Texas Tech suspended Mike Leach yesterday while the school investigated complaints from receiver Adam James and his family about how the coach treated the player after a concussion.
James is the son of former NFL running back Craig James, a television analyst.
The school said defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill will be the interim coach and lead the team in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday against Michigan State.
After the Red Raiders got off to a 10-0 start in 2008 - they finished 11-2 - Leach was named the Big Twelve coach of the year. This year, he has had a bumpier ride on the way to an 8-4 mark.
Texas Tech officials declined to identify the player, but James' family released a statement identifying Adam. Craig James had been scheduled to announce the Alamo Bowl, but he will not.
Independence Bowl. Joe Cox threw two touchdown passes, Caleb King added two rushing scores, and Georgia beat mistake-prone Texas A&M, 44-20, yesterday in Shreveport, La.
Cox hit Aron White on touchdown passes of 24 and 2 yards in the second half as the Bulldogs (8-5) pulled away for their fourth straight bowl victory. It was the fourth straight postseason loss for the Aggies (6-7).
Georgia blocked two kicks, and Cox threw his first touchdown pass after a snap sailed over the Texas A&M punter's head in the third quarter. The Bulldogs sealed the win by intercepting Jerrod Johnson twice in the third quarter.
Georgia's Brandon Boykin tied the Southeastern Conference record (held by Willie Gault) with his third kickoff return TD of the season.
Music City Bowl. Clemson's C.J. Spiller capped his stellar college career Sunday night by going out a winner. Kentucky coach Rich Brooks apparently is just ready to go.
Spiller, the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year, had set or tied 31 Clemson records and finished sixth in the Heisman voting. But he hadn't finished a season as a winner until he had 172 all-purpose yards and scored the clinching touchdown as Clemson beat Kentucky, 21-13, in Nashville.
Spiller said he was glad he stayed for his senior season even though some of his relatives wanted him to turn pro. "I can always tell my daughter and my grandkids that I won my last game as a senior. I won it," he said.
A week ago, he became the first person in his family to graduate from college.
There had been speculation that Brooks, 68, might call it quits if he won this game. Last January, Kentucky announced that offensive coordinator Joker Phillips will take over as head coach when Brooks steps down.