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Cristobal ready to lead Oregon vs. Boise

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LAS VEGAS (AP) Oregon players made it known they wanted Mario Cristobal to be their next head coach, with left tackle Tyrell Crosby circulating a petition that was signed by more than 70 teammates.

The Ducks will get their first chance to show why they believed in him when Cristobal leads them in his Oregon debut against No. 25 Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday.

"We definitely feed the need to go in there and show the administration, as well as everybody all around the country, that they made the right decision in picking coach Cristobal to be the head coach," Ducks center Jake Hanson said.


Sooners RB Anderson's accuser speaks out

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) A woman who accused Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson of sexual assault says she's dropping her protective order against him.

The woman also says authorities' handling of her case has diminished her faith in the justice system.


Toledo signs coach Candle through 2023

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) Toledo coach Jason Candle has signed a six-year contract that runs through the 2023 and will pay him more than $1 million per year.

Candle is 21-6 in two full seasons at Toledo, where he was promoted from offensive coordinator after the 2015 regular season when Matt Campbell left for Iowa State. The Rockets won the Mid-American Conference for the first time since 2004.


Louisiana-Lafayette names Napier coach

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) Louisiana-Lafayette hired Arizona State offensive coordinator Billy Napier as football coach Friday.

Napier replaced Mark Hudspeth, fired after the Ragin' Cajuns finished 5-7 this season. On Thursday, Hudspeth joined Mississippi State as associate head coach and tight ends coach.


NDSU pounds SHSU 55-13 to reach FCS semi

(STATS) - North Dakota State's loss in the FCS semifinals last season was often described as the end of the dynasty, but Bruce Anderson and the Bison are trying to show the assessment was premature.

While the Bison's five-year reign as national champions was stopped, it may wind up being a bump in the road of an extended run of titles. At least Friday night's 55-13 pounding of Sam Houston State in a playoff semifinal at the Fargodome - fueled by Anderson's five touchdowns - suggested it.


Arizona State promotes Likens to OC

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State coach Herm Edwards promoted Rob Likens to offensive coordinator Friday, hours after Billy Napier left to take the head coaching job at Louisiana-Lafayette.

Likens was the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach this season under fired head coach Todd Graham. Likens' new official title is offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.


Mount Union blanks UMHB for DIII title

SALEM, Va. (AP) Justin Hill and D'Angelo Fulford have provided an offensive spark for Mount Union all season, so when the Purple Raiders were locked in a defensive struggle against Mary Hardin-Baylor in the Division III national championship, it was no surprise the pair did it again.

Fulford hit Hill for a 42-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter Friday night, pushing Mount Union's lead to 10-0, and the Purple Raiders won their 13th football national championship with a 12-0 victory over the defending champions Friday night.


Saban no fan of early signing period

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Nick Saban isn't happy about one major new distraction, and it has nothing to do with Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt's hiring at Tennessee.

The fourth-ranked Crimson Tide (11-1) opened practice Friday in preparation for another playoff matchup with No. 1 Clemson (12-1) on Jan. 1 in the Sugar Bowl. But the looming December signing period has kept Saban and other coaches on the recruiting trail and left him trying to snatch time on plane rides to watch film of the Tigers.


Vols staffer who was fired pleads guilty

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Former Tennessee director of football operations Chris Spognardi has pleaded guilty to a charge of official misconduct related to the handling of team travel expenses.

Spognardi worked at Tennessee the first three seasons of former coach Butch Jones' tenure, and his responsibilities included managing cash expenditures for team trips. The charge against Spognardi involved the fabrication of receipts from those trips.


Frost wins Robinson coach of the year

DALLAS (AP) Scott Frost, who led Central Florida to a perfect regular season before taking the Nebraska job, has won the Eddie Robinson Award as the national coach of the year.

The Football Writers Association of America and the Sugar Bowl announced the winner Thursday. In his second season at UCF, Frost guided the Knights to a 12-0 record, the American Athletic Conference championship and a Peach Bowl bid.

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