Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy has been honored as the national coach of the year by the Football Writers Association of America.
He is also the winner of the Eddie Robinson Award. The other finalists were Michigan’s Brady Hoke, Louisiana State University’s Les Miles, Kansas State’s Bill Snyder and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney.
Gundy will be presented with a bust of Eddie Robinson at a Jan. 8 ceremony in New Orleans.
GEORGIA: The school has sold nearly twice as many tickets to the Jan. 2 Outback Bowl as Michigan State.
The Bulldogs asked for more tickets from the Tampa, Fla., bowl after their allotment of 12,000 was filled, athletic director Greg McGarity said Thursday.
Michigan State had sold 6,051 tickets as of Thursday morning, according to the school, which said its allotment was 11,500.
FCS ALL-AMERICANS: Georgia Southern offensive lineman Brett Moore has been selected to the Associated Press FCS All-America team.
Moore is a senior right tackle from Warner Robins, Ga.
In addition to Moore, players from three other Southern Conference teams made the first team: Furman linebacker Kadarron Anderson and defensive back Ryan Steed; Wofford fullback Eric Breitenstein and Elon wide receiver Aaron Mellette, who led the nation in catches (113) and yards (1,639),
PENN STATE: Two prized Penn State recruits have already backed away from their verbal commitments and will go elsewhere, because of the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal hanging over the football program and the uncertainty over the Nittany Lions’ next head coach.
Five-star defensive tackle prospect Tommy Schutt from Glen Ellyn, Ill., announced on Monday he was taking back his commitment to Penn State and now says he’s headed to Ohio State.
Offensive lineman Joey O’Connor, of Windsor, Colo., also has reversed his thinking and now says he will not go to Penn State. He’s still considering his options.
• With a deadline looming today, Penn State has asked for more time to respond to an NCAA inquiry over the university’s handling of accusations of child sex abuse against Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator.
LIBERTY: The university has brought in former Kansas coach Turner Gill as its new coach.
The school also is studying the feasibility of moving up to the Bowl Subdivision, according to Chancellor and President Jerry Falwell Jr.