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Several state players get freshman honors

USF's Matt Grothe has been named Big East offensive freshman of the year by the Sporting News, and he joins teammates George Selvie and Chris Robinson on the publication's Big East all-freshman team.

Florida State safety Myron Rolle earned the ACC defensive freshman of the year award. Rolle is joined by four other Seminoles on the all-freshman team: tight end Brandon Warren, defensive end Everette Brown, linebacker Dekoda Watson and cornerback Jamie Robinson.

Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin has been named the SEC offensive freshman of the year. Quarterback Tim Tebow and offensive lineman Ronnie Wilson join Harvin on the all-freshman team.

Houston wins C-USA

HOUSTON - Kevin Kolb threw two touchdown passes to Biren Ealy and ran for another score to lead Houston to a 34-20 win over Southern Mississippi in the Conference USA championship.

Kolb completed 19 of 31 for 258 yards and became the conference's career passing leader, leapfrogging Louisville quarterback Chris Redman. Kolb, making his 49th career start, has 12,578 passing yards.

Kolb's two TD passes moved him into second place on the league's career list, two behind Redman's 84.

MICHIGAN: Wide receiver Adrian Arrington has been cleared of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.

NORTH CAROLINA: New coach Butch Davis has fired three assistant coaches, including offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, the school announced. Assistant head coach and tight ends coach John Gutekunst and offensive line coach Mark Weber were also dismissed, the News & Observer of Raleigh reported.

RUTGERS: Greg Schiano will be named coach of the year by Home Depot Inc. next week, the school announced.

TEXAS: Backup quarterback Jevan Snead will transfer, school officials announced, leaving the Longhorns with no experienced quarterback behind the injured Colt McCoy for their bowl game.

WASHINGTON: A tumor removed from quarterback Johnny DuRocher's brain was benign and he's expected to make a complete recovery, said Dr. Richard Ellenbogen.

WISCONSIN: Sophomore defensive back Jack Ikegwuonu, who is facing burglary and trespassing charges along with his twin brother, has been suspended.

Times staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report.