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>>TCU Moves Into Top-Four Of Latest CFB Playoff Rankings

(Undated) -- After a two-week absence, TCU is back in the top-four of the latest College Football Playoff Rankings. The Horned Frogs check in at number-three, in place of unbeaten Florida State, which slides to fourth. Mississippi State drops from fourth to 10th after losing 31-17 to in-state rival Ole Miss. Alabama is in the top spot for the third straight week, with Oregon holding steady at number-two. Ohio State, Baylor, Arizona, Michigan State and Kansas State are ranked fifth through ninth. Georgia and UCLA fell out of the top-10 to 14th and 15th, respectively. The semifinal matchups will be announced on Sunday. The semifinals will be played on January 1st at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. The National Championship Game will take place January 12th at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

 width=>>Mariota, Wright, Rodriguez Earn Pac-12 Honors

(San Francisco, CA) -- The Pac-12 football awards are out. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is the conference's Offensive Player of the Year. Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright the Third takes home Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year honors, while U-of-A coach Rich Rodriguez was named the Pac-12's top coach. Ducks running Royce Freeman is the Offensive Freshman of the Year, and Adoree' Jackson of USC is the top freshman defender. Mariota threw for over 34-hundred yards, 36 touchdowns and just two interceptions while rushing for 636 yards and 11 more scores as a junior. Wright racked up 139 tackles, led the conference with six forced fumbles, and his 14 sacks rank third in the nation. "Rich Rod" led the Wildcats to a 10-and-2 record, and the program's first-ever Pac-12 South Division title.

>>Ole Miss, Hugh Freeze Agree On Extension

(Oxford, MS) -- Ole Miss is locking up head coach Hugh Freeze with a contract extension. Freeze and athletic director Ross Bjork both took to Twitter to announce the agreement. The "Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal" reports it's a multi-year deal that will give the coach a 1.5-million-dollar raise on top of his three-million-dollar annual salary. The contract also includes raises for his assistants. Freeze is 24-and-13 in three seasons at Ole Miss, including 9-and-3 this season.

>>Winston Conduct Hearing Remains Secret

(Tallahassee, FL) -- Heisman Trophy winner Jameis [[ JAY-miss ]] Winston is facing the possibility of being thrown out of Florida State University. Winston was present Tuesday at a student code of conduct hearing related to accusations he sexually assaulted a former student in 2012. Little information will be released about the hearing until after a decision is made and released. Although not criminally charged, Winston could be reprimanded, suspended from the team, or even expelled if a judge rules that he violated the university's code. The hearing is expected to last several days.

>>Brady Hoke Fired From Michigan

The University of Michigan fired head football coach Brady Hoke on Tuesday after four seasons, saying he had enough time to produce positive results that never came.

Hoke posted a 31-20 record at Michigan, but never improved on an 11-2 mark and Sugar Bowl title in his first season with the Wolverines.

They went 5-7 overall this season, including 3-5 in the Big Ten, marking the program's first losing season since going 5-7 in 2009 under Rich Rodriguez.

Hoke was hired as the 19th head coach at Michigan on Jan. 11, 2011, after Rodriguez was fired following a 15-22 record in three seasons at the helm.

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