PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins is leaving the school to become the head football coach at Temple. Collins replaces Matt Rhule, who left Temple last week for Baylor after leading the 23rd-ranked Owls to consecutive double-digit victory seasons and a conference championship this year. The Gators’ defense ranked in the top-10 in the country in each of Collins’ two seasons in Gainesville.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Florida Atlantic has announced the hiring of Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin as its new head coach. He will take over the football program once the College Football Playoffs are over or the Crimson Tide are eliminated. Kiffin has served as head coach at Tennessee, Southern Cal and the Oakland Raiders.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson has been named The Associated Press Player of the Year. The 19-year old Louisville quarterback received 42 of 61 first-place votes from the AP’s panel of media voters. That’s more than twice the number of votes that Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson received as runner-up.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Alameda County supervisors have approved opening negotiations with an investment group on a proposed $1.3 billion stadium project in an effort to convince the Raiders to stay in Oakland. If the Oakland City Council approves the measure, the parties can start negotiating a formal agreement for a stadium project that includes $350 million in public money. Raiders owner Mark Davis said earlier this year that he was committed to moving the team to Las Vegas, where a $1.9 billion stadium project has been approved.
NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball has one hurdle remaining as it seeks the official ratification of a new collective bargaining agreement. A person with knowledge of the meeting says baseball owners approved the deal by a 29-1 vote, with Rays managing general partner Stuart Sternberg casting the dissenting vote. MLB hasn’t had a work stoppage since 1995, but the new contract still needs approval from the union.