Notre Dame will allow safety Eilar Hardy to transfer after missing the first eight games of the 2014 season while the university investigated him and four other players for possible academic dishonesty.
Tennessee offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian is leaving the Vols, but it's unclear whether he'll stay in the college ranks or head to the NFL, sources told ESPN's Adam Caplan and Brett McMurphy.
Lane Kiffin says he is coming back to Alabama for a second season as offensive coordinator. Kiffin reportedly had been a candidate to become offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, but he and coach Nick Saban issued statements Saturday announcing his return. ''I made a comment at the Sugar Bowl that I would be back this fall at Alabama and that is definitely the plan,'' Kiffin said. ''This time of year, there are lots of things out there regarding other coaching opportunities, but I want to reaffirm my commitment to the University of Alabama, coach Saban, and our team.
Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah wanted to leave an impression on more than just the NFL watchers at the Senior Bowl. Abdullah rushed for 73 yards and added 40 receiving while leading the North to a 34-13 victory over the South on Saturday in the Senior Bowl, punctuating his college career in his home state. ''Being down here was much more than putting on a good performance for me,'' said Abdullah, a Homewood, Alabama, native who had a large group of family and friends on hand. You could write a movie about it, really, just coming back and playing on Alabama soil for my last time as a collegiate athlete.
After leading Ohio State to a national championship, Joey Bosa had one question for the 45,000 fans who crowded into Ohio Stadium in late January. Buckeyes fans were on their feet as coach Urban Meyer and the team emerged from the southeast tunnel obscured by fog and flanked by flames. Onstage, local politicians delivered speeches and players danced and joked with each other while chants of ''O-H! I-O!'' rang out throughout the stadium and several highlight videos from the Buckeyes' 14-1 season played on the scoreboard. As he took the podium to address the crowd, coach Urban Meyer said he initially wanted to move the event indoors to Value City Area until athletic director Gene Smith challenged him.
South Carolina starting offensive lineman Brandon Shell will miss spring practice after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Shell played right tackle and started every game for the Gamecocks (7-6). He had surgery earlier this month, according to athletic spokesman Steve Fink. Shell is expected to be back in time for summer workouts and the season.
Mississippi safety Trae Elston and receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct early Thursday in Oxford, Mississippi. Oxford Police Department Maj. Jeff McCutchen told The Associated Press officers responded to a ''large disturbance'' in downtown Oxford just before midnight and several people were arrested along with Elston and Stringfellow. The Jackson (Mississippi) Clarion-Ledger first reported the arrests.
The NFL draft's quarterback pecking order beyond Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota might not have gotten much clearer at the Senior Bowl. Baylor's Bryce Petty and Oregon State's Sean Mannion were among those trying to make headway leading up to Saturday's game for top senior NFL prospects. ''There's kind of that (question), Could someone distinguish himself as the third guy?'' said Charles Davis, an NFL Network analyst.
Georgia football coach Mark Richt has received a two-year contract extension that ties him to the Bulldogs through 2019 and increases his salary to $4 million a year. The school's executive committee approved the new contract Wednesday, boosting Richt from $3.2 million a year. Athletic director Greg McGarity says he is ''very pleased'' with the direction of the program and expects ''great things in the years to come.'' Richt just completed his 14th season with the Bulldogs, who went 10-3 and finished No. 9 in The Associated Press rankings.
Much like Bret Bielema before him, Dan Enos couldn't resist the chance to take on the Southeastern Conference's best. Enos left his job as the head coach at Central Michigan on Thursday to become the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arkansas, a step down in position but one up into the high-profile world of the SEC. The former Michigan State quarterback joins Bielema, who left Wisconsin two years ago and persuaded his former college competitor to join him with the resurgent Razorbacks. ''And that's how my family and I view this, too good of an opportunity to not pursue and look at.'' Bielema and Enos played against each other in college while Bielema was at Iowa and Enos at Michigan State.
Given their different personalities, Ron Brown's choice to continue working for Bo Pelini might seem improbable. Brown said Thursday the decision was easy and based on the support Pelini gave him at Nebraska when he mingled his Christian faith with football. The 58-year-old Brown this week began his new job as Pelini's associate head coach and running backs coach at Youngstown State, ending a decades-long association with the Cornhuskers. ''I feel God's pleasure when I coach.'' Brown has attracted national attention, and at times the ire of the American Civil Liberties Union, for using his position as a platform for expressing his religious views.
Devin Booker found a way to make an impact for No. 1 Kentucky. He did it again Saturday, leading the Wildcats (19-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) with 18 points in a 58-43 victory at South Carolina. The win matched the team's best start under coach John Calipari and kept the Wildcats from another ''House of Horrors'' moment at the Colonial Life Arena where they'd lost three of their previous five games. Booker scored seven points in Kentucky''s 14-0 run that spanned both halves, closing the surge with a 3-pointer that put the Wildcats ahead 37-24 with 18:28 remaining.
The plan for No. 3 Gonzaga was to get defensive stops early against Pacific on Saturday night. Przemek Karnowski and Gary Bell Jr. each scored 13 points as Gonzaga jumped to a big early lead and routed Pacific 91-60, extending the nation's longest home winning streak to 36 games. ''When we get some stops early on, we get a lot of transition baskets,'' Gonzaga guard Byron Wesley said. ''We set the tone for our defense early.'' Silas Melson added 12 points, Wesley 11 and Domantas Sabonis 10 for Gonzaga (20-1, 9-0 West Coast), which is off to the best start in program history.
Texas Tech noticed that Iowa State players weren't making it around Red Raiders' screens, so they started putting up 3-pointers. The Red Raiders hit 11 from behind the arc to earn their first Big 12 win, 78-73, on Saturday. ''We didn't plan on shooting it,'' Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith said. ''Shoot them when you're open, and we were open because of the way they were defendng us.'' Devaugntah Williams scored a career-high 22 points and Toddrick Gotcher added 17 to lead Texas Tech.
Kansas found a solution for Texas' size and muscle: pinpoint passing and nearly flawless handling of the basketball. Ruthlessly efficient on offense and willing to match Texas' physical effort under the basket, the No. 11 Jayhawks snagged a key 75-62 Big 12 road win Saturday. Freshman Cliff Alexander had 15 points and nine rebounds, and three other Jayhawks scored in double figures. Kansas (16-3, 5-1) had just three turnovers - none in the second half - tying a school record set back in 1966.
Frank Kaminsky and his Wisconsin Badgers kept their cool after a last-second shot sent them to overtime. Kaminsky scored eight of his 22 points in the extra session, and No. 6 Wisconsin held off Michigan 69-64 on Saturday night. The Wolverines tied the game on Derrick Walton's 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left in regulation, but the Badgers went right back to their 7-footer, and Kaminsky put Wisconsin ahead to stay with a three-point play to open the scoring in overtime. Frank means a lot to this team.'' Michigan (12-8, 5-3 Big Ten) is without standout guard Caris LeVert, who is out for the season following foot surgery, but the Wolverines pushed Wisconsin throughout with an inspired effort.
Arizona is long past last season's devastating defeat in Berkeley. Stanley Johnson had 19 points and nine rebounds, Dusan Ristic scored 12 points and No. 7 Arizona avenged last season's loss in Berkeley by crushing California 73-50 on Saturday night.
West Virginia's Jevon Carter can now add clutch shooter to his young resume. Carter sank two free throws with 1 second left in overtime to lift No. 18 West Virginia to an 86-85 victory over TCU on Saturday. Teammate Jaysean Paige bearhugged Carter after the final horn sounded, and West Virginia's players carried Carter off as fans stormed the court. It was always going to be a big game with no time remaining on the clock and I got to the line and go to the free throw line to make two shots and win the game.'' Thanks to the freshman, West Virginia (16-3, 4-2 Big 12) narrowly avoided another meltdown after falling 77-50 at No. 17 Texas a week ago.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams has spent much of this season trying to drag more intensity and toughness out of Brice Johnson. Johnson had 18 points and 14 rebounds to help the 15th-ranked Tar Heels survive a 35-point performance from Florida State freshman Xavier Rathan-Mayes and beat the Seminoles 78-74. He also aggravated his back on a hard fall in the first half, but finished through contact and rebounded in traffic on a day when the Tar Heels (16-4, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) needed help for an injury-depleted backcourt. He has hit 15 of 20 shots in the past two games, though Williams was critical of Johnson's inconsistent effort after Wednesday's win at Wake Forest.
Royce O'Neale caught the pass off balance, and in one motion got the ball to Rico Gathers for a rim-rocking end to No. 21 Baylor's game-clinching run. The dunk by Gathers punctuated a late 10-0 spurt that finally put Baylor ahead to stay in a 69-58 victory over No. 19 Oklahoma on Saturday night. I knew he was going to catch it and dunk it,'' O'Neale said. The point guard also had the long rebound off a missed 3-pointer by Oklahoma, igniting the highlight play for the Bears (15-4, 3-3 Big 12) when he passed ahead to O'Neale to set up the dunk that made it 56-49.
Rapheal Davis had just enough going his way to be a nuisance for No. 25 Iowa, but he isn't looking for the credit. Davis scored 16 of his 24 points in the first half to lead the Purdue Boilermakers to a 67-63 victory over the Hawkeyes on Saturday. ''But without Basil (Smotherman) playing the game he did, I don't think we win.'' Smotherman and A.J. Hammons each scored 13 points for the Boilermakers (12-8, 4-3 Big Ten), who have won two of three. ''The practices we had after the Illinois game, we were hustling,'' Smotherman said.
After allowing Georgia Tech to shoot 50 percent two nights ago, Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw told her team their defense must get better. The No. 6 Fighting Irish (19-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) responded with a 74-36 win over Clemson on Saturday, the lowest number of points Notre Dame has allowed in an ACC game since joining the league last season. ''Rebounding was the biggest thing.'' The Irish pulled down 46 rebounds, 20 more than Clemson. They had 20 offensive rebounds, while the Tigers had just 26 rebounds total.
Alexis Prince prefers taking shots over questions for No. 3 Baylor. Prince scored 18 points and was big in two key runs to help the Lady Bears win their 17th consecutive game, 68-46 over Kansas State on Saturday. ''And we don't want her to.'' Baylor (18-1, 7-0 Big 12) went ahead to stay with a 15-1 run over a nearly 6 1/2-minute span in the first half when the Wildcats missed eight consecutive shots after Brianna Craig's 3-pointer gave them their only lead at 6-5. Prince, who finished 8-of-16 shooting, made consecutive jumpers to start the go-ahead spurt, then added a 3-pointer soon after that.
Stanford's 3-point shooting has bailed the Cardinal out time and again this season. It was especially good in the second half against UCLA. Briana Roberson scored a career-high 21 points in her first start of the season and No. 11 Stanford rallied in the second half to win 79-70 for the Cardinal's 19th straight win against the Bruins. Bonnie Samuelson added 21 points, including four 3-pointers, and Amber Orrange had 20 points before fouling out late for the Cardinal (14-5, 6-1 Pac-12).
With one of the biggest games of the season just two days away, Oregon State could not afford a letdown against struggling Arizona. It took the Beavers a half to get in sync, but once they did, the Wildcats never stood a chance. Ali Gibson scored 12 points, Ruth Hamblin added 10 and No. 9 Oregon State set up a showdown with No. 13 Arizona State by running away from Arizona in the second half for a 73-55 victory on Friday night. What's better than that?'' Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said.