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  • Josh Rosen (L) Credit: Photo by Kohjiro Kinno / ESPN Images // Sam Darnold (R) Credit: Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Two of most talented quarterbacks in college football have declared their intention to enter this spring's NFL Draft, with USC's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen announcing those plans on Wednesday night.Darnold announced his decision in a video posted to Instagram, thanking many involved with the university. "I've been blessed that my life has been full of memorable moments and wonderful people. The people who have been involved in making me the man I am today have prepared me for the life and decisions that I have to make in the future."Rosen posted a statement to Twitter saying that he was "thankful to be a Bruin," and calling the choice to attend UCLA "the best decision of my life." At the end of his statement, Rosen added: "P.S. Mom - I promise I will come back and finish my degree."Rosen threw for 3,754 yards and 26 touchdowns this year, but his Bruins team went just 6-7. "I wish we had won more games," Rosen said in his statement, "but friendships were forged and memories were made that will last a lifetime."Rosen didn't play in UCLA's Cactus Bowl loss to Kansas State, as he was recovering from a concussion.Both Darnold and Rosen are leaving school after three seasons, and are expected to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(PHOENIX) -- The University of Arizona fired head football coach Rich Rodriguez on Tuesday night, following a sexual harassment allegation that the school had been investigating and recent notice of a hostile-workplace lawsuit to be filed against the school."After conducting a thorough evaluation of our football program and its leadership, both on and off the field, President [Robert] Robbins and I feel it is in the best interest of the University of Arizona and our athletics department to go in a new direction," athletic director Dave Heeke said in a statement.In the statement, Heeke acknowledged an investigation had been launched after Rodriguez' former administrative assistant accused Rodriguez of sexual harassment. The investigation was concluded last month, unable to substantiate the claims. Still, Heeke said, "Arizona Athletics did become aware of information, both before and during the investigation, which caused it to be concerned with the direction and climate of the football program."As a result, we have been reviewing the finding and deliberating our course of action. While this is a difficult decision, it is the right decision. And it is a decision that lives up to the core values of the University of Arizona."ESPN reports that Rodriguez issued a statement Tuesday night saying he learned of his firing by email. In the statement, Rodriguez also admitted to an extramarital affair with a person not affiliated with the university, but denied allegations of harassment. ESPN obtained a copy of the notice of claim, which indicates that the former employee accused Rodriguez of forcing her to keep his affair a secret, while also groping and attempting to kiss her. Rodriguez led the Wildcats to 45 wins in 78 games at Arizona, including five bowl game appearances. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(ORLANDO) -- The University of Central Florida plans to raise a championship banner at its football stadium after the team finished the season 13-0 -- despite not being a part of the College Football Playoff.The Knights ended their year with a 34-27 win over Auburn in the Peach Bowl. Since then, the football program has changed its Twitter display name to "2017 National Champions," complete with a matching logo.UCF was ranked #12 in the country entering bowl season, despite its spotless win-loss record. The school's athletic director Danny White told ESPN's Dan Le Batard Tuesday that there is a parade planned for the team."If you take the long view of the history of college football, there's an awful lot of national championships being claimed by universities that didn't accomplish what we accomplished this year in those respective seasons so we feel we're more than justified to claim our first national championship, and we think it'll be the first of many," White told ESPN.com.White added that he doesn't believe UCF's players should be penalized because the College Football Playoff committee didn't choose them to play in the Playoff.UCF is the tenth team since 1998 to finish the year undefeated and not win the national title. The last team to do so was Ohio State in 2012, but the Buckeye were ineligible for postseason play. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • CLEVELAND (AP) - Isaiah Thomas finally made his debut for Cleveland as the Cavaliers downed the Portland Trail Blazers 127-110 on Tuesday night. Thomas scored 17 points in 19 minutes in his first game since May 19 when a serious hip injury ended his postseason with Boston. LeBron James led the Cavs with 24 points and Kevin Love added 19. Damian Lillard scored 25 for the Blazers after missing five games with a hamstring injury.
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  • UNDATED (AP) - With the semifinals back New Year's Day, ESPN viewership for the College Football Playoff was the highest it has been since the first season of the postseason system for years ago.
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