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Temple hires Miami DC Diaz as coach

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Temple has hired Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz as its next head coach, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the school was planning to make the deal official Thursday, with a news conference scheduled on campus at 3 p.m. EST to introduce the Owls' new football coach.

Diaz replaces Geoff Collins, who left Temple after two seasons to become coach at Georgia Tech last week. Like Collins, Diaz has been a successful defensive coordinator with Power Five schools.


Syracuse gives Babers contract extension

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse has signed football coach Dino Babers to a contract extension, the school announced Wednesday night.

Details of the deal were not revealed, but the school said in a news release that the contract will keep Babers, in his third season, at the "helm of the program well into the future."


Memphis star RB Henderson turning pro

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) All-American running back Darrell Henderson says he's leaving Memphis after his junior season for the NFL draft.

Henderson shared his decision Wednesday on Twitter, saying he will be forever grateful for Memphis giving him his opportunity to chase his NFL dream. It is unclear if Henderson will play in Memphis' upcoming bowl game.


FAU RB Singletary declares for NFL draft

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Running back Devin Singletary is skipping his final season at Florida Atlantic and entering the NFL draft.

Singletary made the announcement Wednesday. He rushed for 54 touchdowns over the last two seasons. No other player at the major college level over that span has rushed for more than 34 touchdowns.


Michigan RB dismissed after DV arrest

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan dismissed running back O'Maury Samuels from its football program on the same day he was arraigned on two charges, including one for domestic violence.

The school did not say why the move was made Wednesday, when Samuels was charged with domestic violence and malicious destruction of personal property. The date of the alleged offenses was Dec. 8 and Samuels is scheduled for a hearing on Dec. 27 in Ann Arbor District Court.


Clemson begins prepping for Notre Dame

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson has begun preparations for its College Football Playoff semifinal against Notre Dame at the Cotton Bowl.

The Tigers (13-0, CFP No. 2) had taken a week-and-a-half break - aside from several All-Americans crisscrossing the country for various college football awards - since winning the Atlantic Coast Conference title with a 42-10 victory over Pitt. But to the sounds of "Santa Claus is Coming To Town," Clemson reconvened Wednesday at its indoor training facility to start getting ready for the Fighting Irish (12-0, CFP No. 3) on Dec. 29.


Ga. Tech aims to give Johnson 1 last win

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech players say they'll have extra motivation to send coach Paul Johnson out with a win when they play Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl.

The 61-year-old Johnson announced on Nov. 28 he is stepping down after 11 seasons with the Yellow Jackets. Geoff Collins was hired from Temple as Georgia Tech's new coach on Friday, but Johnson will coach the bowl game.


Klieman begins task of replacing Snyder

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Chris Klieman needed no better reminder of the monumental task ahead of him Wednesday than the one sitting in the front row of his introductory news conference at Kansas State: Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder.

Klieman was hired this week to replace what Wildcats athletic director Gene Taylor called "a legend." Snyder won 215 games during two tenures lasting 27 seasons, and a large statue of him sits just outside the recently renovated football stadium that now bears his name.


Ferris St. QB tops D-II All-America team

Ferris State quarterback Jayru Campbell, who has led the Bulldogs to the national championship game, highlights The Associated Press Division II All-America team along with two of his teammates.

Campbell, a junior, has passed for 2,832 and 26 touchdowns and run for 1,338 and 20 scores, leading Ferris State to a 15-0 record heading into the D-II championship game against Valdosta State on Saturday. Campbell was joined on the first team by teammates Devon Johnson, an offensive lineman, and Delon Stephenson, a defensive back.


BC extends coach Addazio through 2022

BOSTON (AP) Boston College has extended the contract of football coach Steve Addazio through 2022.

Athletic Director Martin Jarmond made the announcement on Tuesday.

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