Harsin fills Red Wolves' vacancy
Former Red Raiders quarterback Kliff Kingsbury has returned to Texas Tech after serving as Texas A&M's offensive coordinator. Kingsbury coached Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel this year and was the first in a string of record-setting quarterbacks for the Red Raiders under former coach Mike Leach.
Kingsbury succeeds Tommy Tuberville, who left unexpectedly last week to take the Cincinnati job.
Former Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin has been hired as Arkansas State's new coach.
The former Boise State offensive coordinator spent the last two seasons with the Longhorns, during which time Texas was 16-9. Harsin says he will begin work immediately at Arkansas State and will not coach the Longhorns in the Alamo Bowl against Oregon State.
Harsin replaces former Red Wolves coach Gus Malzahn, who left after one season to coach at Auburn.
- Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron says he will return for his senior season with the Crimson Tide, saying he thinks another year in Tuscaloosa will help him succeed. McCarron leads the nation in passing efficiency headed into the BCS championship game against Notre Dame, and he helped Alabama win the national championship last season.
- Injured South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore has announced he is giving up his final season to enter the NFL draft. He was considered a can't-miss, first-round talent after his first two seasons. However, a horrifying right knee injury in October has dropped his draft stock and it is unclear when Lattimore might return to action.
- Running back Knile Davis is skipping his senior year at Arkansas and will be available for the NFL draft. Davis missed all of the 2011 season after leading the SEC in rushing in 2010. He returned this season and rushed for 377 yards while averaging 3.7 per carry.
- An internal investigation into allegations by a former player of abuse by coaches on the Washington State football team did not turn up any evidence of such abuse in the program headed by coach Mike Leach. Star receiver Marquess Wilson quit the team late in the season and contended that players were suffering physical and mental abuse at the hands of coaches.
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