ACC tabs Tampa, Charlotte for title games through 2011

GREENSBORO, N.C. --- The Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game is headed to Tampa, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C., for the next four years.


The ACC announced Wednesday that Tampa will play host to the game in 2008 and 2009; it will move to Charlotte in 2010 and 2011.

Charlotte is playing host to the league's men's basketball tournament this season.

SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI: Hoping for a boost on offense and at the box office, the school hired Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Larry Fedora as its new coach.

Fedora replaces Jeff Bower, who was forced to resign in after 17 years and 119 wins.

The 45-year-old Fedora has 16 years of college coaching experience, including a stint as Florida's offensive coordinator.

COLORADO STATE: Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild was hired to replace Sonny Lubick as the school's coach.

Fairchild, a former Rams quarterback and assistant coach, takes over a team that finished 3-9 last season, leading to the firing of Lubick after 15 years as the head coach.

He won't leave Buffalo until the season ends. The Bills (7-6) are in the middle of the AFC playoff race with three games remaining in the regular season.

AUBURN: The Tigers hired Tony Franklin as offensive coordinator in a move that likely means a significant overhaul of the Tigers' mostly conservative offense.

Franklin, who will also coach quarterbacks, spent the past two seasons running his no-huddle spread offense at Troy and also is a former Kentucky offensive coordinator.

WEST GEORGIA: Daryl Dickey, the former Tennessee quarterback who spent six seasons as Florida State's quarterback coach, took over the Carrollton, Ga., program Wednesday.

Dickey replaces Mike Ledford , who resigned in November.

The 25-year-old coaching veteran, the son of former Tennessee and Florida head coach Doug Dickey, was out of football this year after his contract was not renewed at Florida State.


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