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Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota wins Heisman Trophy

In this photo provided by the Heisman Trust, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota holds the Heisman Trophy after being named college football's best player during the Heisman Trophy presentation in New York on Saturday.

The understated star quarterback became Oregon's first Heisman winner going away Saturday night, capping a three-year climb to college football's most prestigious individual award.

Navy makes it 13 in a row over Army 17-10

After the Midshipmen stood respectfully for Army's alma mater, defensive ends Paul Quessenberry and Will Anthony hoisted Ken Niumatalolo on their shoulders to give the winningest football coach in Navy history a free ride in the wake of a 17-10 triumph Saturday.

Muschamp returns to coaching as Auburn coordinator

Muschamp accepted the job as Auburn's defensive coordinator 13 days after coaching his last game at Florida and following a weeklong vacation in the Dominican Republic. By the second day he was restless and wondering to wife Carol: "What do you do all day?"

No. 1 Kentucky rolls No. 21 North Carolina 84-70

Devin Booker and Willie Cauley-Stein each scored 15 points and Kentucky shook off the shock of losing Poythress by rolling past No. 21 North Carolina 84-70 on Saturday.

Court reinstates suit against Saban's daughter

The justices revived the lawsuit filed by Sarah Grimes against one-time friend Kristen Saban over what evidence showed was a brawl sparked by a Facebook post in August 2010 when both women were 19-year-old students at the university.

Oregon's Mariota big winner at awards show

Mariota opened the night by winning the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, and closed it by claiming the Maxwell Award, given to the college player of the year. In a separate announcement he also was selected the Walter Camp National Player of the Year.

Heisman finalists: Mariota, Cooper and Gordon

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper and record-breaking Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon are set to make the trip to New York for the Heisman presentation after the finalists were announced on Monday.

Big 12 likely to take long view after playoff snub

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby talked Sunday about how the playoff selection committee's treatment of the Big 12's best would certainly lead to discussions within the conference about bringing back its title game, and maybe even rekindle some expansion talk.

COMMENTARY: UAB's shutdown could be just the start

With the enormous cost of having a football team and the growing divide between the haves and the have-nots in college athletics, it's inevitable that other schools will realize they simply can't afford to stay on the gridiron.

Kansas hires Texas A&M's Beaty as football coach

The school announced Friday that it had hired Texas A&M assistant David Beaty to be its third head coach in five years. Beaty spent time on the staffs of Mark Mangino and Turner Gill at Kansas, giving him unique insight into the program's peaks and valleys

Florida hires Colorado State's McElwain as coach

McElwain agreed to a six-year deal at Florida that will average $3.5 million annually. He made $1.5 million this season at Colorado State.

Missouri not one of many SEC teams to get a break this week

It's a nice break for SEC teams looking to finish the season strong or improve their bowl destination — or simply becoming eligible for one — with rivalry week looming in Week 14.

No. 9 Georgia to ask for Gurley's reinstatement

Gurley, the Southeastern Conference's leading rusher, has been suspended for the last two games while Georgia investigated allegations he broke NCAA rules by receiving improper benefits.

Chiefs preparing for Chargers game

A recently stingy Chiefs defense will face its biggest challenge of the year against the rejuvenated San Diego Chargers' offense.

Columbia fans rejoice as Royals head to World Series

After a 29-year year absence, the Royals punched their ticket to the Fall Classic with a win Wednesday. At Bengal's Bar & Grill, fans partied like it was 1985. 

SEC roundup: Gurley leads Georgia over Tennessee; Kentucky ends SEC drought

Gurley rushed for a career-high 208 yards and two touchdowns, including a 51-yarder in the fourth quarter, as Georgia held off gritty Tennessee for a 35-32 victory.

SEC Roundup: Alabama tops West Virginia; Auburn and Georgia dominant in wins

Blake Sims played the entire game against West Virginia for Alabama, despite coach Nick Saban saying Sims and transfer Jake Coker would get playing time.

Arizona State player gets plenty of support after coming out

Sarafin became the first active openly-gay Division I football player when he talked to Compete, a Tempe-based magazine for gay sports, about his sexual orientation for a story in its August issue.

Patient Mason finally gets his chance at Georgia

Mason was a backup through most of his career, but he got a head-start on his new role late last season when four-year starter Aaron Murray went down with a knee injury.

Spurrier confident Gamecocks will continue success

The Gamecocks coach is entering his 10th year and believes after three-straight 11-2 seasons, his club is prepared for that next step of a Southeastern Conference championship.

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