He surprised a packed crowd again on Thursday, declaring at his old high school in Cleveland that he would return to the Buckeyes rather than jump into the NFL draft.
The Volunteers (15-2, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) weren't threatened much in the second half, with both teams matching their season-lows in points. Tennessee will carry an 11-game win streak into Monday night's game at No. 7 Notre Dame but left Auburn Arena feeling the team needs a much better performance to have a chance.
The one-time favorites to win the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division struggled significantly on defense and finished 7-6 — a steep drop from the unprecedented three straight 11-2 seasons between 2011 and 2013.
Florida led 51-50 with 4:17 remaining, but Jennifer O'Neill hit a 3-pointer during a 7-0 run that put the Wildcats ahead for good.
Kentucky made seven of 10 free throws in the final two minutes in a game that had 17 lead changes.
Thanks to some timely free throws, the Bulldogs left a gym where they have had little success over the years as winners.
Head coach Les Miles formally introduced defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron to LSU's staff Wednesday. The hiring of Orgeron, a Louisiana native known to have strong recruiting ties around his talent-rich state, came a day after the announced hiring of Steele, formerly the Alabama assistant.
The Jets hired the Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Wednesday to replace Rex Ryan, who was fired, along with general manager John Idzik, on Dec. 29 after six seasons.
Promoter Bob Arum said Pacquiao has agreed to all terms for what would be boxing's richest fight ever, a bout with Mayweather that fans have been demanding for five years.
Prescott made his announcement on Wednesday during a news conference at the school. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder from Haughton, Louisiana, had a breakout season for the Bulldogs in 2014, throwing for 3,449 yards, 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also ran for 986 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Keith Hornsby poured in 20 points in the second half to lead the Tigers' victory.
Nathan Dick, a student at Mexico High School in Mexico, Missouri, escapes from the stress of his daily routine by making a trip to Columbia twice a week to box at Zen's Gym.
Aaron Harrison scored 16 points including five 3-pointers, and top-ranked Kentucky finally earned a conference victory in regulation by drilling Missouri 86-37 on Tuesday night.
Josh Richardson, Robert Hubbs and Armani Moore combined to score 50 points and shoot 20 of 26 as Tennessee withstood a furious Arkansas comeback to hang on for a 74-69 victory over the 19th-ranked Razorbacks on Tuesday night.
Frank Mason III had 16 points and nine rebounds to lead the Jayhawks (14-2), who moved to 3-0 in league play for the ninth straight. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 14 points, getting to the foul line 12 times as the Jayhawks finished 32 of 46 on free throws.
Following a loss to Ohio State in the national championship, Heisman-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota didn't rule out the possibility of returning to Oregon next season. He's a projected first-rounder in the NFL draft.
Here's the scary part for the rest of major-college football: Some of Ohio State's best players didn't play in Monday night's championship game, and many of those who did are coming back.
Ohio State's thrashing of Oregon in the title game was more than just an ego boost for the Big Ten.
Tailback Ezekiel Elliott, known as Zeke to his teammates, had 246 yards on 36 carries and scored four touchdowns. And the "slobs" — the offensive linemen's both affectionate and accurate name for themselves — dominated up front as the Buckeyes ran over, around and through Oregon 42-20 on Monday night to capture the national championship.
No other player in the Southeastern Conference has scored a higher percentage of his team's points than Tennessee guard Josh Richardson.
South Carolina and UConn top off the poll and seem to be on a collision course for a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup Feb. 9.