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  • Arizona's Scooby Wright wins Lombardi Award

    December 10, 2014

    HOUSTON (AP) - Arizona sophomore linebacker Scooby Wright won the Lombardi Award on Wednesday night as the nation's best lineman.Wright edged Clemson senior defensive end Vic Beasley, Washington senior linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha and Ohio State sophomore defensive end Joey Bosa for the award presented by the Rotary Club of Houston.

  • Heisman finalists headline college awards show

    December 10, 2014

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Alabama and Oregon are the top two seeds in the inaugural College Football Playoff. But first, their star players are up for several major awards.Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota and Crimson Tide wide receiver Amari Cooper are finalists for three of the 10 prizes that will be handed out during Thursday night's College Football Awards Show at Disney.

  • Army-Navy: All about respect, bigger than a game

    December 10, 2014

    BALTIMORE (AP) - Not many players have to wake up before dawn, fulfill military obligations, attend classes and then grind through football practice.For the athletes at Army and Navy, it's all in a day's work.That is why respect is the operative word in this longtime rivalry.

  • Wisconsin's Gordon makes it official, enters draft

    December 10, 2014

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin running back and Heisman Trophy finalist Melvin Gordon made it official Wednesday, skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.Unlike the departure of coach Gary Andersen for Oregon State, this move was expected in Madison.

  • Delaney suggests committee could tweak rankings

    December 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) - Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney says the College Football Playoff selection committee could be better served grouping teams in tiers rather than ranking them early in the season.''It seemed to me there are some rankings that are fairly clear,'' Delaney said Wednesday at the Intercollegiate Athletics Forum, sponsored IMG and Sports Business Journal in Manhattan. ''But more often than not you have insufficient data points.''

  • Mississippi St, Ga Tech a pair of Orange Bowl vets

    December 10, 2014

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - Mississippi State and Georgia Tech are no strangers to the Orange Bowl, and neither are the teams' coaches.The teams have combined to play in eight Orange Bowls, though this will be Mississippi State's first appearance since 1941 when the eighth-ranked Bulldogs (10-2) square off against the No. 10 Yellow Jackets (10-3) at Sun Life Stadium on New Year's Eve.

  • Alvarez hopes to have new Wisconsin coach by bowl

    December 10, 2014

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez hopes to move quickly to find a new head coach after Gary Andersen's stunning departure to Oregon State.Alvarez hoped to have a replacement by the 17th-ranked Badgers' bowl game Jan. 1. Alvarez said that the Wisconsin seniors asked him to coach in the Outback Bowl against Auburn, and that he would soon make that decision.

  • Huskers players are happy to be back at practice

    December 10, 2014

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The start of bowl practice brought a sense of normalcy to a Nebraska team that has experienced a range of emotions in the days since the firing of Bo Pelini and hiring of Mike Riley.Interim coach Barney Cotton said after Wednesday's one-hour workout that he was proud of the effort the players showed under the circumstances.

  • Oregon State hires Wisconsin's Gary Andersen

    December 10, 2014

    Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen unexpectedly stepped down Wednesday to become head coach at Oregon State.Andersen, the Badgers' coach for the past two seasons, informed the team of his decision Wednesday afternoon, the school said. Wisconsin finished 10-3 this season under Andersen and will play in the Outback Bowl against Auburn on Jan. 1.

  • Cal to play home-and-home against San Jose St.

    December 10, 2014

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - California will play a home-and-home series against San Jose State, reviving a rivalry that hasn't been played since 1996.The schools announced Wednesday that San Jose State will play at Cal on Sept. 14, 2019. The return game will be in San Jose on Sept. 16, 2023. That will mark just the second time the Spartans will host the Golden Bears.

  • Despite 'up and down' season, Georgia aims for top 10 finish

    December 10, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Although Georgia fell short of its goal of reaching the College Football Playoff, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt says there is still a chance to end an ''up and down season'' on a high note.''We have a chance to finish in the top 10 in the country, which is where I think a lot of people would like to be,'' said Richt, now in his 14th season at Georgia.

  • 2014 coaches' all-ACC football, award winners

    December 10, 2014

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the all-ACC football team and individual award winners Wednesday following a vote by the league's 14 coaches.---ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR VOTINGOVERALLJames Conner, rb, Pittsburgh (6)Jameis Winston, qb, Florida State (2)

  • Judge says no to mediation in Penn State lawsuit

    December 10, 2014

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A judge overseeing a lawsuit over the $60 million fine imposed on Penn State by the NCAA as part of a consent decree after the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal said Wednesday the case will not go through a court-run mediation program.

  • Duke says no one at Michigan contacted Cutcliffe

    December 10, 2014

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A Duke spokesman says football coach David Cutcliffe has not been contacted by anyone at Michigan about the Wolverines' coaching vacancy.Following a report that Cutcliffe may have turned down an offer, Duke spokesman Art Chase said Wednesday that nobody at Michigan had contacted Cutcliffe or Blue Devils athletic director Kevin White.

  • Ohio State QB Barrett, ex-girlfriend allege abuse

    December 10, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Injured Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett and his ex-girlfriend made 911 calls on Tuesday alleging each attacked the other.Barrett and Alexandria Barrett-Clark were referred to prosecutors, according to a police report. It indicated there were no obvious signs of injury and both declined to file charges.

  • Extension for Vols' Jones includes buyout increase

    December 10, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee coach Butch Jones' contract extension increases the buyout he would have to pay if he chooses to leave before the end of the next two seasons.Under terms of the contract addendum released Wednesday, Jones would owe the university $4 million if he chose to leave before March 2016.

  • Virginia DE Eli Harold declaring for NFL draft

    December 10, 2014

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia defensive end Eli Harold says he is making himself available for the NFL draft and forgoing his final year of college eligibility.The junior from Virginia Beach, Virginia made the announcement on his Twitter account.

  • Clemson quarterback Watson to have surgery Friday

    December 10, 2014

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson will have surgery Friday and miss the Tigers' upcoming bowl game.Watson played with a torn knee ligament in Clemson's 35-17 victory over rival South Carolina on Nov. 29. Swimney said then Watson would be available for the postseason.

  • Delany: 5 conferences comfortable with 4 CFP slots

    December 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) - Five power conferences. Four spots in the College Football Playoff.The leagues knew that when they helped create the new postseason system. Now administrators, coaches, players and fans are living it for the first time.Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany experienced the anxiety of wondering whether his conference would be shut out when the inaugural playoff field was announced Sunday. Ohio State wound up getting in, with the Big 12 stuck on the outside.

  • Pitt's Conner named ACC player of year by coaches

    December 10, 2014

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Atlantic Coast Conference coaches have selected Pittsburgh running back James Conner as their league player of the year and Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson as coach of the year.The coaches released their all-conference teams and individual award winners Wednesday. The list included: Clemson's Vic Beasley as defensive player of the year; Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya as league and offensive rookie of the year; and Virginia safety Quin Blanding as defensive rookie of the year.