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College football roundup: Malzahn named AP coach of year

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Auburn's Gus Malzahn was named the Associated Press' coach of the year Monday.

Under Malzahn, the Tigers rebounded from a 3-9 season in 2012 to playing for the BCS Championship in January.

No. 2 Auburn is 12-1 this season and taking on No. 1 Florida State for the national title on Jan. 6.

Malzahn earned 33 votes in the AP balloting. Duke's David Cutcliffe had 17 votes after leading Duke (10-3) to its first 10-win season. Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and Michigan State's Mark Dantonio each received three votes.

---Boise State quarterbacks Joe Southwick and Nick Patti were suspended from the Hawaii Bowl for violating team rules, but Southwick says he did nothing wrong.

Southwick told Boise television station KTVB on Sunday that he was sent home for urinating off a hotel balcony, but said another player did it.

Southwick took a polygraph test in an attempt to clear himself of the incident.

Patti has since been reinstated for the game.

Boise State plays Oregon State on Tuesday in Honolulu.

---Florida coach Will Muschamp was scheduled to interview Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper for the Gators' offensive coordinator job, according to multiple reports.

Florida is seeking a new offensive coordinator. The Gators fired Brent Pease after finishing 4-8 this season with a struggling offense.

---USC safety Dion Bailey will give up his final season of college eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Bailey led USC with five interceptions as a redshirt junior and broke up six passes. He 62 tackles, including 6 1/2 tackles for a loss.
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