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Dave Doeren Stays In-House to Fill NC State Defensive Coordinator Post

Football coach Dave Doeren didn’t take long to decide on a new leader for NC State’s defense. And he didn’t have to look far. Doeren announced Wednesday that Tony Gibson will serve as the Wolfpack’s defensive coordinator and coach the team’s linebackers. Gibson worked with the safeties and served as co-defensive coordinator during the 2019 season. (Wolfpack Maven)

Larry Fedora's name tied to Ole Miss opening

Former North Carolina coach and current Texas analyst is the latest name to be thrown into college football's coaching carousel. According to Brad Logan of the Clarion Ledger, Fedora is being mentioned for the opening at Ole Miss after the school fired Matt Luke on Sunday. Fedora reportedly is unlikely to stay at Texas past this season. (247 Sports)

The hedges at Jordan-Hare Stadium claim multiple lives, are our college football star of the week

Rivalry Week was so wacky (say that five times fast) that we're not giving our college football star of the week award to a player, a coach, a broadcaster, a mascot or even a human being. We're giving it to the hedges at Jordan-Hare Stadium, which claimed multiple lives in the aftermath of Auburn's epic 48-45 Iron Bowl win over Alabama. (Golf Digest)

Sports Illustrated reports that SI disputes SI’s report that USC has fired Clay Helton

In October, Sports Illustrated’s new owners TheMaven laid off roughly half of its staff as part of an effort to remake the legacy sports brand and media outlet into a more streamlined online content generator. While the company did bring on some notable journalist names, the bulk of the staff was expected to be local contractors and low-paid writers. (Awful Announcing)

Pat Sullivan, former Heisman Trophy winner and Auburn legend, dies at age 69

Auburn legend and Heisman Trophy winner has died at the age of 69, the school announced on Sunday. Sullivan came to Auburn as a quarterback in 1968 and played three seasons with the Tigers. It was during his senior season of 1971 that Sullivan won the school's first Heisman Trophy after throwing for 2,012 yards and 20 touchdowns. (CBS Sports)

After stepping down at Washington, Chris Petersen says being a head coach can ‘become very heavy’

Speaking with emotion rarely seen during a season, ChrisPetersen explained Tuesday why it was time for him to step away after six seasons at Washington, eight before that at Boise State and nearly 40 years involved with football overall. Petersen teared up when talking about the commitment of his family to his coaching lifestyle. (Associated Press)

Carolina Panthers part ways with Ron Rivera

The Carolina Panthers have parted ways with head coach Ron Rivera, owner David Tepper announced on Tuesday afternoon. Secondary coach Perry Fewell has been named interim head coach. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will transition to special assistant to the head coach, and quarterbacks coach Scott Turner will serve as offensive coordinator. (Carolina Panthers)

Auburn's upset of Alabama in Iron Bowl leads a wild Week 14 in college football

For the first time since the College Football Playoff began, Alabama will not get an invite, its slim hopes officially ending after a stunning 48-45 loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl. But on a Saturday in which the current top four left no doubt, it was still the Crimson Tide who stole the show. Rivalry Weekend left little drama for Clemson or Ohio State, Georgia or LSU. (ESPN.com)

Former UNC DL commit Sean Martin commits to West Virginia

One of the most highly recruited West Virginia high school football players in the 2020 class has announced his college destination. Defensive lineman committed to West Virginia. He previously committed to UNC but reopened his recruitment in August. Martin has led Bluefield to the AA state championship game the past three seasons. (West Virginia Metro News)

NC State fires defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable

NC State announced Monday that it has relieved defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable of his duties. Huxtable had been with Doeren in Raleigh as defensive coordinator since Doeren's first year in 2013. The Wolfpack finished this year with a 4-7 record and while injuries riddled the defense, it finished the regular season 74th nationally in total defense. (WRAL Sports Fan)
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