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Big buyout for Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher (Yahoo Sports)
Jimbo Fisher's eight-year contract extension will begin with a $5 million salary in 2015 and includes a significant buyout if he chooses to leave Florida State before the end of the 2022 season. The 49-year-old Fisher will owe $5 million if he leaves Florida State before December 2016. The incentive-laden contract also includes bonuses for a variety of team achievements, including winning the Atlantic Coast Conference, reaching the College Football Playoffs, end-of-year finish in the CFP poll and winning a national title. In five seasons as Florida State's coach, Fisher is 58-11.
Arkansas AD re-elected as playoff selection committee chair (Yahoo Sports)
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long will serve another season as the chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee. Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, announced Long has been re-elected by his fellow committee members to lead the 13-person panel.
EWU QB Adams says he has scholarship offer from Oregon (Yahoo Sports)
CHENEY, Wash. (AP) -- Eastern Washington's record-setting quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. says he has received a scholarship offer from Oregon and will visit the school this weekend.
Missouri assistant withdraws from Illini coaching search (Yahoo Sports)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski says he is staying with Missouri after withdrawing from Illinois' search for a co-defensive coordinator.
Playoff not interested in moving semis of New Year's Eve (Yahoo Sports)
The College Football Playoff is not interested in ESPN's suggestion to move next season's semifinals from New Year's Eve to Saturday, Jan. 2. The Sports Business Journal first reported high-ranking ESPN executives had talked to College Football Playoff officials about switching the dates for the 2016 semifinals. College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock and ESPN acknowledged having discussions about a one-time schedule shift in separate statements to The Associated Press on Monday. ''We understand and appreciate their interest in this,'' Hancock said about ESPN.
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Murray State extends winning streak to 16 with 85-78 OT win (Yahoo Sports)
MURRAY, Ky. (AP) -- Cameron Payne and Jarvis Williams turned in double-doubles and Murray State rallied to beat Eastern Kentucky 85-78 in overtime Thursday night to run the Racers' winning streak to 16.
Dawson has 17 and 11, Michigan State beats Rutgers 71-51 (Yahoo Sports)
Brenden Dawson had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Michigan State used a 20-2 run to start the second half to roll over Rutgers 71-51 on Thursday night in a game that was postponed earlier in the week by the threat of a blizzard in New Jersey. Bryn Forbes added 18 points as the Spartans (14-7, 5-3 Big Ten) shot 51 percent from the field, limited Rutgers to 29 percent shooting and led almost every second of the game. Travis Trice added 10 points and five assists before leaving late in the game, seemingly favoring his left arm. Kadeem Jack had 17 points to lead Rutgers (10-11, 2-7) which has lost five in a row since beating Wisconsin earlier this month.
No. 4 Blue Devils dismiss junior Rasheed Sulaimon from team (Yahoo Sports)
Duke dismissed junior guard Rasheed Sulaimon from the team on Thursday. Coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement that Sulaimon ''has been unable to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of our program. ''It is a privilege to represent Duke University and with that privilege comes the responsibility to conduct oneself in a certain manner,'' he said. The move comes a day after the fourth-ranked Blue Devils (17-3, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost at No. 8 Notre Dame.
Booker, Colorado outduel USC 98-94 in triple overtime (Yahoo Sports)
Askia Booker scored a career-high 43 points to lead Colorado to a 98-94 win against Southern California in triple overtime on Thursday. Booker made another long jumper for a 95-92 lead and two free throws with 13.4 seconds left. Fellow local player Xavier Johnson returned after a four-game absence because of an ankle injury and had 12 points and five rebounds before he fouled out with 2:31 in the second overtime. Katin Reinhardt had career-highs of 35 points and nine 3-pointers and Nikola Jovanovic scored a career-high 30 points, but the Trojans (9-11, 1-7) lost their fifth straight.