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Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher agreed to a contract extension with the school prior to the ACC Championship and now the agreement is official. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Fisher has signed a new contract with Florida State, increasing his salary to around $4 million a season.
Fisher’s contract will reportedly include incentives and upgrades in pay for his assistants.
In four years at Florida State, Fisher is 44-10 and is 3-0 in bowl games. The Seminoles will play for the national championship on Jan. 6 against Auburn.
Jimbo Fisher signs new contract 4 about than $4.1 million/year, per Tall. Democrat. Agreement first reported by PB Post 1 month ago.#FSU— Tom D'Angelo (@tomdangelo44) December 31, 2013
Michigan State’s Rose Bowl hopes took a hit on Thursday, as head coach Mark Dantonio announced linebacker Max Bullough has been suspended for the Jan. 1 matchup against Stanford. Bullough was suspended for a violation of team rules.
Bullough ranked third on the team with 76 tackles (9.5 for a loss) and recorded one forced fumble and 1.5 sacks.
The senior was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the media and the coaches this season and finished his career in East Lansing with 299 tackles and eight sacks.
Bullough is a big loss for a Michigan State defense that led the nation in rush defense and allowed just 12.7 points a game.
Senior Kyler Elsworth is listed as Bullough’s backup, but there’s plenty of talent for coordinator Pat Narduzzi to mix if necessary. Senior Denicos Allen and junior Taiwan Jones are solid players and will anchor the outside spots in the linebacking corps in the Rose Bowl.
Michigan State LB Max Bullough has been suspended for the Rose Bowl - http://t.co/ODE0rVkxSS— Eye on College FBall (@EyeOnCFB) December 26, 2013
From the files of strange timing: UMass has decided to fire coach Charley Molnar. In his two years as the coach of the Minutemen, Molnar went 2-22 and both victories came against MAC teams.
The timing of this decision is odd, especially since UMass has missed out on a couple of weeks of a coaching search, plus recruiting for the new regime.
Molnar had a difficult task at UMass, as the program was transitioning from the FCS to the FBS level and had to play games at Gillette Stadium instead of an on-campus facility.
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl didn’t go according to plan for Buffalo. The Bulls were easily defeated by San Diego State, and an onside kick in the fourth quarter was an epic fail.
Punter Tyler Grassman attempted an onside kick, but instead of giving his team a chance to recover, the ball barely moved off the tee.
Wisconsin’s 2014 Big Ten title hopes received a boost on Friday, as running back Melvin Gordon announced his intention to return for next season.
Gordon is only a junior but could have left early for the NFL Draft, as he redshirted after playing sparingly in 2011.
Gordon rushed for 1,466 yards and 12 touchdowns on 181 attempts in 2013.
Gordon should be one of the top returning running backs in college football next season.
A new trend has popped up in recent years for college football teams, as some have scheduled games in baseball stadiums. Illinois-Northwestern played at Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium in New York hosts the Pinstripe Bowl.
Boston College and Notre Dame will continue this recent trend, scheduling a game for Fenway Park in 2015.
This will be the first football game in Fenway Park since 1968. Needless to say, this is a pretty awesome setting for a football game.
Notre Dame 2014-16 schedules include at Lucas Oil Stadium vs. Purdue in '14, Fenway Park vs. BC in '15, Alamodome vs. Army in '16— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) December 20, 2013
Oregon announced it will have new Nike “Mach Speed” uniforms for its Dec. 30 bowl matchup against Texas.
This uniform is also a sneak peek at what to expect from the Ducks in 2014.
According to the Nike release, here's a sample about what's new about these uniforms:
It’s all about speed. For the last decade Nike has continually evolved college football uniforms for the country’s best teams. Among these, the Oregon Ducks football uniforms are on the cutting edge of innovation, with the clear goal of optimizing athlete performance and speed on the field. On December 30, Oregon will take the field wearing the latest Nike Pro Combat “Mach Speed” uniform, the most innovative Nike Pro Combat system of dress to date.
The uniform features an all-new chassis including the latest in lightweight fabric innovation built for maximum speed, ventilation and comfort. Drawing inspiration from some of the fastest athletes in the world, Nike has applied research and design across multiple sports to create one of the fastest uniforms on the field. Taking insights from Nike’s Swift Suit technology, the new Nike Mach Speed Football uniform fabric construction features an articulated fit to match the athlete’s motion of play. Ultimately this allows the athletes to move with the uniform fabrics, rather than against them.
Click here to view a full gallery of images for Oregon’s uniforms.
Arkansas State has hired North Carolina offensive coordinator Blake Anderson as its new head coach. Anderson will replace Bryan Harsin, who left to replace Chris Petersen at Boise State.
This is Anderson’s first head coaching job, but he has served as a coordinator since 2002. Prior to joining North Carolina’s staff in 2012, Anderson worked with Larry Fedora at Southern Miss from 2008-11.
Anderson also has experience from stints at UL Lafayette, MTSU, New Mexico and Trinity Valley College.
Anderson will be Arkansas State’s fifth coach in five years in 2014.
Bowling Green is coming off a MAC Championship, but coach Dave Clawson left for Wake Forest after the victory over Northern Illinois. The Falcons have picked Clawson’s replacement, choosing Eastern Illinois’ coach Dino Babers to take the top spot at Bowling Green next year.
Babers is considered a rising star in the coaching ranks and has a wealth of experience on his resume.
Babers started his coaching career at Hawaii in 1984 and worked at a handful of programs, including Purdue, San Diego State, Arizona, Texas A&M, Pittsburgh, UCLA and Baylor.
Babers has spent the last two years at Eastern Illinois, recording a 19-7 mark in the process.
With a good chunk of their roster returning in 2014, the Falcons should be picked near the top of the MAC East.
By David Fox, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Who says there’s a lull in the college football season? The coaching carousel gets new life with the Texas job. Braden Gall and David Fox talk about their top three realistic candidates for the job.
It’s also time for a bit of reading as our hosts react to columns on Mack Brown as Mr. Football and the Nickelback of college football coaching. Lastly, a moderately successful game of word association for the early bowl games.
Contact us with questions, comments and debate topics at email@example.com or on Twitter at @AthlonSports, @BradenGall and @DavidFox615.
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