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Dak Prescott Attacked in Panama City

Dak Prescott Attacked in Panama City iStockphoto(PANAMA CITY) -- Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott and several teammates were attacked at a rap concert Monday in Panama City. Defensive end Torrey Dale and fellow quarterback Damian Williams were also assaulted. Reports of the incident initially surfaced on Elitedawgs.com with a message board post that read: [Dak] got hit with a bottle in the head…other player hasn't been named yet. They were at a Waka Flocka concert…no idea extent on injury at this point. Rumored, i repeat rumored to be Tenn fans that jumped them- but no idea at this point. Pictures emerged to confirm the attack, and Prescott's brother confirmed the story to ESPN's Alex Scarborough. He stated that "[Dak] is doing fine." The motivation and identity of the attackers is unknown.    Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Dan Mullen Extended Through 2018 Season

Dan Mullen Extended Through 2018 Season Football Texture/iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- Mississippi State extended the contract of head football coach Dan Mullen through the 2018 season.Mullen, who last season led the Bulldogs to their first 10-win season in school history and was named the 2014 Maxwell National Coach of the Year, will make an average of $4.275 million per year. "It's a privilege to represent our university, our program and our fans here at Mississippi State," Mullen said. "I appreciate (athletic director) Scott Stricklin and our administration who have given us the tools and resources to be successful and develop Bulldog football into a national brand over the last six years."We spent five weeks ranked No. 1 last season for the first time, but we have only scratched this surface on what we can accomplish here. We have created a winning culture both on and off the field and built a program that has sustained success in the nation's toughest conference. I've always said we are going to win a championship here, and I firmly believe that."Before Mullen arrived in Starkville in 2009, Mississippi State had losing records in seven of its previous eight seasons. Since then the program has had five winning seasons.Mullen has a 46-31 record at Mississippi State and has won more bowl games (3) than any other coach in Bulldogs history. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Helfrich Signs New Contract with Oregon

Report: Helfrich Signs New Contract with Oregon Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(EUGENE,Or.) -- The Oregon Ducks and head football coach Mark Helfrich have agreed to a new five-year $17.5 million contract, according to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman. The head coach of the runner up for the National Championship will almost double his salary from $1.8 million per year to $3.5 million per year. He can also earn incentives for winning a National title as well as reaching GPA thresholds for his players. Helfrich is 24-4 in two seasons as the Ducks head coach after taking over for Chip Kelly, who took the head job with the Philadelphia Eagles. With his new contract, Helfrich will make roughly the same amount that Kelly made in his final years as the Ducks head coach. Under Helfrich's leadership, the university saw Marcus Mariota flourish, throwing for 4,454 yards and 42 touchdowns, as well as earning the school’s first Heisman Trophy. Helfrich, 41, began his coaching career at Oregon under Mike Bellotti as a graduate assistant. He then served as quarterbacks coach for Boise State (1998-2000) and Arizona State (2001-2005) until becoming offensive coordinator at Colorado through 2009, where he then took the same position with Oregon under Kelly. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Missouri Stays Close to Home, Recruits Terry Beckner Jr.

Missouri Stays Close to Home, Recruits Terry Beckner Jr. ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- The No. 2 recruit in the country is headed to Missouri.  Defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. decided to stay close to home and sign with the Tigers on Wednesday. The East St. Louis (Ill.) High School was emotional after he made his announcement in which he chose the Tigers over Ohio State, Auburn, and Florida State. "I just followed where my heart told me to go," he said after the announcement. Beckner Jr. said that he is "excited" to play under head coach Gary Pinkel next year. The Tigers are known for great defensive lineman that include Sheldon Richardson, Michael Sam, and Aldon Smith. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Auburn Gets No. 1 Recruit D.E. Byron Cowart

Auburn Gets No. 1 Recruit D.E. Byron Cowart Football Texture/iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- The No. 1 player in the country is headed to Auburn.  Defensive end Byron Cowart chose the Tigers over the Florida Gators on Wednesday during National Signing Day. Cowart had 11 sacks and 21 tackles for a loss in his senior year and will help a Auburn defense that finished 92nd in the FBS this year. The 6-foot-4, 258-pound Cowart also carries around a Chucky doll from the horror movie series that reportedly reminds him to be fierce on the field. "Cowart is an athletic, physical and -- at times -- very explosive defender who should enhance his stock depending on physical development and improved awareness skills," his scouting report reads. "A player with a lot of physical tools to develop. Could be a defensive tackle candidate as well." It's Auburn's first top recruit since ESPN began keeping player ratings in 2006. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lane Kiffin To Remain At Alabama

Lane Kiffin To Remain At Alabama Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA,Al.) -- After revolutionizing the Crimson Tide passing attack in 2014, Lane Kiffin will return as Alabama's offensive coordinator in 2015. The University announced Saturday that Kiffin would return after leading the Crimson Tide to the 9th ranked offense in the country. Kiffin had been a top candidate for the San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator position, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. "We're very pleased and happy that Lane is going to be staying here at the University of Alabama with us," coach Nick Saban said via Twitter. "He's done a fabulous job and is one of the finest offensive coaches in the country. He is going to have plenty of opportunities in the future and we want to continue to help him develop as a coach so when he leaves here, he'll be in a very good situation. Our offense was extremely productive last season and we look forward to building on some of the good things we did on that side of the ball with this year's team." Alabama's offensive skill players exploded under Kiffin's guidance. Wide receiver Amari Cooper was a Heisman Trophy finalist after catching 124 passes for 1,727 and 16 touchdowns.  “After being here for a year, I can see why this is such a special place in terms of the history, tradition, and how much football means to everyone at Alabama," Kiffin said. "I also have learned so much in the time I’ve spent with Coach Saban and really have a better understanding of what makes him the great coach that he is. I think the more time I can spend learning from him, the better coach I will be in the future.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Power 5 Approve Cost-Of-Attendance Stipends

Power 5 Approve Cost-Of-Attendance Stipends Mitchell Layton/Getty Images (FORT WASHINGTON, Md) -- Another step has been taken towards reforming the treatment of student-athletes in college athletics. A panel of 80 -- 15 student-athletes, and 65 universities -- voted 79-1 to pass the full cost of attendance issue that will provide athletes compensation outside of athletic scholarships. Boston College was the lone dissenting vote according to tabulations. Schools will provide stipends that could range from $2,000 to $5,000, determined by the universities, while under federally mandated guidelines, to cover cost of living expenses. Other issues that will be reformed include Universities no longer having the ability to revoke scholarships solely based on athletic performance. Athletes will also be able to borrow from a discretionary student assistance fund against future earnings and the establishment of a concussion safety protocol. These are the latest changes that include reforming how much food players are allowed to eat, not provided by the school.  In 2014, the University of Oklahoma self-reported a violation in which three football players ate too much pasta at a graduation banquet.  The players had to donate $3.83 to charities of their choice to repay the cost of the pasta. While at the University of Connecticut, Shabazz Napier spoke to the issue: "We do have hungry nights that we don't have enough money to get food in. Sometimes money is needed. I don't think you should stretch it out to hundreds of thousands of dollars for playing, because a lot of times guys don't know how to handle themselves with money. I feel like a student athlete. Sometimes, there's hungry nights where I'm not able to eat, but I still gotta play up to my capabilities." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ohio State Wins National Championship

Ohio State Wins National Championship Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Tx.) -- The Ohio State Buckeyes are the national champions of college football. With a 42-20 victory over the Oregon Ducks on Monday, Urban Meyer's team completed their Cinderella run. In the inaugural college football playoff, few expected the No. 40seeded Buckeyes to contend -- they didn't make the playoff until the final week of the season with a 59-0 demoliton of the Wisconsin Badgers.  After the win they took the place of TCU. Perhaps even more impressive was their final three games, in which they had to rely on a third-string sophomore at quarterback in Cardale Jones. He was efficient against the Ducks, completing 16 of 23 passes for 242 yards and one touchdown. Jones also plunged in from one yard out to give the Buckeyes a 21-7 lead in the second quarter.  Running back Ezekiel Elliot brought his lunch pail and an extra hard hat to the game. He carried the ball 36 time for 246 yards and four touchdowns as he carved through the Ducks' defense. The Oregon Ducks' Heisman-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota tried valiantly to keep his team in the game as he racked up 333 yards passing and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough to contend with the brute force of Ohio State. This is Ohio State's eighth national championship and first since 2002. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

Report: Jameis Winston Leaning Towards Staying at Florida State

Report: Jameis Winston Leaning Towards Staying at Florida StateStreeter Lecka/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fl.) -- Jameis Winston appears to be leaning towards playing another season of Seminoles football. Winston seems intent on leading Florida State to another National Championship after a beat down at the hands of...

Report: Driskel to Transfer to Louisiana Tech

Report: Driskel to Transfer to Louisiana Tech Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) -- Ex-Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel will transfer from the University of Florida to Louisiana Tech, according to 247Sports.com. The University of Florida granted Driskel's release from scholarship after head coach Will Muschamp was fired and replaced by Jim McElwain. Driskel will be eligible to play next season with the Bulldogs as he has already graduated from the University of Florida. In 2011, Driskel was the No. 1 quarterback recruit and signed with Florida. He took over as the starter in 2012 and led the team to an 11-2 season. The Gators lost the Sugar Bowl to the Teddy Bridgewater-led Louisville Cardinals 33-23. Freshman Treon Harris took the starting job from Driskel this past season as the former No. 1 recruit struggled to complete 53.8 percent of his passes for 1,140 yards nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Spartans Score 21 Unanswered in Fourth Quarter to Shock Baylor

Spartans Score 21 Unanswered in Fourth Quarter to Shock BayloriStockPhoto/Thinkstock(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Connor Cook led scoring drives of 71, 60, and 81 yards in the fourth quarter, the final ending with a go-ahead touchdown to Keith Mumphery with 17 seconds remaining, as No. 8 Michigan State rallies to beat No...

Elliott Runs Ohio State Past Alabama and into the National Title Game

Elliott Runs Ohio State Past Alabama and into the National Title Game Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Ezekiel Elliott rushed for a Sugar Bowl-Record 230 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 4 Ohio State upset top-ranked Alabama 42-35 Thursday, to advance to the National Title game. "He's probably the most underrated back in the United States," Coach Urban Meyer said of Elliott. Alabama (12-2) took an 21-6 lead early in the second quarter when T.J. Yeldon ran for a two-yard touchdown. But Ohio State never lost its composure, scoring two touchdowns in the final three minutes of the quarter and headed into halftime down one. The Buckeyes started off the second half the way they ended the first with Cardale Jones connecting with Devin Smith on a 47-yard touchdown bomb to take the lead. Ohio State looked like it finished off the game when Elliott dashed for an 85-yard touchdown run with 3:24 to play. But Alabama answered right back when Blake Sims connected with Amari Cooper on a six-yard touchdown making the score 42-35 with 1:59 to go. The Crimson Tide defense then proceeded to force the Buckeyes into a three-and-out to get the ball back with 1:33 remaining. But their hope for victory was dashed when Tyvis Powell intercepted Sims' pass with time expiring to seal the game. "I'm proud of this team," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "They excelled all year long and kept Alabama at the forefront of college football." Ohio State (13-1) will now take on No. 2 Oregon (13-1) on Jan. 12 for the National Championship.   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

Oregon Dominates Rose Bowl

Oregon Dominates Rose BowlThearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(PASADENA, Ca) -- The Oregon Ducks are heading to the National Championship after defeating the Florida State Seminoles 59-20. The game was 25-20 at halftime, but Oregon's high tempo offense was too much for Florida Sta...

Stanford Rolls to Bowl Win over Maryland

Stanford Rolls to Bowl Win over Maryland Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- Devon Cajuste caught two touchdown passes while Remound Wright rushed for three more, helping Stanford roll to a 45-21 win in the Fosters Farm Bowl on Tuesday night against Maryland. The Cardinal (8-5) scored 21 points in the second quarter to deny Maryland (7-6) their first postseason win since 2010. "We just played better. There's no magic to it," Cardinal coach David Shaw said. Quarterback Kevin Hogan played much better in fact. The senior threw for 189 yards and two scores while also rushing for 50 yards in the win. Both touchdown passes came in the second as Stanford scored 35 straight points to turn a 7-7 deadlock into a 42-7 blowout.  "We finished the season strong. Just the season as a whole, we know how good we are," Hogan said. "It stinks that sometimes people look at the record and judge a team off that." Wright finished the day with only 49 yards on the ground, but his three first half touchdowns helped ignite the offensive onslaught. Cajuste was one of ten different receivers to catch a pass, while freshman Christian McCaffrey added 138 all-purpose yards. Maryland struggled to get anything going on offense against one of the top defense in the country, mustering only 222 total yards, including just 17 on the ground. The Terrapins did get two scores late in the game to try and close the gap. William Likely returned a kickoff 100 yards to snap Stanford's 35 consecutive points, and C.J. Brown added a 2-yard run in the final minutes. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Georgia Trounces Louisville in Belk Bowl

Georgia Trounces Louisville in Belk Bowl Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The Georgia Bulldogs scored 20 unanswered points en route to a 37-14 blowout over Louisville in the Belk Bowl on Tuesday night. Freshman Nick Chubb led the way with a career-high 266 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the win. "He showed everybody in the country that he's a pretty talented kid, a tough kid," Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt said. Chubb's workload increased in the second quarter when quarterback Hutson Mason went down with an injury. The freshman then went to work against the nation's second-best rush defense, averaging 8 yards per carry. His 266 yards were the second most in a bowl game by a Georgia running back, trailing only Herschel Walker's 283 yards in 1980. "That's a blessing being in the same sentence with him," Chubb said. "He's a great running back. But I had an awesome line up front making everything possible for me. I'm thankful for everyone around me and it's been a great season." Going into the second quarter tied at 7-7, Georgia (10-3) got a pair of Marshall Morgan field goals, sandwiched around Chubb's first touchdown run of the day. The lead ballooned in the third when Sony Michel barrelled into the end zone from two yards out. Louisville (9-4) finally got back on the board with a 6-yard run from Brandon Radcliff. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Notre Dame Wins Music City Bowl

Notre Dame Wins Music City Bowl Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Notre Dame dropped five of its last six regular season games, but ended the season with a bowl win. Senior kicker Kyle Brindza's 32-yard field goal as time expired gave the Fighting Irish (8-5) a 31-28 win over Louisiana State University in the Music City Bowl on Tuesday night. "To leave a program so historic like this in this kind of fashion is great," Brindza said. "It's a blessing for me, but also to be able to help win a game for all my teammates is a bigger blessing." Brindza had missed six of his last nine field goal attempts as Notre Dame lost its final four games of the regular season. Their rebound in the postseason was due to a strong performance from quarterback Malik Zaire, who was making his debut for the Irish. Zaire threw for the game's opening touchdown and scored again on a 7-yard run in the second quarter. LSU (8-5) rallied from a 21-14 halftime deficit to take a 28-21 lead on Leonard Fournette's 98-yard touchdown run. However, the Irish quickly knotted the score again thanks to C.J. Prosise's 50-yard scamper. After blocking a Tigers field goal attempt early in the fourth, Notre Dame controlled possession to help set up the game-winning kick. The game did have some controversy at the end of the first half. LSU's holder, Brad Kragthorpe, took the snap on a field goal attempt and headed for the end zone but was ruled short. Video review upheld the call, a decision that coach Les Miles was not happy about. "The guy that carried the ball, forcing it, said he absolutely scored," Miles said. "Kids will be kids, but this guy's going to tell the truth." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Report: Jim Harbaugh Signs with Michigan

Report: Jim Harbaugh Signs with Michigan Ralph Freso/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jim Harbaugh has signed an agreement to become the University of Michigan's new football coach, according to the Detroit Free Press.Harbaugh, who just left his job as the San Francisco 49ers head coach Sunday, heads back to Michigan, where he played quarterback and led the Wolverines to the 1987 Rose Bowl.Harbaugh has had success wherever he's been a head coach: from 2007 to 2010 he coached Stanford, turning around a program that had won only one game the season before he arrived, to a team that won 12 games the season he left. He then spent four years as the 49ers head coach, taking the team to three straight NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl. According to the Detroit Free Press, Harbaugh will be introduced as Michigan's next football coach at a news conference at noon Tuesday. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Penn State Wins First Bowl Game After Sanctions

Penn State Wins First Bowl Game After Sanctions Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Penn State Nittany Lions won 31-30 in overtime against the Boston College Eagle in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.  Penn State played in its first bowl game since 2011, Saturday after receiving a post season ban from the NCAA as a result of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.  Sam Ficken came through in the clutch for the Nittany Lions.  With 20 seconds remaining and Penn State trailing 24-21, Ficken nailed a 45 yard field goal to send the game into overtime.    Boston College scored on their opening possession when Tyler Murphy connected David Dudek for a 21 yard touchdown, but kicker Mike Knoll missed the extra point.  Ficken would again rise to the occasion. Christian Hackenburg found Kyle Carter for the tying score, giving Ficken the chance to kick the game winning point; he would.  "I couldn't have asked for a better ending for my career," Ficken said after the game. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Report: Harbaugh Will Accept Michigan Job

Report: Harbaugh Will Accept Michigan Job Ralph Freso/Getty Images(ANN ARBOR, Mi) -- Jim Harbaugh has decided to return to the college coaching ranks. According to Dave Feldman of CSN Bay Area, Harbaugh will return to his alma mater to revive the University of Michigan football program. Harbaugh is technically still the coach of the 49ers but after the relationship between the fiery head coach and General Manager Trent Baalke turned sour it has long been rumored that there would be a change. Harbaugh was 43-19-1 while with the 49ers, including three NFC championship appearances and a 34-31 loss to the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII. Michigan has struggled over the past seven years under the leadership of Rich Rodriguez and most recently Brady Hoke, mounting a 46-42 record in that span.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Rutgers Rocks North Carolina In Quick Lane Bowl

Rutgers Rocks North Carolina In Quick Lane Bowl Football Texture/iStockphoto(DETROIT, Mi.) -- The Rutgers Scarlet Knights first season in the Big Ten has been a bit of a roller coaster. Friday, the state university of New Jersey's football team capped its 2014 season with a 40-21 thumping of the North Carolina Tarheels. The Scarlet Knights ran all over the Tar Heels as Josh Hicks led the charge with 202 yards on 19 carries, including a 21-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Robert Martin also took advantage of a porous North Carolina defense as he carried the ball 19 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns. "This is a childhood dream come true," Hicks said. "It is just now hitting me what happened out there. Our O-line was just so good today -- they were opening lanes, and all I had to do was hit them." Hicks took home the MVP trophy for the Quick Lane Bowl. Quarterback Gary Nova showed some of the same struggles that have plagued him all season, but did not turn the ball over.  He finished the day completing 9 of 20 passes for 184 yards and tossed a pair of touchdowns. "I saw the predictions before the season, so I knew what the public perception of our team was, especially going into the Big Ten," Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said. "But I have always believed that this was going to be a competitive team that was going to play in the postseason, and we proved that all year." Rutgers finishes the season 8-5, fourth in the Big Ten east and earned a signature win over the Michigan Wolverines.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
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