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Ohio State's Cardale Jones says he'll return to Buckeyes

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.

Georgia snaps 2-game SEC skid by beating Vanderbilt 70-67

Thanks to some timely free throws, the Bulldogs left a gym where they have had little success over the years as winners.

LSU welcomes Steele, Orgeron to defensive coaching staff

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.

Mariota declares for NFL draft

Mariota announced his long-awaited decision to forgo his senior season on Oregon's website. The team said he filed paperwork on Wednesday, a day before the NFL deadline.

Quarterback Prescott returning to Mississippi St for senior season

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.

St. Louis pitches football stadium that would cost at least $860M

St. Louis upped its bid Friday to either keep the Rams or lure a new NFL team, unveiling plans for a new open-air football stadium on the banks of the Mississippi River, not far from the Gateway Arch.

O'Neill leads No. 10 Kentucky women to 78-57 win over Auburn

Kentucky (14-2, 3-0) put up the first five points and outscored the Tigers 21-7 over the final 5 minutes to dispose of struggling Auburn in its final tuneup before Sunday's showdown at top-ranked South Carolina.

No. 1 Kentucky survives Mississippi 89-86 in overtime

Dominant almost all season and facing expectations of going unbeaten, top-ranked Kentucky looked vulnerable and very beatable against a Mississippi team intent on pulling off a seismic upset.

College Football Playoff, NCAA will reimburse athletes' families for travel

The NCAA granted a waiver Tuesday that allows the College Football Playoff to provide a reimbursement of up to $1,250 per parent or guardian that will cover hotel accommodations, travel and meals.

Chiefs beat Chargers 19-7, but both teams miss playoffs

Chase Daniel threw for 157 yards without an interception in the Chiefs' win.

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota wins Heisman Trophy

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

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