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Appalachian State names Drinkwitz coach

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BOONE, N.C. (AP) Appalachian State has hired North Carolina State offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz as its head coach.

Drinkwitz's five-year contract was approved Thursday by Chancellor Sheri Everts and the school's board of trustees. Financial terms of the deal were not released by the school. He will be introduced on campus Monday, two days after the Mountaineers play Middle Tennessee State in the New Orleans Bowl.

Drinkwitz says he and his family "are excited to embrace and build upon the proud tradition of Appalachian State football."


UAB coach Clark wins Robinson Award

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) UAB's Bill Clark has won the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award.

Clark has led the Blazers to their first Conference USA championship with a program-record 10 wins. The award was announced Thursday by the Football Writers Association of America and the Sugar Bowl.


Arkansas suspends LB Walker after arrest

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas linebacker Demetrius Walker has been suspended from the football program after being arrested on drug and weapon charges.

Washington County booking records show the 21-year-old Walker was arrested for delivery of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver, simultaneous possession of drugs and guns and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into jail Wednesday and has a hearing scheduled for Friday. It was unclear if he has a lawyer.


Temple hires Miami DC Diaz as coach

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.


Syracuse gives Babers contract extension

Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack is in a good place as winter nears - the men's and women's basketball teams are ranked and so is the resurgent football team, with a bowl game looming.

Most important, the architect of the football turnaround, coach Dino Babers, is set to be around for a while.


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.


Malzahn: My contract hasn't changed

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Gus Malzahn is returning to his play calling roots - and to Auburn for another season.

The coach addressed talk about his job security after the team's first bowl practice Thursday. He also expressed enthusiasm about reclaiming the role as offensive play caller that propelled him to that position in the first place.


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.


Ohio State motivated by Meyer's finale

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Retiring Ohio State coach Urban Meyer isn't easing out of the job just yet, not as long as there's one more game to win.

Buckeyes players said this week that Meyer has been at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for every practice and is fully engaged in preparations for the Rose Bowl. As usual, he's still sweating the small stuff. That kind of intensity made him one of the greatest college coaches of all time, but it also hastened his exit from the game.


NDSU promotes OC Entz to head coach

FARGO, N.D. (AP) FCS power North Dakota State stayed with a successful formula and promoted offensive coordinator Matt Entz to head football coach Thursday.

The 46-year-old Entz replaces Kansas State-bound Chris Klieman, who like Entz was an assistant with the Bison before being named to the top job. North Dakota State athletic director Matt Larsen said he likes the fact that Entz has a "sincere appreciation for the history and tradition" of the Bison program.

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