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Mississippi St's Mullen gets $4M-plus per year for 4 seasons (Yahoo Sports)
Mississippi State has announced a contract extension for coach Dan Mullen that will pay him more than $4 million per season for the next four years. The school says Mullen will be paid $4 million in 2015 and the average yearly salary of the contract is $4,275,000. Mullen led the Bulldogs to a 10-3 record last season, including a five-week stay at No. 1 in the national rankings. He has a 46-31 overall record at Mississippi State over six seasons, including five trips to bowl games.
LSU hit with minor recruiting sanctions from SEC (Yahoo Sports)
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU says its football program has been penalized by the Southeastern Conference because coaches communicated too frequently with a recruit who had signed a financial aid agreement, but later decided to play elsewhere.
Nacita says disregarding guidance from Baylor was mistake (Yahoo Sports)
Former Baylor running back Silas Nacita says he made a mistake by ''disregarding guidance'' from the school's compliance department and accepting benefits that led to him being removed from the team. Baylor announced Tuesday that Nacita, whose story of overcoming an unstable family situation to play major college football made him a fan favorite, was no longer part of the program. ''The family members who offered assistance were merely acquaintances who I met at home in Bakersfield, CA.'' He said he did not think he was doing anything wrong but, ''now I can see that I made a mistake by disregarding guidance from Baylor compliance on what benefits I may accept.'' ''I take full responsibility for my choice to accept these inappropriate benefits,'' Nacita wrote. Nacita thanked Baylor coach Art Briles, athletic director Ian McCaw and university president Ken Starr for ''rallying around'' him throughout his time in Waco.
Judge: Keeping Sandusky lawsuit in Philadelphia not a burden (Yahoo Sports)
A judge presiding over a civil lawsuit against Penn State and ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky by one of the accusers who testified in Sandusky's criminal child sex abuse trial says keeping the case in Philadelphia doesn't present a burden to potential witnesses or to the university. Penn State is based in State College, about 200 miles northwest of Philadelphia, and has appealed Judge Angelo Foglietta's decision to keep the lawsuit there. The judge last week issued an opinion that said Penn State ''failed to establish more than inconvenience'' if he did not move the litigation to Centre County, where the university is headquartered. ''PSU is not a small sole proprietorship or 'mom & pop' store where the absence of a single person would truly be burdensome and oppressive to its daily operations.'' Penn State is appealing the decision in Superior Court.
Oklahoma St adds 5 to coaching staff (Yahoo Sports)
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma State has announced the addition of five new members to the football coaching staff.
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Ex-Louisville guard Jones pleads not guilty to rape, sodomy (Yahoo Sports)
Louisville coach Rick Pitino had reached his limit with Chris Jones, even before he knew the senior guard was facing felony rape and sodomy charges. Demonstrating a zero tolerance for any more misbehavior after reinstating Jones from a one-game suspension, Pitino abruptly dismissed him from the team. Pitino says all he knew for certain at the time was that Jones had broken a curfew, but had no details about more serious accusations looming. Then Thursday, Jones pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree rape and sodomy.
No. 13 Utah routs Arizona St 83-41 with dominant first half (Yahoo Sports)
The Utah Utes sent a message to the Pac-12-leading Arizona Wildcats with their play on Thursday night. No. 13-ranked Utah trounced visiting Arizona State 83-41, burying the visitors before halftime with their best half of the season.
Johnson's 15 points leads No. 7 Arizona past Colorado, (Yahoo Sports)
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- The Arizona Wildcats are headed to Utah on a roll and ready to claim a conference title.
No. 3 Gonzaga sluggish but gets past San Diego, 59-39 (Yahoo Sports)
For all the frustration it caused, the slower and sometimes sluggish way No. 3 Gonzaga was forced to play Thursday night by San Diego could prove to be a benefit. There is a good chance the Bulldogs will have to play that way sometime in March. Przemek Karnowski scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half, Domantas Sabonis added 11 off the bench, and Gonzaga overcame a sluggish first half to beat San Diego 59-39 for its 22nd straight victory. ''What we've tried to do is take this weekend and say this is similar to what the first weekend of the NCAAs is going to be like,'' Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.