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  • Boston College beat UConn in 2016. The Eagles declined to play that game at Fenway Park. (AP)
    Boston College beat UConn in 2016. The Eagles declined to play that game at Fenway Park. (AP)

    Connecticut is getting the biggest game guarantee in school history to move a home game vs. Boston College in 2017 to Fenway Park.

    UConn’s game vs. BC was announced Thursday along with a matchup between Massachusetts and Maine as college football games at the historic stadium of the Boston Red Sox. As part of the deal, UConn gets a guarantee of $1.125 million to move a home game and rights to 22,000 of the nearly 40,000 tickets that will be available.

    “We are thrilled to take part in the continuation of what we hope will be a long-time partnership with the Fenway Group and the Boston Red Sox,” UConn athletic director David Benedict said in a statement. “This game will present our players an unforgettable experience playing in one of the most-renowned venues in American sport and provide UConn fans with a front row seat. We could not be happier to take part.”

    Boston College doesn’t get any

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  • P.J. Fleck was introduced as Minnesota's new head coach last week. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
    P.J. Fleck was introduced as Minnesota’s new head coach last week. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Gather your oars, P.J. Fleck plans to bring his “Row the Boat” phrase to Minnesota — in an official capacity.

    During Fleck’s four-year tenure at Western Michigan, the phrase was trademarked by WMU. Now that Fleck is the head coach at Minnesota, he is working on bringing the phrase, which has great personal meaning to him, along for the ride with the Golden Gophers.

    “We’re working on it,” Fleck told ESPN.com Wednesday while in Houston for the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award presentation. “There’s just some things to go through, and hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to bring it with me.”

    For Fleck, the phrase came to fruition after his son died in 2011 from a heart condition. Fleck, who was an assistant at Rutgers at the time, has said it helped him get through that difficult time in his life. He brought that mindset with him when he landed the head-coaching gig at WMU.

    “’Row The Boat’ first came

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  • Doug Meacham has been TCU's co-offensive coordinator for three seasons. (AP)
    Doug Meacham has been TCU’s co-offensive coordinator for three seasons. (AP)

    Doug Meacham is moving from one Big 12 school to another.

    TCU’s co-offensive coordinator for the past three seasons will now be the sole offensive coordinator at Kansas. The Jayhawks made the move official Thursday morning.

    “I am thrilled to be adding someone of the caliber of Doug Meacham to our staff,” Kansas coach David Beaty said in a statement. “Doug is someone I have admired for quite some time for his creativity on the offensive side of the ball. I have had to go up against him several times and it was always a huge challenge because of his ability to direct an offense. I am incredibly thankful to have him on our staff moving forward.”

    A former wide receivers coach at Texas A&M, Beaty took over play-calling duties before the season for the Jayhawks.

    Meacham’s trip north means TCU’s offensive coordinator responsibilities are now fully shouldered by Sonny Cumbie. He and Meacham had split coordinator

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  • Clemson beat Alabama 35-31. (Getty)
    Clemson beat Alabama 35-31. (Getty)

    The cliché that revenge is a dish best served cold can apply literally to what two Alabama fans did to a scalper who sold them fake tickets to Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship game.

    According to the Tampa Bay Times, Bryant Gentry and his brother allegedly bought two tickets for $1,000 each from Joseph Escalera via Craigslist. But the tickets were fake.

    After discovering they were no good, the brothers used different contact info to buy more tickets from Escalera and meet him again Monday afternoon near a restaurant in Ybor City. And they got Escalara arrested after temporarily debilitating him.

    But as scalper Joseph Steven Escalera began the transaction, his customer’s two brothers snuck up from behind. One pinned Escalera to his chair, pinching a nerve between his neck and shoulder while holding a long, cold object to the back of his head. The other two took his shoes and socks, as well as six tickets to that night’s game they

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  • Ryan Willis played in six games at Kansas in 2016. (Getty)
    Ryan Willis played in six games at Kansas in 2016. (Getty)

    Virginia Tech has added a former starter at an FBS school to its quarterback depth chart for 2018.

    Kansas quarterback Ryan Willis said Thursday night he was transferring to Virginia Tech. He’ll have to sit out the 2017 season but will be eligible to play two seasons after that.

    Willis was Kansas’ primary starter in 2015. He was 164-315 pasing for 1,719 yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. In 2016, Willis played in six games, splitting time with Montell Cozart and Carter Stanley at quarterback. Willis was 72-117 passing for 811 yards, three touchdowns and seven interceptions.

    Stanley was the team’s starting quarterback in the Jayhawks’ upset win over Texas.

    Virginia Tech also added transfer A.J. Bush this week. Bush, a two-star dual-threat

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  • Lashlee (R) took over as Auburn's playcaller in September. (Getty)
    Lashlee (R) took over as Auburn’s playcaller in September. (Getty)

    Connecticut was able to get an offensive coordinator from a Power Five school.

    The school announced Wednesday evening that Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee would be the Huskies’ new offensive coordinator.

    “I am thrilled to have Rhett join our staff as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach,” UConn coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. “He is one of the brightest offensive minds in college football and I know that his experience around some of the highest-powered offenses and top players in the country is going to be an incredible benefit to our program.”

    Lashlee took over as Auburn’s primary playcaller from coach Gus Malzahn in September after the Tigers had a rough offensive start to the season. Auburn’s offense played well once Lashlee started calling plays, though things got derailed in November when quarterback Sean White was injured and played poorly vs. Georgia.

    The Tigers threw for just 37

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  • Stanford quarterback Keller Chryst. left, was injured in the Sun Bowl. (AP Photo/Mark Lambie)
    Stanford quarterback Keller Chryst. left, was injured in the Sun Bowl. (AP Photo/Mark Lambie)

    All of a sudden, Stanford’s quarterback depth is looking extremely thin.

    The Cardinal shifted back and forth between Keller Chryst and Ryan Burns as starter throughout the year. Now, it appears, neither will be available when spring practice rolls around.

    Chryst suffered a knee injury in the Cardinal’s Sun Bowl win over North Carolina. The Mercury News is reporting that Chryst has “severe ligament damage” to his knee (Fox Sports reported he tore his ACL) and his recovery time will span “at least six months from the time of surgery.” That timetable would place Chryst’s return around July or August.

    From the Mercury News:

    Sources said Chryst, a junior, will miss at least six months from the time of surgery, which would peg his return to late July or the first half of August, at the earliest. A longer rehabilitation would likely rule out Chryst’s availability for the start of the season, which

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  • Phil Bennett was Baylor's DC for six seasons. (Getty)
    Phil Bennett was Baylor’s DC for six seasons. (Getty)

    Both of Baylor’s coordinators from 2016 have found new jobs.

    Arizona State announced Wednesday it had hired former Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett.

    “I’ve known [Arizona State head coach] Todd Graham for a long time and I love his passion for the game of football,” Bennett said in a statement.  “It’s like any situation in that I think I can help get ASU back to championship football. I’ve watched them play and I know ASU is not far away. The program has great support from its administration and fan base. I’m very excited to begin this part of my life.”

    His optimism about the Arizona State defense is heartwarming. The Sun Devils missed a bowl game in 2016 and had one of the worst defenses in college football. ASU gave up over seven yards a play and 520 yards a game last season. Only Texas Tech gave up more yards per game, though Texas Tech gave up slightly fewer yards per play (7.05), than the Sun Devils did (7.07). Only

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  • — After winning a national title Monday night, Clemson’s Mike Williams didn’t take long to make a decision about his future. The star wideout announced Wednesday he is forgoing his final season to go pro. The move was expected.

    Williams went out with a bang, hauling in eight receptions for 94 yards and a score in Clemson’s thrilling win over Alabama. Williams, who finished the season with 98 catches for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns, had a clutch, leaping catch on the Tigers’ game-winning drive.

    Williams’ season was remarkable given the serious neck injury that caused him to miss the 2015 season. Before injuring his neck on a touchdown grab in the 2015 opener, Williams combined for 77 catches, 1,346 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013 and 2014.

    In his most recent mock draft, Yahoo Sports’ Eric

    Read More »from Jan. 11 NFL draft declarations: Clemson star Mike Williams, Ohio State DB Marshon Lattimore make decisions
  • Iowa State kicker Cole Netten was an All-Big 12 selection in 2016. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
    Iowa State kicker Cole Netten was an All-Big 12 selection in 2016. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)

    Iowa State kicker Cole Netten had a rough start to the 2015 season.

    Then a junior, Netten began the year making just seven of his first 12 kicks in the Cyclones opening five contests. He also missed an extra point a few weeks later. All the while, fans gave him grief on Twitter.

    He didn’t forget.

    Netten rebounded later in the year, making his final seven field goals. And in 2016, Netten emerged as an All-Big 12 selection, finishing third in the entire country in field goal percentage: 94.1 (16/17).

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    To commemorate his turnaround and his haters, he posted a hilarious video to his Twitter account.

    Well played, Cole. Well played.

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  • Todd Grantham was defensive coordinator at Louisville for three seasons. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
    Todd Grantham was defensive coordinator at Louisville for three seasons. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

    Todd Grantham is heading back to the SEC.

    After spending the last three seasons at Louisville as defensive coordinator, Grantham has accepted the same position at Mississippi State.

    “Todd has proven to be one of the best defensive coordinators in the country this decade,” MSU head coach Dan Mullen said. “He understands what it takes to build a physical and aggressive defense at the highest of levels. We are excited to welcome he and his family to Starkville.”

    Added Grantham: “When the opportunity to be part of Dan Mullen’s staff presented itself it was something my family and I became very excited about. Coach Mullen has built a winning program in the most challenging conference in the country. Along with our staff, I look forward to re-establishing the Bulldog defense as one of the top defenses in the country and making the fans of Mississippi State proud.”

    At Mississippi State,

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  • Graham Watson and Nick Bromberg (and Sam Ponder) prior to the 2015 College Football Playoff.
    Graham Watson and Nick Bromberg (and Sam Ponder) prior to the 2015 College Football Playoff.

    This is my last post for Dr. Saturday.

    It’s weird to type that. After all, it’s been nearly six years since The Dagger’s Jeff Eisenberg invited me to join the Yahoo Sports team and now here I am, calling it quits.

    I still remember that first post. It was a trick-shot challenge between BYU star guard Jimmer Fredette and up-and-coming (and ultimate BYU flop) quarterback Jake Heaps. Somehow that post was enough to get me in the door and I never left.

    Caught on camera following the 2013 BCS National Championship.
    Caught on camera following the 2013 BCS National Championship.

    I’ve run Dr. Saturday for five years and in that time I’ve written thousands of posts. Yeah, thousands. It’s hard to remember all the posts themselves, but I do remember some of the moments that accompanied them. Like calling former Deadspin editor Tommy Craggs in the middle of the night and asking him if their Manti Te’o post was for real (and him telling me there was even more they

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  • As expected, Michigan star Jabrill Peppers is leaving school early for the NFL.

    Peppers, a Heisman Trophy finalist, revealed the news to Sports Illustrated on Tuesday, saying the decision to leave Michigan was “one of the hardest things” he’s ever had to do.

    “I’m choosing between cementing my legacy as a college player and starting my pro legacy. It’s something you dream of when you were a kid. I was torn between the two,” Peppers told SI.

    Peppers, who said he reached his decision over the weekend, lined up all over the field — on both sides of the ball — for the Wolverines. Peppers mainly played outside linebacker this year at Michigan, but can also play defensive back and is an explosive kick returner.

    Peppers told SI he is anxious to answer any questions NFL teams may have about his best positional fit:

    Peppers said he welcomes questions from NFL franchises and understands how much teams will be investing him. He said his position switch last season inhibited him from working in

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

    Now that the dust (and confetti) has settled from the College Football Playoff National Championship, it’s time to reveal who had the best catch of the 2016 season.

    All season long, your votes determined the best catch of each week until we had the final 14. And after multiple rounds of voting it came down to two: Ohio State’s Noah Brown, the No. 1 seed, and Memphis’ Anthony Miller, the No. 2 seed.

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    Here’s Brown’s catch:

    Ohio State Noah Brown catch

    And here’s Miller’s catch:

    Memphis 1

    The winner is…

    Anthony Miller!

    Memphis 2

    Miller finished the season with 95 catches for 1,434 yards and 14 touchdowns, and most importantly, the catch of the year. Unless he declares for the NFL draft, Miller will have the chance to defend his crown in 2017 as a senior.

    Thanks to everyone who voted all season long!

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  • Alabama QB Jalen Hurts combined for 36 TDs as a true freshman. (Getty)
    Alabama QB Jalen Hurts (No. 2) combined for 36 TDs as a true freshman. (Getty)

    Clemson hasn’t even been the national champion for a full 24 hours yet, and folks are already looking ahead to next season.

    We put out our early 2017 Top 25 earlier Tuesday, and now Bovada has unveiled its odds for the 2018 national champion. Even though it fell in dramatic fashion to the Tigers Monday night, Alabama unsurprisingly tops the list at 4/1. Alabama is followed by Florida State at 7/1, Ohio State at 15/2, Michigan, Oklahoma and USC at 9/1 and LSU at 12/1.

    Clemson, which loses quarterback Deshaun Watson and a number of other high-profile contributors, comes in at 16/1, tied with ACC foe Louisville.

    Other odds of note include Texas, under first-year head coach Tom Herman, at 28/1. Also, Penn State, despite winning the Big Ten title and returning most of its top talent, is down the list a bit at 33/1.

    Other teams worth noting include:

    Auburn – 33/1
    Florida – 33/1
    Georgia – 33/1
    Miami – 33/1
    Oklahoma

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  • Wayne Gallman rushed for 34 touchdowns in three seasons at Clemson. (Getty Images)
    Wayne Gallman rushed for 34 touchdowns in three seasons at Clemson. (Getty Images)

    With the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft fast approaching on Jan. 16, a handful of notable decisions announced their decisions on Tuesday.

    On the heels of winning the national title, Clemson running back Wayne Gallman made it known that he is leaving before his senior season to play professionally. Gallman was largely bottled up Monday night against Alabama, gaining only 46 yards on 18 carries, but he scored a big touchdown in the fourth quarter to give the Tigers a 28-24 lead.

    Clemson, of course, went on to win 35-31 on a last-second touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson (who also is going to the NFL) to Hunter Renfrow.

    Gallman gained 1,133 yards and scored 17 touchdowns as a junior. In 2015, he rushed for 1,527 yards and 13 scores. Overall, Gallman finishes his Clemson career with 3,429 yards and 34 touchdowns rushing along with 65 catches for 473 yards and two scores through the

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  • Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough reportedly suffered a broken leg during the third quarter of Monday's loss to Clemson. (Getty)
    Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough reportedly suffered a broken leg during the third quarter of Monday’s loss to Clemson. (Getty)

    Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough suffered a broken bone in his lower right leg during Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship loss to Clemson.

    “Bo Scarbrough suffered a fracture to his right lower leg during the game,” coach Nick Saban said. “The injury is non-surgical and we anticipate he will make a full recovery.”

    Scarbrough, who had been the Tide’s most effective offensive playmaker throughout the game, was dragged down from behind during a tackle late in the third quarter and was helped off the field. To that point, Scarbrough had rushed 16 times for 93 yards and two touchdowns, and he was sorely missed down the stretch of the game as Alabama attempted to keep the clock moving.

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    “He’s certainly been a bell cow for us, and he has certainly, because of his size and durability, he

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  • Dr. Saturday's absurdly early 2017 preseason Top 25

    The 2016 season just ended, but it’s never too early to look ahead to the 2017 campaign. Alabama and Clemson have squared off in the title game two years in a row, but new contenders could emerge next year. Which teams will become those contenders?

    Even though things will undoubtedly look different by the time the 2017 College Football Playoff field is unveiled, we gave it our best guess.

    25. Notre Dame: No team fell short of expectations more than Notre Dame, which started the season ranked No. 10 and finished the year 4-8. Coach Brian Kelly is on the hot seat and his hopes of staying the Irish’s head coach will rest on QB Brandon Wimbush, who takes the reins this spring. Wimbush will have his top rusher and three of the team’s top four receivers returning, including All-Name Team star Equanimeous St. Brown. The defense, which allowed 27.8 points per game, returns seven, including star defensive lineman Jerry Tillery.

    24. Tennessee: The Volunteers had a great team last season and

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  • Alabama fell 35-31 to Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. (Getty)
    Alabama fell 35-31 to Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. (Getty)

    Auburn fans like nothing more than to see Alabama fail.

    It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s cause for celebration and that apparently means rolling the trees at Toomer’s Corner.

    Following Clemson’s 35-31 triumph over the Tide in the College Football Playoff national championship game, Auburn fans took to the area where they usually celebrate Auburn wins, and blanketed the trees with toilet paper.

    [Yahoo Store: Get your Clemson Tigers championship gear right here!]

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    We’ll just go ahead and ignore the fact that Alabama was playing for its second consecutive national title while Auburn was still getting over being pummeled by Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. Those kinds

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  • TAMPA, Fla. – The final play of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson’s career will officially be a kneeldown. But the final memory every Clemson fan will have of Watson is his game-winning touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow.

    It’s an incredibly fitting memory, too. The touchdown pass with one second left to give Clemson a 35-31 win over Alabama in the College Football Playoff national championship game cemented Watson’s legacy as one of the greatest players in Clemson history. And it also means Watson will be mentioned alongside one of his childhood idols in the annals of college football lore.

    Shortly after the win, Watson said he looked up to former Texas quarterback Vince Young as he was growing up and remembered Young’s game-winning dash vs. USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl. The fourth-down scamper with 19 seconds left to give Texas the national title has been the most iconic championship game play since the beginning of the BCS in 1998.

    And thanks to Watson, Young’s moment has a challenger

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