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Mike Leach Named Head Coach at Washington State

After two years away from football, the pirate captain is back. Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach was named the new head coach at Washington State on Wednesday.

According to CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman, who first broke the story, Leach’s contract will be for five years and will make him the third-highest paid coach in the Pac-12 at more than $2 million per year.

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2011 NCAA College Football – Week 14 Preview

As we enter the final week of college football’s regular season, we already have a good idea of what the national championship game will look like. Barring a colossal upset in the SEC title game and a whole lot of poll voters changing their minds and moving Oklahoma State up, LSU and Alabama will play a rematch of their earlier overtime game in the BCS National Championship. After the title game, however, there is still a lot of drama to play out with a variety of conference championships, BCS bids and bowl games on the line. Here are all the highlights from this week in the AP Top 25.

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Dennis Erickson, Rob Ianello and Other Football Coaches Who Got Axed This Week

With college football’s regular season winding down, the annual parade of underachieving coaches being shown the door has begun. Here is a list of those coaches who have been fired since last weekend’s games.

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Urban Meyer Gets Millions to Come Out of Hibernation and Coach Ohio State

Urban Meyer has been hired as the head coach of the Ohio State football program, the AP reports. Multiple sources have estimated that Meyer, who won two national championships while coaching the University of Florida, will sign a multi-year contract paying him $6 million per year. Meyer, an Ohio native, will be formally announced at a news conference at 5:15 p.m. on Monday.

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NCAA College Football – Week 13 Recap

As college football’s regular season nears its end, the postseason picture is starting to take shape. Barring a major shakeup in the polls, Alabama punched its ticket to the national title game. The only thing that remains to be seen is if they’ll have another shot at top-ranked LSU. Next week’s conference championship games could shake up the BCS, while the Bedlam rivalry between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will determine the Big 12 title and a spot in the Fiesta Bowl. Here are all the highlights from this week in the AP Top 25.

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2011 NCAA College Football – Week 13 Preview

For many schools across the country, this is rivalry week: the game that determines bragging rights and, in many cases, a coach’s future employment. But after last week’s chaotic BCS shakeup, a slew of one-loss teams are suddenly back in the national title mix, anxiously hoping for some SEC upsets to give them a shot. Combine that intrigue with a slew of heated rivalries and teams jockeying for conference championships and bowl positions, and it should be another exciting week in college football. Here are all the highlights from this week in the AP Top 25.

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Knee Injury Sidelines Notre Dame’s Jonas Gray for the Rest of the Season

Notre Dame’s faint BCS bowl hopes took a big hit this week when it was determined that starting running back Jonas Gray will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn MCL. Gray was the Fighting Irish’s top-scoring threat, scoring in eight straight games, the longest such streak by a Fighting Irish running back since 1998.

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SEC Controls Top Three Spots in AP Football Poll

For just the second time in the 75-year history of the AP poll, one conference holds the top three spots at the same time.

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