conferences comfortable with 4 CFP slots

  • EUGENE, Ore. (AP) The search for Marcus Mariota' replacement has been the No. 1 story for Oregon this spring as Ducks await the arrival of former Eastern Washington star Vernon Adams in June.On Saturday, Jeff Lockie showed he's ready to take on all challengers.
  • Ex-Nebraska aide Ron Brown leaves Youngstown St. for Liberty
    May 2, 2015
    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) Ron Brown, the former Nebraska assistant who took a job under Bo Pelini at Youngstown State in January, is leaving the Penguins to become associate head coach and receivers coach at Liberty University.Brown, whose hiring was announced Friday, will work again with Flames coach Turner Gill. They served together for 13 years as assistants under Tom Osborne at Nebraska and were part of three national championships. Brown worked for Pelini at Nebraska from 2008-14.
  • K-State signs AD John Currie to extension through 2020
    May 2, 2015
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas State athletic director John Currie signed a restructured contract Friday that includes an extension through the 2020 academic year and increases his base salary to 5,000 annually.The deal removes athletically related bonuses from his contract and turns the compensation into guaranteed salary. His previous agreement allowed him to earn up to 55 percent of his 5,000 salary in incentives up to a maximum of 6,250.
  • Police drop charges against Alabama DB Cyrus Jones
    May 2, 2015
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Tuscaloosa police have dropped domestic violence charges against Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones.Police said in a statement Friday that probable cause existed for the charges filed against Jones, but they were dropped because he ''in fact attempted to deescalate the situation by contacting the Tuscaloosa Police Department.''
  • Nebraska wide receiver Tolbert cited for drug paraphernalia
    May 2, 2015
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) University of Nebraska campus police say redshirt freshman wide receiver Jariah Tolbert has been ticketed on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia.Police Sgt. Dave Dibelka said Friday that Tolbert, 19, of Belle Chasse, Louisiana, was cited early Thursday along with two 19-year-old women.
  • Ex-Huskers RB Scott Baldwin dies; '92 shooting paralyzed him
    May 2, 2015
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Scott Baldwin, whose promising career at Nebraska in the early 1990s ended because of injuries and his battles with mental illness, has died.Baldwin's family said through the Nebraska athletic department that he died of cardiac arrest Wednesday in New Jersey. He was 45.
  • Mack Rhoades off and running at Missouri
    May 2, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Asked how to raise attendance at sporting events, new Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades said simply, ''Win games.''''That's just human nature,'' Rhoades said. ''People want to be associated with a winning program. They want to be associated with the next great thing.''
  • Big 12 championship game would come with pros and cons
    May 2, 2015
    DALLAS (AP) The Big 12 has always been different from the other Power Five conferences.The product of a messy merger between the Big Eight and the Southwestern Conference in the mid-1990s, the Big 12 is by far the youngest of the wealthiest FBS leagues. Fifteen years after it was born, the Big 12 was nearly killed by conference realignment and picked apart by other power conferences.
  • Cal coach Sonny Dykes disappointed in former assistant
    May 2, 2015
    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California coach Sonny Dykes says he was disappointed and surprised when assistant coach Pierre Ingram was arrested for solicitation.Ingram was arrested April 16 during a prostitution sting in Oakland. He was immediately placed on administrative leave before the school fired him last week.
  • Cal coach Dykes disappointed in former assistant
    May 2, 2015
    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California coach Sonny Dykes says he was disappointed and surprised when assistant coach Pierre Ingram was arrested for solicitation.Ingram was arrested on April 16 during a prostitution sting in Oakland. He was immediately placed on administrative leave before the school fired him last week.
  • BYU reaches bowl agreements for 2015, 2019
    May 2, 2015
    PROVO, Utah (AP) BYU has agreed to play in either the Hawaii Bowl or the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at the end of the 2015 season.The school announced Thursday that the Cougars will play in one bowl at the end of the upcoming season and the other at the conclusion of 2019.
  • Syracuse begins recovery from dismal season with recruiting
    May 2, 2015
    Nothing much seemed to go right for Syracuse last season. If coach Scott Shafer isn't on cloud nine now, he's probably darn close.Five months removed from an injury-riddled 3-9 season that ended with five straight losses after a 2-0 start, there's a sparkling new indoor training center that's become an instant boon for the football team, most of the players are healthy again, and recruiting is purring.
  • Auburn DE Elijah Daniel arrested on burglary, theft charges
    May 2, 2015
    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn defensive end Elijah Daniel has been suspended from the football team following his arrest with two other athletes on theft and burglary charges that police said Thursday resulted from an investigation into items missing from dormitory rooms after spring break.
  • Wednesday Sports In Brief
    May 2, 2015
    ATLANTA (AP) BASEBALLBALTIMORE (AP) -Baseball in Baltimore was closed to the public for one day.The only shutout in the final score Wednesday at Camden Yards came in the attendance total: Orioles 8, White Sox 2, Fans 0.MLB decided to play the game behind closed doors because of looting and rioting around Camden Yards that broke out amid tensions between residents and police. The turmoil prompting a citywide curfew came hours after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who sustained a fatal spinal cord injury while in police custody.
  • Bowlsby says Big 12 will probably move toward champ game
    May 2, 2015
    IRVING, Texas (AP) There is a good chance the Big 12 championship game will be making a comeback as soon as 2016.Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he believes the conference will move toward having a championship football game again because not having one puts the league at a disadvantage when it comes placing teams in the College Football Playoff.
  • 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.

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