinished business that I want to accomplish next year,” Cook said on Tuesday, per ESPN.com. “I think the only way I can do that is if I return.”

Cook, a 6-foot-4, 218-pound junior, threw for 2,900 yards and 22 touchdowns with just six interceptions this season for the 10-2 Spartans. Cook and the No. 7 Spartans will take on No. 4 Baylor in the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day.

He started for Michigan State for most of the 2013 season as well, leading the Spartans to a Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl victory. He put up similar numbers last season, throwing for 2,755 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Cook told reporters earlier in the season that it was his plan to come back for his final season, unless “things go really well.” With the Spartans falling short of another conference title and falling outside of College Football Playoff contention, Cook has other things he hopes to accomplish in his final season in East Lansing.

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Posted: December 16, 2014, 11:15 pm

Nov 1, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Paul Chryst on the field before hosting the Duke Blue Devils at Heinz Field. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)Many reports in the past week have linked Pitt coach Paul Chryst to the opening at his alma mater, Wisconsin, and on Tuesday, Chryst reportedly told his team and staff that he would meet with UW officials about the job.

Per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Jerry DiPaola, after the Panthers practiced on Tuesday, Chryst “called his players together to make the announcement” that he was heading to Madison, Wis., to meet with the Badgers’ brass.

“He did not say he has been offered the job, or would accept it,” DiPaola wrote. “He also didn’t say he was staying at Pitt.”

Though the reports saying that Wisconsin is planning to hire Chryst have been out for several days, the process has been unable to move forward. Wisconsin cannot officially offer Chryst the job until Wednesday, Dec. 17, due to university hiring policies and state law.

“We are continuing the process of finding our new football coach,” athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a statement last week. “We have not offered the position to anyone. In accordance with University of Wisconsin hiring policies, the earliest we could make an offer to a candidate is Wednesday, Dec. 17. Any accepted offer would be contingent upon approval by the UW System Board of Regents.”

Chryst has been at Pitt for three seasons and has a 19-19 record with the program. Before landing the head-coaching role with the Panthers, Chryst, a Madison native, was Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator from 2005-2011.

If the hire does come to fruition, Chryst would be replacing Gary Andersen, who abruptly left Wisconsin for the opening at Oregon State last week. Meanwhile, Pitt would have to conduct its third coaching search in five seasons.

The Badgers are currently preparing for the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl against Auburn and will be coached by Alvarez in the game.

Pitt will play against Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl on Jan. 2.

For more Wisconsin news, visit BadgerBlitz.com.

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Posted: December 16, 2014, 9:27 pm

Nov 8, 2014; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops reacts to a call in action against the Baylor Bears during the second half at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. (Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports)A year and a half after the home of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was burglarized, one of those responsible was sentenced to jail time on Monday.

According to the Norman Transcript, 22-year-old Corey McCarty and a male juvenile accomplice stole “cash, a phone, credit cards, keys and vehicle” from the Stoops family home in June 2013 while the family was sleeping. McCarty received a “10-year suspended sentence with nine months to serve in country jail” in Cleveland County (Okla.) district court. He was convicted on charges of first-degree burglary, larceny of an automobile and two counts of unauthorized use of a credit card.

Stoops and his wife Carol opted not to appear in court, but did issue a statement.

"Our lives changed forever after waking up to what was supposed to be like any other day,” the statement read in part. “We first noticed that the back door was ajar, then quickly saw that the bolts had been taken out of our gate, allowing it to manually swing open. We were asleep downstairs while our three children slept upstairs while the two men went through our house."

The two perpetrators were captured on surveillance video trying to use the credits cards. Additionally, the vehicle “was later located with the stolen keys.”

McCarty was detained several days later in Oklahoma City.

Per the Transcript:

While dispersing a party in Oklahoma City several days after the incident, police were told that McCarty and his friend discussed the incident at the party. McCarty was detained by Oklahoma City police and later transported to the Norman Police Department, where he was interviewed, the affidavit said.

During the interview, McCarty confessed to the crimes and was “apologetic,” the affidavit says.

In its statement, the Stoops family described the lost sense of security the incident has created.

"It is a crime to no longer feel safe in your own home as they stole our sense of security, peace and happiness in our home. Our lives would have been changed forever," the statement said. "We do not know if they had weapons, but for two people so bold to enter a home where they knew people were sleeping, it is a strong possibility.”

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Posted: December 16, 2014, 7:59 pm

A little more than two weeks after being fired by Nebraska, Bo Pelini has found a new gig.

Pelini has agreed to be the next head coach at FCS Youngstown State, the school announced on Tuesday.

Introducing the 7th and New Head Football Coach of @YoungstownStFB, Bo Pelini! #GoGuins #NewEra pic.twitter.com/H6j7zgONXc

— YSU Football (@YoungstownStFB) December 16, 2014

"We are excited to have Bo Pelini as the head football coach at Youngstown State University," YSU athletic director Ron Strollo said. "He is a dedicated family man who wants to be part of our community and make an impact in his hometown. He has been a successful coach throughout his career and our student-athletes will have the opportunity to play for a tremendous individual. We look forward to him leading our program and welcome him and Mary Pat home."

Pelini, a Youngstown native, was fired by Nebraska on Nov. 30 despite having a 67-27 record in seven seasons leading the program. The Huskers went 9-3 under Pelini’s watch this season, but school athletic director Shawn Eichorst decided to make a change. Nebraska then hired Oregon State’s Mike Riley less than a week after Pelini's dismissal.

"It is with great passion and enthusiasm that I become the head football coach at Youngstown State University." Pelini said in a statement. "This is an exciting time for my family and me as we return to the Mahoning Valley. Mary Pat and our children are anxious to get involved in the Youngstown State and local communities."

At Youngstown, Pelini replaces Eric Wolford, who was fired in late November after going 31-26 in five seasons.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a tremendous group of football student-athletes who are currently part of the program," Pelini said. "YSU football has a rich championship tradition and a standard of excellence which our staff and players will work to uphold both on and off of the field."

Pelini played collegiately at Ohio State and will now play under former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who is now the president at YSU. Before taking over at Nebraska in 2008, Pelini was the defensive coordinator at LSU from 2005-07 and also had one-year stints at Oklahoma in 2004 and Nebraska in 2003.

Before his first job at Nebraska, Pelini was a defensive assistant with the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers from 1994-2002.

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Posted: December 16, 2014, 4:54 pm

New Florida coach Jim McElwain has found his defensive coordinator.

The Gators made the hire of Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins official on Tuesday afternoon.

Collins has been at Mississippi State for four seasons under coach Dan Mullen, whose first season with the program was in 2009. Mullen, a former Florida offensive coordinator, hired Collins from Florida International. Collins served as MSU's defensive coordinator for two seasons after being the team's co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for two seasons.

In addition to coaching at FIU, Collins has also coached at UCF; his strong Florida ties are likely a major reason for his hire. Per the Clarion-Ledger, Collins signed a two-year contract extension with MSU in January.

Per the Commercial Dispatch, Mullen said he wasn't too happy with coaches leaving for what he termed were lateral moves.

Mullen on DC Geoff Collins to Florida: "I don't like anybody leaving for what I would view a lateral move, to be perfectly honest."

— Brandon Walker (@BWonStateBeat) December 16, 2014

Mississippi State's defense was ranked 80th in yards per game but was 10th in scoring defense, giving up 19.4 points per game. Florida's defense was ninth in yards per game in 2014 and gave up 21 points per game. The Bulldogs were ranked so low in yards per game because of their struggles against the pass. While MSU only gave up 126 yards per game on the ground, it gave up 285 yards a game through the air.

Current Florida interim coach D.J. Durkin served as the team's defensive coordinator in 2014 under fired coach Will Muschamp. He could and should be a candidate for a defensive coordinator job at another Power Five conference school. Durkin will coach Florida against East Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl on January 3.

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Posted: December 16, 2014, 4:27 pm

Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson’s season began with him in the Heisman discussion and will end with him splitting snaps.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said Monday that both Golson, a redshirt junior, and Malik Zaire, a redshirt freshman, will play when the Fighting Irish take on LSU in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30. Golson started every game this season for the 7-5 Irish, but he was replaced by Zaire after struggling mightily in the 49-14 regular season finale loss to USC.

Against the Trojans, Zaire completed 9-of-20 passes for 170 yards and scored a rushing touchdown.

“We got a glimpse of what (Zaire) could do against USC,” Kelly said per IrishIllustrated.com. “But I think both of them can help us win. I want to play them both because I think both of them have different traits and we need to find a way to win the game. I think both of them can help us win.”

While he doesn’t know exactly how the snaps between Golson and Zaire will be divided, Kelly said using both quarterbacks would help the team “control the flow of the game.”

“It’s not going to be pull one and put the other one in because they’re not moving the team,” Kelly said. “We’re going to be utilizing both of them. Everett’s got a lot of experience. He threw for a lot of yards, over 3,000 yards. He’s capable of obviously some big plays and throwing the football. Malik’s not as experienced, but Malik’s shown himself to be very good at running some of our read option stuff.”

Golson was Notre Dame’s starting during its run to the BCS Championship Game in 2012, but missed all of 2013 with an academic suspension. He returned this season and threw for 3,355 yards and 29 touchdowns, but turned the ball over 22 times (14 interceptions, eight lost fumbles).

The Irish started the season 6-0 and ascended to No. 5 in the rankings, but the team lost five of its last six games – including its final four – to end the regular season in disappointing fashion.

Moving forward, with both Golson and Zaire returning in 2015, Kelly said he hasn’t ruled out a quarterback competition heading into next season.

“I’m open really to anything at this point. We want to put the best football team, the best offense that we can put on the field,” Kelly said. “Ideally, you’d like to have one, but if we’ve got two, then that’s what we’ll do. We’ll see how this plays out and then evaluate it as we move forward. I haven’t closed to door to any kind of scenario.”

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Posted: December 16, 2014, 3:14 pm

Iowa State defensive tackle Devlyn Cousin was charged with domestic assault after he was arrested for an incident Friday.

According to the arrest report per the Des Moines Register, Harris allegedly pushed a woman identified as his girlfriend to the ground as the two were arguing before 9 p.m.

He's also charged with obstruction of emergency communication.

From the Register:

Huff said the 911 operator heard a woman crying and a man yelling in the background before the phone connection suddenly went dead. The woman was not able to speak directly to the operator, Huff said.

After his arrest, Cousin was suspended indefinitely by Iowa State. The Cyclones, at 2-10 in 2014, aren't going to a bowl game.

"We are aware of the charges filed against Devlyn, and we take them very seriously," Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said in a statement. "The allegations brought against Devlyn are not consistent with the expectations of our program.

"Devlyn is currently suspended indefinitely under the Iowa State student-athlete discipline policy as we gather more information."

Cousin, a redshirt sophomore, played in nine games in 2014 and had 12 tackles with a sack and a tackle for a loss.

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Posted: December 16, 2014, 1:58 pm

We'll give you all of Tuesday to go recreate this kick. And we're going to guess you won't be able to come close.

South Alabama punter Corliss Waitman spun the ball to himself, popped it up in the air via a backheel and then punted it through the uprights. Here's your video proof.

Yeah, pretty cool.

Waitman is a freshman at South Alabama, a team that's going bowling for the first time when it plays in the Camellia Bowl on Saturday against Bowling Green. However, Waitman may not be on the field. He's the backup punter and Brandon McKee has taken every punt for the Jaguars this season.

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Posted: December 16, 2014, 1:24 pm

Marcus Mariota can say he was the last Heisman winner to go on the Late Show with David Letterman after winning the award.

The 2014 Heisman winner made an appearance on Letterman's show Monday night and read the show's famous Top Ten list. Mariota had some fun with it, and we'd love if he used the pose fron No. 2 in a touchdown celebration against Florida State. Our favorite was No. 3, however. Bashing on New York's NFL teams is the thing to do right now, but we still thought it was funny.

Letterman's last show will be May 20. Stephen Colbert is taking over for him in 2015.

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Author: Nick Bromberg
Posted: December 16, 2014, 12:55 pm

LSU coach Les Miles told reporters on Monday that he wasn't a candidate for the head coaching job at Michigan.

From NOLA.com:

In a post-practice session with reporters, Miles declined to be quoted directly but made it clear he is not seeking the job and has not been contacted personally, or through his agent, Dallas-based George Bass, formally or informally.

Per the AP, a spokesperson from the school said Miles has told LSU the same thing.

Miles, a Michigan alum, has been linked to the Michigan job for the second time after Brady Hoke was at the end of the season. While Nebraska, Oregon State and other schools have hired coaches, Michigan hasn't selected its new head coach yet.

His name was brought up for the Michigan job in 2007 before the Wolverines hired Rich Rodriguez. Then, LSU was coming off an appearance in the SEC Championship Game. This year, LSU is heading to the Music City Bowl after an 8-4 season, Miles' 10th at LSU.

And, per Miles, all signs point to an 11th.

LSU faces Notre Dame on December 30 in Nashville.

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Posted: December 16, 2014, 12:41 pm

Auburn players will wear a No. 31 decal on the back of their helmets during the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 to honor teammate Jakell Mitchell, who was murdered early Sunday morning.

According to Mitchell’s girlfriend, Mitchell got into an argument with a man during a party at the Tiger Lodge apartment complex when another man pulled at a gun and shot multiple times.

Mitchell, 18, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at East Alabama Medical Center.

Markale Hart is currently accused of the fatal shooting and is being held in Lee County Detention Center on $500,000 bail. Hart has asked for his bail to be reduced so he can be moved to Tallapoosa County because his family fears for his safety. According to Hart’s attorney, Anwar Taylor, Hart and his family have received death threats. Hart has two children ages 1 and 4 months.

If Hart does bond out, he is facing a possible probation revocation for a 2012 burglary second-degree conviction.

On Monday, coach Gus Malzahn said, “the last 48 hours have been tough and challenging” and that professional grief counselors are available on campus. Malzahn said no other players were at the party and that none of his players live in the Tiger Lodge apartment complex.

That apartment complex is the same complex where two former Auburn players died in a shooting in June of 2012.

For more Auburn news, visit AuburnSports.com.

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: December 15, 2014, 11:38 pm

Ole Miss offensive lineman Aaron Morris will miss the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl after tearing the ACL in his left knee.

Coach Hugh Freeze said Morris suffered a partial tear prior to the regular-season finale against Mississippi State, but wanted to play through the injury. However, Morris and the coaching staff ultimately decided to have the surgery before the bowl game so Morris, a junior, could be ready for the 2015 season.

This is the second time Morris has torn his left ACL. He missed most of the 2013 season after the first injury.

Morris started 11 of 12 regular season games this season.

For more Ole Miss news, visit RebelGrove.com.

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: December 15, 2014, 11:12 pm

Nov 29, 2014; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers wide receiver Sammie Coates (18) catches a second quarter touchdown pass Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium. (Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports)Auburn receiver Sammie Coates announced Monday he has decided to forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL draft.

Coates, who graduated from Auburn on Saturday, said he didn’t look at his NFL evaluation and instead made his decision because he had obtained his degree.

"If I wouldn't have graduated, it wouldn't have even been a thought," Coates said.

Coates’ final game will be against Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1.

In the past two seasons, Coates has amassed 72 catches for 1,619 yards and 11 touchdowns. ESPN’s Mel Kiper listed Coates as a late-first to mid-second round pick, but he is not listed among his top 10 receivers.

"He's got a bright future. I'm real proud of him," coach Gus Malzahn said.

Malzahn also said Auburn would pay for loss-of-value insurance for Coates for the bowl game. The insurance will provide Coates his lost NFL worth should he be injured in the bowl game and either fall in the draft or not be drafted at all.

Coates is the first of the Tigers’ two main receivers to declare for the draft. Auburn is still waiting for junior D'haquille “Duke” Williams to make his decision.

Williams missed two games late in the season after suffering a knee injury against Texas A&M on Nov. 8. He returned to play in the Iron Bowl against Alabama and had seven catches for 121 yards. 

For more Auburn news, visit AuburnSports.com.

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: December 15, 2014, 11:01 pm

Boston College head coach Steve Addazio posted a hilarious collection of Vine videos in June 2013 that solely consists of him calling past BC lettermen “dudes.”

Here’s an example:

Those vines went largely unnoticed until the college football blogosphere discovered them. Since then, Addazio posted a few more “dude” Vines and has embraced the attention they’ve gotten.

Now that Addazio’s Eagles have a matchup against Penn State in the Pinstripe Bowl scheduled for Dec. 27 at Yankee Stadium in New York City, Addazio decided to invite all the “dudes and dudettes” to the game in true Addazio style.

Addazio even suggests some sights to visit while in the Big Apple. Those include the “Dudepire State Building,” the “Dudetue of Liberty,” and the “Dudeafeller Center,” among others.

Never change, coach. Never change.

For more Boston College news, visit EagleAction.com.

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Posted: December 15, 2014, 6:02 pm

Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman is expected to be the next coach at Houston, according to a report by Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.

Herman has spent the past three seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Buckeyes and won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant. Herman became a hot name during this offseason after turning backup quarterback J.T. Barrett into a Heisman contender and helping win the Big Ten title with third-stringer Cardale Jones.

Houston becomes the third AAC team to hire an offensive coordinator as its head coach. SMU hired Clemson’s Chad Morris and Tulsa hired Baylor’s Phillip Montgomery.

Houston fired coach Tony Levine after finishing 7-5 this season.

For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

For more Houston news, visit CougarsDen.com.

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Posted: December 15, 2014, 4:35 pm

Sad news emerged out of Auburn Sunday with the tragic death of Tigers freshman tight end Jakell Mitchell. An outpouring of condolences and support from the football community was sent Auburn’s way, including from former Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley.

Mosley, now in his rookie season with the Baltimore Ravens, put the Alabama-Auburn rivalry aside and honored Mitchell with a message on his cleats before Sunday’s game against Jacksonville.

🙏🙏 rip Jakell Mitchell and praying for the #AuburnFamily pic.twitter.com/CGjO5LgYFT

— CJ Mosley (@TreyDeuce32RTR) December 14, 2014

Mitchell redshirted his first season with the Auburn program and was expected to compete for a starting role for the Tigers in 2015.

"I'm devastated and saddened by the passing of Jakell Mitchell," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement. "My thoughts and prayers are with Jakell's family and friends, who are suffering through this senseless tragedy. I know the Auburn Family is hurting, especially our players and coaches, and we are going to love and support them through this difficult time. We have lost a member of our family too young, too soon."

Hours after Mitchell’s death, 22-year-old Markale Hart was arrested and charged with murder.

For more Auburn news, visit AuburnSports.com.

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Author: Sam Cooper
Posted: December 15, 2014, 4:31 pm

Oregon and Oregon State may be huge rivals, but the two programs certainly respect one another.

To show that respect for Oregon and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota, Oregon State took out a full page ad in The Oregonian to congratulate Mariota on winning college football’s most prestigious hardware.

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The ad reads:

Our own Terry Baker brought that treasured hardware home to Oregon 52 years ago. So we know that feeling. And what it takes to get there.

It takes doing the work. Showing up, then stepping up. Becoming a leader on the field.

It takes thousands of yards, gained one pass and one run at a time. Keeping your head in today’s game, not on yesterday’s hype.

It takes dedication. Standing with your team until the job’s done. Representing your school and state with character to the last.

And you’ve done that.

Congratulations, Marcus Mariota, on winning the Heisman Trophy. From the Oregon State Beavers.

That’s a pretty awesome gesture from the Beavers. Mariota became the first Ducks player to win the Heisman and the first from an Oregon school since OSU’s Terry Baker in 1962.

With the Heisman media frenzy coming to a close, Mariota will turn his attention to the Ducks’ New Year’s Day College Football Playoff semifinal matchup against Florida State in the Rose Bowl.

For more Oregon news, visit DuckSportsAuthority.com. For more Oregon State news, visit BeaverBlitz.com.

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Posted: December 15, 2014, 3:56 pm

Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight (9) passes in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Baylor in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. Baylor won 48-14. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)More than a month after being injured against Baylor, Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight has been cleared to play.

The sophomore went down with a neck injury on Nov. 8 and missed the Sooners’ final three games of the season, but returned to practice on Saturday, the program announced.

“It’s a big plus, definitely,” OU head coach Bob Stoops said of Knight’s return. “We’ve missed him the last several weeks. Obviously he’s got experience and the bowl experience from a year ago, so hopefully this will give us a big boost.”

According to the Oklahoman, doctors had been hesitant to clear Knight to play after being diagnosed with transient quadriplegia, a condition that can range from “mild weakness that goes away in minutes to complete paralysis that lasts for hours.” Knight, who is 11-3 as Oklahoma’s starter, was able to walk around after the Baylor game, but he was held out of action as pain from the injury lingered.

Now, Knight is set to make his return to the field when the Sooners take on Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29.

“It felt so good to get back and run around with the guys a little bit and throw the ball around,” Knight said. “It’s been tough not being able to practice for so long. I got back in there and got a little rhythm throughout practice and knocked a little rust off. It definitely felt good to be back out there.”

Before the injury, Knight had thrown for 2,197 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions while completing 58.1 percent of his passes.

With Knight out, freshman Cody Thomas filled in for the 8-4 Sooners’ final three games, beating Texas Tech and Kansas while losing to Oklahoma State.

For more Oklahoma news, visit SoonerScoop.com.

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Author: Sam Cooper
Posted: December 15, 2014, 3:16 pm

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