TOM WILLIAMS resigned as Yale's football coach yesterday amid a university investigation into whether he lied on his resume about being a candidate for a Rhodes Scholarship while a student at Stanford.

The Ivy League school said the resignation will take effect on Dec. 31.

Williams took over at Yale in 2009 and listed himself as a Rhodes candidate on his resume. He was referred to as a finalist when Bulldogs quarterback Patrick Witt had to decide if he would go for his Rhodes interview as a finalist or play against Harvard this fall.

The university began an investigation in November after the New York Times reported officials of the Rhodes Trust said they had no records of Williams applying for the fellowship when he graduated from Stanford in 1992.

Williams said in a statement yesterday he was encouraged to apply for the scholarship by Stanford's fellowship office but acknowledged he never did.

Williams' biography on the Yale football website also mentions that he played for the San Francisco 49ers practice squad in 1993. In his statement, Williams also said he never signed a contract with that team.

"During the spring of my senior year, I was given an opportunity to attend a tryout camp with the San Francisco 49ers, and I participated in that 3-day event. I did not sign a free-agent contract with the 49ers or participate in their summer training camp for signed players," he said.

Williams was 16-14 at Yale and 5-5 in 2011.

Noteworthy * 

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, already the winner of the Heisman Trophy and Davey O'Brien Award, was named Associated Press Player of the Year.

Griffing is the nation's most efficient passer this season, throwing for 3,998 yards with a Big 12-leading 36 touchdowns and only six interceptions. He also ran for 644 yards and nine more scores.

* Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst will be the next coach at Pittsburgh, ESPN.com reported. Arizona State hired Todd Graham Dec. 14 after one season with the Panthers.

* An investigation into whether politicians violated gift and disclosure laws when they accepted free game tickets or trips from the Fiesta Bowl led a prosecutor to conclude that a maze of state laws was so complex and contradictory that he cannot pursue charges.

* A person with knowledge of the decision said Tony Levine will be named Houston's full-time coach today. Houston is looking to replace Kevin Sumlin, who accepted an offer to coach Texas A&M.

In a game last night * 

At San Diego, Casey Pachall threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Skye Dawson with 4:26 left to lift No. 16 TCU (11-2) to a 31-24 victory against Louisiana Tech in the Poinsettia Bowl.