Around 70,000 smiling, cheering football fans turned out for the biggest party Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has thrown yet at Death Valley to celebrate the school's first national championship in 35 years. Last year, more than 30,000 people showed up for Swinney's pizza party when Clemson was picked for its first College Football Playoff berth after the 2015 season. Swinney closed the 90-minute ceremony, thanking all who supported and believed in him since his rise from interim coach to national champion.
California changed directions with its football program Saturday, hiring longtime college defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox as head coach to replace the offensive-minded Sonny Dykes. Athletic director Mike Williams set out to find a coach who would be committed to Cal and would excite Golden Bears followers and he hopes he did just that with Wilcox, a former Cal assistant. ''I couldn't be more excited to become head football coach at the University of California,'' Wilcox said in a statement.
Bob Diaco, fired as UConn's head coach last month, was hired as the new defensive coordinator at Nebraska on Saturday. Coach Mike Riley hired Diaco to take over a defense that struggled as the Cornhuskers lost four of their last six games. Diaco replaces Mark Banker, who was fired Wednesday.
Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne is expected to replace Alabama AD Bill Battle, who announced Sunday that he is stepping down, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of an agreement were still being worked out between Byrne and Alabama. Byrne has been at Arizona since 2010.
Tim Lester knows he's got a tough act to follow at Western Michigan. ''I'll do it my way, but the results need to be the same,'' Lester said at an introductory news conference Saturday at Western Michigan. ''I won't fight the past, because I like the way he built it,'' Lester said.
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler says his school needs to do a better job of training its student-athletes on sexual assault and harassment issues because something isn't getting through. In an interview published Saturday in the St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/2jkbVdq ) in the wake of the football team's sexual assault scandal, Kaler said student-athletes are already getting strong guidance on dealing with those issues. ''I think clearly we need to do both more and different (training), because our student-athletes get an exceptional amount of training around sexual assault and harassment issues, and yet we didn't seem to make the point,'' Kaler said.
Alabama's top blocker, cornerback and receiver are skipping their final seasons to enter the NFL draft. Outland Trophy-winning left tackle Cam Robinson, cornerback Marlon Humphrey and wide receiver ArDarius Stewart announced their decisions on Friday, four days after the Crimson Tide lost to Clemson in the national championship game. Robinson and Humphrey are both projected as first-round picks.
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