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Miami running back Duke Johnson won't stick around for his senior season.
A day after the Hurricanes lost to South Carolina in the Independence Bowl, Johnson announced that he'd be heading to the NFL draft. "I will be going to the NFL next year," Johnson said via CaneSport.com. "I think at this stage in my life, I'm at the stage in the NFL where backs don't get too much value. I think it's best and get a jump while I can. It's what is best for me and my family."
He also said the decision was for his grandmother, a woman who has been an integral part of Johnson's life.
"At the end of the day everything I do is for her and my grandmother who has sacrificed so much," Johnson said. "This decision is made for them, too, just to help them out and put them in the best situation."
Johnson finishes his career with 3.519 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns. He had 1,652 yards in 2014 and 10 touchdowns. He likely would have close to 4,000 career yards if it wasn't for a broken ankle he suffered against Florida State in 2013. The injury ended his season.
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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 hr ago
Russell Athletic Bowl Oklahoma (8-4) vs. Clemson (9-3) Orlando, Fla. Dec. 29, 2014
It's dejå vu all over again for Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight.
Last year, Knight became the darling of the 2013 bowl season with his performance against Alabama. As the Sooners upset the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl, Knight was 32-44 passing for 348 yards, four touchdowns and a lone interception.
It was Knight's best performance of his young career and came as he was wrangling the starting quarterback job away from Blake Bell, who moved to tight end in 2014. Oh, and it also set up some unrealistic expectations for Knight's 2014 season.
And they were expectations that he unsurprisingly didn't fill. Before he suffered an incredibly frightening neck injury against Baylor, Knight was in the midst of a productive yet not spectacular campaign. While his stats didn't look horrible -- his one really bad game came against TCU -- there seemed to be frequent moments of longing from Oklahoma fans. Knight was playing well, but he could also play better.
Vegas odds: Oklahoma (-4)
For more Clemson news, visit TigerIllustrated.com.
Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 hrs ago
AutoZone Liberty Bowl Texas A&M (7-5) vs. West Virginia (7-5) Memphis, Tenn. Dec. 29, 2014
Do you like offense? If you do, you are obligated to watch this game if you're off work or record it if you're going to be away from a television. If there was ever a bowl game this season that promises points, the Liberty Bowl is it.
Of course, that paragraph means we could very likely see a 14-13 finish, but we're betting against it. Each team has scored 20 or fewer points just twice this season. For Texas A&M, it was the embarrassing shutout at Alabama and a 23-17 loss to LSU in the last game of the regular season. West Virginia's two worst offensive efforts came at Texas and against Kansas State.
The Mountaineers enter at No. 9 in the country in passing yards. Texas A&M is No. 12. The respective defenses are basically the same, at least in the yardage category. Texas A&M is ranked No. 62 in passing defense, a half-yard better (225.5) than No. 63 West Virginia.
This game should be fun. And possibly take four hours. So schedule that DVR extra time liberally.
Vegas odds: West Virginia (-1.5)
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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 hrs ago
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh will reportedly be the next coach of the Michigan Wolverines.
According to CSN Bay Area, Harbaugh has agreed to be Michigan's coach.
Confirmed: Harbaugh to Michigan! Press Conference Tues in Ann Arbor
Harbaugh's move to Michigan was first tweeted by John U. Bacon on Saturday night. Bacon, a professor at Michigan, is the author of "Fourth and Long," a book about college football.
I just got off the phone with more sources tonight. It's done. Jim Harbaugh is coming to Michigan - and his friends are flying in Monday.
How do I know this? From his friends who are flying in.
Michigan officials were in the San Francisco Bay Area over the weekend to meet with Harbaugh in the hopes of securing his services as the Wolverines' next head coach. The 49ers play the Arizona cardinals on Sunday.
Hoke's record in his four seasons at Michigan was 31-20. Harbaugh was 29-21 in four years at Stanford before taking the 49ers job.
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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 14 hrs ago
Could the Kyle Whittingham era be coming to an end at Utah?
According to the Salt Lake City Tribune's Gordon Monson, Whittingham is currently at odds with Utah athletic director Chris Hill. Monson's column, published Saturday night, comes after offensive coordinator Dave Christensen reportedly left to be Texas A&M's offensive line coach and run game coordinator and defensive coordinator and associate head coach Kalani Sitake left to take the same position at Oregon State.
After months of magma buildup, a volcanic blast is sheering the top off of Utah football, spewing rocks a mile high, triggering mudslides, leveling forests, choking off life as we know it there.
Sending Kyle Whittingham packing as the Utes’ head coach.
That’s right: He’s walking away.
Another thing I believe: This story is far from over and the blast zone will grow bigger and bigger as time goes by.
There will be no 10-win season for Central Florida.
N.C. State scored twice in the third quarter to turn a 17-10 halftime lead into a 31-13 margin at the beginning of the fourth and held on for a 34-27 win in the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl.
Had UCF won, the Knights would have had at least 10 wins in each of the last three seasons. Instead, N.C. State got its eighth win of the season, the most the program has had since 2011.
The Wolfpack piled up 486 yards of offense on UCF's defense, which entered the game third in the country in total defense at 283 yards per game. The Knights couldn't stop N.C. State's passing attack, which picked up huge chunks of yardage. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett finished 15-of-26 passing for 262 yards and a touchdown.
Brissett, however, wasn't the only one who did damage throwing the ball. The Wolfpack's first score of the game came on a pass from running back Shadrach Thornton to receiver Jaylen Samuels for an 18-yard touchdown. And in the second half, Brissett caught a 20-yard pass from receiver Bo Hines.
Thornton finished with 96 yards rushing and Matt Dayes had 78 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
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As San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh's future remains clouded and Michigan doesn't have a coach for 2015, the Wolverines are reportedly scheduled to speak with him over the weekend.
Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman reported Friday night that Michigan officials would be in the Bay area and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Michigan officials will meet with Harbaugh. Per The Wolverine,Michigan officials are there "with the intention of closing the deal" after San Francisco plays Arizona on Sunday.
#Michigan brass & search firm will be up in the Bay Area this weekend as part of the Jim Harbaugh pursuit, per source.
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Howard running back Terrence Tusan was killed at a Denton, Texas, apartment complex on Sunday night.
He was shot along with 18-year-old Jakobi Dmon Gipson. According to the Denton Record-Chronicle, the two, along with a third person, are identified as suspects by police in a home invasion robbery at the apartment complex.
Denton police said officers received a 911 call reporting gunshots at 5:38 p.m. Sunday. Officers arrived minutes later to find two victims with with non-life-threatening injuries and two of the suspects — Tusan and Gipson — dead.
Gipson was shot inside the apartment and Tusan was shot outside. Two other people, the residents of the apartment, had non-life-threatening injuries and were treated and released from a local hospital. They have also moved out of the apartment. Per the Record-Chronicle, police haven't identified who shot whom.
On December 23, Howard University released a brief statement.
Tusan, a redshirt junior, finished 2014 with 354 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown came in a game against Rutgers.
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Well, the Quick Lane Bowl went about as was expected for North Carolina's defense. It's just that the Tar Heel offense couldn't keep up with Rutgers' offense as the Scarlet Knights moved to 8-5 with a 40-21 win over UNC.
If you're looking for an encapsulation of North Carolina's day, just watch this GIF of Rutgers' extra point attempt after the Scarlet Knights' fourth touchdown of the game. Even when North Carolina looked like it was about to do something right it still went awry – make sure you watch the football that was most definitely not blocked.
Rutgers' quarterback Gary Nova finished with 184 yards passing and two touchdowns (and no interceptions) and opened the scoring with a touchdown pass to a wide-open Andre Patton from 34 yards out.
But it was the Rutgers ground attack that really gashed UNC. Rutgers finished with 340 yards rushing as Josh Hicks and Robert Martin both had 19 carries. Hicks piled up 202 yards and a touchdown while Martin finished with 100 yards and two scores.
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Rutgers players and staff members sported NYPD hats on the sidelines during Friday's Quick Lane Bowl.
The hats were in support of the two fallen officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were shot and killed on Saturday by a man whoapparently wanted revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Coach Kyle Flood wore a patch on his shirt earlier in the week. From NJ.com:
"I'm the proud sibling of a sergeant on the NYPD,'' Flood said. "My brother’s been a member of the force for the last 23 years. He's a sergeant in what they call Emergency Service Unit. They've gone through a tough time over the last week. I thought it was important for me as a family member, for my grandfather who was a member of the NYPD, (for) my uncle, my brother and three of my cousins ... my family is really intertwined with that organization and we live under their protection.
"So I wanted to support them in whatever way I could.''