College Sports

Penn State celebrates a point against BYU during the NCAA women's volleyball tournament championship match in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Penn State repeats as women’s champion

Sunday, December 21, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY — Megan Courtney and Aiyana Whitney each had 11 kills, and Penn State defeated Brigham Young 25-21, 26-24, 25-14 Saturday to win their second consecutive NCAA women’s volleyball championship. Micha Hancock had 36 assists and five digs for the Nittany Lions. The senior from nearby Edmond won in front of family and friends in her final college match. … 0

Interim coaching jobs present challenges in bowls

Sunday, December 21, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. — Barney Cotton choked up as he described the challenges that come with serving as Nebraska’s interim head coach. He wants to accomplish what is clearly hard to do — maintain a business-as-usual atmosphere following Bo Pelini’s firing. He promises to make sure the players have the best experience possible at … 0

39 bowl games and a reason to watch every one

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Over the next three weeks, 38 bowl games and a national championship game will be played from Boise to the Bahamas and various points in between. You should watch them all. Here’s why: Saturday, Dec. 20 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Nevada (minus 1) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Why watch? Someone thought it would be … 0

Rose Bowl a familiar setting for Florida St.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Second-ranked and undefeated Florida State begins its postseason quest for a second consecutive national championship in the same stadium it won the title a year ago: The Rose Bowl. The Seminoles, No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings, are riding a 29-game winning streak … 0

Title champs Kentucky, UCLA meet this week

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The only school with more national championships than top-ranked Kentucky’s eight is UCLA with 11. On Saturday, the Wildcats and Bruins play for the first time in eight years in the second half of an impressive doubleheader in … 0

Oregon QB Mariota big winner at awards show

Thursday, December 11, 2014

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Marcus Mariota put up nearly flawless numbers this season in leading Oregon to a spot in the first College Football Playoff. At the College Football Awards Show on Thursday night, he went a … 0

Unassuming Mariota puts up brag-worthy season

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

About the flashiest thing quarterback Marcus Mariota has done off the field all season is wear a T-shirt boldly emblazoned with the word “Success.” His showy moments have instead come during games for the playoff-bound Oregon Ducks: His … 0

Top bowl games not in ‘New Year’s 6’

Monday, December 8, 2014

With nearly 40 bowl games looming, it can be difficult finding those postseason gems. The Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl semifinals in the College Football Playoff are no-brainers. And the other matchups in the “New Year’s Six” — which includes the Peach, Orange, Cotton and Fiesta — also … 0

Alabama, FSU, OSU, Oregon star in powerful college football playoff

Sunday, December 7, 2014

GRAPEVINE, Texas — The first College Football Playoff expanded the national championship race, made the regular season even more intriguing and produced a final four with major star power. Nick Saban’s No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Urban … 0

UAB shutdown could be just the start

Friday, December 5, 2014

ATLANTA — UAB was the first major college football program to shut down in nearly 20 years. Chances are, the Blazers won’t be the last. With the enormous cost of having a football team and the growing divide … 0

Changes may be ahead for conference championships

Friday, December 5, 2014

Trophies will be awarded. Champions will be crowned. A confetti cannon or two will likely be fired. And after all the celebrating is done, there is a good chance at least one conference this weekend is going to … 0

Playoff scenarios: Who’s in if ... ?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The 12-member College Football Playoff selection committee will gather Saturday in Texas to watch the final weekend of the season play out and then rank the top 25 teams in the country. The top four will compete for … 0

Florida, Nebraska make the grades in recent coaching hires

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Several school’s moved quickly to fill vacant college football coaching jobs. We’ve taken the liberty to break down some of those moves and grade each of the hires: q BUFFALO Out: Jeff Quinn In: Lance Leipold The Buzz: It was only a matter of time before Leipold, 50, … 0