GAMEDAY NOTES

Mississippi self-imposes 1-year football postseason ban
Mississippi's football team will not play in the postseason next year. The Rebels might be facing more penalties, too, now that the NCAA says the program has committed more than 20 rules violations over the past several years. Ole Miss officials said Wednesday that the university has received an amended Notice of Allegations from the NCAA that includes eight new football violations, including six that are Level I, which the governing body deems the most serious.
February 22, 2017

Alabama hires Patriots assistant Brian Daboll to run offense
Alabama has hired New England Patriots assistant Brian Daboll as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, reuniting him with his former boss Nick Saban. Saban announced Monday that Daboll will replace Steve Sarkisian, who ran the offense in the national championship game before leaving for the same job with the Atlanta Falcons . ''We are certainly happy to add a coach the caliber of Brian Daboll to our staff,'' Saban said.
February 20, 2017

Liberty to become FBS independent in 2018
Liberty received notification from the NCAA on Thursday that its football program has been approved for reclassification to the FBS. The Flames will play their final FCS season as a member of the Big South this year, compete as a FBS independent in 2018 and be bowl eligible in 2019.
February 16, 2017

Georgia approves $63 million Sanford Stadium enhancement
A $63 million enhancement to Georgia's Sanford Stadium that will provide a new locker room has been approved by the athletic association's board of directors. The project also includes a new video board, a plaza for fans to use on game days and a room to host recruits. The project approved at the board's quarterly meeting on Tuesday is expected to be completed in time for the 2018 seas
February 14, 2017

Collin Klein added to K-State staff as assistant
Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein is returning to Kansas State as an assistant coach. The former star quarterback will coach the same position with the Wildcats after spending last season as the quarterbacks coach at Northern Iowa. Klein was director of recruiting operations, a quality control coach and offensive graduate assistant at Kansas State after his playing days
February 14, 2017

Colorado delays approval of coach Mike McIntyre's extension
Colorado head football coach Mike MacIntyre's $16.25 million contract extension is being held up as the University of Colorado looks into his handling of domestic abuse allegations levied against a former assistant coach. The Board of Regents was scheduled to review MacIntyre's new deal this week, but will wait until the next board meeting in April. MacIntyre is coming off a turnaround season that netted him several Coach of the Year honors and an extension through 2021.
February 13, 2017

Bob Elliott leaving Irish post to coach Nebraska's safeties
Bob Elliott is leaving his job as special assistant to the head coach at Notre Dame to coach safeties at Nebraska. Cornhuskers coach Mike Riley on Monday announced the hiring of Elliott, who has 38 years of college coaching experience and spent the past five seasons on the Notre Dame staff. Elliott coached safeties at Notre Dame in 2012-13 when Bob Diaco was the Irish defensive coordinator. Diaco was hired as Nebraska's defensive coordinator last month. Elliott coached Notre Dame's outside linebackers in 2014. He was involved in player personnel decisions, analytics, defensive strategy, game planning and on-campus recruiting as Brian Kelly's special assistant the past two years. In addition to several stops as a position coach, Elliott has been defensive coordinator at San Diego State, Kansas State and Iowa.
February 13, 2017

K-State coach Bill Snyder diagnosed with throat cancer
Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder has been diagnosed with throat cancer, though treatments are going well and he expects to be on the field when Kansas State begins spring practice next month. The 77-year-old Snyder addressed his health in a statement Monday, shortly after rumors began to circulate that he was seeking treatment for an undisclosed illness. Snyder said he has been receiving outpatient treatment for about three weeks at The University of Kansas Hospital with consultation from the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He said specialists at both medical centers ''projected a positive outcome.'' ''I feel bad having to release this information about my health in this manner prior to sharing it in person with so many personal friends, distant family, players and their families, past and present, and many of the Kansas State football family so close to our program,'' he said. ''But with so much talk presently out there, I certainly owe it to everyone to make them aware of my condition.'' Snyder did not describe the severity of the cancer, nor did he discuss what types of treatments he has been receiving. But he did say that treatments are scheduled so that he can be in the office on a regular schedule through the first week of March. Kansas State begins spring practice March 29. The spring game is April 22. Snyder said that his son Sean, his associate head coach, has been working with the rest of his assistants to ensure the offseason program runs smoothly. Most of his staff has been with him for several years, and some of them have been with him for decades. ''I'm very grateful to those who have responded over the past 24 hours via calls, texts, emails, etcetera with such kind thoughts and words,'' he said. ''And again, my apology to each of you whom I did not have the opportunity to reach personally before this release.'' Snyder was hired by Kansas State in 1988 to take over one of the worst programs in major college football, and in a span of a few years had the Wildcats regularly contending for league titles. He briefly retired in November 2005, announcing at the time that he wanted to spend more time with his family. But the pull of coaching only kept him away for three years, and he returned to the sideline after the program that he had built had begun to fall on hard times. His second go-around has been nearly as successful as his first. The Wildcats have been to seven consecutive bowl games, beating Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl this past season, and earned a piece of the Big 12 title following a 2012 season that included a No. 1 ranking and Fiesta Bowl appearance. The Wildcats went 9-4 this past season, and with a number of starters back on both sides of the ball, many believe they are poised for Snyder to make a run at a conference championship. Kansas State opens the season Sept. 2 against Central Arkansas. ''Coach Snyder's health is of the utmost importance, and he has our full support during this time,'' Kansas State athletic director John Currie said. ''We will provide all of the necessary accommodations he and his family need to ensure a smooth treatment process. He will remain our head coach during this treatment period, and we look forward to seeing him on the field this spring.'' Snyder signed a $14.75 million, five-year contract extension in January 2013, but it includes an automatic rollover provision that essentially provides him with indefinite job security. ''Coach is one of the most determined individuals I have ever met,'' Kansas State President Richard Myers said in a statement, ''and I know he will successfully complete this treatment program and be on the field with our student-athletes in no time.''
February 13, 2017

MSU suspends 3 football players in sex assault probe
Three Michigan State University football players have been suspended from team activities and removed from on-campus housing as part of a sexual assault investigation. A staff member associated with Michigan State's football program also has been suspended, school spokesman Jason Cody said Thursday in a release. ''As part of the criminal investigation, detectives are interviewing members of the coaching staff and other relevant individuals regarding their response since the complaint was made in late January,'' Cody said.
February 9, 2017

North Carolina defensive coordinator Chizik steps down
North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik is resigning after two seasons with the Tar Heels. In a letter to North Carolina fans, Chizik said he was stepping away from football to focus on his family. Chizik's wife and three children still live in Auburn, Alabama, where he was head coach of the Tigers from 2009-12.
February 9, 2017




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