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Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin reached a six-year agreement to continue guiding the Aggies through 2019, athletic director Eric Hyman announced Saturday.
The Aggies, No. 21 in the BCS Standings, were 8-3 heading into Saturday night's game at No. 5 Missouri.
"Coach Sumlin has demonstrated why he is considered among the nation's elite football coaches," Hyman said in a statement. "His coaching and recruiting abilities are only secondary to his integrity, class and passion for his student-athletes and this university. Texas A&M is making a sincere commitment to Kevin. We are fortunate that he is committed to remain an Aggie for a long time to come, and we are excited about what the future has in store."
Sumlin, 49, is 19-5 in two years as the Aggies' coach. He was a rumored candidate for the Southern Cal job but opted to stay put at A&M with a new deal.
"I am humbled and very appreciative of the commitment that Texas A&M has extended not only to me and my family but to our football program overall," Sumlin said in a statement. "We have only just begun to lay the foundation for sustained, long-term success here at Texas A&M, and we will work hard every day to make this great institution and the 12th Man proud."
The Aggies finished last season in the top five for the first time in 56 years, including a win over eventual national champion Alabama. Sumlin also helped groom quarterback Johnny Manziel into a Heisman Trophy winner.
Sumlin is 54-22 as a head coach over six years, including leading the University of Houston. The Cougars won a school-record 12 games in 2011 before Sumlin came to A&M.
---Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said before Saturday's game against rival Florida State that coach Will Muschamp will be back next year, though other changes will be made.
The Gators finished 4-8 after a 37-7 loss Saturday, including seven straight losses. Florida did not score more than 20 points during the skid and scored a season-high 31 points on Sept. 21 against Tennessee.
"Obviously it's been a difficult year," Foley said. "We haven't made an excuse all year, and we're not going to make them now. We know what this program is all about. I have total confidence in coach Muschamp and have made that clear. We've got to fix some things. When you have seasons like this, that's what you do -- you evaluate, you analyze and you fix things. You don't panic."
The offense has been a major concern. Florida ranked last in the SEC in scoring at 19.9 points a game going into Saturday.
"I don't think it's any secret, and Will will tell you, we've got to fix that side of the ball," Foley said. "I'm not being disrespectful to anybody, but you look at some of the games we've lost: We haven't scored many points. ... That has to get fixed. And that's going to be Will's responsibility as the head football coach. I'll help him, support him, advise him. I will tell you if you ask him today, it's his biggest concern. We've got to fix that side of the ball."
CBS Sports reported in recent weeks that offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis will lose their jobs at the end of the season, but Foley did not specify what changes would be made to the coaching staff.
---Florida cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy told ESPN Saturday that he will enter the NFL draft with one year of eligibility remaining.
The two-year starter is considered one of the top cornerbacks in the nation. He also has played wide receiver and on special teams.
Purifoy had an interception and returned two kickoffs for 45 yards in a 37-7 loss to Florida State on Saturday.
He is ranked the 27th overall prospect and No. 2 among cornerbacks, according to NFLDraftScout.com.
---Nebraska coach Bo Pelini got a vote of confidence from athletic director Shawn Eichorst on Saturday, a day after ending the season with a 38-17 loss to visiting Iowa.
Eichorst, in his first season, said sixth-year coach Pelini's job is safe for now.
"My approach has always been not to comment publicly about our coaches until their full seasons are complete, as I strongly believe it is unfair and counter to best practices," Eichorst said in the statement. "However, given the volume of unfounded speculation and conjecture about our head football coach, I want to reaffirm what I have said many times since I arrived at the University of Nebraska -- that I positively respect, appreciate and support our football student-athletes, coaches and staff, as we do everyone in the Husker family.
"We very much look forward to our upcoming bowl game and coach Pelini continuing to lead our program in the future."
The Cornhuskers are 8-4 and will find out Dec. 8 which bowl game they will play. Pelini, 45, is 57-24 since coming to Nebraska in 2008 and his teams won nine or 10 games his first five seasons.
Speculation about his future at Nebraska has swirled since September when audio surfaced of him criticizing Cornhuskers fans two years ago.
Losses against UCLA, Minnesota and Michigan State fueled rumors about his job security. Then on Friday, Nebraska lost to Iowa at home for the first time since 1943.
"They want to fire me, go ahead," Pelini said Friday. "I believe in what I've done. I don't apologize for what I've done. I don't apologize to you. I don't apologize to anybody."
Eichorst's statement Saturday marked the first time he commented on Pelini's job status this season.
---Three players were ejected after a fight broke out during the first half of the Ohio State-Michigan State game Saturday in Ann Arbor.
The fight occurred with Michigan ahead 21-14 with 14:23 left in the second quarter.
Buckeyes offensive lineman Marcus Hall and cornerback Dontre Wilson, and Wolverines linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone were ejected. Hall made an obscene gesture as he headed to the locker room.