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Missouri assistant withdraws from Illini coaching search (Yahoo Sports)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski says he is staying with Missouri after withdrawing from Illinois' search for a co-defensive coordinator.
Arkansas AD re-elected as playoff selection committee chair (Yahoo Sports)
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long will serve another season as the chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee. Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, announced Long has been re-elected by his fellow committee members to lead the 13-person panel.
EWU QB Adams says he has scholarship offer from Oregon (Yahoo Sports)
CHENEY, Wash. (AP) -- Eastern Washington's record-setting quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. says he has received a scholarship offer from Oregon and will visit the school this weekend.
Playoff not interested in moving semis of New Year's Eve (Yahoo Sports)
The College Football Playoff is not interested in ESPN's suggestion to move next season's semifinals from New Year's Eve to Saturday, Jan. 2. The Sports Business Journal first reported high-ranking ESPN executives had talked to College Football Playoff officials about switching the dates for the 2016 semifinals. College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock and ESPN acknowledged having discussions about a one-time schedule shift in separate statements to The Associated Press on Monday. ''We understand and appreciate their interest in this,'' Hancock said about ESPN.
Big buyout for Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher (Yahoo Sports)
Jimbo Fisher's eight-year contract extension will begin with a $5 million salary in 2015 and includes a significant buyout if he chooses to leave Florida State before the end of the 2022 season. The 49-year-old Fisher will owe $5 million if he leaves Florida State before December 2016. The incentive-laden contract also includes bonuses for a variety of team achievements, including winning the Atlantic Coast Conference, reaching the College Football Playoffs, end-of-year finish in the CFP poll and winning a national title. In five seasons as Florida State's coach, Fisher is 58-11.
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Mason 16 points for No. 9 Kansas in 64-61 win at TCU (Yahoo Sports)
Frank Mason III had a couple of key baskets in the second-half run that put No. 9 Kansas ahead to stay. There were also his two missed throws that gave TCU one last desperate shot to extend the game. ''We're always happy with a win but it was an ugly win in our eyes,'' Mason said after the Jayhawks' 64-61 victory Wednesday night. We did a lot of things wrong.'' Mason's layup with 13:26 left got the Big 12-leading Jayhawks (17-3, 6-1 Big 12) to 43-42 and started a 12-0 run that put them ahead to stay.
VanVleet lifts No. 12 Wichita State to 58-47 win over Loyola (Yahoo Sports)
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 27 points to lead No. 12 Wichita State to a 58-47 win over Loyola on Wednesday night.
Southern Mississippi: 2 basketball players ineligible (Yahoo Sports)
Southern Mississippi says that two of its men's basketball players have been ruled ineligible as the university continues its joint investigation with the NCAA related to potential violations over the previous two seasons. The university sent a statement on Thursday saying that Jeremiah Eason and Rasham Suarez are ''no longer eligible to participate.'' The university didn't specify why Eason and Suarez are ineligible. Southern Miss athletic director Bill McGillis said in the statement he's ''disappointed for these two young men, our new head coach and our basketball program.'' Donnie Tyndall, who is now at Tennessee, was the Southern Miss head coach during the previous two seasons. Tyndall said he had no comment on the Southern Miss issues on Thursday.
Big 12/SEC Challenge moving to January during league play (Yahoo Sports)
The Big 12 and SEC are moving their non-conference challenge series to late January, right in the middle of league play. The two conferences announced Thursday that the annual 10-game Big 12/SEC Challenge, played over several days in early December this season, will be held on Jan. 30 next year. SEC commissioner Mike Slive and Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby both say the date change will raise the profile of the event.