Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said yesterday he will give up his senior season of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.
McCoy, a human relations major, participated in a graduation ceremony yesterday and plans to complete his degree through online courses in the spring.
The second-team all-America selection said in a statement that he made his decision around midseason when he realized he would have enough credits to graduate.
Fisher's salary. Florida State's new football coach, Jimbo Fisher, agreed to a five-year contract worth $1.8 million annually, not including incentives.
Fisher, currently FSU's offensive coordinator, will take over from coach Bobby Bowden on Jan. 5. Bowden will coach his final game Jan. 1 in the Gator Bowl against West Virginia, where he coached before coming to Tallahassee 33 years ago.
Notre Dame staff. New Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly named his first assistant, keeping Irish running backs coach Tony Alford, 41, on his staff.
Several others from Charlie Weis' staff have been asked to stay, including director of football operations Chad Klunder, director of football personnel Tim McDonnell, and director of football development Dave Peloquin.
Kelly also offered a job to defensive graduate assistant Bryant Young, a former Irish standout who spent 14 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.
Quarterbacks transfer. North Carolina backup quarterback Mike Paulus said he planned to transfer to William and Mary and would not travel with the Tar Heels to Charlotte for the Meineke Bowl against No. 17 Pittsburgh. He is the younger brother of former Duke point guard and Syracuse quarterback Greg Paulus.
Former Boston College quarterback Dominique Davis is one of three junior-college transfers who signed letters of intent to play for East Carolina.
Davis helped lead the Eagles to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game in 2008 but transferred after he was suspended for academic reasons. He landed at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas and led an offense that averaged 492 yards.
Sam Houston coach. Sam Houston State hired Willie Fritz, 49, as head football coach in Huntsville, Texas. He spent 13 seasons at Division II Central Missouri and was 97-47.
Fiesta scandal? The Arizona Republic in Phoenix is raising questions about political donations made by employees of the Fiesta Bowl that may have been reimbursed by the bowl.
The report in yesterday's editions cites several unnamed past and present Fiesta Bowl employees as saying they were encouraged to write checks to friendly politicians and then were reimbursed by the bowl.
Such payments would violate state and federal campaign finance laws, and could be misdemeanors or felonies.