NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher knows Seminoles fans won't be the only ones rooting for his team against No. 2 Auburn in the BCS Championship Game.
Call it SEC fatigue.
The SEC has won the past seven BCS championships, and Fisher understands that many fans, mostly outside of the South, would like the reign to end.
"It (would bring) credibility," Fisher said. "The SEC deserves everything it gets. It's had a tremendous streak and a tremendous run, but there's other great football teams.
"We do carry that burden as far as being able to win for our league and the other leagues out there. We said all along the ACC is a great league and it would be very important for us. Not only for Florida State but the ACC."
troy player dies: Troy player Jadarius Garner was found dead on a Mississippi highway Thursday morning, and the state highway patrol is investigating the cause of his death. Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Anthony Dunn said Garner, 20, was found lying on U.S. Highway 61 in Bolivar County at 2:27 a.m. after two cars had run over him. He was pronounced dead at the scene. "This is a terrible tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Jadarius' family in this time of grief," coach Larry Blakeney said.
draft declarations: Oregon State junior receiver Brandin Cooks declared himself eligible for the NFL draft. The Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation's top receiver, Cooks set Pac-12 records with 128 catches for 1,730 yards this season. His receiving yards led the country. … Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans declared for the draft. The redshirt sophomore, a consensus All-American and a Biletnikoff Award finalist, had 69 receptions for a school-record 1,394 yards and 12 touchdowns. … Penn State junior Allen Robinson, the Big Ten receiver of the year for the past two seasons, declared for the draft. He is second in receptions (177) and third in receiving yardage (2,474) on the school's all-time lists.
diversity study: A study shows that the top leadership positions at Division I-A schools and conferences remains overwhelmingly white and male. The University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport says in its report that 88.8 percent of university presidents, 84.8 percent of athletic directors and 100 percent of conference commissioners are white. Primary study author Richard Lapchick says while some colleges and universities are making some efforts to increase their diversity pools, there remains an "old boys' network" that continues to stifle any sort of a feeder pipeline that could improve the numbers.
senior bowl: The Falcons will coach the North and the Jaguars will coach the South in the Jan. 25 game in Mobile, Ala.
penn state: Athletic director Dave Joyner expects a replacement for departed coach Bill O'Brien to be named "in a matter of days, not weeks."