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Sooners RB Anderson's accuser speaks out

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) A woman who accused Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson of sexual assault says she's dropping her protective order against him.

The woman also says authorities' handling of her case has diminished her faith in the justice system.

The woman's comments came in a statement released Friday by an organization that advocates for victims of sexual abused by athletes. She says prosecutors projected bias during a Thursday news conference where they announced that Anderson would not face criminal charges.

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Toledo signs coach Candle through 2023

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) Toledo coach Jason Candle has signed a six-year contract that runs through the 2023 and will pay him more than $1 million per year.

Candle is 21-6 in two full seasons at Toledo, where he was promoted from offensive coordinator after the 2015 regular season when Matt Campbell left for Iowa State. The Rockets won the Mid-American Conference for the first time since 2004.

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Louisiana-Lafayette names Napier coach

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) Louisiana-Lafayette hired Arizona State offensive coordinator Billy Napier as football coach Friday.

Napier replaced Mark Hudspeth, fired after the Ragin' Cajuns finished 5-7 this season. On Thursday, Hudspeth joined Mississippi State as associate head coach and tight ends coach.

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Cristobal ready to lead Oregon vs. Boise

LAS VEGAS (AP) Oregon players made it known they wanted Mario Cristobal to be their next head coach, with left tackle Tyrell Crosby circulating a petition that was signed by more than 70 teammates.

The Ducks will get their first chance to show why they believed in him when Cristobal leads them in his Oregon debut against No. 25 Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday.

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Arizona State promotes Likens to OC

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State coach Herm Edwards promoted Rob Likens to offensive coordinator Friday, hours after Billy Napier left to take the head coaching job at Louisiana-Lafayette.

Likens was the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach this season under fired head coach Todd Graham. Likens' new official title is offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

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Mount Union blanks UMHB for DIII title

SALEM, Va. (AP) Justin Hill and D'Angelo Fulford have provided an offensive spark for Mount Union all season, so when the Purple Raiders were locked in a defensive struggle against Mary Hardin-Baylor in the Division III national championship, it was no surprise the pair did it again.

Fulford hit Hill for a 42-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter Friday night, pushing Mount Union's lead to 10-0, and the Purple Raiders won their 13th football national championship with a 12-0 victory over the defending champions Friday night.

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Saban no fan of early signing period

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Nick Saban isn't happy about one major new distraction, and it has nothing to do with Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt's hiring at Tennessee.

The fourth-ranked Crimson Tide (11-1) opened practice Friday in preparation for another playoff matchup with No. 1 Clemson (12-1) on Jan. 1 in the Sugar Bowl. But the looming December signing period has kept Saban and other coaches on the recruiting trail and left him trying to snatch time on plane rides to watch film of the Tigers.

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Vols staffer who was fired pleads guilty

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Former Tennessee director of football operations Chris Spognardi has pleaded guilty to a charge of official misconduct related to the handling of team travel expenses.

Spognardi worked at Tennessee the first three seasons of former coach Butch Jones' tenure, and his responsibilities included managing cash expenditures for team trips. The charge against Spognardi involved the fabrication of receipts from those trips.

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Frost wins Robinson coach of the year

DALLAS (AP) Scott Frost, who led Central Florida to a perfect regular season before taking the Nebraska job, has won the Eddie Robinson Award as the national coach of the year.

The Football Writers Association of America and the Sugar Bowl announced the winner Thursday. In his second season at UCF, Frost guided the Knights to a 12-0 record, the American Athletic Conference championship and a Peach Bowl bid.

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UGA LB Patrick gets drug charge dropped

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) A marijuana possession charge against Georgia starting inside linebacker Natrez Patrick was dismissed Thursday, apparently clearing the way for him to play in the Rose Bowl semifinal game.

Coach Kirby Smart has not commented on Patrick's status for the Jan. 1 contest against Oklahoma.

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