Touted as a potential top-10 NFL draft selection, quarterback Jake Locker said yesterday he would put his professional aspirations on hold and return for his senior season at Washington.
Locker's decision is a major coup for coach Steve Sarkisian and a Washington program that showed signs of revival, going 5-7 this season after an 0-12 finish in 2008.
The five wins were the Huskies' most since 2003.
Playing in Sarkisian's pro-style offense this fall, Locker threw for 2,800 yards and 21 touchdowns, completing 58 percent of his throws. His touchdown total was the fourth-best in school history.
Gill gets paid. Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins said new head coach Turner Gill would make "about $2 million a year," very close to what former coach Mark Mangino was paid.
Gill said Carl Torbush would leave Mississippi State, where he was defensive coordinator, to join the Jayhawks in a similar capacity. Former San Diego State head coach Chuck Long - a Heisman Trophy runner-up when he quarterbacked Iowa - will be Kansas' offensive coordinator.
Torbush was also head coach at Louisiana Tech and North Carolina, so both coordinators will bring head-coaching experience.
The 47-year-old Gill was 20-30 in four seasons after taking over a Buffalo program that for years had been a non-contender.
Bulldogs reward coach. Fresno State coach Pat Hill has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at the school beyond the 2010 season. Details of the deal were still being worked out.
Hill has a 100-65 record in 11 seasons. The Bulldogs (8-4) play Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday.
Spurrier's new deal. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has been given another year to build the Gamecocks' football program.
The university's Board of Trustees approved a one-year contract extension for Spurrier, taking him through the 2013 season. His salary will remain at $1.75 million.
The Gamecocks (7-5) play Connecticut in the PapaJohns.com Bowl on Jan. 2 in Birmingham, Ala.
Spurrier is 35-27 in five season after going 142-40-2 in 15 seasons at Duke and Florida.
Jurisprudence. Former Michigan cornerback James Whitley pleaded no contest to aggravated assault in Washtenaw County Circuit Court in Ann Arbor, Mich. He had been charged with sexually assaulting a woman Jan. 18 at a friend's apartment.
A no-contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is treated as such for sentencing. Sentencing is Jan. 21.