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USC names Clay Helton permanent coach after strong finish (Yahoo Sports)
Clay Helton has twice taken charge of the Southern California football program in moments of crisis and steadied the Trojans with calm leadership. Athletic director Pat Haden decided Helton has earned the chance to be much more than his backup plan. USC hired Helton as its permanent coach on Monday, removing the interim tag five days before the Trojans face Stanford in the Pac-12 championship game.
Georgia's Richt not done, interested in another coaching job (Yahoo Sports)
Mark Richt remains interested in another coaching job and said Monday he will listen ''to anybody who has interest in me'' as he prepares for his final game as Georgia's coach. Georgia announced Sunday Richt will not return as coach in 2016. Athletic director Greg McGarity and University of Georgia President Jere Morehead said Sunday Richt had been offered another position at the school that would include helping former players and fundraising for the university.
No. 8 UNC's defense prepares for test vs. No. 1 Clemson (Yahoo Sports)
The defensive turnaround at North Carolina is one of the major reasons the No. 8 Tar Heels have their highest ranking in nearly two decades and reached the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. ''I think our defense can play well enough to put us in a position to win,'' coach Larry Fedora said simply Monday. The season has been full of historic accomplishments for the Coastal Division champion Tar Heels (11-1, 8-0 ACC, No. 14 CFP).
Clemson's Watson, FSU's Cook unanimous ACSMA all-ACC picks (Yahoo Sports)
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and Florida State running back Dalvin Cook are the unanimous picks to the all-Atlantic Coast Conference team.
With Heard injured, Swoopes to start for Texas at Baylor (Yahoo Sports)
Texas coach Charlie Strong says Tyrone Swoopes will start at quarterback against No. 12 Baylor as Jerrod Heard recovers from a concussion. Strong says Heard will be evaluated during the week and could play if cleared by team doctors. Swoopes, a junior, started most of 2014 and the first game of this season, but was replaced by Heard after a blowout loss at Notre Dame in the season opener.
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Marshall assistant coach Chris Duhon suspended after arrest (Yahoo Sports)
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Marshall men's basketball assistant coach Chris Duhon has been suspended following his arrest on a drunken driving charge.
Hudson, Wake Forest beat Rutgers 69-68 (Yahoo Sports)
When Rutgers found a way to deny Devin Thomas late in the second half, Cornelius Hudson took advantage of his opportunity. Hudson scored on a baseline drive with 18 seconds remaining to give Wake Forest a 69-68 victory over the Scarlet Knights in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge game Monday night. Trailing 68-67 with 28.1 seconds left, Hudson took a pass in the left corner, pump faked and drove the baseline to lay it in.
Briscoe helps No. 1 Kentucky outlast Illinois State 75-63 (Yahoo Sports)
Kentucky coach John Calipari took heart in his young Wildcats absorbing Illinois State's best shots before getting off the deck to inflict some aggression of their own. Isaiah Briscoe scored 18 points, Jamal Murray added 16 and No. 1 Kentucky overcame a sluggish first half to pull away from Illinois State 75-63 on Monday night. Outhustled on both ends of the court by the athletic Redbirds through 20 minutes while adjusting to Ulis' absence because of a right elbow injury, the Wildcats (7-0) emerged from halftime more physical and used that energy to gain some breathing room.
UNC: Paige expected to play vs. No. 2 Maryland after injury (Yahoo Sports)
Marcus Paige had targeted his return from a broken right hand in time to play in No. 9 North Carolina's matchup with No. 2 Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. It appears the preseason Atlantic Coast Conference co-player of the year is right on schedule. Williams said he wasn't sure whether Paige would start over sophomore point Joel Berry II or sophomore wing Theo Pinson, though he said he was leaning toward Pinson for now.