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Eastern Washington Quarterback Vernon Adams Transfers to Oregon

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Oregon Ducks may have found their heir apparent to Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota as Eastern Washington Quarterback Vernon Adams has announced he will transfer to the school.

Adams spent three years at Eastern Washington and was a prolific player while a part of an FCS school. Adams threw for 10,438 yards and 110 touchdowns with 31 interceptions while completing 64.8 percent of his passes. He has also been named the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year twice during his time with the school.

"I am very thankful for everything Vernon has done for Eastern and our football program these past four seasons," Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin said in a statement. "I wish him nothing but the best in his senior season. We are very confident in the quarterbacks in our program, and our expectations and goals are the same for what we are capable of accomplishing in the 2015 season."

If Adams does open the season as the Ducks' starter, he'll feel right at home as Oregon will open the season September 5 against Eastern Washington.

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Arkansas Rewards Head Football Coach Bret Bielema with Contract Extension

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite coming off a 7-6 season, Arkansas has rewarded head football coach Bret Bielema with a two-year extension as well as a raise.

Bielema's new deal will be a six-year deal that will run through the 2020 season, and will earn $4 million or more throughout the rest of his new deal. Bielema will now be eligible for athletic and academic achievement incentives totaling up to $1 million per year.

"Coach Bret Bielema is not only one of the best college football coaches in the nation, he is an outstanding leader," Arkansas vice chancellor and athletics director Jeff Long said. "What Coach Bielema and his coaching staff have done for our young men, on and off the field, is something that has dramatically changed the course of our program and most importantly positively impacted the lives of our football student-athletes. He is building a championship program in a way that all Arkansans can be proud of. We look forward to his continued leadership of our football program and the many successes yet to come."

Arkansas went just 3-9 in his first season with university, but they showed significant improvement in 2014.

He had spent the previous seven seasons as the head coach at Wisconsin.

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Top QB Recruit Kyler Murray Sticking with Texas A&M

Banana Stock/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Texas A&M football fans and coaches can breathe a sigh of relief as Kyler Murray, the Gatorade National Player of the Year as well as the No. 1-ranked quarterback, has decided to commit to Texas A&M.

Murray was considering other options, and even visited with the Texas Longhorns last week, but decided College Station was the best fit for him.

"Texas A&M is where my heart is at," Murray said late Thursday night. "Coach [Charlie] Strong and Texas is a great opportunity, but I felt that A&M was the place for me. Not because of my dad having played there, but just the right place for me."

"It went well," Murray said when asked about a recent meeting with Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin. "All my questions were answered. I just can't wait to get this all over with and get back to playing ball."

Murray was ranked 13th overall in the ESPN 300. As the starting quarterback at Allen High, Murray won his third straight state championship in Texas' highest classification in December.

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Todd Grantham Turns Down Raiders to Stay at Louisville

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite an offer to join the Oakland Raiders coaching staff as their defensive coordinator, Todd Grantham has decided to stay at Louisville.

In Grantham's first season as the Cardinals defensive coordinator, the team was sixth in the country in total defense.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to have interviewed for the defensive coordinator position with the Oakland Raiders, but I'm committed to the University of Louisville," Grantham said. "I said when I came to Louisville that I thought we could win a national championship, and we are building toward that goal with the success we had this season."

"Coach Petrino and Tom Jurich have given me a great opportunity and I'm grateful for their commitment,: he continued." "My family loves it in Louisville, and I think we are establishing something special here with head coach Bobby Petrino and our staff. Our main objective over the next week is to finish strong in recruiting and continue to bolster this signing class."

Earlier in the offseason, the Raiders hired Jack Del Rio as their new head coach.

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NCAA Restores 111 Victories taken away from Joe Paterno

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- Joe Paterno is the NCAA's all-time winningest football coach once again as the NCAA agreed with Penn State to restore the 112 wins taken away following the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Also part of the agreement will have the university pay a $60 million fine to address child abuse be spent within Pennsylvania to resolve that lawsuit.

"We are not at all admitting that we didn't have the authority to impose the penalties," NCAA president Mark Emmert said.

"This was, in all ways, an extraordinary circumstance. We all hope that we never find ourselves in a position like this."

The agreement added 111 wins back onto Paterno's career record, and one victory they took away once Paterno left the school after the scandal.

With Paterno's career-wins mark restored to 409, former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden now sits at second on the list at 357 wins once again.

Back in September, the NCAA announced the end of the school's ban on postseason play and restored their full slate of football scholarships earlier than scheduled.

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MSU Defensive Lineman Shilique Calhoun will Return for Senior Season

Football Texture/iStockPhoto(EAST LANSING, Mich.) -- Despite the chance to be a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, Michigan State defensive lineman Shilique Calhoun has decided to return for his senior season.

 "I'm going to take my last hoorah, come out and have a great season," he said. "With the talent that we have on this team, I know that we can go far. I want to actually be a part of that team that takes us to the national championship."

According to ESPN NFL Draft Insider Mel Kiper Jr., Calhoun was the 20th ranked prospect.

In 2014, Calhoun recorded 28 tackles to go along with 8.0 sacks.

Calhoun admitted that seeing Ohio State and Oregon in the Championship Game was also a motivating factor for him to return. The Spartans were beaten by both the Buckeyes and Ducks in the regular season.

"As I watch the College Football Playoff play out and I see the two teams that are in the national championship are the two teams we lost to, it just shows that we're inches away from being in that game," Calhoun said.

Quarterback Connor Cook has also decided to return to school.

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Florida Ends 2014 Season on High Note, Top ECU in the Birmingham Bowl

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- After a disappointing regular season, the Florida Gators have some momentum heading into 2015 after defeating East Carolina 28-20 in the Birmingham Bowl on Saturday.

Gators quarterback Treon Harris didn't have his best game of the season, but he was good enough as he completed five of 11 passes for 123 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

With the Pirates closing in, Harris threw an 86-yard touchdown to Ahmad Fulwood to give Florida a 28-14 lead.

But arguably the story of the game was when Harris left the game in the third quarter with a leg injury. In came junior quarterback and former starter Jeff Driskel.

On Saturday, new Gators head coach Jim McElwain confirmed that Driskel has asked for and received his release from his scholarship.

"That's up to him," McElwain said on Driskel's possible return. "We all have choices, and I'm not going to hold him hostage."

Driskel went eight of 17 for 48 yards in what was likely his final game with the team.

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Tennessee Puts Away Iowa, 45-28 to win the TaxSlayer Bowl

iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- The Tennessee Volunteers laid it on early and often to the Iowa Hawkeyes, leading to a 45-28 win in the TaxSlayer Bowl.

After jumping to a 28-0 lead early in the second quarter, Tennessee never looked back.

It was Tennessee's first bowl game victory since beating Wisconsin in the 2008 Outback Bowl when Phillip Fulmer was the head coach.

Sophomore quarterback Joshua Dobbs had an efficient game for Tennessee on Friday through the air, as he completed 16 of 21 passes for 129 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

As solid as Dobbs was, it was the running game that powered Tennessee past Iowa.

Dobbs added 76 rushing yards on 13 carries while also scoring two touchdowns. Jalen Hurd carried the ball just 16 times on the way to 122 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Tennessee and Iowa both finish the 2014 season at 7-6.

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Houston Rallies Back to Shock Pittsburgh, 35 -34

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(FORTH WORTH, Texas) -- In a game that neither team will forget anytime soon, the Houston Cougars stunned Pittsburgh after rallying back to defeat the Panthers 35-34 in the Armed Forces Bowl.

With less than four minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Houston trailed Pitt 34-13 until quarterback Greg Ward Jr. led a furious comeback.

"We've been through a lot of games where we was coming from behind and we got close to coming back and winning the game, but we just couldn't finish it," wide receiver Deontay Greenberry said. "It's all about just never quitting."

Ward threw all three of his touchdowns in the game in final minutes of the game, including the go-ahead score on a 25-yard throw to Deontay Greenberry with :59 seconds left on the clock.

Still down 34-33, interim head coach David Gibbs decided to go for two and the risk paid off as Ward once again found Greenberry to take a 35-34 lead.

"We decided to go for two at the end because we had the momentum," Gibbs said.

Houston finishes their season at 8-5 while Pittsburgh will end their season at 6-7.

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Florida State Signs Fisher to New Eight Year Contract

ThinkStock(TALLAHASSEE, Fl.) --  The Florida State Seminoles are intent on keeping head coach Jimbo Fisher around for a long time.

On Tuesday, the University locked up Fisher through the 2022 season where he will earn $5.5 million per season, according to ESPN's Chris Low.

"I am honored to be the head coach at Florida State University, which I've said many times before," Fisher said in a statement. "I appreciate that FSU believes in what we are doing and supports our goal of maintaining one of the best programs in the country. It is a privilege to coach the young men in our program. It is truly a family."

Last year, Florida State signed Fisher to an extension that ran through the 2018 season.  

After winning a National Championship and repeating an undefeated regular season, Florida State felt they needed to lock up Fisher for the long term. The Seminoles head coach is 58-10 since taking over the program from Bobby Bowden in 2010. 

Florida State's next game is against Oregon in the Rose Bowl on January 1.

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