Friday, December 15, 2017
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FSU assistant Gran ready to move on

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State may be losing another football assistant.

Less than a week after defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot said he would leave to lead Kentucky's defense for departing FSU defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, running backs coach Eddie Gran appears on his way to accepting one of two positions elsewhere.

Gran is deciding whether to take a job as head coach at Arkansas State or join longtime friend Tommy Tuberville on the staff the newly hired head coach is assembling at Cincinnati, Noles247.com, a recruiting-based website covering FSU for the 247Sports.com network, reported Tuesday and the Orlando Sentinel confirmed.

There was no word on whether Gran would leave immediately or if he planned to do like Stoops, hired last week, and Eliot and "help out" with preparations for the Jan. 1 Orange Bowl against Northern Illinois.

Gran didn't have a formal offer from Arkansas State, but after interviewing Monday, he was expected to be extended one.

Before coming to FSU in 2010, Gran spent 10 seasons coaching running backs and special teams at Auburn alongside Tuberville. He then coordinated running backs at Tennessee for a year before joining Jimbo Fisher's staff in Tallahassee.

Gran, 47, has been an assistant for his entire 26-year career.

1 All-American for UF, FSU

Florida junior safety Matt Elam and Florida State junior defensive end Bjoern Werner were named to the Associated Press All-America first team, voted by media members.

Elam is the first Gator to earn first-team honors since punter Chas Henry in 2010. Gators junior defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, senior kicker Caleb Sturgis and sophomore punter Kyle Christy were named to the third team.

Seminoles senior kicker Dustin Hopkins was named to the second team.

Elam has 10 tackles for loss for minus-35 yards, a team-high four interceptions (tied for 25th nationally and third in the SEC), one forced fumble and five pass breakups.

Werner has 13 sacks this season, one-half sack off the NCAA lead.

Alabama had four players on the team, including center Barrett Jones, who became a two-time first-team selection. Notre Dame and Texas A&M had four players on the three teams. Linebacker Manti Te'o was the only Fighting Irish player to make the first team. Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was the first-team quarterback.

WINLESS CLUB PICKS COACH: Southern Mississippi hired Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken as head coach. Monken replaces Ellis Johnson, who was fired after one season in which the Golden Eagles finished 0-12. The Cowboys averaged nearly 45 points per game in their two years under Monken's guidance, fourth in the nation.

'CANE ARRESTED: Miami sophomore cornerback Thomas Finnie was arrested on charges of grand theft and burglary, and was suspended indefinitely from the team. Finnie surrendered to authorities one week after he entered a dorm room and stole a laptop and confessed, police said.

ALVAREZ'S PAYDAY: Wisconsin athletic director and former coach Barry Alvarez will earn $118,500 for returning to the sideline to coach the Badgers in the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl, and a win against Stanford will mean a $50,000 bonus. He is substituting for Bret Bielema, who left after taking the Arkansas job last week.

ARKANSAS: Wisconsin defensive coordinator Chris Ash will rejoin new head coach and former Badger coach Bret Bielema.

CAL: Coach Sonny Dykes is bringing two of his former Louisiana Tech assistants to his new job. Tony Franklin will be offensive coordinator, and Rob Likens will coach receivers.

IDAHO: New coach Paul Petrino hired three assistants. Ronnie Lee, Indiana State's running backs coach and special teams coordinator, was named defensive coordinator. Washington assistant Mike Anderson was named linebackers coach. And Bryce Erickson, son of former college and NFL coach Dennis Erickson, will coach the receivers or quarterbacks.

SAN JOSE STATE: Defensive coordinator Kent Baer will be the interim coach for the Dec. 27 Military Bowl. Mike MacIntyre left Monday to take the head coaching job at Colorado.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.

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