College Football NEWS ARCHIVE

» Friday, January 19, 2018

Houston Baptist gets 2 years probation for NCAA violations

HOUSTON (AP) The NCAA handed Houston Baptist's football program two years of probation Friday along with a public reprimand and recruiting penalties after coach Vic Shealy failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance by creating his own student host program.

Illinois hires Arizona’s Rod Smith as offensive coordinator

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois has hired Arizona assistant Rod Smith as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Buckeyes still loaded as most NFL-eligible players stay put

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and his assistants annually brace for announcements about elite and not-so-elite players leaving the program early for the NFL draft.

Darnold, Rosen, Jackson among 119 underclassmen in NFL draft

Quarterbacks Sam Darnold, Lamar Jackson and Josh Rosen are among the record 106 underclassmen given special entry to the NFL draft, making it four of the last five seasons in which at least 95 players have declared early.

Clemson reserve QB Zerrick Cooper decides to transfer

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson reserve quarterback Zerrick Cooper is leaving the Tigers.

Wofford preparing for Conklin era

(STATS) - New Wofford coach Josh Conklin will be challenged to keep the defending Southern Conference champion on the same level as the retired Mike Ayers, but the Terriers know what teams stand in their way this year.

Oklahoma’s Mayfield takes Manning Award as nation’s top QB

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield says one of his top priorities as he prepares for the NFL draft is to allay concerns about his character.

» Thursday, January 18, 2018

Oklahoma’s Mayfield takes Manning Award as nation’s top QB

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield says one of his top priorities as he prepares for the NFL draft is to allay concerns about his character.

Coroner rules Hilinski death was suicide

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) The Whitman County coroner has concluded Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Northern Colorado to face challenging schedule

(STATS) - Northern Colorado will face a strong nonconference schedule with the goal of being improved in the Big Sky next season.

ETSU, North Carolina to meet in 2022

(STATS) - ETSU continues to add future FBS opponents, announcing a Nov. 19, 2022 matchup at North Carolina on Thursday.

Alabama hires Jeff Banks as Tide special teams coordinator

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama has hired Jeff Banks as its special teams coordinator.

Northern Colorado to face challenge schedule

(STATS) - Northern Colorado will face a strong nonconference schedule with the goal of being improved in the Big Sky next season.

Oklahoma’s Mayfield takes Manning Award as nation’s top QB

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield has been named the 2017 Manning Award winner after a season in which he passed for 4,627 yards and 43 touchdowns.

Senior Bowl rosters include 12 from FCS

(STATS) - A strong contingent of 12 former FCS players were assigned to the rosters at the 69th Reese's Senior Bowl on Thursday.

Stephen F. Austin seeks improvement in 2018

(STATS) - An experienced Stephen F. Austin squad is set to tackle its 11-game schedule which was announced Thursday.

FAU quarterback Jason Driskel says he’s ending career

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Jason Driskel is ready for the real world.

Two-time Payton winner Briscoe seeks to impress at Shrine Game

(STATS) - Coming from the FCS level, former Sam Houston State quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe realizes the critiques are a little stronger when NFL prospects go under the microscope.

Northwestern State looking toward Laird’s first season

(STATS) - Northwestern State will visit Texas A&M in new coach Brad Laird's first game and play five times at home as part of an 11-game 2018 schedule.

» Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Oregon AD Mullens new playoff selection committee chairman

Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens will become the new chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee starting next season, and three new Power Five ADs will join the 13-member panel.

Texas QB Buechele to have surgery on torn hip muscle

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas quarterback Shane Buechele will undergo surgery for a torn muscle in his hip and abdomen area but should return in time for spring practice in March.

Quarterback’s death permeates NCAA convention discussions

When Dr. Brian Hainline learned about the apparent suicide of another college athlete, it hit hard. Again.

NC authorities reviewing NFL agent’s contact with UNC player

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Investigators are looking into whether an NFL agent violated North Carolina's sports agents law by contacting a Tar Heels football player despite not being registered with the state.

NCAA says Miami’s loss in Orange Bowl counts as a home loss

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) After further review, Miami's home winning streak is over.

Oregon AD Mullens new playoff selection committee chairman

Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens will become the new chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee starting next season, and three new Power Five ADs will join the 13-member panel.

NC authorities reviewing NFL agent’s contact with UNC player

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Investigators are looking into whether an NFL agent violated North Carolina's sports agents law by contacting a Tar Heels football player despite not being registered with the state.

Oregon AD Mullens new playoff selection committee chairman

Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens will become the new chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee starting next season, and three new Power Five ADs will join the 13-member panel.

Texas hires line coach Hand from Auburn

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas has hired Auburn football assistant Herb Hand as offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator.

Police interview friends of quarterback who killed himself

Police on Wednesday were interviewing Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski's friends and people who knew him to try to learn why he apparently took his life.

Police interview friends of quarterback who killed himself

Police are interviewing Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski's friends and people who knew him to try to learn why he apparently took his life.

Auburn rehires JB Grimes as its offensive line coach

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) JB Grimes is returning for his second stint as Auburn's offensive line coach.

Oregon AD Mullens to be playoff selection committee chairman

Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens will be the chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee, starting next season, and three new Power Five ADs are joining the 13-member panel.

Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski dies in apparent suicide

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski has died from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Buchanan Award winner Jackson goes after the big catch

(STATS) - Darius Jackson's father wasn't a fan of his son's fishing habits when he was young.

ETSU sets Sanders’ first schedule

(STATS) - A trip to Tennessee and six home games are part of new East Tennessee State coach Randy Sanders' first schedule.

Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski dies in apparent suicide

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski has died from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski found dead

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

» Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski found dead

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

WR Stepherson among 4 Notre Dame players dismissed from team

Notre Dame wide receiver Kevin Stepherson, who was suspended for the Fighting Irish's Citrus Bowl against LSU after being accused of shoplifting, and three other players have been dismissed from the team.

Guidry remaining as McNeese’s coach

(STATS) - McNeese's Lance Guidry is remaining the Cowboys' coach after he was in recent talks for a position on Willie Taggart's new staff at Florida State.

Syracuse hires Mike Cavanaugh to coach offensive line

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse announced Tuesday it has hired Mike Cavanaugh as the team's offensive line coach.

Kevin Sumlin says coaching Arizona is ’the right challenge’

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Kevin Sumlin calls the head coaching job at Arizona ''the right place and the right challenge.''

Chargers assistant McNulty returns to Rutgers as coordinator

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) After spending the last nine years as an NFL assistant coach, John McNulty wanted a more from football than either leading five or six players a season or helping to plan different aspects of the offense. He felt he had more to offer.

Jacksonville State signs ex-Auburn tight end Landon Rice

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) Former Auburn tight end Landon Rice has signed with Jacksonville State.

Sumlin says coaching Arizona is ’the right challenge’

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Kevin Sumlin was introduced as head football coach at Arizona on Tuesday, calling it ''the right place and the right challenge'' for him.

Heisman runner-up Bryce Love returning to Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Heisman Trophy runner-up and Doak Walker Award winner Bryce Love is returning to Stanford for his senior season.

Alabama A&M hires Connell Maynor as its head football coach

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) Alabama A&M has hired Connell Maynor as football coach.

FCS head coaching changes

(STATS) - FCS schools with head coaching changes since the start of the 2017 season, with school, former coach and new coach if applicable:

Chargers assistant McNulty returns to Rutgers as coordinator

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Los Angeles Chargers tight ends coach John McNulty is returning to the college ranks for a second stint as the offensive coordinator at Rutgers.

SDSU’s Wieneke ready to catch on in NFL

(STATS) - FCS fans wouldn't be surprised that Cooper Kupp caught two touchdowns in the only meeting between national powers Eastern Washington and South Dakota State.

Alabama A&M names Maynor coach

(STATS) - Alabama A&M announced the hiring of former Winston-Salem and Hampton coach Connell Maynor to lead its program Tuesday.

» Monday, January 15, 2018

QB Quinten Dormady says he’s transferring from Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Quarterback Quinten Dormady is leaving Tennessee after a junior year in which he lost his starting job and suffered a season-ending injury.

QB Quinten Dormady says he’s transferring from Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Quarterback Quinten Dormady is leaving Tennessee after a junior year in which he lost his starting job and suffered a season-ending injury.

Michigan hires Moore as part of Harbaugh’s reshaped staff

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan has hired Sherrone Moore to coach tight ends.

Clemson DT Wilkins returning for senior year

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Clemson's heart, soul and power on defense is intact next season with defensive tackle Christian Wilkins' choice to hold off on the NFL and return to the Tigers.

Reports: Maynor to coach Alabama A&M

(STATS) - Alabama A&M will hire former Winston-Salem and Hampton coach Connell Maynor to lead its program, according to reports.

QB Quinten Dormady says he’s transferring from Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Quarterback Quinten Dormady is leaving Tennessee after a junior year in which he lost his starting job and suffered a season-ending injury.

Clemson DT Wilkins returning for senior year

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins is returning for his senior season, holding off on the NFL draft and giving the Tigers one more season with their starting defensive line intact.

NC State backup QB McClendon to transfer after graduation

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State redshirt senior quarterback Jalan McClendon will play elsewhere next season as a graduate transfer.

Georgia Butkus Award winner Roquan Smith to enter NFL draft

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Linebacker Roquan Smith, the leader of a defense that led Georgia to the national championship game, is entering the NFL draft.

FCS sack master Petersen now chasing NFL dream

(STATS) - Early in his senior season this past fall, the school record for career sacks was within San Diego defensive end Jonathan Petersen's grasp.

» Sunday, January 14, 2018

RB Myles Gaskin returning to Washington for senior season

SEATTLE (AP) Washington star running back Myles Gaskin will return to school for his senior season rather than enter the NFL draft.

AP source: Arizona to hire Kevin Sumlin as football coach

Arizona has tabbed former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin as its football coach.

AP source: Arizona to hire Kevin Sumlin as football coach

Arizona has tabbed former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin as its football coach.

AP source: Arizona to hire Kevin Sumlin as football coach

A person familiar with the decision says Arizona will hire former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin.

AP source: Arizona to hire Kevin Sumlin as football coach

A person familiar with the decision says Arizona will hire former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin.

» Saturday, January 13, 2018

Clemson DE Ferrell returning to Tigers

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson All-American defensive end Clelin Ferrell is returning to the Tigers next season.

USC DL Rasheem Green is 4th Trojan to declare for NFL draft

LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California defensive lineman Rasheem Green will skip his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

Reaction to sportscaster Keith Jackson’s death at 89

Reaction to the death of longtime sportscaster Keith Jackson at 89:

Reaction to sportscaster Keith Jackson’s death at 89

Reaction to the death of longtime sportscaster Keith Jackson at 89:

Keith Jackson, 89, announcer with ’Whoa, Nelly!’ call, dies

Keith Jackson laid down the soundtrack to Saturday for a generation of college football fans with phrases such as his signature ''Whoa, Nelly!'' From the World Series to the Olympics, NFL to NBA, he did it all over five decades as a sportscaster, but most appropriately his final assignment before retiring 12 years ago was one of the greatest college football games ever.

Reaction to sportscaster Keith Jackson’s death at 89

Reaction to the death of longtime sportscaster Keith Jackson at 89:

Keith Jackson, 89, broadcaster with ’Whoa, Nelly! call, dies

Keith Jackson, whose signature phrases like ''Whoa, Nelly!'' made him the down-home voice of college football during more than five decades as a sportscaster, has died. He was 89.

Keith Jackson, sportscaster with ’Whoa, Nelly! call, dies

Keith Jackson, whose signature phrases like ''Whoa, Nelly!'' made him the down-home voice of college football during more than five decades as a sportscaster, has died. He was 89.

Keith Jackson, sportscaster with ’Whoa, Nelly! call, dies

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. (AP) Keith Jackson, the down-home voice of college football during more than five decades as a broadcaster, has died. He was 89.

Georgia defensive tackle Trenton Thompson to enter NFL draft

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia junior defensive tackle Trenton Thompson is entering the NFL draft despite a decline in production in 2017.

» Friday, January 12, 2018

NC State’s Hines, Richardson leaving school early for NFL

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State running back Nyheim Hines and offensive tackle Will Richardson are skipping their final seasons to enter the NFL draft.

QB Jacob Eason leaving Georgia after losing job to Fromm

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Quarterback Jacob Eason said Friday he is leaving Georgia, an expected decision after he lost his starting job to freshman Jake Fromm.

QB Jacob Eason leaving Georgia after losing job to Fromm

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Quarterback Jacob Eason is leaving Georgia, an expected decision after he lost the starting job to freshman Jake Fromm.

NC State’s Hines leaving school early, declaring for NFL

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State running back Nyheim Hines is skipping his final season to enter the NFL draft.

UConn hires Chicago Bears’ Dunn as offensive coordinator

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn' football coach Randy Edsall has hired former Chicago Bears assistant coach John Dunn to be his new offensive coordinator.

South Carolina’s Muschamp gets 6-year, $28.2 million deal

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Will Muschamp has received a new, six-year, $28.2 million contract after leading the Gamecocks to a nine-win season.

Marcus Lattimore joins South Carolina football staff

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina record-holder Marcus Lattimore is returning to the Gamecocks as director of player development and life skills.

» Thursday, January 11, 2018

Injured Florida safety Harris leaves school early, turns pro

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Marcell Harris, the Florida safety who tore his right Achilles tendon in late July and missed all of last season, is forgoing his final year of eligibility and entering the NFL draft.

Orgeron returns to Ensminger to run LSU offense

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU coach Ed Orgeron insists that he always thought of Steve Ensminger as a top candidate for offensive coordinator.

Donnie Yantis to remain at Arizona State in expanded role

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Donnie Yantis will remain at Arizona State in an expanded role.

Oklahoma State fires defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State has fired defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer.

UNC lineman Hatton gives up football after 4th concussion

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina offensive lineman Tommy Hatton says he is retiring from football after his fourth concussion.

FCS head coaching changes

(STATS) - FCS schools with head coaching changes since the start of the 2017 season, with school, former coach and new coach if applicable:

Florida freshman Russell has career-ending heart condition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida freshman defensive back Randy Russell, one of the state's top recruits, says he has a heart condition that will end his football career.

Fitzpatrick among 5 Alabama underclassmen entering NFL draft

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) National champion Alabama once again must replace a number of key players leaving early for the NFL draft, including All-America safety Minkah Fitzpatrick.

Florida’s Mullen fills out coaching staff by hiring English

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida's Dan Mullen filled out his staff Thursday by hiring Ron English as safeties coach.

Fitzpatrick among 5 Alabama underclassmen entering NFL draft

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) National champion Alabama is losing four more underclassmen to the NFL draft, including All-America safety Minkah Fitzpatrick.

» Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Scott Frost wins Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of Year Award

HOUSTON (AP) Scott Frost has one final award to share with the University of Central Florida.

Scott Frost wins Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of Year Award

HOUSTON (AP) Scott Frost has one final award to share with the University of Central Florida.

Bowden likes Fisher’s chances of making Aggies an SEC factor

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden is 88 and still keeps a busy schedule of speaking engagements. On Wednesday he was in Omaha - his fourth city in a week - to receive the Tom Osborne Legacy Award for his contributions to college football and leadership in the community.

Clemson wide receiver Deon Cain declaring for NFL draft

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson receiver Deon Cain is joining the growing list of Tigers' underclassmen declaring for the NFL draft.

LSU running back Derrius Guice says he is entering NFL draft

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU leading rusher Derrius Guice says he's entering the 2018 NFL draft.

Bowden likes Fisher’s chances of making Aggies an SEC factor

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden is 88 and still keeps a busy schedule of speaking engagements. On Wednesday he was in Omaha - his fourth city in a week - to receive the Tom Osborne Legacy Award for his contributions to college football and leadership in the community.

LSU promotes TE coach Ensminger to offensive coordinator

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU coach Ed Orgeron has promoted tight ends coach Steve Ensminger to offensive coordinator.

Replacing stars Jackson, Daniels key for Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa expected to lose cornerback Josh Jackson to the NFL after his standout junior season.

Tennessee’s Pruitt ready to solely focus on coaching Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Now that he no longer has to divide his time between two jobs, Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt can concentrate solely on transforming the Volunteers into Southeastern Conference championship contenders once again.

Hoosiers add Georgia Tech linebacker in transfer

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Linebacker T.J. Roof is transferring from Georgia Tech to Indiana.

22 from FCS set for NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

(STATS) - Many former FCS players with dreams of playing in the NFL are set to participate in the seventh annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 20 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley says he will enter draft

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama junior wide receiver Calvin Ridley is entering the NFL draft.

Stanford cornerback Quenton Meeks declares for NFL draft

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Stanford cornerback Quenton Meeks says he will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Clemson wide receiver Deon Cain declaring for NFL draft

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson receiver Deon Cain is joining the growing list of Tigers' underclassmen declaring for the NFL draft.

Iowa coach Ferentz faces an unusual rival: his neighbors

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz is facing a challenge from an unlikely opponent: his neighbors.

A sneak peek to FCS 2018

(STATS) - If you're looking for something new in the FCS, it's a good thing they don't play the games on paper.

FCS players seek to turn heads at Tropical Bowl

(STATS) - FCS-level players are among those participating in the Tropical Bowl on Sunday in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Notre Dame promotes Clark Lea to defensive coordinator

Notre Dame is promoting linebackers coach Clark Lea to defensive coordinator, replacing Mike Elko, who left for Texas A&M last week.

» Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Stanford safety Justin Reid declares for NFL draft

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Stanford safety Justin Reid will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Ex-Nebraska star Barrett Ruud returning to coach linebackers

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Former Nebraska linebacker Barrett Ruud is returning to the Cornhuskers to coach inside linebackers.

Penn State settles suit over alleged Sandusky abuse in 2007

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Penn State has settled a lawsuit by a man who claimed former university assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky molested him in a car in 2007, when the man was about 14 years old.

Tar Heels hire former UNC LB Thigpen as assistant coach

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina has hired former Tar Heels linebacker Tommy Thigpen as an assistant coach.

Northwestern hires former LB McGarigle as safeties coach

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Northwestern has hired former Wildcats star linebacker Tim McGarigle as safeties coach.

FCS playoff attendance up over 10 percent

(STATS) - Attendance increased over 10 percent in the 2017 NCAA Division I FCS playoffs, led by the two most successful teams, national champion North Dakota State and runner-up James Madison.

Hawaii native leads Alabama with ’humility and class’

HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii may be thought of more as the land of surf and sand but football is also a big part of the culture and the state has churned out some pretty incredible players.

Florida State’s Jalen Wilkerson leaving early for NFL draft

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Jalen Wilkerson is the sixth Florida State player to announce he is leaving early to enter the NFL draft.

Missouri quarterback will return for senior season

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri quarterback Drew Lock is returning to school for his senior season.

Woody eager to install attacking 3-4 defense at Georgia Tech

ATLANTA (AP) Nate Woody isn't looking for guys who sit back and react.

’Bama-Georgia draws 2nd-largest CFP championship TV audience

ATLANTA (AP) The national championship showdown between Alabama and Georgia drew 28.443 million viewers for ESPN, making it the second-most watched title game in the four years of the College Football Playoff format.

’Bama-Georgia draws 2nd-largest CFP championship TV audience

ATLANTA (AP) The national championship showdown between Alabama and Georgia drew 28.443 million viewers, making it the second-most watched title game in the four-year-old format of the College Football Playoff.

Penn State settles suit over alleged Sandusky abuse in 2007

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Penn State has settled a lawsuit by a man who claimed former university assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky molested him in a car in 2007, when the man was about 14 years old.

UCF backup QB Noah Vedral follows Frost ’home’ to Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) UCF backup quarterback Noah Vedral is following coach Scott Frost to Nebraska.

Fromm is key to Georgia’s hopes of contending again in 2018

ATLANTA (AP) Jake Fromm won over his coach yet again even after he couldn't win Georgia's biggest game in almost four decades.

Penn State settles suit over alleged Sandusky abuse in 2007

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Penn State has settled a lawsuit by a man who claimed former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky molested him in 2007, when he was about 14 years old.

Alabama’s Saban: ’This will be a game I’ll never forget’

ATLANTA (AP) Nick Saban wins one title and moves on to figuring out how to get the next.

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Final rankings of’ 17, looking at ’18

ATLANTA (AP) Alabama is the national champ again and the Crimson Tide won the championship with a bunch of freshmen coming off the bunch.

AP Source: Notre Dame to promote Lea to d-coordinator

Two people with knowledge of the situation say Notre Dame is promoting linebackers coach Clark Lea to defensive coordinator, replacing Mike Elko, who left for Texas A&M last week.

Arkansas announces Chavis, Craddock as coordinators

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas coach Chad Morris has hired former Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis to help bring Southeastern Conference experience to his coaching staff.

Alabama’s Saban: ’This will be a game I’ll never forget’

ATLANTA (AP) Nick Saban wins one title and moves on to figuring out how to get the next.

Ex-Rutgers football player admits role in 3 home invasions

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) A former Rutgers University football player has admitted his role in three home invasions in which fellow students were targeted for drugs and cash.

Sycamores seek improvement in 2018

(STATS) - Indiana State will seek considerable improvement in coach Curt Mallory's second season in an 11-game 2018 schedule which was announced Tuesday.

Ex-Rutgers football player admits role in 3 home invasions

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) A former Rutgers University football player has admitted his role in three home invasions in which fellow students were targeted for drugs and cash.

Walk-off: Alabama beats Georgia in OT for national title

ATLANTA (AP) To add another championship to the greatest dynasty college football has ever seen, Alabama turned to its quarterback of the future, and Tua Tagovailoa proved that his time is now.

Alabama’s youngsters deliver on national championship stage

ATLANTA (AP) Alabama's latest group of hotshot recruits delivered on college football's biggest stage.

On to 2018: College football story lines for next season

Congratulations to 2017 national champion Alabama. While the Crimson Tide celebrates, it's on to 2018 for the rest of college football. Here are some of the numerous story lines to follow next season:

Alabama is No. 1 in final AP poll for 11th time; UCF 6th

ATLANTA (AP) Alabama was voted No. 1 in the final Associated Press college football poll after the Crimson Tide beat Georgia in the national championship game. Unbeaten Central Florida finished sixth.

Walk-off: Alabama beats Georgia in OT for national title

ATLANTA (AP) To add another championship to the greatest dynasty college football has ever seen, Alabama turned to its quarterback of the future, and Tua Tagovailoa proved that his time is now.

Another sports disappointment for Atlanta, state of Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) For the state of Georgia, it was yet another major sports disappointment.

Georgia can’t find more OT magic in crushing loss to Tide

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia had no reason to fear overtime with the national championship on the line.

The Latest: UCF ends up 6th in final AP Top 25 of season

ATLANTA (AP) The Latest on the College Football Playoff national football championship game on Monday night (all times local):

Alabama is No. 1 in final AP poll for 11th time; UCF 6th

ATLANTA (AP) Alabama was voted No. 1 in the final Associated Press college football poll after the Crimson Tide beat Georgia in the national championship game. Unbeaten Central Florida finished sixth.

Alabama’s youngsters deliver on national championship stage

ATLANTA (AP) Alabama's latest group of hotshot recruits delivered on college football's biggest stage.

The Latest: UCF ends up 6th in final AP Top 25 of season

ATLANTA (AP) The Latest on the College Football Playoff national football championship game on Monday night (all times local):

Alabama is No. 1 in final AP poll for 11th time; UCF 6th

ATLANTA (AP) Alabama was voted No. 1 in the final Associated Press college football poll after the Crimson Tide beat Georgia in the national championship game on Monday night. Unbeaten Central Florida finished sixth.

Alabama leads nation in total defense for 2nd straight year

Alabama's latest national championship season came with another set of impressive defensive statistics.

Georgia can’t find more OT magic in crushing loss to Tide

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia had no reason to fear overtime with the national championship on the line.

Column: Nick Saban’s 6th championship is the best of all

ATLANTA (AP) Nick Saban saved his best for No. 6.

A championship game filled with big moments

ATLANTA (AP) Alabama's walk-off touchdown for its latest championship win will certainly dominate much of college football's offseason. It took several dramatic, potentially defining moments to set up what became the Crimson Tide's 26-23 overtime victory against Georgia at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday night.

Another sports disappointment for Atlanta, state of Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) For the state of Georgia, it was yet another major sports disappointment.

The Latest: Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa takes title game honor

ATLANTA (AP) The Latest on the College Football Playoff national football championship game on Monday night (all times local):

Column: Nick Saban’s 6th championship is the best of all

ATLANTA (AP) Nick Saban saved his best for No. 6.

The Latest: National title game first to reach OT since 2003

ATLANTA (AP) The Latest on the College Football Playoff national football championship game on Monday night (all times local):

Alabama turns to freshman QB Tagovailoa in championship game

ATLANTA (AP) Alabama turned to freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and staged a dramatic national comeback in the College Football Playoff championship game.

The Latest: Alabama beats Georgia 26-23 in OT for title

ATLANTA (AP) The Latest on the College Football Playoff national football championship game on Monday night (all times local):

The Latest: Alabama-Georgia go to OT in title game at 20-20

ATLANTA (AP) The Latest on the College Football Playoff national football championship game on Monday night (all times local):

» Monday, January 8, 2018

The Latest: Alabama-Georgia title game tied 20-20 late in 4Q

ATLANTA (AP) The Latest on the College Football Playoff national football championship game on Monday night (all times local):

Trump gets a national anthem moment at football title game

ATLANTA (AP) President Donald Trump got his own national anthem moment Monday when he took the field before Alabama and Georgia faced off in the College Football Playoff National Championship.

The Latest: Georgia hanging on to 20-13 lead in 4Q vs Tide

ATLANTA (AP) The Latest on the College Football Playoff national football championship game on Monday night (all times local):

The Latest: Georgia leads Tide 20-10 as 4Q begins

ATLANTA (AP) The Latest on the College Football Playoff national football championship game on Monday night (all times local):

The Latest: Alabama within 20-10 of Georgia late 3Q

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The Latest: Hardman’s 2nd TD gives Georgia 20-7 lead on Tide

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Alabama turns to freshman QB Tagovailoa in championship game

ATLANTA (AP) Alabama has turned to freshman Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback.

The Latest: Alabama within 13-7 of Georgia in title game

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The Latest: Alabama changes QBs down 13-0 as 2nd half begins

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Washington State hires Tracy Claeys as defensive coordinator

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Washington State has hired former Minnesota head coach Tracy Claeys to be defensive coordinator.

The Latest: Georgia leads Tide 13-0 at half of title game

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The Latest: Georgia’s Ridley shining vs brother’s Tide

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The Latest: Georgia takes 6-0 lead vs Tide at title game

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Trump takes field at college football championship game

ATLANTA (AP) President Donald Trump took the field Monday before Alabama and Georgia faced off in the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Trump takes field at college football championship game

ATLANTA (AP) President Donald Trump took the field before Alabama and Georgia faced off in the College Football Playoff National Championship in Atlanta.

The Latest: Alabama misses early FG try after interception

ATLANTA (AP) The Latest on the College Football Playoff national football championship game on Monday night (all times local):

Fans unhappy with long waits to enter championship game

ATLANTA (AP) Fans arrived early for the first national football title game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, then faced long lines, interminable waits and chilly rain to get into watch Alabama face Georgia.

The Latest: Title game kicks off between ’Bama, Georgia

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The Latest: Trump on field before national title game

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Florida governor: ’The UCF Knights are clearly champions.’

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) UCF had a second straight day of celebrations for its undefeated season while receiving a proclamation from Florida's governor declaring the Knights national champs.

The Latest: Water dripping from stadium roof near sideline

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A few dozen protesters in cold rain outside the big game

ATLANTA (AP) A few dozen protesters took a knee in cold, light rain on a sidewalk near the venue of the College Football Playoff title game Monday evening, shouting slogans against President Donald Trump.

The Latest: Some protesters decry Trump ahead of title game

ATLANTA (AP) The Latest on demonstrations planned to protest the president's visit to Atlanta for the College Football Playoff title game (all times local):

Ex-Baylor QB Zach Smith transfers to Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Former Baylor quarterback Zach Smith has transferred to Tulsa and will be eligible to play in 2019.

The Latest: Trump might do interview with Alabama radio

ATLANTA (AP) The Latest on the College Football Playoff national football championship game on Monday night (all times local):

Michigan hires Enos to join offensive staff

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan has hired former Central Michigan football coach Dan Enos to join its offensive coaching staff.

USC WR Deontay Burnett will leave early for NFL draft

LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California receiver Deontay Burnett is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

The Latest: Georgia arrives with backup TE on crutches

ATLANTA (AP) The Latest on the College Football Playoff national football championship game on Monday night (all times local):

North Carolina A&T’s Broadway retiring after unbeaten season

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) North Carolina A&T coach Rod Broadway is retiring after an unbeaten season.

Longtime NFL assistants to coach East-West Shrine Game

Longtime NFL assistant coaches Jonathan Hayes and Bobby Johnson will be the head coaches of the East-West Shrine college all-star game.

Beamer, Brown head College Football Hall of Fame class

ATLANTA (AP) Coaches Frank Beamer and Mack Brown were selected Monday for the College Football Hall of Fame, part of a class of 13 that includes former players Ed Reed and Calvin Johnson.

N.C. A&T’s Broadway retires; Washington takes over

(STATS) - North Carolina A&T coach Rod Broadway found the perfect way to retire on Monday.

FCS head coaching changes

(STATS) - FCS schools with head coaching changes since the start of the 2017 season, with school, former coach and new coach if applicable:

Scene calm before frenzy of big game, planned protests

ATLANTA (AP) A light, cold rain fell on the fans tailgating and wandering around downtown Atlanta ahead of Monday night's College Football Playoff title game, but there were no anti-Trump demonstrators in sight.

Hoosiers add Kane Wommack as new linebackers coach

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana has hired Kane Wommack to coach the linebackers next season.

UNC to replace most bleachers with seats in Kenan Stadium

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina is launching a roughly $6 million project to replace bleachers with individual seats throughout much of Kenan Stadium, reducing its capacity by about 20 percent.

Scene quiet before frenzy of big game, planned protests

ATLANTA (AP) The scene was relatively quiet Monday morning around the stadium in downtown Atlanta where the College Football Playoff title game was set to be held. A light drizzle fell on some fans milling about, but there were no anti-Trump demonstrators in sight.

National title game still feels like afterthought to season

ATLANTA (AP) The College Football Playoff is here to stay.

National title game still feels like afterthought to season

ATLANTA (AP) The College Football Playoff is here to stay.

STATS FCS Top 25: Once again, North Dakota State is No. 1

(STATS) - When people break down North Dakota State, it's easy to focus on the gaudy win totals, all the rushing yards and the great defensive statistics.

Griz great Dickenson to be enshrined in College Football Hall of Fame

(STATS) - Former Montana quarterback Dave Dickenson was one of 13 people named to the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame Class on Monday.

Scene quiet before frenzy of big game, planned protests

ATLANTA (AP) The scene was relatively quiet Monday morning around the stadium in downtown Atlanta where the College Football Playoff title game was set to be held. A light drizzle fell on some fans milling about, but there were no anti-Trump demonstrators in sight.

Central Arkansas sets future FBS matchups

(STATS) - Southland Conference champion Central Arkansas has announced FBS opponents through the 2022 season.

NAACP wants fans at college title game to wave white towels

ATLANTA (AP) The NAACP wants to see white towels amid the crimson, white, red and black worn by fans to send a message to President Donald Trump during the national college football championship in Atlanta.

Beamer, Brown head College Football Hall of Fame class

ATLANTA (AP) Coaches Frank Beamer and Mack Brown were selected Monday for the College Football Hall of Fame, part of a class of 13 that includes former players Ed Reed and Calvin Johnson.

Briles speaking appearance at coaches’ convention canceled

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The American Football Coaches Association has canceled former Baylor coach Art Briles' speaking appearance at its convention this week.

Beamer, Brown head College Football Hall of Fame class

ATLANTA (AP) Coaches Frank Beamer and Mack Brown have been selected for the College Football Hall of Fame, part of a class of 13 that includes former players Ed Reed and Calvin Johnson.

Protests planned as Trump arrives in Atlanta for game

ATLANTA (AP) Protesters plan to demonstrate against President Donald Trump when he visits Atlanta Monday for the College Football Playoff title game.

High-tech Atlanta stadium a hit with fans after early woes

ATLANTA (AP) Mercedes-Benz Stadium is about to be on perhaps its largest national stage - Monday night's College Football Playoff title game - and fans say Atlanta's new $1.5 billion facility is living up to the hype despite a series of construction setbacks that delayed its opening.

High-tech Atlanta stadium a hit with fans after early woes

ATLANTA (AP) Mercedes-Benz Stadium is about to be on perhaps its largest national stage - Monday night's College Football Playoff title game - and fans say Atlanta's new $1.5 billion facility is living up to the hype despite a series of construction setbacks that delayed its opening.

Alabama vs. Georgia in all-SEC CFP championship game

ATLANTA (AP) No. 4 Alabama faces No. 3 Georgia in an all-Southeastern Conference College Football Playoff national championship game Monday night.

NAACP plans to protest Trump’s visit to Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) The NAACP is urging people to wear white and hold anti-Trump signs on Monday. Another group says demonstrators will ''take a knee'' before the big game to protest President Donald Trump's visit to Atlanta.

Alabama vs. Georgia in all-SEC CFP championship game

ATLANTA (AP) No. 4 Alabama faces No. 3 Georgia in an all-Southeastern Conference College Football Playoff national championship game Monday night.

High-tech Atlanta stadium a hit with fans after early woes

ATLANTA (AP) Mercedes-Benz Stadium is about to be on perhaps its largest national stage - Monday night's College Football Playoff title game - and fans say Atlanta's new $1.5 billion facility is living up to the hype despite a series of construction setbacks that delayed its opening.

NAACP and anti-fascists plan to protest Trump in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) The NAACP is urging people to wear white and hold anti-Trump signs on Monday. Another group says demonstrators will ''take a knee'' before the big game to protest President Donald Trump's visit to Atlanta.

» Sunday, January 7, 2018

Shaun Nua joins Herm Edwards’ staff at Arizona State

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) ��� Shaun Nua joined new Arizona State coach Herm Edwards' staff Sunday as defensive line coach.

UCF celebrates self-proclaimed national title at Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Unbeaten UCF celebrated its self-proclaimed national championship with a parade at Disney World on the eve of the College Football Playoff final.

Tennessee DT McKenzie says on Instagram he’s entering draft

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee junior defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie has posted on Instagram that he's entering the NFL draft.

UCF celebrates self-proclaimed national title at Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Unbeaten UCF celebrated its self-proclaimed national championship with a parade at Disney World on the eve of the College Football Playoff final.

NAACP and anti-fascists plan to protest Trump in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) The NAACP is urging people to wear white and hold anti-Trump signs on Monday. Another group says demonstrators will ''take a knee'' before the big game to protest President Donald Trump's visit to Atlanta.

ESPN says Trump interview during CFP title game unlikely

ATLANTA (AP) An ESPN executive says the network has been in contact with the White House about interviewing President Donald Trump during the College Football Playoff championship game Monday night, but indications are it will not happen.

Florida State hires Harlon Barnett as defensive coordinator

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Willie Taggart has filled an important position on his Florida State staff, hiring Harlon Barnett as defensive coordinator.

Florida State hires Harlon Barnett as defensive coordinator

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Willie Taggart has filled an important position on his Florida State staff, hiring Harlon Barnett as defensive coordinator.

NAACP and anti-fascists plan to protest Trump in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) The NAACP is urging people to wear white and hold anti-Trump signs on Monday. Another group says demonstrators will ''take a knee'' before the big game to protest President Donald Trump's visit to Atlanta.

No experience required: Freshman QBs make immediate impact

ATLANTA (AP) No experience required.

Clemson WR McCloud leaving early for NFL draft

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson receiver Ray-Ray McCloud will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft, becoming the first of several Tiger underclassmen who could go pro.

Alabama’s Ridley, UGA receivers overshadowed in title game

ATLANTA (AP) Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley is likely a first-round NFL draft pick regarded as one of the nation's best at his position, but you might not have noticed watching the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide's last couple of games.

Saban, complacency-proof Alabama faces Georgia for title

ATLANTA (AP) Nick Saban's greatest rival, his most persistent foe, is human nature. So far, Saban is winning that matchup.

Saban, complacency-proof Alabama faces Georgia for title

ATLANTA (AP) Nick Saban's greatest rival, his most persistent foe, is human nature. So far, Saban is winning that matchup.

’Falling apart?’ Trump’s insults not forgotten in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) When President Donald Trump swoops into Atlanta for a VIP seat at college football's biggest game, he'll enjoy the Southern hospitality of a city he disparaged a year ago as ''falling apart'' and ''crime infested.''

Alabama’s Ridley, UGA receivers overshadowed in title game

ATLANTA (AP) Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley is likely a first-round NFL draft pick regarded as one of the nation's best at his position, but you might not have noticed watching the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide's last couple of games.

Dooley knows Smart’s challenge; ex-UGa coach beat Bear, Bama

ATLANTA (AP) Before there was Kirby Smart vs. Nick Saban, another young second-year Georgia coach took on an Alabama coaching giant.

Michigan Heisman winner Woodson selected for Hall of Fame

ATLANTA (AP) Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson of Michigan has been selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Strong run defense could power Alabama past Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) Alabama's vaunted defense is about to face perhaps college football's best running back duo.

Running game will be difference for Georgia win over Tide

ATLANTA (AP) To win national championships the old-school, SEC way, you must have a smothering defense packed with big plays and a strong kicking game.

» Saturday, January 6, 2018

FCS championship game review: Bison are best

(STATS) - Chris Klieman was a first-year assistant in 2011 when North Dakota State coach Craig Bohl brought his staff together for a meeting - and a message - prior to their first FCS championship game this decade.

In epic FCS title game, Bison edge James Madison to regain throne

FRISCO, Texas (STATS) - They saved the best for last in the FCS this season.

In NDSU title win, Stick leads the way

FRISCO, Texas (STATS) - When North Dakota State faced a fourth down and needed to run out the final four seconds of its 17-13 win over James Madison in the FCS championship game Saturday, there was quarterback Easton Stick ready to get the job done.

Georgia punter takes unlikely road from Ivy to title game

ATLANTA (AP) Cameron Nizialek glanced toward the seats at Philips Arena, where thousands of red-clad, woofing Georgia fans had turned up to watch their beloved Bulldogs being interviewed by the media on a frigid Saturday morning.

Saban way produces tenacious defenses for Tide - and ’Dawgs

ATLANTA (AP) As Alabama All-America defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick watched a YouTube video of last week's thrilling Rose Bowl between Georgia and Oklahoma, there was a sense of familiarity with the Bulldogs.

In epic FCS title game, Bison edge James Madison to regain throne

FRISCO, Texas (STATS) - They saved the best for last in the FCS this season.

Saban: Injured Alabama guard Lester Cotton out of title game

ATLANTA (AP) Alabama guard Lester Cotton is expected to miss the national championship game with a knee injury.

University of Houston hires Kendal Briles

HOUSTON (AP) Kendal Briles, who was part of his father's Baylor football staff when the program was rocked by a sexual assault scandal, has been hired by the University of Houston.

FCS champions year-by-year

(STATS) - Year-by-year results of the NCAA Division I FCS championship game:

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FCS champions year-by-year

(STATS) - Year-by-year results of the NCAA Division I FCS championship game:

Florida State’s McFadden, Tate leaving early for NFL draft

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State cornerback Tarvarus McFadden and wide receiver Auden Tates are entering NFL draft.

In epic FCS title game, Bison edge James Madison to regain throne

FRISCO, Texas (STATS) - They saved the best for last in the FCS this season.

Usually mistake-free Dukes plagued by turnovers

FRISCO, Texas (STATS) - The sullen looks on the faces of the James Madison players were obviously understandable.

In epic title game, Bison edge James Madison to regain FCS throne

FRISCO, Texas (STATS) - They saved the best for last in the FCS this season.

Intense Alabama DB Brown all business ahead of title game

ATLANTA (AP) Intense Alabama defensive back Tony Brown was all business at media day on Saturday, two days before the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide faces No. 3 Georgia in the national college football championship game.

Wolfpack QB Finley returning for final college season

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State quarterback Ryan Finley says he'll return for his final season of eligibility instead of entering the NFL draft.

Georgia Tech hired App State’s Nate Woody as D coordinator

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech hired Nate Woody of Appalachian State at its defensive coordinator on Saturday, hoping he can bolster a unit that struggled last season under Ted Roof despite plenty of experience.

$10K reward in college player’s shooting at New Year’s party

SEVERN, Md. (AP) Police in Maryland are offering up to $10,000 for information about a shooting that paralyzed a college football player and wounded a 17-year-old.

Alabama, Georgia players say Trump visit not a distraction

ATLANTA (AP) The magnitude of having President Trump in the stands for Monday night's college football national championship game is not lost on the players, nor is the hoopla that comes with it.

Dogs’ ’Big Ben’ in pivotal role vs Alabama’s defensive line

ATLANTA (AP) Ben Cleveland doesn't back down from many challenges.

Vegas bookies cheering national title game wagers

LAS VEGAS (AP) It's not exactly the Super Bowl - that will have to wait another month - but Las Vegas bookies are looking to cash in on college football's national championship game.

College Football Playoff championship: Georgia faces Alabama

College Football Playoff national championship game: No. 3 Georgia (13-1) vs. No. 4 Alabama (12-1) at Atlanta, Monday, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Riley: Oklahoma’s Mayfield among all-time great college QBs

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley says he believes Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield ranks among the all-time great quarterbacks in college football history.

Tony White leaves San Diego State for Arizona State

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Tony White left San Diego State on Friday to join new Arizona State coach Herm Edwards' staff as cornerbacks coach and defensive passing game coordinator.

» Friday, January 5, 2018

Sam Houston’s Briscoe claims Walter Payton Award for second time

(STATS) - Jeremiah Briscoe's humility shined on a weekly basis this season. At every opportunity, the Sam Houston State quarterback credited his team's wide receivers and offensive linemen for his success.

Jacksonville State’s Jackson wins Buck Buchanan Award

(STATS) - People are quick to describe Jacksonville State's Darius Jackson as easygoing by nature.

Georgia and Alabama arrive in Atlanta, home away from home

ATLANTA (AP) The bus ride for No. 3 Georgia was about 75 minutes from its campus in Athens to the capital city. No. 4 Alabama spent less time than that in the air, flying from Tuscaloosa to what has become something of a home away from home for the Crimson Tide.

Michigan adds Al Washington to defensive staff

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan has hired Al Washington to its defensive coaching staff.

North Texas promotes former Dallas player Choice to RB coach

DENTON, Texas (AP) Former Dallas Cowboys running back Tashard Choice has been hired to coach his old position at North Texas.

Georgia and Alabama arrive in Atlanta, home away from home

ATLANTA (AP) The bus ride for No. 3 Georgia was about 75 minutes from its campus in Athens to the capital city. No. 4 Alabama spent less time than that in the air, flying from Tuscaloosa to what has become something of a home away from home for the Crimson Tide.

Todd White leaves San Diego State for Arizona State

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Todd White left San Diego State on Friday to join new Arizona State coach Herm Edwards' staff as cornerbacks coach and defensive passing game coordinator.

Derek Dooley leaves Dallas Cowboys to join Missouri staff

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Dallas Cowboys wide receivers coach Derek Dooley joined Missouri coach Barry Odom's staff Friday as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Mullen adds another Mississippi State assistant to UF staff

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Dan Mullen has added another Mississippi State assistant to his staff.

Column: Can Smart take down Saban? Check back in a few years

ATLANTA (AP) When Kirby Smart returned to his alma mater, he already had a pretty good template for success.

No mystery: Georgia, Alabama like running, stuffing the run

ATLANTA (AP) There's no mystery in what the Georgia and Alabama offenses do best: Run the ball.

Column: Can Smart take down Saban? Check back in a few years

ATLANTA (AP) When Kirby Smart returned to his alma mater, he already had a pretty good template for success.

No mystery: Georgia, Alabama like running, stuffing the run

ATLANTA (AP) There's no mystery in what the Georgia and Alabama offenses do best: Run the ball.

James Madison seeks FCS repeat vs streak master, N Dakota St

FRISCO, Texas (AP) The way James Madison coach Mike Houston sees it, North Dakota State's FCS dominance isn't quite over, even though his Dukes ended the Bison's five-year title run in the semifinals last season.

Riley: Oklahoma’s Mayfield among all-time great college QBs

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley says he believes Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield ranks among the all-time great quarterbacks in college football history.

Iowa loses CB Jackson, C Daniels to NFL draft

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson and center James Daniels are leaving to enter the NFL draft.

Wake Forest DB Bates leaving school early for NFL draft

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest defensive back Jessie Bates III says he will forego his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

Moglia medically cleared to return as Coastal football coach

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) Coastal Carolina coach Joe Moglia is back as the Chanticleers' football coach.

USC RB Ronald Jones II to skip senior year, enter NFL draft

LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California tailback Ronald Jones II will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Iowa loses CB Jackson, C Daniels and QB Wiegers

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa confirmed the departures of cornerback Josh Jackson, center James Daniels and reserve quarterback Tyler Wiegers.

Wake Forest DB Bates leaving school early for NFL draft

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest defensive back Jessie Bates III says he will forego his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson leaving Louisville for NFL draft

Lamar Jackson is leaving Louisville to enter the NFL draft, one season after becoming the youngest Heisman Trophy winner.

Muschamp promotes Gamecocks’ interim offensive coordinator

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina has promoted Bryan McClendon to offensive coordinator, filling one of the Gamecocks biggest items on the offseason to-do list.

Georgia’s Smart latest mentee who’ll try to topple mentor

Nick Saban vs. Kirby Smart is only the latest in a line of high-stakes coaching matchups between mentors and mentees over the history of college football.

Muschamp promotes Gamecocks’ interim offensive coordinator

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina has promoted Bryan McClendon to offensive coordinator, filling one of the Gamecocks biggest items on the offseason to-do list.

QB Lamar Jackson will leave Louisville for NFL Draft

Lamar Jackson announced on Twitter that he'll leave Louisville to enter the NFL Draft, one season after becoming the youngest Heisman Trophy winner.

QB Lamar Jackson will leave Louisville for NFL Draft

Lamar Jackson announced on Twitter that he will leave Louisville to enter the NFL Draft, one season after becoming the youngest Heisman Trophy winner.

Payton, Buchanan unveiling highlights FCS Awards banquet

(STATS) - The top individual awards in the FCS will be handed out Friday night at the national banquet in Frisco, Texas.

Southern Utah to face difficult 2018 schedule

(STATS) - Big Sky co-champ Southern Utah has set a challenging 2018 schedule, including two games against Pac-12 programs.

» Thursday, January 4, 2018

SMU hires UConn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee

DALLAS (AP) SMU has hired Connecticut offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee for the same position with the Mustangs.

Arizona State adds Charlie Fisher as wide receivers coach

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Western Illinois head coach Charlie Fisher joined new Arizona State coach Herm Edwards' staff Thursday as wide receivers coach.

Oklahoma stars Brown, Andrews to enter the NFL draft

Oklahoma teammates Mark Andrews and Orlando Brown will enter the NFL draft.

Stanford DL Harrison Phillips to enter NFL draft

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Stanford defensive lineman Harrison Phillips will bypass his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

Texas A&M adds Notre Dame coordinator Elko to Fisher’s staff

Texas A&M has hired Notre Dame defensive coordinator Mike Elko to coach Jimbo Fisher's defense.

Donte Williams named Ducks outside linebackers coach

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) The Oregon Ducks have named Donte Williams outside linebackers coach.

AP source: Washington State DC Grinch leaving for Ohio State

Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch is leaving the Cougars and joining Ohio State as an assistant coach, a person with knowledge of the decision told the Associated Press on Thursday.

NDSU to get visit from former players

(STATS) - North Dakota State's "other" Wentz - senior tight end Connor Wentz - hasn't heard recently from his more famous cousin, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, about the Bison's run to the FCS championship game.

LSU AD expected schools to seek out coordinator Dave Aranda

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Top LSU officials anticipated efforts by other college football programs to lure away second-year defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and were prepared to respond.

No giveth, JMU secondary overflows in takeaways

FRISCO, Texas (STATS) - The Miami Hurricanes made the turnover chain famous. Kennesaw State popularized the turnover plank.

Brian Kelly: Notre Dame DC Elko joining Fisher at Texas A&M

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says Fighting Irish defensive coordinator Mike Elko is leaving for Texas A&M, where he will lead coach Jimbo Fisher's defense.

Bison haven’t stopped thinking about 2016 loss to James Madison

FRISCO, Texas (STATS) - As a freshman who was completing a redshirt season, linebacker Jabril Cox didn't play in North Dakota State's loss to James Madison in the 2016 FCS playoffs, yet he felt responsibility toward it.

Alabama’s Rashaan Evans hoping for another big title game

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama's Rashaan Evans has saved his best for the last game two years running.

Atlanta Police: Please, no guns in cars at championship game

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta's mayor is promising a ''safe, smooth and secure'' college football championship game Monday, despite the traffic problems expected to be caused by President Donald Trump's motorcade, but none of the many agencies involved are taking any chances.

AP source: Washington State DC Grinch leaving for Ohio State

A person with knowledge of the decision says Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch is leaving the Cougars and joining Ohio State as an assistant coach.

Ohio State offensive lineman Wohlabaugh transfers to Duke

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke says it's adding another offensive lineman from Ohio State.

Bison haven’t stopped thinking about 2016 loss to James Madison

(STATS) - As a freshman who was completing a redshirt season, linebacker Jabril Cox didn't play in North Dakota State's loss to James Madison in the 2016 FCS playoffs, yet he felt responsibility toward it.

Brian Kelly: Notre Dame DC Elko joining Fisher at Texas A&M

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says Fighting Irish defensive coordinator Mike Elko is leaving for Texas A&M, where he will lead coach Jimbo Fisher's defense.

Championship matchups: Hurts v. Smith; Fromm v. Fitzpatrick

ATLANTA (AP) Alabama and Georgia should know a lot about each other when they meet in the College Football Playoff national championship game Monday night, even though the teams have not played in a few years.

Western Illinois to name Elliott head coach

(STATS) - Western Illinois didn't have to look very far in finding a head coach to replace the departed Charlie Fisher.

Carm Cozza, Yale’s Hall of Fame football coach, dies at 87

Carmen ''Carm'' Cozza, who coached Yale to 10 Ivy League football titles over 32 years as well as the famed 29-29 tie with Harvard, died Thursday. He was 87.

FCS championship game: Media predictions

FRISCO, Texas (STATS) - STATS FCS senior editor Craig Haley picks North Dakota State to become the national champion again with a 24-21 win over James Madison on Saturday.

Florida State defensive end Josh Sweat to enter NFL draft

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State's Josh Sweat will forego his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.

Smart guarding against emotional drain on Georgia players

ATLANTA (AP) It took two overtimes for Georgia to finally beat Oklahoma and claim its spot in the national championship game.

Championship matchups: Hurts v. Smith; Fromm v. Fitzpatrick

ATLANTA (AP) Alabama and Georgia should know a lot about each other when they meet in the College Football Playoff national championship game Monday night, even though the teams have not played in a few years.

Atlanta Police: Please, no guns in cars at championship game

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta's mayor is promising a ''safe, smooth and secure'' college football championship game Monday, despite the traffic problems expected to be caused by President Donald Trump's motorcade, but none of the many agencies involved are taking any chances.

Smart guarding against emotional drain on Georgia players

ATLANTA (AP) It took two overtimes for Georgia to finally beat Oklahoma and claim its spot in the national championship game.

Carm Cozza, Yale’s Hall of Fame football coach, dies at 87

Carmen ''Carm'' Cozza, who coached Yale to 10 Ivy League football titles over 32 years as well as the famed 29-29 tie with Harvard, died Thursday. He was 87.

Police, Secret Service prep for Trump at Atlanta title game

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta police are working with the U.S. Secret Service ahead of President Donald Trump's visit to the city for Monday's college football title game, an Atlanta police official said.

Western Illinois to name Elliott head coach

(STATS) - Western Illinois didn't have to look very far in finding a head coach to replace the departed Charlie Fisher.

Carm Cozza, Yale’s Hall of Fame football coach, dies at 87

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Longtime Yale football coach Carmen ''Carm'' Cozza has died at 87.

Star Oklahoma tackle Orlando Brown to enter NFL draft

Oklahoma left tackle Orlando Brown is entering the NFL draft, where he is projected as a high first-round pick.

James Madison, NDSU have strong title pedigrees

FRISCO, Texas (STATS) - Former James Madison linebacker Gage Steele summed up the feeling of the Dukes' FCS championship last January.

Good weather forecast for FCS title game

FRISCO, Texas (STATS) - The perfect FCS matchup fittingly has favorable weather.

Police, Secret Service prep for Trump at Atlanta title game

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta police are working with the U.S. Secret Service ahead of President Donald Trump's visit to the city for Monday's college football title game, an Atlanta police official said.

Carm Cozza, Yale’s Hall of Fame football coach, dies at 87

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Longtime Yale football coach Carmen ''Carm'' Cozza has died at 87.

Trump to attend championship football game

ATLANTA (AP) An Atlanta police official says the agency is working with the U.S. Secret Service ahead of President Donald Trump's visit to the city for Monday's college football title game.

2017 James Madison, North Dakota State results

(STATS) - The 2017 results of No. 1 seed James Madison and No. 2 seed North Dakota State, who will meet in the NCAA Division I FCS Championship Game Jan. 6 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas:

» Wednesday, January 3, 2018

AP Sources: LSU signs assistant Aranda to 4-year, $10m deal

LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has signed a four-year contract worth $10 million, making him the first assistant coach in major college football to reach $2 million in annual salary, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.

USC quarterback Sam Darnold will enter NFL draft

LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold will skip his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is entering the NFL draft

LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Auburn’s Davis, Holland, Pettway declare for NFL draft

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis, tailback Kamryn Pettway and defensive end Jeff Holland are skipping their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft.

LA QBs Rosen, Darnold announce NFL draft entry moments apart

Within 30 minutes of one another, UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen and Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold announced they will enter the NFL draft.

Eastern Michigan football adds grad transfer from Iowa

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) Quarterback Tyler Wiegers is set to play at Eastern Michigan as a graduate transfer.

Legit gripes? Maybe, but no change to college playoff format

ATLANTA (AP) Unlike the Bowl Championship Series, the College Football Playoff was built to withstand criticism instead of shifting to respond to yearly griping.

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is entering the NFL draft

LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

USC quarterback Sam Darnold will enter NFL draft

LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold will skip his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

Michigan’s Winovich returning to Wolverines

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan defensive lineman Chase Winovich is forgoing the NFL and staying with the Wolverines.

Indiana adds graduate transfer from Miami to offensive line

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Offensive lineman Nick Linder has decided to play his final college season with the Indiana Hoosiers.

Florida hires Mississippi State interim coach Knox, Sunseri

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Dan Mullen has hired two more veteran assistants, adding Mississippi State interim coach Greg Knox and Oakland Raiders linebackers coach Sal Sunseri.

Ex-assistant to fired Arizona coach wants $7.5 million

A claim filed by the former assistant to fired Arizona football coach Rich Rodriguez says he walked around the office in his underwear, fondled himself in front of her and forced her to cover up an extramarital affair he had with another woman.

On Football: ’Bama, Georgia players headline All-Bowl team

College Football Playoff finalists Alabama and Georgia have multiple representatives on the 2017 All-Bowl Team.

Ex-assistant to fired Arizona coach wants $7.5 million

A claim filed by the former assistant to fired Arizona football coach Rich Rodriguez says he walked around the office in his underwear, fondled himself in front of her and forced her to cover up an extramarital affair he had with another woman.

Bison, Dukes have been on collision course for FCS showdown

FARGO, N.D. (AP) The North Dakota State Bison and their fans owned Frisco, Texas, for five straight championship seasons, not only on the football field but in area hotels, restaurants and sports bars. Now returning after a one-year interruption, the Bison will find suburban Dallas a bit more crowded.

Auburn’s Carlton Davis, Kamryn Pettway declare for NFL draft

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis and tailback Kamryn Pettway are skipping their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft.

Alabama-Georgia don’t routinely match up, even in the SEC

ATLANTA (AP) Alabama and Georgia don't meet every season, so when the tradition-rich schools play, it's special - even when it is a regular-season matchup.

Former Arizona lineman Warner Smith dies at age 44

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Former Arizona Wildcats offensive lineman Warner Smith has died after a more than three-year battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 44.

Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa to skip senior season

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Washington State defensive tackle Hercules Mata'afa is skipping his senior year and will enter the NFL draft.

Pimpleton and Woodie follow Taggart to Florida State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Two assistant coaches who have been part of Willie Taggart's staffs at previous stops will join him at Florida State.

Colorado brings in Kurt Roper as quarterbacks coach

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) The Colorado Buffaloes have brought in Kurt Roper to serve as quarterbacks coach.

Tennessee DB Rashaan Gaulden says he’s entering NFL draft

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee defensive back Rashaan Gaulden has tweeted that he's forgoing his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

Ex-assistant to fired Arizona coach wants $7.5 million

A claim filed by the former assistant to fired Arizona football coach Rich Rodriguez says he walked around the office in his underwear, fondled himself in front of her and forced her to cover up an extramarital affair he had with another woman.

Florida State tight end Ryan Izzo declares for NFL draft

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Tight end Ryan Izzo will forego his final year of eligibility at Florida State and declare for the NFL draft.

Stanford TE Dalton Schultz enters NFL draft

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Stanford tight end Dalton Schultz will skip his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.

Oklahoma’s Riley proves capable in first year as head coach

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) In his first year as Oklahoma's head coach, Lincoln Riley came within one more touchdown of playing for a national title.

Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis declares for NFL draft

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Ex-assistant to fired Arizona coach wants $7.5 million

A claim filed by the former assistant to fired Arizona football coach Rich Rodriguez says he required her to cover up for his extramarital affair with another woman.

Injured Alabama LB Anfernee Jennings to miss title game

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama starting linebacker Anfernee Jennings says he will miss the national championship game against Georgia with a left knee injury sustained in the semifinals.

McNeese to face BYU, host five Southland teams in 2018

(STATS) - McNeese will be a motivated team during its 2018 schedule which was announced Wednesday.

Jackrabbits to host six in 2018

(STATS) - South Dakota State has completed its 2018 schedule by adding a Sept. 15 home game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

FCS champions year-by-year

(STATS) - Year-by-year results of the NCAA Division I FCS championship game:

Marshall football player paralyzed in Maryland shooting

SEVERN, Md. (AP) The mother of a Marshall University football player shot at a New Year's party in Maryland says he is paralyzed.

FCS Championship Game: James Madison vs. North Dakota State

FCS Championship Game

2017 NCAA D-I FCS Playoffs

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Arizona fires Rodriguez amid hostile workplace claim

Arizona has fired football coach Rich Rodriguez after a notice of claim was filed with the state attorney general's office alleging he ran a hostile workplace.

Former Kentucky starting quarterback Barker will transfer

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky junior quarterback Drew Barker says on Twitter that he will play his final season elsewhere as a graduate transfer.

» Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Arizona fires Rodriguez amid hostile workplace claim

Arizona has fired football coach Rich Rodriguez after a notice of claim was filed with the state attorney general's office alleging he ran a hostile workplace.

Arizona fires Rodriguez amid hostile workplace claim

Arizona has fired football coach Rich Rodriguez after a notice of claim was filed with the state attorney general's office alleging he ran a hostile workplace.

Former Kentucky starting quarterback Barker will transfer

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky junior quarterback Drew Barker says on Twitter that he will play his final season elsewhere as a graduate transfer.

Kansas State’s Bill Snyder returning for 27th season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas State coach Bill Snyder will be back on the sideline next season.

AP Source: Kansas State’s Bill Snyder returning next season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas State coach Bill Snyder will be back on the sideline next season.

For Michigan, a step back in third season under Harbaugh

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) For the first time since he arrived at Michigan, it feels like Jim Harbaugh is at a bit of a crossroads.

Malzahn: Future bright for Auburn after up-and-down season

The Auburn Tigers toppled a pair of No. 1 teams, dropped their final two games and held onto their coach.

Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson to enter NFL draft

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn tailback Kerryon Johnson has decided to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

Kelly sets high goals for Notre Dame heading into 2018

Even while Notre Dame was preparing for the Citrus Bowl against LSU, Brian Kelly was looking ahead to next season.

Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson tears ACL in right knee

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, throwing his future up in the air.

AP Source: Kansas State’s Bill Snyder returning next season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas State coach Bill Snyder will be back on the sideline next season.

No. 4 Alabama’s defense delivers payback, big statement

Alabama's defense not only delivered some payback to Clemson but a strong statement entering the national championship game.

College Football Playoff TV ratings rise on return to Jan. 1

With the semifinals back New Year's Day, viewership for the College Football Playoff on ESPN was the highest it has been since the first season of the postseason system in 2015.

Oregon State RB Ryan Nall will enter the NFL draft

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Oregon State running back Ryan Nall has decided to declare for the NFL draft with a year of eligibility remaining.

AP Source: Kansas State’s Bill Snyder returning next season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) A person familiar with his decision says Bill Snyder will return for his 27th season with Kansas State, ending weeks of speculation about the future of the 78-year-old coach.

LSU’s Orgeron faces many staff, Tigers’ roster decisions

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU coach Ed Orgeron faces several staff and roster decisions before the next time the Tigers play on Sept. 2 against Miami.

Utah hires former Oregon State coach Gary Andersen

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah hired former Oregon State coach Gary Andersen on Tuesday as an associate head coach and defensive assistant.

Malzahn: Future bright for Auburn after up-and-down season

The Auburn Tigers toppled a pair of No. 1 teams, dropped their final two games and held onto their coach.

Year 3 questions for South Carolina’s Muschamp

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Now comes the hard part for South Carolina's Will Muschamp.

Oregon State RB Ryan Nall will enter the NFL draft

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Oregon State running back Ryan Nall has decided to declare for the NFL draft with a year of eligibility remaining.

No. 4 Alabama’s defense delivers payback, big statement

Alabama's defense not only delivered some payback to Clemson but a strong statement entering the national championship game.

Dabo Swinney promises disappointed Clemson will be back

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney had a strong message to deliver soon after his top-ranked Tigers were eliminated from the College Football Playoff - the run is not over.

Utah hires former Oregon State coach Gary Andersen

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah has hired former Oregon State coach Gary Andersen as an associate head coach and defensive assistant.

Sony Michel, Georgia can finally ’play for something big’

ATLANTA (AP) Sony Michel wouldn't give up after a devastating lost fumble, and his resolve helped lift Georgia to within one win of its first national championship in almost four decades.

Wofford tabs Pittsburgh coordinator Josh Conklin as coach

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Pitt defensive coordinator Josh Conklin was named head coach at Wofford.

FCS title game QBs Schor, Stick defined by the winning

(STATS) - To coaches Mike Houston of James Madison and Chris Klieman of North Dakota State, it would be particularly fitting if their respective quarterback wins the most outstanding player award in Saturday's FCS championship game.

Inside LB T.J. Edwards coming back to No. 6 Badgers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) All-American linebacker T.J. Edwards is returning to Wisconsin for his senior season, buttressing a defense losing many other key contributors.

FCS head coaching changes

(STATS) - FCS schools with head coaching changes since the start of the 2017 season, with school, former coach and new coach if applicable:

Wofford hires Pitt DC Conklin as coach

(STATS) - Southern Conference champion Wofford named Pitt defensive coordinator Josh Conklin as its new head coach on Tuesday.

Struggling Davidson to seek turnaround under Abell

(STATS) - Davidson College is hoping the success Scott Abell enjoyed at Washington & Lee will translate into turning around the Wildcats' struggling program.

Nebraska offensive lineman Nick Gates declares for NFL draft

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Offensive lineman Nick Gates has announced he will forfeit his final year of eligibility at Nebraska and declare for the NFL draft.

Legacies ride on James Madison-NDSU winner

(STATS) - As the favorite entering recent FCS championship games, the most pressure has resided with either James Madison or North Dakota State.

Wofford set to hire Pitt DC Conklin as coach

(STATS) - Southern Conference champion Wofford is expected to introduce Pitt defensive coordinator Josh Conklin as its next head coach at a news conference Wednesday.

First-year Clemson QB Bryant harried by ’Bama defense

NEW ORLEANS (AP) For Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant, replacing Deshaun Watson was never going to be easy.

S-E-C! S-E-C! Alabama vs. Georgia for national championship

S-E-C! S-E-C! Alabama vs. Georgia for national championship

S-E-C! S-E-C! Alabama vs. Georgia for national championship

S-E-C! S-E-C! Alabama vs. Georgia for national championship

No. 4 Alabama dominates No. 1 Clemson 24-6 in Sugar Bowl

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A pair of Alabama defensive players scored touchdowns 13 seconds apart in the third quarter, and the No. 4 Crimson Tide dominated top-ranked Clemson 24-6 in the Sugar Bowl semifinal game for the U.S. college football title.

’Dawgs run wild: Georgia beats Oklahoma 54-48 in Rose Bowl

PASADENA, California (AP) After ending the first overtime Rose Bowl, Sony Michel was swarmed by Georgia teammates as he broke down in tears.

First-year Clemson QB Bryant harried by ’Bama defense

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Kelly Bryant had the difficult challenge of taking over for Deshaun Watson.

The Latest: Alabama stifles Clemson to reach title game

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» Monday, January 1, 2018

Georgia LB Roquan Smith delivers late in Rose Bowl comeback

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith expected to make the Rose Bowl his home after originally committing to UCLA.

The Latest: ’Bama jumps ahead of Clemson 24-6 at Sugar Bowl

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The Latest: Clemson within 10-6 of Alabama at Sugar Bowl

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Mayfield can’t propel Oklahoma to win in wild Rose Bowl

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Although Baker Mayfield had the ball in his hands a few times with chances to win the Rose Bowl for Oklahoma, the Heisman Trophy winner couldn't convert those opportunities.

Washington star DL Vita Vea declares for NFL draft

SEATTLE (AP) Washington standout defensive lineman Vita Vea, the Pac-12 Conference defensive player of the year, has declared for the NFL draft.

The Latest: Alabama takes 10-3 lead at half of Sugar Bowl

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Dawgs run wild: Georgia beats Oklahoma 54-48 in Rose Bowl

PASADENA, California (AP) Sony Michel burst through the line for a 27-yard touchdown run to give No. 3 Georgia a 54-48 victory Monday against No. 2 Oklahoma, winning the first overtime Rose Bowl and sending the Bulldogs to the U.S. College Football Playoff championship game.

The Latest: Alabama goes up 10-0 vs Clemson

The Latest on the College Football Playoff semifinals (all times EST):

The Latest: Alabama strikes first, up 3-0 vs Clemson

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The Latest: Georgia outlasts Oklahoma to reach title game

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The Latest: Rose Bowl goes to double OT tied at 48-48

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The Latest: Sugar Bowl begins while Rose Bowl in OT

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The Latest: Georgia, Oklahoma take Rose Bowl thriller to OT

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The Latest: Rose Bowl tied 45-45 late in fourth quarter

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The Latest: Sooners take 45-38 lead in wild Rose Bowl vs UGA

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The Latest: Georgia, Oklahoma now tied 31-31 at Rose Bowl

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The Latest: Georgia within 31-24 of Oklahoma at Rose Bowl

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Auburn’s Johnson not sure if he will leave early for NFL

ATLANTA (AP) Auburn's Kerryon Johnson isn't quite ready to call his college career complete.

The Latest: Oklahoma over Georgia 31-17 at half of Rose Bowl

The Latest on the College Football Playoff semifinals (all times EST):

Rose Bowl: Oklahoma leads Georgia 24-14 in 2Q

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Bison hope to have injured players healthy for FCS final

(STATS) - North Dakota State will gain a significant boost for the FCS championship game if some of its key injured players are in the lineup against James Madison.

The Latest: Michel 75-yard run puts Georgia within 21-14

The Latest on the College Football Playoff semifinals (all times EST):

Bentley leads South Carolina past Michigan 26-19 in Outback

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Will Muschamp envisions championships in South Carolina's future.

The Latest: 2 possessions and Sooners are up 14-7

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The Latest: Rose officials anticipate bigger Georgia crowd

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Alabama, Clemson represented on horse track

Alabama and Clemson have already lost on College Football Playoff semifinal day. On a horse track, that is.

Bison hope to have injured players healthy for FCS final

(STATS) - North Dakota State will gain a significant boost for the FCS championship game if some of its key injured players are in the lineup against James Madison.

No. 6 Wisconsin looks to build on record 13-win season

MILWAUKEE (AP) No. 6 Wisconsin was minutes removed from wrapping up the winningest season in school history when coach Paul Chryst started talking about the future.

Former FCS players to participate in College Gridiron Showcase

(STATS) - A standout group of FCS players are among the seniors who were announced Monday as participants in the fourth annual College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium Jan. 6-10 in Addison, Texas.

Title matchup again shows CAA, Missouri Valley supremacy

(STATS) - The FCS championship game usually starts in one of two places. This year, it's both.

CFP semifinals: Back on New Year’s Day with Southern flavor

The College Football Playoff semifinals are back on New Year's Day with a distinctly Southern flavor.

Rosy outlook: Riley, Smart took over playoff-potential teams

LOS ANGELES (AP) A few days after the Rose Bowl matchup between No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 3 Georgia was set, Sooners coach Lincoln Riley and Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart ran into each other at a high school in Georgia. They were there by themselves to recruit the same player.

Alabama-Clemson becomes college football’s best new rivalry

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The three-peat will be complete.

Murray lone heir apparent among 5-star backup QBs in playoff

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kyler Murray was among the most sought-after players at Oklahoma's Rose Bowl media day session for about 15, maybe 20 minutes.