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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.
Missouri AD Mike Alden to step down after 17 years (Yahoo Sports)
Missouri athletic director Mike Alden is stepping down after a 17-year tenure marked by several high-profile coaching hires, significant facility upgrades and the school's 2012 move from the Big 12 Conference to the SEC. Alden plans to leave in August but will remain at Mizzou as an instructor in its College of Education and an administrator in a new global service-learning program. The Chicago-area native with roots on a family farm outside Columbia took charge of Missouri athletics in 1998 after working as Texas State's athletic director in San Marcos. In 2000, he hired Gary Pinkel, a little-known coach at Toledo.
Oregon could make 1st move in college football free agency (Yahoo Sports)
College football's free-agent market is open and Oregon is searching for the next Russell Wilson to replace Marcus Mariota. FCS All-America quarterback Vernon Adams from Eastern Washington plans to be in Eugene, Oregon, this weekend visiting with Ducks coaches. The player's original school still needs to sign off, but it is as close to free agency as college football gets.
Wisconsin coach Chryst reinforcing recruiting ties back home (Yahoo Sports)
Paul Chryst wisely kept close tabs on recruits in his home state of Wisconsin while he was at Pittsburgh. Now that he is coaching the Badgers, Chryst seems to be sliding comfortably back on to the recruiting trail back home with national signing day approaching. ''Certainly in Wisconsin, it's a pride state,'' said Gary Westerman, coach at Bay Port High School in Green Bay. ''One thing in talking with coach Chryst, he said, 'People in Wisconsin want to win football games, but they also want to know the name on the back of the jersey, too.''' Not that Chryst and his staff aren't looking beyond the Midwest for talent.
Police: Bar fight might have involved Kentucky players (Yahoo Sports)
Authorities were investigating a weekend bar fight in which an Eastern Kentucky student was injured and that possibly involved football players from that school and the University of Kentucky, police said Wednesday. The Richmond, Kentucky, police statement does not include the injured student's name or others involved. It said that around 5 p.m. Sunday, a man complained of being assaulted at 12:30 a.m. by three or four men who grabbed and repeatedly hit him in the head while at Jerzee's, a bar off the Eastern Kentucky University's campus in Richmond. Jeff Scurry, father of Eastern Kentucky sophomore offensive lineman Colton Scurry, told The Courier-Journal in Louisville that his son was injured in the fight.
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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.
Dunn triple-double helps Providence beat DePaul 83-72 (Yahoo Sports)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Kris Dunn had a triple-double, scoring 27 points with 13 rebounds and 11 assists to lead Providence to an 83-72 victory over DePaul on Thursday.
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.