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  • Pitt RB James Conner declares for the NFL draft

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 hr ago

    Pittsburgh running back James Conner announced via Twitter on Saturday that he intends to enter the 2017 NFL draft.

    Forever Grateful. pic.twitter.com/B8wXA9ABZz

    — James Conner (@JamesConner_) December 10, 2016

    “I don’t know if mere words can adequately express how I feel about James Conner,” Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said in a statement. “His strength, his courage and his kindness have impacted all of us beyond measure. I’m forever grateful for the opportunity to be part of his life these past two years.

    “James and I have had many conversations about his dreams and aspirations, both in football and life. We know he will continue to make us proud as he takes this next step to the NFL.”

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  • Cincinnati reaches deal with Luke Fickell to be its next coach

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 hrs ago

    Cincinnati has hired Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell to be its head coach.

    The school announced Saturday that Fickell has reached a six-year agreement. Fickell, 43, replaces Tommy Tuberville, who resigned last Sunday. Tuberville was 29-22 in four seasons with the Bearcats, but managed just a 4-8 record this season.

    Fickell will remain with Ohio State through the College Football Playoff

    “It’s with much pride and humility that I accept the awesome honor of becoming the head coach at the University of Cincinnati,” Fickell said. This city, this school and my family are all Ohio. It’s a tough blue-collar state with hard-working, blue-collar people that respect an honest and complete effort. That’s what they will get from me personally and what they should expect from this football program. This team belongs to this city and we will make you proud.”

    Fickell is the third assistant from Ohio State’s 2014 national championship team to become a head coach joining Tom Herman, now at Texas, and Chris Ash at Rutgers.

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  • Army looks to end 14-game losing streak against banged up Navy

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Army can put an end to two streaks on Saturday.

    For one, the Black Knights can clinch a winning record for the first time since 2010. But more importantly, Army can put an end to its 14-game losing streak to rival Navy when the two square off for the 117th time in Baltimore.

    [Related: Navy freshman to make debut vs. Army after father’s death]

    After winning a combined six games in the first two years under Jeff Monken, Army is 6-5 this year and headed to the Heart of Dallas Bowl (its first since 2010) to play North Texas. But first, the Black Knights are looking to register their first win over the Midshipmen (9-3, AAC West champions) since 2002.

    Defensively, the Black Knights are led by linebackers Andrew King and Jeremy Timpf, both of whom have 88 total tackles on the season. Those two and the rest of the Army defense have the challenge of defending a Navy offense (third in rushing offense) which has put up big numbers but has recently been depleted by injuries.

  • Tennessee to wear gray uniforms to honor wildfire victims in Music City Bowl

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Tennessee’s home-state bowl game will come with a tribute.

    The Vols said Friday the team would wear its gray alternate uniforms in Nashville’s Music City Bowl vs. Nebraska on Dec. 30 to pay tribute to those who have died in wildfires in the Smoky Mountains.

    #SmokeyGrey for @MusicCityBowl ???????? pic.twitter.com/7dCtCsvkQ9

    — Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) December 9, 2016

    14 people died in the firesthat ravaged east Tennessee. More than 2,400 buildings in the Gatlinburg area have been damaged.

    Two juveniles have been charged with aggravated arson for allegedly starting the fires on Nov. 23 as the fire spread quickly because of dry conditions and high winds in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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  • Nevada hires Arizona State assistant Jay Norvell as head coach

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Two weeks after parting ways with Brian Polian, Nevada has officially hired its new head coach.

    The school confirmed Friday that it has hired Arizona State assistant Jay Norvell to lead the football program. Norvell most recently served as the Sun Devils’ wide receivers’ coach and passing game coordinator.

    This is the first head-coaching gig for the 53-year-old Norvell, who has also been an offensive coordinator at Nebraska, UCLA and Oklahoma. He was also an offensive assistant at Texas in 2015.

    “I want to thank University president Marc Johnson and Doug Knuth for this tremendous opportunity,” Norvell said. “Our family is humbled and honored to lead the Nevada football program. It is our charge to make this the flagship program of the Mountain West Conference.”

    After finishing up his playing career as an all-conference defensive back at Iowa, Norvell also had stints as an assistant with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts and at Iowa State, Wisconsin, Northern Iowa, and Iowa.

  • Navy freshman to make debut vs. Army after father's death

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    One Navy player will make his collegiate debut Saturday against Army. And he’ll do it with a heavy heart.

    Per the Capital Gazette, Midshipmen head coach Ken Niumatalolo made the decision to elevate freshman linebacker Paul Carothers to the team’s kick return unit. Carothers has served on the scout team and participated in junior varsity games throughout the year, but now he’ll make his debut on the biggest of stages Saturday in Baltimore.

    The move comes weeks after Carothers’ father, a U.S. Marshal, was shot and killed while trying to serve a warrant to a fugitive in Georgia on Nov. 18.

    “Paul is one of our brothers and we thought this might be a way to help him heal,” Niumatalolo said Wednesday. “Paul is actually a really good special teams player, but it was also our way of trying to help him through a very traumatic deal.

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  • Houston names Major Applewhite its new head coach

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Houston has promoted from within to fill its head-coaching vacancy.

    The school announced Friday morning it has promoted offensive coordinator Major Applewhite to head coach. The school had reportedly narrowed its choices down to Applewhite, defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin before announcing the move.

    Orlando had been UH’s interim head coach since Tom Herman left the Cougars to take the Texas job. Now, the school said in a release, Applewhite’s promotion is effective immediately and he will serve as head coach when the Cougars take on San Diego State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 17. Orlando will continue as the team’s defensive coordinator.

    Help us congratulate and support the new leader of the #HTownTakeover@CoachApplewhite! #MajorKeyAlert

    Full info: https://t.co/nDYZLU0Nnk pic.twitter.com/hdUoDXxcT8

  • Lamar Jackson wins the Walter Camp and Maxwell Player of the Year Awards

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Two major awards down, one to go.

    Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson won the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and the Maxwell Award during Thursday’s Home Depot College Football Awards Show. Both awards are given to the nation’s best player. The only remaining player of the year trophy yet to be awarded is the Heisman.

    Last year, Alabama running back Derrick Henry swept the player of the year awards during the awards show and claimed the Heisman Trophy a couple days later.

    The only difference between Jackson and Henry is that Henry also won the award given to the top player in his position. Jackson lost out on that award — the Davey O’Brien — to Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, who won the award for the second consecutive season.

    But overall, the night belonged to Jackson, who has been the nation’s most dynamic player since the beginning of the year. Jackson is the first player in FBS history to have 3,300 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in a season and he also became just the sixth player in FBS history to rush and pass for 20 touchdowns in the same season.

    Other notes from the award ceremony:

    Here is the complete list of Thursday’s college football award winners:

  • Oregon president's advice for Willie Taggart: Hire a 'great defensive coordinator'

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Oregon’s defense was very bad this season.

    Under first-year defensive coordinator Brady Hoke, the Ducks allowed 41.4 points and 518.4 yards per game, both of which ranked 126th of 128 FBS teams across the country. So when school president Michael Schill introduced the Ducks’ new head coach, Willie Taggart, he offered a bit of advice:

    “Go find a great defensive coordinator.”

    Oregon President Michael Schill throwing the shade at Hoke pic.twitter.com/v0MhFRs8rx

    — Kevin Wade (@KwadeSays) December 8, 2016


    The comment came after Schill said he was not one to get involved in giving out advice for the football program, so he was being a bit self-deprecating. Still, it makes it pretty clear that Taggart, who took the Oregon job after four years at South Florida, won’t be bringing Hoke back for another season.

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  • Georgia State hires South Carolina assistant Shawn Elliott as head coach

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    South Carolina offensive line coach Shawn Elliott has been hired as the head coach at Georgia State. Elliott will take over for Trent Miles, who was fired in early November.

    We are proud to welcome @ShawnElliottUSC to the #PantherFamily. pic.twitter.com/y7PNBGAF13

    — GSU Panthers (@GSUPanthers) December 8, 2016

    Miles was 9-38 in his four seasons with the Panthers. In 2015, he led them to Cure Bowl, but they lost and finished 6-7. Other than a 5-3 Sun Belt season in 2015, the Panthers had just one league win.

    Elliott was the interim head coach at South Carolina for six games last season after then-coach Steve Spurrier abruptly retired. Prior to that, he was either the run game coordinator or co-offensive coordinator from 2010-2015. He was retained by the Gamecocks when Will Muschamp was hired as head coach.

    Elliott was 1-5 during his brief stint as the Gamecocks’ head coach.

    Georgia State will make a formal announcement on Friday.

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