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Derrick Brooks reportedly to enter College Football Hall of Fame

Published Jan. 8, 2016

Former Florida State linebacker Derrick Brooks will become a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, ESPN reported Thursday.

An official announcement on the Hall's next class of inductees is scheduled for today.

Brooks, 42, is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his 14-year career with the Bucs. His No. 10 jersey is retired at FSU after a career that included two consensus All-America seasons, a national championship and the 1994 ACC player of the year award.

CLEMSON GETS PRACTICE TIME: Clemson was granted a waiver by the NCAA should it exceed the governing body's limit on football time as it prepares for Monday night's national championship game. The Tigers began classes Wednesday, meaning the NCAA's 20-hour maximum rule spent on the sport would have applied to them. Clemson's opponent, Alabama, does not return to school until next week, so it was not subject to the NCAA limit.

DEPARTURES: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, a Butkus Award finalist, will forgo his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Floyd, projected as a first-round pick, ranked second on the team with 74 tackles and had a team-high 4½ sacks. …West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood, the Big 12 rushing champion, will forgo his senior season to enter the NFL draft. … Tennessee backup quarterback Sheriron Jones will transfer. The four-star recruit redshirted in his only season. … Vandy quarterback Johnny McCrary will transfer. He lost his starting job to Kyle Shurmur late in the season.

Ball State: Mike Neu, a former Ball State quarterback, was named coach. Neu, 45, spent the past two seasons as the Saints' quarterbacks coach. He was the 1993 MAC offensive player of the year.

Boston College: Jim Reid was named defensive coordinator. He spent the past three years as Iowa linebackers coach.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.