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Fisher's new FSU deal has big buyout

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Jimbo Fisher's eight-year contract extension will begin with a $5 million salary in 2015 and includes a significant buyout if he chooses to leave Florida State before the end of the 2022 season.

The school announced the contract Dec. 23, but released the financial details Wednesday as part of a public records request.

The 49-year-old Fisher will owe $5 million if he leaves Florida State before December 2016. The contract features a sliding scale, with Fisher owing $3 million if he leaves before December 2018 and then $1 million after January 1, 2019.


Missouri AD to step down after 17 years

ST. LOUIS (AP) Missouri athletic director Mike Alden is stepping down after a 17-year tenure marked by several high-profile coaching hires, significant facility upgrades and the school's 2012 move from the Big 12 Conference to the SEC.

Alden plans to leave in August but will remain at Mizzou as an instructor in its College of Education and an administrator in a new global service-learning program. The school announced the move on Thursday and is planning a Friday morning news conference.


E. Washington QB Adams to visit Oregon

(AP) -- College football's free-agent market is open and Oregon is searching for the next Russell Wilson to replace Marcus Mariota.

FCS All-America quarterback Vernon Adams from Eastern Washington plans to be in Eugene, Oregon, this weekend visiting with Ducks coaches. Adams is on target to graduate by June.


Chryst hoping to sign Wisconsin's best

MILWAUKEE (AP) Paul Chryst wisely kept close tabs on recruits in his home state of Wisconsin while he was at Pittsburgh.

Now that he is coaching the Badgers, Chryst seems to be sliding comfortably back on to the recruiting trail back home with national signing day approaching.


Louisville's Grantham turns down Raiders

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is staying with the Cardinals after turning down a similar position with the Oakland Raiders.

Grantham had interviewed with the Raiders, but the Cardinals announced Wednesday that he was committed to Louisville.


EKU, Kentucky players in bar fight?

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Authorities were investigating a weekend bar fight in which an Eastern Kentucky student was injured and that possibly involved football players from that school and the University of Kentucky, police said Wednesday.

The Richmond, Kentucky, police statement does not include the injured student's name or others involved.


Jury convicts 2 ex-Vandy players of rape

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The gang-rape conviction of two former Vanderbilt University football players sends signals out in every direction.

To the two young men, Tuesday's verdicts show that being drunk out of your mind doesn't excuse criminal behavior.


Morris returns home to rebuild SMU

DALLAS (AP) There is an NFL playoff game on the television in the cluttered luxury suite at Gerald J. Ford Stadium that new SMU coach Chad Morris is temporarily using as an office.

The 46-year-old Texan who grew up just outside Dallas cannot help but be distracted by the Cowboys and Packers, but Morris doesn't watch football like most fans. He examines and dissects the game. He tries to see the defense through the eyes of Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo, and then figure out how to teach his quarterbacks to see it that way, too.


CFP won't move semifinals to Jan. 2

(AP) -- The College Football Playoff is not interested in ESPN's suggestion to move next season's semifinals from New Year's Eve to Saturday, Jan. 2.

The Sports Business Journal first reported high-ranking ESPN executives had talked to College Football Playoff officials about switching the dates for the 2016 semifinals.


Arkansas AD back to head CFP committee

IRVING, Texas (AP) Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long will serve another season as the chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, announced Long has been re-elected by his fellow committee members to lead the 13-person panel.

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