IT WAS a night to remember for Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o.

The Fighting Irish senior won three major honors Thursday at the College Football Awards show in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Te'o won the Walter Camp national player of the year award, the Maxwell Award as the nation's most outstanding player and the Bednarik Award as the nation's most outstanding defensive player.

He already had been awarded the Butkus Award, Bronco Nagurski Trophy and Lombardi Award.

Saturday night he is a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

For a complete list of award winners, see Page 65.

In other college football news:

* Cincinnati coach Butch Jones has rejected an offer to take over the Colorado program, a source told the Associated Press.

Charlie Strong said will remain as the coach at Louisville, after reports linking him to several openings.

Philly File * 

Brandon Peoples, the fullback for Archbishop Wood's 2011 Class AAA state champions, will play for Massachusetts next season. He currently is enrolled at Milford Prep in New Berlin, N.Y. Also, tight end-defensive end Sharif Custis, of Neumann-Goretti, committed to UMass.

Sport Stops * 

Former Brazil great Romario said he is gathering signatures among other members of the country's congress to investigate alleged corruption at the nation's soccer federation. Romario has been a critic of the country's governing soccer body.

* Golf officials are investigating a fight between two caddies, Grant Buchanan and Matt Kelly, near the practice chipping area at The Lakes before the first round of the Australian Open in Sydney.