SARKISIAN HIRED BY ALABAMA
tuscaloosa, ala.» Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban announced Friday that Steve Sarkisian will replace Lane Kiffin, who took over the Florida Atlantic program, as Alabama’s offensive coordinator.
Kiffin is expected to run the offense through the playoffs.
Sarkisian was an offensive analyst for Alabama this season.
USC player pleads not guilty
B salt lake city» A suspended University of Southern California football player pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually assaulted a friend who passed out after a summertime party in his home state of Utah.
A judge ordered Osa Masina, 19, to stand trial after the woman testified that alcohol and marijuana left her nearly unable to move when she woke up on a basement couch in the middle of the attack.
Jackson delivers DIII title
B salem, va.» Blake Jackson ran for 119 yards and a touchdown and Mary Hardin-Baylor blanked Wisconsin-Oshkosh after allowing a touchdown on the Titans’ opening drive to win its first football national title, 10-7, in Division III.
L’ville suspends assistant
B louisville, ky.» Louisville suspended Lonnie Galloway for the Citrus Bowl following a review of how the co-offensive coordinator handled Wake Forest game plans he received from fired Demon Deacons broadcaster Tommy Elrod.
LSU running back Leonard Fournette will sit out the Tigers’ bowl game against Louisville, a decision that ends his highlight-filled collegiate career. The Associated Press