NOTES AP taps Kelly as coach of year

Ok­la­homa as­sis­tant dodges sus­pen­sion; Wis­con­sin set to hire Utah State’s coach.

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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has been voted As­so­ci­ated Press coach of the year af­ter lead­ing the Fight­ing Ir­ish to a spot in the BCS cham­pi­onship game.

No. 1 Notre Dame is 120 and will play No. 2 Alabama for the na­tional ti­tle on Jan. 7 in Mi­ami. The Fight­ing Ir­ish are play­ing for their first cham­pi­onship since 1988.

Kelly re­ceived 25 votes from the AP col­lege foot­ball poll panel. Penn State’s Bill O’Brien was sec­ond with 14 votes. Stan­ford’s David Shaw (four), Texas A&M’s Kevin Sum­lin (three), Kansas State’s Bill Sny­der (two) and Alabama’s Nick Sa­ban (one) also re­ceived votes.

Kelly is the first Ir­ish coach to win the award, which started in 1998.

Wis­con­sin: Wis­con­sin re­port­edly will hire Utah State’s Gary An­der­sen to re­place Bret Bielema, who left the Badgers to take the Arkansas job. The school is ex­pected to in­tro­duce An­der­sen at a news con­fer­ence to­day, but a snow­storm might change those plans.

An­der­sen, 48, just com­pleted his fourth sea­son at Utah State. The Ag­gies fin­ished 11-2 with a bowl vic­tory over Toledo and won the West­ern Ath­letic Con­fer­ence.

Ok­la­homa: Twit­ter mes­sages sent to high school play­ers vi­o­lated rules and nearly re­sulted in a one-game sus­pen­sion for co-of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Jay Norvell, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments ob­tained by The As­so­ci­ated Press.

The NCAA ini­tially wanted to sus­pend Norvell for one game, but the univer­sity suc­cess­fully ap­pealed. He sent nine Twit­ter mes­sages Feb. 21 to six prospects who were high school ju­niors. Six of the tweets con­tained what OU deemed to be “writ­ten of­fers of fi­nan­cial aid to ju­niors, which was prior to the per­mis­si­ble date in which an in­sti­tu­tion can pro­vide writ­ten of­fers of aid to prospects.”

Ok­la­homa State: Florida State will play OSU on Aug. 30, 2014, at Cow­boys Sta­dium in Ar­ling­ton, Texas. FSU had been look­ing for neu­tral­site games that would bring in ex­tra rev­enue.

Stan­ford: Coach David Shaw agreed to a con­tract ex­ten­sion that will keep him with his alma mater be­yond the two years left on his re­main­ing deal. Terms, in­clud­ing the years, were not an­nounced by the school.

Clem­son: Start­ing cor­ner­back Bashaud Bree­land will miss the Chick­fil-A Bowl be­cause of a groin in­jury. He will have surgery to­day.

Mis­souri: Safety Ka’Ra Ste­wart was dis­missed from the team af­ter he was ar­rested and charged with mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion for the sec­ond time in two months.

Penn State: Bill O’Brien was named coach of the year by the Maxwell Foot­ball Club.

Illi­nois: De­fen­sive tackle Akeem Spence will skip his se­nior sea­son and en­ter the NFL draft.

FCS: The NCAA an­nounced a three-year ex­ten­sion to keep its FCS ti­tle game in Frisco, through at least 2015.

West­ern Illi­nois: The school hired Min­neso­taDu­luth’s Bob Niel­son as head coach, re­plac­ing Mark Hen­drick­son.

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