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FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2019, file photo, Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead watches as players warm up before the Music City Bowl NCAA college football game against Louisville, in Nashville, Tenn.  Two people with knowledge of the situation say Mississippi State has fired coach Joe Moorhead after just two seasons. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an announcement had not yet been made by the school. A meeting was scheduled Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, with Moorhead and athletic director John Cohen.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Mississippi State fires coach Joe Moorhead after 2 seasons

Jan. 3, 2020 10:55 PM EST

Mississippi State fired Joe Moorhead after just two seasons Friday, making the unusual decision to dismiss a coach after a bowl game. The Bulldogs went 14-12 under Moorhead, who was previously the offensive coordinator at Penn State. He was hired after the 2017 season when Dan Mullen left Mississippi State for...

Arizona State quarterback Jayden Daniels looks to pass during the Sun Bowl NCAA college football game against Florida State, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. (Briana Sanchez/The El Paso Times via AP)

Arizona State defeats Florida State 20-14 in Sun Bowl

Dec. 31, 2019 8:24 PM EST

EL Paso, Texas (AP) — With each team missing its standout rusher, defense dominated at Tuesday's Sun Bowl. Hardly pretty, but hardly a concern for Arizona State coach Herm Edwards. “Obviously it was a game not pleasing to the eye,” he said. Willie Harts returned an interception 25 yards for a...

Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert throws a pass against Utah during the second half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Oregon QB Herbert caps stellar career in his 1st Rose Bowl

Dec. 30, 2019 7:56 PM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Justin Herbert wasn't dreaming of roses when he decided to return for his senior season at Oregon. The star quarterback had plenty of reasons for postponing his opportunity to be a probable first-round pick in the NFL draft. The Eugene native adores his school, and he craved another...

Florida State defensive back Hamsah Nasirildeen tackles Alabama State wide receiver Tyrek Allen in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Florida State defeated Alabama State 49-12. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Arizona St, Florida St meet in Sun Bowl without top RBs

Dec. 30, 2019 5:32 PM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The top running backs for Arizona State and Florida State won't be around for the Sun Bowl. Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards and interim Seminoles coach Odell Haggins can live with those decisions regardless of their effect on Tuesday's game. “Don't forget that these players that...

Arizona State makes another Sun Bowl trip, faces Florida St

Dec. 30, 2019 10:56 AM EST

SUN BOWL: Arizona State (7-5, Pac-12) vs. Florida State (6-6, ACC), in El Paso, Texas, Tuesday at 2 p.m. EST. Line: Arizona State by 4. Series record: Florida State leads 3-1. WHAT'S AT STAKE Arizona State is in the Sun Bowl for the third time in six seasons and looking for its first bowl victory since winning...

Former Florida State coach Willie Taggart introduced as Florida Atlantic University's, new football head coach during press conference Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Boca Raton, Fla. (Carline Jean/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

No Kiffin, no problem: FAU rolls past SMU 52-28 in Boca Bowl

Dec. 21, 2019 8:41 PM EST

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Lane Kiffin was watching his now-former Florida Atlantic team play from elsewhere. A bunch of key FAU starters, including the school's only first-team All-American, were missing. The coaching staff the Owls had Saturday faces a very uncertain future starting Sunday. Adversity was...

Mississippi head coach Lane Kiffin discusses the team's signing class during a press conference at the Manning Center, in Oxford, Miss. on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP)

After-Kiffin era starts for FAU against SMU in Boca Bowl

Dec. 20, 2019 11:06 AM EST

Boca Raton Bowl: SMU (10-2) vs. Florida Atlantic (10-3), Dec. 21, 3:30 p.m. EST. (ABC) Line: SMU by 3.5. Series record: First meeting. WHAT’S AT STAKE SMU could reach 11 wins for the first time since 1982, and FAU could match a school record with its 11th win — first reached in 2017, Lane...

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, file photo, Florida State coach Willie Taggart watches his team play Wake Forest during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Winston-Salem, N.C. Florida Atlantic has reached an agreement with Taggart to be its new football coach, replacing Lane Kiffin, said a person familiar with the negotiations. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)

Taggart takes over at FAU, ready to get back to work

Dec. 12, 2019 4:45 PM EST

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Willie Taggart was the winning coach in the first game ever played at FAU Stadium. The Owls are hoping he wins a bunch more. Taggart was introduced as Florida Atlantic’s new coach on Thursday. His contract calls for him to be paid at least $3.85 million if all five years of...

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, file photo, Florida State coach Willie Taggart watches his team play Wake Forest during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Winston-Salem, N.C. Florida Atlantic has reached an agreement with Taggart to be its new football coach, replacing Lane Kiffin, said a person familiar with the negotiations. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)

FAU hires Willie Taggart to be next coach, replacing Kiffin

Dec. 11, 2019 7:30 PM EST

Willie Taggart has another chance, and Florida Atlantic's search for Lane Kiffin's replacement is over. Taggart was hired by FAU on Wednesday, a week before the early signing day and only four days after Kiffin left the Owls for Mississippi. “I’m looking forward to long-term success here," Taggart...

Florida State running back Cam Akers (3) runs for a first down against Florida on fourth=and-1 during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Arizona State heads back to Sun Bowl, to face Florida State

Dec. 8, 2019 7:34 PM EST

Arizona State (7-5, Pac-12) vs Florida State (6-6, Atlantic Coast Conference), Dec. 31, 2 p.m. ET LOCATION: El Paso, Texas TOP PLAYERS Arizona State: QB Jayden Daniels, 193 of 310, 2,748 yards, 17 TDs, 2 INTs. Florida State: RB Cam Akers, 1,144 yards rushing, 14 TDs. NOTABLE Arizona State: The Sun Devils beat...