Glendale, Tampa selected sites for college football championship games

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Arizona will play host the College Football Playoff championship in 2016 and Tampa, Fla., will be the site of the 2017 title game.

The conference commissioners who oversee the playoffs announced Monday their choices for the sites of the second and third championship games in the new postseason system that goes into effect next season.

The first championship game will played Jan. 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The second title game is scheduled to be played Jan. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz., at University of Phoenix Stadium.

The other bidders for the 2016 game were Jacksonville, Fla., New Orleans and Tampa.

Raymond James Stadium in Tampa is scheduled to play host to the game Jan. 9, 2017.

The other bidders for the 2017 game were Jacksonville; the San Francisco Bay Area; Minneapolis; San Antonio, Texas; and South Florida.

STANFORD: David Shaw has a message for anybody who believes he’s going to leave for the NFL after this season: no chance.

The Cardinal coach said Monday that the growing mention of his name for NFL jobs is “very flattering.”

He said he was bothered by the speculation last year but now “it’s just a testament to being a really good college football program.”

AWARD: Auburn’s Gus Malzahn is the winner of the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America.

Malzahn had led the Tigers (12-1) to the BCS national championship game in his first season after taking over a team that went 3-9 in 2012.

VANDERBILT: Quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels will not play in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 4 after having surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee.

Coach James Franklin said Monday that Carta-Samuels tore his ACL in a win Oct. 19 over Georgia and had surgery to repair his knee shortly after the regular season ended Nov. 30.

FLORIDA ATLANTIC: Arkansas assistant head coach Charlie Partridge has been hired as head coach of the Owls.


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