Report: Mark Stoops to stay with Florida State Seminoles as defensive coordinator

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops will remain with the Seminoles, according to a report Saturday.

The Tallahassee Democrat reported that the second-year defensive coordinator, 44, will stay at FSU despite rumors that cite him as being a serious candidate for other jobs. This postseason, Stoops has been rumored to be in the running for head coach and coordinator positions at Auburn, Texas A&M, Kansas and Pitt, among others. The Democrat said he had multiple offers.

FSU's defense was one of the nation's worst when Stoops took over, but in the two years since, he has cleaned up the unit. Entering its Dec. 29 Champs Sports Bowl game against Notre Dame, FSU ranks sixth in total defense and second against the run.

Houston: A foundation that endows athletic scholarships might have lost more than $2.2 million — more than 40 percent of its listed assets — because of investments in an alleged Ponzi scheme orchestrated by David Salinas, a financial adviser for college basketball coaches who committed suicide last summer. The losses incurred by the Houston Athletics Foundation could have implications for a university that has struggled to raise funds for sports programs.

Ohio state: Running back Dan Herron, suspended for half the season for breaking NCAA rules, was voted the team's MVP by his teammates. Herron, a senior, sat out the first five games for his role in a tattoo scandal. He was suspended an additional game for accepting too much money for his summer job. Other awards included freshman quarterback Braxton Miller (offense), junior defensive lineman John Simon (defense) and senior defensive back and special teams player Nate Ebner (inspirational).

Oregon: Junior running back LaMichael James, reportedly leaving for the NFL, said he will decide after the Rose Bowl.

RB switches to tide: T.J. Yeldon, a five-star running back from Alabama, said he switched a nonbinding verbal commitment from Auburn to the Tide. Yeldon, who will be an early enrollee next month, said he was "100 percent confident with my final decision.''

Late saturday: Ryan Lindley's third touchdown pass to Colin Lockett came a few seconds too soon.

San Diego State celebrated the 12-yard TD with 35 seconds left, only to watch a bigger celebration when Louisiana-Lafayette's Brett Baer hit a 50-yard field goal as time expired, sending the Aztecs to a 32-30 loss in the New Orleans Bowl.

"This game meant everything to our players. A lot of them grew up in New Orleans," first-year coach Mark Hudspeth said. "We didn't have one kid walk in late, even for breakfast, in preparation for this game."

Blaine Gautier drove Lafayette 44 yards to the 38, then a presnap penalty on SDSU moved the winning kick 5 yards closer.

"Phantom call," Aztecs coach Rocky Long said.

Report: Mark Stoops to stay with Florida State Seminoles as defensive coordinator 12/18/11 [Last modified: Sunday, December 18, 2011 9:21pm]

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