• Big 12 spread offenses taking their lumps

    Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    Gary Pinkel’s Missouri offense seemed to be at the top of the class. With stars like quarterback Chase Daniel and receiver Jeremy Maclin, the Tigers appeared unstoppable. OU football notebook: Bob Stoops stands by former assistant Mark Mangino

  • Texas Longhorns' Dan Buckner backs up talk

    Friday, September 11, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas — Dan Buckner likes to talk. No, like really talk. Like late-shift radio DJ talk. Quick start for Miami running back Graig Cooper Colorado needs a quick fix for running game College football notebook: Colt McCoy undaunted by Sam Bradford's injury

  • Longhorns' Acho brothers don’t fit Texas prep mold

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas — In Texas, which annually produces many of the top high school players in the country, private schools are considered the shallow end of the talent pool. Big 12 notebook: Missouri not looking to live down to expectations; Mike Leach says Texas Tech 'balanced' Staff picks for Week 2 college football games (PDF)

  • Zac Robinson is chasing top gun status at OSU

    Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    STILLWATER — Quarterback Mike Gundy’s status could fall this football season. But if it does, coach Mike Gundy’s status will rise. All-time OSU quarterbacks Comparison between Mike Gundy and Zac Robinson OSU notebook: Jamal Mosley still learning tight end position Georgia wideout A.J. Green on the verge of a breakout

  • Debunking the mystery of BYU

    Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    Next weekend, fans of Oklahoma and Brigham Young will congregate outside Cowboys Stadium for tailgate parties, with one discernible difference. OU football notebook: Sooners announce captains Fast facts about BYU Famous BYU alums College football notebook: Missouri boots backup quarterback Blaine Dalton

  • Big meeting put Sooner offensive line on same page

    Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    NORMAN — On a late night in early July, they gathered. Seniors Brian Simmons and Trent Williams sent out the call: meet at Williams’ house. What they’re saying about OU’s offensive line Fans can still get in to see OU-BYU OU football notebook: Jay Norvell sees freshman receiver Jaz Reynolds playing


  • Oklahoma football notebook: Steven Parker, Jordan Thomas still adjusting

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    The Sooners have started true freshmen Steven Parker and Jordan Thomas at safety and cornerback, respectively, several times this season.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners' offense should be at full strength for Russell Athletic Bowl

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    The 2014 season will be seen as tremendously disappointing, win or lose Monday. At the very least, though, the Sooners should get one more game with all of their top offensive playmakers healthy. Facing Clemson, which leads the nation in total defense, the Russell Athletic Bowl could be a good measuring stick to see what Oklahoma’s offense could look like entering next season.

  • Bitcoin Preview Capsule

    Updated: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    Central Florida (9-3, 7-1 American) vs. North Carolina State (7-5, 3-5 ACC), 8 p.m. ET (ESPN) Line: UCF by 2. Series Record: Tied 1-1. WHAT'S AT STAKE UCF has chance to finish with at least 10 wins for the fourth time in five seasons. The Knights, co-champions of the American Athletic Conference, played in a BCS bowl for the first time a year ago, beating Baylor in the Fiesta. North Carolina State went 3-9, including 0-8 in the ACC, in its first season under coach Dave Doeren in 2013. Wolfpack won three of past four to become bowl eligible, and beating UCF would represent another step forward under their second-year coach.

  • Illini open Big Ten bowl slate, face La Tech

    Updated: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    DALLAS (AP) — Illinois needed to win its last two games to become bowl eligible, then had to wait another week before finding out if there would be more football. Louisiana Tech knew after winning six of seven at the end of the regular season that it was going to a bowl. And the Bulldogs have already played an extra week, a tight 26-23 loss to Marshall in the Conference USA championship game. Now the Illini (6-6) of the Big Ten and the Bulldogs (8-5), both coached by the sons of coaches, meet Friday in the Heart of Dallas Bowl that is played at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium. It's the first of 10 bowl games involving a Big Ten team, and the last of five for Conference USA.

  • MSU-Northern names new football coach

    Updated: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — Missouri Valley College offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator Aaron Christensen is the new football coach at Montana State-Northern. Northern athletic director Christian Oberquell announced the appointment on Wednesday. Christensen says he plans to bring a physical, disciplined and hard-working team to MSU-Northern. Christensen has coached in the NAIA for 10 years and has helped Missouri Valley make four consecutive appearances in the NAIA playoffs, including a semifinal appearance in 2012. The Vikings advanced to the quarterfinals this season. Oberquell says Northern received 62 applications and interviewed four finalists before choosing Christensen. Christensen takes over f

  • UNC faces Rutgers in Detroit's 1st Quick Lane Bowl

    Updated: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — With the NFL's Lions taking over Detroit's bowl game, the city was able to upgrade its conference matchup, going from a top Mid-American Conference team and an at-large berth to a Big Ten vs. ACC pairing. Newcomer Rutgers is representing the Big Ten in the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl on Friday against one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's anchor schools, North Carolina. It's a series that spans three centuries: The schools met for the first time in 1894, several years before the Tar Heels had an official football program. The Scarlet Knights won that first game 5-0. They played again in 1919, then took an 87-year hiatus before facing off four times in the last nine regular seasons. This is their first matchup

  • K-State's Snyder still penning old-school notes

    Updated: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The letters come on Kansas State stationery, always written in purple, felt-tip pen. The scrawling handwriting is unmistakable, the looping letters clear and distinct. Each is unique, though, tailored to a player who was injured. Perhaps had a great game. In an era of Twitter and text messages and attention spans of 130 characters or less, the notes that Bill Snyder writes still stand out. They arrive shortly after games, usually offering his encouragement or expressing his admiration, regardless of the outcome. He does not leave the job to an assistant. He does not have a secretary type them up. No, the longtime Kansas State coach spends a few minutes each week writing them himself.

  • Fresno State pushed around in in Hawaii Bowl

    Updated: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    HONOLULU (AP) — Despite starting its season with three straight losses, Fresno State made it to a bowl game for the 14th time in the last 16 seasons. Winning is another matter. The Bulldogs lost their sixth consecutive postseason game Wednesday night when they didn't have an answer for Rice quarterback Driphus Jackson and couldn't budge against the Owls' defense in a 30-6 loss at the Hawaii Bowl. "It's frustrating," Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter said. "We've got to figure out a way to get over the hump." It wasn't for a lack of trying against Rice.

  • Jackson leads Rice to Hawaii Bowl win

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    HONOLULU (AP) — Two touchdown passes in a span of 19 seconds were all Driphus Jackson needed to give Rice the spark it needed in the Hawaii Bowl. The defense took it from there. Jackson had his best game of the year by passing for 318 yards and three touchdowns, and Rice set a Hawaii Bowl record by holding Fresno State without a touchdown Wednesday night in a 30-6 victory that completed a remarkable turnaround for the Owls. Rice (8-5) started the season at 0-3 and ended it with its second bowl victory in the last three years. "It seemed like every time we needed a big play, Driphus made one," Rice coach David Bailiff said. "It was probably our best defensive effort of the year. I thought our secondary was just o

  • College football: How 30 for 30 pushed Miami's Al Golden onto the coaching hot seat

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    MIAMI VS. SOUTH CAROLINA — With a loss to the Gamecocks Saturday, Miami would fall to 6-7. How is that going to play in ESPN’s “The U Part III”?

  • College football: Why Rutgers over North Carolina is this week's upset special

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    RUTGERS VS. NORTH CAROLINA — Turns out the Scarlet Knights can hang in the Big Ten. They’ll do that and better against Larry Fedora’s 6-6 UNC squad.

  • College football: Ranking the pre-New Year's bowl games

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    BOWL SEASON — Let’s thank the Texas Bowl for reviving a dormant old Southwest Conference rivalry in Arkansas vs. Texas.

  • College football: Why the Pinstripe Bowl is Eastern football as it could have been

    By Berry Tramel, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    BOSTON COLLEGE VS. PENN STATE — Joe Paterno had a vision for what Eastern football could have been. It now lives only in sporadic matchups like Saturday’s game at Yankee Stadium.

  • Arkansas' Williams to return for senior season

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Jonathan Williams wasn't quite ready to end his time at Arkansas. The standout running back said Wednesday that he's returning for his senior season. He leads Arkansas (6-6) with 1,085 yards rushing this season. Williams helped the Razorbacks rebound from a 3-9 record last year to reach their first bowl game in three seasons. He had said leading into Texas Bowl against Texas that he would wait until hearing back from the NFL on his draft prospects before deciding whether to leave school, and he wasted little time in making that decision. "My faith, family and education are very important to me and all three played a major role in my decision," Williams said. "I have many goals that I want to

  • Oklahoma State football: Zac Veatch's move to tight end bolsters Cowboy offensive line

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Veatch played nearly every snap as OSU’s starting right guard up until the Baylor game. By switching back to tight end, the Cowboys added an experienced blocker on the edge to fuel significant improvement from the unit.

  • Central Michigan falls to Western Kentucky, 49-48

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — For Central Michigan, there was a comeback, a record, a miracle and a gamble. They're now all part of Chippewa lore. They just weren't enough for a bowl win. Storming back from 35 points down in the final 12 minutes and getting the last score on a dazzling lateral-filled play as time expired, Central Michigan wound up one play short Wednesday in the Bahamas Bowl. Western Kentucky overcame a record-setting seven touchdown passes from Cooper Rush and beat the Chippewas 49-48 in the first bowl played outside the U.S. or Canada since 1937. "Our team is never going to quit while I'm the head football coach," Central Michigan coach Dan Enos said. "We've got blue collar guys. They work. They've g

  • Western Kentucky tops Central Michigan 49-48

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Western Kentucky knows its defensive blunders on what became the final touchdown of the Bahamas Bowl will stay on highlight reels for a long, long time. That's fine with the Hilltoppers — because they found a way to hang on for an unforgettable win. Wasting nearly every bit of a 35-point lead and giving up the most improbable of touchdowns on the final play from scrimmage, Western Kentucky overcame a record-setting seven touchdown passes from Cooper Rush and beat Central Michigan 49-48 on Wednesday in the first bowl game played outside the U.S. or Canada since 1937. "There's been a lot of twists and turns to all of our games," Western Kentucky coach Jeff Brohm said. Not like this.

  • TCU's Gary Patterson wins AP coach of the year

    By RALPH D. RUSSO | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    TCU coach Gary Patterson embraced changed and joined an exclusive club. Patterson was voted college football coach of the year by The Associated Press on Wednesday, joining Nick Saban as the only two-time winners. The AP coach of the year has been awarded since 1998. Patterson, in his 14th season at TCU, was coach of the year in 2009. Saban was coach of the year in 2003 when he was with LSU and in 2008 at Alabama. Patterson received 27 of 54 votes from the AP Top 25 media panel. Urban Meyer of Ohio State was the runner-up with 14 votes. Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen received six votes. Alabama’s Saban and Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez drew two votes each. Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, Baylor’s Art Briles and

  • AP Source: Pitt to name Narduzzi as head coach

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pat Narduzzi spent eight years transforming Michigan State's defense into one of the most intimidating in the country. Pittsburgh is hoping he can do the same with the Panthers as they try to find their niche in the new-look ACC. A person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Wednesday that Narduzzi has reached an agreement with Pitt to replace Paul Chryst, who left last week to take the same job at Wisconsin. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the school had not yet made an announcement. A press conference is scheduled for Friday. The 48-year-old Narduzzi has spent the last eight seasons building the Spartans into one of the nation's top defenses.

  • Florida hires Nussmeier as offensive coordinator

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Doug Nussmeier replaced Jim McElwain as offensive coordinator at Fresno State and again at Alabama. This time, they're working together. McElwain hired Nussmeier as Florida's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Wednesday, nearly three weeks after McElwain took over in Gainesville. "Doug and I have worked together on the same staff and I've known him for years," McElwain said in a statement. "We are like thinkers in that he will adapt to the players we have in the program and develop them as we continue to evolve." McElwain hired former Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins to the same position last week.