For years, there was only one place where Saturday night’s triumphant story had been written: inside Baker Mayfield‘s head. He knew no one else was entertaining that fantasy. What once seemed improbable for Mayfield has now become reality. He’s the latest winner of college football’s highest honor, the Heisman Trophy. As much as he might have wanted this, even he couldn’t have predicted what winning the award would actually be like. “It’s a dream right now,” Mayfield said. With 2,398 total points and 732 first-place votes, the quarterback who walked on at Oklahoma, after spending a year as a walk-on at Texas Tech, won the trophy Saturday night, a year after attending the trophy presentation as a finalist. This time, Mayfield finished ahead of Stanford running back Bryce Love (1,300 total points) and 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville (793).
Sun Devils Hire Herm Edwards as Head Coach – Former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst Herm Edwards has taken the Arizona State head-coaching job, the school said Sunday night. A news conference has been scheduled for Monday morning to announce the hire and unveil “plans for a restructured ASU football program.” Edwards, 63, has spent the past nine years as an NFL analyst for ESPN. Before that, he was a head coach in the NFL for eight seasons, and he compiled a 54-74 record with the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs.
Fisher’s Texas A&M Deal Richest Ever – Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher has resigned to take the head-coaching job at Texas A&M, Florida State officials said Friday.
Fisher won’t coach the Seminoles against Louisiana Monroe on Saturday. Associate head coach and defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins instead will lead the team. Sources told ESPN that Texas A&M officials have approved a 10-year, $75 million, fully guaranteed contract for Fisher, which is the richest deal in college football history in terms of total value. He will be the second-highest-paid coach in the FBS with an average salary of $7.5 million, which ranks behind only Alabama’s Nick Saban.
Pitino Sues Louisville for Breach of Contract – Former coach Rick Pitino has sued the University of Louisville Athletic Association for $37.6 million, saying it breached his contract by placing him on unpaid administrative leave without notice and then firing him last month with no legally justified cause. Pitino was fired in October in the wake of an FBI investigation of bribery and fraud in college basketball related to the steering of recruits to Adidas, sports agents and financial advisers. Pitino maintains he wasn’t aware of an alleged payment from a Cardinals assistant to the family of Brian Bowen during the recruiting process. Louisville has since announced that Bowen, a freshman, won’t play for the school but can transfer if he wishes. University spokesman John Karman told the Courier-Journal that Louisville is aware of the Pitino lawsuit.
Amid Protest, Vols Won’t Hire Schiano – Tennessee has backed out of a memorandum of understanding with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano to be the Volunteers’ next football coach, sources told ESPN’s Chris Low. The memorandum of understanding was signed by both parties Sunday in Columbus, Ohio, and the school had planned to introduce Schiano at a news conference Sunday night. But when news broke that Tennessee was close to finalizing a deal with Schiano earlier Sunday, there was public outcry among Tennessee fans, with people citing his alleged connection to the Jerry Sandusky era at Penn State.
Texas A&M Fires Coach Sumlin After Six Seasons – The Kevin Sumlin era has come to an end at Texas A&M. The school fired Sumlin on Sunday after he posted a 51-26 record over six seasons with the Aggies. The move came less than 24 hours after the Aggies ended their regular season with a 42-21 loss to LSU to drop to 7-5. “Kevin’s tenure included some remarkable achievements and he leaves our program as one of the winningest football coaches in our storied history,” Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward said in a statement. “Kevin made us a better all-around football program and led our program with dignity and character. He’s a first-class person.
Florida Hires Miss. State’s Mullen as Coach – After six seasons at Mississippi State, Dan Mullen is heading to Florida to be its next football coach. Mullen’s 69-46 record for the Bulldogs makes him the second-winningest coach in school history, behind only Jackie Sherrill. The Bulldogs are 8-4 (4-4 SEC) this season.
Nebraska Fires Riley, 19-19 In Three Seasons – Nebraska has fired coach Mike Riley after the Cornhuskers spiraled to a 4-8 finish in his third season. The school announced Riley’s dismissal Saturday morning. He was 19-19 in three seasons. The Cornhuskers finished the 2017 season by losing 56-14 to Iowa on Friday. It was the first time in school history that Nebraska allowed at least 50 points in three straight games, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Riley’s contract runs through the 2020 season, and he is due a buyout of more than $6.6 million.
Kelly To Be Next UCLA Coach, Replacing Mara – Former Oregon coach Chip Kelly told ESPN on Saturday that he has agreed to become the head next coach at UCLA. Kelly also had been considering the vacant Florida job, sources previously told ESPN. The Bruins have been looking for a new head coach since Jim Mora was fired Nov. 19, a day after a third straight loss to USC. He had been with the Bruins for six seasons. Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch was named interim head coach for the remainder of the season. The Kelly hiring will bring back a well-recognized name to the Pac 12.