OKLAHOMA STATE'S Mike Gundy has been honored as the national coach of the year by the Football Writers Association of America.

Gundy was chosen yesterday as the winner of the Eddie Robinson Award. The other finalists were Michigan's Brady Hoke, LSU's Les Miles, Kansas State's Bill Snyder and Clemson's Dabo Swinney. Gundy will be presented with a bust of Eddie Robinson at a Jan. 8 ceremony in New Orleans.

Gundy led the third-ranked Cowboys to an 11-1 regular season, their first Big 12 championship and their first BCS bowl berth. They will face No. 4 Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2.


*  Liberty has brought in Turner Gill as its new football coach and the school also has hired a firm to help it study the feasibility of moving up to the Bowl Subdivision. Liberty competes in the Big South Conference in the Championship Subdivision.

Gill was fired Nov. 27 at Kansas after just two seasons into a 5-year contract. He takes over a program coming off six consecutive winning seasons under Danny Rocco, who left after the season to take the top job at Richmond in the powerful Colonial Athletic Association.

*  Fordham hired Connecticut quarterbacks coach and former Rams player Joe Moorhead to be its new football coach. Moorhead will be introduced at a news conference today.

*  Ohio State announced that Mickey Marotti, a member of new Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer's staff at Florida, would be hired to be assistant athletic director for football sports performance. Marotti will be in charge of the Buckeyes' strength and conditioning. Marotti is known for having players haul rocks, flip tires and work out at midnight.