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Heisman list: 2 QBs, 2 runners, 1 lineman

Tim Tebow became the first player to be invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation ceremony in Manhattan three times last night when the Florida quarterback was named one of five finalists.

Tim Tebow became the first player to be invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation ceremony in Manhattan three times last night when the Florida quarterback was named one of five finalists.

The others are Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, Alabama running back Mark Ingram, Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, and a surprise pick, Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

The ceremony will take place Saturday.

Tebow became the first sophomore to win the trophy in 2007. He and McCoy were finalists in 2008 as Oklahoma's Sam Bradford won.

Suh won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy last night. The award by the Charlotte Touchdown Club in North Carolina goes to the nation's top defensive player.

Irish going pro. Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen and his favorite receiver, Golden Tate, will bypass their senior seasons at Notre Dame and enter the NFL draft.

They made their decisions after talking to fired Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis on Friday.

Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly told his players he will meet with Notre Dame officials about their open job.

Kelly met with his undefeated team yesterday afternoon and told players he will "listen to what they have to say." Kelly confirmed the meeting on his Twitter account.

The Bearcats are headed to the Sugar Bowl to face Florida after winning their second straight Big East title. ESPN reported that Kelly will talk to Notre Dame officials today.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati backup quarterback Zach Collaros signed up for a first-time offenders' program to avoid jail time on an underage drinking charge.

He is now 21 but he was 20 when cited for presenting a fake ID to get into a bar near campus. The judge last month threatened him with jail if he didn't get moving on the program.

Virginia picks London. Former Richmond coach Mike London was introduced as the new coach of the Cavaliers.

London, 49, succeeds his former boss, Al Groh, who was fired Nov. 29 after nine seasons and a 1-8 record against Virginia Tech, the dominant team in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

London agreed to a five-year deal that will pay him $1.7 million per year to take over a team coming off a 3-9 record, its worst since 1982.

His Spiders won the Football Championship Subdivision title in 2008 and reached the quarterfinals of the playoffs this year.

London, who was 24-5 in two seasons at Richmond, will be just the second black head coach in the six conferences with automatic bids to the BCS, joining Miami's Randy Shannon.

He is just the 10th black coach at the 120 Football Bowl Subdivision schools.

Kansas search. Buffalo confirmed that the school had granted Kansas permission to interview Bulls coach Turner Gill, a former Nebraska quarterback, regarding its vacant coaching position.

Citing an unidentified source, The Buffalo News reported that Gill met with Kansas officials in New York City on Sunday.

Kansas is searching for a new coach after Mark Mangino resigned Thursday in the wake of an investigation into his treatment of players.

As a first-time head coach, Gill has gone 20-30 in four seasons at Buffalo, and is credited with bringing new respect to a program that had been a laughingstock since 1999, when it first joined the Mid-American Conference.

Noteworthy. Penn defensive coordinator Ray Priore and Villanova offensive coordinator Sam Venuto are two of four finalists chosen by their coaching peers for the Football Championship Subdivision national coordinator of the year. The other two finalists are Bob Shoop, defensive coordinator for William and Mary, and Brian Scott, offensive coordinator for Old Dominion. The winner will be announced Dec. 14.