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Williams de-commits from UB?

---UB Bull Run is reporting that Florida DT Patrick Williams has de-commited once again from UB and will sign with FCS Villanova. He made the announcement on his Facebook page. So since June, Williams has given the Bulls a verbal commitment, de-commited from UB, reaffirmed his commitment and once again de-commited and verballed to another school. Here's a safe bet: We won't know anything for sure until National Signing Day on Feb. 2.

---This mock draft has Auburn's Nick Fairley going to the Bills.

---Pre-Snap Read lists games to watch next September.

---Rodney McKissic

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Who's No. 1 in 2011?

---Top 25 talk may not look so prescient come September, but it should help kick off the discussion for the 2011 season.

---San Diego State's AD isn't happy with Brady Hoke.

---The recent NCAA cases at Auburn and Ohio State will not affect USC's upcoming appeal with the NCAA, Trojans athletic director Pat Haden said.

---Is Norm Chow headed to Utah?

---Cam Newton could use another year in college.

---Rodney McKissic

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Does Michigan still have cachet?

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---Looking for a coach in January, just weeks from Signing Day, complicates matters a bit at Michigan, but AD Dave Brandon, pictured above, is counting on the job being desirable. Bob Wojnowski writes Brandon faces a tough decision, while Mitch Albom writes that Brandon needs to fix the mess at Michigan. But money won't be an issue for the new coaching staff. Rich Rodriguez was a poor fit for Michigan but Bill Martin, the man who hired him, isn't second guessing his decision although it could be argued the demise of the Michigan football dynasty didn't begin with the Rich Rod Era.

---Miami (Ohio) put the finishing touches on a worst-to-first season, pulling away to beat Middle Tennessee in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

---Andrew Luck tends to make good decisions.

---Jim Harbaugh, a one-man coaching carousel, left the football world spinning, while Miami humiliates Tony Sparano with its flirtation of Harbaugh.

---Has Pitt decided on its next coach?

---Rodney McKissic

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Luck decides to stay in school

---Stanford QB Andrew Luck will return for his junior season and skip the 2011 NFL Draft, the school announced on Thursday. Luck was considered the consensus No. 1 pick if he decided to leave school after his sophomore season. He led the Cardinal to a 12-1 record this season, capped off by a 40-12 win over Virginia Tech in the Discover Orange Bowl.

---Rodney McKissic

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Harbaugh, luck put the squeeze on

Luck ---If it was the final game for Jim Harbaugh and Andrew Luck at Stanford, their fans can cherish the image of them happily lobbing oranges to the other players from the victory podium. Still, questions remain for Harbaugh and Luck, who is pictured right.

---Is San Diego State coach Brady Hoke in the mix at Michigan.

---Maryland supporters seem to be willing to give new football coach, Randy Edsall a chance. But Mike Leach, believed to be the frontrunner for the Terps job, felt optimistic following his second interview fand that he can't guess why the school did not hire him. Tracee Hamilton says Edsall's hire has a whiff of desparation.

---Gill, Self quick to praise their new boss at Kansas.

---Former Pitt coach Michael Haywood pleaded not guilty to a domestic violence charge stemming from an argument that began, Haywood told police, when he was locked out of his house.

---The last six months have underscored a key NCAA commandment: College athletes are not to be paid, not to cash in on their prominence, never to cross any kind of line of professionalism.

---ESPN has benched yet another host for his remarks to a female colleague.

---There are six QBs at the Under Armour All-America Game—and three of them could be starting for their respective schools in nine months.

---Rodney McKissic

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What's the rush for James?

James ---In two seasons, LaMichael James, pictured left, has already put together arguably the most impressive career for a running back in Oregon history.

---After three days of taking in the sights and sounds of New York – most of them somewhat snow-covered – Syracuse and Kansas State will finally tee up the football today.

---On the same day Maryland bid goodbye to Ralph Friedgen with a resounding victory in the Military Bowl, one candidate to succeed Friedgen, former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, was on the school campus.

---With controversial decisions regarding Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor fresh in the public mind -- and with an appeal hearing by USC less than a month away -- the NCAA issued another statement regarding its decision-making process.

---Miami and Notre Dame used to be a coach's paradise but lately, it's become more of a graveyard.

---The Granddaddy never gets too old.

---Here's some predictions for 2011.

---Rodney McKissic

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'Canes, Irish look back at rivalry

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---There was a time back in the 80s when Miami and Notre Dame hated each other, but hate wouldn't be the appropriate word to describe how they feel about each other these days. Friday's game at the Sun Bowl in El Paso will be the first meeting between the Irish and Canes since 1990. The story about Lou Holtz crying during recruiting trips to the homes of Melvin Bratton and Alonzo Highsmith is classic.

---Here's a story on Rudy Riska, the man behind the Heisman Trophy.

---TCU takes a well deserved stroll into the Rose Bowl.

---In the week after the school announced that he would be fired after Wednesday's game against East Carolina, Maryland's Ralph Friedgen has been emotional about his firing which he likens to a slow death.

---Sue Paterno is fed up with all the rumors about her Hall of Fame coach and husband.

---Big Ten doesn't want to get bowled over.

---Early 2011 predictions in the ACC.

---Randy Shannon is a candidate to become the DC at Wisconsin.

---A closer look at Kent State's contract with new coach Darrell Hazell.

---The Carolina Panthers are on the clock.

---Rodney McKissic

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Ohio State pays the price

107209736_display_image ---Ohio State will be whole for the Sugar Bowl, but its prospects for the 2011 season now are in question after the NCAA suspended Terrelle Pryor and five other players. Pryor, pictured left, sold his 2008 Big Ten championship ring, 2009 Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award and 2008 gold pants. He has to repay $2,500. Pat Forde writes how the NCAA's decision defies common sense, while the prospect of a suspension lasting through as many as the first five games of the 2011 regular season certainly changed the discussion about the NFL futures of the Ohio State juniors.

---USC's hearing before the NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee will take place Jan. 22 in Indianapolis . The Trojans are appealing sanctions handed down last summer that included a two-year bowl ban and the reduction of 30 scholarships over three years.

---No matter how many carries Oregon's LaMichael James got, no matter how many thunderous tackles he absorbed, he always got back off the turf and was ready for more.

---ESPN’s documentary “The Best That Never Was,” about Marcus Dupree’s abbreviated career did more than revive the legend of Marcus Dupree. It restored his connection to Oklahoma.

---Central Michigan's Dan Enos has a unique approach to recruiting.

---No MAC title game for Toledo, but the Rockets reached Ford Field anyway.

---Brady Hoke's coaching profile is on the rise.

---Rodney McKissic

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Ex scout: Newton isn't a first rounder

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---Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, pictured above from his high school days, needs to stay in college and work on his mechanics, according to former NFL scout Russ Lande, who heads the War Room for the Sporting News. Lande, who has his early Mock Draft up, doesn’t have Newton going in the first round. He does have three other quarterbacks being selected in the first round, including the Buffalo Bills taking Washington QB Jake Locker.

---Rodney McKissic

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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic began his journalism career in 1989 after graduating from the University of Cincinnati and has worked for The Buffalo News since 2001. A proud father of four children, he enjoys reading in his spare time.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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