LSU's Les Miles wins AP coach of the year

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Louisiana State Univer­sity’s 2011 season will be remembered for challenging Les Miles’ crisis-management skills over and over again.

It could also go down as the greatest season in the history of a program that has been around since 1893.

Now within one more victory of an unbeaten season and a BCS national title, Miles has been voted The Associated Press Coach of the Year.

Thirty of 56 votes cast went to Miles. Bill Snyder, of Kansas State, was second with 16; Mike Gundy, of Oklahoma State, had six; Brady Hoke, of Michigan, got three; and Lane Kiffin, of Southern California, had one.

HAWAII: Utah offensive coordinator Norm Chow has accepted the job as Hawaii’s new head coach, a person with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.

OHIO STATE: Urban Meyer’s first Buckeyes team won’t be bowl-bound.

The NCAA hit Ohio State with a one-year bowl ban and other penalties Tuesday for a scandal that involved eight players taking a total of $14,000 in cash and tattoos in exchange for jerseys, rings and other Buckeyes memorabilia.

IOWA: The Hawkeyes have suspended their top running back for the Insight Bowl.

Sophomore star Marcus Coker has been suspended for the game against Oklahoma after violating the university’s student-athlete code of conduct.

BEEF ‘O’ BRADY’S BOWL: In St. Petersburg, Fla., Rakeem Cato threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns to help Marshall beat Florida International 20-10 on Tuesday night.

Tyler Warner kicked a pair of field goals and Cato threw TD passes of 31 and 35 yards to Aaron Dobson, the latter putting the game away in the closing seconds. Warner’s 39-yard field goal set up by a blocked punt snapped a 10-10 tie with 5:16 remaining.

Marshall (7-6) won five of its last seven games.

COASTAL CAROLINA: The Chanticleers named busi­nessman and former United Football League coach Joe Moglia head football coach.

Moglia is former head coach of the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks.

BOWL CAPSULE

POINSETTIA BOWL

TCU (10-2) VS.
LOUISIANA TECH (8-4)

TIME: 8 p.m. today

LINE: TCU by 9 ½

SERIES RECORD: First meeting

WHAT’S AT STAKE: The winner of this showdown between the Mountain West Conference champion Horned Frogs and Western Athletic Conference champion Bulldogs will carry an eight-game winning streak into 2012.

KEY MATCHUP: TCU’s usually tough defense vs. Louisiana Tech’s high-octane offense led by quarterback Colby Cameron and WR Quinton Patton.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Louisiana Tech–QB Colby Cameron. A Southern California native, he replaced a struggling Nick Isham late in the third quarter at Utah State on Oct. 22 and led two scoring drives that gave Tech a 24-17 win. In six games, he has thrown for 1,403 yards and 11 touchdowns. TCU–QB Casey Pachall. Pachall replaced Andy Dalton and is chasing TCU’s single-season records for completions, completion percentage, yards passing and touchdown passes. Has 2,715 yards and 24 touchdowns.

FACTS & FIGURES: TCU had been hoping for a berth in the Sugar Bowl, which would have been the Horned Frogs’ third straight trip to a BCS game. ... This is TCU’s third trip to the Poinsettia Bowl. It beat Boise State 17-16 in 2008 and beat Northern Illinois 37-7 in 2006. ... Louisiana Tech clinched a berth in the game when it won its first Western Athletic Conference championship since 2001.

– Associated Press


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