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CFP won't move semifinals to Jan. 2

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(AP) -- The College Football Playoff is not interested in ESPN's suggestion to move next season's semifinals from New Year's Eve to Saturday, Jan. 2.

The Sports Business Journal first reported high-ranking ESPN executives had talked to College Football Playoff officials about switching the dates for the 2016 semifinals.

College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock and ESPN acknowledged having discussions about a one-time schedule shift in separate statements to The Associated Press on Monday.


Arkansas AD back to head CFP committee

IRVING, Texas (AP) Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long will serve another season as the chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, announced Long has been re-elected by his fellow committee members to lead the 13-person panel.


Missouri DL coach Kuligowski staying

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski says he is staying with Missouri after withdrawing from Illinois' search for a co-defensive coordinator.

Kuligowski said Monday that he had considered the move as a way to advance professionally and eventually be a head coach.


Wake Forest, UNC schedule 2-game series

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Atlantic Coast Conference members Wake Forest and North Carolina will play a two-game nonconference series.

The schools on Monday said they will play in Winston-Salem in 2019 and in Chapel Hill in 2021.


NDSU's Klieman signs 2-year extension

FARGO, N.D. (AP) North Dakota State coach Chris Klieman has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Bison at least through the 2021 season, school officials announced Monday.

Klieman led the Bison to the Football Championship Subdivision title this past season, his first as head coach. It was the fourth straight FCS crown for the Bison.


Kiffin staying to run Alabama's offense

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Lane Kiffin says he is coming back to Alabama for a second season as offensive coordinator.

Kiffin reportedly had been a candidate to become offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, but he and coach Nick Saban issued statements Saturday announcing his return.


Nebraska's Abdullah star of Senior Bowl

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah wanted to leave an impression on more than just the NFL watchers at the Senior Bowl.

Abdullah rushed for 73 yards and added 40 receiving while leading the North to a 34-13 victory over the South on Saturday in the Senior Bowl, punctuating his college career in his home state.


Buckeyes celebrate title in front of 45K

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) After leading Ohio State to a national championship, Joey Bosa had one question for the 45,000 fans who crowded into Ohio Stadium in late January.

"How are you guys out here right now? It's freezing," he said from a makeshift stage erected on the south end of the field.


Notre Dame allows S Hardy to transfer

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame will allow safety Eilar Hardy to transfer after missing the first eight games of the 2014 season while the university investigated him and four other players for possible academic dishonesty.

Team spokesman Michael Bertsch said Hardy plans to graduate in May and transfer. He has one season of eligibility left after not playing as a freshman and sophomore. He played in five games this past season, finishing with nine tackles, and started two games in 2013. He was the only one of the five players investigated allowed to return this past season.


Ex-ISU WR charged with domestic violence

AMES, Iowa (AP) Former Iowa State receiver P.J. Harris has been arrested and charged with strangling his girlfriend.

Harris was booked on an aggravated domestic assault/strangulation charge. He was being held in a Story County jail without bond.

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