Auburn fires football coach Gus Malzahn after 8 seasons
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn listens to an official's call during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against Mississippi State, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Starkville, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)Auburn has fired coach Gus Malzahn, who led the Tigers to the national championship game in his first season but could never replicate that success. They were also upset by a struggling South Carolina, which wound up firing coach Will Muschamp during the season. We will begin a search immediately for a coach that can help the Auburn program consistently compete at the highest level.””Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele will be interim coach. Auburn will owe Malzahn a $21.45 million buyout for the remaining four years of a seven-year, $49 million deal.
AP Interview: Emmert says NCAA must stay open to reform
FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo, NCAA President Mark Emmert testifies during a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing on intercollegiate athlete compensation on Capitol Hill in Washington. And the sporting world hasn’t collapsed,” Emmert told AP. It recommended the creation of the National College Football Association, an independent body to oversee FBS. Major college football, the commission concluded, has created inequities across all NCAA sports and hinder the association's ability to govern equitably. Emmert called the recommendation “exactly the wrong thing to do.” He told AP he agrees football has "an outsized influence” over college sports.
South Carolina fires football coach Will Muschamp
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina has fired football coach Will Muschamp, the second time he's been let go from a Southeastern Conference program in midseason. The school said in a release Sunday that Muschamp has been “relieved” of his duties with the football program. Athletic director Ray Tanner said first-year offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, a former head coach at Colorado State, will take over as interim coach. Tanner said he did a thorough assessment of the football program and decided it was time for a change. "I believe our program will be well served by Coach Bobo as the interim head coach as we search for a new leader for Gamecock Football.”Muschamp was head coach at Florida from 2011-14 and was fired in November of his final season after an overtime loss to Florida.
The Latest: Champions Hockey League cancels upcoming season
The Champions Hockey League was due to begin next month in an already-shortened format with a knockout bracket and no round-robin. ___Senegal’s friendly soccer match against Mauritania has been canceled after eight members of the Mauritanian delegation tested positive for COVID-19. It says the results showed eight positive tests among the Mauritanian delegation. ___Slovakia coach Pavel Hapal has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss the Nations League game against Israel on Wednesday. Two players, Milan Skriniar and Jaroslav Mihalik, and a staff member tested positive before Sunday’s Nations League against Scotland that Slovakia lost in Glasgow 1-0.
Lone Star Sadness: Horns, Aggies form Axis of Underachievers
At the top of USA Today's most recent revenue rankings for college athletic departments are Texas and Texas A&M. Texas and Texas A&M have everything needed to put out a national championship-level football program. The Aggies and Longhorns refuse to play each other but combine to form an Axis of Underachievers in the Lone Star State. In three games against Alabama under Fisher, the Aggies are 0-3 by a combined 144-75. For now, though, Texas and Texas A&M continue to prove the adage that money can't buy happiness.
Trask, Pitts help No. 3 Florida top South Carolina 38-24
Kyle Trask and Kyle Pitts hooked up for two more touchdowns, continuing their hot start and leading Florida to a 38-24 victory over South Carolina on Saturday. But the Gators had their way with South Carolina for three quarters in front of 15,120 socially distant fans in the Swamp. BRIGHT SPOTHarris was one of the few bright spots for South Carolina. "I just did what I had to do.”DROPPED PASSESA big reason South Carolina couldn’t keep up was dropped passes. Florida takes its “Kyle to Kyle Show” to Kyle Field to play Texas A&M next Saturday.
Week 4 Preview: FSU-Miami has King in spotlight; SEC begins
Before Miami won easily last year, the ‘Canes and ’Noles played five straight games decided by five points or fewer. A pandemic-altered college football season has helped put FSU-Miami in the spotlight again this weekend. The Big Ten and Pac-12 are still at least a month away, but the college football menu is starting to fill up. 7-6 — Lane Kiffin's record in his one SEC season as coach at Tennessee. ___Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at http://www.westwoodonepodcasts.com/pods/ap-top-25-college-football-podcast/___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
The Latest: Three South Carolina coaches taking salary cuts
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___South Carolinas highest paid head coaches are taking 10% salary cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic. Football coach Will Muschamp, mens basketball coach Frank Martin and womens basketball coach Dawn Staley are taking the cuts. Football coach Chris Creighton, mens basketball coach Rob Murphy, and womens basketball coach Fred Castro will be affected by the 7% cuts. ___The German basketball league plans to finish its season next month in a closed three-week tournament. The Premier League season was suspended in March with United fifth in the standings.
Florida football vs. South Carolina: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina pulled off perhaps the biggest upset of the 2019 college football season last Saturday, going toe to toe on the road with then-No. 9 Florida as the Gators come to town Saturday after stumbling in the fourth quarter of a 42-28 loss to new No. LINE: Florida -5"We've got a really good Florida team coming in here, and how are we going to respond?" Florida owns a 27-9-3 lead in this series but South Carolina has won five of the last nine meetings, although the Gators rallied late for a 35-31 victory last year. PREDICTION: Florida 34, South Carolina 20More college football scoresCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Georgia football vs. South Carolina: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
South Carolina has spent plenty of time preparing for the Bulldogs considering the Gamecocks have not played since a 24-7 victory over Kentucky on Sept. 28. South Carolina surrendered only 212 yards of total offense to the Wildcats its fewest yards allowed in one game since 2012 but coach Will Muschamp (also a Georgia alum) told reporters Monday the defense must be more consistent. ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA (2-3, 1-2 SEC)The running back tandem of seniors Rico Dowdle and Tavien Feaster shined against Kentucky, Feaster finishing with 107 yards and two touchdowns while Dowdle added 102 yards and a score. Dowdle sprained his left ankle near the end of the Kentucky game but is 100 percent after the bye week. PREDICTION: Georgia 41, South Carolina 13More college football scoresCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
South Carolina football vs. North Carolina: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
Jake Bentley #19 of the South Carolina Gamecocks reacts after a play against the Georgia Bulldogs during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Lecka/Getty Images)CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The last time North Carolina defeated South Carolina, Mack Brown was its coach. His return to the sideline will come with a familiar face across the field, as South Carolina coach Will Muschamp served as Brown's defensive coordinator at Texas from 2008-10. South Carolina has won 18 of its last 19 season openers, including 14 straight against non-conference opponents. PREDICTION: South Carolina 34, North Carolina 17More college football scoresCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.