College football

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2019, file photo, LSU coach Ed Orgeron celebrates on stage after the team's win over Georgia in an NCAA college football game for the Southeastern Conference championship, in Atlanta. Cajun pride is swelling in Lafourche Parish now that the former two-way football standout who won a 1977 state title for the South Lafourche High School Tarpons is on the brink of capping off arguably the LSU Tigers' greatest season in the program's 126-year history with a national title. (C.B. Schmelter/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP, File)
January 10, 2020 - 7:29 pm
LAROSE, La. (AP) — A cardboard likeness of Ed Orgeron, wearing a purple polo with gold LSU lettering, stands in an entertainment parlor at the home of one of his childhood friends. The life-size cutout was displayed a couple years ago at a celebration dubbed “Coach O Day” in the predominantly Cajun...
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January 10, 2020 - 5:55 pm
The best of college football will be on display Saturday night in Baltimore. Say what? Well, if you believe the Heisman Trophy represents the top player in the college game, then consider that five of the winners will be there when the Titans visit the Ravens. It's entirely possible that the team...
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FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, James Madison defensive lineman Ron'Dell Carter (5) enters the field before the start of an NCAA football game, in Harrisonburg, Va. Carter was selected to The Associated Press FCS All-America first team, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record via AP)
January 10, 2020 - 5:35 pm
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — North Dakota State and James Madison are both finishing up their first season with new head coaches. The Bison even have a freshman quarterback. Yet here they both are again. The teams that have combined for the last eight FCS championships are back in Frisco playing for...
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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney celebrates after Clemson defeated Ohio State 29-23 in the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
January 10, 2020 - 5:17 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Gloomy clouds were lingering over the Big Easy as the contestants were scheduled to arrived for the so-called national championship game. The weather conditions Friday were an appropriate mood-setter. The tedious, 16-day-long break since the semifinals has largely stifled the...
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Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) celebrates after throwing a pass to setup the game-winning field goal during overtime of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Buffalo Bills Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Houston. The Texans won 22-19 in overtime. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
January 09, 2020 - 6:10 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — When not practicing or breaking down film, Deshaun Watson looks for ways to motivate. Before Houston's playoff win last week, the quarterback gave his offense high-end headphones with a note that read: "Let's be great." “I just had to remind them because that's what we want to do...
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FILE- This Dec. 30, 2019, file photo shows empty seats as Western Kentucky and Western Michigan line up for the snap during the second half of the NCAA First Responder Bowl college football game in Dallas. Bowls outside the College Football Playoff structure might excite only the most ardent fans of the participating teams, be played in half-empty stadiums and prompt howls about there being too many games. They aren't going away, though. There'll be three more next season, bringing the total number of bowls to 42. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman, File)
January 09, 2020 - 4:36 pm
Six bowls this season had their smallest crowds on record, with section after section of unoccupied seats a yawning indication of just how little buzz there can be for the long, long list of postseason games on the schedule. Half-empty stadiums? Teams with tiny fan bases and mediocre records? Too...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2019, file photo, Washington State head coach Mike Leach watches during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Houston, in Houston. Two people with knowledge of the decision says Mississippi State has hired Washington State's Mike Leach as its new head coach. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, because the school has not yet officially announced the move. Leach will replace Joe Moorhead, who was fired last week after two seasons. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)
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January 09, 2020 - 4:15 pm
The pirate is heading to Starkvegas. Mississippi State hired Washington State's Mike Leach as its new head coach Thursday, bringing one of the nation's quirkiest and most successful coaches from the Pac-12 to the Southeastern Conference. Leach will replace Joe Moorhead, fired last week after two...
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January 09, 2020 - 3:18 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis has hired former Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre as defensive coordinator after he filled the same role at Mississippi this past season. New Memphis coach Ryan Silverfield announced the hire Thursday and called MacIntyre “the perfect fit to lead our defense.” The move is...
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FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2019, file photo, Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Smith (73) plays against BYU during an NCAA football game in Knoxville, Tenn. Smith was selected to The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (C.B. Schmelter/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP, File)
January 09, 2020 - 2:43 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee offensive guard Trey Smith says he will return to school for his senior year after making a successful comeback from a career-threatening medical issue to earn first-team, all-Southeastern Conference honors this past season. Smith played all 13 games for Tennessee...
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January 09, 2020 - 1:46 pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — AP Sources: Mississippi State hires Washington State's Mike Leach as new football coach.
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