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  • Joe Mixon didn't play in 2014. (Getty)
    Joe Mixon didn’t play in 2014. (Getty)

    Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon told police that it felt “like a dude” hit him when he was slapped by Mia Molitor in 2014 according to police video.

    Molitor slapped Mixon before he punched her in the face in a Pickleman’s Cafe on July 28, 2014. Video of the incident was released last week. Molitor said she suffered multiple facial fractures after the punch and she hit her face on a table as she fell to the ground.

    Mixon, a five-star recruit in the class of 2014, reached a plea deal regarding the assault charges from the incident and missed the 2014 season. Per the Oklahoman, he said a man with Molitor said a racial slur while Mixon responded with a homophobic slur in his interview with Norman police three days after the punch.

    “The gay dude … he called me something,” Mixon said in the video. “He was like (slur). So then I was like, you got me messed up. And then I called him a (slur). And after that, the girl, she dropped her purse, that’s when she

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  • Speedy Noil has 42 catches in the past two years after 46 as a freshman in 2014. (Getty)
    Speedy Noil has 42 catches in the past two years after 46 as a freshman in 2014. (Getty)

    Texas A&M wide receiver Speedy Noil was reportedly booked and released on marijuana possession charges after police responded to a noise complaint at an apartment on Dec. 16.

    According to a College Station Police Department probable cause statement, an officer arrived at an apartment complex near midnight after a neighbor called the police. The school said Tuesday afternoon that Noil had been indefinitely suspended.

    The officer said he smelled marijuana as he went to the address provided by the complainant and spoke to Noil outside the

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  • Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder was fired in September. (AP)
    Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder was fired in September. (AP)

    Notre Dame has officially found its new defensive coordinator.

    Wake Forest defensive coordinator Mike Elko will move to South Bend and work for the Irish in 2017. Elko has been Wake Forest’s defensive coordinator since 2014 when he moved to the Demon Deacons with head coach Dave Clawson from Bowling Green.

    “I’m excited to join a program with the prestige of Notre Dame that can recruit the nation’s highest caliber of student-athlete and compete for a national championship,” Elko said in a statement. “We hope to dictate the pace of the game with an attacking and aggressive style of defense, mix physicality and toughness with exceptional fundamentals and, lastly, play with great effort at all times. I can’t wait to dive in and help these players achieve the standard of success necessary to win at the highest level.”

    Wake Forest finished the season at 6-6 and will play Temple in the Military Bowl. Elko’s defense

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  • Shock Linwood is Baylor's all-time leading rusher. (Getty)
    Shock Linwood is Baylor’s all-time leading rusher. (Getty)

    Has Baylor running back Shock Linwood been influenced by the decisions of LSU RB Leonard Fournette and Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey?

    First reported by the Waco Herald-Tribune, Linwood won’t play in Baylor’s Cactus Bowl matchup vs. Boise State and devote time to prepare for the NFL. A Baylor spokesperson confirmed the news to ESPN.

    While Fournette and McCaffrey have missed time in 2016 because of injuries, Linwood missed a game for disciplinary reasons this season. He was suspended for Baylor’s Nov. 12 game vs. Oklahoma because of what interim coach Jim Grobe termed “attitude issues.” Linwood reportedly shoved an assistant coach during Baylor’s blowout loss to TCU.

    Linwood has 138 carries for 751 yards in 2016, though he’s gotten just 14 carries for 47 yards in the

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  • Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett could be the top pick in the 2017 NFL draft. (AP)
    Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett could be the top pick in the 2017 NFL draft. (AP)

    Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett is in basically the same situation as Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette.

    McCaffrey and Fournette, star running backs at Stanford and LSU, have opted not to participate in their team’s bowl games to begin preparing (read: not get injured) for the NFL and its draft process. McCaffrey and Fournette, both juniors, are considered to be potential first-round picks.

    Garrett, another underclassman, is even more highly-regarded. He could go No. 1 overall, but said in a statement Monday he will play for the Aggies in the Texas Bowl against Kansas State on Dec. 28.

    Garrett was asked Tuesday if he could understand the decisions made by McCaffrey and Fournette. When answering, Garrett took a lighthearted jab at Fournette, saying Fournette has had his eyes set on the NFL “since his sophomore year.”

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  • Rutgers is facing seven NCAA violations. (Photo by Charles Norfleet/Getty Images)
    Rutgers is facing seven NCAA violations. (Photo by Charles Norfleet/Getty Images)

    Rutgers has received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA regarding potential rules violations committed by the athletic department, mainly involving the football program.

    The allegations, which include a previously reported incident involving fired head coach Kyle Flood and his communication with an academic staff member, were reached following an 18-month investigation, the school said in a release.

    Other possible rules violations, school president Robert Barchi wrote in a letter addressed to the Rutgers Community, were “identified in the prospective student-athlete host/hostess program used in the Department of Athletics and inconsistencies in the administration of the Department of Athletics drug testing procedures and policies.”

    Overall, the Notice of Allegations details a total of seven violations of NCAA rules, including a “failure to monitor” for “part” of the school’s athletics program. The

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  • (Amber Matsumoto/Yahoo Sports)
    (Amber Matsumoto/Yahoo Sports)

    We’re down to eight.

    After last week’s round one voting, our 14 initial catches have been pared down to eight. There were six first round matchups, and five were decided by less than a 15 percent margin.

    We’ll start with the lone blowout. BYU’s Moroni Laulu-Pututau, the No. 3 seed, took care of No. 14 seed Sergio Bailey of Eastern Michigan. Laulu-Pututau garnered 86 percent of the vote and will move on to face No. 11 seed Shaedon Meadors of Appalachian State. Meadors bested Northern Illinois’ Kenny Golladay, 53 percent to 47 percent.

    This week we’ll see the two top seeds, both of whom had first-round byes. No. 1 seed, Ohio State’s Noah Brown, will take on No. 8 seed Zach Pascal of Old Dominion. Pascal had 56 percent of the votes to beat Michigan fullback Khalid Hill (44 percent). No. 2 seed, Memphis’ Anthony Miller, will go head-to-head with Washington’s Dante Pettis, the No. 7 seed. Like Pascal, Pettis got 56 percent of the vote to beat No. 10 seed Mike

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  • Tulsa defeated Central Michigan easily in the Miami Beach Bowl (AP)
    Tulsa defeated Central Michigan easily in the Miami Beach Bowl (AP)

    During the course of Tulsa’s 55-10 romp over Central Michigan in the Miami Beach Bowl, the Golden Hurricane made NCAA history.

    Tulsa became the first NCAA program to boast a 3,000-yard passer (Dane Evans), two 1,000-yard receivers (Keevan Lucas and Josh Atkinson) and two 1,000-yard running backs (James Flanders and D’Angelo Brewer) in a single season. Atkinson’s 11 first-half catches gave the Golden Hurricane the record.

    Tulsa and Central Michigan were in a tussle in the first quarter, but the Golden Hurricane broke the game open with a 17-point second quarter to go into the half up 27-3. From there, Tulsa never looked back. Overall, Tulsa scored on its first eight possessions. The only possession on which it didn’t score was late in the fourth quarter when the starters were out and the backups were running out the clock.

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    Evans completed 28 of 38 passes

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  • Need a brief primer before you attempt to watch all 40 bowl games this season? We’ve got you covered. Here are three things you need to know about the Boca Raton Bowl.

    BOCA RATON BOWL
    Memphis (8-4) vs. Western Kentucky (10-3)
    Dec. 20, 7 p.m. ET
    ESPN

    Memphis QB Riley Ferguson. (AP)
    Memphis QB Riley Ferguson. (AP)

    – Points, points, so many points. This game has high-scoring written all over it since Western Kentucky ranks second in the nation in scoring offense with 45.1 points per game and Memphis ranks 17th with 39.5 points per game. The one thing that could keep this game tame is that none of these defenses gives up a ton of points. Still, both of the offenses like to get downfield, so don’t blink or you might miss a score.

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    Western Kentucky QB Mike White. (AP)
    Western Kentucky QB Mike White. (AP)

    – This game also features two of the nation’s best passing quarterbacks. WKU’s Mike White completed 67.4 percent of his pass attempts for nearly 310 yards, 34 touchdowns and just six

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  • Jerry Kill retired as Minnesota head coach in October 2015 due to health reasons. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
    Jerry Kill retired as Minnesota head coach in October 2015 due to health reasons. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Former Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill is getting back into coaching.

    Kill suddenly announced his retirement during the 2015 season due to health reasons, but now has agreed to be the next offensive coordinator at Rutgers, the school announced Monday after multiple reports of the hire emerged Sunday.

    Kill, who has epilepsy and suffered seizures throughout his coaching career, announced his retirement in a tearful October 2015 press conference. He never found a role at Minnesota post-retirement and was brought on in an athletic administrative role at Kansas State in May.

    Minnesota was Kill’s first power five head-coaching job. Before being brought on by the Gophers in 2011, the 55-year-old Kill was the head coach at Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois, Emporia State and Saginaw Valley State. At Minnesota, Kill had a 29-29 record, including back-to-back eight-win seasons in 2013 and

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  • When Stanford faces North Carolina in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 30, it will do so without star running back Christian McCaffrey.

    McCaffrey announced Monday morning that he will not participate in the game in order to begin preparing for the NFL draft “immediately.” McCaffrey, a junior who was the Heisman runner-up in 2015, announced his decision to leave school early for the NFL earlier this month.

    McCaffrey broke Barry Sanders’ NCAA record for all-purpose yards last season when put up 3,864 yards — 2,019 rushing yards, 645 receiving yards and 1,200 return yards — en route to a Pac-12 title and Rose Bowl win for the Cardinal.

    This season, McCaffrey rushed for 1,603 yards and 13 touchdowns along with 37 catches for 310 yards and three scores receiving.

    “We understand that this was a very difficult decision. For three years Christian has not only been a great player, but a great teammate as well,” said Stanford

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  • Need a brief primer before you attempt to watch all 40 bowl games this season? We’ve got you covered. Here are three things you need to know about the Miami Beach Bowl.

    MIAMI BEACH BOWL
    Central Michigan (6-6) vs. Tulsa (9-3)
    Dec. 19, 2:30 p.m. ET
    ESPN

    Central Michigan players celebrate after beating Oklahoma State on a last-second Hail Mary. (Getty)
    Central Michigan players celebrate after beating Oklahoma State on a last-second Hail Mary. (Getty)

    — Central Michigan struggled to score in its final five games – just 21.2 points per game – but its passing game is one of the best in the country, averaging 276.4 yards per game. That should be a big advantage against a Tulsa passing defense that is allowing 248.3 yards per game. The Golden Hurricane have allowed 16 passing touchdowns this season, including four in its regular season finale against Cincinnati.

    Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans leads a potent Tulsa scoring attack. (Getty)
    Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans leads a potent Tulsa scoring attack. (Getty)

    — As mentioned above, Central Michigan struggled to score late in the season and that’s going to be a problem against a Tulsa team that ranks 11th nationally in

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  • Southern Miss RB Ito Smith (L) had two touchdowns. (Getty)
    Southern Miss RB Ito Smith (L) had two touchdowns. (Getty)

    Southern Mississippi will finish the season above .500 thanks to a New Orleans Bowl win over Louisiana-Lafayette. The Golden Eagles won 28-21 after a last-chance drive by the Ragin’ Cajuns came up short.

    ULL got the ball back trailing by seven points with just over two minutes left and one timeout remaining. But the potential game-tying drive stalled near midfield thanks to four-straight running plays and a sack that followed.

    From the time ULL QB Anthony Jennings scrambled on the first of four run plays to when he was sacked and the Cajuns used their final timeout, nearly 80 seconds ticked off the clock. And those 80 seconds even included two Southern Miss timeouts for defensive adjustments. It was quite the odd display of hurry-up football.

    So even if Jennings’ fourth-down pass would have been completed with 12 seconds to go inside the Southern Miss 30 yard-line, the chances of a comeback were still pretty slim.

    Southern Miss

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  • Kevin Rader made this catch to send Youngstown State to Frisco, Texas, on Jan. 7. (ESPN)
    Kevin Rader made this catch to send Youngstown State to Frisco, Texas, on Jan. 7. (ESPN)

    Youngstown State is heading to the FCS Championship Game. And YSU tight end Kevin Rader might have made the most famous catch in school history vs. Eastern Washington.

    Rader snagged a one-handed 6-yard touchdown pass by pinning the ball against the back of a defender with a second left in the game to give the Penguins a 40-38 win over Eastern Washington in Saturday night’s FCS semifinal.

    Take a look at how Rader caught the ball. If quarterback Hunter Wells threw the ball anywhere else, we doubt Rader would be able to make the catch (no, pass interference wasn’t called on the play).

    The win means Youngstown State — coached by former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and a school whose president is former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel — will play for the FCS title vs. James Madison on

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  • Quarterback Taylor Lamb set a career high in rushing as he led Appalachian State to a second Camellia Bowl victory in a row.
    Quarterback Taylor Lamb set a career high in rushing as he led Appalachian State to a second Camellia Bowl victory in a row.

    Appalachian State came out on top of another Camellia Bowl to become the first ever back-to-back winner in the bowl’s history. Yeah, it’s only the third Camellia Bowl ever played. But the accomplishment still stands.

    The bowl contained a wacky fourth quarter in Montgomery, Alabama, which involved a failed fake field goal from Appalachian State and a planned delay of game by Toledo to “help” its kicker on a field goal attempt.

    But there was one problem on Toledo kicker Jameson Vest’s attempt. It was no good as Vest missed the 30-yarder by the slimmest of margins to his right.

    In spite of all the weirdness, the Mountaineers stuck to the recipe that worked all season to achieve victory: run the ball efficiently, win ball possessions, and prevent turnovers.

    Quarterback Taylor Lamb shined on the ground, rushing for a career high 126 yards and a touchdown. Star running

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  • The San Diego State defense bottled up Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. (1) in the Las Vegas Bowl. (AP Photo/David Becker)
    The San Diego State defense bottled up Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. (1) in the Las Vegas Bowl. (AP Photo/David Becker)

    For the second year in a row, San Diego State tied a program record for wins in a season.

    With a come-from-behind 34-10 win over Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl, the Mountain West champion Aztecs notched their 11th win of the season. SDSU won the game with a familiar formula, too.

    The Aztecs entered the game with the 12th-best defense in the country and more interceptions (22) than any other team. SDSU added four more to that interception total on Saturday. Three of those interceptions came on consecutive drives in the third quarter to flip what was a 10-6 halftime deficit into a 20-10 lead.

    San Diego State also boasted the No. 7 rushing offense in the country. But with standout freshman defensive tackle Ed Oliver making his presence known, Houston put the clamps on the Aztec rushing attack early and jumped out to a 10-0 lead. SDSU senior running back Donnel Pumphrey

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  • Donnel Pumphrey broke Ron Dayne's record in the Las Vegas Bowl. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
    Donnel Pumphrey broke Ron Dayne’s record in the Las Vegas Bowl. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    The all-time rushing leader in FBS history is now Donnel Pumphrey.

    With a 15-yard gain in the fourth quarter of the Las Vegas Bowl against Houston, the San Diego State senior passed Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne and jumped to first all-time in career rushing.

     

    Pumphrey entered Saturday’s game needing 108 yards to pass Dayne’s mark of 6,397 yards. Things didn’t look good early. Pumphrey had minus-1 yards on his first seven attempts before breaking off a 30-yard gain early in the second quarter.

    By the time halftime rolled around, Pumphrey was up to 58 yards as the Aztecs clawed back from an early deficit to cut Houston’s lead to 10-6. Pumphrey was bottled up early in the third until he broke through the line for a 32-yard

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  • Quarterback Lamar Jordan led New Mexico with 81 rushing yards in its win over UTSA. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
    Quarterback Lamar Jordan led New Mexico with 81 rushing yards in its win over UTSA. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

    To beat Texas-San Antonio in the New Mexico Bowl, New Mexico stuck to its usual formula. It ran, and ran some more.

    In a 23-20 win, the Lobos, who led the nation in rushing offense, put up 219 yards on the ground and threw the ball just six times compared to 52 rushing attempts. The Lobos led for much of the game, but when UTSA cut the Lobos’ lead to 16-13 early in the fourth, UNM put together a 12-play, 75-yard scoring drive that took 7:21 off the clock to put the game out of reach and seal the program’s second bowl win since 1961.

    Beyond being played in its home stadium, New Mexico is familiar with the New Mexico Bowl. Saturday’s game was the program’s fourth bowl appearance since 2006 — all in the New Mexico Bowl. The Lobos fell to Arizona last year and in 2006, but beat Nevada in 2007. This time around, UNM won to give Bob Davie his first bowl win in 10 seasons as a head

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  • Wake Forest fired radio announcer Tommy Elrod on Tuesday. (Getty)
    Wake Forest fired radio announcer Tommy Elrod on Tuesday. (Getty)

    Louisville and Virginia Tech have received monetary slaps on the wrist from the ACC for being the recipients of inside information from a fired Wake Forest radio announcer.

    The conference said Saturday that each school would be fined $25,000 for their roles in what’s been dubbed “WakeyLeaks.” Former Wake Forest radio analyst Tommy Elrod provided Louisville, Virginia Tech and Army with proprietary game-plan information before games in 2014 and 2016.

    “I am deeply disturbed something like this would occur, and regardless of the degree of involvement, the protection of the competitive integrity of our games is fundamental to any athletic contest,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. “Sportsmanship and ethical values are at the core of competitive integrity and in these instances, those were missing. The expectation, regardless of the sport, is that any athletics department staff members would immediately

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  • Grambling beat NC Central 10-9 in the Celebration Bowl. (W.A. Bridges Jr./Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
    Grambling beat NC Central 10-9 in the Celebration Bowl. (W.A. Bridges Jr./Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

    The Celebration Bowl was decided, in part, by an excessive celebration penalty.

    This is not a joke.

    North Carolina Central trailed Grambling State 10-3 with 2:25 left in regulation when Malcolm Bell found Quentin Atkinson behind the defense for a 39-yard touchdown.

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    Atkinson was so fired up about the touchdown that he removed his helmet in celebration.

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    You can’t do that (though excessive celebration should be allowed in a game called the Celebration Bowl, right?). Atkinson was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct, moving the extra point back 15 yards. Brandon McLaren’s try was blocked on a great diving effort by Joseph McWilliams, and Grambling maintained a lead at 10-9.

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    NC Central tried an onside kick and converted on its first try. However, there were two penalties on the play, forcing a re-kick. Grambling recovered that time and ran out the clock to seal the victory.

    The

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